Art: The Crisis Game

"I deplore my incapacity to find out what is going on, what life and the world are about, through the confusion of propaganda, communications, language, time . . ." Thus Oyvind Fahlstrom, whose subject is that very confusion. Now 42, Fahlstrom migrated to New York from Sweden ten years ago. His images draw on the flood of underground comic strips, random violence, hot news and crisis in which America has saturated him. But he is an original, independent of schools and styles.

Cockroach and Crucifix. Typically, a Fahlstrom work is made of units: tiny cutout images of anything from a banana to...

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