Who’s on First? No, They’re All on at Once: Star Curators Take to the Galleries for Summer Group Shows

‘Everyday Abstract—Abstract Everyday’ at James Cohan Gallery, ‘Marxism’ at 303 Gallery, ‘Dogma’ at Metro Pictures

  • Riding out the summer doldrums with a guest-curated group show is standard practice for name-brand galleries. Handing over the exhibition-making reins to an outsider—preferably a bleeding-edge tastemaker—allows for some quirky deviation from familiar programming. And the game of mix-and-match can, when the chemistry is there, cast selector and selections in a revealing new light. Three current examples of this appealingly unpredictable subgenre—all organized by men-about-the-not-for-profit-art-world for established Chelsea powerhouses—represent divergent approaches to the task. But while varied in their ambitions, all set an easy-going tone—too high-minded to be trashy beach reads, they’re still page-turners.
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