Review, 1989


Review is an installation that incorporates the reviews of a previous exhibition - Enlarged from the Catalogue, USA (Kolbowski, 1989) - in relation to a 19th-century cloud-study painting by the artist of the Romantic period, John Constable. In the installation, frames and matting are matched to one particular cloud study painting so as to present an artist's visual response to some of the framed reviews, and in order to create a "sample" of the Constable coloration. Reviews include professional and "amateur" (student) reviews of the previous exhibition. This "framing" foregrounds a persistent desire on the part of spectators to have artworks comply with culturally misunderstood notions of Romantic tenets in art. A wall panel with related data accompanies the installation.
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