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To Jeanne Silverthorne, the joke's on us at Shoshana Wayne Gallery
To Jeanne Silverthorne, the joke's on us at Shoshana Wayne Gallery

A lot of people think that contemporary art is a big joke. A lot of artists get frustrated, even angry, when their work gets treated as a gag — as if it’s a laugh track to life’s more serious endeavors, like business and politics and other jobs in which nonsense and trickery supposedly play less prominent roles. New York sculptor Jeanne Silverthorne may be angry and frustrated but she’s too smart an artist to get stuck in an argument she can’t win. So she accepts the idea that art is a joke and sticks with it. Her persistence transforms the gag into a great way to capture the tenor of our times, when the world seems more surreal than anything made by a...

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