Art In America

The Keeper

at the New Museum,
235 Bowery

A somber library with spiral staircases and balconies and crammed with three thousand photographs of people and their teddy bears is at the heart of the New Museum’s sprawling summer show. Partners: The Teddy Bear Project, a 2002 installation by curator and collector Ydessa Hendeles, is emblematic of this visually riveting, highly affecting exhibition  that considers how creativity and meaning is informed by what is kept, collected, or chosen. Other highlights include a dazzling group of rocks owned by French intellectual Roger Caillois and Ed Atkins’s video that features footage surveying the contents of Andre Breton’s apartment. —Lindsay Pollock

 

Pictured: Ed Atkins: The Trick Brain, 2013, HD color video with 5.1 surround sound, 16¼ minutes. Courtesy Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin and Cabinet Gallery, London.

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