The international art caravan unpacked its tents in Pittsburgh for a couple of days last November. Jet-lagged and bleary-eyed curators, dealers, artists, collectors, and critics from the United States and Europe toured the 1988 Carnegie International, a gathering of one hundred works by thirty-nine artists, which was presented in a stately progression of galleries at the Carnegie Museum of Art.1Afterward, everybody took a seat alongside Pittsburgh society in the gold and marble splendor of the foyer of the Carnegie Music Hall for a black-tie dinner. Six hundred and fifty people were at dinner, including more than half of the artists in the show. Wolfgang Laib was among a number of artists who dissented from formal dress. A student of Eastern religions who sports a monkishly shorn head, Laib appeared in...


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