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Follow the Screenplay

BY Gregory Galligan

Rirkrit Tiravanija and the “relational aesthetics” artists arranged casual social interactions as art—were they adhering to a script? 

RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA, Untitled (demonstration no. 145), 2007, 

graphite on paper, 8.3 x 11.8 in. Collection of Craig Robins, Miami. 

Courtesy Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York.

Complex artistic concepts are often realized most successfully by the simplest material structures. Douglas Gordon and Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Cinéma Liberté/Bar Lounge (1996/2008), their collaborative contribution to the recent exhibition of ten mid-career artists, “theanyspacewhatever,” at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, provides one such example. A sparsely…

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