Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 8, April

Alice Neel
ROBERT MILLER GALLERY Alice Neel embarked on motherhood with singularly negative feelings about it. "I had my first baby in Cuba, without anything to alleviate the pain. It was frightful! Eight hours of intense agony!" That baby died of diphtheria in...
Biennale De Lyon
MUSEE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN Culture trickles down in France, and computer culture is no exception. Just like the television set in the '50s and '60s, which was for a long time a luxury item, personal computers - much less CD-ROM players or Internet connections...
Bob's Thing
ON JANUARY 4 BOB FLANAGAN SUCCUMBED TO CYSTIC FIBROSIS, THE DISEASE WITH WHICH HE HAD STRUGGLED ALL HIS LIFE AND THAT EVENTUALLY BECAME CENTRAL TO HIS ART. IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES, DENNIS COOPER'S REMEMBRANCE OF THE ARTIST APPEARS ALONGSIDE DEBORAH DRIER'S...
Boyz from Brazil
On the subtropical mainland rap is made for and by a decidedly "select" group - the urban poor who inhabit the periferia, the bairros, and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia. The only time Brazilian rap gets out of these neighborhoods...
Cathy De Monchaux
SEAN KELLY GALLERY Like Rachel Whiteread or Grenville Davey, among other British sculptors of her generation, Cathy de Monchaux is warping aspects of the Minimalist vocabulary toward metaphoric ends. Most of the works here show her to be more interested...
Charles Goldman
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE GALLERY AT PROJECT ARTAUD Whether pleasant or suffocating, compelling memories of home and childhood can be triggered by almost anything - a notion demonstrated by the effect on Proust of the taste of madeleines soaked in a spoonful...
Chris Marker
WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS Some purists rue the monkeys in Terry Gilliam's new film, but none of them complain about seeing Chris Marker's name again in theaters (Twelve Monkeys having been inspired by La Jetee). Marker, with Godard, one of the grand...
"City Speculations." (Queens Museum of Art, New York, New York)
QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART Of the two great panoramic views of '60s New York, only one survives intact: the opening credits to the television series That Girl. The other, which goes by the name of the Panorama of the City of New York, was updated for the...
Dream Team: The Brothers Quay
The acquisition of life is by the process of animation itself. - The Brothers Quay, 1986 The animated-puppet worlds of the Brothers Quay have entranced art cinephiles since 1979. Seemingly made by miniature shadow-fairies rather than the actual tall...
Ettore Spalletti
MUSEUM VAN HEDENDAAGSE KUNST The rooms of the MUHKA in Antwerp, which are painted entirely white, including the floors, are perhaps the most appropriate setting for the works of Ettore Spalletti, which often seem to float in space, even when they are...
Fantasy and Reality: Drawings from the Sunny Crawford Von Bulow Collection
PIERPONT MORGAN LIBRARY The hotel room looked so empty that I imagined all the drawings that were never there had been removed for an exhibition. I mean hospital room. Especially the drawing by Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Rond-Point in the Park at Arcueil,...
Francesco Clemente
PETER BLUM Although color may suggest questions, it will not answer them - red remains red, pink pink, blue blue. Anything read into red, pink, or blue is there but also not there at all, the way a curio can mean everything to one person, structuring...
Gladys Nistor
INSTITUTO DE COOPERACION IBEROAMERICANA As it happens, exile, that trope so precious to Modernity, tends to be something more than mere exposure to a foreign culture. For the exiled subject there is a moment when his strange environment finally becomes...
Goats of Summer
I was 29 years old, rolling through New Jersey suburbs in the Vista Cruiser, when the Mountain Goats saved my life. I didn't know who they were, didn't even know that they were a band. All I understood was that there was this reedy, not-quite Neil Young,...
Jessica Stockholder
DIA Take a short walk through Jessica Stockholder's Your Skin In This Weather Bourne Eye-Threads & Swollen Perfume, 1995: screaming-neon-green linoleum runner (made complete only by the appearance of scuff marks - street-colored, boot-shaped - trailing...
Jo Baer
PAULA COOPER GALLERY The early work of Jo Baer is often described as Minimalist. Featured in group shows with pieces by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and Robert Morris throughout the '60s, her geometric canvases (presented singly, in serial pairs, or diptychs)...
John Coplans
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY With these recent works John Coplans shows a mastery of surface from which comes a singular beauty, Mozartian in its development: strong forms and specific emotions evolve swiftly, imperceptibly, mysteriously into others. The pictures'...
Liisa Roberts
JANICE GUY Gracefully deferring our desire for instant esthetic gratification, Liisa Roberts' installation, betraying a portrait, 1995, was designed to do seemingly anything but happen all at once. Roberts' artistic statement emerged slowly over the...
Like a Rolling Stone: Gabriel Orozco
"Act so that there is no use in a centre." - Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons: Rooms, 1914 Rather than a reasonably conceivable variant of the traditional chess game, Gabriel Orozco's Horses Running Endlessly, 1995, calls to mind something resembling...
Mojo Broken
Trying to explain why the music created at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios in the early to mid '50s became rock 'n' roll's sacred dirt, legendary producer/hillbilly esthete Jim Dickinson once suggested the source was: "A bunch of crazy rednecks playing nigger...
Oh Yoko!
I have always thought Yoko Ono the only thing Interesting about the Beatles. While this Is probably not the sanest way to begin, it is at least uncompromising, a mode that has long been one of Ono's greatest virtues and lessons. On Rising (Capitol),...
"Painting outside of Painting." (the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)
THE CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART The last in a trio of biennials organized by Corcoran curator Terrie Sultan to address relevant issues in contemporary painting, "Painting Outside of Painting" included more than 80 works by 26 artists who, as Sultan writes,...
Photographer Mario Sorrenti, Designer Bernadette Corporation
STYLE-MAKING IMAGES HAPPEN WHEN VISIONARY DESIGN MEETS INNOVATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. EACH MONTH IN THIS SERIES, PARIS-BASED WRITER OLIVIER ZAHM PRESENTS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A DESIGNER WHO SHARE A SPECIAL AFFINITY. At 24, New York-based...
Raw Meal
That "the universal" and "universalism" are pretty discredited notions hardly bears repeating. For the last decade, the flood of cultural criticism that can be grouped under the rubric of "multiculturalism" has done nothing but attest to this. But what...
Richard Pousette-Dart
KNOEDLER & CO. This first posthumous exhibition of the pioneering American Abstract Expressionist Richard Pousette-Dart does his reputation little good. Knoedler's selection (fourteen paintings, mostly large; seven small watercolors) revealed a...
'Shooting the Moon." (Julie Saul Gallery, New York, New York)
JULIE SAUL GALLERY Next to the high-tech resolution of digital imaging, photographs of the moon, even those from only 30 years ago, look like products of a bygone era. Testaments to the earliest stages of imaging technology, the photographs gathered...
Southern Exposure
The Brazilian contemporary art world seems to be experiencing something of a boom. Over the last five years Rio de Janeiro has become a hotbed of museums and alternative spaces, and, despite the lack of market support, now boasts two new art galleries...
State of Denial
The political question, as 1996 grew nigh, was this: Would the American electorate remember Bill Clinton as the last liberal - as a funny fat boy, a dysfunctional ditherer? Scarcely a month before the primary season began, the Louisville Courier had...
The Road Behind
In Terry Gilliam's 1981 film Time Bandits, the evil overlord of the child protagonist's ever-shifting fantasy world is a slick huckster who, among other things, is hawking a high-tech home of the future. The overseer leers at the young boy salaciously...
Tony Smith
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY Although Tony Smith is no longer "one of the best known unknowns in American art," as Sam Wagstaft was able to write 30 years ago, he still has not enjoyed a large-scale presentation of the totality of his work and thought. In...
Tracey Emin
TRACEY EMIN MUSEUM Gustave Courbet has a lot to answer for. The Painter's Studio, 1855, his monumental autobiographical allegory, put the artist right at the center of the universe, and sanctioned the most extravagant kind of self-mythologization. Thirty-two-year-old...