Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 34, No. 6, February

Eden Rocks: The Art of Alexis Rockman
Pan, the Greek god of nature, was a savage trickster who delighted in triggering fits of unreasoning terror in humans. His legacy survives in the word derived from his name: "panic," a term that we use to describe any uncontrollable fear, but that referred...
Hundertwasser: 'Night Train,' 1978
For Christmas a couple of years ago my little sister and her husband gave me a beautiful volume of reproductions of Hundertwasser's graphic work. Paging through the succulent prints of this artist, I came across the silk screen entitled Night Train....
"Mel Bochner: Thought Made Visible, 1966-1973" Yale University Art Gallery
The emergence of Conceptualism in the late '60s was characterized by an enormous diversity of artistic practice. The openness of the situation was unprecedented, and the exhibitions of the era signaled as much. No fewer than 160 artists participated...
Openings: Ellen Gallagher
Line the word-caves with panther skins, widen them, pelt-to and pelt-fro, sense-hither and sense-thither, give them courtyards, chambers, drop doors and wildnesses, parietal, and listen for their second and each time second and second tone. - Paul...
Outside In
The labels are mosquitoes buzzing around a rosy, vulnerable body of work: "alien art," "batty art," "self-taught art," "intuitive art," "anonymous art," "obsessive art," "spontaneous art," "visionary art," "prisoner art," "art brut," and - watch out,...
Photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde/Vinoodh Matadin, Designer Veronique Leroy
When Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin trained their camera on the Spring/Summer collection of Belgian-born Veronique Leroy, the chemistry was instant. Haunted by the souped-up glamour of the '80s, Leroy reworks the decade's...
Porn Again
The image on the July 3, 1995, cover of Time magazine struck a chord with the public as few do: a boy stares, wide-eyed, at the blue-green triple-X glow of a computer monitor. The accompanying article - and resulting furor over its accuracy - trumpeted...
"Reconsidering the Object of Art, 1965-1975," Museum of Contemporary Art
Seemingly fixated on the '60s, artists have lately resuscitated the idioms of Pop, scatter art, identity-based performance and activism, various modes of Conceptualism, not to mention the serial syntax of Minimalism; even earth art and the early manifestations...
Serfs Up!
Social critics, particularly on the political and academic left, may disapprove of the dream of transcending ordinary humanness that has been unleashed by technoculture and the cyberpunk trope, but they also manifest a perverse attraction - even an atavistic...
The Big Picture
DAVID CARRIER TALKS WITH ERNST GOMBRICH I met Ernst Gombrich in London in 1973, after completing a doctoral thesis dealing, in part, with his work. What most impressed me was the range of his interests. Apart from his two histories, Art and Illusion:...
Walter Hopps Hopps Hopps
In Calvin Tomkins' 1991 new yorker profile "A Touch for the Now," curator Walter Hopps comes across as an eccentric maverick. We learn of his preferred schedule (his workday begins not long before sundown and stretches into the morning hours) and near-mythic...
Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing? Rirkrit Tiravanija's Art of Living
1. Consider "between," "use," and "duration" - and then consider their relation to "interruption." I am amazed by the way food shapes the body. Montgomery Clift is on television in Wild River, 1960, which means there is a haunted presence in the room,...