Carol Bove creates steely yet delicate sculptures executed in materials found and forged. A master of bends, torques, kinks, crumples, and creases, she makes metals appear malleable, makes feathers seem concrete. “I don’t want my work to be reduced to my personality,” she has said. “I want it to be my self, which I think of as something much larger.” Taking its title from the 1965 movie by Orson Welles, which explores the relationship between Falstaff and Prince Hal, “Chimes at Midnight” features seven sculptures made of steel that’s raw or painted a rich persimmon. These pieces suggest the power and history contained in a monumental “self.” Not only does the exhibition coincide with Bove’s facade commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but a second Zwirner gallery is showing her more intimately scaled collages. —E.C.
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