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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, October

Ashley Bickerton
In a kind of twisted echo of Gilligan's Island, the '70s sitcom chronicling the misadventures of seven lost souls shipwrecked on a desert isle, Ashley Bickerton's latest paintings chart the misfortunes of a truly dysfunctional group of castaways set...
Attention's Span
When Ellsworth Kelly returned to Paris in 1948, four years after having visited it as a member of the 603rd Engineers Camouflage Battalion of the United States Army, it was still the morning after survival. The occupation was over; the Nazis had been...
Barbara Gallucci: Lauren Wittels Gallery
For the past several years Barbara Gallucci has worked primarily with commercially fabricated carpet in her installations of variable dimensions. Wryly making analogies between Minimalist sculpture - particularly Robert Morris' felt pieces - and office-building...
Blake Rayne: Greenenaftali Inc
Entering Blake Rayne's recent show, you squeezed past a large Styrofoam "cube/crate" that partially blocked off the main exhibition space yet did not, in itself, command any particular notice. Each of the four walls displayed a single painting, mounted...
Bwyd Time
Just a stone's throw away from Joe Orton's old stomping grounds, the four man, one woman group Gorky's Zygotic Mynci take the small stage of the Garage in Highbury Park. Though they're all in their early to mid 20s, they make no concession to the Britpop...
Carl Andre: Haus Lange/Haus Esters, Krefeld/Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Early in his career Carl Andre summarized the history of 20th-century sculpture with a simple maxim: "Sculpture-as-shape; sculpture-as-structure; sculpture-as-place." Shaped or modeled sculpture was the dominant practice from antiquity until Rodin; structural...
Charles Wiesen: Tough
In what seems almost a Cook's tour of the art of the '60s and '70s, Charles Wiesen deploys an arsenal of familiar strategies in order both to pay honor to Minimalist efforts and to lay bare the movement's limitations. Like a treasonous heir, Wiesen turns...
Dan Peterman: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Dan Peterman's 4 Ton Vertical Storage, 1996, was a multifaceted and surprisingly deceptive work. Upon entering the gallery, one confronted a massive "wall" of green brick that extended all the way to the ceiling, slicing through the space like one of...
Diti Almog: Boesky & Callery
"Look at it this way," Diti Almog's meticulously rendered paintings seemed to want to say, the "it" in question being the painted work, adjacent downsized or oversized "copies" of that work's component parts, and the gallery space that contains all of...
Ed Moses: Museum of Contemporary Art
There are at least two ways to take this exhibition of Ed Moses' paintings and drawings selected from the last 45 years of his production: either these works testify to Moses' ceaseless "will to change," as John Yau, quoting Charles Olson, concludes...
Enrico Castellani: Palazzo Fabroni
Enrico Castellani's recent show, a survey of works dating from 1958 to the '90s, demonstrated that he has produced one of the most significant bodies of work in Italy since the war. It was with a small-scale canvas Superficie nera (Black surface, 1959)...
Erwin Wurm: Galerie Wilma Lock
During the mid '80s Erwin Wurm gained a reputation for his life-size figurative sculptures in painted sheet metal, but he soon abandoned these works for subtler concepts. Wurm's recent work can essentially be divided into three groups: his clothing pieces,...
Fariba Hajamadi: Galerie Laage-Salomon
For about ten years now, Fariba Hajamadi has been assembling an "archive" on museums and historical monuments located in places to which she has recently traveled. Hajamadi is primarily interested in the ways in which the West has represented other cultures...
Fever Pitch
If traditionally cricket has been the game of the elite, and football strictly for the lumpen masses, all that's changed now. These days, in order to have any cultural credibility within the U.K., it's almost mandatory to be a football fan. It all began...
Florence Paradeis/Carmen Navarrete: Fundacio "La Caixa." (Art Exhibit)
"Mirados y vi(ver)siones" [Gazes and vi(ver)sions], an exhibition of work by Florence Paradeis and Carmen Navarrete, was part of a series of exhibitions engaging contemporary feminist discourse entitled "Tejido inacabado" (Unfinished fabric). Each of...
Francis Bacon
On entering this major Francis Bacon retrospective, curated by David Sylvester, one was immediately confronted by the memorably horrific Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, 1944. These weird sisters, phallic in inspiration, ambiguously...
Fuzzy Logic
Just a stone's throw away from Joe Orton's old stomping grounds, the four man, one woman group Gorky's Zygotic Mynci take the small stage of the Garage in Highbury Park. Though they're all in their early to mid 20s, they make no concession to the Britpop...
Ghosts of Chance
In book 35 of his Natural History, Pliny the Elder tells how the Greek painter Protogenes, frustrated by his inability to finish one of his paintings to his satisfaction, ended up throwing a sponge he was using against the artwork. A small miracle resulted:...
I Can't Believe It's Not Reggae
Just a stone's throw away from Joe Orton's old stomping grounds, the four man, one woman group Gorky's Zygotic Mynci take the small stage of the Garage in Highbury Park. Though they're all in their early to mid 20s, they make no concession to the Britpop...
Ilona Ruegg: Barbara Gross Galerie
The strengths of Ilona Ruegg's method are her particular way of combining drawing with mixed media and the manipulation of space. Although drawing is at the center of her artmaking, Ruegg often incorporates it into site-specific projects. Her recent...
"In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present." (Exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City)
Photography brings us news of appearances, always; of events, often; and of personal approaches, sometimes. When considering "In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present," at the Guggenheim, I was greeted by a spectrum of familiar genres with...
James Luna: Santa Monic Museum of Art
James Luna once lay in a vitrine of the kind found in natural-history museums, a live exhibit, his scars from drunken accidents marked with little labels. And in a videotape of a Christmas Eve spent at home on the Luiseno reservation in California (made...
Jane Dickson: Whitney Museum at Philip Morris
Jane Dickson's recent exhibition featured eight tall, narrow oilstick drawings on canvas and linen, and three oil and Roll-A-Tex paintings, showing Times Square side streets, the views and surroundings from the artist's former office-turned-studio on...
Janice Krasnow: Jose Freire
The neutral "look" of first-generation text-based Conceptual art may today seem as stylized, even stylish, as a Chanel dress. In her first one-person show, Janice Krasnow presented a revival of the classic Conceptualist sign, black text on white ground,...
Jan Zakrzewski: TZ Art & Co
For the last 25 years Jan Zakrzewski (formerly Vladimir Jan Zakrzewski) has oscillated between examining the legacy of Constructivism and making figurative paintings with conceptual overtones. Although Zakrzewski's oeuvre has occasionally veered toward...
Jeanne Silverthorne: Institute of Contemporary Art
Jeanne Silverthorne's installation was a meditation on the artist's studio, providing a point of entry to a body of work that resonates in surprising ways. Her strategy of blowing up the small plaster fragments that are the material residue of the casting...
Judith Barry: Gallery Xavier Hufkens
"No one talks about those things beyond . . . beyond speech/those things beyond thinking and reason,/beyond writing and language." These lines from a poem written by Judith Barry encapsulate her recent exhibition. In previous installations, Barry gave...
Kelly's Coup
Standing in front of Ellsworth Kelly's recently painted canvas, Red Curves, 1995, (among the latest works included in the Guggenheim retrospective), with its inimitable irregular shape resulting from the offset encounter of two most regular contours...
Kelly's Green
In 1992 I had an Ellsworth Kelly eureka! experience in Kassel, Germany, in a room, off discreetly to the side, in almost all senses apart from the rest of Documenta IX. Kelly has a reputation for being extremely exacting when it comes to the physical...
Lars Nilsson: Galleri Andreas Brandstrom
There seems to be no limit to the unpleasant surprises Lars Nilsson offers his viewers. After making numerous video pieces that included scenes of explicit and often violent pornography, he has moved on to straight gore. Nilsson's recent installation...
Laughing Stock
Historical coincidences can hardly compare with the strange synchronies Nature sometimes throws up. Think back to last spring and summer, try to take a binational view, and wonder aloud why, suddenly, on both sides of the Atlantic the air is heavy with...
Lipschtick Traces
If Emerson regarded quotations as lazy dross produced from an uninspired brain ("I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."), for some of us there is nothing more sublime than the purloined line. Repeating another's words is more complex than not wanting...
Lois Renner
A description of Lois Renner's work sounds straightforward enough. The artist constructs wooden models, generally measuring around 60 by 70 inches, of his former Salzburg studio, places small familiar objects inside, and then photographs details of the...
Mark Van De Walle's Hot List
In the future one box, one cable, will do and be everything - answerphone, personal banker, home computer with Internet access, television (with 500 channel satellite downlink). You'll have to give Bill Gates all your money to get it, but by then money...
Mass Appeal
His life's work has been a wager. Perhaps not as fateful as Pascal's but certainly profoundly serious. Ellsworth Kelly set himself against the received ideas of painting. Almost half a century after studios hummed with talk about something called a peinture-objet,...
Maurizio Mochetti: Studio Casoli
Since the mid '60s Maurizio Mochetti has often used technological means to define space in surprising ways. Although he has resisted all attempts to identify his work with arte povera or Pop, Mochetti has exhibited objects including a reproduction of...
Michael Ashkin: Bronwyn Keenan Gallery
In a certain sense, the single most important thing informing Michael Ashkin's psycho-hobbyist dioramas is the fact that he grew up in New Jersey. He makes scale models of the parts of Jersey everyone likes to make fun of: the toxic industrial zones...
Mimmo Paladino: Sperone Westwater
Mimmo Paladino is a master of the "archaic," of what have come to seem rather outdated forms: geometrical abstraction makes a grand appearance in one untitled tour de force, while the human face and figure (almost all are religious icons painted black)...
Nari Ward: Deitch Projects
A complex compression of a complex relationship, Nari Ward's Happy Smilers: Duty-Free Shopping, 1996, examined not only what it means for a New Yorker to visit the West Indies but what it means for a West Indian to live in New York. This rich installation...
"Negotiating Rapture: The Power of Art to Transform Lives." (Art Exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois)
How do you negotiate, or come to terms with, rapture? Shouldn't rapture be felt, rather than contested, adjudicated, or philosophized? To inaugurate the Museum of Contemporary Art's grand new building, curator Richard Francis has created "Negotiating...
Paul De Reus: Bloom Gallery
The invitation to Paul de Reus' recent show depicted a young boy standing outside a closed door, waiting to be let in; by bending the corner of the card, one could see the same boy standing in a corner as though he had been punished and was waiting for...
Photographer Anders Edstrom; Designer Martin Margiela
STYLE-MAKING IMAGES HAPPEN WHEN VISIONARY MEETS INNOVATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. EACH MONTH IN THIS SERIES. ARTFORUM PRESENTS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A DESIGNER WHO SHARE A SPECIAL AFFINITY. Rather than simply showcasing Martin Margiela's...
Porcelain
Take it down Tear it up Turn it over Make it new out of old makings: exert what that venerable scatterbrain in Weimar once called the Power of Pulling Yourself Together whereby the master is first revealed. Exposed is more like it: shown for what you...
Raymond Saunders: Carnegie Museum of Art/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
In 1953, at the age of 19, Raymond Saunders had his first solo exhibition in Pittsburgh; several years later he left his native city and began showing widely in the Bay Area. The recent exhibition of Saunders' work at the Carnegie displayed nine new...
Squeak Carnwarth: David Beitzel Gallery
O-o-oh, California, la-la-la. . . . Squeak Carnwath's paintings speak clearly of that other coast, at least to a provincial New Yorker who knows of it only what he reads. She also makes me think of Joni Mitchell circa 1971: not yet completely posthippie,...
Steve Keister: Bill Maynes Contemporary Art
"Interstitial Archaeology," Steve Keister's first solo show in New York since 1988, consisted of five exceptionally thoughtful sculptures, all of which sprang from either positive or negative casts of Styrofoam packaging. They also alluded in some way...
Style Council
Four years short of the millennium we are perhaps accustomed, If not quite inured, to the mongrelizatlon of culture. Is there anyone who still bats an eye at a Vermeer in Vanity Fair, an Issey Miyake gown in a museum, parliamentary porn stars turned...
The Madhatter Project
In February 1996, hot on the heels of ill-conceived Hollywood artifacts The Net and Hackers, Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick delivers a rambling, paranoid speech on the specter of computer hackers and "info warfare" to a closed session of the...
Toba Khedoori: David Zwirner Gallery
It's impossible to say what exactly Toba Khedoori does. Or rather, what exactly she draws when she draws. You could say, for instance, that she places huge sheets of paper on a studio floor, and then thinly covers them with wax. You could point out that...
Unfashionably Late
Painting in the '90s has become a tightening circle, a game of diminished rewards and opportunities. Every year a "new" painting is touted; every season brings a "hot" young artist. For all these claims, little work stands out. Midcareer mediocrities...
Upgrade and Afterlife
On the cover of Upgrade & Afterlife (Drag City), a pair of boots explode in an aqueous burst on the floor, as though the person solidly implanted in them had just disintegrated in this splash. Roman Signer's image suits GASTR DEL SOL's latest CD...
Wiggaz with Attitude (WWA)
Since it's election time, the men of the moment are expected to make a foray or two into the music arena. Who knows what's going on in Bob Dole's acoustic skull when he is dragged into some Branson, Missouri, auditorium to lend an ear to Glenn Campbell...