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Friday, August 11, 2006

The Art Store

Walking into the current exhibit at Elizabeth Dee gallery is like entering a heavy metal record store or the trendy punk clothing store, Trash & Vaudeville. Wildly disorienting. But perhaps that's the point of "Bring the War Home." The walls are adorned with black T-shirts bearing images of hot young artists, blaring commentary comes from various videoes around the gallery, and large tables display pamphlets on recent shows. There is no indication of which artist did what. After reading a two-page gallery statement about the show, I started to figure out the exhibit's point. (It's all about selling art, art fairs, and the art world not being a part of the real world.) But should a visitor have to read up on a show to understand it? (Images via Elizabeth Dee gallery.)