GO ASK ALŸS
by Charlie Finch
All you have to know about Francis Alÿs
is to meet him, which I did at the opening of his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art last Tuesday evening. At 51, Alÿs, a Belgian who lives in Mexico City, looks like James Taylor, with an impressive aquiline nose, long hair, sweat pants and the skinny body of a 30-year-old long-distance runner. Curators who adore his look, out of Peter Matthiessen by Jackson Browne, physically anathema to a museum office, will tell you that his art is about politics.