Artforum International

An international contemporary art magazine covering sculpture, painting, mixed media, and installation works, as well as architecture, music, and popular culture. Includes artist interviews and reviews of individual artists and/or galleries; reviews of fi

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 1, September

Bringing Up Indie
Elmore Leonard's equation of a film producer with a petty criminal in Get Shorty may not completely miss the mark. Films such as Robert Altman's The Player and George Huang's Swimming With Sharks and real-life exposes of the drug-crazed antics of Don...
Brut Force
This spring brought with it the rare opportunity to view, in its entirety, the donation Jean Dubuffet made to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in 1967. Presented under the title "Les Dubuffet de Jean Dubuffet" (Jean Dubuffet's Dubuffets), this exhibition...
Closely Watched Train
JACK BANKOWSKY TALKS WITH CHRISTOPHER MUNCH Christopher Munch makes movies out of a fear of missing the action, which is another way of saying he makes movies about mortality. In his 1992 feature debut The Hours and Times, a fictionalized reconstruction...
Damien Hirst: Gagosian Gallery
Entering Damien Hirst's first major major New York show, one notices at some point that Gagosian's downtown gallery, designed by Richard Gluckman and rotely touted as "one of the most beautiful spaces in SoHo," looks awful. Gluckman's design, expensive...
Dark Star
Keiji Haino is an obscurantist's dream. He has a supernally cool, all-black surface - knee-length leather jackets, Beatle boots, stovepipe pants, Ray-Bans, long, beautiful hair cut straight across the forehead. The rocker getup is both a beckoning and...
Dinos and Jake Chapman: ICA, London
Way back in 1967, the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana held a seminar on erotic art, to which I contributed a paper on Picasso. Behind its very closed doors, barred to all but a few scholars who, presumably, were so soberly academic that...
Flash Track
STYLE-MAKING IMAGES HAPPEN WHEN VISIONARY DESIGN MEETS INNOVATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. EACH MONTH IN THIS SERIES, ARTFORUM PRESENTS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN A PHOTOGRAPHER AND A DESIGNER WHO SHARE A SPECIAL AFFINITY. Foregoing a recital of pedigrees for Steven...
Gene Genies
It would have easily qualified as Grand Guignol. Timothy Leary, the man who brought psychedelic drugs to the already hallucinatory United States of Disneyland, thereby adding a dimension of cosmic delirium to the hysteria accompanying our migration into...
Jennifer Pastor
Jennifer Pastor's sculpture inspires a giddy silence, the same gravid hush that occurs when we first catch sight of something truly strange. In nature and in life, such spectacles come ready-made: solar eclipses, concept cars, pedestrians struck by speeding...
Lari Pittman: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Two themes dominated this mid-career survey of Lari Pittman's painting: one was sexual politics, the other, more surprisingly, was Pittman's Americanism. Opening shortly before the July 4 weekend, the show felt like a collision between a fireworks display...
Leon Kossoff: Tate Gallery
The vision of London and Londoners in Leon Kossoff's paintings stems from no identifiable reality. That this vision has, nonetheless, a certain credibility says much for Kossoff's imaginative transformation of his chosen material. Every recorder of London...
'Manifesta I:' Rotterdam
"Manifesta I," the inaugural edition of a new European biennial for contemporary art, attempted to radically redraw the artistic map of the continent. Five curators - Rosa Martinez, Viktor Misiano, Katalin Neray, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Andrew Renton...
Public Image Limited
Jan Dibbets' Hommage a Arago (Homage to Arago, 1994) provides a striking corrective to the prevailing if outmoded assumption that public art is synonymous with statues, frescoes, fountains, and bad taste. One hundred thirty-five bronze medallions - identically...
Robert Ryman
"Standard," 1967 In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. Robert Ryman's first solo exhibition, in 1967, immediately drove me into perplexity with its apparently willing carelessness....
Split Decisions: Jasper Johns in Retrospect
In anticipation of "Jasper Johns: A Retrospective," opening next month at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Rosalind E. Krauss and Christopher Knight offer divergent views of the artist's career. One question is foremost on both their minds: How will...
The Moon and Six Million
Well, it's really not that bad. That was my gut reaction to a screening of artist Julian Schnabel's directorial debut. Previous '80s-artist-becomes-filmmaker vehicles (David Salle's Search and Destroy, Robert Longo's Johnny Mnemonic) had been poor precedents...
"Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional Identities": Jewish Museum
The small room that served as the entrance to "Too Jewish?" contained: Deborah Kass' Triple Silver Yentl (My Elvis), 1992, a sly homage to Warhol's "Elvis" series in which Streisand packs a Talmud instead of a pistol, flanked on the right by two vintage...