Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 7, March

All the Rage: The Art/fashion Thing
Hair coifed, makeup dazzling white, six-inch ankle-strap platforms on her feet, Claude Wampler slowly works her way through a party of people made to stand and receive her disregard. Stiff back gloves rest on top of her wrists, eerily, emptily doubling...
Beth B
If only because of their intrepid advent in the wake of last year's demonizing of "victim art," Beth B's simultaneous film retrospective and exhibitions struck bracing poses this winter. At the same time, they also suggested some of the problems with...
Blur as Genre
The eternal city of youth beckons anew: romantic urban ciphers (cops, gun moll, stewardess, fast-food gamine) bathed in neon reflections of themselves, style as metaphysics (sunglasses at midnight), gaiety and sorrow entwined in a hungover reverie....
Couture De Force
Richard Martin has long been associated with the formal presentation of fashion for contemplation. Less recollected, perhaps, as former editor of Arts magazine than as past director of the galleries at the Fashion institute of Technology, his endeavors...
Dress to Oppress
People who sneer at fashion have learned, over the years, to avoid judgments that are overtly denigratory to women and gay men. The field of calumny has diminished considerably as a result. The most durable argument against expensive fashions maintains...
Fowl Trouble
In February 1995, Senator James Exon (D-Nebraska) - whose name shares the ominous "xon" suffix with such other authors of unmitigated disasters as Richard Nixon and the Exxon Valdez - introduced the Communications Decency Act (CDA) as a stealthy remora...
Franc Talk
Let's talk money - that's always the stickiest subject. In France, after 15 years of smooth sailing, the art world greeted the new year with a distinct sense of foreboding. The problem isn't the artists, but the State, which has recently emerged as...
French Lessons
"FEMININ-MASCULIN, LE SEXE DE L'ART" (Feminine the sex of art), the first museum-size exhibition on French shores to address how visual art is traversed by the question of sexual difference, was, of course, eagerly anticipated. Comprising 500 works...
Jasper Johns, 'Alley Oop,' 1958
Familiarity obscures origins. I doubt I'll ever remember precisely when I first encountered Jasper Johns' Alley Oop, a touchstone for my thinking about physicality and process. Along with Johns' flags, targets, and numerals, Alley Oop instituted a...
Jeff Wall
Like the chameleon, we remember from childhood picture books, whose color modulates to match the background, the light-box Jeff Wall has unswervingly employed in his work since 1977 has changed over the years, or rather our perception of it has. Evocative...
Nice and Rough
How can we offer the holdings of the "new museum" of CD-ROMs? Broderbund's classic Myst and its many spawn could be grouped into a "figurative" wing. Abstract games, including Alexey Pajitnov's Tetris and derivatives such as Endorfun and Zoop, would...
Photographer David Sims, Designer Yohji Yamamoto
I first noticed David Sims' work six years ago when his vignettes of young Brits in thrift-store clothes, captured in slack, conscious poses, showed up in The Face and British iD. Shortly thereafter his images found their way into Harper's Bazaar....
Sickness Unto Life
I THE SUICIDE OF PHILOSOPHER Gilles Deleuze at the beginning of November, after he had spent many years suffering from a terrible respiratory illness, was a gesture that struck many in France dumb. Deleuze's thought, however resistant to summary,...
Style Hound: On the Street with Bill Cunningham
If you live in Manhattan, you cannot have failed to see him, a narrow-shouldered and youthful-looking man of 60 riding his ancient bicycle, or perched at street corners or at the 26th Street flea market, or hovering at a society party in the Temple...
Top Ten
1 GARE ST. LAZARE, PARIS: (5 December 1995). A strike, a demonstration, a riot, with overturned and torched cars, thrown bottles, charging police, and me in the middle with my press pass and pocket camera. I thought it was over too quickly, and as...
Y.Z. Kami
The latest installation by Iranian-born artist Y. Z. Kami centers on a wall of portraits - 18 faces 18 of anonymous young men with melancholy eyes and full, unsmiling lips, all painted in light earth-tones on linen. On seeing a photograph of this ensemble,...