Steps to Aeration

In Berlin, Martin Herbert finds ‘2017’s daily condition of dread and instability’

By Martin Herbert

Steps to Aeration, 2017 (installation view). Courtesy Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Tanya Leighton, Berlin, 8 July – 1 September Commercial-gallery summer shows have evolved in the past two decades from brainless displays of unsold inventory to counterintuitive, usually guest-curated, knowingly ‘dark’ affairs. (Contemporary art, of course, doesn’t ‘do’ happy stuff like summer.) Steps to Aeration is a twist. It is indeed guest-curated, by Sarah McCrory, but the 12 artists’ works on display – ranging, without consistent concern for cool points, from relative unknowns to heavy hitters like Sterling Ruby and Rachel Harrison…

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