Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 2, October

Absence Makes the Art
Doris Salcedo is one of the several younger artists today who are redirecting sculpture, moving away from more formally oriented approaches toward social and emotional gestures and meanings. Salcedo points up the conceptual and perceptual differences...
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Being by Numbers
Alain Badiou is an anomaly. What he has attempted has all the allure of the obviously impossible. That's the fascination of the thing. Judge it retrograde or eminently contemporary, aberrant or a stroke of genius, but take it squarely for what it is:...
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Carl Barks
It's an old story: the Author rejected by high culture pops up in another part of the culture industry heretofore deemed vulgar. Just as the literary author is pronounced dead by Roland Barthes in Le Degre zero de l'ecriture, he is reincarnated as film...
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Clair Voyant
Saint Clair Cemin strides about the vast spaces of his studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, pointing out mysterious dust-shrouded objects of his own devising while firing off aphorisms and observations like a Roman candle: "Minimalism said, 'Look how pure we...
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Cover Story
DANCE MUSIC HAS BEEN associated with young people and with youth culture throughout modern times. Dance music gets you through your teens, 20s, and beyond, and through the working week. Intrinsically hedonistic, it is closely tied to the body and to...
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Deviations on a Theme
As they excavate pop culture's repressed fantasies, Paul McCarthy's demented mock-instructional videos, AudioAnimatronics-type sculptures, Hollywood-style sets, and mutant figures look like distorted family entertainments more than the objects of art...
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His Common Sense
Can you make a thing have common sense? Is this the best question? If common sense has a form, it must be shown; if it is a sign of consensus, there must be some agreement; if it is a solid meaning, is it a reference, like an object or a concept? ...
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Inez Van Lamsweerde
She threw a leg across him and he touched her face. Unexpected hardness of the implanted lenses. "Don't," she said, "fingerprints." William Gibson, Neuromancer, 1984 About eight years ago I lived for a while with Richard Prince's Spiritual America,...
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Only One Catch
According to the mad bureaucratic premise of Joseph Heller's World War II novel Catch-22, a bomber pilot--such as the book's antihero, John Yossarian--might be relieved from active duty by claiming insanity, were it not for the fact that the attempt...
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Positively Camp
MONTAIGNE OBSERVED that you can never win when you talk about yourself. If you say good things, people hate you, and if you say bad they believe you. This didn't stop him, though, from using himself as a guinea pig in all of his essays. So the first...
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Poster Girls
BILLED AS THE FILM you want to see but never will, Straight to Heft looks like a composite of afternoon talk shows and action, made-for-TV, and B movies: quintessential sailors in dress whites, so clean you could eat off them, parade around, a slender...
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Real Life Rock
GREIL MARCUS' TOP TEN 1 MARTINA McBRIDE: "Independence Day," from The Way That I Am (RCA). Written by Gretchen Peters, this is one of those ultraprofessional country songs where all craft is marshaled to burn a tune into your heart. McBride sings it...
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"Sense and Sensibility." (Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York Exhibit)
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NEW YORK Despite Minimalism's lingering status as the apotheosis of American-style Formalism, it was never any more "contentless" than other art. Over the years, however, the meanings assigned this work have been subject to considerable...
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The Accidental Curator
BRUCE FERGUSON TALKS WITH ROBERT STORR ROBERT STORR SEEMS AT FIRST AN UNLIKELY CURATOR FOR NEW YORK'S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: HIS ART HISTORY IS SELF-TAUGHT, HE IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A PAINTER, AND HIS EARLY BIOGRAPHY READS LESS LIKE A MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL'S...
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Tie Me Up Tie Me Down
Like God--as the etymology of the word tells us--the Fetish does not reply. Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse, 1977 THE FETISH DOES NOT REPLY because the fetish is so eloquent that words are irrelevant. A case in point is the corset, newly fashionable...
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