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Utopia or Oblivion

by Abraham Ritchie
Entering the gallery containing Tomás Saraceno’s “Lighter than Air” was like entering a laboratory, especially after the sober and spare galleries in “The Quick and the Dead.”  Barely contained in two galleries, Saraceno has created two environmentally-concerned installations, with an abundance of supporting apparatus leading to the lab-like feeling.  These installations dominate both rooms and their equipment sprawls out to the neighboring outdoor terrace to utilize wind and solar energy.The word “laboratory” seems especially apt because experimentation was definitely occurring, and no... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 8/7/09
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The Big Questions

by Abraham Ritchie
The theme of the Walker Art Center’s exhibition “The Quick and the Dead” got personal, quickly, when I observed that an On Kawara date painting near the entry was the same date as an uncle’s birthday. Made by Kawara to mark the passage of time, the ongoing series implies its own end in the artist’s death, just as birthdays imply to many of us that there are only so many left. This exhibition announces its’ intentions to examine The Big Questions of Life at the outset in the title, but coincidence, along with the work on view, brought this home in an obvious and poignant way. The exhib... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 8/7/09
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Open-ended Statements

by Abraham Ritchie
Having lived in Minnesota until I went to college, I have always known that the Walker Art Center was a good museum; it’s easily accessible from anywhere in the Twin Cities and throughout my life I have been on numerous field trips there.  However, it was only after beginning my professional art career that I came to appreciate the Walker as a great museum, with one of the best contemporary art collections in the country and with an especially good collection of conceptual and minimalist art. The Walker's exhibition “Statements” takes full advantage of its deep holdings, focusing on the work... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 1/9/09