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Artforum: All Hands on Deck, Critics' Pick

Current Exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery on View Through April 22
Jeanne Dreskin

In her 1994 book The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as a Metaphor of Modernity, the late art historian Linda Nochlin analogized representations of the disintegrated figure to tumultuous moments in the modern period’s political and metaphysical flux. While she linked some examples to the era’s chaotic break from antique notions of unification and permanence, Nochlin argued that others gestured to literal experiences of violence by communities under assault. The logic of the rich array of works in this exhibition bears resemblance to Nochlin’s own in how it addresses social regulation of bodies in the globalized present.

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Join us Sunday, February 25, for a roundtable discussion with artists from All Hands on Deck, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Anna Sew Hoy, and Cammie Staros, moderated by critic and writer Andrew Berardini. Addressing some of the key issues raised in the exhibition relating to the body, identity, and forms of representation, the artists will talk directly about their practices and approaches to the work on display. Q&A with the audience to follow. Learn more.

Image: Detail of Downtime Machine by Kelly Akashi