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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 6, February

"A/Drift." (Art Exhibition)
BARD COLLEGE As an undergraduate, I took a survey course in art since 1945. The course followed a predictable, almost teleological progression, as Abstract Expressionism was succeeded by Color Field painting, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, and . ....
All the Rage
What can you say about a fat, ugly sadomasochist who terrorized everyone around him, drove his lovers to suicide, drank two daily bottles of Remy, popped innumerable pills while stuffing himself like a pig, then croaked from an overdose at 37? Marlene...
Border Crossing
If the films of Portugal's most famous cineast, Manoel de Oliveira, are any indication, the Portuguese national character is distinguished by a melancholic romanticism and a propensity for sorrowful passions, mourning, and contemplation. In movies like...
Dot Dot Dot
IN 1968 YAYOI KUSUMA'S CELEBRITY RIVALED EVEN ANDY WARHOL'S. BUT WITH THE DEATH OF CLOSE FRIEND JOSEPH CORNELL, FOLLOWED LESS THAN TWO YEARS LATER BY THAT OF HER FATHER, THE MENTAL PROBLEMS SHE HAD LONG BATTLED BECAME UNMANAGEABLE, AND SHE OPTED FOR...
Flash Track
STYLE-MAKING IMAGES HAPPEN WHEN VISIONARY DESIGN MEETS INNOVATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. EACH MONTH IN THIS SERIES, ARTFORUM PRESENTS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A DESIGNER WHO SHARE A SPECIAL AFFINITY. Revisioning the sanitized body of commercial...
Landscape's Architect
Winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1991, sixty-four-year-old Alvaro Siza, Portugal's most renowned contemporary architect, is known for his geometric deformations, his controlled composition of interiors, and his fascination with the everyday...
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
The bourgeois wants his art luxurious, his life ascetic. It would make more sense if it were the other way around. . . . What works of art really demand from us is knowledge or, better, a cognitive faculty of judging justly: they want us to become aware...
Lucas Samaras: Pacewildenstein (Artist)
The first thought that came into my head at the Lucas Samaras exhibition at PaceWildenstein uptown last November was, "Why isn't he having this retrospective in a New York museum?" After all, the last Gotham-grown one for him was way back in 1972, at...
Maxima Moralia
Removing, both shoes and socks and pushing, open an immaculately white door, you step into a dark enclosure. Once inside, the room's dimensions remain indistinct, and the material that makes for the deep, almost spongy quality of the floor unidentifiable....
Openings: Victor Estrada
It's important to know that "monster" is a verb as well as a noun. One says: "he monsters." Or, more to the point: "Victor Estrada monsters." By which, I mean: Victor Estrada is a man who makes monsters, taking our collective heteronomy and giving it...
"Painting-The Extended Field." (Art Exhibition)
MAGASIN 3 STOCKHOLM KONSTHALL & ROOSEUM The first thing I encountered at the Rooseum were three overjoyed kids screaming ecstatically while frolicking on an enormous pink carpet, which covers the entire floor of the largest room in the institution....
The Mickey House Club
"Theming" has been a feature of urban design and planning for some time now: private and public properties alike are being gussied up like Disney sets, as if tailored from some grand wardrobe of stage effects, so that the new built environments of America's...
"The Power of Suggestion." (Art Exhibition)
LAMOCA Although it would be dull to try to homogenize the variety of aesthetics in "The Power of Suggestion: Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing" into anything like a movement, it's interesting to note that many of its most prepossessing...
"Viewing Olmsted." (Exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture)
CANADIAN CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURE MONTREAL Why do we equate images of open space with democratic ideals? And what role has Frederick Law Olmsted, the extraordinarily prolific nineteenth-century landscape architect who carved green spaces in the middle...