Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 7, March

"Art in Chicago, 1945-1995." (Art Exhibition at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art)
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART In building the Sears Tower, Chicago - the city with broad shoulders that longs for a higher profile - may have realized its ideal self. Ideal not for boosting the city's architectural stature, but because the Sears Tower...
Art in Residence
Good art makes the whole world, and everything in it, into art. When you leave a gallery and can't tell whether the piles of traffic cones outside are a streetwork or not, then the show inside must have been a "good" one. However, this porosity of art...
Body Work
So concludes James Ballard, the conveniently named narrator of J.G. Ballard's novel Crash, while contemplating a tryst with the story's already damaged homme fatal, Vaughan, a brutal and charismatic ex-scientist whose current "project" documents grisly...
Critical Reflections
I first came across Jean Louis Schefer's work in the late '70s, a period when the Anglo-American intellectual world was frantically importing whatever "French theory" it could unearth. Even during that time of theoretical excess, Schefer was something...
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. With the clothes reduced to a tease of cashmere...
Hanne Darboven: Dia Center for the Arts
Recognized for three decades but never really reckoned with, Hanne Darboven's work remains very much an unknown quantity. The full measure of her proliferative practice and the terms it sets for contemporary art has been all too easily obscured by art...
Name Games
After twenty years of generating innumerable mutant objects that could be the artifacts of a strange archaeological excavation, Bertrand Lavier (logician of the real) is at the top of the French artistic heap, one of a Gang of Four that includes Daniel...
Name in Lights
The death of Daniel Nicholas Flavin, Jr., on November 29, 1996, sent my memory rushing back to the early '60s, now a mythic moment in the history of art. Born on April 1, 1933, Flavin was part of my own generation, for which the complementary austerities...
Nan Goldin
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART There can be little doubt that Nan Goldin has over the last decade become a cultural and commercial force majeure. Whether in galleries or museums, Goldin's dramatically naturalistic pictures of herself, her friends, and...
New World View
Leon Polk Smith was born in what was then known as Indian Territory and a year later, in 1907, as Oklahoma. Both his parents were part Cherokee, and many of their neighbors were Chickasaws and Choctaws. Smith was to speak with warmth about the Native...
Openings: Pierre Huyghe
One by one fifteen actors speak their lines, taking their cues from the marks on a clear piece of film stock. An identical silver of film runs beneath Dubbing, 1996, a video projection of this event. It's the only indication (besides the title) that...
Queen's English
[Gary Dauphin]: So Black English is for secret stuff? Reesie: It's not secret secret. But it's private. - "Schoolyard Sages: New York City School Kids Weigh In on Ebonics," The Village Voice Returning this winter to Chicago from Bombay with the sweet...
Whitney Watch
THE ARTISTS: Doug Aitken Roman Anikushin and Bob Paris Michael Ashkin Robert Attanasio Butt Barr Zoe Beloff Douglas Blau Chris Burden Charles Burnett Louise Bourgeois Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT) Vija Celmins Abigail Child Francesco Clements Bruce...
"Zeitgeist Becomes Form." (German Fashion Photography)
The ritzy aloofness that once pervaded fashion photography is gone. Taking its place are the Springtime-for-Hitler, Toys-'R'n't-Us Guignol of David Levinthal's fantasy images and the purported Rent realism of Nan Goldin's careless mode. As politically...