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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 2, October

"An Unrestricted View of the Mediterranean." (Art Exhibit at Kunsthaus Zurich)
A number of exhibitions this summer in Switzerland gave visitors the sense that the country's image has become a source of civic obsession. The city of Zurich has sponsored an "action" in which some 800 plastic cows - lifelike, life-size, and bearing...
Archigram: Designs on the Future
Fashion folks like Tom Ford and Muccia Prada aren't the only design predators these days mining the '60s and '70s. Look inside virtually any current design publication - Elle Decor, Wallpaper(*), even House Beautiful - and you're sure to encounter spreads...
Brussels' Sprout
The following conversation with Barbara Vanderlinden inaugurates a series of short interviews with the young generation of curators who emerged in the '90s. Vanderlinden's nascent career reflects a declining interest among her contemporaries in what...
Christopher Wool
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES Confessions first: I am not a "pure" critic. I routinely purchase works of art with the money I earn by writing about them. In my youth, I actually owned a gallery and sold art for a living. As a consequence,...
Collage Credit
Our mutual friend Daniel Spoerri introduced Dieter and me at a Tinguely exhibition in Basel in 1960. Daniel had published books of "concrete poetry" by the two of us in Darmstadt the year before, and he thought we might see eye to eye on matters of art...
Content and Formula
What do I want to say? What for? To whom? What do I want to ask? What for? Of whom? What do I want to say with this asking? To whom? What do I want to ask with this saying? Of whom? - Notebtook, Page 283, 3rd Variant, Basel 1998 Where should one begin...
Correspondence Course
Journeys begin and end often in unexpected places. In 1984 I had gone to Dusseldorf to see the sprawling exhibition "von hier aus," a survey more or less of contemporary German art organized by Kasper Koenig. I did see and learn a lot about German art,...
Food for Thought
There were three great European artists I was proud to number among my friends. Marcel Broodthaers was the first to go, and he, sadly, did not live long enough to enjoy the recognition he began to receive toward the end of his life. Joseph Beuys was...
Happiness
The experience of confronting a work of art ideally disorganizes one's systems. Therefore it is difficult, as a critic, to organize one's responses. Here again I display my disarray not out of careless disregard for common sense and the rules of exposition;...
Irony Tower
A German artist friend once told me what made him sign up for Dieter Roth's class at the Dusseldorf Kunstakademie in 1968. Meeting the professor for the first time he noticed the fear in his eyes and simply couldn't help but feel intrigued. Fear was...
Jane & Louis Wilson
Though identical twins Jane and Louise Wilson grew up wanting to be artists, when it came to choosing schools they opted to go their own ways: Jane remained in Newcastle, while Louise was off to Dundee. Years later, with graduation approaching, the sisters...
John Waters' Top Ten
1 CY TWOMBLY, UNTITLED (1992): I defy you to come up with a more cutting-edge piece of work than this shockingly beautiful sculpture I first saw at the opening of the Menil Collection's Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston. Rich people, art critics, and museum...
"Le Travail De Memoire." (Photo Exhibits and Panel Discussions)
In a year of seemingly nonstop commemorations in France (the Edict of Nantes, the abolition of slavery in the French colonies, May '68), the Parc de la Villette organized a timely if provocative program of photo exhibits and panel discussions invoking...
Luc Tuymans Talks about His "Security" Series
Before I begin painting I'm in an extremely agitated state. During the actual execution I experience enormous pleasure, but before that it's sheer agony. The act of painting really involves a kind of aggression or violence. I've thought a lot about my...
Martin Wong
NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART/P.P.O.W. Near a Long Island beach I visit in the summer is a lovely New England-style house, white shingled, wide porched, rundown, that reminds me of Edward Hopper. Chatting on the sand with its owner once, I decided...
Mermaid Avenue
Neither a tribute album nor a collaboration, Mermaid Avenue is one of those peculiar contemporary hybrids: music and performance by Billy Bragg and the rock band Wilco, words by the late Woody Guthrie, the great agitprop singer-songwriter whose influence...
Mold Gold
I was still a teenager when Dieter Roth first showed up in my life about thirty years ago. He came one night to my parents' house in Basel with a group of actors after a premiere. Already pretty tanked, he sat down at the piano and played a strange,...
"Pop Surrealism." (Exhibit at Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art)
ALDRICH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Sprawling through Ridgefield, Connecticut's Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, "Pop Surrealism" proves one point above all else: at the end of the century in the visual arts, invention is a form of debt. The mutant...
Velvet Goldmine
All That Glitters Next month Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes' cinematic secret history of glam rock, opens in theaters across the country. The most substantial production to date from the director of films including the cult classic and more recently Safe,...
Yoko Ono
ANDRE EMMERICH GALLERY/DEITCH PROJECTS This summer Macintosh got around to John and Yoko in its "Think Different" campaign, choosing a classic image from the "Bed-In for Peace" honeymoon back in 1969. Ghandi, Buzz Aldren, Einstein, and All preceded...