Shadows of a Hand The Drawings of Victor Hugo
This exhibition, another of the Drawing Center's suberb historical shows, surveys the writer's inventive and visionary graphic work.
Ellsworth Kelly Sculpture for a Large Wall, 1957
Saved from the wrecker's ball and installed in Matthew Marks Gallery (Chelsea), this public work embodies restrained beauty: pure visual pleasure through angled planes, color and light.
Anselm Kiefer Your Age and Mine and the Age of the World
The sands of time obliterate our efforts, our temples... Three books of clay and sand on photographs hold the key to the origins of the large, textural paintings in the exhibition.
Cornelia Parker Mass (Colder Darker Matter)
Lightning struck a church and burned it to the ground. The artist collected the burnt remains and... Transformation leading to metaphor.
Montien Boonma House of Hope
From out of death springs hope. The redemptive power of the spirit rises on the scent of spice in this moving installation, a tribute to the artist's late wife.
Yukinori Yanagi Alcatraz
Concept/procedure/results come together is this fully realized illustration of the psychology of confinement.
Ulrich Ruckreim Sculpture
Granite sentinels - massive yet somehow delicate - standing mute in the cavernous, silent gallery.
Walton Ford Large-scale watercolors
A surprising combination of politically-charged text and strains of sex and violence within an accomplished style of botanical drawing reminiscent of a naturalist's expedition sketchbook.
Crowd of Women "A Collective"
Portraits of women from the collection of Frank Schroder. The compelling fruit of many hours spent in flea-markets and antique shops...
Julian Schnabel Portrait Paintings, 1997
A departure from the expected: court-portraiture revisited in images of the artist's friends and family.

Traduttore, Traditore = Translator, Traitor

Depicting exhibitions online is obviously a matter of translation: the lush world of the senses is reduced to fit the confines of a web-browser window. In bringing together this group of 10 shows, our intention is to point to a number of instances where we have partially succeeded in conveying not only what we have seen, but what we have understood. Each of these fine exhibitions compelled response, from outright questioning to admitting simple visual pleasure.

Installation, sculpture, painting and drawing dominate this selection. While video and photography are everywhere in the galleries, their installations - often a darkened gallery or works behind glass - translate poorly to this medium. As it so happened, our best efforts in photography, for example, were in other seasons, and can be found in our archive. The list of exhibitions that follows will lead you to noteworthy shows from 1996-97. Our thanks to the global art audience for your attentive interest in ArtSEENsoHo.

Best of the 1996-97 season:

| Rajasthani Miniatures | Elizabeth Murray | Ed Ruscha |
| Gilbert & George | Oleg Kulik | Perry Hoberman |
| Richard Billingham | Fiona Rae |

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