REVIEW: Carnegie International 2013

Feb 14, 2014 6:11AM

Beneath a chorus of angelic figures in John White Alexander’s towering 1907–08 mural The Crowning of Labor, a paean to scientific knowledge and human progress that fills the Grand Staircase of the Carnegie Museum of Art, and behind a vitrine of ghoulish drawings by Rokni Haerizadeh—in which he overlays animalistic creatures and demons onto news photographs of political events such as protests in Iran or the British royal wedding—there is a small water fountain embedded in the wall. In such a resplendent setting, this modest public feature appears oddly sensible, hospitable, civic-minded, if slightly anachronistic—all attributes that equally could describe the 2013 Carnegie International.


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