Political Andy?

By GREG COOK  |  November 6, 2008

The Rose also offers "Project for a New American Century," which draws on a 2007 gift to the museum from Michael Black and Melody Douras. Most of the 23 works (in various media) come from the 1990s (there are six from the 2000s), and it all feels like astringent doodling at the end of Modernism. I can't get myself much to care.

But guest curator Randi Hopkins (a long-time Phoenix contributor) nicely selects for visual rhymes — particularly variations on Minimalism. And check out the title piece, a large 2004 pencil-on-paper drawing by Dominic McGill. The sheet hangs from the ceiling, covered on both sides with slogans and images name-checking a century of (mostly) bad news. The paper loops around itself at the end, forming a cave you can walk into. Inside, you're surrounded by trees, flying crosses, and in the distance a fence and a watch tower. The drawing is so-so, but it channels a post-9/11 sense of decay and despair.

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