Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 6, February

A Thousand Words: Franz West
Early on I realized that the purely visual experience of an artwork was somehow insufficient. When I started to work as an artist, I wanted to expand the traditional boundaries of sculpture and found inspiration in Fluxus, although that movement didn't...
Douglas Gordon
The seven installations filling the seven spaces at the Kunstverein Hannover all look elegant and up-to-date in a tasteful, unpretentious way. At first glance, in fact, that's the only thing they seem to have in common. The works were all executed...
Dr. Akagi
The seventy-two-year-old Japanese director Shohei Imamura's studies in aberrant humanity have been nothing if not singular. The Eel (1997) was undoubtedly the best film ever made about a man's near-cosmic oneness with his pet fish, and Imamura's latest,...
George Segal: The Holocaust, 1984
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. Was the Holocaust "special"? George Segal's extraordinary memorial proposes a line of inquiry strikingly different from the familiar...
Gerhard Richter
Ravishing though they be, Gerhard Richter's abstractions disturb when around fifty of them are seen at one time, especially when we discover that all but one were made in just over a year. Most of them, also, were produced by the same method, and have...
Half Empty
Tibor Kalman is a graphic designer, a crafter of corporate logos, a producer of presentation materials, a maker of menus and restaurant posters. But Tibor Kalman is so much mere than that. According to most of those who judge such things (with whom...
Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry
As final preparations were underway for "Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry," which opens this month at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, art historian LINDA NOCHLIN met with the exhibition's curator, YVE-ALAIN BOIS, and talked with him...
Paul Sietsema
In his silent film Untitled (Beautiful Place), 1998, Paul Sietsema observes eight different plants for two minutes apiece: a starry pink poor man's orchid; a purple passionflower; a succulent in a rocky, arid zone; a forest dainty caught darkly among...
"Premises: Invested Spaces in Visual Arts, Architecture, and Design from France, 1958-1998."
A certain premise underlies the display of the art currently on loan to the Guggenheim from the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In the decision to exhibit painting and sculpture in the uptown venue, the space of Manhattan is, in effect, divided: Masterpieces...
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson's version of A Dream Play - August Strindberg's odd mix of proto-Surrealism and ur-New Age kitsch - is, of course, a theater production. But it's also a sequence of quite extraordinary images: thirteen tableaux in which actors, props,...
Street Fare: The Photography of Philip-Lorca Dicorcia
Inasmuch as movies seem to wag real events these days, it's not much of a stretch to see Philip-Lorca diCorcia's recent color photographs of crowded city streets as film stills of everyday life. They certainly have the look: Artificially lit from off-camera...
"The Risk of Existence."
For an artist, orchestrating a salon around your own most recent work is a traditional act of hubris that dates to the eighteenth century. It's also contemporary practice, a way to indulge the fantasy of imposing order on the world, charting your own...
Top Ten
1 I first encountered HEINRICH DUBEL'S SCIENCE OF THE ERRATIC at East Berlin's nightclub cum gallery space Berlin/Tokyo. Dubel's impressively aberrant exhibition of swastika and pornographic graffiti from around the globe - which included a photograph...