Kaari Upson. Photo: Hans Neumann.
Doubles. Replicas. Restagings. Familial stand-ins. Identity swaps. Hypersexualized alter egos. Obsessive repetitions. Regression, decay, and loss. Although still early in her career, Kaari Upson may very well be the great unheralded American artist the way Patricia Highsmith, in her time, proved to be the great unheralded American novelist. Upson and Highsmith, in different ways and to extremely different ends, both capture the dark, disturbing psychologies behind the national pastime of self-invention and reinvention, and they both trace the ever-shifting line between public and private desires.
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