Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, October

All Systems Go: The Art of Roe Ethridge
Next model Sabrina, all perfect skin and luscious lips as luminous as the glossy surface of her photograph. "Party Til You Puke" rocker Andrew Wilkes-Krier, bloodied and haloed like some contemporary Antichrist. UPS deliveryman Fergus Rave perched...
"Andy Warhol: Screen Tests": Moma Qns, New York
For a time in the 1960s, anyone interestings who visited Warhol's Factory would be invited to sit for a screen test: Starting in 1964, he made more than 500, of which, so far, 277 have been preserved. The Factory camera (not necessarily operated by...
Assume Vivid Astro Focus: Deitch Projects
It's easy to imagine Assume Vivid Astro Focus (aka thirtysomething Eli Sudbrack) submitting the winning bid to design the bar at the local student union. But as an artist whose practice aims to represent, according to the breathless press release,...
Beagles & Ramsay: Gasworks Gallery
Art critics and cultural theorists looking for a potentially infinitely expandable metaphor might do worse than plump for "ventriloquism." A quick trawl through motif is almost universally adaptable, signaling (among other things, and in no particular...
Box Score: Anthony Vidler on Dia: Beacon
THE RECENTLY OPENED DIA:BEACON, its permanent collection installed in galleries inside a converted box factory, is by all accounts a major success. Despite the obvious gaps in the collection, tied to the vicissitudes of the last twenty years of collecting,...
Carlo Mollino: Salon 94
Carlo Mollino earned his place ill the history of design long ago. Lately, however, his idiosyncratic interiors have been discussed less than his stash of nearly 1,500 erotic photographs found in a drawer after his death. Who knew this eccentric modern...
Carol Bove: Team Gallery
The 1960s--by which we usually mean the late '60s and early '70s--have been mythologized in a number of ways; exploited by conservatives, who have adopted the insurrectionary tactics originally developed by the Left; eulogized by the popular-music...
Christian Marclay: UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Karlheinz Brandenburg is a name that would probably ring few bells for visitors to Christian Marclay's midcareer retrospective at the UCLA Hammer Museum, but in critical respects, he stands as a kind of shadow figure to the artist's investigations...
Claudia Losi: Galleria Monica De Cardenas
Imagine a gallery filled with a throng of animals making love. Claudia Losi has. Her Atti d'amore (Acts of love), 2002-2003, consists of sculptures of manta rays, snakes, dogs, dragonflies, and more, all made of gray felt and bung from elastic strings...
Dierk Schmidt: Galerie Ursula Walbrol
Dierk Schmidt is concerned with the possibilities of historical painting in the present day. In his recent exhibition "Hostages," he established a network of historical associations with a recent occurrence: On October 19, 2001, a boat carrying 397...
Editor's Letter
LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE "PUTTING TO BED" THE SECOND half of Artforum's two-volume look back on the '80s, organized by my predecessor, Jack Bankowsky, I found myself seated across from sculptor Haim Steinbach at a Brooklyn kitchen table, a late winter...
Ed Ruscha: Gagosian Gallery
In a New York Times article from 1972 bluntly titled "'I'm Not Really a Photographer,'" Ed Ruscha claimed he took up the practice only in order to make his books--among them, the now-seminal Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations (1963) and Every Building on...
"Exhibitions of an Exhibition": Casey Kaplan Gallery
When Swiss curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist began organizing exhibitions in the early '90s, his clear point of reference was the '60s and '70s, in terms of both content and his own persona, which drew on Harald Szeemann's transformation of the curator into...
Feminism & Art [9 Views]
HOW MIGHT WE ASSESS FEMINISM'S INITIAL IMPACTS ON ART, ITS SUBSEQUENT HISTORICIZATION, AND ITS CONTINUING INFLUENCE? ARTFORUM ASKED LINDA NOCHLIN, ANDREA FRASER, AMELIA JONES, DAN CAMERON, COLLIER SCHORR, JAN AVGIKOS, CATHERINE DE ZEGHER, ADRIAN PIPER,...
Francisco Ruiz De Infante: La Gallera
Although the protests against the unjust war waged by the Bush administration on Iraq with the support of the Spanish and English governments have been massive, especially in Europe, it is difficult to speak of a clear response from artistic circles....
Frederick Hammersley: La Louver
Frederick Hammersley's Option open, 2000-2002, is a small oil-on-linen painting of flatly brushstroked, vibrant, curvilinear sea anemone- and coral-like shapes that suggest hues and forms undulating into and out of one another. The thing floats within...
Guillermo Kuitca: Malba-Coleccion Costantini
Guillermo Kuitca has returned. He's back after seventeen years of self imposed absence from the local art scene. Or to be more accurate, his paintings are back, for Kuitca the man never left. What's striking, with this fresh look, is the work's quiet...
How Slovenian Is It? Michael Benson on Laibach
LAIBACH USED TO BE A FORCE to reckon with. To begin with, the band--if you can call this ensemble of sophisticated politico-cultural provocateurs simply a "band"--were the only group from the socialist world ever to make it in the West, signing a long-term...
In My Movie
WHEN ARTFORUM INVITED RICHARD PRINCE TO CONTRIBUTE A WRITING PROJECT IN TUNE WITH HIS VISUAL WORK, THE ARTIST LOOKED TO HIS ONGOING SERIES OF "NURSE PAINTINGS" AND TO A RECENT PHOTO SHOOT WITH KATE MOSS--AND CREATED THIS DREAMSCAPE SCREENPLAY THAT...
Isaac Julien: Bohen Foundation
Beginning in the Caribbean, in tropical color and light, Isaac Julien's Paradise Omeros, 2002, soon moves to London, where it turns concrete gray. Kicking off from Derek Walcott's book length poem Omeros, itself inspired by Homer, Julien's film might...
Jeffrey Dennis: Art Space Gallery
Art is most likely to touch on something real just at the point where it doesn't look like other art, and Jeffrey Dennis's keeps looking less and less like anybody's but his own. In the past, Dennis has attached three-dimensional objects to his paintings...
Jimmie Durham: Musee d'Art Contemporain
The Musee d'Art Contemporain de Marseille is not an easy place for an artist to handle. For example, a marble pavement is no doubt a very nice thing. It looks very smart in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel. But--and artists know this well--it is a problem,...
Kara Walker: Brent Sikkema
One does not "enjoy" a Kara Walker show, and this is odd because she is an enchantingly skillful artist. She slogs through a swamp of race, history, trauma, and desire, which is hard enough, then pirouettes along a tightrope between grotesque stereotype...
"Le Grand Tour": Musee Nicephore Niepce
Notwithstanding the aristocratic associations of "Le Grand Tour," this version of the post-Renaissance voyage of discovery might best be described as a postmodern, postcolonial road movie. Produced and directed by Francois Cheval, curator of the Musee...
Magic Touch: Anthony Korner on Fred Sandback
I met the sculptor Fred Sandback through my partner in Artforum and copublisher Amy Baker, though I only got to know him after they married in 1982. He was a shy, kind, wryly humorous bear of a man, with the look of someone who wanted to be anywhere...
Marco Tirelli: Galleria D'arte Moderna
In this exhibition, which represents the last ten years of Marco Tirelli's activity, the artist attempted to draw our attention to the internal coherence that characterizes his work over time. While the consistent foundation for Tirelli's art is geometric...
Meredith Danluck: Andrew Kreps Gallery
Two arty scientists served as inspirations for this exhibition. One, Robert Moog, designed electronic music synthesizers and uttered the words that served as an epigraph for the show: "Musical instruments provide the most efficient and refined interface...
Merlin Carpenter: American Fine Arts, Co
Merlin Carpenter is known for his frequent and strategic stylistic drifts in response to new contexts and subject matter. His shows are often constructed around contradictory tendencies, elaborating discrepancies between what a painting appears to...
Michael Raedecker: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Since he first attracted notice some five years ago, Michael Raedecker has rightfully been admired for his distinctive coupling of homespun materials and the "high" practice of painting. Often he has used thread and yarn to "sketch" the contours of...
Michal Rovner: MACRO Al Mattatoio/Studio Stefania Miscetti
The dynamic between the solitude of individuals and their relationship with others is the subject of two works Michal Rovner created for the spaces of MACRO Al Mattatoio, in Rome's Testaccio neighborhood. Arena, 2003, is a large video installation...
New Cat in Town: Lisa Pasquariello on the Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater
HERE'S A TALL TALE about a tall tale: Walt Disney's body--allegedly suspended in cryogenic slumber--is stashed somewhere on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts. Apocryphal? Almost certainly. But the rumor's tenacity among generations...
Olav Westphalen
1 STEPHAN VON HUENE Von Huene's work plays language, speaks music, and sings volumes. Staking out an area between sculpture, poetry, and science, it draws from source material ranging from Kurt Schwitters's sound poems, to the Lorelei myth, to research...
Openings Gary Webb
A shiny stainless-steel cylinder, roughly the size and proportions of a kitchen trash can, stands on an area of floor covered with tessellating, multicolored, triangular rubber mats, each of which is embossed with the artist's signature, and some of...
Pam Lins: Ten in One Gallery
At first glance, Pam Lins's plywood sculptures look like exercises in medium-scale art-school carpentry, but soon they click into familiarity, like fragments of a recurring dream, then slowly relax into intriguing, elusive, odd yet plain forms that...
Peter Doig: Arts Club of Chicago
For much of the past decade, the painting and subject matter of Edinburgh-born artist Peter Doig appeared at odds with the art world's prevailing taste. Taking their (painterly) cues from such unfashionable and unlikely precedents as Edward Hopper,...
Philippe Parreno: Friedrich Petzel Gallery
In December 2002, Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe retired Annlee, the Japanese anime character they'd bought the rights to in 1999 and who'd embodied personalities, narratives, and ideas for them and a slew of other artists. Her final incarnation...
Picture Imperfect: Steven Shaviro on Moblogs
WHEN MOBILE-PHONE MANUFACTURERS started adding built-in digital cameras to their phones a year or se ago, they had little idea what such hybrid units would be good for. There was the usual industry hype--about Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) replacing...
Polly Apfelbaum: Institute of Contemporary Art/ University of Pennsylvania
This refreshingly selective and well-installed survey of the work of Polly Apfelbaum focuses on fourteen sculptural pieces and installations created between 1989 and 2003. A Pocket Full of Posies, 1990, is the first to articulate the stakes of her...
Repeat Performance: The Art of Catherine Sullivan
You should not drink from the dish, but with a spoon as is proper." So reads a line from a fifteenth-century German book of manners, as cited by Norbert Elias in his classic sociological study The Civilizing Process. But if the spoon figures relatively...
Sign Language
THIS MONTH, MORE THAN FORTY YEARS AFTER JAMES ROSENQUIST BEGAN CAPTURING ON CANVAS THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE, COLOR-SATURATED IMAGERY OF CONSUMER CULTURE, A MAJOR TRAVELING RESTROSPECTIVE OF HIS WORK COMES TO THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN NEW YORK....
Stands by His Man: Amy Taubin on Peter Fonda's the Hired Hand
SOMETIME IN 1969, during the making of Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper introduced his costar and producer, Peter Fonda, to Bruce Conner, the San Francisco-based artist and avant-garde filmmaker best known for the 16 mm found-footage collages he began showing...
Stefan Thiel: Galerie Griedervonputtkamer
The term excess is a fitting one for the artistic praxis of Stefan Thiel. But this excess is also always expressed paradoxically--as a state that can hardly be communicated, let alone attained by an observer. For instance, Thiel, born in 1965, once...
Stop Shooting: Geoffrey O'Brien on Gus Van Sant
WHEN GUS VAN SANT'S ELEPHANT was awarded the Palme d'Or at Cannes last May, it was taken by some Americans on the scene as a backhanded gesture. At a festival haunted by echoes of European-American tensions over the war in Iraq it was hardly surprising...
Tacita Dean: Talks about Boots, 2003
In the voice-over to Sans Soleil (1982), Chris Marker offers a typically aphoristic remark: "We do not remember; we rewrite memory much as history is rewritten." The linkage between history and memory, their common constructedness, is also evident...
Tal R: Victoria Miro Gallery
Tal R has a distinctive way of explaining his paintings. "I constantly have this hot-pot boiling and I throw all kinds of material into it," he told an interviewer some time ago. More recently: "I do painting a bit like people make a lunch box." Add...
The Films of Yasujiro Ozu: True to Form
IF YASUJIRO OZU WAS ONLY JUST BEING DISCOVERED IN THE WEST AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH IN 1963, TODAY THE JAPANESE FILMMAKER'S PLACE IN THE CINEMATIC PANTHEON IS SECURE. IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS MONTH'S NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL CENTENARY RETROSPECTIVE OF...
Third Time's a Charm: Jeffrey Kaster on Adam D. Weinberg
"IT'S FUNNY HOW THINGS HAPPEN to one in life," says Adam D. Weinberg. "Doors just open and you go through them." For Weinberg, the door in question would appear to be a revolving one--one that keeps bringing him back to New York's Whitney Museum of...
Timothy Hutchings 1-20 Gallery
It's neither plaudit nor put-down but straightforward observation to say that this exhibition had the ability to leave even the most tolerant visitor with a pounding headache. Timothy Hutchings's predilection for swirling pattern and distorted sound...
"Trauer": Atelier Augarten Zentrum Fur Zeitgenossische Kunst der Osterreichischen Galerie Belvedere
Through the centuries, the theme of pathos has become rarer in art. Today it is almost taboo. At the Osterreichische Galerie in the baroque Belvedere Palace, one sees how in classical painting and sculpture death and loss leads to transfiguration and...
Victorian Era: Jeff Gibson on the NGV
The Australian art world is having a growth spurt. In Brisbane, a $65 million museum is under construction, augmenting and vastly extending the reach of the Queensland Art Gallery, home to the Asia Pacific Triennial. Down south, a whole new commercial-gallery...
Vincent Dermody: Suitable Gallery
The gallery that mounted Vincent Dermody's most recent exhibition is actually a two-car garage. Sharing the space with a headstone and the oblong demarcation of a grave was a 1978 Ford LTD II in a tinny shade of bronze, which the artist had simply...
"Watershed": Various Sites
Three hundred years ago, discriminating travelers in the European countryside might have carried with them an optical instrument called a "Claude glass" after the seventeenth-century French landscape painter Claude Lorrain. A small, tinted mirror,...
Wendell Gladstone: Roberts & Tilton
Following three New York solo shows, Los Angeles-based artist Wendell Gladstone made his belated hometown debut with four sculptural tableaux (all works 2002). Consisting of stylized, munchkin-size figures standing atop mounds that suggest islands...
Wolfgang Tillmans: Tate Britain
How to begin nailing a photographic oeuvre whose cast of characters ranges from Kate Moss (radiant in Alexander McQueen) to a brown rat (rapine in a gutter), whose still-life subjects flip from pink roses to a porky penis unleashed beside an airline...
World and a String: Yve-Alain Bois on Fred Sandback
IN 1986 FRED SANDBACK concluded one of his rare written statements with the words: "Perhaps indeed, I have nomadicized my existence." He was speaking about his unexpected disaffection for the museum dedicated to his work in Winchendon, Massachusetts,...
Zaha Hadid: Artists Space
Architects who skirt the line between art and architecture generally insist on having things both ways: Artists (and art critics) are supposed to recognize them as architects and allow them certain liberties, while architects (and architectural critics)...