Art In America

“A Machinery For Living”

at Petzel,
456 W. 18th St.

Le Corbusier famously described a house as a machine for living in. This group show, curated by artist/writer Walead Beshty, riffs on that notion with works by artists ranging from Francis Picabia to Christopher Williams, from Craig Kauffman to Jay DeFeo. Take particular note of the tableau in the entryway, in which a mannequin in Atelier EB polo shirt and silk shorts sits behind a gorgeous Joaqim Tenreiro table, on which rests a Franz West "Adaptive" (the sculptures were meant to "represent the potential attempt to give shape to neurotic symptoms," he said). Behind it all on the wall hangs a Barbara T. Smith print, completing what could just as easily be a stylish modern office or a museum period room of the future.

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