Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 10, Summer

Albert York
DAVIS & LANGDALE COMPANY As if you care a damn, there is the geranium green of the leaves, the almost cinnamon tint of the flowers, echoed in the small soft bird's cap, the forlorn dead leaf, the muted cornflower blue of the pot with darker shadows....
Alexander Calder
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART For years a forced dose of Alexander Calder's Circus, 1926-31, every time I passed through the lobby of the Whitney reduced his art to irredeemable kitsch. Of course, beauty and kitsch are by no means mutually exclusive; in fact,...
Artful Dodger
He never seemed to age; they would continue to call him boyish right up to his death, at seventy, this March. Richard Bellamy's youthfulness was as much spiritual as physical: he remained filled with wonder to the end of his days. He was an anomaly,...
A Thousand Words
Gabriel Orozco TALKS ABOUT HIS RECENT FILMS What I'm after is the liquidity of things, how one thing leads you on to the next. These films take place in very ordinary urban settings. I'm not concerned with spectacular events or frantic rhythms. The...
A Tree Grows in SoHo
Alex Katz likes to paint, and his ambition as an artist seems to consist largely in not letting anything get in the way of his actually doing so, steadily and surely. As Katz expresses it, being an artist is as much an act of will as it is the product...
Bikini Brief
My destination on Thursday, April 23, 1998, was Vanessa Beecroft's Show, at the Guggenheim Museum, but I began at the Tibor di Nagy Gallery, where Jane Freilicher's new exhibition of paintings opened. I spent forty-five minutes absorbing their colors....
Covering the Spread
It's rare to see a film so totally the product of a single personality as Buffalo '66. Yet Vincent Gallo's first feature - he cowrote it, stars in it, directed it, and even composed three terrible, terrible songs for the score, which he also sings -...
Crimson Herring
The bar-b-q at Harvard was unexpectedly juicy. Delectable pulled pork, tangy ribs, and luscious chicken - with all the fixin's - were served up beneath the pious eyes of those ethereal Northern European portal scuptures that have presided for generations...
It's Academic
Milan is experiencing a disheartening decline in institutional support for contemporary art. Nothing is happening: public spaces that once offered notable exhibitions and events are now underutilized or host survey shows of questionable quality. The...
Lasar Segall
JEWISH MUSEUM In 1920, the Expressionist poet and critic Theodor Daubler contrasted the Egyptians, children of the sun, to the Israelites, whose migrations and adaptations he likened to the constantly changing appearance of the moon. Daubler cited this...
Lava Lights
Naples, like Los Angeles and Mexico City, has always existed in a state of postmodernity, a stratified agglomerate on the brink of natural catastrophe. The fact that the city sits geographically "under the volcano" has become a metaphor for its culture...
Norman Lewis
STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM The poignant yet somewhat quaint announced purpose of "Norman Lewis: Black Paintings, 1946-77" is to explore the artist's "aesthetic and metaphoric uses of black." Of the two, "aesthetic" goes down more easily, since Lewis was...
Odd Lot
Talking with Barbara Gowdy BF: The stories in your collection We So Seldom Look on Love feature a girl with two sets of legs and genitalia, a man whose two heads are at war with each other, and a woman whose sexual inclination is toward young male corpses....
Open and Shut Case
It's an all-too-familiar story. Young artists everywhere seek recognition, yet for Italians, that recognition is rarely achieved through the support of museums or public institutions. Danilo Eccher, who became director of Bologna's Galleria d'Arte Moderna...
Openings: Tomoko Takahashi
When Tomoko Takahashi won the [pounds]5,000 ($8,300) first prize in the annual EAST International show last year, the British press responded with characteristic outrage. "Artist Cleans Up with Pile of Junk" announced The Daily Mirror, while its main...
Robert Smithson: 'The Monuments of Passaic, 1967.' (Art Photographer; Passaic River in New Jersey)
In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. One Saturday in September 1967, Robert Smithson, equipped with a Kodak Instamatic and a copy of Brian Aldiss' science-fiction novel Earthworks,...
'Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century.' (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART By any measure, outsider art is now an established category. It boasts curators, scholars, and collectors; books and magazines (Raw Art); exhibitions (e.g., 1992's "Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art" at the...
Somethin' Fishy
John Lurie first went fishing when he played St. James (either the Lesser or the Greater) in Martin Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Jesus (Willem Dafoe) told his disciples to "become fishers of men," and James, cranky and irritable as usual,...
Surf and Turf
If UCLA were a rock scene, it would be Seattle, right after Never-mind went platinum. - Denis Cooper, Spin, July 1997 Not so long ago the decision to become an artist was greeted by parents with horror. But with the '80s art boom, the joke was that...
Temperament Tempest
The long, slowly modulating drones on Tony Conrad's box set Early Minimalism Volume One (Table of the Elements) are totally uncompromising, even if they do relax the listener over time; the electrified violins that produce the sounds attack tiny intervals...
Thomas Struth
CARRE D'ART, MUSEE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN At the entrance to the Carre d'Art, site through mid-June of the first large-scale exhibition devoted to Thomas Struth's work in Europe, two oversize photographs face one another: an exterior shot of the Buddhist...