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Carol Bove’s Untitled (2009), on view in "Normal Dimensions" at Half Gallery in summer, 2010
Photo by Thomas Müller, courtesy the artist and Kimmerich, New York
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THE AIR-CONDITIONED SMILE
by Charlie Finch



The artist Carol Bove, who grew up in Berkeley in the 1960s and now lives in Brooklyn, had a busy spring, with a solo exhibition at the new Kimmerich gallery in Tribeca and work in group shows at Andrea Rosen, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Half Gallery and other spaces too numerous and far-flung to mention. Bove’s appeal lies in her ability to impart sang-froid (coolness) to bits of found detritus -- precious detritus like coral, shells, driftwood and feathers -- thus rendering them as specific objects. What results is a kind of implication of life, what Bove has described as "seeing through time with objects."

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