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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 9, May

"Almost Warm and Fuzzy" "Disasters of War"
P.S. 1, NEW YORK Child's play or warfare? Among the recent offerings at MOMA'S Long Island City affiliate for contemporary art was a pair of exhibitions that queried familiar models for understanding where art comes from, what it can represent,...
Andrea Bowers
Andrea Bowers is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work can currently be seen in "Making Time" at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Her solo show at LA's Goldman Tevis goes up this fall. 1 CHRIS KRAUS, ALIENS & ANOREXIA (Semiotext(e), 2000) Both a work...
Anselm Stalder
HELMHAUS Anselm Stalder's exhibition is a topography of ideas, a dense network of pictorial, sculptural, architectonic, and urban references. It was publicly initiated with an action at the Zurich Paradeplatz, in the center of the Swiss financial...
A THOUSAND WORDS Thomas Demand TALKS ABOUT "POLL"
This past November, I was astonished to note that a truly momentous political event--which some have even gone so far as to call an attempted coup d'etat by the far-right Republicans--was rep resented to the public largely via various photographs of...
Beverly Semmes
LESLIE TONKONOW ARTWORKS + PROJECTS For some time now, Beverly Semmes's sculptural installations have extended bodily forms through an eccentric, winsome Pop abstraction. Recently, her expanded dresses (whose hemlines cascade across the floor into...
Biennial Angst
Does the world really need another every-other-year contemporary art exhibition? The Palm Pilots of peripatetic curators, critics, collectors, and artists are already overloaded with dates of departure to Venice, Havana, and Kwangju. Now, add Valencia--the...
Brigitte Kowanz
GALERIE CORA HOLZL More than fifteen years ago the Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz began a series of works called "Durchleuchtungen," 1985- 93--a title based on the verb "to shine through" but meaning "investigations" or even "X-ray examinations."...
California Split
AFTER SEARCHING UP AND DOWN Micheltorena Street, one finally comes across the Oliver House. Jammed into a typical LA hodgepodge of misplaced historical styles and partially hidden behind a continuous suburban topiary that weaves the adjacent houses...
Charles "Teenie" Harris
WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908-98) was hired in 1939 as a freelance photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, a widely circulating African-American newspaper. For the next forty-some years he covered the local scene:...
City of Angles
NOT EVERYONE IN HOLLYWOOD becomes a superstar overnight--sometimes appreciation comes from a whole new generation. For all his talent, Rudolph Schindler never achieved tremendous acclaim in his lifetime. Maybe he was too scruffy in his trademark open-neck...
Danica Phelps
LFL GALLERY While most people's efforts to track their expenses fizzle after a few weeks, this activity has been the basis of Danica Phelps's art practice since 1996. Every last dollar gets assiduously recorded with a tiny stroke of color on a small...
Dean Sameshima
LOW Dean Sameshima eyes skinny boys with wan complexions and an air of Anglophilia. Such boys are everywhere, but Sameshima studies them in their native environment, LA clubs and bars like Bang, Cafe Bleu, and Akbar. Prefatory study for such outings...
Eulalia Valldosera
FUNDACIO ANTONI TAPIES Art is a play of light and shadows from whose tangle arise precarious human relations--or so Eulalia Valldosera seems to be telling us. With the exception of the photographs, installation, and performance that make up El ombligo...
Franz West
GALERIE GISELA CAPITAIN Franz West's exhibition "Plakatentwurfe"(Poster designs) began with instructions from the artist: "As in my earlier PaBstucke," West states in a wall work directly next to the entrance, "the designs are not merely for reception...
Hellen Van Meene
MARC FOXX The modestly scaled, square color images included in Dutch artist Hellen van Meene's first solo US exhibition depict seemingly vulnerable pubescent girls in poses and stages of undress that hint at sexual awakening. Because the photos...
Home and Away
RACHEL KUSHNER ON WALTER HOPPS THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN MARCH of Walter Hopps's appointment as the Guggenheim's adjunct senior curator of twentieth-century art marks the latest triumph for director Tom Krens's expansionist agenda--a campaign that is...
How German Is It?
TOM HOLERT ON "THE SHORT CENTURY" IN 1959, standing before the assembled participants of the Second Congress of Black Artists and Writers in Rome, Frantz Fanon urged those in attendance to reach out to "the people" where it is hardest to do so:...
James Turrell
SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART James Turrell remembers the instructions of his Quaker grandmother in the Meeting House: "Look inward and greet the light." And 854 feet of tunnels, I.2 million cubic yards of earth and cinder, 660 tons of reinforced...
James Welling
I'm traveling mentally, the way I usually do, from a lush marsh, to a secluded road, to a chain-link fence, to a tower and abandoned railroad tracks. In the hush of these intensely static photographs, I concoct associations that bridge the four disparate,...
Julian Opie
LISSON GALLERY Everything here is a sample. What do you want-man or woman? Both? Separately or together? Make the choice, then decide on their poses. They can stand, kneel, sit, or maybe recline, propped up on one elbow. You can dress them to taste...
Julie Heffernan
P.P.O.W. GALLERY / LITTLE JOHN CONTEMPORARY Julie Heffernan's imagination looks suspiciously like the gift shop at some tourist-thronged beaux arts museum--the Prado, say, or maybe the Frick. Everywhere in her lavishly rhetorical paintings are passages...
Kelly Nipper
SHOSHANA WAYNE GALLERY The most telling photograph in Kelly Nipper's latest exhibition offers sunlit branches and leaves surrounding a shadowy void. The scene, which could be deep in a forest or in the corner of a backyard at the right time of day,...
Larry Poons
SALANDER-O'REILLY GALLERIES For many, the name Larry Poons will never signify anything but his classic dot paintings of the early '60s. For a smaller, more dedicated band, Poons is equally the maker of the rather mad agglomerations of paint and...
Liz Deschenes
ANDREW KREPS GALLERY First developed in the late '20s, the com positing technique known as "blue screen" still forms the basis of most cinematic special effects. This is how it works: A subject is filmed against a pure blue, green, or red backdrop....
Magnus Wallin
KONSTMUSEUM "Physical Sightseeing," the first comprehensive solo museum show of Magnus Wallin's work, was an extended journey through the Swedish artist's recent activities. The sightseeing in which spectators were invited to participate took them...
Mama and Her Papa
"CECILIA, HOW MANY ARTISTS DO WE HAVE?" inquires Harald Szeemann, director of this summer's Venice Biennale. "Eighty-eight," announces the chipper voice of an assistant. But the list of participants in this year's international exhibition isn't likely...
Mark Lewis
RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY The films of Mark Lewis are earnest, disarming, and seditious. In construction they couldn't be more straightforward: Each of the two films shown here unfolds in real time, and each is exactly four minutes long. They open-handedly...
Maurizio Cannavacciuolo
GALLERIA FRANCO NOERO/GALLERIA FRANCESCA KAUFMANN Maurizio Cannavacciuolo stands out among Italian artists because of his extremely elaborate style of painting. His pictorial surfaces are densely covered with intricate decorative patterns against...
Mess Is More
RICHARD SHONE ON THE FRANCIS BACON STUDIO There are immaculate studios and there are messy studios. There are private ones that are no-go areas for housekeeper and dealer alike. And there are those that show signs not just of working but of living--an...
Michael Landy
ARTANGEL, C&A, OXFORD STREET Peter Vanezis, a forensic scientist who specializes in human identification, was recently asked on British radio about the emotional demands of the human rights work he undertakes in places like Rwanda or the former...
Mies in America
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK In appraising its acknowledged masters, architectural history is usually content with a single version: Wright the troubled genius, Le Corbusier the painter in planner's clothing, Gropius the ideologue who...
"Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries"
NATIONAL GALLERY, WASHINGTON, DC In the first half of the twentieth century, Alfred Stieglitz did more to introduce modern art to an American public than--arguably--any other single individual. Even for all of his fame as a photographer, he will...
Moon Beom
KIM FOSTER GALLERY The paintings here were all from the series "slow, same, slow," which has engaged Moon Beom, a Korean artist in midcareer, since 1998. Or rather they are from a kind of subset of the series: In Moon's large exhibition at the Kukje...
Neil Jenney
GAGOSIAN GALLERY This retrospective of Neil Jenney's "bad paintings" makes it clear that they're any thing but bad. The ironic label referred to the fact that they were figurative in the late '60s, a time when it was de rigueur to be abstract, but...
Openings Sislej Xhafa
Italy is the destination of choice for many Albanian immigrants. It is the closest Western nation geo graphically and, thanks to Italian TV, the one they know best. Since the collapse of the Communist regime in the early '90s, Albanians have been streaming...
Paolo Canevari
VOLUME! Volume! is a new exhibition space founded and run by the collector Franco Nucci--a rare example of a nonprofit private initiative in Rome. The idea is simply to allow the invited artists to freely transform the interior spaces and the material...
"Paris Stopover"
MUSEE D'ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS "Paris pour escale" (Paris stopover) was presented as a companion to "L'Ecole de Paris, 1904-1929, la part de l'autre" (The School of Paris, 1904-1929, the role of the other), a survey of foreign-born artists...
Philip Taaffe
BRAD GOOCH looks back at the events leading up to Philip Taaffe's breakthrough one-person show at Pat Hearn's East Village gallery in 1984. PHILIP TAAFFE DIDN'T HAVE A FIRST BREAK. He had a cluster of them. All circa 1982, when he was living and...
Phyllis Baldino
PIEROGI Video's ability to highlight the elasticity of time has fascinated artists for over thirty years (consider Bruce Nauman's Video Corridor of 1968-70 or Nam June Paik's 1974 TV Buddha). Phyllis Baldino's two recent video installations (both...
Pierre Huyghe
VAN ABBEMUSEUM Pierre Huyghe conceived his exhibition "Interludes" as being similar to a shopping mall: a "scripted space" luring the consumer from one attraction to the next. But Huyghe sought to foster an inquisitive, analytical attitude in the...
Realist Camp
One of Basel's favorite sons, Arnold Bocklin (1827-1901) is up for a second survey in his hometown. The first, in 1977, marked the 150th anniversary of his birth. "Arnold Bocklin: A Retrospective" (Kunstmuseum Basel, May 5-Aug. 8), curated by Katharina...
Ricard Terre
GALERIE VU In an uncanny reversal of roles, photographer Ricard Terre has been stalking Death since the mid-'50s. Not the imminent death that presides over battlefields, natural disasters, or police morgues, but the transcendent death that haunts...
Rika Noguchi
D'AMELIO TERRAS For Americans who came of age in the '70s and '80s, it's hard to think of Japan as anything other than the country that conquered the world--economically, at least. Their cars were better than ours; their yen more powerful than our...
Rob Pruitt
GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE On the heels of an edition of prints for the New Museum, an interview in Time Out New York, a page in the new magazine Gotham, and a glossy spread in a recent oversized issue of Visionaire, this glittery show, "Pandas and...
Rooms to Roam
THE TALENT OF AUSTRIAN ARCHITECTS IS baroque. They celebrate space, unlike the Calvinists from Switzerland and Holland who like to rationalize it. Form is space and space is fluid. It's only in this sense that the Austrian-born architect R.M. Schindler...
Rosemarie Trockel
THE DRAWING CENTER / BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY These exhibitions of drawings paired a retrospective look with a contemporary view. "Metamorphoses and Mutations," at the Drawing Center, featured dozens of knockout works on paper, many from the '80s,...
Saving Graces
Self-love and love of others are both modes toward increasing self valuation and encouraging political resistance in one's community. These modes of valuation and resistance are rooted in a subversive memory-the best of one's past without romantic...
Shadows Figure
I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE OF BECOMING acquainted with Rudolph Schindler not long after meeting the first architect in my life, Richard Neutra. When I photographed Neutra's newly completed Kun residence in March 1936, it was the first modern house I had...
Southern Comforts
"WHEN DESIGNING A BUILDING ON A hillside, it should complete the line of the hill or be placed below the crest." The words were Frank Lloyd Wright's, and R.M. Schindler carried this wisdom with him throughout his life. The houses and apartments he...
Spaced Out
"Quelle architecture pour Mars?" asks the title of Dominique Gonzalez Foerster's May 4-July 28 exhibition at Le Consortium, Dijon. The show will survey ten years' work by Gonzalez-Foerster, Martian arts exponent, Japanophile, and creator of immersive,...
The Architecture of R.M. Schindler King of the Hills
As LA MoCA's traveling survey "The Architecture of R.M. Schindler" opens the eyes of museum-goers to the Vienna born expatriate's precedent-setting domestic designs, Artforum calls on architects and artists Michael Maltzan, Sam Durant, Roy McMakin,...
The Mirror of Fashion
JAMES MEYER ON THE FACE OF IT, "THE CRYSTAL LAND," THE EARLIEST OF Robert Smithson's magazine texts, is a charming travelogue: a recollection of a visit to an abandoned quarry in New Jersey. That Donald Judd is among the "guests" along for the tour...
"The Pop Years"
CENTER GEORGES POMPIDOU, PARIS There is, it seems, no definitive way of organizing a Pop art exhibition. No lineup was ever official, even in the United States, nor was there a roster of participating countries, and some accounts have managed inexplicably...
"The State of Things (Part I)"
KUNST-WERKE Start cramming. Catherine David is back with "L'Etat des choses (Iere partie)," her first major exhibition since curating Documenta X four years ago. Taking her cue from the philosopher Jacques Ranciere, who links politics and aesthetics...
Togetherness
IF YOU'RE ALONE AND LIFE IS making you lonely, you can always go downtown-or, alternatively, join the crowds visiting "Wechselstrom (Alternating current)" at the Sammlung Hauser und Wirth, St. Gallen, between May 13 and October 14, for a show exploring...
Up to My Gill
MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH A SCHINDLER structure was as a student in La Jolla, California, in the late '70s. Exploring the coastal real estate of my new community, I stopped my red VW Bug and got out to stare at something completely bewildering. The structure...
U.S. Shorts
IF IT'S SUMMERTIME, THE ART MUST be easy, right? Not judging by a host of upcoming exhibitions that could set a policy wonk's cold heart on fire. At the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, "Art at the Edge of the Law" (June 3-Sept. 9) aims to...
Working Weekend the Art of Dave Muller
AVANT-GARDISTS USED TO HOLD THEIR AUDIENCES in contempt, but today times are friendlier. Over the last decade, a growing number of contemporary artists have assumed the well-meaning demeanor of attentive service providers. Instead of trying to offend...
!Yo Picasso!
"CUBISM IS SPANISH IN ORIGIN, and it was I who invented Cubism. We should look for Spanish influence in Cezanne.... Observe El Greco's influence on him. A Venetian painter but he is Cubist in construction." Pablo Picasso must have been in an exceptionally...