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Articles from Vol. 48, No. 7, March

"1969"
P.S. 1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER It wasn't too long ago that the fortieth anniversary of the Summer of Love held boomers and civilians alike in its onanistic thrall. Yet in a chastened--even anodyne--return, the 1960s now invoked more frequently come...
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AI Weiwei: Haus der Kunst, Munich
AS AI WEIWEI CAN TELL YOU, the Chinese government, whenever it feels unduly criticized, has a tendency to protest that the critic is "hurting the feelings of the people." Ai's mega-exhibition at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, titled "So Sorry," was...
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Alex Hubbard
OPENINGS A PHONE RINGS, and a tart yellow computer-generated square quivers in response. This peculiar interchange is over just as soon as it starts: Cut to a tabletop seen from above, where a plastic cloth is unfurled; a vase is set down, filled...
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Allen Ruppersberg: Santa Monica Museum of Art
BUY ONE TONIGHT, READ IT FOREVER; THE BEST IN WORDS AND PICTURES; YOU ARE THE STORY: With that earnest air of hucksterism indigenous to an earlier time in American history, Allen Ruppersberg spins new narratives from old ones in his bright, sizable...
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A Loss for Words
Love desires nothing but itself. --Lycidas, in Les Amours d' Astree et de Celadon (The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, 2007) IN HIS LATTER YEARS, the French filmmaker Eric Rohmer--who died on January 11, at the age of eighty-nine--took on the...
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Andreas Hofer
MUNICH GOETZ COLLECTION Time seemed to flow in all directions in this show. While the exhibition's title--"Andy Hope 1930"--suggested a chronology, 1930 wasn't the only year that played a role: The 1950s and '60s were also evoked, largely via...
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Annette Lemieux: PAUL KASMIN GALLERY
Annette Lemieux's equivocal place among those contemporary artists drawn to reminiscence--let's call them "nostalgics"--is far from commensurate with her prominence in what might be termed Feminist Conceptualism. This obliquity owes something to the...
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Another History
THERE IS NO ONE THING CALLED PHOTOGRAPHY. Photographs are images, but they are also things, and their meanings change with each material iteration: negative, digital file, exhibition print, magazine page, Web posting (not to mention the variations...
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Anthony Discenza
SAN FRANCISCO CATHARINE CLARK GALLERY Including works in audio, video, and signage, Anthony Discenza's second solo show at Catharine Clark Gallery is informed by Hollywood films and faceless copywriters, as well as by the mash-up--the viral spawn...
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Anthony McCall: SEAN KELLY GALLERY
Fold an art-world time line so that 1973 touches 2010. Task-based performance in its antimetaphorical directness--as undertaken by an artist in his twenties--will rub against technological spectacle in an elegiac mood, as engineered by an artist now...
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Brian Alfred: HAUNCH OF VENISON
On the evidence of this exhibition, "It's Already the End of the World," and of his 2005-2008 series "Millions Now Living Will Never Die!!!," Brooklyn-based painter and filmmaker Brian Alfred seems to have not only a distinctly apocalyptic bent but...
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Bruce High Quality Foundation: SUSAN INGLETT GALLERY
The Bruce High Quality Foundation--an officially anonymous New York--based art collective, which drew attention to itself in 2005 by prankishly attempting to deliver by motorboat a scaled-down version of one of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's saffron-colored...
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Cai Guo-Qiang
PHILADELPHIA PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART AND THE FABRIC WORKSHOP AND MUSEUM At sunset on December 11, 2009, before a freezing crowd and hundreds of commuters passing by, Cai Guo-Qiang ignited a fifty-foot-tall flower made from a gunpowder fuse...
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Christian Holstad: DANIEL REICH GALLERY
An OPEN sign Scotch-taped to Daniel Reich Gallery's front door was hardly an idle signifer. With all its low-rent connotations, its purpose was evidently to inform passersby that the gallery was taking customers (and to implicate the casual visitor...
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Christine Odlund
CHRISTIAN LARSEN STOCKHOLM Christine Odlund's recent exhibition was tantalizing: finely detailed drawings showing scenes of strange vegetation, occasionally tinted in extraterrestrial pastels, and trance-inducing video animations of life-forms....
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Cultural Abstract
ON ITS SURFACE, curator Daniel Birnbaum's essay about Keren Cytter in this issue might seem counterintuitive, inasmuch as it credits the artist with being "emblematic of our moment" while it describes a practice that bears uncanny similarities to works...
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Dayanita Singh
MUMBAI GALERIE MIRCHANDANI+STEINRUECKE Captured at an angle, two adjacent doors appear to tilt, thrusting themselves into our line of vision. Suffused with a soft glow, they compete to entice viewers into alternative, equally mysterious, realms....
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Elinor Carucci: JAMES HYMAN GALLERY
Elinor Carucci gives a formal slant to diaristic photography. Her subject is herself and her family; the focus is narrow; there is little sense of what might be on the other side of the wall, outside the frame. Yet the images are not claustrophobic....
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Glenn Ligon: REGEN PROJECTS
In his newest suite of paintings, titled "Figure" (echoing his 2001 self-portrait series of the same name), Glenn Ligon continues his formal investigation of James Baldwin's 1953 essay "Stranger in the Village," a searching analysis of the author's...
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Haris Epaminonda
ISTANBUL RODEO GALLERY The work of Haris Epaminonda consists primarily of found material. Her early videos are excerpts from Egyptian soap operas and fragments from Greek films. Her objects are relics from antique dealers and curiosities from...
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Helena Almeida
CAMBRIDGE, UK KETTLE'S YARD One of the early works that best encapsulates the production of the Lisbon-based artist Helena Almeida is Pintura Habitada (Inhabited Painting), 1976. This is a photographic self-portrait in which the artist appears...
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Helmut Federle: PETER BLUM
At the heart of each of the five paintings Helmut Federle showed at Peter Blum is an irregular pentagon, a flat geometry brighter than the rest of the picture, if not always by much. That void is not bare canvas--it shows pigment--but it might almost...
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Idols of the Twilight
RED IS THE COLOR of teen menstrual blood splashing the pavement outside a Hollywood "Pup 'n' Fries" drive-thru: ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! The screen goes red again when Joan Jett (played by teen idol Kristen Stewart) locks lips with a very stoned Cherie...
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Jordan Wolfson
BERLIN JOHANN KONIG One's first impression of Jordan Wolfson's new video Con Leche, 2009, is likely to be: How very strange. This is primarily because of the video's choice of "protagonists," cutesy Diet Coke bottles on little legs drawn as comic-strip...
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Kaoru Katayama
GALERIA TOMAS MARCH VALENCIA, SPAIN The media's use and abuse of the concept of globalization have led some people to believe that cultural barriers between countries have completely disappeared. Nothing, of course, could be farther from the...
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Kelly Nipper
FLOYD IS NAMED after Hurricane Floyd, a Category 4 Atlantic storm. (The name Floyd comes from Lloyd, meaning gray.) At first I was drawn to the fact that it's a man's name. But there's also this idea of the sky falling--I mean, formally speaking. And...
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Kelly Nipper: Talks about Floyd on the Floor, 2005
IT ALL BEGAN WITH A HURRICANE NAMED FLOYD; where it will end is anyone's guess. What happens in between is Los Angeles-based artist Kelly Nipper's Floyd on the Floor. Ongoing since 2005, Floyd on the Floor is a sprawling metaproject to which Nipper...
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Klat
GENEVA CENTRE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN GENEVE For their show at the Centre d'Art Contemporam Geneve, the artist collective KLAT (Jerome Massard, Florian Saini, and Konstantin Sgouridis) constructed a sculpture, Tennessee Wilier the Big Fat Worm aka...
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"Kudymkor, Engine of the Future"
MOSCOW PROUN GALLERY The full title of this show, "Kudymkor, Engine of the Future: Ekaterina Degot, Curator, and Leonid Tishkov, Artist, Tell the Story of Pyotr Subbotin-Permyak," describes an unusual collaboration. Using various media--drawing,...
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Lest We Forget
ACT UP DID POLITICS with an urgent Pop splash. Comic-book chromatics and rage tweaked Reagan's eyes pink and his face bright green; AZT, the first effective (and massively overpriced) AIDS drug to land on the market got a Coca-Cola treatment in a red...
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"Los De Arriba Y Los De Abajo"
MEXICO CITY SALA DE ARTE PUBLICO SIQUEIROS "Los de arriba y los de abajo" (Those Above and Those Below) reopened the Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros after six months of renovations with work by thirteen artists of various ages and diverse origins....
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Man Ray
JEWISH MUSEUM, NEW YORK ONE COULD SAY of the Jewishness in Man Ray's work what Theodor Adorno said of it in Gustav Mahler's: "One can no more put one's finger on this element than in any other work of art: It shrinks from identification yet to the...
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Margaret Honda
Los Angeles-based artist Margaret Honda most recently exhibited her sculptures and photographs in group shows at S1F Gallery, Los Angeles, and Estacion Tijuana, Mexico, and as part of the 2008 California Biennial. Currently she is constructing a full-scale...
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Markus Schinwald: YVON LAMBERT
NEW YORK Elegant, unsettling, and thoroughly persuasive, Markus Schinwald's New York solo debut provided an overdue introduction to the versatile Austrian-born artist's uncanny talent for lavishly evocative modes of detournement. Schooled in both...
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Marlo Pascual: CASEY KAPLAN
While so much of today's common wisdom around appropriation grants that tactic a kind of distanced purview, from which an artist might critique while simultaneously participating in prevailing modes of cultural representation, we all too rarely account...
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Maternal Bondage
BONG JOON-HO'S MOTHER is not as great a movie as the director's devastating police procedural Memories of Murder (2003) or as entertainingly edgy as The Host (2006), which pits South Korea's favorite actor, Song Kang-ho, against a rapacious mutant...
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Milan Grygar
PRAGUE GALERIE ZDENEK SKLENAR There are always new discoveries to be made--astonishing ones, even. For me the Prague artist Milan Grygar, who was born in 1926, is one of them. Grygar works at the border between visual art and music, and for nearly...
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Mores McWreath: CUE ART FOUNDATION
Mores McWreath's video Remain, 2009, takes place in a monochromatic retail wasteland, a rubble-filled, computer-generated landscape, recalling a Best Buy warehouse after a riot. Announced by an electronic chime, the artist appears in this charmless...
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More Than Meets the Eye
THERE ARE SOME PAINTERS who treat a finished canvas as a virginal thing that should remain undisturbed on the wall once placed there. When I made a trip three years ago to Kenneth Noland's Maine studio, I was surprised to learn that he was not one...
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Motion Studies
VIKTOR MISIANO on the art of Olga Chernysheva ONCE IS NEVER ENOUGH. Not, at least, in the work of Olga Chernysheva, whose imagery slowly unspools in time, elapsing via repetition or successive transformation. Indeed, Chernysheva is literally an...
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Moyra Davey: MURRAY GUY
The objects populating Moyra Davey's photographs--analog electronics, unplugged and shelved; empty bottles of whiskey, appearing wherever they were finished--are things whose primary use-value has expired, items largely out of exchange, which exist,...
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Nina Kluth
GALERIE DORRIE * PRIESS Casual swipes of thickly applied paint, bright splotches, and spreading patches of color that occasionally allow a glimpse of bare canvas: Nina Kluth develops her paintings with a tempestuousness and roughness that is, in...
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Open Question
THE NAME HANS HAACKE has become synonymous with institutional critique. And with good reason--Haacke pioneered a singularly acute practice in which the economic and political conditions of art's marketing and display function as an aesthetic medium....
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Pedro Cabrita Reis
HAMBURG HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE/GALERIE DER GEGENWART "One After Another, a Few Silent Steps," curated by Sabrina van der Ley, was the first major retrospective of the work of Pedro Cabrita Reis in Germany. It elicited two ostensibly contradictory...
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Philip Guston: MCKEE GALLERY
Many of the small oil panels that Philip Guston produced between 1969 and 1973--of which this show featured almost fifty--depict scenes from the artist's life, and are thus infused with an uncanny sense of the biographical. The cigar in the 1973 work...
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Phyllis Tuchman Responds
Risk? Fear of looking foolish? You gotta be kidding. Have the Tate curators never been on the scary rides at Disneyland? Don't English grade schools have recess? That's where you can get emotional scars aplenty. Aren't we talking about artworks, not...
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Robert Bergman
WASHINGTON, DC NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART Robert Bergman's closely framed portraits of men and women exhibit finely choreographed relationships among color, spatial definition, and mood. Seen together, the pictures form a "gorgeous mosaic," to use...
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Robert Frank: ROBERT MANN GALLERY
Robert Frank's The Americans (1958) is arguably the twentieth century's iconic art book. Its photos, taken by Frank during a circuitous cross-country road trip in 1955 and 1956, are voyeuristic records of Americans who had sloughed off depression,...
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Roh Choong-Hyun
SEOUL PROJECT SPACE SARUBIA Until recently, the Seoul-based artist Roh Choong-hyun was focused on painting bleak yet poetic urban landscapes--riverside parks and zoos. But with the election of the right-wing conservative government in South Korea...
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Rosalind Nashashibi
LONDON INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS Organized jointly by the ICA and the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, this first major survey of Rosalind Nashashibi's reflexive cinematic investigations into visual gestalts, surveillance systems, and perceptual...
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Sale of the Century
IF YOU SEE MALCOLM MCLAREN'S new video piece, Paris: Capital of the XXIst Century, you'll be telling people about it the next day. Like this: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A TALL, NERDY-LOOKING GUY with big, dark-rimmed glasses--sort of a French Buddy...
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"Schism: Polish Art of the 1990s"
WARSAW CCA UJAZDOWSKI CASTLE This exhibition argued that now is the time to evaluate Polish art of the 1990s, that enough time has elapsed to allow for critical distance. But how to do this in a constructive, meaningful way? ''Schism: Polish...
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Sharon Lockhart
LOS ANGELES BLUM & POE The photographs and two films composing Sharon Lockhart's latest project, "Lunch Break," 2008, focus on the shipbuilders at the ironworks in Bath, Maine, a subject somewhat at odds with that of "Pine Flat," 2002-2005,...
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Sophie Nys
BRUSSELS GALERIE GRETA MEERT Seeing Sophie Nys's work is like reading a haiku: You face an object that is at once complete and laconic, evident and enigmatic. Take, for example, a small felt disk pierced at its center and hanging on the wall,...
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State of the Art: With the Art Institute of Chicago's Exhibition "Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917" Poised to Open Later This Month, Art Historian Jeffrey Weiss Reflects on This Pivotal Period in the Artist's Career-Assessing Not Only the Show's Remarkable Discoveries about Matisse's Working Process but Also the Advanced Technologies and the Curatorial Approach That Made Such Insights Possible
IN HIS 1957 ESSAY "NEW YORK PAINTING ONLY YESTERDAY," the critic Clement Greenberg observed that, during the 1930s, Henri Matisse's painting Bathers by a River, 1909-17, was on view for some time in the lobby of the Valentine Gallery on East Fifty-seventh...
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Steven Bankhead: CIRCUS GALLERY
"Battery" (2008), Steven Bankhead's last exhibition at Circus Gallery, comprised a series of medium-size charcoal renderings of collaged material that the artist had culled from billboards, posters, flyers, stickers, T-shirts, graffiti, and other ephemera....
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Sweden
Galleri Andersson Sandstrom Halsingegatan 43, SE-113 31 Stockholm Tel: 46 08 32 49 90 Aktrisgrand 34, SE-903 64 Umea Tel: 46 90 14 49 90 Fax: 46 90 14 49 70 E-mail: galleri@gsa.se Web: www.gsa.se Until March 26 Bard Breivik: Sculptures...
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Tamotsu Ikeya
KYOTO, JAPAN KODAMA GALLERY Tamotsu Ikeya's most recent, aptly titled show, "Basic Lesson Preparation and Review," indexed both the artist's earlier investigations of color and his current (and evolving) interest in actual space. Ikeya put these...
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Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler
AARAU, SWITZERLAND AARGAUER KUNSTHAUS A young woman arrives at a house in the middle of the night completely out of breath. She appears to be running from something. In front of her stands a large stone house, modernist in design, with a long...
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Teresita Fernandez
AUSTIN, TX BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART Teresita Fernandez's Vertigo (sotto in su), 2007, appears to be an artwork made from clouds. Precision-cut aluminum sheets hang in a stack from the ceiling, their biomorphic forms splintering reflected light and...
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"The Rustle of Language"
MILAN GALLERIA FRANCESCA KAUFMANN Taking its title, "The Rustle of Language," from the collection of fortyfive essays written by Roland Barthes between 1967 and 1980, this group show offered a study of the relationship between word and image...
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True Lies
In just a few short years, Keren Cytter has produced a singular oeuvre comprising dozens of films, works of fiction, and, more recently, theatrical pieces created with her new company, D.I.E. Now (Dance International Europe Now). Curator, critic, and...
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Xavier Noiret-Thome
PARIS GALERIE LES FILLES DU CALVAIRE Xavier Noiret-Thome paints without a system: Having begun exhibiting in the early 1990s, he is of a generation that has felt capable of foregoing determinate frameworks so as to tackle the field of painting...
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