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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 5, January

1000 Words: Paul McCarthy Talks about Piccadilly Circus, 2003
When I first saw the building where we videotaped Piccadilly Circus, it was empty and abandoned, but the teller windows and other vestiges of its life as a bank had been left intact. I didn't have any intention of making a piece there--I was just checking...
8TH International Istanbul Biennial: Various Venues
As I write, there is news of bombs exploding in Istanbul. Reviewing that city's recent art biennial, organized by Dan Cameron, senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, feels not only difficult but misguided, almost inappropriate....
Aaron Siskind; Robert Mann Gallery / Andrea Rosen Gallery / Whitney Museum of American Art / Studio Museum in Harlem
In his photographs, Aaron Siskind (1903-91) comes up very close to his "subject"--often the trace of an apparently spontaneous gesture or mark on some tactile surface. This is Abstract Expressionist territory: The meandering scrawl in Kentucky 12,...
"Adorno: The Possibility of the Impossible": Frankfurter Kunstverein
Frankfurt was Theodor Adorno's home for most of his life, so it is fitting that the Frankfurter Kunstverein has organized "Adorno: Die Moglichkeit des Unmoglichen" (Adorno: The Possibility of the Impossible) at the end of 2003, the centennial of his...
"After the News"; Centre De Cultura Contemporania De Barcelona
Our idea of documentary--images or reports reflecting the facts as closely as possible--is constantly being undermined by manipulative or suggestive tendencies in the media. It's not necessarily conscious propaganda per se; the very conditions of transmission...
Alexis Harding; Andrew Mummery Gallery
Baudelaire, as everyone knows, advised the critic to adopt "an exclusive point of view" but with the proviso: "provided the one adopted opens up the widest horizons." Today, when a chic eclecticism seems seductive to so many painters, one wants to...
Anna Bella Geiger; Paco Imperial
This exhibition, "Obras em Arquipelago" (Works in Archipelago), addressed how the language of maps and cosmological charts with which Anna Bella Geiger has been preoccupied since the '60s could be extended to the "geography" of the human body. The...
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven: Zeno X Storage Borgerhout
About a year ago, it was reported that Swiss-based scientists had succeeded in creating antimatter, the mirror image of matter--purportedly an important break-through inasmuch as this could explain, or at least tell us more about, the big bang. This...
Atelier in Samarra
DURING THE NAZI OCCUPATION of Paris in the early 1940s, Picasso's atelier at 7 rue des Grands-Augustins was regularly visited by Gestapo agents in search of inflammatory material and hidden Jews. Once, an officer noticed a sketch of Guernica pinned...
Austria
* Christine Konig Galerie Schleifmuhlgasse 1A, A-1040 Wien, Phone: +43/1/585 74 74 Fax: +43/1/585 74 74 24 E-mail: christine.koenig@chello.at www.kunstnet.at/koenig www.artfacts.net/koenig Tue 1.00 p.m - 12.00 a.m., Wed-Fri 1.00 p.m.-7.00...
Chicago
The Arts Club of Chicago 201 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611 tel 312 787 3997 fax 312 787 8664 Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-6 pm, Sat 12-4 pm, closed Sundays admission free Jaume Plensa: Silent Noise January 20 - March 27 Bodybuilder...
Christian Boltanski; Yvon Lambert
Christian Boltanski's most recent solo exhibition was a sort of summation of his work, but with an unexpected note that turned the show into an emotionally resonant event. The gallery space was divided into four parts, each set up as a station along...
Commanding View
THE STRANGEST IMAGE of combat in Iraq was also the most normal: the virtually unchanging view of a Baghdad streetscape recorded from the hotel where most Western journalists were head-quartered. As an image of war, this bland prospect could hardly...
Contemporary Art in U.S. Museums
Aspen Aspen Art Museum 590 North Mill St., Aspen, CO 81611, Tel. 970/925-8050, www.aspenartmuseum.org Through Feb. 1 Gregor Schneider Through Apr. 4 Angela Bulloch: World Reflections Birmingham Birmingham Museum of Art 2000...
David Dupuis; Derek Eller Gallery
David Dupuis is best known for works on paper that employ monotype, ink, colored pencil, and graphite to create sensuous, gleaming, biomorphic abstractions that look more carved than drawn. After a fifteen-year hiatus, however, the artist has returned...
England
Artangel at Trinity Buoy Wharf 31 Eyre Street Hill, London EC1R 5EW 020-7713-1400 Fax: 020-7713-1401 E-mail: info@artangel.org.uk Website: www.artangel.org.uk Every first weekend of every month. 11am--Dusk, Free admission Jem Finer:...
Eran Schaerf; Galerie Elisabeth Kaufmann
Eran Schaerf's work seems slick at first, but its formal basis in the design aesthetic of lifestyle magazines belies a dense network of themes and combinations of media that render it less rapidly consumed than much current art. "Index of Distances,"...
Evren Tekinoktay; Galerie Zwinger
In an era when art and fashion are fusing, Evren Tekinoktay has managed to find the right critical mixture. Instead of designing a store or a handbag for a luxury fashion label, Tekinoktay decided to open a lingerie shop in her hometown of Copenhagen....
Frank Moore; Sperone Westwater
The extensive recent exhibition of Frank Moore's last paintings and selected earlier works revealed an obsessive intelligence offset by a dewy-eyed (if winking) indulgence in over-the-top fantasy and shameless kitsch. Moore, who died of AIDS in 2002...
Gabriel Orozco; Marian Goodman Gallery
Typically Gabriel Orozco operates as flaneur and bricoleur, with a fugitive, arranger's touch (oranges or cans of cat food strategically placed and photographed; mobiles made of toilet paper, dryer lint, and plastic bags). But he has also produced...
Genetic Disorder
JEFFREY THOMAS'S SCIENCE-FICTION short story "The Reflections of Ghosts" (1995) tells of an artist named Drew, whose medium is cloning. Drew grows clones of himself in womblike vats, manipulates their development in gruesome ways--deforming their bodies...
Grazia Toderi; Galleria Franca Mancini / Galleria Gio Marconi
Views of the theater are a recurring theme in Grazia Toderi's work, and her latest video projections investigate two historical examples and one current update, namely, the television spectacle, represented by the TV quiz show Rischiatutto (Risk Everything),...
Guillaume Paris; Galerie Nelson
Guillaume Paris thinks of the gallery as a "place of reflection" and his exhibitions as systems in which apparently heterogeneous objects set one another in motion and generate meaning through their arrangement. At first, one might be confused by the...
Holland
Art Affairs Wittenburgerstraat 313, 1018 ZL Amsterdam Through January 31 Tel: 020-6206433 Fax: 020-6381630 February 7 - March 13 E-mail: office@artaffairs.net Galerie Paul Andriesse Prinsengracht 116, 1015 EA Amsterdam ...
Jay Defeo; Whitney Museum of American Art
You won't find Jay DeFeo, a San Francisco painter who became active in the early '50s, included in many anthologies of feminist art--at least not yet. But her interest in painting as an extension of her body, as something both radiant and abject, as...
Juan Jose Cambre; Fondo Nacional De Las Artes
"How to undergo the last twenty years of Argentina's provincial rush toward the latest fashions in art and not only survive but come up with a style": This should be the title of Juan Jose Cambre's latest miniretrospective, "Pentateuco" (Pentateuch)....
Julius Koller; Kolnischer Kunstverein
"Univerzalne Futurologicke Operacie" (Universal Futurological Operations) provided an unprecedented opportunity to get acquainted with the full range of work by Slovakian artist Julius Koller. It turned out to be quite a revelation. A singular figure,...
Kehinde Wiley; Roberts & Tilton
Tiepolo's oval-shape Apotheosis of Admiral Vettor Pisani, ca. 1743, depicts our Italian military hero being introduced by Venus to Jupiter and Mars; all float together amid auroral light, puffy clouds, and cute putti. Two of Kehinde Wiley's most recent...
Kelley Walker; Paula Cooper Gallery
For artists from Francisco de Goya to Cady Noland, images of disaster and systemic social brutality have served as conduits for writing history and for soothsaying--at once reminders of what has passed and forecasts of the future. Perhaps it's no surprise...
Kori Newkirk; the Project
Los Angeles-based artist Kori Newkirk's first show at this gallery's West Coast venue greeted viewers with cast urethane dorsal fins installed on the floor--suggesting a school of man-eating sharks lay just below the surface but also pointing the way...
Lee Bontecou; UCLA Hammer Museum
From 1960 to 1971, Lee Bontecou showed consistently at Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, where her large-scale wall reliefs were admired by critics and collectors alike. During this period, she also had several European museum shows and was included...
Lords of Muddled Earth
YOU WON'T FIND the Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale on any star map, but on a September Saturday last year, fifty of us are on a tour bus heading for that very town. There, scattered among the standard landmarks of contemporary suburbia--a strip mall,...
Marc Baseman; Harwood Art Museum
This exhibition of Marc Baseman's graphite-and-powdered pigment miniatures brought together eighteen works made between 2000 and 2003 as well as a vitrine-filling assortment of slightly larger graphite drawings and woodcut prints from 1996. The artist's...
Maria Elena Gonzalez; Art in General
When a home becomes inaccessible or is destroyed, remembering it can be a poignant exercise. Such an act of memory is a fact of life for much of humanity, given the magnitude of contemporary immigration and displacement. Maria Elena Gonzalez's understated,...
Mark Lombardi; Drawing Center
Mark Lombardi (1951-2000) set out to arm people with information so they might form nuanced political opinions. Having early on discovered a hunger to lay out in exhaustive detail the dismaying network of connections among corporations, governments,...
Matthew Buckingham; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig
Once upon a time the fine arts were shown in museums, and movies were shown in the cinema. But now museums have mutated into movie theaters and function under conditions of darkness. The artist Matthew Buckingham, who lives in New York and Berlin,...
Miami
The Art Museum at Florida International University University Park Campus, PC 110 SW 107th Avenue & 8th Street Miami, FL 33199 Tel: 305.348.2890 Fax: 305.348.2762 artinfo@flu.edu www.artmuseumatfiu.org Vision Revealed: Selections...
New England
The. The Lois Foster Wing The Rose Art Museum Domestic Archeology:Boston and Beyond Brandeis ...
New Zealand
AUCKLAND ART GALLERY TOI O TAMAKI Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, PO Box 5449 Tel: 64-9-307 7700 Fax: 64-9-302 1096 24 hour information line 64-9-379 1349 E-mail: gallery@aucklandartgallery.govt.nz Website: www.aucklandartgallery.govt.nz...
"No One May Ever Have the Same Knowledge Again"; Christine Burgin Gallery
GENTLEMEN. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SEPARATING VALUABLE CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS FROM THE SUNSHINE RAY? WORTH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. APPRECIATE AN AIRMAIL REPLY. Labeled "CAT. #0021: Telegram from Charles V. Carrol to the Observers at Mount Wilson," this unusual...
Oliver Payne and Nick Relph; Gbe (Modern)
Creating a modest, more charming, and less tabloid-hungry brand of sensation with a series of short films they've made with friends and each other over the past couple of years, Londoners Oliver Payne and Nick Relph are the unanimously hailed first...
Printemps De Septembre
There aren't many exhibitions that take you through winding medieval streets, over rivers and canals, or in and out of former monasteries, power stations, water towers, and lockkeeper's houses. Then again, the annual Printemps de Septembre (September...
Roger Hiorns; Corvi-Mora
You're going to want to try it, so here's the recipe for Roger Hiorns's The Birth of the Architect (all works 2003): Take one BMW 8-series car engine and two small cardboard models of cathedrals--preferably Notre Dame and Cologne. Lower into a bath...
Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio; Birmingham Museum of Art
Students in Auburn University's Rural Studio program, founded in 1993 by architect Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee (1944-2001), confront the problem of building for the residents of the Alabama counties known as the "Black Belt," one of the poorest areas in...
Sharon Lockhart; Blum & Poe
In her inaugural exhibition at this thoroughly expanded gallery, Sharon Lockhart presented a group of distinct yet interrelated works: two sets of large-scale color photographs involving the hyperrealist sculpture of Duane Hanson, a body of smaller...
Shirazeh Houshiary; Lehmann Maupin
Poised between aestheticism and asceticism, Shirazeh Houshiary's delicate, elusive new canvases are marvels of formal restraint and rigor that manage to generate extravagantly seductive perceptual effects. Her recent show--dominated by a suite of large-scale...
Sorry, Charlie
I WILL BEGIN BY ADMITTING that I fell asleep five times during a morning press screening of Errol Morris's The Fog of War--which received its US premiere at the New York Film Festival last September and is currently playing in theaters around the country--and...
Spain January 2004
CAC MALAGA, CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DE MALAGA Calle Alemania, s/n, 29001 Malaga Tel: 952 12 00 55 Fax: 952 21 01 77 Email: cacmalaga@cacmalaga.org Web: www.cacmalaga.org HANNAH COLLINS Until January 4 JONATHAN HERNANDEZ Until...
Sphere of Influence
IF I CLOSE MY EYES, I can still envision my first encounter with Mario Merz in 1966 at his studio in Turin, which marked the beginning of my long friendship and collaboration with him as a fellow nomad and adventurer, a journey unbroken until his death...
Steve Wolfe; Luhring Augustine Gallery
A propos of nothing, I wonder who wrote the book of love. Really! I do! Could it be Steve Wolfe? Certainly his books are lovingly made, which is promising--yet something in them is mute and withholding. Ain't that always the way. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Sum of His Parts: John Coplans (1920-2003)
To readers under a certain age (say, thirty-five), the name John Coplans probably conjures pictures of a hairy, schlumpy, climacteric bag of flesh. Turning his body into a living landscape tableau, Coplans became an internationally successful photographer...
Sweden
Galleri Stefan Andersson Aktrisgrand 34, SE-903 64 Umea, tel: 46-90-14 49 90 fax: 46-90-14 49 70, e-mail: galleri@sag.se www.sag.se Jukka Korkeila - New paintings February 7-March 10 Stockholm Art Fair - New works by Elina Brotherus,...
Switzerland
Basel CARZANIGA + UEKER Gemsberg 8 Tel 061 264 9696 Fax 061 261 7402 e-mail: galerie@carzaniga-ueker.ch www.carzaniga-ueker.ch LUCA SERRA, NIKLAUS STOECKLIN: Gruppe Rot Blau Through January 10 PETER VOGEL, ALBERTO ZAMBONI ...
Teen Angle
Witnessing one of Sue de Beer's goth girls intone I'm going to erase myself and you're going to find me everywhere, anyone might consider such states of mind a recent phenomenon--psychic rumblings "explaining" Columbine or Lee Malvo. Yet America has...
The Dilation of Attention
I begin with an admission of animosity: As long as I have been aware of it, I have been prejudiced against the big photograph. Some of the reasons for my bias are personal. I tend to be drawn to the quieter, domestic-inflected nuance of the lower genres,...
Who Are the Artists to Watch during the Year Ahead? for the Fourth Year Running, Artforum Asked a Dozen Critics, Curators, and Cognoscenti-Including, for the First Time, Several Artists-To Introduce the Work of an Up-and-Comer They Feel Shows Special Promise for the Future
A HABITUAL COMPILER OF LISTS AND AN AMATEUR Cartographer, Simon Evans seeks, through his self-consciously rough-edged art, to impose a semblance of order onto the chaos of his daily existence. Born in South London in 1972, Evans arrived in San Francisco...
Winter 2004; Three Times a Year Artforum Looks Ahead to the Coming Season. the Following Survey Previews Fifty Shows Opening around the World between January and April
Donald Judd Tate Modern, London February 5-April 25 Curated by Nicholas Serota and Marianne Stockebrand In recent years, the Minimal installation initially developed by Donald Judd (1928-94) and others in the early '60s, consisting of simple,...