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Caress of Steel

Whisper: Jaume Plensa at Richard Gray, through May 28 By Jill Elaine Hughes Like most sculptors of international reputation, Jaume Plensa primarily creates public sculpture–a genre all too often conceived with a certain detachment and sterility to satisfy public (or corporate) tastes. But Plensa’s work, now being shown at Richard Gray Gallery, suits both the […]

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Mythical Motherland

Willie Doherty at the Renaissance Society, through April 18 By Jill Elaine Hughes The tone and subject matter of Willie Doherty’s latest installation, True Nature, at the Renaissance Society came as something of a shock to me. Instead of the bombed-out buildings, rusty burned-out cars, and other remnants of Ireland’s guerrilla war for which this […]

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She’s So Unusual

Mariko Mori at the Museum of Contemporary Art, through January 3 By Jill Elaine Hughes Mariko Mori, whose work is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is an international sensation–and a bit of a puzzle. She is a fashion model. A clothing designer. A singer. Well-to-do, she spends tremendous amounts of money […]