Review, 1989


Review is an installation that incorporates reviews of a previous exhibition, written by both professional critics and students. The reviews are of Enlarged from the Catalogue, USA (Kolbowski, 1989), and are installed in relation to an early 19th-century cloud-study by the Romantic artist, John Constable. In the installation, frames and matting are matched to the cloud study painting to create a visual "excerpt" of the painting in the room, posing the contradictions in Constable's cloud studies in relation to points made in the reviews. 

This "framing" foregrounds a persistent desire on the part of contemporary 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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