Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, November

Chris Burden
MUSEUM FUR ANGEWANDTE KUNST Chris Burden's exhibition in Vienna's Museum fur angewandte Kunst (MAK) wasn't just his first large-scale show in a European museum. It also marked the peak of a European "rediscovery" of the artist that began in 1990, particularly...
Dance Hall at Louse Point
DAIMON IN A BLUE DRESS There've been more than a few pretenders to the throne of New Rock Goddess - Courtney Love, Liz Phair, Joan Osborne, Alanis Morissette, not to mention sundry Bikini Killers, Breeders et al - but for whatever reason, nobody's been...
Heaven's Weight
There were really two melodramas. The first was called Breaking the Waves, a new film by Lars von Trier; it was scheduled to show at Cannes. The second revolved around luring this notoriously phobic director out of Denmark; he was scheduled to show at...
John McLaughlin
LAGUNA ART MUSEUM John McLaughlin started painting in his forties. The son of a Massachusetts Superior Court judge, he served in both world wars and when not in uniform was in business. A Japan specialist for American military intelligence during wartime,...
Judge Dread
Pssst - Just read this and don't take your eyes off the page. The art Mafia was created by exactly the same person who started the Federal Reserve System - Andrew Mellon. Doesn't this tell you something? Once they were able to debase the gold dollar...
Mind over Matter
Ever since he "declared his independence" by resigning his directorship at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969, Harald Szeemann has defined himself as an Ausstellungsmacher, a maker of exhibitions. There is more at stake in adopting such a designation than semantics....
"NoWhere." (Louisiana Museum)
LOUISIANA MUSEUM The Louisiana Museum in Humlebaek, just twenty miles north of Copenhagen, is a uniquely Danish combination of art collection and leisure park. Founded in 1958 by industrialist Knud W. Jensen, it is meant to serve as both a semiurban...
Now You See It, Now You Don't
In the shabby England of the '50s and much of the '60s, World War II did not seem so far away. Even as Swinging London, when it came, was said to be thrilling the youth, people too old for it (they weren't so old, really) had vivid memories of food rationing;...
Sam Taylor-Wood
Whereas a number of the contemporary artists forsaking canvas for celluloid have produced rather traditional films, Sam Taylor-Wood merges cinematic sensibility and technique with the particularities of photography and videomaking to create an oddball...
"The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism." (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California)
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Whatever the revisionist revelations of Serge Guilbaut, Griselda Pollock, et al, the consensus on Abstract Expressionism remains that it was both the first great homegrown American art movement and the center of the...
Thomas Ruff
ROOSEUM Go to a European art school or a large group show, and you'll see them everywhere: large photographs of expressionless faces. Thomas Ruff is not solely responsible for this phenomenon of course; he emerged in the '80s as part of a group of artists...
Tom Phillips: 'A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel,' 1973
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. Some pre-Socratic philosophers conceived the cosmos as contained in a ring of fire, so that there were no stars like bright stones sparkling...