Art that acknowledges death without showing the body

By Allison Meier
Javier Castro, Sara Cwynar, Abigail DeVille, Geoffrey Farmer, Keith Haring, Brad Kahlhamer, Friedrich Kunath, Jillian Mayer, Justine Reyes, Jean Seestadt, Xaviera Simmons, Natasha Wheat
NEW YORK---Every autumn in New York, leaves fall, grass turns brittle, and people are reminded of death. There are the spectacles of Halloween and Day of the Dead, and more personal considerations of mortality. "If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?," which opened in October at Hunter East Harlem Gallery, features works by 12 artists that examine what happens when the finality of life is acknowledged. [link]

Hunter East Harlem GalleryIf You Leave Me Can I Come Too? (Ends January 23, 2016) Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Avenue at 119th Street, East Harlem, Manhattan); (212)772-4000;
Friedrich Kunath, “Untitled” (2003), acrylic and metallic paint on linen, 84 1/4 by 44 1/4 in. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)