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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, September

Anish Kapoor
HAYWARD GALLERY When people at an art party, circa 1995, asked if there were anyone working in England you did like (after you had remarked that the whole Young British Art scene reminded you of extras from a Larry Clark movie), you could still answer...
Blasters of Deceit
No one's certain how many new advertising or media columns have started up this year (four writers I know have been asked to pen them for different publications), but it's already clear that 1998 will be remembered as the year we got wise. We the people...
Chaim Soutine
JEWISH MUSEUM The popular press has been filled with curmudgeonly harrumphings about the overtly conceptual framework Kenneth Silver and Norman Kleeblatt have imposed on their exposition of Chaim Soutine's work. Rather than mount a show that traverses...
Digging Venice
Talk to people about the way installation artist ANN HAMILTON transforms empty spaces and their first response is usually to gasp - and then wax poetic. Many are still raving about her 1991 installation for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, North Carolina,...
Dress to Kill
EDDIE IZZARD; "HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH" WESTBETH THEATRE; JANE STREET THEATRE It is an odd, contradictory New York moment. On the one hand there's a city government more skillfully puritanical than any in boomer memory (plus, farther off, a Supreme...
Golden Year
If Thelma Golden is nervous, it doesn't show. In May, she was named curator of the next Whitney Biennial - the bellwether art event that is always the source of juicy speculation followed by nonstop bitching - just as the institution became rudderless,...
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
WESTBETH THEATRE; JANE STREET THEATRE It is an odd, contradictory New York moment. On the one hand there's a city government more skillfully puritanical than any in boomer memory (plus, farther off, a Supreme Court that considers the NEA decency statute...
It Ain't the Meat
On the heels of the blood-and-gutsy Britpack invasion, filmmaker John Maybury offers up the life of British gore's favorite forefather, Francis Bacon. Replete with cameos from the YBA likes of Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas, Love Is the Devil is set to open...
Jason Rhoades Talks about His Impala Project
I'm not really a car person. They're interesting tools. They're sometimes great facilities, great pieces of architecture, but I'm not a fanatic about it. Actually, I kind of like it when they break down. A lot of my work is about this fucked-up perpetual-motion...
Joseph Marioni
ROSE ART MUSEUM, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY Joseph Marioni is an American painter in his midfifties who makes monochrome paintings. Until now I have never been attracted to the monochrome, which inevitably has struck me, in the many instances of it I have...
Love Is the Devil
On the heels of the blood-and-gutsy Britpack invasion, filmmaker John Maybury offers up the life of British gore's favorite forefather, Francis Bacon. Replete with cameos from the YBA likes of Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas, Love Is the Devil is set to open...
Old Folks at Home
"We had fifteen releases that were stylistically diverse: it wasn't a doo-wop label or a label to reissue Boston hardcore," David Grubbs says. The Chicago musician is talking about Dexter's Cigar, the record label he ran with former Gastr del Sol bandmate...
Openings: Hannah Starkey
So here's the picture I fell in love with. A young woman sits alone in a coffee shop. It's morning. Her cigarette pack, coffee cup, and half-empty glass of OJ lie on the table, but she's not looking at them, or at the camera, either. Instead she looks...
"Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979." (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA)
Without the body there is no act, no motion, no shiver, no urge; without the body there is no performance, no object on which the body leaves its traces, its funky residues. "Out of Actions" was a show about the body, what artists have done with the...
Presence of Mind
The paradoxical title given to Jean-Francois Lyotard's Artforum essay of 1982, "presenting the unpresentable," might retrospectively name an art and an ethic peculiar to this philosopher/critic/aesthetician who died of complications from leukemia in...
Reel Crank
Manny Farber is the Raymond Chandler of American film criticism. His adrenaline prose has been pumping since 1942, when he began reviewing for The New Republic. Over the succeeding four decades, he kept his writing lean and mean, florid and furious,...
Sargent Major
What are our chances of discovering yet another John Singer Sargent when, beginning this October, he'll be seen in full regalia on an Anglo-American museum tour to London, Washington, and Boston? Our century has created many different Sargents, befitting...
Top Ten
1 The movie THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (Randall Wallace, 1998) - makes you love France. Loved "for France" in the apple scene, so heartwarming. D'Artagnan comes out on a horse, and two rotten apples are thrown at him. The first he slices in midair with...
Virtually Formal
The f-word is getting tossed around again. "Formalism is back and better than ever," gushed David Rimanelli in these pages a few months ago. The recent encore performance by the Bennington Bunch (Olitski, Noland, et al.) at Emmerich in New York, to which...
Wonder Bred
Here is the reason why the gouaches, etchings, and oils of "speculative fiction" are so consistently evocative: they tap into a childhood font that used to be called wonder - now, of course, a frayed, heinous cliche, an Encyclopaedia Brittanica relic....
Yayoi Kusama
LA COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART When Yayoi Kusama arrived in New York from Japan in 1958, at age twenty-nine, she had a single purpose: to become a world-famous artist. She did not become one, strictly speaking, but she did have her fifteen minutes. From 1961...