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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 6, February

1000 Words: Catherine Sullivan Talks about the Chittendens, 2005
HEINRICH VON KLEIST tells the story of a famous dancer who, praising the marionette theater, suggests that a mechanical figure could be designed to "perform a dance that neither he nor any other outstanding dancer of his time ... could equal." For...
Adel Abdessemed: Galerie Kamel Mennour
Adel Abdessemed, an Algerian artist now working in Paris, uses a wide variety of media without revealing a preference for one over another or a hierarchy among them. This show included staged photographs, drawings in colored marker on ripped-out sheets...
Alicia Martin: Galeria Oliva Arauna
Alicia Martin belongs to the generation of Spanish artists that began exhibiting in the early '90s. Initially, this generation was known for a metaphorical use of objects and materials, and for the importance of subjectivity in their work. Even sometimes...
Andrew Mania: Chisenhale Gallery
Outside is polyglot East London, but once inside Andrew Mania's show "Gogolin" we are in Poland--albeit a Poland of the mind that compounds past and present, authentic and imaginary. The artist's name, stenciled next to the entrance, reads as "Andrzej...
Antonio Riello: Galleria D'Arte Contemporanea
In 1997, Antonio Riello anonymously posted on the Web a video game entitled Italiani brava gente, 1995, named after a Neorealist war movie known as Attack and Retreat in English but literally translated "The Italians, Good People." The player had to...
Biennale d'Art Contemporain De Lyon: Various Venues
"FOR US, TACKLING THE IDEA of time is a way of taking stock of the 1990s," write Nicolas Bourriaud and Jerome Sans at the outset of their brief catalogue essay accompanying "Experiencing Duration," the eighth installment of the Lyon Biennale, which...
Cameron Jamie: 37th International Theatre Festival of the Venice Biennale
An American living in France, Cameron Jamie uses music, photography, drawing, film, and video to investigate the quirky, ritualistic activities that are part of contemporary pop culture (wrestling and craftslike mask-making being among his current...
Carl Suddath: Van Harrison Gallery
The outward modesty of Carl Suddath's enterprise might suggest a reluctance to experiment quite as dangerous, for a young artist, as its overreaching antithesis. Most of the works in Suddath's recent New York solo debut are untitled, and their materials,...
Cy Twombly: Gagosian Gallery
The big surprise of Cy Twombly's recent show at Gagosian Gallery was his newfound sense of scale. First, although the eight paintings in "Bacchus, Psilax, Mainomenos" are individual works, their perfect fit in the large, squarish gallery made them...
"Dada": Centre Pompidou
THERE IS A SEQUENCE in Rene Clair's Entr'acte (1924) in which the image of a folded-paper boat floating on a deluge of water is superimposed over shots of the rooftops of Paris, so that it seems to be moving through the watery skyline of a mysteriously...
David Salle: Mary Boone Gallery
The press release for David Salle's recent exhibition of his new "Vortex Paintings" is conspicuous in its magniloquence, claiming that the spiral at the center of these ten large oil-on-linen works creates an "unprecedented sense of spatial depth."...
Deborah Oropallo: Stephen Wirtz Gallery
"Stretch" was the title of Deborah Oropallo's recent exhibition at Stephen Wirtz Gallery, and the term applies as much to the vertical blurring that distinguishes many of the paintings as to their maker's apparent compulsion to continually challenge...
Fernando Bryce: Galerie Barbara Thumm
Fernando Bryce is driven by an archaeological interest. The artist, who was born in Lima, Peru, in 1965 and has lived in Berlin since the late '80s, has amassed an archive of drawing series--some comprising nearly five hundred pieces, all on standard-format...
Gelitin: Leo Koenig, Inc
At 10 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2005, Leo Koenig confined four members of the Viennese art collective Gelitin (Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban, and Wolfgang Gantner), American artist Naomi Fisher, and psychiatrist Gabriel Loebell inside...
Gerhard Richter: Marian Goodman Gallery
Despite Robert Storr's brilliant effort to reclaim Gerhard Richter for human emotion in the artist's 2002 MOMA retrospective, the glassy chill of his work reasserted itself in his recent show at Marian Goodman Gallery. The exhibition fell roughly into...
Giuseppe Gabellone: Studio Guenzani
Giuseppe Gabellone is one of the first artists to show at Claudio Guenzani's newly opened project space, which may seem appropriate inasmuch as all of the artist's shows are "special projects"--projects whose enigmatic nature provides cause for reflection...
Hans Haacke: Paula Cooper Gallery
Hans Haacke is never without an agenda; for almost forty years, he has been investigating, exposing, and protesting, refusing to be silent in the face of corporate crime, governmental corruption, and art-world mischief. He's a perennial whistle-blower...
IX Baltic Triennial of International Art: Contemporary Art Centre
With each edition the Baltic Triennial in Vilnius secures greater international visibility and interest. This year's curators, Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy. Raimundas Malasauskas, and Alexis Vaillant, chose a subjectivity-driven method and pulled off...
Jan Tumlir on Matthew Brannon
THE OVERTLY CONTENTIOUS, covertly symbiotic relations of art and design have had a long and complex gestation. Before weighing the merits of this union and its latest manifestations among such willfully unreconciled proponents of the interdisciplinary...
Joan Snyder: Nielsen Gallery
"New ideas--more feminist imagery has to come back and flowers and fields could be incorporated into it but also with a very sensual sexual imagery. The Female has to begin enveloping the world." The words, from a 2002 notebook belonging to Joan Snyder,...
Jorg Lozek: Sandroni Rey
It was hard at first to figure out just what was going on in the four large paintings of interiors that Leipzig-based artist Jorg Lozek presented, along with four portraits, in his recent US solo debut at Sandroni Rey. As whirlwinds of painted and...
Josephine Meckseper: Elizabeth Dee Gallery
Writing about Robert Morris's Mirrored Cubes, 1965, Rosalind Krauss observes that the viewer is "trapped in the cross fire of the mutual reflections set up by the surfaces of the four facing blocks ... It is, perhaps, in this work more than any other...
Kati Heck: Galerie Annie Gentils
Two nearly naked, life-size men are looking at us. The expressions on their faces can say or mean anything. Is it arrogance, disinterest, or plain boredom? One is sitting on a chair, legs stretched out on a barstool. The other is leaning toward his...
Keith Sanborn and Greil Marcus on the Films of Guy Debord: Return of the Supressed
"GUY DEBORD MADE VERY LITTLE ART, but he made it extreme," says Debord of himself in his final work, Guy Debord, son art et son temps (Guy Debord: His Art and His Time, 1995), an "anti-televisual" testament authored by Debord and realized by Brigitte...
Ken Fandell: Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery
On the Lawn at Graduation 2001, a seven-minute looped video of a woman's high-heel-shod foot swinging aimlessly to and fro, assumes added interest when accompanied by the martial rat-a-tat-tat rhythms of Gustav Holst's "Mars: The Bringer of War," the...
Lamar Peterson: Fredericks & Freiser
In Lamar Peterson's painting Michael Jackson in Winter (all works 2005), the self-anointed King of Pop is portrayed in a wintry landscape with paper snowflakes fluttering around his bewildered face. The world's most visible outsider, Jackson has tried...
Lecia Dole-Recio: Richard Telles Fine Art
In her third solo exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art--six new works, all Untitled, 2005--Lecia Dole-Recio has aggressively built upon the foundations she laid down four years ago at the same gallery. The smallest of them, about a foot square, is...
Mark Dion: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
If Charles Willson Peale hadn't existed, Mark Dion would have had to invent him. Peale--a onetime clocksmith, silversmith, saddler, revolutionary, portraitist, natural historian, inventor, agricultural reformer, and museologist--was a living archetype...
Matt Keegan
Matt Keegan recently arranged two exhibitions and a series of events titled "Etc." at Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. The third issue of North Drive Press, an annual collection of printed material and art multiples that he edits with Sara Greenberger...
Melvin Moti: Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
Melvin Moti's 16-mm film on DVD The Black Room, 2005, is a montage of two apparently disparate elements: footage of wall paintings from a village near Pompeii and a sound track consisting of an imaginary interview with the Surrealist poet Robert Desnos....
Mexican Standoff: J. Hoberman on Carlos Reygadas's Battle in Heaven
MADE FORTY YEARS ago, Andy Warhol talkies like Vinyl and Beauty #2 remain the reductio ad absurdum of behavioral direction, a technique that requires non-actors to cope, with negligible instruction, while the camera grinds relentlessly on until it...
Mona Hatoum: Alexander and Bonin
In her recent exhibition at Alexander and Bonin, Mona Hatoum continued her equivocal exploration of the domestic using forms derived from Minimalism. The results of this process, as she has previously demonstrated, may be characterized as menacing...
Nancy Spero: Galerie Lelong
Few contemporary artists could call an exhibition "Cri du Coeur" (Cry of the Heart) and expect the phrase to be read unironically. But Nancy Spero has no compunction about agonized honesty, and her command of compositional and emotional synergies now...
Noh Sang-Kyoon: Gallery Simon
Noh Sang-Kyoon has had but one modus operandi for more than a decade: He glues rows and rows of sequins all over canvases and found objects, giving every item a signature glistening finish. You may have noticed his twinkling sequined Buddhas at the...
One for All: Justin Spring on Ismail Merchant
FEW OF THE TRIBUTES written about Ismail Merchant--the producer half of the well-known Merchant-Ivory partnership, who died last year at age sixty-eight--have done more than celebrate his charismatic personality and his uncanny business acumen. While...
"Part Object Part Sculpture": Wexner Center for the Arts
WHAT IF THE CATCHPHRASE "the legacy of Duchamp" did not evoke Brillo boxes, factory fabrication, Conceptualism, or any variant of the word critique? What if "Duchampian" were instead to signify that which is hand-replicated, erotic, and (to use Eva...
Pipilotti Rist: Hauser & Wirth
Leo Steinberg's idea of the flatbed picture plane is well-known, but recently there have been so many exhibitions inviting viewers to lie down (in London, projects by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, and Olafur Eliasson have all evidenced...
Rachel Kushner on Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn
IN HARRIET "HARRY" DODGE and Stanya Kahn's short video Let the Good Times Roll, 2004, a depressive, effusive woman named Lois sits in a motel room telling an unseen cameraman about a party she once attended. Initially she'd been reluctant to go out,...
Rachel Lachowicz: Patricia Sweetow Gallery
These days, the term "signature style" is often applied not only to brushwork, composition, and subject matter, but also to distinctive materials, which tend to become inextricably intertwined with the identity of the individual who uses them first...
Rainer Ganahl: Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
Rainer Ganahl's "Seminars/Lectures" is an ongoing series of photographs, begun in 1995, which depicts an august roster of intellectuals--rock stars of academia from Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, and Cornel West to Jacques Derrida, Pierre Bourdieu, and...
Robert Mapplethorpe: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Hedi Slimane's selection of works by Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-89) followed earlier selections from the late photographer's oeuvre by Cindy Sherman (Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, 2003) and David Hockney (Alison Jacques Gallery, London, 2005). Slimane,...
Salons De Refuse: Hannah Feldman on Raymond Hains and Arman
LAST FALL, WITHIN A WEEK and across an ocean, the careers of two of the last living artists associated with what Pierre Restany in 1960 christened "le Nouveau Realisme" came to an abrupt halt. Cancer claimed the seventy-six-year-old French-American...
Sean Scully: Phillips Collection
In the tradition of Giorgio Morandi and Mark Rothko, Sean Scully's abstract paintings ply a narrow course that is both emotionally dense and intellectually engaging. Since 1998, Scully has been gradually refining his focus with a group of thematically...
Search Engine: The Art of Michel Majerus
Over the course of a decade-long career, Michel Majerus crammed the digital efflux of our age into paintings that strain conventional definitions of the medium. On the occasion of the artist's current multipartite European retrospective, DANIEL BIRNBAUM...
"Sehnsuchtig Gleiten Ballone Rund Um Die Welt": Green Light Pavilion
Blame it on Google Earth: The view from above is becoming a dominant perspective in aesthetics. As linear perspective spread with the Renaissance, the satellite view rose with our Global Village; this godlike yet profane vision, ushered in with the...
"Summer of Love": Schirn Kunsthalle
With "Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era," curator Christoph Grunenberg (director of Tate Liverpool, which organized this show) sets out to rescue '60s psychedelic art from art-historical neglect. Visually striking, hard to institutionalize,...
The New Normal: Tom Holert on Contemporary Art in Belgrade
IN APRIL 1999, during the bombardment of the Serbian capital by NATO planes, the photographer Vesna Pavlovic took pictures of guests in the Belgrade Hyatt. One of the photos shows a man lying on a deck chair at the edge of the hotel's swimming pool,...
The Social Turn: Collaboration and Its Discontents
SUPERFLEX'S INTERNET TV STATION for elderly residents of a Liverpool housing project (Tenantspin, 1999); Annika Eriksson's inviting groups and individuals to communicate their ideas and skills at the Frieze Art Fair (Do you want an audience? 2003);...
Tracey Emin: Lehmann Maupin
Tracey Emin claims not to have been reading much lately, but it's obvious that she remains invested in the poignancy and poison of words. In 2005, she published a memoir of sorts with the self-mythologizing title Strangeland, and she has also taken...
"Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture"; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
"I CHOOSE TROPICALIA not because it is liberal but because it is libertine." With this pithy turn of phrase, poet Torquato Neto put forth two of the Brazilian movement's most provocative claims: first, that it provided an ideological alternative to...
Troubled Waters: Caroline A. Jones on Globalism and the Venice Biennale
FOR FOUR DAYS in December 2005, art-world luminaries, city officials, and academics gathered in Venice at the stunning Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, just off the Ponte dell' Accademia on the Grand Canal. Mission: to debate the future of large-scale international...
Vernon Fisher: Charles Cowles
It may look funny but in fact it's far from it. Vernon Fisher's oblique 2002-2003 homage to David's Death of Marat, 1793, is an ingenious take on art's tragic postmodern condition: a fragment of wood bearing a dismal Romantic skyscape, bracketed by...
Walid Raad/The Atlas Group: Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT)
We Can Make Rain But No One Came to Ask, 2005, a fifteen-minute-long DVD, is fully situated within documentary's framework of truthfulness, the subtle and often humorous deconstruction of which is the by now well-known art of Walid Raad. Preceding...