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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, September

Abdul Sharif Baruwa
GALERIE GRITA INSAM In one of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, a little girl climbs down a well. Down below, where everything looks identical to our world, she enters the service of Frau Holle, the mythical figure who makes it snow on our...
Abelardo Morell
BERNARD TOALE GALLERY With this presentation of twenty-five gelatin-silver prints made between 1987 and 2003, Abelardo Morell celebrated a long romance with the history, science, and magic of photomechanical reproduction. The widely admired Cuban-born...
Amy Sillman
BERNT SIKKEMA Amy Sillman's reputation has grown with each new show. Though she simmered in obscurity for (by her reckoning) at least ten years, this was also time to experiment and explore, to adopt and hone a range of techniques. That decade keeps...
Ann Lislegaard
MURRAY GUY GALLERY In a passage from The Poetics of Space (1958) in which he discusses the solitude and passivity to be experienced in the corner of a room, Gaston Bachelard urges poets to "designate the space of our immobility by making it the...
A Thousand Words: Yang Fudong Talks about the Seven Intellectuals
In one of my earlier works, the photographic triptych The First Intellectual, I touched on a concept that still preoccupies me: One wants to accomplish big things, but in the end it doesn't happen. Every educated Chinese person is very ambitious, and...
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"
MIGROS MUSEUM FUR GEGENWARTSKUNST Zurich's Migros Museum made an ideal setting for an exhibition examining the emotions engendered by different kinds of spaces, as each of its galleries has its own, very particular atmosphere. In the first, airy,...
Blake Rayne
GREENE NAFTALI "August Evening Walk Out," an exhibition of new paintings by Blake Rayne, was the final installment in his thematic series "Three of Four Seasons" (following "Autumn Drive," 1997, and "The Winter Line," 2000). Skipping spring and...
Celluloid Hero: P. Adams Sitney on Stan Brakhage
STAN BRAKHAGE'S DEATH at seventy, on March 9, 2003, marked the end of the most astonishing career in the 108-year history of the cinema. For fifty years Brakhage released up to a dozen new works every year without a break, so that he leaves a filmography...
Critical Realist: Katy Siegel on Sidney Tillim
Sidney Tillim began his career as an art critic by answering a "Help Wanted" ad in the back of Arts Digest. It was 1953, and at the time, he was an occasional sports reporter and a struggling painter who had recently attended Syracuse University (alma...
David Zink Yi
JOHANN KONIG How do yon make a salsa song? David Zink Yi reveals the deceptively easy steps behind the music with his new video installation De adentro y afuera (From inside and out), 2002. The Peruvian artist, who is based in Berlin, traveled to...
Dennis Balk
AMERICAN FINE ARTS, CO. No two Dennis Balk exhibitions are ever alike. Over the course of two decades of work in New York, he has diagrammed quasi-historical vignettes on sets of cloth dinner napkins; written plays for the theater, some of which...
"Diane Arbus: Revelations"
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART What apples were to Cezanne, society's rejects were to Diane Arbus. For an oeuvre featuring identical New Jersey twins, a Jewish giant in the Bronx, pasty retired nudists, the "developmentally challenged," and...
Dieter Roth
SCHAULAGER, BASEL "Dieter Roth resisted fame all his life; in spite of his self-proclaimed jealousy of other artists' success, he did little to encourage his supporters," wrote Richard Hamilton in these pages a few months after Roth's death in the...
English Lessons: James Quandt on Richard Massingham
HOW IS IT THAT A BRITISH DOCTOR fifty years dead, an oddball amateur who made advertisements and corporate training films, instructional works, and propaganda for the Orwellian-sounding Ministry of Information, is suddenly being discovered as one of...
Entries
June 11 VENICE BIENNALE. Arrive around noon at Marco Polo Airport after a predictably unpleasant trip. There's a shuttle to the dock. The vaporetto is crammed with sweaty people, the heat unreal, and I feel tired and ill-tempered, so I opt for a...
Faith-Based Initiative: Jeffrey Kastner on the Istanbul Biennial
THE ORGANIZERS OF THE 8th International Istanbul Biennial could be forgiven for looking over their shoulder as the show's opening approaches later this mouth. After all, the last two installments of the exhibition coincided with tragic circumstances--the...
Frames of Reference
OVER THE PAST TWO AND A HALF DECADES, JEFF WALL HAS SUSTAINED A PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICE OF REMARKABLE PRESCIENCE. FOR THIS ISSUE, THE PHOTOGRAPHER LOOKS BACK--AS WELL AS FORWARD. A NEW ESSAY REVISITING HIS OWN COMING-OF-AGE AS AN ARTIST IN THE LATE '70S...
Francesco Jodice
SPAZIO ERASMUS / PHOTO & CO. In Milan, thirty-six-year-old Francesco Jodice exhibited large photographs, taken in various metropolises, emphasizing details that would otherwise be lost within an urban scenario packed with thousands of potential...
Fred Tomaselli
JAMES COHAN GALLERY Fred Tomaselli's intensely detailed and disquieting mixed media collages could be considered a redress of the brightly colored, paisley-strewn, and generally utopic art of the '60s and '70s. In Us and Them, 2003, Adam and Eve...
Garry Fabian Miller
VALENTINA MONCADA In the series of works entitled "Thoughts of a Night Sea," 2000, Garry Fabian Miller seems to be returning to the nineteenth-century origins of photographic technique. In fact, he uses neither camera nor film but works in the darkroom...
Guy and Dolls
Goodness, what crazy purchases were prompted by the poignant predilection Humbert had in those days for check weaves, bright cottons, frills, puffed-out short sleeves, soft pleats, snug-fitting bodices and generously full skirts! Oh Lolita, you are...
Herve Graumann
MUSEE D'ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN That Raoul Pictor is a painter is obvious. Wearing a black beret and the white smock of his profession, he paces back and forth in his studio in search of inspiration, from the stool to the bookshelf to the table...
Indelibly Etched: Svetlana Alpers on "Rembrandt's Journey"
THIS OCTOBER, THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, will present an exhibition of some one hundred fifty of the finest examples of Rembrandt's etchings together with about twenty paintings and thirty drawings which are similar to etchings ill craftsmanship...
Isa Genzken
KUNSTHALLE ZURICH When Isa Genzken concluded work on her roughly six-year series of concrete sculptures in 1992, her turn to glass and mirrors might have signaled greater rationalization of her practice. The heavy slablike structures mounted on...
I See Jeff Walls Everywhere
I SEE JEFF WALLS EVERYWHERE--in the seepage and spills on the garage floor, at the weedy edges of a parking lot, in the pill lodged in the casing of the medicine cabinet above my sink (for how long now?). Sometimes I think I dream up better Walls than...
Jakob Jakobsen and Henriette Heise
COPENHAGEN FREE UNIVERSITY There's a new college in town. Copenhagen Free University, which emerged from the art world over the last few years, doesn't matriculate students but instead engages a range of critical communities. Initiated by artists...
Jodi
EYEBEAM An innocent visit to www.jodi.org brings immediate, alarming results: A hoard of mini browser windows, each completely black except for the standard white menu bar, manically proliferate on your desktop; they'll persist until you close your...
Joel Shapiro
PACEWILDENSTEIN There may be no work of art without a "balancing center," as Rudolf Arnheim has written, but the elegance of Joel Shapiro's new sculptures lies in their lack thereof. These constructivist balancing acts indeed convey a lack of balance--and...
John Currin
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO What is "normal" love? Mom and dad's? Teen sweethearts? God? Your identification with certain characters from the soaps? From Art History 101? Is it the way you feel about your favorite underwear? This earlyish...
John Divola
PATRICIA FAURE GALLERY Early in his career, John Divola gained public recognition with a series of photographs titled "Zuma," 1978-79, a set of interior views of an old beachfront property with a single, central window opening onto the Pacific,...
Jon Rubin
LIZABETH OLIVERIA GALLERY Titled after Edward Hicks's iconic folk-art painting of 1848-49, Jon Rubin's recent exhibition "the peaceable kingdom" brought the theme of tranquil coexistence to the queasy process of growing up suburban. His mixed-media...
Josh Smith
CATHERINE BASTIDE To be invited to Brussels for one's first solo exhibition when one was born and bred in Tennessee and lives hi New York is one of the odd happenstances that always seem to befall Josh Smith, a young painter who for several years...
Juul Hondius
GALERIE AKINCI The large color photographs in Juul Hondius's show "Faction" evoked topics in the news: illegal immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, and civil war. At a time when winning entries for the World Press Photo competition are carefully...
Larry Clark
LUHRING AUGUSTINE When I walked into "punk Picasso," Larry Clark's first New York gallery exhibition in several years, I thought I had entered a Conceptual-art installation. Here were many juxtapositions of photos and texts, photos and photos, texts...
Lisa Yuskavage
MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY Lisa Yuskavage's luscious new paintings introduce Lupe and Lola, Babie, Smiley, Curlie G., and their girlfriends--the newest additions to an ever-expanding gang at the absolute center of attention. Like their predecessors,...
Marcus Geiger and Peter Kogler
BAWAG FOUNDATION Both Marcus Geiger and Peter Kogler have made their mark through their approach to surfaces--whether by valuing them (Kogler, "Le Grand Recit," Documenta 10, 1997) or devaluing them (Geiger, "100 Years of Secession," Vienna Secession,...
Max Beckmann
MOMA QNS, NEW YORK "Curious that in every city I bear the lions roaring," Max Beckmann noted in his diary in 1947, a few days after reaching New York from Amsterdam, where he had spent the war years in exile from his native Germany. Whatever the...
Olafur Eliasson
TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY A viewer rushing to Olafur Eliasson's latest exhibition expecting a quiet epiphany or a spontaneous unveiling of the mechanisms of perception--an "Aha!" moment, as the artist says--would have been disappointed, at least initially....
Openings: Omer Fast
Omer Fast really knows how to wreck a movie. His video installations--which may take their cue, if not their footage, from Hollywood fare--tend to unsettle the elements that make moving pictures move, from the sound to the subtitles. For an early intervention,...
Patrick Nickell
THE LUCKMAN GALLERY Occasionally, an exhibition at a smaller LA venue suggests the bigger ones might be getting sleepy at the wheel. This season--marked by such misuse of space as the too-dose- to-corporate J. Mays car show at LA MOCA and LACMA'S...
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY Perhaps photography offers an experimental science of coincidence. In the street scenes that are Philip-Lorca diCorcia's best-known work--represented in this exhibition by ten images taken from the same vantage point on a...
Pictures of an Exhibition
Francesco Bonami's Venice Biennale--"Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer"--delegated responsibility to nearly a dozen curators and, ultimately, to the viewers themselves. The exhibition's 50th edition brought an end to the monolithic...
Portfolio: Jeff Wall
If the dialectic of artifice and fact has informed Jeff Wall's work from the start, then his latest pictures tip the balance: away from the excruciating feats of stagecraft evidenced in an image like After Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, the Preface,...
Ruth Root
ANDREW KREPS Read the critics on Ruth Root, and the names dropped are Philip Guston, Ellsworth Kelly, Piet Mondrian, and Richard Tuttle. The Guston references derive from the waggish strategy by which Root made her earlier color-block abstractions...
September 1983
In these pages twenty years ago, Thierry de Duve reframed Barnett Newman's question "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue?" in the context of the early '80s "Death of Painting" debate. Artforum senior editor ERIC BANKS looks back at de Duve's germinal...
Space Opera
Vastness is the quality that chiefly defines its character: The white, daylight-filled interior of the new Dia facility at Beacon is so expansive that, at first, the very notion of "interior" hardly even seems to apply. To enter is to be transformed...
Spreading the Word: Colin McCahon: Thomas Crow Talks with Maria Bloem
GLOBALIZATION, OUR MANTRA OF THE MOMENT, only carries so far where art is concerned. A case in point: A major contemporary of Rothko, Newman, Pollock, Twombly, and Johns--an artist fully at their level of achievement--is in the midst of his first major...
Steven Shearer
BLUM & POE In seventh grade, when whip-sexy Butch Lauer informed me that Kiss had really wanted to call themselves "Albatross Shit," I thought I had finally made it. Despite never having been a big Kiss fan, I've never not remembered the band's...
Thierry De Cordier
MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY Although it was a French poet who brought "spleen" to modern aesthetics, the artists of Belgium have made it their personal property. The Baudelairean rancor against life and its emptiness has manifested itself equally, though...
Top Ten
1 KEMBRA PFAHLER Lead singer/founder of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and inventor of such vaunted movements as "availabism" and "antinaturalism," Pfahler will debut a line of black-and white ready-to-wear apparel this month at American Fine...
Totally My Ass
PIOTR UKLANSKI Untitled (GingerAss), 2002 PIOTR UKLANSKI took a photograph of my ass. My naked buttocks are shown in full frame--a stretch mark here, a freckle there; my curves are far from heroin chic. The rest of my body is almost entirely cropped...
Travel Brief
Listed below are previously exhibitions on tour between September 1 and December 1. VENUE DATES NEW YORK Ansel Adams at 100 Museum of Modern Art through Nov. 3 Ellsworth Kelly: Whitney...
Under the Sun: Nico Israel on High Desert Test Sites
WELCOME TO THE REAL of the Desert: rocks, heat, cacti, empty beer cans, all-terrain vehicles, horizon, fire ants, lizards--and contemporary art. It's Memorial Day weekend, and we're heading east from Los Angeles on the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental...
Warts and All: The Art of Alexander Ross
THERE IS A PLACE ON THE CONTINUUM OF VISUAL EXPERIENCE WHERE THE DISTINCTION between natural and geometric form dissolves. Actually there are several such places, and the zones in which difference blurs overlap, such that one can speak of a multidimensional...
"Yard"
SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK Robert Smithson was one of the first artists to think about suburbia in geological terms. His insight that the structure of the suburban landscape is inherently crystalline--the result of mineral processes unfolding at the...