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David Altmejd's "The Eye," 2008. Wood and mirror; 129 1/2 x 216 1/2 x 144 1/2 inches overall. Installation at Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY, October 13, 2008-January 30, 2009.
"Boundaries" - Who and what limits our freedom of expression? In what ways do cultural differences affect our understanding of art and other forms of communication? How do an artist’s process and choice of medium affect our perception of his or her work?
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This episode features artists David Altmejd, the collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf), Tabaimo and Lynda Benglis, who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.