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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 1, September

1000 Words: Charles Ray Talks about Hinoki, 2007
CHARLES RAY DID IN FACT STEAL the thirty-two-foot-long fallen tree that inspired his recent sculpture Hinoki, just as rumor has it. After spotting the tree in a California field, Ray tried and failed to acquire it through legitimate channels. Not to...
Alison Knowles: Alison Knowles Makes Performances, Books, Poems, and Visual Artworks. This Past July, She Performed at Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York as Part of "Agape," an Exhibition on Musical Notation Curated by Alex Waterman. She Is a Founding Member of the Fluxus Group
1 ARTIST ORGANIZED ART (WWW.ARTISTORGANIZEDART.ORG) In 2003, Joshua Selman started this website, which grew into a nonprofit organization. The group supports and coordinates artist-organized events and interventions, continuing the legacy of the International...
Andrew Lord: Donald Young Gallery
One window onto the awful weight of history is the similarly awful weight of art history. Andrew Lord's two recent series of plaster and beeswax sculptures are both elegant and elegiac in this respect, assertions of self achieved via an immersion in...
Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain: Galeria Vermelho
In 2003, Paris-based Brazilian artists Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, in collaboration with Czech artist Jiri Skala, transformed the familiar Helvetica typeface into a new font they called Helvetica Concentrated, turning it into a series of dots;...
Anton Henning: SMAK, Ghent, Belgium
ALTHOUGH HE IS LITTLE KNOWN in America, Anton Henning has become one of Germany's most compelling artists. Born in Berlin in 1964, he found art school so boring that he dropped out, opting instead to train himself. A libertine at heart, Henning not...
Assume Vivid Astro Focus: John Connelly Presents
Insinuating its groovy self into every conceivable nook and cranny of the gallery, the most recent manifestation of assume vivid astro focus--the zany lowercase nom de jeu of Brazilian artist/impresario Eli Sudbrack, as well as the moniker for the...
A Virtual Reality: Aaron Betsky on the Legacy of Digital Architecture
Some four years ago, I was standing on the terrace of the Art and Architecture Building at Yale University when I witnessed a remarkable exchange between Patrik Schumacher, architect Zaha Hadid's principal collaborator, and Charles Jencks, the architect...
Banks Violette: Team/Gladstone Gallery
One could hardly have invented better publicity: The opening of Banks Violette's summer doubleheader at Team and Gladstone Gallery--his first solo show in a New York gallery since 2002--was delayed due to mysterious "technical difficulties" involving...
Barbara Bloom: Tracy Williams, Ltd
Tracy Williams operates one of the few New York gallery spaces that could still be described as charming. Visitors must duck into a diminutive, below-ground-level doorway before being escorted into the first of two rambling floors of a Greenwich Village...
"Black Square: Hommage a Malevich"; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION to the public in 1915 at "The Last Futurist Exhibition '0.10'" in Petrograd (Saint Petersburg), Kazimir Malevich's Black Square has intrigued and bewildered artists and critics searching for its meaning. Varvara Stepanova, Malevich's...
Blinky Palermo: Zwirner & Wirth
A selection of prints and multiples that Blinky Palermo made in the '70s, on view recently at Zwirner & Wirth, demonstrated that while the artist employed heterogeneous media and processes, he consistently took as his point of departure early-twentieth-century...
Christian Maychack: Gregory Lind Gallery
Art, like nature, is subject to curious mutations. Christian Maychack, whose sculptures envision gooey, anthropomorphized objects and spaces, is clearly well aware of this parallel. His work is as much about transformation as it is about convention....
Cory Arcangel: Galerie Guy Bartschi
Slash's famous guitar riff from the 1987 Guns N' Roses song "Sweet Child o' Mine" follows you throughout this solo exhibition by New York artist Cory Arcangel, whose work Sweet 16, 2006, floods the exhibition space with sound. The piece underscores...
Cynthia Lahti: PDX Contemporary
"Daughter," a recent exhibition by Cynthia Lahti, a long-underrecognized artist's artist based in Portland, included works in a variety of media, all addressing the bonds of love and grief as experienced by girls in the same family tree. Lahti's purposefully...
David Hatcher: Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
David Hatcher's approaches to abstraction have consistently played up the ridiculousness of even the most thoroughgoing attempts to communicate through the "purely" visual. Treating philosophical diagrams and corporate logos with equal acerbity, his...
David Lamelas: Maccarone
Of the many contradictions that inflect "A New Refutation of Time" (1944-47), Jorge Luis Borges's critique of idealist philosophies, perhaps the greatest comes last: "The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges." Prior to this line,...
Eric Baudelaire: Elizabeth Dee Gallery
Any number of artists have fetishized the tropes of cinematic fiction. Consider the prestidigitations of, for instance, Gregory Crewdson, Charlie White, or Francesco Vezzoli. The young Eric Baudelaire could be considered another, though his sober political...
Fertile Ground: Pamela Kort on Jorg Immendorff
JORG IMMENDORFF WAS A FIGHTER, and I miss his presence. News of his death last May came as no surprise; after struggling against the crippling effects of ALS for almost a decade, he died in his sleep at the age of sixty-one. What has proved more difficult...
Friedrich Kunath: Galerie BQ
Two long, narrow rooms, right next to each other, both visible from the street through high windows--this was the setting of the installation by Cologne-based artist Friedrich Kunath at Galerie BQ. Although the two rooms could only be entered separately...
Genevieve Arnold: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Genevieve Arnold (1928-2005) was the kind of person for whom terms like doyenne and grande dame were invented. Little known outside the Southeast, she was an important presence on the Atlanta art scene for more than fifty years. A recent retrospective...
Identity Aesthetics: Carol Armstrong on Lorna Simpson
CAN ELEGANCE COEXIST WITH CRITIQUE? Aesthetics with politics? Material and formal intensiveness with sociocultural inquiry? My own answer would be a resounding "Yes." But much contemporary art seems to answer "No." Indeed, some recent shows appear...
Jason Meadows: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Considering that Paris Hilton, Richard Pryor, and porn star Nikki Nova have all played the role of subject for Jason Meadows in the past decade, and that the Los Angeles-based artist's last exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery was titled after a Captain...
Jean-Frederic Schnyder: Museum Fur Gegenwartskunst
Jean-Frederic Schnyder distinguishes himself from most other contemporary artists by the fact that he paints only what he has seen in person. No photographs, no Internet; real life is his model. He has to have been there--no matter what the weather....
Jeffrey Kastner on Dirk Stewen
When choosing a title for his first solo exhibition outside his native Germany, held in the summer of 2006 at New York's Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Hamburg-based artist Dirk Stewen selected a literary fragment that evoked both the melancholy psychogeography...
Julianne Swartz: Josee Bienvenu
Julianne Swartz's sculpture is often made out of materials one might acquire from a hardware store--wire, cement blocks, PVC piping--but these commonplace components are transformed into objects that mimic human processes of communication and connection....
Kassel
String Theory DOCUMENTA 12 IS A WEIRD THING. What, after all, is one to make of the exhibition's wacky interior decors with heavy curtains and dark olive or bright salmon walls; of the idiosyncratic mix of contemporary work and historical material...
Katie Holten: Galerie Van Horn/Schurmann
In a society that increasingly excludes nature from everyday life, how can today's art engage with the natural landscape? Katie Holten--born in Dublin and living, nominally, in New York although primarily on the road--is looking for an answer to this...
Kim Fisher: China Art Objects
Kim Fisher has always been explicitly invested in fashion and its inevitable intertwining with that other elite pursuit, "advanced" art: Her earliest exhibited paintings replicated the signature color and typography of Tiffany bags. She followed these...
Klara Liden: Moderna Museet
Remember in Reservoir Dogs when Mr. Blonde--played by the unruly Michael Madsen--mutilated the bound and gagged police officer to the beat of Stealers Wheel's bubblegum hit "Stuck in the Middle with You"? "Losing control, yeah, I'm all over the place,...
Look Homeward: P. Adams Sitney on Robert Beavers
ROBERT BEAVERS'S Pitcher of Colored Light, one of three films to premiere in "Second Lives," the massive exposition of fifty film programs organized by Alexander Horwath for Documenta 12, makes its debut in Kassel this month. Countering the tendency...
Luigi Ontani: Bortolami Gallery
At first glance, Italian artist Luigi Ontani's recent solo exhibition seemed to fit neatly into the ongoing saga of his career, which has been defined by a flamboyant, if ironic, interweaving of art and life. Here were early photographic tableaux vivants...
Luiz Zerbini: Galeria Fortes Vilaca
The uncanny character of the latest show by Sao Paulo-born, Rio de Janeiro-based Luiz Zerbini was artfully revealed by both its title--"Trepanacoes e outros artificios" (Trepanations and Other Artifices)--and the arrangement of the works. Six paintings,...
Margret H. Blondal: Galleria Alessandra Bonomo
A work of art can bring itself to the attention of the viewer through intense color, large scale, or an assertive expressiveness of meaning. But it can also choose to play on different terrain, where allusion replaces explicit declaration, a discreet...
Marie Jose Burki: Helmhaus
The interior of the Helmhaus in Zurich, ordinarily sun flooded, was almost hermetically sealed off from the outside world during the course of Marie Jose Burki's exhibition. The all-encompassing darkness, combined with a silence broken only at intervals,...
Marnie Weber: Patrick Painter Inc
Marnie Weber's work of the past ten years has relied increasingly on her ability to live in the realm of the speculative and fantastic. She entertains narratives without feeling the need to resolve them in unifying conclusions or morals, imaging a...
Martin Beck: Orchard
The title of Martin Beck's exhibition at Orchard--"The details are not the details"--is a quotation from Charles Eames, whose thought concludes with the assertion that, indeed, details are hardly mere accoutrements but themselves "make the product....
Matthias Herrmann: Galerie Steinek
For many years, Matthias Herrmann was able to keep his two jobs entirely separate: He is an artist who specializes in self-portraits as well as president of the artists' association the Vienna Secession. But when Eva Schlegel invited him to photograph...
Michael Tole: Conduit Gallery
Michael Tole's recent show in Dallas, "Some Queer Noisy Pendulum," was well timed, opening just a few days after the announcement that he had won the fifty-thousand-dollar Hunting Prize for painting. Tole's work celebrates everyday visual pleasures;...
Modern Painter: Tim Barringer on John Everett Millais
THE HISTORY OF ART can no longer articulate a compelling narrative of the birth of modern painting, leaving a lacuna in our understanding of the nineteenth century. Even New York's Museum of Modern Art has abandoned the heroic but hackneyed story in...
Moving Pictures at an Exhibition: Malcolm Turvey on Film and Early Modernism
LONG AGO IN THESE PAGES, Annette Michelson wrote that "almost all the major authentic movements and styles of [the twentieth] century--Futurism, Surrealism, Dadaism, Constructivism--reacted to the growth of cinema." Each saw in film's capacity for...
Munster
Provisional Authority SMALLER AND MORE SUBDUED than its last incarnation, in 1997, Skulptur Projekte Munster 07 is also, perhaps, more thoughtful. Indeed, it holds its own in the context of the show's distinguished history, and each previous installment...
On the Road
LISTED BELOW ARE PREVIOUSLY PREVIEWED EXHIBITIONS ON TOUR BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND DECEMBER 31. VENUE DATES NEW YORK Rudolf Stingel Whitney Museum of American through Oct. 14 ...
Out with the Old: Anne Doran on the New New Museum
"WHO WOULD HAVE thought," wrote William Olander, a curator at New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art, in 1986, "even two or three years ago, that the annual budget of the organization for which I work would be over a million dollars or that its...
Paul Jenkins: The Redfern Gallery
Born in 1923, Paul Jenkins has been exhibiting his paintings regularly since his first solo show in 1954, yet in recent decades his work has mostly flown under the critical radar. Even his moment of pop-cultural notoriety, when his studio and painting...
Pawel Althamer: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
The Nicola Trussardi Foundation always chooses public spaces in Milan for its exhibition venues, and thus Pawel Althamer's solo show was installed in the frescoed neoclassical rooms of the Palazzina Appiani, Arena Civica. Napoleon personally presided...
Pia Ronicke: Croy Nielsen
The private correspondence of Rosa Luxemburg lies at the heart of Pia Ronicke's Rosa's Letters--Telling a Story, 2006. Yet telling the story of this complex multimedia installation might prove more challenging than narrating the life of Luxemburg,...
Ricci Albenda: Andrew Kreps Gallery
Ricci Albenda's bifurcated practice encompasses architectural interventions and paintings of brightly colored words set against neutral grounds. His last solo exhibition at Andrew Kreps Gallery featured six of these text paintings, which, while attractive...
"Robert Rauschenberg: Cardboards and Related Pieces"; Menil Collection, Houston
BORIS KARLOFF IN THE MUMMY. Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. Whether inspired by such luminous Hollywood hieroglyphs or (according to Menil director Josef Helfenstein) by a book given to him by Marian B. Javits, wife of the New York senator, Robert Rauschenberg's...
Robin Rhode: Perry Rubenstein Gallery
Though much of his work depends on performance, South African artist Robin Rhode's recent exhibition at Perry Rubenstein Gallery comprised elegant sculpture, photography, and film that functions independently of the action that gave birth to it. Spade,...
Rune Olsen: Samson Projects
For his first solo show, Brooklyn-based Norwegian artist Rune Olsen conjured a startling scene composed of intricate sculptures portraying various animals fighting and mating, frozen in postures of dominance and compliance. In a disquieting fusion...
Sharjah Biennial 8: Still Life; Various Venues
The organizers of the eighth edition of the Sharjah Biennial set themselves a formidable task by using an exhibition of contemporary art to address environmental degradation in the United Arab Emirates. One of seven small emirates constituting the...
Sophie Tottie: Liljevalchs Konsthall
There are twenty-four Truth Commissions in business around the world today. Undertaken by new political regimes that follow dictatorships guilty of systematic violations of human rights, they usually have no capacity to prosecute miscreants. They are...
Steven Parrino: Palais De Tokyo, Paris
ONE OF THE NUMEROUS guerrilla flyers that popped up around the most recent Venice Biennale wondered: "What will the artist do after the curator is gone?" Reverse the polarity and a far more provocative question emerges: "What will the curator do after...
Testing Your Patience: Scott MacDonald Talks with James Benning
JAMES BENNING ESTABLISHED HIMSELF as an important contributor to American independent cinema in the mid-1970s with 11 x 14 (1976) and One Way Boogie Woogie (1977), formally inventive and visually engaging representations of urban and rural America....
The Grand Tour
This summer, for just the fourth time ever, three major European shows engaging the global conditions of contemporary art-making took place simultaneously: the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and Skulptur Projekte Munster. To take stock of this once-in-a-decade...
The Postman Rings Twice: Martin Herbert and Daniel Birnbaum on "Il Tempo del Postino"
For a joint commission between the Manchester International Festival and the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist and artist Philippe Parreno orchestrated a series of performances by rtists, which premiered last July at the Opera...
"The Real Thing: Contemporary Art from China"; Tate Liverpool, UK
THE INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCE of "Chinese contemporary art," first as a sphere of cultural activity, then as a category, and most recently as a market sector, has been driven by what we might term the "China show." The China show typically presents a...
Thin Blue Line: Rachel Haidu on the Krasinski Studio
WHEN POLISH ARTIST Edward Krasinski died in 2004 at the age of seventy-nine, his practice was only beginning to receive the international acclaim it deserves within the canon of postwar Conceptual art. Next month this legacy receives further confirmation...
Thomas Schutte: Frith Street Gallery
Modernism was pompous; long live modernism! This is among the contradictory critical sentiments running through Thomas Schutte's work since the early '80s. His art, which both undermines and continues artistic traditions of the early twentieth century,...
Tobias Rehberger: Fondazione Prada, Milan
SINCE THE BEGINNING of his career, German artist Tobias Rehberger has made the creative input of others integral to his practice. He has constructed living-room-like spaces based on his friends' notes and sketches for a "relaxed and meditative environment"...
Tom Meacham: Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery
Tom Meacham's second solo exhibition at Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery was sharp in several senses of the word. A cleanly designed installation of starkly graphic paintings juxtaposed with mass-produced objects, it had the measured visual elegance of a bespoke...
Venice
The Buck Stops Here IF THE VENICE BIENNALE is still a treasure trove of trends for early adapters, look for cutting-edge art and fashion this year to feature ... Harry Truman. Two artists as different as Francis Alys and Louise Bourgeois--Alys in...
Zoe Strauss: Silverstein Photography
Philadelphia-based photographer Zoe Strauss's first New York solo show might be described as the art-world equivalent of Sylvester Stallone's run up the art-museum steps: a life-affirming, fist-pumping, I am here! performance. (As she elegantly put...