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Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin

by Ami Kealoha
on 26 June 2006

Massive and baroque, Petah Coyne's haunting sculptures belie their humble material origins. Using wax, hair, beads, ribbons, bows, and fake flowers, the New York-based artist's work conjures fairytale and myth. Some seem to tell more contemporary stories, like the towering white pleats of "Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women)," which. pictured after the jump, is featured in her current show "Above and Beneath the Skin" at Albright-Knox in Buffalo through 10 September 2006. Spanning a 17-year career, this is the final stop of the exhibit's year long multi-city tour.

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