Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 7, March

Abbas Kiarostami
GALERIE DE FRANCE Abbas Kiarostami, photographer? But of course--even, it might be argued, when he makes films: Just think of the Iranian director's Taste of Cherry (1997), with its ninety-nine minutes of fixed-camera shots. And in his new film,...
"After the Wall: Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe"
MODERNA MUSEET, STOCKHOLM It was midsummer, 1937, when Hitler and Goebbels went to call on the infamous "Entartete Kunst," or "Degenerate Art," exhibition in Munich. In a memorable photograph of that "grip and grin," a connoisseur wearing prim specs...
Andreas Gursky
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY The discourse around Andreas Gursky tends to get trapped in an outdated modernist impulse to define a medium by its physical properties. Because his monumental color photographs are digitally manipulated, they must be not photographs...
Anna Gaskell
CASEY KAPLAN We're postmillennial and allegedly post-feminist, but as a culture we remain ardently interested in that phenomenon of twentieth-century gender studies, the gaze. Anna Gaskell's photographs effect a realm of scopophilia--we look, and...
A Thousand Words: Thomas Hirschhorn
TALKS ABOUT HIS CRITICAL LABORATORY As an artist I experience the same disappointment over and over again. I claim that the end result isn't so important, but then, when I'm confronted with the failure of my work, i'm disappointed. I don't want...
Bjorn Dahlem
GALERIE LUIS CAMPANA Once a year the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf opens its doors, offering a glimpse of the students' work. One finds that the young artists seldom work in a truly autonomous or innovative manner; often their work looks plagiarized...
Bolder and Wiser
PETER BOWEN OR SUNDANCE 2000 In recent years, with the media outnumbering filmmakers by about three to one, the Sundance Film Festival's purported emphasis-challenging, independent film by promising new talent-drastically shifted. Mirroring Hollywood...
Cafe Noir
Who am I to spout about life, love, happiness? About whether all's right with the world, or whether it's just a vale of tears, so store up your treasures for heaven. I think it's unbelievable, fabulous, this life of ours--everything, the birds and...
Callum Morton
ROSLYN OXLEY 9 GALLERY Callum Morton is a young artist based in Melbourne, where he attracted considerable attention in the mid-'90s by grafting prefabricated windows and balconies onto gallery walls. Like Christo's Storefronts of 1964-65, these...
Chris Reinecke
KUNSTMUSEUM DUSSELDORF The Lidl-Raum, founded in Dusseldorf in 1968, was one of the first artist-organized spaces in which art and politics were united. It arose under the influence of the May ip68 demonstrations in Paris and the German student...
Daido Moriyama
JAPAN SOCIETY/METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART/LAURENCE MILLER GALLERY/ROTH HOROWITZ, NEW YORK "Less art and more truth." I remember that motto scrawled across a wall in the Robert Frank retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 1995-96. The idea that anyone...
Dugu Choegyal Rimpoche
GALLERIA BONOMO The difficulty of understanding another, distinct culture without simply assimilating it to one's own has been a topic of intense interest for years now. And it is perhaps the central problem faced by visitors to this exhibition...
Elke Krystufek
CENTRE GENEVOIS DE GRAVURE CONTEMPORAINE Elke Krystufek's art gives a contemporary twist to that nineteenth-century notion of the artist as narcissist. Over the past several years she has produced a seemingly endless stream of close-up self-portraits,...
Eminent Domain
JAMES SUROWIECKI ON ETOYS VS. ETOY IF THE GREAT ECONOMIC STORY OF THE PAST decade has been the transformation of the Internet from a public space of unbounded democratic possibility into an increasingly privatized realm that is fundamentally reshaping...
Francesco Vezzoli
The surroundings become a museum of the soul, an archive of its experiences; it reads in them its own history, and is perennially conscious of itself; the surroundings are the resonance chamber where its strings render their authentic vibration. And...
Francis Alys
LISSON GALLERY School's out in London, and children walking down Lisson Grove are especially well placed to spot the one element of Francis Alys's show that's clearly visible from the street. Sleepers, 1999, projected onto a two-way projection screen...
Ger Van Elk
VAN ABBEMUSEUM, EINDHOVEN/BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN, ROTTER DAM Ger van Elk is a well-traveled Dutch artist who has often worked on and at the intersections of object and (photographic) image, emerging, like his countrymen Jan Dibbets, Stanley Brouwn,...
Hot List
THE PLEASURE OF THE WEB lies not only in the construction of a pointed query but in the poetic serendipity that spirals from this point of departure. When colleagues see my desktop, they often comment on the sheer number of websites I tend to visit...
Jess: The Mouse's Tale, 1951
In 1951 Jess made The Mouse's Tale, the first of his large collages, or "paste-ups," as he calls them. Only a few years before, he had-been a radio-chemist working on the production of plutonium for the US government. He abandoned science and rational...
Jochen Flinzer
GALERIE ANDREAS SCHLUTER Display books are like slipcases with inscriptions: hollow inside, title printed on the outside. Unassuming phrases shine forth from their spines--they might be designated Art, or The Golden City, or Good Form, depending...
Kathy Prendergast
IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Although it was billed as a midcareer retrospective, only two of the works included in "The End and the Beginning" dated from before the past three years, but one of these was the result of many years of Herculean labor....
Kristin Calabrese
GAGOSIAN GALLERY Looking at Kristin Calabrese's 1998 painting Stove & Fridge (Love), I couldn't help but focus on the houseplant, which shares space with the dustpan, broom, and mop, as well as the fridge-mounted valentine, snapshots, and fortune-cookie...
Lawrence Gipe
JOSEPH HELMAN The panels on view from Lawrence Gipe's series "The Last Picture Show," 1999, are tours de force of irony, both conceptually and visually. Lifting images from Nazi-era German source material (magazine reproductions of "politically...
L.C. Armstrong
POSTMASTERS L.C. Armstrong has recently turned from conceptually based abstraction to large, aggressively breathtaking floral panoramas, most of which bear signs, subtle and otherwise, of eco-trouble in paradise. Her signature, in addition to the...
Letters
HOLIER AND HOW To the Editor: By Howard Hampton's lights ["Lynch Mob," January 2000], "highbrow" critics like Jonathan Rosenbaum, Jim Hoberman, and myself are the enemy (highbrow? Hey bud, what magazine do you think you're writing for, Women...
Miltos Manetas
LAWING GALLERY Miltos Manetas began making paintings In 1995, some time after he had become a devotee of computers and mastered image-processing software, so it is no surprise that laptops, Zip drives, data cables, and digital-game components populate...
More Than Zero
DENNIS COOPER ON AMERICAN PSYCHO IN AN INTERVIEW GIVEN AROUND THE TIME THAT "Walk on the Wild Side" became a fluke hit single, Lou Reed was asked how it felt to achieve mainstream fame after years of cult notoriety. He jokingly replied that at least...
"Nic Nicosia: Real Pictures 1979-1999"
CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM, HOUSTON You travel through Nic Nicosia's retrospective like a voyeur through a neighborhood. peering into window after window for illicit kicks. You catch a glimpse--brief, partial, even hazy. At times you do a double take,...
Open Season
ADAM LEHNER ON LAWRENCE RINDER WHEN MAXWELL ANDERSON was appointed director of the Whitney Museum of American Art almost two years ago, many in the contemporary-art world reacted like villagers who'd spotted Frankenstein's monster lumbering in their...
Paul Graham
SCALO Paul Graham's latest series, "End of an Age," 1999, consists of forty-nine large color photographs of twenty-somethings hanging out in clubs somewhere in Western Europe or the US (Edinburgh? Munich? Helsinki? New York? Graham refuses to specify)....
Paul Mccarthy
BLUM & POE By 1974 Paul McCarthy had already made more than two dozen performances and videotapes and parodied AbEx by painting with his penis. Around that time, John Waters was preparing to shoot Female Trouble (1975), perhaps his greatest...
Richmond Burton
CHEIM & READ Painting hasn't come naturally to Richmond Burton. Though he's had an impressive following from the beginning (his second catalogue essay, in 1990, was written by Robert Rosenblum), his progress has not been without impediments....
Sarah Morris
FRIEDRICH PETZEL GALLERY Sarah Morris's recent paintings of midtown Manhattan buildings are very New York indeed: stylish, hip, loud, reflexive, and assured. Isolating fragments of the glass-curtain facades, the works are rendered in forceful colors--citron,...
Scout's Honor
JUSTIN SPRING ON PAUL CADMUS MERCILESS CARICATURIST, gruesome fantasist, homoerotic moralist, and above all maker of wonderfully crafted drawings and paintings: Paul Cadmus worked in many modes throughout his life and created so many surprising...
Sherrie Levine and Joost Van Oss
PAULA COOPER GALLERY For all its theoretical sophistication and high-wire cerebral balancing acts, Sherrie Levine's art has often fused a sense of mourning with a sense of humor. Duplicating classic works of "heroic" modernism, sometimes more or...
Sono Osato
BRIAN GROSS FINE ART As much objects as images, Sono Osato's thickly impastoed canvases have the physical presence of sculpture. In this small, elegantly composed six-painting installation titled "The Sound of Ku," careful consideration was given...
Steve Doughton
MARIANNE BOESKY Maybe film is finally in a position to fulfill its destiny of becoming art. With the advent of video and digital media, amateurs have a cheaper, more readily accessible technology at their disposal; the same is increasingly true...
The Max Factor
WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2000 MICHAEL AUPING KATY SIEGEL: How do you think this Biennial will come to be regarded in relation to others? MICHAEL AUPING: It will arguably be the first in a series of international Biennials, because of the way we migrate...
Tim Gardner
303 GALLERY Young men at leisure in one another's company has been a subject of art since the Greeks--and some constants tend to hold across divides of time, taste, and medium. The boy-men will be handsome, perhaps bare-chested, and will display...
Top Ten
1 AMERICAN MOVIE What a shame that Chris Smith's funny, big-hearted documentary about indie-film desperado Mark Borchardt didn't get nominated for an Oscar. Borchardt on stage, facing the academy, would have been a mind-blowing moment in pop history...
Tristin Lowe/richard Harrod
BLOHARD GALLERY After a year of presenting some of the more engaging shows in Philadelphia, artists Richard Harrod and Tristin Lowe's Blohard Gallery recently closed. What distinguished Blohard from the start was the simple but remarkable idea of...
Village Voice
CARLO MCCORMICK ON MARTIN WONG WHEN MARTIN WONG DIED at his parents' San Francisco residence this past August, five years after moving back home to a cocktail of AIDS medications, Chinese herbs, and mother's love, word of his passing spread through...
Yilmaz Dziewior Talks Withannelie Lutgens
IF ANNELIE LUTGENS is a relative newcomer when it comes to the work of Ed van der Elsken (1925-90), she's hardly alone. When the forty-three-year-old curator was first exposed to the Dutch photographer's work in the posthumous 1994 Fotomuseum Winterthur...