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This catalog records a recent exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art's new building in New York City. It gathers works created since 2000 by 30 young sculptors primarily from the United States and Europe and both well known (e.g., Rachel Harrison, Isa Genzken) and emerging (e.g., Claire Fontaine, Gedi Sibony). A brief biography and several pages of large-format, full-color images, many never before published, are allotted to each artist, while perceptive essays by curators Hoptman, Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni, and Trevor Smith are interspersed throughout. The title refers to the general look of these pieces, which tend to be human-scale, precarious assemblages of everyday materials juxtaposed in various ways. But unlike many such assemblages of earlier decades, each of these works, whose effects vary from the whimsical to the grotesque, has a point or narrative. An insightful tour recommended for large collections.
—David R. Conn