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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, September

A Flash ... Then Night
A city crowd: we know nothing of the people who stream past us, their states of mind, or even what has brought them out in the street - perhaps some errand, perhaps simple pleasure. And it is precisely this not knowing that attracts us to Beat Streuli's...
All Is Won
Everybody I've ever talked to about the prizes they hand out at the Venice Biennale agrees on one thing: they ought to quit handing them out. Career awards for artists - $30,000 one-year Guggenheim fellowships, $350.000 five-year MacArthur "genius" grants,...
Arshile Gorky: 'How My Mother's Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life,' 1944
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. Arshile Gorky's mother, Lady Shushanik der Marderosian, belonged to a distinguished Armenian family that could trace its origins back...
Avant-Gardens
When Jean Clair hacked "Aperto" out of this year's Biennale, he unwittingly cleared the ground for a bumper crop of satellite exhibitions strewn throughout Venice's maze of campos, courtyards, and canals. These shows animated the jeweled city mainly...
Best of Show
At the top of the list of shows I'd urge a visitor to the 1995 - vintage Venice Biennale to see, I would especially mention three, unconnected but for their persistence in my memory. If truth be told, just as Alexandre Dumas' three musketeers were actually...
Body Trouble
JEAN CLAIR'S EXHIBITION "Identity and Alterity: Figures of the Body 1895-1995" is definitely the big attraction in this year's Venice Biennale, which, though it celebrates the institution's centennial, is otherwise not very distinctive. Clair has chosen...
Danger Dirty Data
A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM BY JULIA SCHER In her combination of obsessive paranoia and tenacious social science, Julia Scher evokes a female Harry Caul (antihero of Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film The Conversation) with a weathered copy of Michel Foucault's...
Doing Life
Danny Lyon was a photo-school icon in the '70s; his subjects helped define the milieus of choice for the male photographers of those times - prisons, biker gangs, political movements. This year, though, when the word on the street made his retrospective...
Don't Look Now
Expectations seemed at an all-time low for the Biennale's century mark. Commissioner Jean Clair had perfunctorily canceled "Aperto," the section of the exposition dedicated to new art, and the plans he announced for his major exhibition, "Identity and...
How like a Goddess
THYRZA NICHOLS GOODEVE TALKS WITH ALLUCQUERE ROSANNE STONE PROLOGUE 1: PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEW JERSEY, LATE '40S A young boy sits reading sequential volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica. He has reached the P's and is absorbed by the entry on primates....
I Remember Mama's Mules
Douglas Keeve's documentary Unzipped, about fashion designer (and Keeve's former boyfriend) Isaac Mizrahi, operates, perhaps involuntarily, as a corrective to the smug fatuities purveyed by Robert Altman's recent, regrettable film about the fashion industry,...
Kathleen Schimert
Though lately it may seem as if art's lost its polemical edge - as if there were no more compelling issues or revolutionary chapters, only strategic maneuvers - signs abound of a new kind of work well versed in the methods of institutional critique,...
Laguna Lacuna
IN ARTFORUM'S LOOK AT THE 1995 VENICE BIENNALE, ALLAN SCHWARTZMAN MAPS THE LAND WHILE JEAN-PIERRE CRIQUI, JAN AVGIKOS, AND PETER PLAGENS PICK MORE PERSONAL HITS AND MISSES. PLAGENS ALSO UNPUZZLES THE PRIZES, AND AVGIKOS COVERS THE BIENNALE'S SANCTIONED...
Rites of Passage, Tate Gallery, London
I succeeded, one could say, because I work in a very interesting field where I try in a very conventional field of culture, the so-called art scene, to develop a wider step. Joseph Beuys, 1980 As with all good exhibitions, there are many routes one...
The Art Screen Scene
The elusive and protean entity known as the Internet Is straining to be more things to more people with every passing moment, and it is now metamorphosing Into a gallery space as well. In New York this summer, the Dia Center for the Arts, the Whitney...
Whistling in the Park
At the beginning of a press conference at the Museum of Modern Art back in April, Jean Clair (ne Gerard Regnier), the director of Paris' Musee Picasso and the Venice Biennale's first non-Italian director in its 100-year history, was absent - ill in his...