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Artforum International

An international contemporary art magazine covering sculpture, painting, mixed media, and installation works, as well as architecture, music, and popular culture. Includes artist interviews and reviews of individual artists and/or galleries; reviews of fi

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 8, April

Albert Oehlen Talks to Eric Banks. ('80S Then)
ERIC BANKS: One of the things that strikes me about the way you came to artmaking Is how incredibly collaborative your work was in the early '80s. ALBERT OEHLEN: That whole attitude came from feeling very independent, because we were opposed to...
Bertrand Lavier Talks to Daniel Birnbaum. ('80S Then)
DANIEL BIRNBAUM: In a way, postmodern thought is a French invention, isn't it? Were French artists of the 1980s interested in the books of, say, Jean Baudrillard or Jean-Francois Lyotard? BERTRAND LAVIER: Not really. Those texts held nothing particularly...
Better Than Life. (My '80S)
As editor of Semitext(e) for close to three decades, SYLVERE LOTRINGER has introduced American readers to Continental theorists from Gilles Deleuze to Michel Foucault, from Paul Virilio to Antonio Negri. But when it comes to the '80s, Lotringer, who...
Bright Light, Big City: The '80S without Walls
In Buffalo, in art school, Cindy Sherman sat down in a photo booth and gave the camera a look. She came up under Lucille Ball's face so successfully that her own face subsided. Most people her age were swimming in another direction, preferring the...
Called Me. (My '80S)
The 1993 appearance of WAYNE KOESTENBAUM's third book, The Queen's Throat, confirmed the author's singular presence on the literary landscape-- and it signaled a fresh turn in American criticism. Forecasting an appetite for "mythologies" as divergent...
Cents and Sensibility: Collecting the '80S
Obtainment of one more object does not bring an end to the longing. Instead, it is the recurrence of the experience that explains the collector's mental attitude.... Obtainment in whatever way--bought:, found, or even acquired by scheming or tricky...
Dematerial Girl. (Whatever Happened To)
LAURIE PARSONS made a modest stir in the mid-'80s with her ephemeral interventions. Less than a decade later, she had all but vanished from sight. Another testament to the brutal vagaries of artistic success? Not exactly: BOB NICKAS's year-by-year...
Georg Baselitz Talks to Pamela Kort. ('80S Then)
PAMELA KORT: When you think back to the '80s, what comes to the surface for you? GEORG BASELITZ: I'd like to talk about my relationship with America. It began in 1980. I showed a sculpture at the Venice Biennale, in the German pavilion with Anselm...
Gran Fury Talks to Douglas Crimp. ('80S Then)
DOUGLAS CRIMP: One of your members, Mark Simpson, is no longer with us. Perhaps we can officially dedicate our remarks here to his memory. When did Mark die? TOM KALIN: Mark died of AIDS on November 10, 1996. DC: Okay, let's begin with a work...
Group Material Talks to Dan Cameron. ('80S Then)
DAN CAMERON: In the late '70s, wasn't there a sense that object making as a form of art production had sort of run its course? Was there a new way of being involved in culture that was somehow summed up for you by the music scene? JULIE AULT: Well,...
Haim Steinbach Talks to Tim Griffin. ('80S Then)
TIM GRIFFIN: In that famous 1986 Flash Art roundtable, "From Criticism to Complicity," you distinguished yourself from the "Pictures" generation with respect to your interest in "desire." How did you mean that? HAIM STEINBACH: First of all, that...
James Welling Talks to Jan Tumlir. ('80S Then)
JAN TUMLIR: You locate the '80s between 1977 and 1984. Seventy-seven is year zero for punk rock, and for you the music scene was a large part of the collaborative and interdisciplinary network that made up the East Village at the time. It is interesting...
Jenny Holzer Talks to Steven Henry Madoff. ('80S Then)
STEVEN HENRY MADOFF: I'm sorry, I'm just stuck in the present here for a moment. I mean, what your "Truisms" series makes me think about now is the swirl of confusion and anxiety around terrorism. Don't you think the "Truisms," with all their weird...
Jonathan Borofsky Talks to Mark Rosenthal. ('80S Then)
MARK ROSENTHAL: It has always seemed to me that one of your great innovations was the imagistic wall drawing. How did that come about? JONATHAN BOROFSKY: It was born in the early to mid-'70s. By then, I had locked in to an idea about counting, and...
Julian Schnabel Talks to Max Hollein. ('80S Then)
MAX HOLLEIN: We have to talk about your first exhibition at Mary Boone; in a sense, the '80s started with that show. JULIAN SCHNABEL: That was 1979. I was working on wax paintings--wax surfaces with images melded into them. I had already shown two...
Making Difference: Homi K. Bhabha on the Legacy of the Culture Wars. (Writing the '80S)
"Catch the spirit of the decade?" she said. "Like how?" "Maybe," I urged her, pouring some fizzy water, "just think back..." At first it was easy. Dates. Times. Places. Facts. The whole Afghanistan business started with the Soviet invasion in...
Marx to Sharks: Thomas Crow on the Art-Historical '80S. (Writing the '80S)
AT THE ONSET OF THE 1980s, I HAD AN EXPERIENCE AS a teacher that presaged--or so I came to see in retrospect--much of what would happen as a consequence of "the new art history" over the course of the decade, particularly as that untidy intellectual...
Mike Bidlo Talks to Robert Rosenblum. ('80S Then)
ROBERT ROSENBLUM: Today you're thought of as the artist who makes replicas of twentieth-century old masters, from Cezanne and Picasso to Warhol and Lichtenstein. But at the beginning of the '80s, you could've been billed as a performance artist, with...
Mike Kelley Talks to Dennis Cooper. ('80S Then)
DENNIS COOPER: The early '80s were hugely formative for LA art. It was, for instance, the first time that CalArts graduates started to stay in the city, rather than moving to New York. Yet on the surface, the local art world was still pretty dull and...
Philip Taaffe Talks to Bob Nickas. ('80S Then)
BOB NICKAS: I remember exactly when we met. I had put together a show in the spring of '85, in a little storefront on Lafayette Street, and included a painting of yours, with a field of abstracted Arp shapes and Playboy bunny heads. This was my "art...
Salad Days: David Frankel Talks with Ingrid Sischy, Amy Baker Sandback, and Anthony Korner
DAVID FRAN KEL: Ingrid, you came to Art forum through Amy, as I recall- INGRID SISCHY: Absolutely. DF: This was before I got there. Tony and Amy had acquired the magazine, and Amy recommended that you two talk. AMY BAKER SANDBACK: Ingrid and...
Sherrie Levine Talks to Howard Singerman. ('80S Then)
HOWARD SINGERMAN: There is a caricature of the '80s: All you needed was a critic with a name to write about your work and cite some hot theorist, and you had a career. This strikes me as both historically and systemically wrong; it's my recollection...
Thick and Thin
As the 1970s gave way to the '80s, the slogan "return to painting" was as often heard in the discussion around contemporary art as the counter-mantra, the "death of painting." In the last issue of Artforum, a group comprising mostly critics and art...
Thomas Ruff Talks to Daniel Birnbaum. ('80S Then)
DANIEL BIRNBAUM: You were a student in photography at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in the late '70s and early '80s. Was it clear from the start that you wanted to concentrate on photography, or were you also interested in other mediums? THOMAS RUFF:...
Time Capsules 1986-1990
RESEARCH: CHRISTINA CHO CONSULTANTS: Carios Basualdo, Daniel Birnbaum, Diedrich Diederichesen, Richard Flood, Pamela Kort, Marco Meneguzzo, Scott Rothkopt In this second installment of "Time Capsules," David Rimanelli picks up where his March...
Tim Rollins Talks to David Deitcher. ('80S Then)
DAVID DEITCHER: We met at the slide library at the School of Visual Arts In 1980. I remember you as an energetic, engaging young man with an idiosyncratic fashion sense. You wore only red and black, right? TIM ROLLINS: [Laughs.] That's right, for...
Tony Cragg Talks to Barry Schwabsky. ('80S Then)
BARRY SCHWABSKY: When I first started seeing your work in the early to mid-'80s, it was related to the new figuration. In fact, that's the title you gave to one of your found-plastic wail pieces from 1985. Was that maybe a misreading of what your work...
Unhappy Returns: John Rajchman on the Po-Mo Decade. (Writing the '80S)
Were the '80s the postmodern decade? The word abounded. Buildings and clothes were designed in its name. Philosophers angrily disputed its significance; critical battle lines were drawn. Great period charts were plotted like Chinese menus. But two...