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Articles from Vol. 43, No. 9, May

1000words: Rudolf Stingel Talks about His Latest Installation
In trying to navigate the complicated terrain of Rudolf Stingel's criticality, one traverses institutional critique, stumbles over Minimalism, and unexpectedly crashes headfirst into Pop. In 1989 Stingel produced an instruction manual for creating...
Althea Thauberger: Berkeley Art Museum
Sky, Kory, Aleta, and Reese, the four teenage girls who star in Althea Thauberger's video A Memory Lasts Forever, 2004, could very well be a high-school alterna-folk band, with the artist acting as their shadowy Svengali. But while Thauberger casts...
A Man for Four Seasons: Mark Wigley on Philip Johnson
PHILIP JOHNSON is not gone. The "godfather" of American architecture keeps producing the same excesses of praise and criticism that he attracted his whole life. It was his special gift always to be able to elicit this intense yet ambivalent reaction....
American Gothic: Hal Foster on Robert Gober
ROBERT GOBER ONCE DESCRIBED his installations as "natural history dioramas about contemporary human beings," and, like many dioramas, they mix the real with the illusionistic in ways that both fascinate and disorient us. With his recent project at...
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven: Kunsthalle Bern
The first exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern under its new director, the young Belgian curator Philippe Pirotte, was Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven's "Europaisches Zentrum fur Futuristische Kunst" (European Center for Futuristic Art), which employed a multitude...
Arte all'Arte 9: Associazione Arte Continua
One of the best contemporary art galleries in Italy is in a most unlikely place, the Tuscan town of San Gimignano. Easily missed on a main thoroughfare teeming with tourists, Galleria Continua might seem emblematic of a country too steeped in its impressive...
Beatrice Caracciolo: Charles Cowles Gallery, Inc
There were three kinds of works in Beatrice Caracciolo's recent exhibition: exquisitely animated abstract expressionist drawings; others that look more like landscapes (and which introduce art-historically familiar material in the form of allusions...
Chris Gentile: Jeff Bailey Gallery
Operating in a conceptual space populated by artists like James Casebere and Thomas Demand, Chris Gentile's recent work is a hybrid of sculpture and photography that asks interesting questions about the nature of both. Like these better-known contemporaries,...
Come, Come, Georges: Steven Shaviro on Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye and Ma Mere
TRANSGRESSION, no less than its sister, transcendence, was a great goal of twentieth-century art. "The human being arrives at the threshold," Georges Bataille wrote in 1938. "There he must throw himself headlong into that which has no foundation and...
Daria Martin: The Showroom
A sheet of silvery gray satin, on which the film's title is embroidered, slides down to reveal a naked, supple torso. Mechanized cylinders shift from side to side, accompanied by a hissing noise, as the camera cuts between them and a man's shifting...
David Claerbout: Akademie der Kunste
Belgian artist David Claerbout illuminated the relative and shifting nature of perceptual time--geological, historical, episodic, linear, emotionally and culturally mediated--in his striking exhibition "Background Time." Together the dynamically changing...
David Korty: China Art Objects
If Pierre Bonnard employed color to domesticate modernist aesthetics, painter David Korty has used it to tame LA's polluted skylines, lending a phosphorescent majesty to its poisonous sunsets, dusty twilights, and thick parfaits of smog. In a substantial...
Eleanor Antin: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
"That summer, in the first year of the reign of Titus, there appeared a small band of players who met with some success until they disappeared without trace, leaving behind one of their number." Such are the words of Pliny the Younger that Eleanor...
Emily Jacir: Alexander and Bonin
Emily Jacir is a bilingual American citizen, born in Bethlehem and living between New York and Ramallah. Her work arises from her position as a young, cosmopolitan cultural worker who is active not only on behalf of Palestinian statehood but also within...
Exquisite Corpus: When Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Fourth Feature Shared the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Last Year, It Made Official His Standing as the Preeminent Thai Filmmaker-And One of the Freshest Voices in Cinema Anywhere. in Anticipation of Tropical Malady's Arrival in American Theaters This Summer, James Quandt Spoke with the Director about His Films
"Princess Tea," Apichatpong Weerasethakul murmurs, inspecting the tag on a tea bag fetched by a publicist before our interview at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival. "Princess Tea," he repeats, as if hypnotized by the phrase. When I joke that they...
Footage Fetish: Amy Taubin on Jonas Mekas
JONAS MEKAS, now eighty-two, has lived--and continues to live--many lives. For six decades his work in film, video, and poetry has been largely diaristic, so one's first impulse is to approach it through his remarkable biography. For those familiar...
"Greater New York 2005": P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
Once upon a time in the West, circa 1992, Paul Schimmel organized an ambitious group show, "Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s," at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition did more than trace the lineages of post-'60s LA art as a well-spring...
Guyton\Walker: Greene Naftali
Dear Ketel One Drinker: Here is the recipe for our signature art show. Take one part Wade Guyton and one part Kelley Walker, add nothing, and get a "third artist" with two last names and twice the power of either one. Guyton\Walker is like a corporate...
Haarlem Renaissance: Margaret D. Carroll on Jacob Van Ruisdael
AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY JACOB VAN RUISDAEL, which opens this summer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art before travelling to Philadelphia and London, will give viewers a chance to appraise the various ways in which this seventeenth-century Dutch...
Ian Wallace: Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute
Three decades after Daniel Buren's "The Function of the Studio" (1971) exemplified a critique within Conceptual art of this archetypal lone-artist's sanctuary, Charles H. Scott Gallery presented "In the Studio," a survey of work by Ian Wallace dating...
In Conversation: Daniel Buren & Olafur Eliasson
On the very same evening in late March--indeed, at the very same hour--artists Daniel Buren and Olafur Eliasson were onstage for different speaking engagements in New York. Uptown, Buren was at the Guggenheim Museum discussing his newly opened "Eye...
James Coleman: Museu Nacional De Arte Contemporanea
James Coleman's show combined a retrospective dimension--ranging from the historic Pump, 1972, and Playback of a Daydream, 1974, to mature works like Lapsus Exposure, 1992-94, and Charon (MIT Project), 1989, an extraordinary reflection on the nature...
Jason Middlebrook: Sara Meltzer Gallery
Known for his half-solemn, half-whimsical approach to the human-wrought decline of the natural world, Jason Middlebrook is less an environmentalist than a critic of hubris. His site-specific installation at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art...
Jim Campbell: Hosfelt Gallery
Though much current art purports to confront the "liminal," Jim Campbell's wall-mounted electronic works successfully address this state in more ways than one. Campbell's dual professions--computer-hardware engineer and internationally recognized artist--place...
Larry Clark: International Center of Photography, New York
Certain plaintiffs in the Michael Jackson trial look like kids in Larry Clark pictures, particularly his 1996 set of photos Sketches for Tulsa Movie Coming Soon--like the Jordie Chandler twin that curator Brian Wallis eyes as one of Clark's "most compelling":...
Lars Ramberg: Palast der Republik
It's hard to miss Lars Ramberg's Palast des Zweifels (Palace of Doubt), 2005. The word ZWEIFEL (doubt)--written in three-story-tall letters sculpted in aluminum and filled with white neon-tube lighting--glows from atop the empty Palast der Republik,...
Lee Bul: Museum of Contemporary Art
Art is conditioned by other visual phenomena, and Lee Bul's creepy sculptures owe debts that this, her first solo exhibition in Australia, can't acknowledge. The ideal Lee survey would own up to the vertiginous array of fashion, painting, cinema, and...
Mark Handforth: Kunsthaus Zurich
The Hong Kong-born, Miami-based sculptor Mark Handforth has on occasion referred to his exhibitions as "landscapes." The description is apt, given that he often grafts a specifically urban vernacular onto a unique brand of formalism, not only to summon...
Mark Lewis: Triple Candie
London-based artist Mark Lewis distills complex ruminations--on film as a medium; on the social and economic character of specific places; on the relationship between observer and observed--into deceptively simple films that marry Hollywood's high-end...
Martin Kippenberger: Luhring Augustine
No subject was too insignificant or absurd for Martin Kippenberger: a trip to the dentist, an old sock, or, of course, his own drunken antics. The sum total of the German painter's inventive approach to subject matter, his boundless sense of humor,...
Mary Heilmann: 303 Gallery
Bertolt Brecht was no fan of abstraction. Worthless as a radical political tool, non-figurative art was, in the Marxist playwright's eyes, little more than aesthetic scaffolding supporting upper-class pleasures. An abstract composition might as well...
Massimo Bartolini: Galleria Massimo De Carlo
Massimo Bartolini's work is tied to nature, understood as inhabited, traveled, and experienced--imbued, in other words, with that totality of emotional, biographical, and cultural elements that we typically connect instead with houses, streets, and...
Mathias Poledna: Richard Telles Fine Art
Version, 2004, the most recent film by Mathias Poledna, is strongly reminiscent of his last one, Actualite, 2002. Once again, the gallery was painted black, and a 16 mm projector beamed a film onto the far wall. And this work, too, depicts a group...
Milena Dragicevic: Ibid Projects
Two or three things I know about Milena Dragicevic: She's Serbian by birth, raised in Canada, and London based. She's a twin, and her paintings have previously applied the no-doubt-peculiar feeling of observing something that looks like you but isn't...
No Pictures, Please: Claire Bishop on the Art of Tino Sehgal
SO YOU WALK INTO THE TOP FLOOR of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London to see This objective of that object, 2004, by Tino Sehgal, a British-born artist based in Berlin. There are five people standing around the galleries with their backs turned...
Openings: Seth Price
In his illustrated text Dispersion, 2002--which appeared in the catalogue of the 2003 Ljubljana Biennial and has since been taught in art and critical-theory classes at Columbia, Yale, NYU, and MIT--New York--based artist Seth Price re-poses Duchamp's...
Over the Border: Nico Israel on "inSite_05"
THIRTEEN YEARS AFTER ITS BALLYHOOED emergence in San Diego and Tijuana, "inSite" is approaching art-world adolescence and, like many confused, hormone-addled young adults, finds itself experiencing both a growth spurt and something of an identity crisis....
Pep Dardanya: Galeria Visor
We live in the information age, and that explains the growing and probably excessive eagerness of some artists to accumulate data (images, recordings, graphics, and texts) in the course of analyzing a given problematic. Supposedly, gathering such materials...
Richard Wright: Gagosian Gallery
The wall drawings of British artist Richard Wright have an austere grandeur, even when he bypasses a traditional strength of the mural form--its command of large architectural expanses--in favor of corners and crannies. Most memorably in this show,...
Sally Moore: Barbara Krakow Gallery
In her first commercial gallery exhibition, sculptor Sally Moore presented miniature models of the universe that unfold from walls or hang from the ceiling, becoming poetic metaphors for the rebuilding of broken worlds. Basswood-and-wire assemblages...
Sarah Morris: Friedrich Petzel Gallery
The artist-patron relationship has yielded plenty of great art over the centuries, from Michelangelo's over-the-top Moses on the tomb of Pope Julius II to Velazquez's dutiful Las Meninas and Goya's sneering The Family of Charles IV. Given that Sarah...
Shop after Pop: Tom Vanderbilt on Art and Competitive Consumption
MOCKING TITTERS AND condescending volleys erupted from the culturati in January when the big-box, membership-only retailer Costco offered an authenticated Picasso drawing for the strategically irresistible price of $39,999.99. The source of dismay...
"Slideshow": Baltimore Museum of Art
With a nod to Kodak's recent decision to discontinue production of the slide projector, "SlideShow" marks a transition in visual culture--from analog to digital media--and looks back at forty years of slide-projection art. But the remarkable quality...
Social Fabric: Jeffrey Kastner on the Gates
AT THE TIME of this writing, workers are slowly making their way along some twenty-three miles of Central Park pathway, dismantling the 7,503 orange structures that only a few weeks earlier had sprouted into the most elaborate and talked-about artwork...
Strange Bedfellows: Mark Godfrey on the Artist as Curator
IN THE BOOK that accompanies "An Aside," the "exhibition without an idea" that Tacita Dean has curated as part of the Hayward Gallery's National Touring Exhibitions program, Dean tells a story that explains both the formation of her curatorial strategy...
Susan Giles: Kavi Gupta Gallery
The recent appearance of endless hours of amateur video documenting last year's Southeast Asian tsunami has provided numerous examples of precisely the kind of imagery that fascinates artist Susan Giles--not for the firsthand encounters with destruction...
Tara Donovan: Ace Gallery
Appropriately titled "Tara Donovan: Survey," the first major West Coast solo exhibition of this artist's work was also, thanks to the spaciousness of Ace's city-block-long gallery, something of an early retrospective. At their strongest, Donovan's...
Tatiana Trouve: Frac PACA
"I became an employee of the BAI," says Tatiana Trouve, a Paris-based artist of Italian origin. "I work for it, and I am constantly preoccupied with managing what happens within it." The formula sums up the deliriously methodical, ongoing project she...
Tim Davis
The work of New York-based artist Tim Davis will be the subject of two forthcoming books, Permanent Collection from Nazraeli Press (May 2005); and My Life in Politics from Aperture (Winter 2006). His next solo show is at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery,...
Tim Hawkinson: Whitney Museum of American Art
While poles apart visually, Tim Hawkinson's current appearance at the Whitney bears comparison to Christo and Jean-Claude's recent Central Park Gates, a few final remnants of which I walked through en route to the museum. Both projects convey a certain...
Tino Sehgal an Interview
Tino Sehgal has spoken of a "situational" dimension to his work, and the same word might also describe the publication of this interview. Over the course of the past year, I approached the artist a number of times about the possibility of contributing...
Toby Ziegler: Chisenhale Gallery
Although Toby Ziegler's exploration of pictorial space--its artifice and illusion--leads him to make objects as often as paintings, the organizing impulse behind it is fundamentally that of a painter. The impressive range of the works here--three paintings,...
Two for the Show: Jeffrey Kastner on the Venice Biennale
FAMILIARITY, IT IS SAID, BREEDS CONTEMPT--and the recent proliferation of biennials has indeed made the large-scale international exhibition an object of, if not scorn, at least skepticism. Yet even for those who question the utility of the biennial...
Unica Zurn: Ubu Gallery
Unica Zurn (1916-1970) is probably best known as Hans Bellmer's longtime lover and sometime photographic subject, though, as Fassbinder succinctly indicated in the dedication of his 1978 film Despair--"To Antonin Artaud, Vincent van Gogh, Unica Zurn"--her...
"Warsaw-Moscow/Moscow-Warsaw, 1900-2000": Zacheta National Gallery of Art
"Warsaw-Moscow/Moscow-Warsaw, 1900-2000" was an outgrowth of the pioneering exhibitions of similar character, "Paris-Moscow" and "Berlin-Moscow," but its significance was quite different. While the two earlier blockbusters mainly celebrated, and validated,...
"Who If Not We Should at Least Try to Imagine the Future of All This?": Various Venues
When the Netherlands took over the presidency of the European Union last July, it was the first full term to include the ten new member states. To celebrate this occasion, Holland implemented a vast range of cultural programs called "Thinking Forward."...
Words to Live By: Michael Wilson on the Art of Mark Titchner
In adverse speaking conditions one should always replace the term "I" with the term "WE," moving the focus of the speech away from the isolated individual towards a hypothetical consensual group. One should always emphasize the undeniable truth of what...
Zoe Beloff: Bellwether
Zoe Beloff's video installation The Ideoplastic Materializations of Eva C., 2004, in which the artist recreates a series of ten seances held in early twentieth-century Algeria and Paris, includes a four-channel projection in luminous black-and-white....