Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 5, January

Al Held
ROBERT MILLER GALLERY, NEW YORK What is the exact latitude and longitude of Al Held's historical position? Aesthetic cartographers have placed him all over the map. He seems eternally suspended between generations, schools, movements. Location in...
Bernard Frize
DE PONT, TILBURG Several years ago, I came across a rather blunt exhortation in a Finnish magazine: "Hey, all you abstract painters. What you're doing isn't interesting. So just stop? These words have been ringing in my ears ever since, and most...
Body Central
Johan van der Keuken has been rediscovered at least once every decade since the first appearance of his work in the '50s. In 1955 - he was seventeen at the time - a precocious book of photo portraits (entitled, appropriately enough, We Are 17) earned...
Edgar Degas
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK Edgar Degas's photographs, mostly taken in a single year (1895), were a brief enthusiasm for the artist, amateur offshoots of his preoccupations as a painter, pastelist, print-maker, and sculptor, done in private...
Jeffrey Vallance's Top Ten
1 THE BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART I recently attended the opening of the gallery at the fabulous Bellagio casino, another sparkling jewel in the Vegas crown. Right on the Strip you can see Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, van Gogh, Picasso,...
Lygia Clark
PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS, PARIS I know of no other artist whose oeuvre a curator could find more difficult to present than that of Lygia Clark (1920-88). Though the Brazilian artist was acclaimed in her own country, she remained marginal in the art...
Massimo Bartolini
Visitors to the 1995 group show "Domestic Violence" were in for a surprise when they first set foot on what looked like the solid floor of the exhibition space. For the show, installed in the Milan home of gallerist Gio Marconi, Massimo Bartolini had...
Mining the Store
Before she made the move to England and the Serpentine Gallery in 1997, Lisa Corrin served for nearly eight years as chief curator of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. There, in concert with founder George Ciscie, she turned the museum into a model...
Sermon on the Mound
I first saw work by the Belgian artist Thierry de Cordier in 1992 at Jan Hoet's Documenta IX - the "Belgian Documenta," if you will - and I experienced one of those critical all-systems-alert responses. The objects in question were sculptures: three...
Stage Fright
The thirty-three-year-old performer/artist claude wampler boasts a resume that reads like something out of one of those David Lodge novels about trendy, internationally peripatetic intellectuals: domestic studies in theater, dance, and opera; immersion...
Zoe Leonard Talks about Her Recent Work
I see this tree from my back window. I've had the same apartment for eighteen years, and I've watched this tree grow up and around the fence. I'm amazed at how, over time, it has absorbed the fence into its body. In 1994, I started spending time...