Danish artist Per Kirkeby once flirted with Fluxus, participating in performances with Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik before breaking up with the loose movement that prized collaboration and aimed to edge away from the market.
In doing so, he told group honcho George Maciunas, “I do not really understand what [Fluxus is] all about. I don’t want to be a member because, basically, I am a painter. I am attached to material and flamboyant things.”
Flamboyant is one word you might choose to describe the setting for “Per Kirkeby: Echo of the Light,” a small show at the Windsor Gallery, which is part of a luxury residential development on a 416-acre island in Vero Beach, Florida, 150 miles north of Miami.
Kirkeby’s storied career includes representing Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 1976, inclusion in two Documenta exhibitions thereafter (1982 and 1992), and a retrospective at London’s Tate Modern in 2009. Now 77, he shows with international powerhouse Michael Werner Gallery, whose director Kadee Robbins organized the show along with independent curator Olivier Berggruen...