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On View: ‘Cities and the Things that Matter’

by Vivien Park

Cities are complex social, political and cultural ecologies. “Cities and the Things that Matter,” currently on view at New York’s Lombard-Freid Projects, explores the numerous rhythms, structures, stories and transactions of urban life. Seven artists and artist collectives — Haig Aivazian, Emre Huner, Wilfredo Prieto, Michael Rakowitz, Raqs Media Collective, Nasan Tur and Yamashita+Kobayashi — took a present a subset of urban ecologies through particular lenses. The artists examine the monumental qualities of the tallest buildings in the world, juxtapose utopian-themed 1960s corporate propaganda with shots of abandoned buildings and reverse spectatorship at baseball games. Their sculptures, installations, videos, photographs and drawings contribute to the collective urban story.

“Cities and the Things that Matter” will be on view at the Lombard-Freid Projects gallery in New York until Jan. 21, 2012.

Credits: Image of “Post-Scriptum: On the Other Side of the Sky (An Epilogue in Three Parts)” from Lombard-Freid Projects.

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