Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 9, May

Alice Neel
ROBERT MILLER GALLERY Without being doctrinaire, Alice Neel always acted on the principle, insisted upon by some feminist theoreticians, that a woman artist should emphasize the personal. This emphasis in her work derives not so much from an autobiographical...
Andrew Ross' Weather Report
Outside the laminated dreamworlds of Madison Avenue band suburban Christianity, where do you go to find shiny happy people? Traditionally, white America has looked to its youth cohorts for its most dependable images of compulsory happiness, with one...
Anne Wilson
ROY BOYD GALLERY Anne Wilson is drawn to utilizing and examining the only fiber our bodies actually make--hair. Using false hair, she divides her attention between the hair that we adorn and the kind that is ignored, considered vaguely embarrassing....
April 4, 1994
In the late autumn of 1972 I traveled from England to Cracow by boat and train. There had been only one other traveler from the Dover ferry on the Ostend quay that bitterly cold November. I had seen him get into the Polish carriage, but it wasn't until...
Arjanne Van der Spek
GALERIE FONS WELTERS Arjanne van der Spek's sculptures establish a subtle dialogue between the amorphous qualities of their material and the precise structuring of their elements. Un deux eins zwei hikkel pikkel, 1992, consists of four seemingly unfinished...
As Is
WOLFGANG TILLMANS' LIVE STYLE Like most salon photographers, Wolfgang TillMans takes pictures he would have us "take" as diaristic impressions--images of places seen and people observed in them, generally arranged around occurrences that project the...
Bad Girl Blues
NEW YORK Toot Toot "Girls just wanna have fun" may have been good enough for Cyndi Lauper, but what's distressing is that the curators of "Bad Girls," both East (Marcia Tucker) and West (Marcia Tanner), seem to share her adolescent joie de vivre. Tucker's...
Carlo
PHYLLIS KIND GALLERY Following on the heels of a major 1992 retrospective held in Verona, Italy, this was Carlo Zinelli's first solo show in the U.S. since 1968. Presenting 27 exquisite gouaches on paper, this show introduced the full range of Carlo's...
Claude Leveque
GALERIE DE PARIS In the middle of the gallery stood a kind of shelter or rectangular cell made of unpainted cinderblocks, with a very narrow opening with just enough room for a mattress, lying on the floor and spray-painted in silver. Four radios that...
Colette Whiten
SUSAN HOBBS GALLERY Colette Whiten's needlepoints are based on tiny images taken from newspapers, images that play on the reader's sense of helplessness in the face of distant events. In this show, she exhibited four new images along with the graphs...
Creatures of the Plane
AT THIS WRITING FOUR VERTICAL PAINTINGS, ONE TONDO, AND ONE LARGE HORIZONTAL PAINTING BY CARROLL DUNHAM ARE IN VARYING STAGES OF RESTLESS COMPLETION. THE VERTICAL PAINTINGS ARE THE ONES THAT POSE THE "REAL DILEMMA."(1) DUNHAM HAS ALWAYS FORGED A SHIFTING...
David Salle
GAGOSIAN GALLERY; MARY BOONE GALLERY For much of the mid '80s the art establishment was held in thrall to David Salle's addictive brand of bad-boy defiance, which courted misogyny and cynicism in the name of esthetic liberty. No one could top Salle...
Derek Jarman 1942-94: A Political Death
The death of Derek Jarman robs us not only of one of cinema's most imaginative postwar independent directors but of one of Britain's proudest and most indefatigably queer gay men. With the late Angela Carter, Jarman was the greatest poetic visionary...
Diego Toledo
CARRILLO-GIL MUSEUM While New York conspired to steal the idea of Modern art from Paris, Mexico's Europeanized elites complacently hosted Andre Breton and his cronies. Under the Surrealists' influence, Mexican art lovers abandoned themselves to an Oz-like...
Fareed Armaly
PALAIS DES BEAUX ARTS The ceiling construction in the Hall d'Animation reflects the utopian notion, characteristic of the political climate of the '70s, of the global village: at the point where this construction comes together, it can either support...
George Dokoupil
TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY George Dokoupil's newest candle paintings of various displaced peoples are based on news photographs. Entitled "The New Immigrants," his recent show had an aura of journalistic topicality that allowed him to enter the realm of...
Godwin Hoffmann
VERA ENGELHORN GALLERY This handsome exhibition of works on paper is not quite indicative of Godwin Hoffmann's main body of work. Working and exhibiting widely abroad, Hoffmann has installed shaped canvases in various environments--alongside bridges,...
Jeff Perrone
CAVIN-MORRIS Billed as "First Paintings," Jeff Perrone's new works actually combine the glazed ceramic tiles for which he is already known with canvases painted in gouache or with colored sand (the kind that's sold in pet stores for decorating aquariums)....
Jim Hodges
CRG ART Jim Hodges sends letters on baby-blue stationary adorned with baby-blue-bow stickers, which arrive in light-pink envelopes embellished with butterflies. Appearances to the contrary, they're not camp but pretty, kind of touching, and a bit melancholy....
Jim Isermann
RICHARD TELLES FINE ART; SUE SPAID FINE ART In two shows, two blocks apart, 12 years of Jim Isermann's multicolored work was on display. "Highlights," a miniretrospective at Sue Spaid Fine Art, showcased chairs, rug hookings, a clock, a lamp, a stained-glass...
John Currin
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY John Currin's work makes Lucian Freud's "penetrating" portraits seem wretchedly old-fashioned, pedantic. Is Currin out to rescue the arguably lapsed genre of portraiture from an imminent fade-out? Or is the model of portraiture...
Jordi Benito
GALERIA CARLES TACHE De Vinaros a Berlin (From Vinaros to Berlin) is the title of Jordi Benito's most recent installation. He covered the floor of the gallery with a lead coating, forcing the viewer to slow down and making him feel strangely imprisoned....
Jorge Pardo
PETZEL/BORGMANN GALLERY The book that Jorge Pardo has produced is really very pretty--its fluorescent-colored pages studded with pop-out paper disks and its accordian-pleated, vellum centerfold printed primarily with schematic elevational drawings of...
Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler
MICHAEL KLEIN, INC. Naming is never innocent, and capitalist culture has habitually enhanced the appeal of mundane items by slapping clever labels on them. Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler examine such nomenclatures, highlighting the often outlandish, sometimes...
Kirsi Mikkola
BRAVIN POST LEE Most kids have imaginary friends. Artists and writers often don't outgrow them, but as Kirsi Mikkola demonstrates, keeping in touch with made-up playmates is certainly not a bad thing. Four imaginary characters populate the little world...
Leni Hoffmann
GALERIE BOB VAN ORSOUW Leni Hoffmann's installations are a kind of interactive sculpture that depend on the points where the space, the materials chosen, and the viewer intersect. Although she explicitly plays on the tradition of painting, her works...
Linda Matalon
YOSHII GALLERY Like living organisms, Linda Matalon's sculptures are both idiosyncratic and occasionally infirm. Painstakingly imperfect, they show evidence of long, and possibly tedious, hours of production. Though created from a modest range of materials,...
Lisptick Traces
MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, what makes a bad music critic bad is the dream of describing music in some inspirational way that will unite text and sound, making the writing somehow the correlative of the music. The idea of the MC (music cassette), CD, or flexidisc...
Louise Fishman: Valles Marineris, 1992
Louise Fishman's 1992 Valles Marineris is a large vertical oil painted entirely with a roller: no brushwork is involved. Its first surface is a heavily yet loosely rolled skin of warm dense gray, which forms a grid for 16 rectangular openings, a system...
"Love in the Ruins." (Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California)
LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART To most people, Los Angeles is a city of perpetual sunshine and eternal optimism. Historically, artists and the art business have stuck to the East Coast and West Coast art has always enjoyed a strangely tangential relationship...
Marisa Merz
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU Marisa Merz envisions her work as an organic whole, without separate titles and dates for individual pieces. Everything is articulated in the present, in this present in which she has reorganized the space and time of the appearance...
Maurizio Vetrugno
GALLERIA NEON Maurizio Vetrugno's work seeks to visualize a place by using objects that allude to and mirror the real environment of the exhibition. This recent installation was composed of four large curtains projecting from the wall from wood sticks...
Michel Francois
CURT MARCUS GALLERY Belgian artist Michel Francois is all over the place, moving with vivid ease from photography to sculpture to video, from representation to construction to invention. Better known in Europe, where his work was included in the last...
Once More with Intellect
Italy's New Idea Art A shared impulse among young artists today--to reject the idea of art's autonomy and address its connection to larger social contexts--has made itself felt in a host of recent international exhibitions, from the "Aperto" section...
"Passionate Visions of the American South." (New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana)
NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART Raymond Coins' cedar sculpture of his wife Ruby is covered in a flower print dress. The clothes are cheap and flimsy, but the figure underneath couldn't be more solid or insistent. With "Passionate Visions of the American South:...
Pat Keck
GENOVESE GALLERY SOUTH Sculptor Pat Keck's ghoulish yet lovable wood figures draw from childhood fantasies and recall Surrealist visions. Though her meticulously crafted, hand-carved, hand-dressed, and hand-painted "dummies," with their jointed limbs...
Paul Ramirez Jonas
POSTMASTERS GALLERY Under the title "Heavier than Air," Paul Ramirez Jonas presented two installations dealing with the history of flight and invention. For the earlier (though ongoing) work, Men on the Moon: Tranquility, 1992, the artist reconstructed...
"Pictures of the Real World (in Real Time)." (Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City)
PAULA COOPER GALLERY It takes gall, balls, or copious amounts of irony to call an art exhibit "Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time)." When such weighty words as "real" get bandied about, you can barely speak in anything other than gross generalizations;...
Richard Wilson
MATT'S GALLERY Playing on the relationship between interior and exterior has become a tired formula, so overused by artists and critics alike that to invoke its relevance is tantamount to a declaration of intellectual and creative bankruptcy. But, there...
Richmond Burton
MATTHEW MARKS Richmond Burton confronts a by now familiar issue: the reconciliation of the field of seemingly spontaneous and hopefully grand gestures with the fixed structure of the grid. He resolves this dilemma in a new if not completely unprecedented...
Robert Smithson
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY For Robert Smithson, photography was fraught with ontological complexity, "cameras," he said, "possess the power to invent many worlds." Though he made use of a range of photographic media, from serial photography...
"Rolywholyover, A Circus." (the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas)
THE MENIL COLLECTION When he died two years ago, John Cage was heavily engaged in working out "Rolywholyover, A Circus" in conjunction with Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art curator Julie Lazar. It would be easy to look on it as his final legacy,...
Stefan Hoderlein
SCHMIDL + HAAS Everything is covered with letters--e's--in front of the door, in the room. "Everything starts with an 'E'" is the title--e as in ecstasy, the magical word of techno-culture. Ecstasy also characterizes a passion for collecting because...
Ted Byfield and Lincoln Tobier
To discover a conspiracy-- Is almost a creation. It's a novel whose denouement I determine. The Empire's at my disposal. One alternative: hesitation. Why save the Empire? Why destroy it? Therefore, heads or tails. --Charles Baudelaire Fusing the political...
Violent Exposure
Carol Squiers on the Massacre in Hebron THE WAY THE NEWS MEDIA should treat some events seems obvious: when Dr. Baruch Goldstein, an American-born militant settler on the West Bank, raked a mosque full of Palestinian men and boys with gunfire as they...
Yee Jan Bao
BETSY ROSENFIELD GALLERY Yee Jan Bao's syrupy paintings of vintage automobiles are amiable send-ups of a centerpiece of American cultural mythology. He cleverly underlines what are already poignant tendencies in the auto industry--the manner in which...
Zen and the Art of Shopping
RECENTLY, WHEN I HAD REASON to look at a lot of Helmut Newton photos, I underwent a reaction worthy of further investigation. Imaginarily disordered by the elixir of these fabulous images, not unlike Jerry Lewis turning into hipster Buddy Love in The...