Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, December

Bob Thompson
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART The opening of the Bob Thompson retrospective at the Whitney looked a bit like a Harlem Renaissance black-tie gala, as various luminaries of the black culturati - the Baraka family, Ed Clark, Camille Billops, Ted Joans,...
Cruel and Composed
The stunning schedule of events for Hermann Nitsch's Six-Day-Play, a happening held last August at his Schloss, in Prinzendorf, Austria, reads like a cross between death-metal theatrics and harmonic-convergence hippiedom. The day begins, "5:32 AM:...
Final Cut
Susan Sontag's 1996 pronouncement of cinema's "ignominious, irreversible decline" seems especially obtuse in light of the 36th New York Film Festival (Sept. 25-Oct. 11), where widely publicized American films like Todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine and...
Jorge Pardo
PATRICK PAINTER Jorge Pardo's latest show consisted of four bedroom suites, i.e., furniture, and a string of lights. Like his sailboat (exhibited at the MCA in Chicago) and his house (built for his show at MOCA), Pardo wants everyone to consider...
"Les Annees Supports/surfaces."
GALERIE NATIONALE DU JEU DE PAUME, PARIS Despite its domination of the French art world in the '70s (when it quickly replaced Nouveau Realisme as an official institutional "avant-garde"), the production of Supports/Surfaces has never been able to...
Out of the Ordinary
What exactly is meant by Michel Foucault's "aesthetics"? The ideas of sex and power we now associate with the philosopher and historian seem to exist in an entirely different register from what he found in the arts. And yet in a certain way this paradox...
"Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay."
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON As each aspect of Picasso's work has come to be reexamined, his late ceramic output was bound to have its day. There have been earlier shows devoted to this corner of his maverick output (some pieces were tellingly...
Robert Irwin
DIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS/PACEWlLDENSTEIN Like a month in the country, Robert Irwin's scrim installations offer deeply seductive holidays from the tensions of social experience, and even from the challenges of everyday art-going. There is apparently...
"Speed."
WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY/PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY, LONDON "Acceleration is the one constant in our experience of modernity. . . . Speed is not so much a product of our culture as our culture is a product of speed," declares the catalogue for the joint...
The Best of 1998
Over the next 24 pages, a dozen Artforum contributors remember the high points of the past year. Dave Hickey 1 Robert Gober (The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles) The one-night-stand aspect of museum installations has never been dramatized more...
Vic Muniz
ICP/WOOSTER GARDENS, NEW YORK Whether ordinary guy or an-world regular, we're all pretty sophisticated as viewers by now. In fact, in today's image-driven culture, we've become so good at looking that we can do it very quickly - in a museum, about...