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Sharon Lockhartís Lunch Break (still), 2008, at Gladstone Gallery
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GOTHAM ART & THEATER
by Elisabeth Kley



Miss Havishamís ghost has plenty of room to dance in Virgil Martiís ghoulishly opulent show at Elizabeth Dee on West 20th Street in Manhattan. Marti (b. 1962) is famous for minimal but kitschy allegorical installations using things like mirrored Mylar and colored plastic animal horns; here, he's presenting an over-the-top environment thatís up-to-the minute and spare, while at the same time enfolding multiple layers of recollection: a 21st-century look back to an ersatz 1970s version of Baroque grotesque decoration, by way of the Victorian obsession with mourning and death.

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