Art In America

Christian Jankowski

at Friedrich Petzel,

456 W 18th St

Art world jokester Christian Jankowski's latest show of new work lovingly mocks the overly serious art world in which he is a willing and popular participant. For the video Discourse News, the Berlin-based artist tapped NY1 business anchor Annika Pergament to relay Jankowski's definition of art; her authoritative tone and newsroom surroundings make it easy to think this is a "real" NY1 broadcast. Review, an installation on view in the gallery's main space, consists of variously sized bottles stuffed, message-in-a-bottle-style, with reviews sourced from approximately 100 art critics (including A.i.A.'s own Faye Hirsch and Cathy Lebowitz)-pre-show, Jankowski asked each to write a review about the art he would eventually make with said handwritten texts.

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