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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 4, December

Aleksandra Mir: Mary Boone Gallery/Printed Matter
In her essay "No time like the present," literary critic Deborah Esch quotes another critic, Werner Hamacher, discussing a kind of thought trial: "Many years ago ... Max Horkheimer recommended a little experiment during a television interview. He suggested...
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Alfredo Jaar: Musee Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts
"There is no torrent of images," according to Jacques Ranciere. In his essay for the catalogue to "La politique des images," the recent retrospective devoted to Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, the philosopher writes that the oft-stated idea that there...
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Andrew Masullo: Daniel Weinberg Gallery
Despite key lime, hot pink, cerulean, stop-sign red, rain-slicker yellow, whether arranged in quasi-modern geometries or lava lamp bubbles, many of Andrew Masullo's strangest and strongest works deploy white as simultaneously positive and negative...
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Annette Kelm: Galerie Johann Konig
Annette Kelm's photographs are characterized by formal rigor and a sense of objectivity; the works always maintain a distance from the objects they portray, which often look isolated, even sculptural. Taking a page from art-historically sanctioned...
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Best of 2007
Every December, Artforum invites a broad spectrum of artists, critics, and curators to revisit the year in art. In the pages that follow, twelve contributors choose their top ten highlights, while seven others zero in for close-ups of single exhibitions...
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Best of 2007
Sherrie Levin Nyehaus, New York JOHANNA BURTON A MINISURVEY of Sherrie Levine's work, organized jointly by London's Simon Lee Gallery and New York's Nyehaus, was exhibited during the summer months in the UK before crossing the pond in time...
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Cheryl Donegan: Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery
Corporeal black comedies, Cheryl Donegan's videos of the early 1990s took aim at mythical heroics of male artistic creativity: She dipped her ass in green paint to make shamrock-shaped, Yves Klein-like butt prints in Kiss My Royal Irish Ass (K.M.R.I.A.),...
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Collier Schorr: 303 Gallery
Camouflaged in the trappings of the Vietnam era--well-worn fatigues, muscle cars, transistor radios, Jane Fonda--Collier Schorr's recent exhibition spoke directly to contemporary conditions with one of the most powerful political statements to appear...
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Dara Friedman: Midtown Manhattan
Beyond the notion that an art activity may be consummated through social exchange, subsequent to the historical institutionalization of "dematerialized" conceptual practices, have we reached a threshold of art as rumor? The art-as-life/life-as-art...
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Dawoud Bey: Addison Gallery of American Art
African-American photographer Dawoud Bey, who first garnered widespread recognition in the early '90s for black-and-white portraits taken on the streets of Harlem, has spent the past fifteen years focusing on diverse populations of teenagers. "Class...
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Eve Armstrong: Michael Lett
The joke about Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth (2006) being a PowerPoint presentation rather than a documentary may only begin to fathom the crudeness of the aesthetic strategies--or complicity with boardroom vocabulary--required to precipitate what...
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Film: Best of 2007
John Waters THE BROADWAY MUSICAL BASED ON JOHN WATERS'S CRY-BABY OPENS IN MARCH 2008. (SEE CONTRIBUTORS.) 1 Grindhouse (Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino) The coolest high-concept art film of the year. A faux exploitation double feature...
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Graham Hudson: Rokeby
After realizing that it was impossible to take complete written notes of the innumerable details in Graham Hudson's installation--including a jumble of wooden boxes filled with lit bare lightbulbs, handsaws, two-by-fours, and other debris; multilevel...
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Hannah Wilke: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
Fifteen years after Hannah Wilke's death, her oeuvre still confounds the desire to find in it a purely critical impulse. Though now firmly installed in the feminist canon (however oxymoronic such a concept may be), Wilke doesn't rest easily there....
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Huma Bhabha: Salon 94/salon 94 Freemans/ATM Gallery
If figurative painting seems to have recovered from the long siege laid to it by the popularity of minimalist, conceptual, and new-media practices, the same cannot yet be said of figurative sculpture. Despite the continued prominence of senior artists...
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Ibon Aranberri: Kunsthalle Basel
As if questioning if, or how, context changes content, Ibon Aranberri titled his recent show "Integration." The minimal installation featured three projects from the past seven years--of which only one has actually been realized in its original context,...
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Jiha Moon: Curator's Office
Jiha Moon's lyrical ink-and-acrylic paintings are, at their best, remarkable balancing acts that choreograph a maelstrom of lines and shapes to conjure imagery that is both familiar and alien, abject and beautiful. Superficially, the Korean-born artist's...
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Judi Werthein: Art in General
If two landmarks in the brief history of the carpet in contemporary art include Lawrence Weiner's A SQUARE REMOVAL FROM A RUG IN USE, 1969, and Rudolph Stingel's Plan B, 2004, the centerpiece of Judi Werthein's "Corporate Logo" exhibition aims to combine...
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Kelly Mark: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and Blackwood Gallery
The highlight of Kelly Mark's recent survey exhibition--curated by Barbara Fischer at two of the University of Toronto's main galleries--was REM, 2007, an installation reflecting the artist's long-standing preoccupations with television culture, repetitive...
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Lari Pittman: Regen Projects
From across the room, it looked as though two perfect sunny-side-up eggs were stuck to the face of a painting in Lari Pittman's recent exhibition. Closer inspection revealed them to be painted on, in something between a flat, graphic style (the differing...
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Larry Clark: Luhring Augustine
In Larry Clark's moral universe, subtlety is generally confined to the outer reaches of a minor nebula. In the final pages of his photo book Tulsa (1971), for instance, an image of a young pregnant woman shooting amphetamine is notoriously succeeded...
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Lieven De Boeck: Netwerk
It's said that Mies van der Rohe always carried a small Paul Klee painting in his suitcase. Whenever he stayed in a hotel, he hung it in place of the paintings that decorated his room, transforming the space--albeit only temporarily and partially--into...
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Liu Jianhua: Shanghai Gallery of Art
The Shanghai Gallery of Art sits inside an elegant neo-Renaissance structure along the city's historic bund. Erected in 1916, during the heyday of capitalist expansion in East Asia, the building was formerly a home for international banks. Today, as...
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Marcello Maloberti: Galleria Raffaella Cortese
More than works of art, Marcello Maloberti makes devices that stimulate public interaction, resulting in an event that is something like a party or fair. This exhibition, "Tagada," which incorporated a number of elements Maloberti had previously used...
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Mark Lewis: Galerie Cent8-Serge le Borgne
Born in Ontario in 1957 but now based in London, Mark Lewis began as a photographer, then switched to making 35-mm color films, which are mostly unedited and generally run the length of a four-minute reel; transferred to DVD, they are projected as...
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Merlin Carpenter: Reena Spaulings Fine Art
Merlin Carpenter is a tactician, skilled in exploiting the critical leverage points of artistic production--fabrication, exhibition, publication, administration, reception, exchange. However, his is not a historical critique of institutions. Rather,...
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Michael Arcega: De Young Museum
Walking a tightrope between the nerdish and the savvy, Michael Arcega's current exhibition at the de Young Museum maintains an amiably critical position. Its title, "Homing Pidgin," immediately signals the artist's penchant for puns, which he applies...
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Miguel Palma: Culturgest
"O Mundo as Avessas" (The World Upside-Down), the most recent show by Portuguese artist Miguel Palma, brought together eleven of his most important works, offering for the first time a selective overview of his prolific output. Dating from 1993 to...
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Oliver Payne and Nick Relph: Gavin Brown's Enterprise
Those accustomed to Oliver Payne and Nick Relph's early, collagelike films, in which images of life in and around London are set against documentary-style narration or music by (among others) the Sex Pistols and Terry Riley, may have been surprised...
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On the Ground: As That Godfather of Urban Planning Sir Patrick Geddes Once Observed, "A City Is More Than a Place in Space; It Is a Drama in Time." to Take Stock of the Continuing Narratives of Art in Urban Locales around the World, Artforum Asked Eight Artists, Curators, and Writers to Tell the Stories They Saw Unfold over the Course of the Past Twelve Months
New York THE NEW YORK STORY may seem to be one of money, but even so, it is a tale encompassing many turns. Certainly, the celestial auction prices of an overheated art market dominated headlines in 2007, to say nothing of griping kaffeeklatsches...
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Peter Schuyff: Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery
In "Go easy around the eyes," an essay published in the booklet accompanying Peter Schuyff's recent exhibition at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (his first there, and his first New York solo show in six years), Terry R. Myers situates the Dutch painter's...
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Ryan Trecartin: Elizabeth Dee Gallery
In Mary Jordan's documentary on the movie director Jack Smith, Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis, 2006, the filmmaker and musician Tony Conrad has a wonderful memory of seeing Flaming Creatures (1963) for the first time: "The screen lit up...
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Sadie Benning: Orchard Gallery
Sadie Benning has garnered widespread acclaim since she was a teenager for her do-it-yourself approach to artmaking, especially among those of her postpunk peers who favor collaboration over individuality. Her career arc, though fairly well known,...
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Simon Periton: Sadie Coles HQ
The word on Simon Periton's intricate, often aggressively colored paper cutouts was always that their success hinged on the contrast between the cozily domestic associations of their artsy-craftsy medium--he was never averse to calling them doilies--and...
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Stephan Dillemuth and Nils Norman: Vilma Gold
As the video I'm Short, Your House, 2007, closes, a voice tells us that today, "Not only do works of art end up as commodities, but there is also an overwhelming sense in which works of art start off as commodities." The quote is from the Australian...
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Stephen G. Rhodes: Overduin and Kite
In his Los Angeles solo gallery debut, Stephen G. Rhodes took the linguistic slippage between the homophones dual and duel as a point of departure for a highly ambitious, slyly humorous, and slightly maddening installation that managed to weave together...
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"Talking Pictures": K21
When, in his 1967 article "Art and Objecthood," Michael Fried attacked the Minimalists for their theatricality, he could not have known that his critique would affect the dialogue between art and theater for decades to come. Even videos, performances,...
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The Artists' Artists: To Take Stock of the Past Year, Artforum Contacted an International Group of Artists to Find out Which Exhibitions Were, in Their Eyes, the Very Best of 2007
CATHERINE SULLIVAN Daniel Mendel-Black, "The Paintings Are Alive" (Mandarin Gallery, Los Angeles) The eleven paintings in this show seemed to create a place for the palette of PlayDoh to oppress acrylic and oil into some perilous graphic universe...
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"Time of the Storytellers": Kiasma
With four works from Russia and ten from former Soviet republics, "Time of the Storytellers: Narrative and Distant Gaze in Post-Soviet Art" took viewers on a tour east of Helsinki. Although the region is not, in fact, all that far from Finland geographically,...
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Ugo Rondinone: Matthew Marks Gallery
Much of Ugo Rondinone's work occupies the indeterminate space between standardized pop culture and high art (the latter category ever more difficult to locate). The Swiss artist is as well known for his Gesamkunstwerk-like engagements with cinematic...
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Urs Fischer: Eva Presenhuber
A feeling of emptiness set in upon entering Urs Fischer's exhibition "Large, Dark & Empty." The viewer at first saw not the five cast aluminum and polyurethane sculptures on display but two huge expanses of mirrors: In both spaces, the opposite...
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Waiting for Godot
AT THE CLOSE OF 2007, one gets the sense that art--like the ever-forgetful Estragon of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot--is once more struggling to take off its boot. In light of a booming market whose culture of investment is continually eclipsing...
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Wijnanda Deroo: Robert Mann Gallery
Between 1988 and 1992, Dutch photographer Wijnanda Deroo trawled New York City's Lower East Side for fragments of the not yet gentrified neighborhood's Jewish history, photographing its obscured and crumbling synagogues. In 2004, she was commissioned...
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William J. O'Brien: Shane Campbell Gallery
A lot of art materials are pretty icky, and it hardly requires a dedicated Freudian to note that, in their raw form, clay, paint, and glue are not without an excremental quality. The physical nature of artistic media, the mess of an artist's studio,...
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Yasumasa Morimura: Yokohama Museum of Art
This midcareer survey, curated by Mayumi Otsuka and Eriko Kimura and originally presented at the Kumamoto Museum of Art, showed Yasumasa Morimura's major works from 1985 through 2007 in a theatrical framework: The museum galleries became something...
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Yesim Akdeniz Graf: Produzentengalerie
The notion of authentic experience no longer enjoys the status it once did, not even in art. Even the word authenticity sounds a bit odd in today's cultural climate. Perhaps it was Giorgio di Chirico, the painter of pittura metafisica, who first drew...
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Yukihisa Isobe: Museum of Contemporary Art
"Landscape--Yukihisa Isobe, Artist-Ecological Planner," a retrospective curated by Naoko Seki, provided an excellent overview of the career of a genuine avant-gardist whose work has remained largely unknown to the Japanese public. Born in Tokyo in...
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