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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, September

"Abstract Expressionism in America"
PFALZGALERI E KAISERSLAUTER N For fans of Abstract Expressionism, the journey to the small southwestern town of Kaiserslautern was worth the effort. There, the Pfalzgalerie played host to work little seen in Germany, by Helen Frankenthaler, Lee...
Aca Galleries
ROBERT DASH Throughout the '60s and '70s, Robert Dash was a fixture on the New York gallery scene. His landscapes, like those of Fairfield Porter, managed to wed freely moving paint-as-paint with straightforward description. But his last show in...
Alexander and Bonin
RITAT MCBRIDE Rita McBride's art deflates the bloated tenets of high-modernist city planning and design and exposes the culs-de-sac of once-nigh-sacred art and architectural presumptions. With Duchampian verve, McBride strips bare modernism's "bachelor"-hood,...
Angstrom Gallery
JEFF ELROD Jeff Elrod's starkly graphic paintings stem from preliminary drawings he executes on a computer, using a mouse as his pencil to produce scores of rapidly drafted variations on improvised themes. As he draws, he periodically prints iterations...
A THOUSAND WORDS Russell Crotty
TALK ABOUT HIS ATLASES Each atlas has a different feel. One is just the belts of Jupiter. That's probably the most intense book I've ever done. A hundred and eighty-six pages. I'd work on it five days at a time and then leave it for a while, do...
Barbara Gladstone Gallery
SHIRIN NESHAT Despite Shirin Neshat's recent successes (her 1998 film Turbulent earned top honors at the 1999 Venice Biennale; last year brought awards from the Kwangju Biennale, CalArts, and the Edinburgh International Festival), this latest show...
Blum & Poe
DIRK SKREBER Dirk Skreber's recent works are disasters. In the paintings especially, the built environment meets its match in the original expression of the hand of God on a bad day: the flood. Skreber's paintings romp in the buffer zone between...
Darger: The Henry Darger Collection
AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM, NEW YORK When Henry Darger died--in 1973, at the age of 81--he was mainly known to his neighbors as a retired hospital orderly, perhaps a little eccentric but not so much so as to preserve him from virtually total social...
Dream Whirl
NOT UNLIKE ONE OF HIS INTELLIGENT, loquacious characters, Richard Linklater wears his artistry lightly. So lightly, in fact, that he's often confused with the slackers who lent his first film its name. But Waking Life--his latest feature, which opens...
Eater's Digest
PURE NIGHTMARE OR FONDEST DESIRE, we all dreamed of it; Wim Delvoye has made it. After eight years of collaboration with a team of experts in fields as diverse as gastroenterology, computer technology, and plumbing, the Belgian artist debuted his defecation...
Elias Fine Art
CHUCK HOLTZMAN Long known for his intricate, architectonic wood sculptures, Chuck Holtzman has spent the past five years focused exclusively on works on paper. Originally meant as an adjunct to sculpture, drawing has become an end in itself. Featuring...
Encore! Encore!
For all you youngsters who won't remember, 1992 was the year of the Post Human--at least according to Jeffrey Deitch's landmark exhibition of that name. At the Castello di Rivoli from October 17 to January 13, Deitch updates "Post Human" themes with...
Feigen Contemporary
DOUG HALL Modernism was great for slogans, from Mies's "less is more" and Sullivan's "form follows function" to Rauschenberg's quip about acting in the gap between art and life. Warhol knew it best, perhaps: Modern artists were often great copywriters....
Folk's Art
Peter Plagens You can just hear 'em at the story meeting: "Look, what we want to do here is demystify these artists. We gotta make them regular, friendly folks. None of this wrestling with art-historical forebears crap, none of that B.S. theory....
Gagosian Gallery
JAMES ROSENQUIST I hereby pledge to stop repeating along with everyone else that Jeff Koons's paintings look like James Rosenquist's. As if to forcibly remind us just how different his art is from that of his ostensible followers, Rosenquist has...
Galeria Helga De Alvear
JESUS PALOMINO Ever since Jesus Palomino began exhibiting some ten years ago, he has displayed an interest in halting his work to architectonic space. At the same time he has been drawn to using varied, heterodox, often discarded materials--ones...
Galerie Annette De Keyser
VINCENT GEYSKENS A successful painter can do a lot of damage in a small country. To name the painter, Luc Tuymans. To name the country, Belgium. Young artists here struggle with the question of how to escape Belgium's association with a kind of...
Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart
JOAN JONAS After a career of some thirty years, Joan Jonas is being rediscovered. True, in 1994 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam gave her a retrospective, but although other artists have always thought highly of her, the general public took little...
Galerie Praz - Delavallade
DARIO ROBLETO Dario Robleto considers himself a kind of DJ: "What I do," he once told me, "is mix records." But the San Antonio--based sculptor's expression is not displayed on the wheels of steel; his preferred sculptural medium is melted records....
Galleria Bonomo
MAKI TAMURA Art reflects the movements that stir society, transposing them onto an expressive plane. This means that art is not merely an integral part of society, one of its vital organs; it may indeed be the only arena, the only symbolic-expressive...
Galleria Civica D'arte Moderna E Contemporanea
MARIO AIRO Mario Airo partially modified the floor plan of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna to accommodate this show, which was divided into two complementary spaces. Two doors, placed side by side, connected to an entrance atrium where Welcome III,...
Gary Schneider
When South African-born, New York-based photographer Gary Schneider began making portraits of friends and acquaintances in 1989, he took as his model Julia Margaret Cameron's soulful, sepia-toned albumen prints and other nineteenth-century photographs...
Gilbert & George
Marco Livingstone recounts the events early in the career of the British duo that led to art dealer Konrad Fischer's invitation to show at his Dusseldorf gallery in 1970. GILBERT & GEORGE hadn't been working together more than a few months before...
Groans of Venice
EVEN FOR A SUMMARIZING MEGASHOW, WHERE TOUCH NOTICES GO WITH THE TERRITORY, HARALD SZEEMANN'S 49TH VENICE BIENNALE HAS BEEN WIDELY CRITICIZED FOR AN UNFAVORABLE CHAFF-TO-WHEAT RATIO. ROBERT STORR'S MODEST PROPOSAL: VOTE WITH YOUR FEET. DANIEL SOUTIF,...
Hot List
Eduardo Kac has been exploring telepresence in his art since 1986. His work, documented at www.ekac.org, can be seen at the New York Center for Media Arts, New York (through Sept. 30), and the Yokohama Triennale, Japan (Sept. 2-Nov. 11). TRADITIONALLY,...
Inside the White Box
STEPHANE MALLARME'S DREAM of the ideal book, a book capable of encapsulating the entire universe, depended on a recognition of the meaning of format that moved against the "artificial unity that used to be based on the square measurements of the book"...
Kerlin Gallery
DAVID GODBOLD English-born but a longtime Irish resident, David Godbold has also spent considerable stretches in Australia and the United States, making his own idiosyncratic contributions to ongoing debates on the legacy of European colonialism....
"Leon Golub: Paintings, 1950-2000"
BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART Cruelly truncated in its Brooklyn hanging after its inaugural run at the sprawling Irish Museum of Modern Art, this exhibition was hardly a retrospective--but I'll forgive it that for starting things off with a fine mess....
London Field
FOR THOSE LOOKING TO HIT IT BIG on this year's Turner shortlist, bookmakers William Hill have Isaac Julien as the favorite at 7-4, closely followed by Richard Billingham at 2-1, with relative newcomer Mike Nelson trailing Martin Creed at 7-2 and 5-2...
LUCY McKENZIE
It could be some late, last-gasp cultural tendency, a kind of postmodern dead-cat bounce, or it might be a marketing tag designed to evoke a mood and excite demand for an offering of year-end schlock. In any case, Decemberism" is a strange neologism,...
Marianne Boesky Gallery
TAKASHI MURAKAMI On the wall flanking the entrance to Takashi Murakami's "Mushroom" exhibition was posted a long list of names and titles, like credits of a feature film. This team (mostly young artists who work as acolyte-assistants at Murakami's...
Milch
JONAS DAHLBERG People move around buildings, to state the obvious; but buildings also move around people--sometimes very noticeably, as the organizers of Milch were recently reminded. Vibrations from a nearby railway station kept disrupting the...
Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center
LARRY CLARK The sharpest parts of Larry Clark's movies are nonnarrative moments of disconnect and strange drift. His 1998 film Another Day in Paradise, for instance, was lackluster except for the opening sequence: a hypnotic, ten-minute stare at...
Neues Kunstmuseum Luzern/galerie Bob Gysin
STEFAN BANZ "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Muhammad Ali's motto was an apt description of his boxing style. Stefan Banz belongs to the generation of TV kids who grew up with global, live media events like the transmission of Ali's fights....
Nicole Klagsbrun
HIROSHI SUGITO The wide gray fields that fill many of Hiroshi Sugito's big new paintings are subtle and tender, and you might almost think they were contributions to the traditions of the monochrome, but narrow horizontal bands at the bottom of...
Norrkopings Konstmuseum
ANN-SOFI SIDEN At Manifesta 2, Ann-Sofi Siden presented the video installation Who Told the Chamhermaid?, 1998, which was shot in a hotel whose rooms, corridors, and service areas the artist had equipped with surveillance devices. Guests and employees...
Preview U.S. Shorts
IT'S A BIG YEAR FOR BRAZIL. AFTER all, not everyone gets to celebrate a 500th birthday. Along with the Guggenheim's all-out bash (see p. 65), the festivities include two relatively small though decidedly ambitious shows of contemporary art. At El Museo...
Projected Images
THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART'S "Thomas Eakins: American Realist," which opens in October, will in many ways be a traditional survey of an acknowledged master. Even so, it promises to redefine its protagonist in accordance with contemporary concerns....
"Public Offerings"
LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Like other hard c and r words--culture, curator, critic--career, to my ears, has an ugly ring to it. This seems especially the case when the word is conjoined with such adjectives as artistic or academic, which...
Renaissance Society
HELEN MIRRA Spread out on the malt brown floor of the Renaissance Society this summer were 110 equilateral triangles of indigo cloth partially sewn together in a segmented field: Helen Mirra's Sky-Wreck, 2001. Responding to the architecture of the...
Robert Miller Gallery
PHILIP PEARISTEIN After almost forty years, we can presume to know Philip Pearistein's art pretty well, and at first this selection of paintings seemed to fit snugly in the "more of the same" category. All the hallmarks of his wafer-dry style were...
Salander-O 'Reilly Galleries
GRAHAM NICKSON Graham Nickson follows the sun, from Australia to Florida to Italy, in pursuit of an untouched paradise--a space where the body is able to blissfully enjoy its own existence. The world he paints is pagan nature at its most charged,...
Scott Burton
WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS The four sections of the sprawling multimedia exhibition "Suite Fantastique"-- labeled "overture," "variations and scherzo," "intermezzo and trio," and "rave"--included large-screen projections of opening film credits...
September 1971
Thirty years ago this month, Artforum turned its attention to avant-garde film and its place in the contemporary landscape. In the inaugural installment of this column, senior editor ERIC C. BANKS revisits Annette Michelson's guest-edited Special Film...
Sintra Museu De Arte Moderna Coleccao Berardo/palacio Nacional Da Pena/parque Da Pena
RUI CHAFES Sintra, on the outskirts of Lisbon, is known as a magical place--or at least a place with a romantic atmosphere. Here, Rui Chafes's sculpture was displayed in three quite different spaces: one outside a traditional museum space, the Coleccao...
"So Long Ago I Can't Remember"
GALE GATES ET AL. Michael Counts's So Long Ago I Can't Remember--a divine comedy was an evening-long collage of successive performances that led the viewer ever deeper into a renovated warehouse in Brooklyn. It added up to a phantasmagoric satire...
Suffer! Suffer!
Rachel Withers Ow! Ow! For crying out loud, put down that cat-o'-nine-tails and pay attention. The Marquis de Sade wasn't just a connoisseur of eighteenth-century perversions. He was the driving force behind Surrealism's espousal of atheism, materialism,...
The Long Session
IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE David Sylvester is no longer with us. On both sides of the Atlantic, his imposing presence--a huge amalgam of mind, body, and passion-seemed a permanent fact; and his death on June 19, after a prolonged battle with cancer, feels...
The Project
PETER ROSTOVSKY The question at the heart of Peter Rostovsky's recent work is one that haunts many artists: To what extent must a contemporary painter confront the medium's long-running critical dismantling? On the surface, Rostovsky makes use of...
Top Ten
Lisa Ruyter, a New York-based artist, exhibited most recently at the Galerie Georg Kargl in Vienna. She is currently working on a solo show due to go on view next year at Berlin's Arndt & Partner. 1 OLAF BREUNING Breuning's sculptures often...
Various Venues
BERLIN BIENNALE With each new version of a biennial, be it an established institution or an upstart like Berlin's, a simultaneous weaving and unraveling often takes place. As on Penelope's loom, a new texture arises. Various mechanisms may seem...
White Cube
RUNA ISLAM Director's Cut (Fool for Love), the main work in this show (all works 2001), was a color film transferred to video and projected on two screens. It was accompanied by Staged, an installation of black-and-white photographs taken from the...
"Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972"
TATE MODERN, LONDON "Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972," an overdue museum survey devoted to the Italian art phenomenon of the 1960s, attains its full contemporary significance via its transcontinental bounce from Minneapolis to London. Conceived...