The Easel

Descartes, Dick, and the Dog: Pierre Huyghe at LACMA

French / American artists Pierre Huyghe was this week awarded the Kurt Schwitter Award, the latest in a string of awards over a decade or more. As it happens, a retrospective of his work is on in Los Angeles. Although popular in Paris its opening in LA attracted the ire of at least one critic. Besides disapproving of his inclusion of a dog with a painted foreleg she argues a more general case: “Huyghe’s trite, simple-minded installations do not inspire, they do not resonate, they do not evoke much beyond a yawn”