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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 5, January

Baby in the House
THE DELIGHTFUL TRUISM that sign supersedes that which is signified, and, consequently, that image rules in America, received additional support during the unusually self-conscious midterm election. This time around, the most popular political special-effect...
Chiat Daydream
"WE HAVE AN OFFICE. But there's no office in the office," says a Chiat-Day employee, intending neither a Zen paradox nor a Heideggerian tautology but simply trying to explain the ad agency's new "virtual office." There tends to be little that's properly...
Chill: The New Ambient
In Brian Eno's original definition, "ambient" simply meant "environmental"--it was music as decor, a subliminal accompaniment to everyday life. Later, with Eno's On Land, it was psychogeographic music, an evocation of real or imaginary landscapes. In...
Critical Reflections
ALTHOUGH I HAD MET GEORGES DIDI-HUBERMAN some years before and was already an admirer of The Invention of Hysteria, his book on the Salpetriere photographs, I didn't really get to know him or to have a sense of his extraordinary range until the fall...
Into the Woods
"WELL, THIS IS THE FOREST of Arden": the line, from As You Like It, is one of those blunt cues that Shakespeare often fed his characters, an audience pointer explaining the play's whens and wheres. But it's also something else: an announcement of entrance...
Jannis Kounellis
Boat Ionion, Piraeus, 1994 In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. Last September the cargo ship Ionion, with Jannis Kounellis on board and a summa of his work in the hold,...
Naked City
IN 1992, THE EDITORS OF THE JAPANESE MAGAZINE DEJA-VU INVITED ME TO TOKYO TO MEET NOBUYOSHI ARAKI. I'D ALREADY HEARD ABOUT THIS WILD MAN OF JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY, AND OF HIS DIARISTIC, INTENSELY SEXUAL WORK. ARAKI HAD PROCURED A COPY OF MY BALLAD OF SEXUAL...
Pieter Schoolwerth
My work functions in the spaces between things," says Pieter Schoolwerth, "between genders, between man and monster, between species, between alphabets." In recent years many thinkers and artists have focused on the idea of the indefiniteness of recognized...
Poll Stars: Komar & Melamid's "The People's Choice." (Populist Art)
With the exception of the NEA witch hunt of the late '80s and early '90s, no art event in years has garnered the kind of attention the U.S. media devoted to Komar & Melamid's ongoing project "The People's Choice." Like their new work "Washington...
Springs Eternal
I always say, Proust and Batman--you need both! Gianni Versace, 1994 WITH GIANNI VERSACE referring to Nietzsche and Proust in a recent interview, Karl Lagerfeld talking about Ovid, and Valentino speculating in The New Yorker that his obsession with...
The Art of the Matter
JACK BANKOWSKY TALKS WITH KLAUS KERTESS The Whitney Biennial, it often seems, can do no right. The 1993 version of the show--the first of director David Ross' tenure, and the first entrusted to a single curator--fared badly in the press even by Biennial...
"The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-1968": The Guggenheim Museum
"The Italian Metamorphosis: 1943-1968"--the Ovidian title of Germano Celant's exhibition of postwar Italian art and design instantly signals a crucial quality of that country's postwar reconstruction culture: the mythical persistence of the traditions...
VR the Art World
YOU CAN'T HELP FEELING a little shiver when you buy the Mona Lisa, even though you're just playing Millennium Auction, the CD-ROM game from Eidolon, Inc. In your role as, say, multimedia artist Tory Swift--one of six inexplicably solvent art-world stereotypes...