Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 10, Summer

Critical Reflections
Back in the 1960s and '70s when I was a poet and did art criticism for money and bonus prestige, I superstitiously feared that if I took the criticism too seriously I would be ruined as a poet. But working beneath one's ability is depressing. After a...
Home Made Strange
Jean-Pierre Criqui talks with Marc Auge Since his first published writings appeared some twenty-five years ago, Marc Auge has progressively turned his attention toward the Western society from which he comes, and which is now as much an object of study...
Moon Dance
"THERE WAS A MELANCHOLY to the end of a century," Norman Mailer sighed in his paean to the space race, Of a Fire on the Moon. "The French, who were the first to specify a state for every emotion, would speak of the fin de siecle. It was the only name...
Munich Letter
It was Munich's name as an art town, a sort of Athens on the Isar, that drew the young Adolph Hitler there in 1913. Over twenty years later, in 1935, he drafted a vision of Munich as a modern "city of the Hellenes"--the "capital of German art," and the...
My City Was Gone
THE ONLY PLAY by the French philosopher Simone Weil, Venise sauvee (Venice saved) was written and rewritten at different points of an exile that began with the Nazi occupation of Paris, in June 1940, and ended, with the play unfinished, at Weil's death,...
People's Parties
I couldn't stand Billy Sullivan the first time I met him. It was a few years ago, at a chic-ish sort of inner-circle dinner party of the kind I had lately been finding myself at the periphery of--a confab of art/fashion/magazine mavens. The food was...
Philip Taaffe: 'Al Quasbah', 1991
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. As an American who has lived in Paris since 1983, I can readily appreciate the joys and pains of assimilation. As a novelist, however,...
Rising Sign
Spiral Jetty is back, and it doesn't look like itself. Robert Smithson's epochal earthwork of 1970 no longer has the appearance preserved for us in photographs and on film shot before it disappeared beneath the surface of Utah's Great Salt Lake. Submerged...
Shiny Happy People
IN THE WORLD OF FASHION or, more accurately, of fashion as an event in magazines, greasy as the skin tone is in. Greasy is achieved by applying lubricants, supplemented by eyeshadow with a sheen and lipstick (light) with a gloss. Greasy skin connotes...
Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular
To commemorate the art and life of Donald Judd, who died unexpectedly in February, his last formal statement appears in the following pages. Interspersed through his meditation are personal reminiscences by eight men and women who counted themselves...
Yo Morris
In an interview conducted as his recent retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was about to open (Artforum, April 1994), Robert Morris was asked his views on the large topic of "other artists." He answered in a noncommittal way,...