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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, December

2000 Taipei Biennial
TAIPEI FINE ARTS MUSEUM For its fifth edition the Taipei Biennial has made itself resolutely international. After a selection of artists from East Asia presented by Fumio Nanjo two years ago, the curatorship of this new edition and the selection...
Acharaya Vyakul
LAWRENCE MARKEY It would be a mistake to read Acharaya Vyakul's luminous work as naive or folksy. Vyakul, who died in May at sixty-nine, was no "outsider"; he was a tantric scholar and Sanskritist, a learned and avid collector of devices used in...
Aida Ruilova
WHITE COLUMNS According to the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, it is cinema more than any other art that enhances and prolongs a meager dose of time, but I suspect many of us think of music as the essential art of remolding duration and distorting...
Alicia Beach
SUSANNE VIELMETTER How do you get a gestural abstract painting to yield clean, precise hard edges? Just slice it up. That might sound glib, but it describes the simple logic at work in Alicia Beach's recent projects. Actually, rather than cut...
Annelies Strba
GALERIE HUBERT WINTER The Swiss artist Annelies Strba gained recognition in the early '90s, when her family photographs were exhibited in Zurich for the first time. These are curious snapshots showing her children and grandchildren in often intimate...
Arthur C. Danto
1 "Making Choices" (Museum of Modem Art, New York) A show of shows in two senses: It consisted of twenty-five separate exhibitions, some of which belonged in an inventory of the high points of 2000 in their own right; and it was an epochal show, putting...
Best of 2000
Those of us who live and breathe contemporary art will hold to the idea that art does change, if not the world, then the way we live in it. But our "world" can be more insular than we care to admit. So to open our look back at 2000, we asked twenty-one...
Best of 2000: Film
John Waters 1. Dancer in the Dark (Lars von Trier) The most hilariously moving, "feel-insane" movie of the year. 2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen) The jaw-dropping all-singing, all-dancing Ku Klux Klan-Busby Berkeley number is a real...
Bill Viola
JAMES COHAN GALLERY Had we but world enough, and time...Old-master painting breathed through this show, but I also remembered the seventeenth-century poet Andrew Marvell, and the time he imagined devoting to a lover's body: An hundred years should...
Bridget Riley/wojciech Fangor
DIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, PACEWILDENSTEIN/MITCHELL ALGUS GALLERY, NEW YORK I still haven't figured out whether the gradual shifts in tone within the nominally white ground of Bridget Riley's Pause, 1964, are real or only apparent, chemical or optical....
Bruce Hainley
1 Gary Boas, Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan (Dilettante Press, Los Angeles; Deitch Projects, New York) The intensity of the star moment captured by one of the great fans (a disappearing type) in all its discombobulating glory: the flash blurring...
Clay Ketter/george Stoll
ROSE ART MUSEUM Although you might not expect it, Clay Ketter and George Stoll share a number of concerns. This ambitious exhibition (aptly titled "Impostures") of thirty-seven recent sculptures, paintings, and drawings brought their work together...
Damien Hirst
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, NEW YORK Having entered the arena of mass-media attention occupied by such titans of overexposure as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst can cheerfully scoff at the modest claims of art criticism. For all the brickbats...
Dan Flavin
CHINATI FOUNDATION, MARFA, TEXAS The West Texas town of Marfa is a dusty, one-traffic-light, Last Picture Show sort of place located sixty miles north of the border on the grassy, high plain known as El Despoblado: the uninhabited place. After the...
Daniel Birnbaum
1 Doug Aitken (Galerie Hauser & Wirth & Presenhuber, Zurich) With the five-screen installation I Am in You, the final bodily paroxysms of Electric Earth, 1999--arguably the most memorable work in this year's Whitney Biennial-have disappeared....
Darren Almond
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY For his first solo exhibition in New York, Darren Almond parked Mean Time, 2000, a forty-foot orange commercial cargo container, customized with a giant built-in digital clock, right in the middle of the gallery, and it took...
David Grant
NEWSPACE For a few years now, David Grant has been stretching fabrics and skins over armatures and padding, toying with the interface of surface and what lies beneath, but never before have his works so encouraged viewers to undress them with their...
David Rimanelli
1 LA Girls Desire Romance I spent the greater part of the last year living in LA, where a double teaching gig provided a lifeline to the young and aesthetic. In fact, I'll admit to doing a bit of the much-maligned cradle robbing for two shows I curated...
Dennis Cooper
1 Errol Morris, First Person (Bravo Network) To my mind, Morris has evolved into the most subversive, forward thinking of American filmmakers, harmonizing fiction and fact, offbeat personal interest and surgical objectivity, narrative and its opposite,...
Dexter Dalwood
GAGOSIAN GALLERY The landmarks by means of which Dexter Dalwood maps out a cultural landscape are both recognizable and disconcerting. Paintings referring to Mao and Stalin, Bill Gates and Kurt Cobain sit alongside others devoted to Patty Hearst,...
"Domestic Bliss"
SOUTH LONDON GALLERY The South London Gallery, founded in 1891, has become one of the liveliest venues in London since the appointment of David Thorp as director eight years ago. Despite operating on a shoestring budget--around half that of its...
Dora Garcia
GALERIA JUANA DE AIZPURU Dora Garcia's work represents a subtle, self-reflective approach to photography's connection with transience. The title of her show, taken from an inscription found on some of Atget's photographs, emphasizes this: "Va a...
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
SERPENTINE GALLERY Mounting an exhibition of the work of the late Cuban-born American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-96) represents a serious challenge. How can one shed light on a relatively small body of work that has been so widely exhibited,...
Fiona Tan
PAUL ANDRIESSE Contemporary film and video artists often try to develop a different approach to filmic time than that typically employed in conventional action-driven cinema. Fiona Tan is one of them. Walking into her latest exhibition, one first...
Gary Boas
NEW IMAGE ART "Gary Boas does not consider himself an artist, although he might be a kind of outsider artist. He calls what he does a hobby." New York Times critic Ken Johnson's account doesn't begin to grapple with the problem of why one would...
"Glee: Painting Now"
ALDRICH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART "Glee"? Only in the wake of 13,000-plus stock-market averages would such a title be imaginable. Optimism, confidence, and fun are the watchwords here, and the curators, Amy Cappellazzo (of the Palm Beach Institute...
Glenn O'Brien
1 Vincent Gallo 1962-1999 (Petit Grand Publishing, Tokyo) Last June in Paris, I picked up Vincent Gallo 1962-1999, which set me hooting for hours in the beautiful city where nobody ever hoots (a shame, since the French are such a hoot). The photo album...
Ingrid Calame
KARYN LOVEGROVE GALLERY One good look at a painting by Ingrid Calame will reveal that the warm critical reception extended to her oeuvre amounts to mountebank persiflage. The gimmick behind the project--Calame traces the shapes of sidewalk stains,...
James Meyer
1 Tate Modern The plant is grand, the site unique. Yes, the rearrangement of the collection led to forced pairings and hackneyed themes (when I see "The Body" I want to ...), and the Louise Bourgeois towers, not to mention the single-artist installations,...
Jane and Louise Wilson
303 GALLERY In Victor Pelevin's 1993 novel Omon Ra, a Russian boy who dreams of becoming a cosmonaut and flying to the moon gets his wish: He is accepted into the space program and even chosen to represent the Soviet Union in the space race against...
Jonathan Feldschuh
CYNTHIA BROAN GALLERY In "Little Corner of the World," his first solo show in New York, Jonathan Feldschuh exhibited twelve canvases, varying in size but consistent in their mixture of cartoonish sci-fi and romantic verve. A product of the Harvard...
Jules Olitski
AMERINGER/HOWARD FINE ART I don't know if Jules Olitski is the greatest living painter, as Clement Greenberg once claimed, but his late works certainly offer a supreme abstract version of the "splendid manner," a term Giovanni Pietro Bellori applied...
Katy Siegel
1 Can-Do Art I'm with Stephen King: In art as in writing, the active construction rules. Artists like Chuck Close and Paul Etienne Lincoln prove that, despite the bad name that the likes of Damien Hirst have given the word, it is still possible to...
Krzysztof Wodiczko
GALERIE LELONG "Like you I have longed for a memory beyond consolation, for a memory of shadows and stones." These words (by Marguerite Duras) are delivered deadpan and lumbering by the female protagonist in the opening dialogue of Alain Resnais's...
Lisa Liebmann
1 "1900: Art at the Crossroads" (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York) I haven't traveled much this year, so without this wonderful show I might not have met my quota of far-flung museum discoveries and strange reencounters in art. The exhibition,...
Loris Cecchini
MUSEO CASTEL NUOVO The work of thirty-one-year-old Loris Cecchini takes two apparently distinct forms: the actual-size reconstruction of ordinary objects in soft, monochrome rubber and the photographic construction of an outsize world. Visitors...
Manfred Pernice
NATIONALGALERIE IM HAMBURGER BAHNHOF A faint, unmistakable odor filled the air: sawdust. As a recipient of the Piepenbrock Sculpture Prize 2000, Manfred Pernice actually set up an atelier in the Hamburger Bahnhof. By adding freshly cut sculptures...
Manifesta 3
LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA Although Manifesta has been loosely dedicated since its inception four years ago to defining a "new Europe," the 2000 installment provided the first opportunity for the show to inhabit a city that might actually exemplify such...
Marco Arce
MUSEO CARRILLO GIL Suppose the lotto ticket you bought today happens to have the winning number... of yesterday's draw. Well, you still have a chance, though common sense would suggest otherwise. Marco Arce's ticket to artistic success--his acute...
Naoto Kawahara
LE CASE D'ARTE Painting is very popular among today's young artists, but in an idiom rather different from that of the various revivals we've witnessed since the '70s. It's no longer about invoking aura, daring to stand alongside the great figures...
"Orbis Terrarum"
PLANTIN-MORETUS MUSEUM As curator Moritz Kung acknowledges in his catalogue preface, the relation between cartography and contemporary art is not a new theme. But what distinguishes "Orbis Terrarum: Ways of Worldmaking" from such predecessors as...
"Papunya Tula"
ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES "Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius" was the first major museum survey to systematically trace the history of Western Desert Painting beginning with its unlikely emergence in 1971 at a hellish, dysfunctional settlement...
Rachel Berwick
BRENT SIKKEMA Rachel Berwick's art is haunted by extinction. For previous exhibitions she has cast animal death masks in amber and taught parrots a defunct Amazonian language. In her most recent show, "Hovering Close to Zero," Berwick focused on...
Ralph Rugoff
1 "100 Days No Exhibition" (Salzburger Kunstverein) While the overriding tendency among museums was to kick off the millennium with a publicity-grabbing bang, Kunstverein director Hildegund Amanshauser decided to darken her gallery spaces and host...
Robert Rosenblum
1 Jeff Koons, Puppy One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World blossomed this summer in New York, usurping for the time being the sacred site of Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree. A joy for all, save those who prohibit smiling in the presence of...
"Street Market"
DEITCH PROJECTS There's an idea afloat these days that art movements are purely academically generated and driven by a handful of art schools. What that vision fails to account for are the exceedingly vital "fringe" movements that currently flourish...
Tom Wood
THOMAS ERBEN GALLERY For seventeen years, Irish-born Tom Wood took photographs while riding local buses around Liverpool, across the Mersey from his current home. What's immediately apparent in the nineteen selections recently on view from Wood's...
Vince Aletti
1 Saul Fletcher (Anton Kern Gallery, New York) Fletcher's third show of unfashionably small color photos was his knottiest, most personal, and most resolved yet. Working within the very real confines of a parlor room in his London house, the artist...
Wayne Koestenbaum
1 Men's Shoes Liberated from their long sleep of black and brown, men's shoes have discovered blue, pink, red, and other bright, inappropriate colors: a major revisionary moment in the history of Western sartorial masculinity. I will wear my vintage...
"What If: Art on the Verge of Architecture and Design"
MODERNA MUSEET, STOCKHOLM After centuries of experimentation, it might have seemed that there was nothing new under the sun where that glamorous fetish object non plus ultra, the woman's shoe, was concerned. Then along came NikeTown, with its mutant...