Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 9, May

Andreas Gursky
Did photography "ruin" painting? This question, which achieved its 19th-century crystallization in Baudelaire's famous complaint in "The Salon of 1859," has nagged at critical consciousness ever since the advent of the medium. Various theorists from...
Art to Finnish
When Ars 95 - the largest exhibition of contemporary art ever held in the Nordic countries - opened at the Ateneum building of the Finnish National Gallery, in Helsinki, I spent part of the night in the cellar. An enthusiastic public blocked the main...
Babes in the Hood
I always wanted to make the teenage movie that America never made," says Larry Clark, and from the first frames of Kids, feature-length film about a day in the intertwined lives of a handful of New York street teens, you'll think he may have do it....
Back on the Box
It's easy to forget the consternation that MTV once caused among the faithful. Not just the end of music "as we knew it," MTV was proof that the suits had finally found a way to convert the disloyal yearnings of youth into market obedience. Even if...
Critical Reflections
WRITING AN INTRODUCTION to an essay by an architecture critic who has written, to this point, rather kindly of my work, and who at some point will inevitably have a reason to do otherwise, presents a rather precarious position. The world we live...
Deep TV: Bill Viola's Via Negativa
The desert is a place of solitude, purification, and initiatin. Paradoxical, it seems catastrophically lifeless yet is a space of spiritual life, a musterious arena of visual and emotional reversals - the ultimate uncanny. For Bill Viola, the desert...
Fear and Present Danger
There's always plenty to fear. In fact, as the millennium winds down, it's getting to the point where you're crazy not to be paranoid. There's all the usual stuff to worry about, just like usual - death, famine, war, crime, disease, heartbreak, sorrow,...
If It's Tuesday
The 26-year-old Swiss curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist lists Paris, London, and Vienna as his primary residences, but on any given day he can as easily be found in Berlin, New York, or, for that matter, Sankt Gallen. Obrist leads a resolutely nomadic existence;...
Jacob Lawrence
Three recent shows together comprised the first retrospective view of Jacob Lawrence's work in nearly a decade, offering a welcome reevaluation of his oeuvre. This impressive showing of 118 paintings testified to Lawrence's ability to communicate with...
Kitaj, R.B
There are two paintings in the R. B. Kitaj retrospective that, with hindsight, look uncannily prophetic. One is called Whistler vs. Ruskin (Novella in Terre Verte, Yellow and Red), 1992, and portrays the expatriate American artist and his critical...
Nan Goldin
How often I need a gentle reminder that life (art) is going on, not somewhere else but here, at hand. This is what people do is what I thought, this is how they live, reminding me I had and am, you have and are. Life has names like Siobhan, Brian,...
O Jackie
You didn't know it could sound like this, smell like this, throb like this - thinking, so lemony and sexy, at such a voltage. It's high time to bring glamour back to thinking, style back to reading, risk back to poetry, and Wayne Koestenbaum is the...
Out and in Fashion
FASHION DESIGNERS ARE fashionably out, unafraid of declaring themselves gay. Or so one might believe on reading the April issue of Out, or recent issues of other gay publications like The Advocate or Genre, all of which have run spring articles on...
Paul Outerbridge, Jr
I have always been an enthusiast of erotic images - high or low, flirtatious or hardcore. I am one of those indefatigable libidinous gazers: people, pictures, books, films. Though I'm something of a naif - I blush, and am easily put out of countenance...
Philip Pearlstein
Philip Pearlstein is usually regarded as a master realist, a consummate observer who renders the nude with a startling precision that makes it seem peculiarly alien and enigmatic, fresh rather than familiar. But such a reading neglects that he is,...
Plasticine and Heard
WITHIN MINUTES OF TAKING A SEAT at Bubblegum Station, 1995, I enjoy little epiphany. The centerpiece of "The Amorphous Body Study Center," a collaboration between sculptor Charles Long and soundscaper Stereolab, Bubblegum Station is an enormous mound...
Survival of the Fitted
AS YOU STYLISH PEOPLE may have heard, the first week of April brought all the major style mavens to New York to view the fall collections. Fashion Week is like a conference for fashion people, with runway shows all day, and runway is like an education...
Travels in Hypertrophia
MATTHEW BARNEY IS THE MYTHOGRAPHER of our closing millennium, of a world less recognizably human - which isn't such a bad thing. Like a Victor Frankenstein breast-fed with a dose of David Cronenberg, Barney is assembling an ever-permutating organism...
Vanessa Beecroft
In her first exhibition, at a gallery in Milan two years ago, Vanessa Beecroft showed a group of drawings and a diary she had been keeping for over eight years. The diary contained obsessively detailed daily records of Beecroft's eating habits, accompanied...