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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, October

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As neither thoroughbred boomers nor gen-xers, the members of the demi-generation born in the late '50s and early '60s - my own - have always felt like history's mutts. Proximity to, and thus osmotic knowledge of, the utopian '60s fantasies entertained...
Andre Raffray
GALERIE BAUDOIN LEBON Andre Raffray makes reproductions of masterpieces. As a result, he occupies a marginal place in the contemporary art world, but he is well known to curators like Pontus Hulten, who exhibited him several times at the Centre...
Andrew Ehrenworth
JAMES GRAHAM & SONS Continuing a trajectory from his earlier portraits of dogs whose faces appeared to be melting, Andrew Ehrenworth's eleven new paintings are based on standard-issue photographs of grade-school children, although these faces...
Bill Davenport
ANGSTROM GALLERY The eighteen small works in Bill Davenport's latest show ranged from boyish sight gags like Bummer, 1999, an enameled bean can and golf ball arranged to suggest a missed putt, to the inscrutable fluff of Pair of Lint Sculptures,...
Boy in the Hood
A DECADE HAS ELAPSED SINCE THE GALLERY GUIDE DROPPED THE EAST VILLAGE - MAP AND ALL - FROM ITS MONTHLY LISTINGS OF NEW YORK ART DESTINATIONS. WHILE THE '80S SAW THE OPENING (AND CLOSING) OF SOME 170 NEIGHBORHOOD GALLERIES, IT IS THIS SOBERING DEMISE,...
CARLO MCCORMICK ON Gracie Mansion Gallery
When Anne Mayhew-Young renamed herself after the official residence of the mayors of New York, she joined the likes of John Sex, Patti Astor, and Lydia Lunch, individuals who hoped that an aggressively self-conscious sense of difference could vanquish...
Cecilia Vicuna
ART IN GENERAL The exhibition began before one reached the gallery, in the creaky old elevator that took a long time to rise. Passive and expectant, the viewer, who had yet to see anything, heard something instead - an ethereal trilling, a woman's...
CHARLIE AHEARN ON Fun Gallery
BILL STELLING: "I asked Patti if she knew any artists, maybe they could do some shows at a tiny storefront I was using then as a textile studio at 229 East 11th Street. She said sure, and, using my tax return as funds, I bought a case of beer to begin...
Crime and Misdemeanors
There was something never quite credible about the explosion of galleries and artists that happened in the East Village in the mid-'80s. It had a feeling about it suggestive of a feral swarm, a feeding frenzy that somehow overwhelmed the thing it supposedly...
Daisy Youngblood
MCKEE GALLERY Among the different streams of American art in the '80s - the glamorous resurgence of painting, the media- and society-related photo work, the post-Pop, the post-Concept, the neo-geo, the Parisian or Frankfurtian or Benjaminian theorizing...
DAN CAMERON ON Collins & Milazzo
Before Collins & Milazzo, "independent curator" was a sleepy designation for moonlighting art critics and academics. After the pair's roaring descent on the scene circa 1984, it became a full-blown job description. A visit to a show organized by...
DAN CAMERON ON International with Monument
By the fall of 1986, a good litmus test of where you fell on the art-political spectrum was how you felt about International With Monument. Feared by some, hailed as the neighborhood's salvation by others, the ponderously monikered gallery on East...
DENNIS COOPER: Odd Man Out
I remember when word spread that the (pre-groovy) East Village was brandishing an art scene. If memory serves, an influential tag line in one of the now-defunct neighborhood weeklies described this scene as consisting of "art that wakes up and smells...
Donald Sultan
KNOEDLER & COMPANY With such unlikely materials as tar, vinyl, Spackle, and Masonite, Donald Sultan builds up his thoroughly elegant paintings, which monumentalize such ephemera as the swirling of smoke rings or a glimpse of two birds landing....
Dual Nature
Even in the midst of the thrill of it all, it was apparent that two contingencies - one demographic, the other economic - laid the groundwork for the making of the "East Village Art Scene." First, the postwar baby boom, which peaked in 1959, led to...
East Side Story
When I called the holly Solomon Gallery in SoHo in 1997 to ask about their 1985 East Village show, the man who answered the phone was aghast. "What are you doing?" he asked incredulously. "Nobody talks about the East Village anymore, nobody. People...
Eric Fischl
MARY BOONE GALLERY Why, fancy that, there's Steve Martin, alone on the beach, hiding behind black shades and a wide grin. And over here is Mike Nichols, looking quite dapper in black suit and shirt, but with that casual open collar to show he's...
"Fame after Photography"
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK Blame it on Di. In the wake of the princess's death by paparazzi, curator of photography Peter Galassi gave Marvin Heiferman and Carol Kismaric - founders of the old-guard, avant-garde New York cultural programming...
Frank Appraisal
As viewed from the vantage point of our empire's continued obsession with health, Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), the poet and Museum of Modern Art curator, looks, if not like death, then the very body of ill health, in the photographs and paintings of the...
Frank Egloff
ELIAS FINE ART Since the '80s, Frank Egloff has been appropriating imagery from vintage photography, film footage, and advertising to create paintings that are at once subversive and alluring. In his recent exhibition, "Inverse," he presented three...
Gosta Rover
KUCKEI + KUCKEI Can contemporary art find a place in spectator sports? Gosta Rover decided to find out - by sponsoring the Sport Verein Erbsen (Erbsen sports club), a men's soccer team near her hometown of Gottingen. Rover, who now resides in Berlin,...
Gunter Brus
KLEMENS GASSER & TANJA GRUNERT Although he was one of the central figures of Vienna Actionism, Gunter Brus is hardly known here; this is only his second solo exhibition in the States, and the first in New York. Initially it's surprising that...
Hans Hemmert
MUSEUM FOLKWANG Rubber has remained largely undiscovered as a medium in contemporary art. When it has been employed, it has been associated with the fetishization of the body. Artists like Kiki Smith and Marc Quinn have used the material rather...
Hot.List
The sites we include below are all engaged in one epic struggle or another, and if they use the Web only because it's convenient, they nonetheless use it to the fullest. Two of them seek to increase our knowledge of interesting people (vivabush.com)...
JACK BANKOWSKY ON Pat Hearn
When I wandered into the Pat Hearn Gallery at the corner of Sixth Street and Avenue B for the first time in the fall of 1984, two things called me back from the late-in-a-long-afternoon-of-gallery-rounds torpor I was just slipping into. The first was...
Jean Cocteau
WESSEL + O'CONNOR GALLERY "The muses must be represented in attitudes of waiting," wrote Jean Cocteau, whose compulsion to continue producing even in the absence of inspiration perhaps helps explain how the artistry of his writing and films coexisted...
JOHN HAGAN ON John Jesurun
Chang in a Void Moon, John Jesurun's "living film serial," played at the Pyramid Club, at 101 Avenue A, every Monday night at nine-thirty and eleven for a year, starting in June 1982. It was perhaps the first of many "episodic plays" to appear in New...
Jorg Sasse
Maupin, Lehmann The first thing one notices about Jorg Sasse's new images is that they're gorgeous, then that they resemble everyday snapshots. Only somewhere down the line does one recognize - in the strange tonalities and heightened formal rhythms...
Laurie Anderson
SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA In the opening of Laurie Anderson's newest performance, Songs and Stories from Moby Dick, 1999, a single shaft of light illuminates a large, black-bound book, its pages turning and fluttering. Although Anderson observes in her...
Lawrence Weiner
REGEN PROJECTS In black sans serif on silver Mylar the words "PURE AIR OF THE HIGH MOUNTAINS" and "BURNT RUBBER" appear across the packaging for the perfume Odeur 53, in French and English, along with an invitation to "CREATE AROUND YOU THE SMELL...
Lehmann Maupin, New York
"Girl talk" never much enjoyed the primetime exposure it has long deserved until last year, when the House Judiciary Committee chose to post transcripts of Monica Lewinsky's intimate phone conversations with Linda Tripp on the Internet for all to read....
LIZA KIRWIN ON EV in the Press
In the '80s, the popular press seized on the East Village scene as a "different bohemia." Magazines like People, Vogue, Life, GQ, Esquire, New York, and Newsweek, as well as American and European newspapers, celebrated that "neo-frontier" as a place...
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Eleanor Antin left New York for Southern California in 1968. Even though her art has been chiefly handled by a Manhattan gallery, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, the move proved definitive, and its implications decisive for her career. This was clear in...
Lukas Rittstein
VELETRZNI PALAC Challenged by the hybrid forms that often appear under the term "installation," sculpture - that is, discrete objects that deal with issues of mass, gravity, volume, open- vs. closedness, movement, materiality, color, structure,...
Malerie Marder
"When I was eighteen I was asked to take pictures of a woman named Laura and her lover. She had been having an affair for ten years with a very powerful man. They had learned that I was taking an introductory photography course and suggested they come...
Mariko Mori
FONDAZIONE PRADA Purification, initiation, and illumination: In the Buddhist tradition, these are the three steps to enlightenment. They are also the subject - rarely tackled in art with such clarity - of Mariko Mori's multimedia installation at...
Martha Rosler
GENERALI FOUNDATION "Positions in the Life World," a traveling survey of Martha Rosler's work of the past thirty-four years, organized with the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, brings out one of the artist's greatest strengths: her ability to articulate...
Merry Alpern
BONNI BENRUBI GALLERY In 1995, with the unexpected help of an NEA rejection, Merry Alpern became notorious for her photo series "Dirty Windows." Even if they couldn't resist looking, viewers were made uneasy by these voyeuristic images, secretly...
Mowry Baden
POST WILSHIRE AND DOWNTOWN Mowry Baden's latest offering reiterated the artist's preoccupation with how we position ourselves relative to sculpture, furniture, and other objects, and how such things position us. The three works on view played with...
Munro Galloway
DE CHIARA/STEWART Did you grow up before or after the VCR? With or without computers? Pre or post the World Wide Web? Even Luddites have to admit it makes things interesting, not knowing where we'll be next - but knowing we'll be there soon. Where...
NAN GOLDIN ON Greer Lankton
By the night I photographed Greer Lankton at the opening of her second show at Civilian Warfare, I'd known her for years. I met her in the late '70s when she first arrived in New York, from Chicago, and though still in her early twenties, she had already...
"Neurotic Realism: Part I"
SAATCHI GALLERY Charles Saatchi's latest attempt to shape art-world taste got off to a brilliant start. Late last year, a blaze of publicity greeted the publication of his book The New Neurotic Realism, which featured an essay-cure-manifesto by...
Rirkrit Tiravanija
GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE There's no place like home. Well, maybe that's not quite true. Rirkrit Tiravanija has built a replica of his East Village apartment, right down to the working toilet, inside Gavin Brown's gallery. He presents us with a bedroom,...
Sarah Jones
JERWOOD GALLERY The earliest work in Sarah Jones's recent exhibition was an image showing part of a couch in a psychiatrist's consulting room. The photo in some respects doesn't reveal very much: A small mat to protect the mattress from the analysand's...
Sarah Sze
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO If a work of art sits still, you look at it; if it moves, you'd better watch it. Sarah Sze's Many a Slip, 1999, differs from most sculpture in that it bears watching as much as being looked at. It doesn't just...
Shorts Shrift
In 1954, when I was a pink-cheeked lad of a mere thirteen years, our family - newly returned to Los Angeles from the aging, sooty confines of Cleveland - paid a visit to an old friend of my father's who'd made it big at Capitol Records and built a...
Sovereign Remedy
As I write, students from Teheran University have spent the last week protesting a new law meant to stifle freedom of the press. The government's response has been prompt: Security forces raided a university dormitory, beating students and tossing...
Style Makes the Band
"All music is experimental." - Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk When it comes to starting a new wave, it takes an East Village. I don't know how long the funky east end of Greenwich Village has been a bohemian enclave and avant-garde hub, but going...
Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler
BOB VAN ORSOUW At first, there is only a projection of darkness. Then, with dreamlike slowness, the camera pans across a doorway, giving us a glimpse into a room. Inside, we see a man busying himself with preparations for a move. He sweeps up, packs...
The East Village 1979-1989 A CHRONOLOGY: ANN MAGNUSON ON Club 57
Club 57 was born in the basement of the Holy Cross Polish National Church on St. Mark's Place, back when there were fewer than a hundred pointy-toed hipsters skulking around the East Village streets and a boy could get the shit beat out of him for...
Wayne Thiebaud: Green River Lands, 1998
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. It cannot be emphasized too often that a number of the great pioneers of modernism - Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Mondrian, Braque, Kandinsky,...
Words and Deeds
Active as a painter for better than sixty years, as a writer on art for more than fifty, and as a campaigner on art education and landscape conservation for thirty, Patrick Heron never lost his passion, his innocence, or his idealism. That was what...