Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 3, November

Bruce Nauman
How does one become a monochrome? The four Art Make-Up films, made between 1967 and '68, answer that question and show their maker, Brace Nauman, to be not only painter but painted. This work, in which the artist covers his body in white, pink, green,...
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Cheri Samba
Paris likes to brag about being the capital of African art, ahead of London, Tokyo, and New York. African art flourishes on the Left Bank: there are antique shops on Rue de la Seine, and this summer brought shows of Ouattara at Gallerie Boulakia at the...
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City of Slights
It was almost like a fairy tale, it happened so quickly. One day France was on the right, and the president of the republic was feeling peevish. The prime minister was getting on his nerves. How could he get rid of him? Hold early elections. Next morning,...
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Critical Reflections
A goal of this year's installment of Documenta, alongside the attempt to cast a "retrospective" glance over twenty years of contemporary art, was to outline some reflections on art's relationship with the processes referred to today as "globalization":...
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Fernand Leger
Unlike nearly all his great Parisian contemporaries, Fernand Leger seems never in his mature work to have taken his studio as a subject for his painting, nor to have made a self-portrait, two classic themes in French art. Always he looked outside, utopian...
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Grand Dame
Talking with Muriel Spark BF: In your new collection of stories, Open to the Public, the title story (which concerns a famous writer exploiting his daughter) has a very melancholy undercurrent as regards writing and fame and reputation. I tell you,...
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Just Exquisite?: The Art of Richard Tuttle
The '90s have never really declared themselves. Exceptions noted - Matthew Barney, for example - the best art to emerge in the decade has been physically modest and antirhetorical. That's reasonable enough, given the grandstanding of the '80s. In place...
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Louise Bourgeois
It is well known by now how allusions to corporality, in particular to sexuality, have become increasingly explicit in Louise Bourgeois' work. Rarely, however, has this aspect been so generally apparent as in the artist's recent show in Milan, her first...
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No Pen Pal
For the price of a tramway ticket, the Strasbourg commuter purchases not only a ride through the city in a transparent, state-of-the-art streetcar, but also a series of encounters with contemporary artworks: Barbara Kruger's monumental anti-advertising...
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Past Masters
Among the Jewish heavy-hitters of postwar literature, Bernard Malamud always seemed a less flashy item - neither as diabolically brainy as Bellow, nor blessed with Roth's genius for autobiographical caricature. When it came to the short story, however,...
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Shooting Stars
I LOVE PAPARAZZI. Perhaps I should qualify that statement. I know none personally. I've never been accosted by one. I've never stood on the blitzkrieg flash's receiving end. (However, at press events, I've been bumped against, jostled, and pushed aside...
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Steve McQueen
I liked Steve McQueen's first New York show, and then I found that he has an exhibition history rather fatter than either the thin number of years he has been working or the slender body of art he has made. Since graduating from Goldsmiths' College,...
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Studio Time
Valuing an artist and understanding the work are two very different things. It's like when you're in love: there's a charm at work, but what? It is irrefutable that the French are smitten with the thirty-six-year-old Fabrice Hybert and, ever since he...
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"Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997." (Painting, Various Artists, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Louisiana)
Los Angeles artists enjoy the unique yet dubious privilege of living in the lap of mass culture. But if they feel proprietary toward the mythmaking machine of movies and television, their closeness has also encouraged a psychological remove from it....
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Times of Our Lives
I was introduced to Doug Huebler in 1968 by Seth Siegelaub, a soon-to-be former dealer who at the time was showing Robert Barry's and Lawrence Weiner's paintings and the work of a few others as well as Doug's Formica sculptures (as these artists' work...
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Work and Display
Contributing to the general miasma of pseudocriticisms of art on the Web, Michael Kimmelman wrote recently in The New York Times: "Mostly bad artists exploit the medium to get attention they otherwise couldn't: after all, the Internet is a way for them...
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