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Exhibition Sports
January 14, 2002
Move over, LeRoy Neiman. Sports themes have been cropping up recently in a number of works of fine art:
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January 14, 2002

Exhibition Sports

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Move over, LeRoy Neiman. Sports themes have been cropping up recently in a number of works of fine art:

Work
Fragment of a Crucifixion (after Francis Bacon), by Paul Pfeiffer. On display at New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art.

Description
Pfeiffer, who specializes in what he calls "video sculpture," created an endless videotape loop of Knicks forward Larry Johnson celebrating after winning a playoff game. Other players have been digitally erased.

Critique
"There's an absence of detail and context that unveils the latent eroticism of the sports spectacle," says Debra Singer, the Whitney's associate curator of contemporary art.

Work
Here...Now, a modern dance piece (above) by choreographer Judith Jamison, in collaboration with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. Debuted at Manhattan's City Center on Dec. 7 by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, it will be next seen at the Olympics Arts Festival, beginning on Feb. 9 in Salt Lake City.

Description
An interpretive dance inspired by the life of the late Olympic gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner.

Critique
"A stunningly inventive work," wrote Anna Kisselgoff, dance critic of The New York Times. "Ms. Jamison's true theme refers to the thrill and cost of the physical performance demanded of athletes and dancers."

Work
David Cone's No-Hitter, by Sidney Tillim. Exhibited at New York City's Trans-Hudson Gallery last summer.

Description
An oil on canvas depicting the former Yankees pitcher's 1999 perfect game. Tillim, who died in August, specialized in portraying highly publicized news events through works painted in a deliberately awkward style.

Critique
"Tillim is producing a land of eccentric contemporary history painting," wrote Ken Johnson of The New York Times. "What Yankee fan would not feel uplifted by...three men in pinstripes...against a background of blue sky and green grass?"

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