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Review of Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

Post #1702 • June 5, 2014, 10:16 AM

[Image: Jim Hodges, With the Wind, 1997, scarves, thread, 90 x 99 inches overall, collection Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, New York, courtesy The FLAG Art Foundation, photo by Alan Zindman, © Jim Hodges]

Jim Hodges, With the Wind, 1997, scarves, thread, 90 x 99 inches overall, collection Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, New York, courtesy The FLAG Art Foundation, photo by Alan Zindman, © Jim Hodges

My latest at the Arts Fuse.

It was strange hearing Anna Stothart, the ICA’s assistant curator, call Jim Hodges “sentimental” as a compliment. But she did so a few times at the June 3 press preview for Hodges’s career review, “Give More Than You Take.” Sentimentality is a vice in art, but pretense is a worse one, so candor tips the balance favorably in Hodges’s direction. However, all bad poetry springs from genuine feeling, as Oscar Wilde reminds us, and this exhibition pits his undoubtable sincerity against the stylistic requirements of post-minimalism in battles that often come to a draw.

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