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Dan Colen, "Poetry," installation view, with The Space between Nothing and Everything, left, and Overture ("Two Minutes in Silver Wells, Two Minutes Here, Two Minutes There, It Was Going to Be Over in This Bedroom in Encino), both 2010, at Gagosian Gallery, New York
© Dan Colen

Photo by Robert McKeever
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THE GREAT REGRESSION
by Jerry Saltz



The fall art season has begun -- well after the purportedly cleansing end of the bubble -- with the Spirit of Stupidity, stalking us in the form of the well-meaning but misguided Dan Colen. A few weeks ago, the New York Times featured the artist, reporting that he caused an uproar in Berlin in 2006 by posting exhibition flyers that showed him nude with a tallis hanging from his erection. The would-be rabbi breathing life into this golem is superstar mega-dealer Larry Gagosian, who has given us stellar shows of Picasso and Manzoni, but here seems intent on burning up his credibility on a display of dominion.

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