Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 10, Summer

Adriana Varejao
Invoking memory and desire, the paintings and installations of young Brazilian artist Adriana Varejao reassemble tired historical narratives to produce fresh ones. In many of her early works, Varejao drew inspiration from Delft and Portuguese tiles,...
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Alice Aycock
Best known for such outdoor projects as Maze, 1972, and A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels, 1975, Alice Aycock is also a committed draftsman who has produced an extensive corpus of drawings. More than simply plans for projects, Aycock's...
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Allen Ruppersberg
If Allen Ruppersberg has always had a severe case of bibliomania conceptualis so much the better for us. His most recent show investigated the secret lives of books - as admired and debased objects, embodiments of a zeitgeist, and repositories of laughter,...
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Bettina Rheims
Eschewing any pretense to critique - in contrast to those photographers who've attempted to bracket out fashion's starstruck vision to pursue subtexts revealed in the grainy, often black-and-white imagery of the stealthy, oblique shot - Bettina Rheims...
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Cecile Bauer
Although her earliest works were performances and video installations, since 1980 Cecile Bauer has worked exclusively with photography. She often creates photocollages by joining dissimilar images and then placing over them small objects, such as a piece...
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Concrete Jungle
Built in a clay basin, London embodies claustrophobia as a way of life, but once in a while something happens that lets the air in, that makes you see the city in a new way. It happened to me just before Christmas; flipping the FM dial on the car radio,...
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Derek Boshier
"Derek Boshier: The Texas Years" was an extensive survey of Boshier's paintings and graphic works produced between 1980, the year of his arrival in Houston from Britain, and 1995. Although he was an early participant in British Pop art, a combination...
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Down and Dirty
The possibility of a new taxonomy for the art of this century, most especially an unruly one, carries with it a strong charge, a genuine kick. It's doubly appealing when it promises to thrust aside a dominant, seemingly unquestionable presupposition...
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Gregory J. Markopoulos
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART For those familiar with the peculiar history of Gregory Markopoulos' cinema, to view one of his shimmering, complex films, with their elusive themes of memory, desire, and creativity, is to grapple with the knowledge that...
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Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film since 1945
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART "Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film Since 1945" must have seemed like a great idea when curator Kerry Brougher began working on the show almost a decade ago. Here was a way to infuse the hushed spaces of the museum with the vitality...
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High Society
In Britain, pop culture and drug culture are almost synonymous these days. From Oasis' anthems of coked-out glory-lust to Pulp's number-one hit "Sorted for E's and Wizz" (a brilliantly ambivalent evocation of the dream and lie of rave), from the ganja-delic...
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Jack Ox
For over twenty years, Jack Ox has devoted herself to giving visual form to music. Using a system as fascinating as it is Byzantine, Ox has worked her way through painted performances of music as diverse as Gregorian chant, Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky,...
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Kcho
In the three sculptures on view in his first New York solo show, the young Cuban artist Kcho used, or cited, the boat as both a basic structure and an overarching metaphor. The two larger and more recent pieces, La Columna Infinita I (Endless column)...
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Kim Whanki
Although the Korean painter Kim Whanki (1913-1974) spent significant portions of his career in Paris as well as in Seoul, this recent exhibition, entitled "Oeuvres inedites 1963-1973," corresponded to a period when he lived and worked in New York. The...
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Krzysztof Wodiczko
Krzysztof Wodiczko's Xenology: Immigrant Instruments, 1992-, is an ongoing project that powerfully combines the high-tech and the political. Over the last four years, Wodiczko has designed two "instruments" that enable users, immigrants from various...
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Larry Clark
Anyone who thought Larry Clark's Kids was a movie concerned with verite or realite needs to brush up on his French. The film may have employed aspects of documentary in trying to capture the look of now, but, as with Clark's photographic work, assemblages,...
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Leon Golub
Leon Golub's new "Snake Eyes" series, 1995-96, is in some ways more delicate than his well-known paintings of mercenary soldiers, of assassins and tyrants, of tortures and interrogations, but it is just as fierce. The difference lies in the surfaces,...
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Loren Madsen
MCKEE GALLERY In Loren Madsen's For Next, a piece he showed in this gallery back in 1986-87, 2,000 thin five-inch-square copper tiles hung from the ceiling by a thread tied at each corner to form a continuous carpet at, as I remember, a little under...
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Mario Cravo Neto
Mario Cravo Neto is one of the few prominent Brazilian artists still living in his home country (many of his compatriots have set up house in Europe and North America). Based in Salvador, Bahia (a city in one of the poorest regions of Brazil, the Northeast),...
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Miriam Cahn
Miriam Cahn's works on paper, in which she uses either charcoal or colored chalk, often seem to have been made in great haste. Her fleeting gestures suggest an effort to give form to thoughts and emotions in as direct a manner as possible, and the almost...
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Pipilotti Rist
Growing up in a small Swiss town in the late '70s, Pipilotti Rist - a John Lennon fan and inveterate Yoko Ono groupie long before Ono's ascension to art-rock diva status - came to art by way of pop music. While studying video at Basel's Schule fur Gestaltung,...
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Portia Munson
YOSHII GALLERY It was on the one-year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that I returned to Portia Munson's recent installation - a re-creation of a child's bedroom that colonized every inch of the gallery's exhibition space. That day it resonated...
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Real Time Travel
Spending time looking for a tiny miracle at the end of the day, it suddenly all makes sense, way things go. With Peter Fischli and David Weiss, the way things go is that they take time: not necessarily "actual" time, but possibly the contemplative relation...
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Rebecca Horn: Chorus of the Locusts I and II, 1991
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. I came upon this pair of works by Rebecca Horn on a miserable, rainy day in late winter in Hamburg. It was 1993. My visit to the Kunsthalle...
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Screen
FRIEDRICH PETZEL Supposedly testing where the "abstract or representational 'space' of painting" and the "abstract or representational 'space' of television" begin and end (and converge), "Screen," curated by Joshua Decter, had the equipment for a keen...
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Spare the Bod
Hadn't we said good-bye to the World War II generation with George Bush? Hadn't D-Day turned 50? It's been years since Time ran the commemorative cover "So long soldier" ... and thanks for the memories. But suddenly, like the thing that will not die,...
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Taro Chiezo
Using high-tech colors and materials (including transparent Day-Glo plastic and laserdisks), Taro Chiezo created an installation that resembled a space-age playroom in which the futuristic machines and materials are synthesized into deceptively adorable...
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Tender Buttons: The Art of Charles Ledray
The noise of all the fashioned objects existing in the world is incessant, a racket of fabrication, location, use, reuse, repair, value, and, in the least insistent of whispers, meaning. This ambient noise explains why the silence of an art gallery is...
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The Silver Scene
Though the movies celebrated their 100th birthday last year, this spring found London awash with a wave of celluloid festivities to mark the centenary of the motion picture's arrival in Britain. First off was the Hayward Gallery's "Spellbound," which...
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Towers of London
1995 was unquestionably the year of the Young British Artist. Given a big push with "General Release" in Venice during the last Biennale and with the much decried "Brilliant!" at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, YBAs rounded out the year by capturing...
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Ubu Rock
It is often remarked that, in 1898, when Pa Ubu brandished a toilet brush and shouted "merdre" at an unsuspecting French audience, the avant-garde was born. One century later, Andrei Belgrader and Shelley Berc's Ubu Rock, based on Alfred Jarry's Ubu...
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Ulrich Gorlich
Ulrich Gorlich's work often comments on the sociopolitical context surrounding the exhibition site, so it was not surprising that his recent photographic installation in Zurich took Switzerland as its theme. Cliches about Switzerland are ubiquitous enough:...
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Village Voice
Meyer Schapiro, who died on March 3 at the age of 91, enjoyed an adulation that may in his later decades have been as taxing as it was rewarding. Intent younger art historians asked him time and again to recount the genesis of the extraordinary publications...
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