Steve McQueen Rides a Dead Horse at Marian Goodman

With no Charlotte Rampling to poke, the video artist turns to Venice and Lady Liberty

Italy goes to the dogs, attractively: Giardini, 2009
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Italy goes to the dogs, attractively: Giardini, 2009

Ugh! Taken from the essay penned for the artist's Venice catalog, this weighty twaddle is like lead when foisted onto McQueen's film, since what it's describing here is the video equivalent of watching gorgeous wallpaper being hung. A movie in search of a message beyond dog-eared Foucault, Giardini proves to be a pretty film about a fancy garden, a piece that suffers the same repetitive shortcomings as much contemporary art. "Movies are not made, they're remade," legendary Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg once said. Who knew that, decades later, avant-garde art would chime in so heartily?

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