It’s no surprise that when summer hits—and especially when temperatures rise in July and August—many galleries traditionally roll out a group show. Whether meant to give the viewing public a break from the usual solo offerings, or to fill a slot in the schedule, or even to do something challenging that would not otherwise fit into the program, the array of summer group shows is as much of a mixed bag as one might imagine. Is it a forum for true curatorial experimentation, or a nicely-packaged clearance sale tidying up storage rooms to make way for “new fall merchandise”? Or something in between? In their reviews of some particularly notable specimens of this seasonal product, art-agenda contributors Kimberly Bradley, Stefan Heidenreich, Tara McDowell, Chris Sharp, and Stephen Squibb give us a range of takes on what can be done in a gallery during the languid summer slump.
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