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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 3, November

1000 Words: Yvonne Rainer Talks about Ros Indexical, 2007
ABOUT A THIRD OF THE WAY into Yvonne Rainer's AG Indexical, with a Little Help from H. M., which premiered at Dance Theater Workshop's "Sourcing Stravinsky" program in the spring of 2006, the dancer Sally Silvers rolls a television monitor onto the...
10th International Istanbul Biennial: Various Venues
THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL BIENNIAL was always going to be a tough act to follow. That edition, organized by Vasif Kortun and Charles Esche in 2005, was exemplary: Clustered in the Beyoglu area, it engendered a productive dialogue with the city,...
A Changing Picture: Damon Krukowski on Teiji Ito
TEIJI ITO IS INVARIABLY LINKED to Maya Deren, since their professional and romantic relationship spanned the last decade of her career, 1952-61, and the first of his. Deren's account of their initial encounter is as steeped in self-mythology as any...
Adam Helms: Marianne Boesky Gallery
Despite the increasing visibility of young artists engaged with the deleterious side of contemporary American culture--whether parsing subcultural responses to it or directly expressing political grievances with it--relatively few of them engage deeply...
Beyond the Frame: Robert Storr and Amy Sillman on Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007)
ROBERT STORR SOME YEARS BACK, a student who had attended the summer program at Skowhegan in Maine told me about the powerful impression Elizabeth Murray had made on him. One thing he recounted stuck in my mind--that during a studio visit, Murray...
Carlos Pazos: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia
The career of Carlos Pazos has always thrived on contradiction. A veteran Barcelona artist, he has long tried to distance himself from what his Catalan peers were doing. Although his name is widely known among artists, he is not well known to the public....
Carsten Holler: Shawinigan Space
I ALWAYS SAY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SAY was the apt greeting at Carsten Holler's recent exhibition "One, Some, Many" at Shawinigan Space, an enormous former aluminum smelting factory that served as a summer outpost of the National Gallery of Canada...
Catherine Wood on Bonnie Camplin
BONNIE CAMPLIN'S WORK STAGES A FRACTURED, contemporary take on the "conversation piece," the genre of intimately scaled, informal group portraits that were popular in Britain in the eighteenth century. Like the historical painters who portrayed families...
Custom Made
REMEMBER KING TUT? Some thirty years ago, critics of the art world's institutional workings ominously forewarned that the rise of the blockbuster exhibition--the showcase designed for mass appeal, able to draw immense throngs into the gilded tombs...
Dana Frankfort: Bellwether
"DF," Dana Frankfort's second solo exhibition in New York, presented ten thickly layered, restlessly gestural paintings, each featuring a word or phrase scrawled messily across its surface. Grappling with the history of abstraction, Frankfort's canvases...
Danielle Gustafson-Sundell: Kavi Gupta Gallery
The cacophony of competing desires and calls to action--slogans on shopping bags and T-shirts, billboards and bumper stickers--forms a jumbled populist backdrop to our everyday routines. The appeal to aspiration behind the assault is crucial, its demands...
End of Story: Seymour Chatman on Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007)
MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI, who died this past July at the age of ninety-four, will be remembered as one of the greatest visual artists of the cinema, in the company of Sergei Eisenstein, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Josef von Sternberg, and Max Ophuls. Here was...
"Ensemble": Institute of Contemporary Art
"Ensemble" was a musical composition in the guise of an exhibition and was best experienced first with one's eyes closed. This asked something rather unusual of the viewer, demanding that he or she stand in the middle of the gallery, forget about contemplating...
Fang Lijun: The Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar
Born in 1963, Chinese artist Fang Lijun was still a student when his work was included in 1989's milestone exhibition "No U-Turn," at the China Art Gallery in Beijing. In the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Fang emerged as a pioneer of...
Field Trips: Anne M. Wagner on the Art of Mary Heilmann
IF MARY HEILMANN is now mostly known as a painter's painter, her current retrospective, which inaugurated its four-city tour last spring at the Orange County Museum of Art, makes it clear that this ought to change. She is the author of too many smart...
Ghost in the Machine
Habitus as material; tactic as gesture; production as performance; artist as brand: These are some of the counterintuitive equations underpinning the work of Cosima von Bonin, whose oeuvre ranges from collaborative Gesamtkunstwerk to sculpture making...
Jeff Shore and John Fisher: Clementine
We open on the view through a window, watching as the moon rises above a lake and is reflected in its dark, still surface. Dense foliage surrounds the water; the night sky is clear and empty. The image, a video projection, is in black-and-white, but...
John Fraser: Roy Boyd Gallery
Up, down, left, right--the seeming inexhaustibility of the possible formal (and even psychological and emotive) variations in the geometric structure of the grid is what maintains its curious hold on our consciousness. John Fraser functions as a kind...
John Torreano: Feature, Inc
If one was to fully appreciate John Torreano's recent exhibition "Scapes," it helped to be familiar with the ancient Greek myth of Orion, the hunter, who was immortalized as a constellation by Artemis (sister of Apollo and the object of Orion's love)...
Jonathan Pylypchuk: Friedrich Petzel Gallery
Jonathan Pylypchuk's fourth solo exhibition at Friedrich Petzel Gallery was arguably his most far-reaching to date. Pylypchuk's previous gallery outings have concentrated on diminutive, puppetlike characters fabricated from old clothes, bits of wood,...
Karl Haendel: Harris Lieberman
Private thoughts and public images are rendered starkly in black and white in Karl Haendel's first New York solo appearance. Three photographs and forty-six labor-intensive, mostly large-scale drawings, depicting everything from Kenneth Noland-esque...
Keith Arnatt: The Photographers' Gallery
"I'm a Real Photographer" trumpets the title of this first survey exhibition by Keith Arnatt. Presumably we are meant to see this as a proud assertion of identity by a man who started the '60s as a painter and entered the next decade as one of Britain's...
Laurie Reid: Stephen Wirtz Gallery
Laurie Reid titled her recent exhibition of eleven watercolors "Speechless," but while the totality may have been visually subdued, the show's cumulative effect was far from mute: The works on paper, each an iteration of a nearly identical motif, expressed...
Lutz & Guggisberg: Kunstverein Freiburg
The work of the Swiss duo Andres Lutz and Anders Guggisberg, much like that of their predecessors Fischli & Weiss, inspires critics to speak of a "cosmos" rather than an "oeuvre." Through a kind of encyclopedic indexing, the artists try to make...
Marco Breuer: Von Lintel Gallery
Marco Breuer has never published a "Verb List" as Richard Serra has, but you get the feeling he has one secreted somewhere. His recent exhibition at Von Lintel Gallery, which presented fifteen years' worth of his manipulations and mutilations of photographic...
Marcus Geiger and Axel Huber: Engholm Engelhorn Galerie
Marcus Geiger is known as a master of understatement. A relentless antitoxin in the operating system of the art world, he does what he can to resist the principles of the marketplace and its eternal quest for increased value, to oppose the co-opting...
Mario Garcia Torres: Stedelijk Museum CS
The work of Mario Garcia Torres traces and restages half-hidden histories and lost moments. For example, the slide piece What Happens in Halifax Stays in Halifax (In 36 Slides), 2004-2006, explores the aftermath of a "secret piece" by Robert Barry,...
Martin Gostner: Galerie Christian Nagel
In an interview with Martin Gostner in 2002, Udo Kittelmann cited the Brechtian figure of Herr K., who, when asked what he was doing at the moment, said that he was having a hard time planning his next mistake. Following tracks that might prove misleading,...
Michael Ned Holte on Nathan Hylden
FOR HIS DEBUT SOLO EXHIBITION at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles this past spring, the LA-based artist Nathan Hylden situated a tidy stack of 11 x 8 1/2-inch, perfect-bound and editioned books on the floor by the gallery's entryway. Free for...
"Midnight's Daydream: Titus Kaphar, Wardell Milan II, Demetrius Oliver"; Studio Museum Harlem
The Studio Museum Harlem hosts three artists in residence every year, and gives them a summer show at the completion of their tenure. Alums of the program include David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, and Wangechi Mutu. This year's residents were Titus...
Miguel Mitlag: Malba-Museo De Arte Latinoamericano
In the chapter "The Landscape of His Dreams" in his 1992 book An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks tells of a painter who, after a serious illness, developed extraordinary and persistent waking visions of Pontito, his hometown in Italy; for many...
Mike Nelson: Essex Street Market
The title of A Psychic Vacuum, 2007, British artist Mike Nelson's first large-scale project in the US, echoes that of Stanislaw Lem's A Perfect Vacuum (1971). Lem's text is a collection of reviews of nonexistent books; Nelson's work might be described...
Miltos Manetas: First Gallery
Miltos Manetas is known as much for his advocacy of computer-generated and Web art as he is for his subversive and innovative tactics, as when he created an alternate website for the Whitney Biennial's genuine one in 2002, substituting work by his...
Miracle Workers: Amy Taubin on Jia Zhang-Ke
JIA ZHANG-KE IS the moving-picture poet of the Chinese "economic miracle" and of the alienation, surreal conjunctions, wrenching displacements, broken family ties, wild hopes, and unfulfilled expectations that have come in its wake. A "Sixth Generation"...
"Mongrel": Sixteen:One
The word mongrel denotes inbreeding and other unholy matrimonies: A mongrel is less lovable pet, more unstable experiment. So the self-deprecating title of this playful exhibition surely refers to the potentially unruly hybrid practice of each Los...
Monika Baer/Thomas Bayrle: Galerie Barbara Weiss
Any attempt to critically deal with this exhibition's surprising juxtaposition of works by Monika Baer and Thomas Bayrle must first take into account the clear differences between their aesthetic positions: Since the early '90s, Baer has been developing...
Oraib Toukan: Darat Al-Funun
Oraib Toukan's first solo exhibition, at the Jordanian arts foundation Darat al-Funun, delved into a dialectic between memory and amnesia that has become almost overbearing in contemporary art practice from the Arab world. But Toukan's depiction of...
Parallel Revolution: Elizabeth Mangini on Arte Povera
FORTY YEARS AGO this month, the critic and curator Germano Celant thrust arte povera upon the international scene. Amid tumultuous demonstrations at Italian universities that, like many other movements circa 1968, were aimed at institutional structures...
Pawel Althamer
This past year Pawel Althamer had solo exhibitions at Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan and Galerie Neugerriemschneider in Berlin, and he participated in Skulptur Projekte Munster. He lives and works in Warsaw. 1 THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY STADIUM...
Peter Lewis: T1+2 Gallery
Twenty-one large paintings on newspaper, containing hundreds of small images, hung salon-style on the gallery's thirty-foot back wall. Made over a one-year period and completely concealing the newsprint underneath, the paintings together looked like...
Peter Rogiers: Roberts & Tilton
Belgian artist Peter Rogiers titled his first US solo exhibition "Slag-room," using a word that, besides referring to the solidified impurities skimmed off molten metal during smelting, is also Dutch for "whipped cream." Indeed, Rogiers's recent sculpted...
Poul Gernes: Galerie Ben Kaufmann
Although Poul Gernes, who died in 1996, is well known in Denmark, where he exerted a decisive influence on the development of the local art scene during the second half of the last century, his reputation is just beginning to extend beyond the borders...
"Project for a Revolution in New York": Matthew Marks Gallery
Many galleries have upped the group show ante of late (particularly during the summer months) and, freed from the workaday routine of solo exhibitions, now offer group shows that aspire to the level of museum fare. Take "Project for a Revolution in...
Rebecca Warren: Galerie Max Hetzler
Rebecca Warren's presentation at last year's exhibition at Tate Britain of the artists shortlisted for the 2006 Turner Prize consisted of two distinct types of sculpture, and the same was true of "Come Helga, This Is No Place for Us," her first solo...
"Recognise": Contemporary Art Platform, London
ON THE WEBSITE for "Recognise," a groundbreaking exhibition of art from and about the Middle East on view in London this past summer, its title is cast in the imperative: "Challenge your preconceptions. Unpick your presumptions. Dismantle your delusions....
Renata Lucas: Redcat
Renata Lucas works on an institutional scale and with unmistakable institutional ambition, but like that of certain other Brazilian artists whose work has gained both critical traction and market currency in the US over the past decade--Cildo Meireles...
Renee Petropoulos: Rosamund Felsen Gallery
Throughout her career, Renee Petropoulos has explored the contours of public space in immediate, human terms. Her installations actively question who the "public" is and subtly alter how its designated spaces are used. Collaging together fragments...
Robert Beck: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
ROBERT BECK'S RECENT EXHIBITION, "dust"--organized by the Wexner's Bill Horrigan--seemingly affirmed two contradictory positions: On the one hand, each piece in the show required the discipline of psychology as the methodological basis of its interpretation....
Signs and Wonders: Mary Heilmann Curates
TIM GRIFFIN: We got the images you sent, but you'll still probably have some conversations with our designer, Joseph Logan, in the next few days--just about how you see the different pictures sort of working with one another, how you want to see them...
Simon Dybbroe Moller: Kunstmuseum Thun
An ill-fated attempt to fold a paper crane from memory gave the title to Simon Dybbroe Moller's most comprehensive museum show thus far, "Like Origami Gone Wrong." The exhibition was curated by Madeleine Schiippli, director of the Kunstmuseum Thun,...
Stan Douglas: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
"STAN DOUGLAS. PAST IMPERFECT: Works 1986-2007" is the most comprehensive exhibition of the Canadian artist's output to date. Not unexpectedly, this undertaking--the result of a collaborative effort by two prominent art institutions in Stuttgart, Germany,...
Stefan Szczygiel: Center for Contemporary Art-Ujazdowski Castle
Using high-resolution digital technology, Polish photographer and multimedia artist Stefan Szczygiel produces highly magnified images of single objects such as clocks, books, lighters, buttons, coins, and brooches in sharp definition. He ventures into...
"Stubborn Materials": Peter Blum
"After innovation--the critical deluge; after the deluge--fashion; after fashion--the group show; after the group show (and its coverage by mass media)--criticism of criticism. These episodes replace each other rapidly on the art scene today, crowding...
Susanne M. Winterling: Daniel Reich Gallery
Lap dissolves have lost much of the appeal they had back when Citizen Kane (1941) introduced the Xanadu manse through an ominous series of overlapping images, each fading out as the subsequent one faded in, or when La Jetee (1962) utilized the transition...
Swede Dreams: Daniel Birnbaum on OEI
JORGE LUIS BORGES, who populated many of his most famous works with fictitious Swedes (with names like Runeberg and Lonnrot), and whose interest in the Scandinavian soul was readily apparent, drew attention to the strange predicament of Nordic culture,...
"The Freak Show": Musee D'art Contemporain De Lyon
With a title like "The Freak Show," we might have expected to see Damien Hirst's creatures in formaldehyde, Ron Mueck's giants, or even Maurizio Cattelan's Pope John Paul II crushed by a meteorite. Yet the exhibition, curated by art critic Vincent...
There's a Party in My Sculpture: Jack Bankowsky on Jason Rhoades's Black Pussy Soiree Cabaret Macrame
By going between places, it will generate things. It'll snowball, take on a mythology and a history, and then at some point it'll just stop. And that'll be it, it'll be a finished sculpture. --Jason Rhoades THE MYSTERIOUS "it" in my epigraph is Jason...
T. J. Wilcox: Metro Pictures
The films in T. J. Wilcox's recent show proposed an unlikely trio of heroines: Elisabeth, Empress of Austria, assassinated in 1898; Jackie O, widow of both John F. Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis; and Jerry Hall, supermodel and ex of Mick Jagger. The...
Tone Poems: P. Adams Sitney on the Films of Nathaniel Dorsky
NATHANIEL DORSKY is now at the pinnacle of his powers and reputation as a filmmaker. But he took a long route to his current prominence in the American avant-garde cinema. He had an early start making films, as did most of his strongest peers from...
Vanessa Van Obberghen: Galerie Susanna Kulli
Belgian artist Vanessa van Obberghen has been traveling to Dakar for several years. In her work, for the most part photographs and multimedia installations, she investigates transcultural exchange. A key to unpacking "Big Wig," her tightly structured...