Kenneth Josephson: A Retrospective

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

What a treat! A man with a sense of humor and a sense of awe, Josephson contrived some of the most beckoning brainteasers of postmodernism, especially in the 1960s and '70s. When an anonymous arm holds up a Polaroid of clouds against a cloudless sky, all certainties about certainty are gently undone. And when a parked car is twinned in the radiance of a wet street, you realize that if the world is a funny place, it's because the eye and the mind are jokers of the highest order.

--By Richard Lacayo


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