Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W21st St., NYC
The works, an ever-changing project, are inspired by the loss of Calle’s mother Rachel Monique. “Absence recurs in Calle’s oeuvre as a generative drive. These mementi mori demonstrate the artist’s deft weaving of photographic documentation, narrative texts, found imagery and personal iconography. Calle’s efforts to create a space for the deceased are both intimate and universally resonant acts of elegiac composition.” - Patrick Frey
Also exhibited are a new series entitled Purloined, which is directly related to works in a concurrent show at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Purloined continues Calle’s investigation of a set of thirteen works which were stolen from the Gardner Museum in 1990, and whose allotted wall space was subsequently enshrined with the missing works’ empty frames, following Isabella Gardner’s wishes that the museum’s installation remain exactly as she had originally arranged it.