The Subverted Object

October 26, 1996 — January 4, 1997

The Subverted Object explored ordinary objects subjected to “abrupt reversals” or “transformations” in the course of making art. Dada and Surrealist artists, whom recognized that the effectiveness of these transformations depended to a great extent on being able to recognize the authenticity of the original, exploited such “abrupt reversals” with unrelenting wit and cunning. This exhibition at Ubu Gallery conveyed a disorienting spirit in presenting permutations of everyday reality as “twentieth century still life.”

Arman, Richard Artschwager, Marcel Broodthaers, Saint Clair Cemin, Jean Claude + Christo, Allan D’Arcangelo, Fischli + Weiss, Rebecca Horn, Steven Kaltenbach, Ed Kienholz, Bertrand Lavier, Donald Lipski, Helmut Löhr, Chema Madoz, Marcel Mariën, Martin & Muñoz, Larry Miller, Bruno Munari, Vik Muniz, Jurgen O. Olbrich, Yoko Ono, Meret Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Gaston Paris, Richard Pettibone, Man Ray, Dieter Rot, Beverly Semmes, Tony Tasset, Richard Tipping, John Townsend, Ted Victoria, Robert Watts, H.C. Westermann

ArtForum International / “The Subverted Object” / March 1997 / Ben Lifson / 1 reproduction
Time Out New York / “The Subverted Object” / January 2 – 9, 1997 / Anne Doran / 1 reproduction
The Village Voice / Art Choices / December 3, 1996 / Vince Aletti

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