Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 10, Summer

Bedside Manner
Every theory of painting is a metaphysics. - Merleau-Ponty The artist and dealer Nicholas Wilder once mentioned to David Reed that paintings by John McLaughlin were often moved by their owners into their bedrooms, as if the works somehow seduced...
Cannon Ball
Steven Watson's rousing chronicle of the making of the 1934 Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, is a 42nd Street for the American avant-garde. This is a backstage saga that seems itself the stuff of opera, replete with a...
Collective Affinity
HENDEL TEICHER TALKS WITH CHARLOTTE PERRIAND At ninety-five, Charlotte Perriand has found a rule to live by: "Cultivate happiness." This self-conscious optimism has enabled her to play a crucial role in defining the modern spirit in twentieth-century...
Crock Populi
It has been sixty years since Clement Greenberg denounced middlebrow culture in "Avant Garde and Kitsch," and decades since a serious defense of Greenberg's ultra-highbrow position didn't meet with a certain amount of eye-rolling, Despite Greenberg's...
Elaine Reichek
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART/NICOLE KLAGSBRUN GALLERY When is the ideological subtext of the modernist white cube most clearly revealed? According to When This You See . . ., 1996-99, Elaine Reichek's installation in the Museum of Modern Art project room,...
Eva Hesse
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. There are works of art that can be confidently described as minor and of marginal importance, perhaps even to the artists who made...
John Bock
Ensconced in the cramped, nethermost level of a makeshift three-tiered Dantesque universe, the artist busies himself with some nasty alchemy. His materia prima: some vile, puslike goo. His laboratory: a tangle of tubes, cables, and wires feeding an...
"Joseph Cornell/Marcel Duchamp. in Resonance."
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART When asked, in 1961, whether he wanted to destroy art, Marcel Duchamp replied: "I don't want to destroy art for anybody else but for myself, that's all." While never quite destroying it for himself (or anyone else, which...
"Las Horas De Belen - A Book of Hours."
MABOU MINES In a chapel at the heart of Mexico City, a portrait of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, the proto-feminist seventeenth-century poet known as the "Tenth Muse," hangs high on a plain white wall. Just outside, in the adjoining churchyard, a low...
Launching Site
"A biennial should be a profoundly political and spiritual event. It contemplates the present with a desire to transform it." This is the ideal Rosa Martinez brings to her role as curator of SITE Santa Fe's Third International Biennial Exhibition....
Laura Owens Talks about Her New Work
I like to think of each painting in an exhibition as posing its own question; and of course any one question may actually negate another. A painting can offer up any number of options for meaning. Looking at a group of five canvases, people will often...
Nurture Boy
AS MATTHEW BARNEY COMPLETED THE FINAL CUT OF CREMASTER 2, THE SECOND FILM IN HIS EPIC QUINTET - EPISODES 1, 4, AND 5 ARE BEHIND HIM; NO. 3 IS STILL TO COME ART HISTORIAN AND CRITIC KATY SIEGEL MET WITH THE ARTIST IN HIS NEW YORK STUDIO FOR AN EARLY...
"Off-Limits: Rutgers University and the Avant Garde, 1957-1963."
NEWARK MUSEUM In 1959, when Lucas Samaras was a flamboyant, patchwork-dressed undergrad at Rutgers, his senior thesis show included a concrete poem with the word "Fuck fuck fuck fuck . . ." inscribing a near square with a concluding "you" appended...
Peachy Cobbler
At long last, Clement Greenberg has become readable again. This should have taken place years ago, for the texts themselves are luminous. Those of us who have been around long enough know why it didn't happen sooner. Most artists and critics who came...
"Photographs, Drawings, and Collages by Frederick Sommer."
BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART If Frederick Sommer's work is compelling, it is also elusive, even downright odd. Born in Italy and raised in Brazil, he trained as a landscape architect at Cornell. Forced to abandon that profession when he contracted tuberculosis...
Shrink Rap
THE ART OF ANN-SOFI SIDEN "I think we have a visitor." With a robust grip, Dr. Ruth Fielding, the protagonist of Ann-Sofi Siden's 1997 film, QM, I think I call her QM, reaches under the bed and drags out the naked monster-woman caked in mud. "Don't...
"The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect."
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK "The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect" by all accounts, been some years from first proposal within the Museum of Modern Art to final realization. It is nonetheless difficult not to view senior curator Kynaston McShine's...
Weight in Measure
Italo Calvino once described his primary working method as "the subtraction of weight," an idea that also animates the latest film from the forty-four-year-old French director Olivier Assayas. Late August, Early September, which opens in New York in...
"Wols Photographs."
BUSCH-REISINGER, CAMBRIDGE, MA All that glistens is not silver. All that shines in black-and-white is not machine-age steel, or industrial porcelain, or opalescent shell, or pearly flesh, or some other beautiful modern arrangement in light and space....