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Articles from Vol. 33, No. 10, Summer

1995 Biennial
Long before Klaus Kertess was announced as curator of the 1995 Whitney Biennial, the handwriting was on the wall: next time around, it would be a painting show. His appointment confirmed that instead of a multiculti blitzkrieg we would be presented with...
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1995 Biennial: Film and Video
Founded in 1970, some 40 years after the Whitney Biennial itself, the film-and-video section could easily be called an afterthought or, as another critic recently put it, a "sideshow." It doesn't take long to grasp the distinguishing dimensions of the...
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'Art from Brazil in New York.'
Twenty-five years ago, on the occasion of the Museum of Modern Art's landmark international exhibition "Information," Cildo Meireles declared "I am here in this exhibition to defend neither a career nor any nationality," a sentiment echoed by his fellow...
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Art of Living
In early 1989, I attended a conference on the subject of art and AIDS at Ohio State University. A number of compelling figures were present in that Columbus auditorium that gray February weekend, but one made a particular impression on me: Gregg Bordowitz....
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Boho Rococo
I think of Florine Stettheimer as both an outlaw and an insider, a condition peculiar to the haute-bohemian milieu she knew well in '20s and '30s New York. Her paintings offer social commentary but they also celebrate sheer leisure, and the time is ripe...
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Comic Relief
The large Yves Klein exhibition currently on the road is by my count at least the eighth such traveling retrospective organized since Klein died of a heart attack, in 1962, at age 34. The main organizer of this version was independent curator Sidra Stich,...
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Critical Reflections
I have been close pals with Dave Hickey, the Walter Pater of the Southwest, for only a few years. He used to scare me. I felt sullenly competitive with him. Then my character improved, I guess, to the point where I could accept his generosity. Dave makes...
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Diary of a Sad Housewife
Todd Haynes' Safe begins at night in a Mercedes floating past manicured shrubbery and self-important gates. The emblematic star on the hood is a rifle sight, scoping suburbia's upscale terrain. There is no gun beneath the seat, no hand roaming restlessly...
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Electric I
For a while Robert Longo's work has struggled against the perception that it emblematizes (in somehow the wrong way) the excesses of the evil '80s. A more congenial take - borne out by his newly released feature film Johnny Mnemonic - would make his...
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Goth to Dance
"EVERY GREAT ARTIST," WROTE THE GERMAN CRITIC JULIUS MEIER-GRAEFE, "DANCES HIS WORKS."(1) IT IS A "MYSTICAL DANCE," HE SAID, ALLUDING TO A PASSAGE IN MILTON'S PARADISE LOST: ITS MOVES INVENT "MAZES INTRICATE/ECCENTRIC, INTERVOLVED, YET REGULAR/THEN MOST,...
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Klein and Poses
The dubious distinction of having claimed a natural phenomenon (the blue chroma of pigment, or of the sky) as private property, a brand name, and of legalizing this preposterous pretense by a signature or by the quest for a patent, is Yves Klein's. The...
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Maurizio Cattelan
Like Zorro, whose trademark Z is slashed a la Lucio Fontana into the surface of his painting Untitled, 1993, Maurizio Cattelan acts quickly - with precision, without hesitation, practicing seduction and subversion. Never striking in the same way twice...
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Paris Is Turning
From the very beginning of the year, what's been shaking up the Paris art scene has been more political than artistic in nature. No more glosses on post-Minimalism or post-post-Conceptualism, on the ubiquity of installation art, on the phantomlike return...
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Take Me to Nike Town
We all have favorite buildings - perhaps an unusual house passed on some regularly taken journey, or a monument that we have traveled to see, or would like to. This month we asked architects and artists to single out the structures that have smitten...
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The Candy Band Can
"Licorice is candy, but it's not too sweet candy," says Dan Littleton, a guitar player in Liquorice, That aptly describes the music that comes out of Littleton and Jenny Toomey, his partner, music that sounds like Joni Mitchell filtered through a '90s...
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Venezia/Venezuela: A Project for Artforum by Meyer Vaisman
The Venezuelan artist Meyer Vaisman, elected to represent his country in this year's Venice Biennale, proposed a project consisting of two housing units, each of a type familiar in the Venezuelan landscape. One structure, Verde por fuera, roja por dentro...
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