Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 4, December

Best and Worst 1995
VICTORY DANCE What Artforum's year-end best-and feature proposes is essentially an opportunity for the typically disenfranchised figure of the art critic to play, if not Addison DeWitt, then Earl Blackwell, awarding certain artists or shows Princes...
Culture Vultures
In the U.S. this year, news of the end of the cold war finally sank in. How do we known? Because the only thing not currently being dismantled by Congress is the arsenal of democracy. In fact the defense budget is going gangbusters; military Keynesianism,...
Dan Flavin
The recent exhibitions at the Guggenheim SoHo and Dia together comprised a good overview of Dan Flavin's activity from the early '60s to the late '80s. While Dia's presentation of its Flavin holdings included several remarkable works - numerous versions...
Dieter Appelt
Where has Dieter Appelt been? We've heard of Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, the Muhlheimer Freiheit and the Neue Wilden and, of course, Joseph Beuys, the father of them all. Since the "New Spirit in Painting"...
Rock Steady
In September, Forbes published its hit list of "Top 40 Big Money Entertainers" - one guide to what's really important in the music industry. Of the top five, three were group partnerships that, arguably, have done no work of value since the mid '70s:...
Safe and Sorry
In October I compiled three lists for my own schizoid edification. The first consisted of the 50 best films I had seen this year at festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, and Toronto and as a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee...
Say Chic
In 1995, The C Word was uttered: couture once again expressed itself, but this time with discretion. The same high style that had previously been predicated on tulle, feathers shaved and dyed, artificial flowers, and lace (haute tattoo, after all,...
Walk on the Wired Side
This year I spent a good part of the summer in California helping assemble a special issue of Wired magazine on "The Future of the Future." As part of the process I simply sat down and considered the assumptions I thought were implicit in the word "future."...