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NY Times Reviews 80 WSE Galleries Stuart Sherman Exhibition

New York Times art critic Holland Cotter reviews "Beginningless Thought/Endless Seeing: The Works of Stuart Sherman," on view at Steinhardt's 80 WSE Galleries through December 19. 

Cotter calls the exhibition "exceptional," and writes that the show "has been organized with immense tact and care" by its curators, Sherman's friends and collaborators, John Hagan, John Matturi, and Yolanda Hawkins.

Sherman, an avant-garde performance artist who rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is best-known for small-scale performances he called "spectacles." The spectacles often took the form of small tabletop performances and involved the manipulation of everyday objects atop a folding TV dinner tray.

Performed by a poker-faced Sherman, the spectacles are a unique hybrid that move between references to various genres, including comedy, magic, musicals, minimalism, surrealism, opera, three-card monte games, fluxus, and vaudeville.

To read the full New York Times review of the exhibition, click here.

To watch an audio slideshow about the exhibition, narrated by curator Yolanda Hawkins, click here