Elmgreen & Dragset, a pair of artist friends, have a show up at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, called Phone Home. Five answering machines on a pentagon-shaped table in one gallery record the conversations from five working phonebooths in another. Another friend‘s very cogent writing puts the piece in context.
They were nominated for the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize, and just won the Hamburger Banhof Prize (from the museum in Hamburg, you see). I included a piece of theirs in a show I curated in 2000-1, but a friend jammed and bought it before I could close the deal.
Update: The artists will talk about their work Thursday evening, 2/20 at 6:30.