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2. “Amir Nikravan: Passing” at Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York

Amir Nikravan’s polished-looking sculptures seem at first glance to be made of steel or bronze, but there’s no metal involved—hence the show’s title, “Passing.” In a commentary on the economic restraints that limit what artists are able to create, he’s described his acrylic painted wood veneer forms as “low-tech approximations of objects that would cost tens of thousands of dollars to fabricate,” pretending to be part of the great tradition of monumental metal sculpture. “Art is a scam,” writes Maura Brewer in an essay that accompanies the exhibitions. “Amir’s sculptures both reveal and enact that scam, luring us in, and then, at the threshold, letting the mask slip.”

 

 

September 14, 2020