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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 5, January

"5E Semaine Internationale De Video." (Saint-Gervais Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland)
SAINT-GERVAIS GENEVE For its fifth biennial festival of video, Saint-Gervais Geneve organized the week's activities around the theme of video in context. These activities included, among other things, a competition for new video works, two installations...
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Allan Graham
ANGLES GALLERY; FAWBUSH GALLERY Allan Graham's deliberately dysfunctional doors metaphorically open onto the series of paradoxes that once grounded representational painting: before they migrated to formalist abstraction, then mutated into Minimalist...
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Andrea Zittel
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY While the old school of formalist sculpture has all but expired for lack of blood, "real-time systems" art has come galloping over the horizon. With a tip of the hat to Jack Burnham and Hans Haacke, recent generations of artists...
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"Ante-America." (Queens Museum of Art, New York, New York)
QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART "Ante-America," translated in the catalogue as "Regarding America," is a group show of Latin American art curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Rachel Weiss, and Carolina Ponce de Leon; it originated in Bogota, Colombia and is currently...
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Benito Huerta
LYNN GOODE GALLERY Three years ago at Houston's Contemporary Art Museum, Benito Huerta showed semi-abstract works with geopolitical overtones, which were obsessively painted and socially conscious, but dull. While he was working on that series he put...
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Blindness in Hindsight
Gerhard Richter at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris If, as Barnett Newman asserted, the history of Modern painting is that of "the struggle against the catalogue" then lately the catalogue seems to be winning. At first glance, this victory...
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Carl Andre
PAULA COOPER GALLERY Can visual art and poetry be one and the same? Displaying 600 pages of writing in vitrines against the gallery walls as though they were drawings certainly frustrates some of the usual desiderata for reading poetry. Carl Andre's...
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Critical Reflections
When the fun is at its height it's time to go. Irish proverb Having championed Gary Indiana's critical faculties in the September issue of this magazine, I was slightly alarmed for both of us when I was asked to introduce the following essay. I hadn't...
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Dona Nelson
MICHAEL KLEIN, INC. Dona Nelson's recent show of anxious, cloth-sculpted and poured-enamel abstractions was as dislocating as it was inviting. Subterranean moods bubbled up through loosely strung muslin forms, dividing and multiplying acrylic surfaces...
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Erika Rothenberg and Tracy Tynan
P.P.O.W, INC. Art has often moved in and out of, or otherwise engaged with, the real world. Such work, by positioning itself outside the gallery or manipulating "nonart" material within conventional spaces, acquires an edge by threatening the admittedly...
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Fariba Hajamadi
GALERIE LAAGE-SALOMON In this exhibition, Fariba Hajamadi worked with the conjuncture of violence and eroticism, perfecting her mode of hybrid composition--montages in which she juxtaposes different photographs taken of museum spaces. But for the first...
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Fear and Loathing in Vienna
Rhonda Lieberman on the Indiscreet Charm of Thomas Bernhard We all want to be good consumers. We don't want to reproduce negativity. So whenever I hear Cindy Crawford aver, "It's really inner beauty that counts," my inability to take things at face...
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Gary Simmons
METRO PICTURES Popular culture has long been one of this country's leading exports. A designer label for vibrancy, inventiveness, and creativity pressed into double duty as a trademark of freedom and individualism, it is a means of marketing American...
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George Platt Lynes
GREY ART GALLERY Collected by the Kinsey Institute as documentation of homosexuality, George Platt Lynes' photographs enjoy a certain notoriety. But in this survey, which located these images in the context of Lynes' production as a whole, their dated...
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Hot Hype
Kerri Scharlin's work is about her image and the image-making process. Last spring she mounted a three-part exhibition in New York: one part consisted of studies of her made in a life-drawing class for which she posed nude, another of portraits made...
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Ian Burn
SUTTON GALLERY Ian Burn was one of the most important members of the Art & Language group, exhibiting in early Conceptual art exhibitions such as "Information" in 1970 at New York's Museum of Modern Art. He lived in New York between 1967 and 1977,...
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Ignasi Aballi
GALERIA ANTONI ESTRANY-MERCEDES VILA Ignasi Aballi's most recent work is clearly concerned with apprehending the essence of light itself and with the incorporation of this inapprehensible substance into the plastic representation of the sensory. In...
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Jac Leirner
GALERIA CAMARGO VILACA Jac Leirner's work has frequently been discussed in terms of post-Minimalist trends and compared to Marcel Duchamp's and Joseph Beuys'. On the other hand, her link to contemporary Brazilian art does not seem to have been sufficiently...
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Jason Rhoades
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to introduce the work of artists at the beginning of their careers. Jason Rhoades' New York debut show, titled "CHERRY Makita--Honest Engine Work," represented the culmination of an ongoing project: the re-creation,...
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Jessica Diamond
MASSIMO DE CARLO After exhibiting at the Venice Biennale, Jessica Diamond showed eight wall drawings of varying dimensions and a series of works on paper as an homage to Yayoi Kusama, who also participated in the last Biennale. One wail drawing in particular...
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Jim Barsness
SUSAN CUMMINS GALLERY For several years, Jim Barsness has been perfecting the idiosyncratic combination of materials and techniques from which he generates the large, complex drawings that are a major part of his work. With a blue ballpoint pen, he...
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Joanne Tod
S. L. SIMPSON GALLERY In her new series of paintings, Joanne Tod asserts the value of painting and painterliness against the more ascetic qualities of lately trendier art forms--although her only innovation in these very large works is to paint on layers...
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Johnny in the City: Mike Leigh's 'Naked.'
In Mike Leigh's films people don't just talk, they stutter and struggle--against class, repression, hopelessness, the mother country, the King's English. Arguably the most important director working in the U.K. today, Leigh has also been one of his country's...
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Jose Manuel Broto
SOLEDAD LORENZO These days, when the "survival" of painting seems to be the hot topic, Jose Manuel Broto's perseverance in pictorial practice proves to be exemplary, on account of the brilliance with which he combines continuity and change. His trajectory...
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Kim Abeles
SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART Mounted as a kind of mid-career retrospective, this exhibition surveyed the prolific Kim Abeles' work from 1979 to the present. She tends to work in series, 12 of which were represented in this show of more than 80 works....
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Korea and a Career
Marilyn Monroe, our favorite goddess, was born to bridge the gap between life and death, innocence and experience, high culture and low. This fall alone, while the New York Opera was celebrating its golden anniversary with the world premiere of an opera...
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Larry Mantello
JOSE FREIRE FINE ART As you grow older, Christmas begins to give you the same vague feeling of disappointment that you get the first time you run into your favorite celebrity in the bathroom. There's no more Santa, holidays aren't holy, and for anyone...
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Lorna Simpson
JOSH BAER GALLERY Treading the murky waters between (self)objectification and narcissism, Lorna Simpson offers something like an in absentia presence within the realm of the picture. The camera is there to be stubbornly refused, like the violative gaze...
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Lothar Baumgarten
PORTIKUS When Lothar Baumgarten applied the names of Indian tribes to the walls of the Guggenheim Museum, some visitors were offended. They didn't understand why a German artist would tell Americans about their own history. The crux of the matter lies...
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Martha Mayer Erlebacher
FISCHBACH GALLERY While Martha Mayer Erlebacher has certainly studied the history of art, and has looked hard at the rich tradition of allegorical painting, she is neither a neo-Classicist nor a rigid adherent of any theory of contemporary narrative...
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Mel Kendrick
JOHN WEBER GALLERY The fascination with wood grain has a long Modernist history, from Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch through Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque to Max Ernst and Andre Masson. Mel Kendrick's woodblock "relief" drawings (all 1993) are a remarkable...
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Michael Bergt
MIDTOWN PAYSON GALLERIES Michael Bergt's multifaceted exhibition--panels of egg tempera on gesso, large bronzes, a room full of etchings--aptly demonstrated his enormous technical proficiency. Everything in it looked great from the far side of the room....
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Nancy Bowen
ANNINA NOSEI GALLERY These days, Louise Bourgeois-inspired sculpture seems ubiquitous, but Nancy Bowen gives a newly sharpened edge to biomorphic sculpture through a finely calibrated use of diverse materials such as glass, clay, bronze, wax, and synthetic...
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Oliver Wasow
JANET BORDEN, INC. On the photographic evidence alone, it would scarcely be illogical to infer that Oliver Wasow is the last man on earth. His expertly manipulated, uninhabited color photographs have been compared to Romantic landscape paintings for...
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Pas De Trois
Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York Sometimes I have lunch at a burrito joint near my house. In the bathroom, there is a small oblong painting, sort of a thrift-store abstraction, bearing an appropriately indecipherable signature that...
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Pierre Molinier
CABINET GALLERY To paraphrase an old blues man, some works of art are meant to signify, others to sanctify. The late photographic work of the virtually obscure French Surrealist Pierre Molinier seems to embrace both modalities. In the end, his work...
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Rachel Whiteread
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART With casts that are vulnerable variations of seemingly mundane and mute objects, Rachel Whiteread creates poignant and melancholy phantoms. Her skewed selection of themes from domestic life, her inventive and poetic use of...
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Ross Bleckner
GUILD HALL MUSEUM Selected from work ranging from 1985 to the present, this show consisted of some two hundred small paintings, mostly on canvas but a few on paper, as well as a single large painting (made specifically for this exhibition) representing...
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Sometimes I Think I'd Rather Be a Movie Star Than an Artist
most days I thiNk I'D RATher be a PHOTograPH than a huMAN BeIng Jack Pierson I couldn't figure out how to edit Mark's work down to just a few pages. Even at this point it seems so vast & ongoing. So in order to tell this story I decided to show...
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Stefan Holler
LUIS CAMPANA Pictures from the superior court in Dusseldorf--an unusual take for an art exhibition. The paintings of Stefan Holler speak as much to the viewer's consciousness and attention as to his interest in contemporary (or historical) events in...
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The Third Set: Nan Goldin and Dominique Nabokov
Society works in strange ways: in order to have it you must be involved with people. My mother, who never read Proust, believed in an ideal Platonic society--which is to say, a society of people (her children) based on herself. Meanwhile, my mother had...
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Virtual Textuality
Although the term "hypertext" has yet to acquire the mass-cultural (and instantly cliched) cachet of "virtual reality," a growing corps is treating it with a similar utopianism. Yet the two modes have interesting points of divergence: where VR eliminates...
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Willie Birch
SCULPTURE CENTER A native of New Orleans and a resident of Brooklyn, Willie Birch has focused primarily on telling the story of black urban life through sophisticated visual portraits and fables. His figurative, brightly colored narrative paintings...
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Yasumasa Morimura: Mother (Judith II)
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a work that expanded their understanding of contemporary art and claimed a permanent place in their canon. Mother (Judith II), 1991, is the second in a series of images by Yasumasa Morimura based...
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Young at Art: Miro at 100
Over the past three months more than 150,000 people have visited MoMA's "Miro," a major exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth. Nine of them have contributed the following appreciations. Louise Bourgeois Native Talent...
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Yves Tremorin
GALERIE DE PHOTOGRAPHIE DE LA BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE It was the model rather than the photographer who came to the opening of this exhibit. She was there from the very beginning, alone, studying the images--her images--from a distance, with a mix of...
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