Magazine article Sculpture

Museum of Contemporary Art

Magazine article Sculpture

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Los Angeles

William Pope.L

Through June 28, 2015

Small, cheap, and showy like costume jewelry, a trinket is worthless in and of itself, but invest it with personal or collective significance, and the negligible becomes a valued and powerful talisman. It's no accident that Pope.L chose this inglorious word as the title not only for one of his sharpest installations, but also for this exhibition of new and recent work. A maker of texts, paintings, objects, fictions, and situations, he is best known for the provocative urban interventions and performances that he has been staging since the '70s. Over the last decade, in conjunction with greater institutional recognition, he has increasingly turned to museums as a means to approach public concerns. His shows excel at ejecting viewers from their comfort zones by focusing on what usually remains unseen until it is dramatized by some extraordinary event. …

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