James Kalm braves fall showers and trains his way to the Bowery’s New Museum for the first major museum exhibition by Urs Fischer. Lionized as one of contemporary art’s most distinctive talents, Fischer earned the New York spotlight in 2007 by cutting a hole in the floor of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and digging out tons of dirt leaving a gaping crater for visitors to climb into and explore. As an astute observer of spatial perception, and a master of digital technology with a mischievous sense of humor, the artist uses the most advanced commercial printing techniques to tweak space and challenge “reality”.
Controversies surrounding the extraordinary costs of the installation are addressed by the Director of special Exhibitions Massimiliano Gioni. Gioni made his reputation as a practitioner of “Institutional Critique” with his involvement in sophisticated artistic ploys like the “Wrong Gallery”. Now however, when asked by your reporter about the extraordinary installation costs and rumors of budget over-runs with regards to the Urs Fischer exhibition, he demurs from the “critique” in favor of the “institution”. Includes an interview with Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City.