Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 10, Summer

Amalfi Toast
Contemporary art and the city of Naples haven't always gone hand-in-hand. To understand the extent of the ostracism. contemporary art has experienced here in the past, one only need recall that "Terrae Motus," the exhibition of sixty-five artists organized...
Andres Serrano
When "A History of Andres Serrano/A History of Sex" opened earlier this year at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, the institution proposed an illustrated poster for the exhibition that would be displayed on billboards. The image selected, A History...
Axiom Dub
Making like a cross between Mondo 2000 and Conde Nast Traveler, Business Week recently offered its readers a peek at the business trip of the near future. The CFO of the twenty-first century, the magazine testified, will be a cyberpunk in all but name,...
"Braque: The Late Works." (Georges Braque, Royal Academy, London, England)
Sharing the prejudices of most New York art people, I had always located Braque on some remote and far too comfortable French planet, where, together with the likes of Bonnard, he went on cultivating his own beautiful gardens but could never do anything...
Chronicle of a Disappearance
"My life makes me laugh," Elia Suleiman writes in his notes to Chronicle of a Disappearance. "I am far from being courageous. I hate venturing. I wish to settle down and lead a linear existence, but even when I purposely attempt to conform, something...
Curzio Malaparte
Casa Malaparte, 1938 In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. When it came to writing, Curzio Malaparte was a man on fire. He was a journalist and essayist, a novelist and a...
Divided We Stand
Unlike France or Great Britain, Italy has no single city from which the nation's cultural life radiates. Instead, our country's history of decentralization-until the middle of the nineteenth century it was a medley of small independent states - has given...
Hot List
Unless you've got an ISDN hookup, or even a T3, looking at art on the Web is still a band-width hogging, patience-testing, time-eating affair - like leafing through an art book after a three-year-old with a mouthful of gum and a lollipop in both hands...
Jeff Koons: A Studio Visit: It's My Party
As for techniques and processes, as seen in the works themselves, neither public nor artists will find anything about them here. Those things are learned in the studio and the public is interested only in the results. - Charles Baudelaire, "The Salon...
Jorge Pardo
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Had you visited the new MCA building in Chicago in the past few months, you too would have stumbled across a gorgeous white sailboat resting inside the museum's dramatic four-story atrium as if in dry dock. This, the main...
Knowing Looks
In December 1995, New York's Museum of Modern Art acquired the only complete set of Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills." Realized between 1977 and 1980, this. generation-defining series will go before the public this June in a special exhibition on...
Land of Baboons: An Illclectic Collection of Brooklyn Soundz
Making like a cross between Mondo 2000 and Conde Nast Traveler, Business Week recently offered its readers a peek at the business trip of the near future. The CFO of the twenty-first century, the magazine testified, will be a cyberpunk in all but name,...
"L'empreinte." (Various Artists, Centre Georges Pompidou, France)
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU The strange objects assembled by the exhibition "L'empreinte" (the imprint, imprinting) compelled me to think creatively, so I silently thanked organizer Georges Didi-Huberman and cocurator Didier Semin for the occasion. But...
Liam Gillick
BASILICO FINE ARTS The most striking aspect of Liam Gillick's recent Discussion Island, 1997, an installation of modular forms, was how liberally he sampled from Minimalism. Gillick's pristine, freestanding cubes and rectangular boxes, as well as his...
Luigi Ontani
SPERONE WESTWATER When Bolognese artist Luigi Ontani first began to exhibit, in 1970, his work must have seemed radically surprising in that it was nakedly self-referential. This would have been rare in much cutting-edge '6os art, with its address of...
Macro Dub Infection, Vol. 2
Making like a cross between Mondo 2000 and Conde Nast Traveler, Business Week recently offered its readers a peek at the business trip of the near future. The CFO of the twenty-first century, the magazine testified, will be a cyberpunk in all but name,...
Matvey Levenstein
JACK TILTON GALLERY Matvey Levenstein's photo-based paintings address the perennial rivalry between painting and photography in contemporary art, which seems on the surface to have been decided in favor of photography. Who needs the hand of the painter...
Meg Cranston
BOESKY & CALLERY Even after poststructuralism's contestation of subjectivity and conceptualism's demolition job on the art object, a stubborn residue remains. For lack of a better term, Meg Cranston calls this residue "soul," and works at its contours...
No Place (like Home)
WALKER ART CENTER As implied by the cover image of its catalogue - a bird's-eye-view of a suburban housing development, juxtaposed with a separate picture of clouds - "no place (like home)" aimed to unmoor comfortable museum-goers from their familiar...
Party Lines
On the night of July 16, 1993, the Pavilion of Contemporary Art (PAC) in Milan became the first target in a string of bombings that were later attributed to the Mafia. The Uffizi in Florence and a Roman church were damaged by explosives a few days later,...
Picks and Plans
Institutions move forward by renegotiating their own history. Drawing on its legacy of architectural provocation and promotion, beginning with the International Style show of 1932, the Museum of Modern Art is nearing the final stages of preparing for...
Search for Tomorrow
At once sublimely evanescent and maddeningly dysfunctional, Rome remains suspended between a venerable past and a chaotic present, bewildering even to its oldest habitues. In this labyrinthine metropolis, contemporary art suffers the same fate as everything...
"Sonambiente." ('Festival for Hearing and Seeing')
AKADEMIE DER KUNSTE If the occasion that gave rise to "Sonambiente" was the three-hundredth anniversary of Berlin's venerable Akademie der Kunste, this month-long "Festival for hearing and seeing" was resolutely oriented to the future of Germany's new/old...
Street Smarts
Click on the projects icon on the Documenta Internet server (http://www.documenta.de) and the first thing you'll see is the page "Surfaces & Territories." From there, it's just another click to reach Joachim Blank and Karl Heinz Jeron's work, without...
Tao and Physics
Though Cai Guo Qiang emigrated to Japan in 1986 and now lives in New York, his recent exhibition "Flying Dragon in the Heavens," at Copenhagen's Louisiana Museum, clearly presented him as a contemporary artist from China, his birthplace. This emphasis...
Toba Khedoori
LA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART It's not often you run across an 11-by-25-foot painting that could be characterized as subtle, but that's true of all five works in Toba Khedoori's first solo museum show. Although Khedoori's pieces are scaled to the wall,...
Vedova Mazzei
Legend has it that while out for a stroll artists Simeone Crispino and Stella Scala came across a ceramic slab, most likely a tombstone, bearing the words Vedova Mazzei (Widow Mazzei), a bare-bones epitaph that now serves the collaborative duo as their...
"Young and Restless." (Various Video Artists, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY)
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART When Jean-Luc Godard showed producers a rough cut of his film Le Mepris (Contempt, 1963), featuring megastar Brigitte Bardot, they were aghast to find the film devoid of nudity and demanded scenes with "BB" in the buff. Godard complied...