Artforum International

An international contemporary art magazine covering sculpture, painting, mixed media, and installation works, as well as architecture, music, and popular culture. Includes artist interviews and reviews of individual artists and/or galleries; reviews of fi

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 5, January

"Antonin Artaud: Works on Paper." (Insane Artist)
"Few graphic expressions in the twentieth century show the power and authentic inner necessity seen in the drawings of Antonin Artaud . . . they show the heightened sensibility and critical lucidity of a mind at odds with society and unable to compromise...
Between the Tides
Since 1991, Canadian artist Roy Arden has been making large color photographs that depict the city of Vancouver and its environs. Arden is not alone in turning a critical, realist eye on Vancouver's particular manifestations of modernity. Another native...
Crap Shoot
Shades of Hunter S. Thompson ... I am cruise-controlling through the Mojave desert having been dispatched by Artforum to cover a potentially dodgy event called "Chance: Three Days in the Desert," described by its creator Chris Kraus as "a philosophical...
Critical Reflections
It did not take long to remember the first time I met Benjamin Buchloh. It was in 1980, at a conference organized during the Biennale de Paris by something as incongruous as the Office Franco-Allemande de la Jeunesse. Unflappably, Buchloh was reading...
Different Strokes: The Late Work of Willem De Kooning
On the 22nd of this month, "Willem de Kooning: The Late Paintings" opens at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the final stop on its five-city tour. In the following pages Peter Schjeldahl discusses the controversial late phase of the artist's career....
Edward Ruscha: Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1962
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. On a rainy November evening in 1964, in a bookstore across the street from the University of Texas in Austin, I came upon five thin white...
John Kelly
WESTBETH THEATER CENTER A reviewer who puffs up an artwork with the claim that the piece is profound will only end up having to prove it, which is a steep hill to climb. Let the artwork be a performance in which a tall guy sings the songs of Joni Mitchell...
Lucian Freud
ACQUAVELLA CONTEMPORARY ART Look at Lucian Freud's grand image of the late Leigh Bowery: perched on a box or table, his body extends, tapers, reaches (pictorially if not physically) up to a skylight, graceful in its awkward pose. Full frontal nudity....
"New Photography 12." (Museum of Modern Art Annual Photography Exhibition)
It's back. Every October since 1985, the Museum of Modern Art has opened a "New Photography" exhibition. This annual event has always functioned more successfully as a back-to-school ritual - where the city's photography community could regroup, air...
No Place like Home
Once every year or two - and lately less frequently than that - I receive a sort of visitation of art, a visual experience altogether unlike any other. It is, quite literally, what I live my critical life for: an object or an image never before seen,...
Poll Stars
It was a stirring vision of interplanetary danger in which America's youthful president, a slick neo-lib waffler married to an intimidating warrior-woman, reversed his fallen approval ratings by taking a firm stand against the aliens: "Let's nuke the...
Tobias Rehberger
Tobias Rehberger is no longer a secret in his native Germany. The thirty-year-old artist, whose frequently collaborative output includes drawings, paintings, and sculpture as well as installations consisting of handmade, everyday objects that evoke groovy...