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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 7, March

"4Free": Buro Fried Rich. (Berlin)
The subtitle of "4FREE" holds nothing back: It promises "art-politics-science & aesthetic survival strategies," which is unusually programmatic for Berlin. The exhibition was conceived as a laboratory that would not just exhibit finished artwork...
Ana Busto: Galeria Oliva Arauna. (Madrid)
This was Basque artist Ana Busto's third foray into the controversial world of boxing. For the first, Night Fight, presented at Metronom, Barcelona, in 1999 and at the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao the following year, she set up a ring and organized fights...
Andrew Kearney: Limerick City Gallery of Art. (Limerick, Ireland)
Andrew Kearney's first major Irish exhibition in seven years, in his native Limerick, was inevitably billed as a homecoming. While its slightly menacing title, "With Intent," suggested that this London-based artist had some scores to settle, the five...
A Thousand Words: Bruce Nauman Talks about Mapping the Studio
What triggered this piece were the mice. We had a big influx of field mice that summer, in the house and in the studio. They were so plentiful even the cat was getting bored with them. I was sitting around the studio being frustrated because I didn't...
Bertozzi & Casoni: Cardi & Co. (Milan)
The gallery seemed to be piled with garbage--dead car batteries, torn boxes, kitschy animal statuettes, and feces--with snails crawling all over. It was only when you realized that what seem to be assemblages of found objects are actually ceramic sculptures...
"Brazil: Body and Soul"; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. (Reviews)
"Brazil: Body and Soul" is among the most expensive and polemical museum exhibitions in recent memory, and its genesis is worth considering. The extravaganza is a refinement of "Mostra do redescobrimento" (Rediscovery exhibition), which in 2000 celebrated...
Candida Hofer: Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber. (Zurich)
For many years now, Candida Hofer has been photographing public or semipublic spaces in libraries, banks, museums, theaters, schools, and corporate offices, making pictures that offer glimpses of cities across the world and reflect the architecture...
Carl Ostendarp: Dee/Glasoe. (New York)
More than a decade ago, Carl Ostendarp emerged as a deadpan formalist, with bulging foam reliefs and sculptures that read as mockeries--of the monochrome tradition, of Jules Olitski, of Expressionism. In the mid-'90s, just as he was shifting to a new,...
Christoph Buchel: Maccarone, Inc. (New York)
For his New York solo debut, Christoph Buchel created the kind of project that few artists could pull off, and few would want to take on. His large-scale architectural installation was born as much of circumstance as of his energetic imagination: The...
Daniele Puppi: Galleria Massimo De Carlo. (Milan)
As an art of both space and time, video succeeds in telling us something interesting only when the artist can affect our perception of these dimensions in fresh, even disruptive ways. Daniele Puppi's videos, with their strongly disorienting spatial...
Delia Brown: Margo Leavin Gallery. (Los Angeles)
Delia Brown's recent show, her first at Margo Leavin, comprised thirty-six drawings, watercolors, and oil and acrylic paintings (all 2001) depicting the intertwined lives of a young woman and her mother. The models for these roles are Brown herself...
Eileen Neff: Locks Gallery. (Philadelphia)
Ostensibly shot from a moving train, Eileen Neff's blurry, digitally altered photographs are less about the passing landscape than about the blur itself. They concern the inadequacy of perception to its object, which can never be brought into lasting...
Fire Grounds: Daniel B. Schneider on the Plight of the Museums. (News)
In the Jittery, smoke-streaked weeks following the attacks on the World Trade Center, attendance at New York's major art museums plunged to roughly half that of the preceding autumn, then steadied, and, glacially, began to creep upward again. By mid-January,...
Frank Stella: Paul Kasmin Gallery. (New York)
Frank Stella's recent exhibition consisted of sixteen new works in various, purposely indistinct media. There were some paintings--we know they are paintings because they are flat surfaces covered with paint. There was one rickety collage--pieces of...
Grete Stern: Galerie 213. (Paris)
Even without knowing the facts of Grete Stern's long life--she was born in Wuppertal-Eberfeld in 1904 and died in Buenos Aires in 1999--one could discern her itinerary from the photos on view: the composition studies and portraits in the unmistakable...
"Heavenly Visions": Drawing Center. (New York)
This exhibition, the first major presentation of Shaker "gift" drawings and song manuscripts since 1979, shattered a number of common misconceptions about this centuries-old culture. The pared-down aesthetic one might associate with the Shakers through...
Here to There and Back
AS THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART'S RETROSPECTIVE "BARNETT NEWMAN" GOES ON VIEW THIS MONTH, ART HISTORIAN AND ARTFORUM CONTRIBUTING EDITOR YVE-ALAIN BOIS EXAMINES THE LEGACY OF AN ARTIST WHOSE OEUVRE HE CONSIDERS THE MOST DIFFICULT OF THE LAST CENTURY....
Istanbul Biennial. (Istanbul)
Yuko Hasegawa, curator of this year's Istanbul Biennial, set out to make an exhibition around what visual culture theorist Pierre Levy has called the anthropology of cyberspace. Her idea was to deconstruct the traditional Western idea of the individual...
James Rosenquist. (First Break)
Alexi Worth recounts the series of visits Richard Bellamy made to James Rosenquist's studio in the months leading up to his first one-man show, at Bellamy's Green Gallery in February 1962. JAMES ROSENQUIST, a headstrong twenty-two-year-old from...
Jane Hammond: Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. (Cleveland)
Self-imposed restrictions play a major role in Jane Hammond's art. In the past she has limited herself to two standard sizes of canvas and titled her paintings only by strings of numbers determined by her compositions; since 1988 she has constructed...
Job Koelewijn: Galerie Fons Welters. (Amsterdam)
The centerpiece of Job Koelewijn's show was the complex installation Time Machine, 2001, which literally revolved around a large, oblong black frame suspended from the roof and surrounding a rectangular void: an imaginary movie screen. Behind this...
John Currin: Andrea Rosen Gallery. (New York)
John Currin seems to be cleaning up his act, at least a little: no more extravagantly chesty women, the cartooniness of some paintings balanced by a certain sedateness in others. Of course, if you found misogyny in Currin's earlier work, you won't...
Keith Tyson: South London Gallery. (London)
It is easy to see why much of the comment that circulates around Keith Tyson's work focuses on his interest in science. The techspeak and strings of figures that frequently appear in his innumerable drawings point time and again to the fields of astronomy...
Liz Larner: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. (Reviews)
In 1987, as Liz Larner's career came into focus, she was making modest but vivid sculptures out of petri dishes chock-full of ingredicnts fertile with bacteria destined to "bloom" into decay (e.g., Whipped Cream, Heroin, and Salmon Eggs [3 weeks])....
Lynne Yamamoto: P.P.O.W. (New York)
Lynne Yamamoto's recent exhibition, "Resplendent," immersed viewers in a pastoral tableau of cherry blossoms by the hundreds (all works 2001). At first glance the outstretched petals resembled wings, making the flowers look like butterflies--an illusion...
Maciej Wisniewski: Postmasters. (New York)
In 1999, Maciej Wisniewski launched his digital-art career with Netomat, a browser that rewires our access to--and hence our perception of--the Internet by circumventing the structures currently used to organize online information. We typically navigate...
March 1972
Thirty years ago, Leo Steinberg's "Reflections on the State of Art Criticism" punctured the proscriptive formalism that still held sway over contemporary commentary. Art historian Katy Siegel, who joined our masthead last month as contributing editor,...
Mary Kelly: Santa Monica Museum of Art. (Los Angeles)
In a career defined by attempts to give physical form to complex language-based narratives, Mary Kelly has generally kept her work visually lean. Her installations tend to betray the aesthetic inheritance from the Minimalism and Conceptualism that...
Obscured Visions
Latter-day defenders of the one true path of modernism may think that they were blindsided, but few real challenges come at you straight on. The one offered by the artists in "Eye Infection," the five-artist show at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,...
Openings: Brad Spence
The lore of Western realism is full of blunders, a slapstick succession of mistakes and misinterpretations that connect the prisoners of Plato's cave to contemporary office workers peering into their desktop monitors as though out the window. The eyes...
Performance Anxiety: Jennifer Allen on "A Little Bit of History Repeated". (on Site)
The idea sounded promising, if a bit quixotic: Ask an international group of artists from a younger generation to reexamine key performance-art pieces from the golden age of the movement. Curator Jens Hoffmann proposed "A Little Bit of History Repeated"...
Per Kirkeby: Michael Werner. (New York)
Per Kirkeby's recent paintings, simultaneously refined and raw, are about memory: the memory of the northern landscape in which he grew up and of the abstract terrain of art that is also his heritage. A Dane trained in geology, Kirkeby arranges his...
Portfolio: James Casebere
Much has been said about the artifice of James Casebere's works--studio photographs of architectural sets, suggesting habitable spaces subtly contaminated into fiction. In the '80s this art played a role in an influential body of critical thinking...
Prop and Circumstance: Manthia Diawara on Seydou Keita. (Passages)
Seydou Keita was seventy-eight years old and long retired when he died last November. His future as an artist lay in his past as the photographer from Bamako, Mali, who managed to portray his subjects with all their dignity, dreams, and fantasies....
Prose and Cons
Pauline Kael, the New Yorker's film critic from 1968 until 1991 (save for a brief hiatus in 1978, when she took a short-lived job at a Hollywood studio), died on September 3, 2001. With all of the predictable eulogizing behind us, we asked five critics-Gary...
Rhona Bitner: CRG Gallery. (New York)
There's not much clowning around in Rhona Bitner's recent Big Top photographs, even if her circus people are not lugubrious like Picasso's or tortured like Bruce Nauman's. Aside from a few largescale formal portraits, somewhat reminiscent of those...
Richard Caldicott: Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery. (New York)
Richard Caldicott photographs Tupperware. This might sound like an interesting new form of social deviance, but what's more intriguing, at least initially, is that the photographs look very much like Color Field paintings. Their rectangles, concentric...
Tacita Dean: Peter Blum. (New York)
Flea markets are famously fecund places. Treasure troves of detritus, they offer a rich archaeology of abandoned objects, each with its own mute, often melancholy history. For Tacita Dean, an artist deeply engaged with time's ravages and lost or imagined...
"The Americans: New Art"; Barbican Art Gallery, London. (Reviews)
Do we need a survey of new American art in London? That's the question one asked before venturing to "The Americans: New Art" at the Barbican. The title suggested "Move over YBAs," a sentiment addressed to a London media for whom contemporary art is...
The Three: Percy Miller Gallery. (London)
Collectors, save this issue! The review you are reading will soon be an artwork, or part of one--not my art, of course, since I'm not (yet) one of those critics who's been tempted to cross over, but that of the anonymous collective known as The Three,...
"Timewave Zero/The Politics of Ecstasy": Grazer Kunstverein. (Graz, Austria)
It was around 1940 that Frederick Kiesler developed his Vision Machine, an exhibition design conceptualized to provide new ways of approaching art. Many years of research on the faculties of vision and fantasy as well as on the categories of pictorial...
Toby Webster. (Top Ten)
Toby Webster, director of the Modern Institute, Glasglow, is cocurating "My Head is on Fire But My Heart is Full of Love," a thirty-plus-artist show to open at Charlottenborg, Copenhagen in May. 1 MIKE NELSON, A FORGOTTEN KINGDOM Published in...
Tom Friedman: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. (Reviews)
I couldn't find precious amid the blizzard of words that composed the floor sculpture Everything, 1992-95, a piece of paper on which Tom Friedman has supposedly scrawled every word in the dictionary. But that's the adjective--with its connotations...
Tom Nakashima: Anton Gallery. (Washington, DC)
When Tom Nakashima moved his studio from Washington, DC, to the Virginia countryside, he became intrigued by the giant piles of brush and trees he saw in the middle of cleared fields, silhouetted against the open sky in an otherwise unspoiled landscape....
Vuk Cosic. (Hotlist)
Net-art pioneer Vuk Cosic lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and represented his country at last summer's Venice Biennale. A monograph on his ASCII works, Contemporary ASCII, was published in 1999 by Galerija Kapelica. Suggesting Web Links...
Wolfgang Tillmans: Deichtorhallen. (Hamburg)
Selected works from the past four years have been brought together for Wolfgang Tilimans's exhibition "Aufsicht"/"View from Above," traveling to four venues across Europe. In Hamburg a group of earlier works was added, perhaps in honor of the artist's...
Zhang Huan: Luhring Augustine. (New York)
While Zhang Huan was an art student in Beijing in the early '90s, his art history professor taught him about "Rubens's red," "the most powerful red in the history of art." Later, when Zhang himself was teaching, he passed along his teacher's formulation,...