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Daniel Spoerri at Emily Harvey
 
     
 
Untilted
1999-2000
 
Untilted
1999-2000
 
This exhibition, titled "Le Cabinet Anatomique," featured a group of recent collages by Rumanian-born artist Daniel Spoerri, who currently resides in Italy and only rarely shows in New York. It encompassed many of the themes and procedures that have preoccupied him for years. Now 70, Spoerri, who has been a dancer, theater director and editor, was one of the original Nouveaux Réalistes, along with Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely and Arman. He is perhaps best known for a series of works called "snare pictures," three-dimensional still-lifes made of found objects that are often displayed as wall reliefs.

The collages in this show feature fragments of surgical lithographs from 1839 by N.H. Jacob, a student of the Neoclassical painter J.L. David. Spoerri embellishes the images with bits of detritus to heighten the mood, which ranges in the work from playful to sinister. The pieces in the back room, containing human hair and sharp metal objects, hint at some unwholesome sexual activity. Others, adorned with glittering beads and pieces of fabric, evoke a dreamlike atmosphere.

Daniel Spoerri, "Le Cabinet Anatomique," May 11-June 10, at Emily Harvey, 537 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10012.

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