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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Luis Jacob's "Albums"

By Blake Gopnik

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com.

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(Courtesy Art in General)

Three out of 16 laminated panels from "Album IX" by Toronto artist Luis Jacob, on show at Art In General in New York. Jacob's "albums" of juxtaposed found photos were the discovery of the 2007 Documenta show in Germany. Yes, it's the surrealist "chance meeting of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table," except that it has none of the stagy melodrama that implies, and a softer, stranger resonance. The density of imagery in Jacob's albums has more to do with the dérive of waking experience than with the narratives of dreams. This ninth album is more tightly themed than the one at Documenta: Most of its images relate to art and the art world.

By Blake Gopnik  | October 25, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Galleries  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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