(Elisabeth Vincentelli’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/11.)

Time has not reined in Karen Finley’s fire. This performance artist has been active since 1980 and hit peak exposure in 1990, when she lost a National Endowment for the Arts grant for failing to meet a newly passed “decency clause.” Decades on, and she still has the uncanny ability to go from zero to fury in a split second.

Now Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are proving splendid inspiration to Ms. Finley, whose work has always explored the intersection between sexuality and power.

Her new show, “Unicorn Gratitude Mystery,” is made up of three short pieces that share an exasperation with the habit of taking refuge in fantasy and contrived distractions to avoid reality.

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