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“Dan Graham: Beyond” previews (show opens tomorrow)

Dan Graham and his retrospective got robbed of the “Artist of the Year” and “Solo Show of the Year” awards at last night’s First Annual Art Awards, a glitzy and somewhat tongue-in-cheek affair at the Guggenheim in New York. Here in Minneapolis, however, Graham delighted everyone at yesterday’s media preview for Dan Graham: Beyond, offering […]

Graham (left) inside "Public Space/Two Audiences" (1976)

Graham (left) inside "Public Space/Two Audiences" (1976)

Dan Graham and his retrospective got robbed of the “Artist of the Year” and “Solo Show of the Year” awards at last night’s First Annual Art Awards, a glitzy and somewhat tongue-in-cheek affair at the Guggenheim in New York. Here in Minneapolis, however, Graham delighted everyone at yesterday’s media preview for Dan Graham: Beyond, offering chatty, humorous insights into work from four decades and referencing everything from Dean Martin to the paper-dress moment in the ’60s to the “cliché arcadia of the suburbs, where normal people live.”

He “may be the most influential American artist you’ve never heard of ,” as Gregory J. Scott put it in the Star Tribune.

In The Daily Planet, Jay Gabler noted how, during the preview tour, curators Bennett Simpson and Chrissie Iles “kept finding themselves enthusiastically interrupted by the artist, who clarified a point here, shared a story there, and kept emphasizing that whatever place he’s earned in the international contemporary art world (and he’s surely earned a place; Beyond is the cover story of the current Artforum), most of his work was meant to be funny.

Even Fox9 News weighed in with a video preview of the galleries, noting in a feature on last night’s Student Open House how Graham “taps into youth culture and a rock and roll sensibility to create art, architecture and public spaces.”

The show is getting a final spit-and-polish and will be on view to the public tomorrow – and don’t miss the 2pm conversation with Graham, Iles, and Simpson, featuring an “opening set” by post-punk duo Japanther.