Magazine article Sculpture

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Magazine article Sculpture

MoMA PS1

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Queens, New York

Cathy Wilkes

Through March 11, 2018

A 2008 Turner Prize nominee, Wilkes has raised eyebrows with her highly charged arrangements of commonplace items and personal artifacts. In She's Pregnant Again, a TV combines with a sink containing human hair, a half-naked mannequin, and a stroller in a tableau of almost audible judgment. Formally precise and essentially diaristic, Wilkes's work employs a difficult and coded visual language, making it what at least one critic has called the kind of contemporary art that "pundits pay deference to and that deep down nobody really likes" But uncompromising introspection is not an end in itself for Wilkes; as jarring as her work can be, it exerts a strong psychological pull that creates commonality and shared experience from isolation. …

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