Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, November

Barnett Newman
Untitled, 1961 Usually the works that are going to matter most to one, like the people who are going to matter most, start doing so as one first sets eyes on them. The work I've chosen to write about is a piece I managed to live with for many years...
Bell Hooks: Critical Reflections
WHEN BELL HOOKS, THE DOYENNE OF BLACK CULTURAL STUDIES, writes in the essay that follows of her passionate relationship to writing, I think of my own struggles with the written word, which aren't passionate at all. Filmmaking is my passion--except that...
Body of Evidence
Here are his own famous words, but he didn't know they stated a problem, he couldn't see the problem even when it stared him in the face: "Flesh was the reason oil painting was invented."(1) He didn't know that this idea kept him from Modern greatness,...
Clothes Make the Canvas
"Cloth on cloth"--this could be the slogan presiding over the intrusion on this white background of a striped shirt and a striped pair of pants. There is another shirt, this one flowered, violating the work's linear and graphic tone--a quality evidenced...
On the Road Again
THERE'S A BRIEF SEQUENCE IN ROBERT FRANK'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT, LIKE SO MANY DEFINING MOMENTS IN HIS WORK, SEEMS TO TAKE LEAVE OF THE CONTEXT THAT'S BEEN MADE FOR IT: TO EXIST SOLELY ON ITS OWN TERMS, THE FOUND REVELATION. NARRATED BY FRANK, THIS...
Rachel Whitehead
When Rodin was accused of having cast his St. John the Baptist, 1878, from life he is said to have answered, "But did I cast the desert, too?" There is a measure of truth to the master's quip: casting--like doubt--knows no theoretical limits. Rodin's...
Sharon Lockhart
Shaun has arrived for his checkup. Looking perhaps ten years old, he poses in front of a seamless monotone backdrop dressed only in his Jockey briefs. His creamy, seraphic body, blushing with the first signs of maturity, has been taken hostage by a monstrous...
The Rules of the Game
Almost every work of Modernism ... is the solution of a problem. Peter Szondi, Briefe, 1993 It is one of Albert Oehlen's aims to demystify the process of painting. When he began his career, in the late '70s, the "classical" rejection of painting that...
The Show Man
NOEMI SMOLIK TALKS WITH KASPER KOENIG DAY AND NIGHT, KASPER KOENIG IS ON THE MOVE. YOU SEE HIM AT OPENINGS, AT ART FAIRS, ON PANELS. IT SOMETIMES SEEMS THAT WHEREVER ANYTHING'S HAPPENING IN CONTEMPORARY ART, KOENIG IS THERE--LOOKING INTO NEW TRENDS,...