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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 4, December

Aaron Young: Harris Lieberman
Acknowledging the inflated percentage of America's income banked by its economic elite, Aaron Young's recent show was titled "1%." Young's choice of materials and his penchant for hiring craftspeople and conspiratorial performers further signal his...
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Alexandre Estrela: Museo Do Chiado
Though his production also encompasses photography, drawing, sculpture, and installation, video remains Alexandre Estrela's preferred medium. It is the creation of images in general, and the process underlying imagemaking in a technological age in...
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Amy Taubin
A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF FILM COMMENT AND SIGHT & SOUND, AMY TAUBIN IS THE AUTHOR OF TAXI DRIVER (BFI, 2000) 1 Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville) Made in 1968 but never before released in the United States, this austere, tragic thriller...
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Ana Torfs: Daadgalerie
Being murdered can make dying less lonely. If it leads to a criminal trial, the most solitary act of life becomes a public event, if not a theatrical spectacle, which repeatedly delves into the moments leading up to the victim's last heartbeat. The...
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Armen Eloyan: Galerie Bob Van Orsouw
A large-format narrative conveyed through extreme gestures: the next chapter in the story of figurative painting. Armen Eloyan turns up the volume and directs his own spotlights. TV Room (all works 2006): In the middle of a painterly maelstrom stuffed...
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"A to Z": Yoshii Brick Brewhouse
Although frequently grouped with Takashi Murakami as representative of the new "Pop" tendency in contemporary Japanese art, Yoshitomo Nara, unlike Murakami, avoids any ironic distancing from contemporary Japanese culture. Instead, his strength lies...
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Barbara London
BARBARA LONDON IS ASSOCIATE CURATOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK. 1 Tekkon kinkreet (Michael Arias; Studio 4[degrees]C) In this feature-length anime, a raven ominously soars across Tokyo's vast skies before diving...
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Best of 2006: Every December, Artforum Invites a Broad Spectrum of Artists, Critics, and Curators to Revisit the Year in Art. in the Pages That Follow, Eleven Contributors Choose Their Top Ten Highlights and, for the First Time, Five Others Zero in for Close-Ups on Single Shows That, for Them, Rose above the Others in 2006
Daniel Birnbaum A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF ARTIFORUM, DANIEL BIRNBAUM IS RECTOR OF FRANKFURT'S STADELSCHULE AND DIRECTOR OF ITS PORTIKUS GALLERY. HE IS ALSO A COCURATOR OF "UNCERTAIN STATES OF AMERICA." CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT THE HAFNARHUS, REYKJAVIK...
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Best of 2006: Every December, Artforum Invites a Broad Spectrum of Artists, Critics, and Curators to Revisit the Year in Art. in the Pages That Follow, Eleven Contributors Choose Their Top Ten Highlights and, for the First Time, Five Others Zero in for Close-Ups on Single Shows That, for Them, Rose above the Others in 2006
Thomas Lawson A LOS ANGELES-BASED ARTIST AND WRITER, THOMAS LAWSON IS DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF ART, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, AND AN EDITOR OF THE JOURNAL AFTERALL. AN EXHIBITION OF HIS PAINTINGS WILL OPEN NEXT SPRING AT LAXART, LOS ANGELES....
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Books: Eleven Scholars, Critics, and Artists Choose the Year's Outstanding Titles
JOHN BALDESSARI Kierkegaard once said that his goal in writing was to make life difficult for people. I read Edward Said's On Late Style (Pantheon) because its title suggested that it might offer insights into my life's pursuit of trying to understand...
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Christina Kubisch
CHRISTINA KUBISCH, AN ARTIST WORKING WITH SOUND AND LIGHT, HAS EXHIBITED RECENTLY AT THE KITCHEN, NEW YORK; IKON GALLERY, BIRMINGHAM, UK; AND IN THE SOUND FOREST FESTIVAL IN RIGA, LATVIA. (SEE CONTRIBUTORS). 1 Eliane Radigue, Naldjorlank The first...
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Clare Rojas: The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
As is her custom, Clare Rojas donned a mammoth wig and performed homespun country tunes as her alter ego Peggy Honeywell at the recent opening of her latest project, a site-related installation incorporating a quiltlike arrangement of large painted...
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Clare Woods: Chisenhale Gallery
Nature almost never looks this good, and painting rarely does either. Clare Woods's three enormous landscape paintings--Rock of the Night (the largest, measuring thirty-six feet in length), Gwen's Bobby, and The Grump, all 2006--spread across three...
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Constantin Luser: Christine Konig Galerie
For six weeks, Constantin Luser lived and worked in the Christine Konig Galerie and filled 132 pieces of paper nailed to the wall with drawings in green and black fineliner. Even the panes of the display windows became part of his "Panoptikum," as...
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David Huffman: Patricia Sweetow Gallery
Striking a balance between actual catastrophes (particularly those relating to racial inequity in the US) and a richly stylized comic-book world has been painter David Huffman's consistent strategy for some time now. For his 2004 show at Patricia Sweetow...
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"Enigma Variations: Philip Guston and Giorgio De Chirico"; Santa Monica Museum of Art
Although it might not amount to a new paradigm, the deployment of the comparative method--a standard art-historical gambit--as a curatorial strategy occasionally allows us to look at familiar work with fresh eyes. The approach is most effective where...
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Fernanda Gomes: Baumgartner Gallery
In 1907, Russian Symbolist-cum-Constructivist director Vsevolod Meyerhold called for a new kind of revolutionary audience of "vigilant observers," hoping that concentrated effort on the part of theatergoers would foster a newly focused political subject....
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Hankang Huang: Danese
There's a delicacy of handling in Chinese artist Hankang Huang's watercolors that is clearly derived from his traditional training at the Art College of Suzhou University. In A Problem of Self, 2005, for example, the black strokes that form the stripes...
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Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
IAIN FORSYTH AND JANE POLLARD ARE ARTISTS BASED IN LONDON. THEIR RECENT PROJECTS HAVE INCLUDED THE PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION SILENT SOUND FOR THE LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL 2006. 1 Jason Pierce, "Devil Town," performed at screening of The Devil and Daniel...
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James Quandt
JAMES QUANDT, SENIOR PROGRAMMER AT CINEMATHEQUE ONTARIO IN TORONTO, CO-ORGANIZED THE RETROSPECTIVE OF ROBERTO ROSSELLINI'S FILMS CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK. 1 Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa) An arte povera epic, the final...
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Jane South: Spencer Brownstone Gallery
My initial impulse on seeing the nine sculptural assemblages in Jane South's recent exhibition at Spencer Brownstone Gallery was a juvenile one: I wanted to touch them. The checklist described the objects on view as made of cut paper and mixed media,...
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Jesper Just: Petty Rubenstein Gallery
It Will All End in Tears, 2006, Jesper Just's splendidly moody three-part film, weaves an oblique melodrama that involves two protagonists--a beautiful, aloof young man and a somber old man who yearns for him. Their episodic encounters are charted...
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Jiri Kovanda: Galerie Zdenek Sklenar
In Prague, Jiri Kovanda has long been considered an artist's artist. His actions and works, and his self-understanding as an artist, have had significant influence over a broad range of younger Czech practitioners. Yet his work has rarely been seen...
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Joao Penalva: Irish Museum of Modern Art
According to a wall text prefacing Portuguese-born, London-based installation- and video-maker Joao Penalva's ten-year survey exhibition, his work reflects on "the way culture is ... mediated." It's an odd formulation, since in Penalva's work mediation...
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Joe Coleman: Tilton Gallery
Western art's cozy relationship with Catholicism ended somewhere in the eighteenth century, but a vestige of it persists in the work of Joe Coleman. The first item in the brief biography on the artist's website reads, "1953: Jacqueline Hoban marries...
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John Waters
A DATE WITH JOHN WATERS (NEW LINE RECORDS) WILL BE RELEASED ON VALENTINE'S DAY 2007. 1 United 93 (Paul Greengrass) The best movie in the last five years. No cheap shots in this one! I have friends who would watch a snuff film, yet they refuse to...
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Jonathan Romney
JONATHAN ROMNEY IS A FILM CRITIC FOR THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY AND A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF SIGHT & SOUND. 1 Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) A tender, painful, scabrously witty account of separation, especially discomforting as it stars the director...
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Jordan Kantor: Artists Space
Jordan Kantor's outwardly unassuming canvases walk a line between the relaxed and the restrained, between pop-cultural immediacy and coded academic reference. In flat, affectless strokes, the San Francisco-based painter plots a highly selective and...
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Joseph Kosuth: Sean Kelly Gallery
Given the increasing number of "constituencies" that art institutions must serve, and their concomitant transformation into entertainment emporia, it is perhaps not surprising that the notoriously sober Conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth has yet to be...
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Karen Kilimnik: 303 Gallery
Karen Kilimnik has, since the mid-1980s, been hailed by some for her ability to channel decadence of various degrees--from generic goth to coked-up waifdom a la Kate Moss--with the unabashed, if slightly off-kilter, delight of a true enthusiast. Others...
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Katie Grinnan: ACME
Katie Grinnan's recent exhibition was called "Cheerleaders and Bandwagons." Her choice of a title with such a distinctly American ring to it made perfect sense, given that the sculptural gymnastics that define her latest works not only resonate with...
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Kode9
KODE9, AKA STEVE GOODMAN, IS A LONDON-BASED DJ, PRODUCER, AND HEAD OF THE HYPERDUB LABEL. HE RUNS THE SONIC CULTURE MASTRES PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON AND IS CURRENTLY WRITING A BOOK ON SONIC WARFARE. 1 Burial, "Distant Lights," from...
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Laura Mosquera: Moniquemeloche
This must have been an annus horribilis for Laura Mosquera, so forlorn and melancholic are the images in her exhibition, called "in the deep end." Best known for large and sometimes ebullient paintings of young men and women posed against sharply defined...
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Lee Inhyeon: Gaain Gallery
An integral member of Seoul 80, the flagship avant-gardist collective of the Korean contemporary-art scene circa 1980, Lee Inhyeon is the embodiment of the artist as intellectual. Lee's first solo show in three years featured a dozen new works from...
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Luanne Martineau: Jessica Bradley Art + Projects
Glancing from afar at two of Luanne Martineau's vibrantly colored and compact fiber reliefs, one might be tempted to dismiss them as sentimental or simplistic throwbacks to the craft-based feminist practice of the 1970s. But perusal of this pair of...
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Luca Vitone: Casino Luxembourg
White cube, black flag, carte blanche ... these catchphrases recur as visual metaphors throughout Luca Vitone's oeuvre, which investigates the meaning--and loss--of "place" within a globalized world. This major survey brings together works from 1988...
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Maria Marshall: FA Projects
Production stills are the tourist art of the video and film world--too often overpriced souvenirs made for little other reason than to appease acquisitive yearnings that moving images are less apt to satisfy. Maria Marshall has approached the still...
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Mark Wallinger: Anthony Reynolds Gallery
"In the beginning": the first words of the Bible; THE END: the first words of Mark Wallinger's new film. Almost twelve minutes long, The End, 2006, is a sequence of names scrolling slowly up the center of the screen, like the credits concluding a movie,...
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Matmos
MATMOS IS DREW DANIEL AND M. C. SCHMIDT. THEY MAKE ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, WHERE SCHMIDT TEACHES VIDEO ART AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE. THEIR MOST RECENT RECORDING, THE ROSE HAS TEETH IN THE MOUTH OF A BEAST, WAS RELEASED...
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Nan Gonzalez: Museo De Arte Contemporaneo
Nan Gonzalez's videos are programmatically introspective, with their images spatially organized in a wandering, nonlinear fashion, making the viewer intimately reflect with them, rather than searching for larger meaning derived from storytelling. As...
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Nevin Aladag: Gitte Weise Gallery
In her videos and photographs, Nevin Aladag works in a poetic documentary style where nothing is "told" but a great deal is "shown." This clearly defined artistic concept matches its subject matter: Aladag, born in 1972 in Van in eastern Turkey and...
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Norbert Schwontkowski: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Most artists, on the occasion of their first New York exhibition, might be expected to jealously hoard all the available wall space for themselves, but Norbert Schwontkowski, in a gesture that seems to typify the unassuming spirit of his practice,...
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On the Ground
The map is not the territory: Mindful as ever of this classic admonition, Artforum nevertheless offers a provisional atlas of the year in contemporary art. For our third annual installment in this series, we asked six artists, curators, and writers...
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"Panic Room": Deste Foundation Center for Contemporary Art
Downplaying as it does subjective expression and the hand of the artist, Conceptual art might have been expected to foretell the obsolescence of drawing, but in fact the medium's aptness for the unencumbered articulation of thought processes made it...
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Rencontres d'Arles: Various Venues
Notwithstanding the proverb, French photographer-filmmaker Raymond Depardon is a prophet in his own country. Among the awards he has accumulated are the Grand Prix National de la Photographie and two Cesars for his documentary films, not to mention...
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Rivane Neuenschwander: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Reviewing "Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in these pages earlier this year, Irene Small asked what it suggests for this short-lived movement, comprising visual arts, music, theater, and cinema--inaugurated...
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Stefano Arienti: Studio Guenzani
At Studio Guenzani's two venues, Stefano Arienti reaffirmed his particular line of creative investigation, involving the impulse to catalogue things, to transform them by taking parts of them away, and to seek out the essence of everyday objects. Two...
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Sterling Ruby: Marc Foxx
"From whatever side one approaches things, the ultimate problem turns out in the final analysis to be that of distinction." Thus begins Roger Caillois's "Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia," an essay published in 1935 in Minotaure magazine that interweaves...
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Teo Gonzalez: Irvine Contemporary
In his recent exhibition, "226,085 Drops," Spanish-born, Brooklyn-based artist Teo Gonzalez proved himself capable of coaxing transcendent moments from mere daubs of paint. Gonzalez's square grids are composed of tight clusters of thousands of miniscule...
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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 2006
AMY SILLMAN "Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul" (Museum of Modern Art, New York) In a rather cynical mode, I trudged uptown one day last spring to see the Munch show at MOMA for what I thought would be a cliche-ridden overview of Nordic...
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Tris Vonna-Michell: Milliken
"I am in my mother's room. It's I who live there now. I don't know how I got there." The opening lines of Samuel Beckett's Molloy capture Tris Vonna-Michell's edgy amnesiac turns around the foibles of life, the crux of his installation Down the Rabbit...
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Valerie Hegarty: Guild & Greyshkul
The centerpiece of Valerie Hegarty's recent exhibition at Guild & Greyshkul was a Federalist-era fireplace, but not one exactly redolent of comfort and home. This hearth, like the gallery as a whole, was stuck full of harpoons and spattered with...
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Veronique Joumard: Le Credac
Light, in all its ramifications, is a primary subject of Veronique Joumard's sculptures and installations--light sources and related paraphernalia, such as heat- and light-sensitive surfaces. She also pursues an art-historical endgame based on the...
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Walead Beshty: Wallspace
Walead Beshty has no shortage of ideas. Hot on the heels of a solo exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles-based artist's second solo show at Wallspace, "The Maker and the Model," was an eclectic collection of homages and footnotes to...
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Wendy Fonarow
WENDY FONAROW IS A LOS ANGELES--BASED ANTHROPOLOGIST SPECIALIZING IN LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF EMPIRE OF DIRT: THE AESTHETICS AND RITUALS OF BRITISH INDIE MUSIC (WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2006). 1 Peter, Bjorn, and John, Writer's...
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Wolfgang Tillmans: UCLA Hammer Museum
Seen after Catherine Opie's retrospective at the Orange County Museum of Art, Wolfgang Tillmans's midcareer survey at the UCLA Hammer Museum felt like more of the same; both shows came off as rapid-fire trips through the history of photography-as-art...
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