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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 9, May

Adriana Varejao
GALERIA CAMARGO VILACA Although Adriana Varejao is best known as a painter, in her new work she has turned to photography. Alegria (Joy), 1999, consists of a series of light boxes--backlit panels with a stainless-steel finish--displaying pictures...
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A.K. Dolven
GALERIE GEBAUER A.K. Dolven's paintings are moving--in both senses of the word. The Norwegian artist, who resides in Berlin and London, started out as a painter, but in recent years she began using video as well. While the paintings reveal a Minimalist...
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A THOUSAND WORDS: Doug Aitken
TALKS ABOUT ELECTRIC EARTH In many ways the process of my work is an ongoing experiment to see how I can open myself to a larger field of experience and information. At times I live nomadically, wandering, going from project to project and city...
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Aye Raising
LEE SMITH ON HANS HAACKE IN 1937, BERTOLT BRECHT SUGGESTED that replacing the word Volk--a noun in vogue at the time among the ideologists of Aryan superiority--with the neutral, even bureaucratic Bevolkerung (population) would be one way to "avoid...
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"Biennial 2000"
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK If it's not one thing, it's another. The reviews are in: This is the "boring" Biennial. Critics ranging from Michael Kimmelman (the New York Times) to Jerry Saltz (the Village Voice) were lulled into a fitful...
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Blonde Ambition
Call it the mind/body problem. If I were preparing a slide comparison for class, I probably wouldn't pair Jasper Johns and Lisa Yuskavage. He is a notably cerebral artist who traffics in reflexive visual puns and sets up intricate perceptual conditions....
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Charles Garabedian
L. A. LOUVER The old adage that art offers the viewer a glimpse inside the artist's head isn't all it's cracked up to be. Often, a tour of an artist's psyche feels like sitting in on a stranger's therapy session or listening to a cocktail-party...
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Ellen Phelan
SENIOR & SHOPMAKER GALLERY In the early '80s, Ellen Phelan was known for large paintings that played on a tension between abstract markmaking and the representation of landscape, in which rectangular cuts through the surface opened up to the...
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Flaming Feature
COMMISSIONED ON THE OCCASION OF "DEPARTURES: 11 ARTISTS AT THE GETTY" TO REALIZE A WORK RESPONDING TO THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION, STEPHEN PRINA FIXED ON AN EARLY, SEEMINGLY UNCHARACTERISTIC, GEORGES DE LA TOUR. THE RESULT: TWENTY-ONE-AND-A-HALF MINUTES...
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Fringe Benefits
KATY SIEGEL ON MANIFESTA 3 AND THE BIENNALE DE LYON 2000 WIDESPREAD SNIPING AT MEGA-SHOWS THAT attempt to survey the contemporary moment doesn't seem to discourage arts organizations from putting them on, but it does make curators careful about...
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"Greater New York"
P.S.1, NEW YORK "Greater New York" sprawls. With two museums, thirty curators, one hundred and forty-nine artists, and neither catalogue nor stated mission, the show obviates usual questions of cohesion and taste. P.S.1. director Alanna Heiss dodges...
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Haluk Akakce
HENRY URBACH ARCHITECTURE With its matte colors, hard-edged, graphic forms, and elements of avant-garde fashion and wall painting, all in favor lately, Haluk Akakce's recent show seemed at first to exude a certain trendiness. But thankfully "Coming...
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Hamish Fulton
DANESE Emerson wrote, "The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough." Indeed, after thirty years of trekking, Hamish Fulton has not tired of either his signature ritual of walking or the horizons...
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Heirs Apparent
RICHARD SHONE ON "ENCOUNTERS" AT LONDON'S NATIONAL GALLERY "IT IS ONLY the unimaginative who ever invents," wrote Oscar Wilde. "The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes, and he annexes everything." Everywhere we look we see...
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"Intercourse"
UNTITLED VENUE "SEX. Now that I've got your attention..." Like the sales pitch that begins with that jokey advertising ploy, this exhibition, titled "Intercourse," didn't have much to do with sex. In her statement for the show, curator Eileen Sommerman...
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International Shorts Preview
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE Money makes the art world go round (to coin a phrase), and a semi-ironic clinking-clanking will surely issue from the Salzburger Kunstverein's galleries this summer. "Import Export" (July 23-Sept. 10) takes a critical look...
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James Coleman: Opening Lines
IT IS HARD TO TELL with the elliptical art of James Coleman, but Photograph, the newest of his "projected image" works based on a subtle succession of slides in a carousel, seems unusually personal for him. It begins with a sequence of abstract images,...
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Jason Dodge
CASEY KAPLAN Having been the focus of sustained critical analysis and artistic practice for decades, "the real" has at last become nothing more than an engine to generate special effects and narrative follies. Maybe it's natural that after an avalanche...
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Jose Maria Sicilia
GALERIA SOLEDAD LORENZO From his first exhibitions, in the midst of the neo-Expressionist wave at the beginning of the '80s, Jose Maria Sicilia's work has been characterized by a pronounced touch of sensuality. Nature, too, has played an important...
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Kai Althoff
GALERIE CHRISTIAN NAGEL A narrative thread connects the individual works in Kai Althoff's exhibition, "Ein noch zu weiches Gewese der Urain-Bundner" (A still too soft comportment of the Urian Fraternity), 1999. In a typewritten text, Althoff tells...
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Kristin Oppenheim
303 GALLERY Kristin Oppenheim's confident, Conceptualist sound installations combine an extreme austerity of means and materials with recorded loops of her own wan, hypnotic voice. Minimalism has dearly left its mark on the artist, as, perhaps,...
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Larry Johnson
PATRICK PAINTER It's hard to see. White sans-serif type on white glossy field, the text of Larry Johnson's Untitled (The Thinking Man's Judy Garland) (all works 1999-2000)-- "the / thinking / man's / judy / garland"-- almost fades from sight altogether....
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Leroy Person
LUISE ROSS GALLERY The work of self-taught artist Leroy Person (1907-85) has largely escaped the pull of the burgeoning folk/outsider market during the last two decades. Person's minor-key sensibility may set him apart from the heavy-handed expressionism...
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"Le Temps, Vite!"
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU The Pompidou has reopened after a year of renovation with a series of shows, including one called "Le Temps, vite!" (Time, quickly!). The day I saw it, there was a long line of people waiting in the building's new cafeteria,...
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Luciano Bartolini
VILLA DELLE ROSE Luciano Bartolini (1948-94) was a fastidious presence in Italian art of the '70s and '8os. The Tuscan artist represented a precise model for all the styles and methods that succeeded one another during those years, and of which...
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"MAGNUM[degrees]"
BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE Although the number of visitors may nor be the best criterion for judging an exhibition, the crowds that made their way to the Bibliotheque Nationale to see the Magnum photo agency's "Essais sur le monde" (Essays...
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Maria Hedlund
FABIA CALVASINA ARTE CONTEMPORANEA In her first solo exhibition in Italy, Swedish artist Maria Hedlund presented four large photographs (all untitled, 1998) and one with much smaller dimensions (Meditations, 1999), all dealing with the same subject:...
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"Memorias Intimas Marcas"
MUKHA The fourth installment of a series that saw the light of day in 1997 in Cape Town, "Mem6rias Intimas Marcas" is an exhibition that continues to evolve, with each incarnation offering different works, artists, and modes of presentation. Starting...
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Michael Ashkin
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY Michael Ashkin has always been attracted to wastelands. Since the early '90s, he has evinced his unmistakable affection for dystopias in his signature works--tabletop models of stagnant waterways and desolate strips of interstate....
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Openings Heidi Kidon
Following the efforts of artists like Liz Lamer and Jim Isermann, alongside the larger concerns of their work a whole new category of West Coast abstraction has emerged that is at once revisionist and--here's the hook--irony-free. For this "next generation,"...
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Preview U.S. Shorts
INSTALLATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS of sound art, light, and space? Must mean summer--at least in the outer boroughs. P.S.x leads the way, casting the net wide to enlist composer and musician Elliott Sharp to cocurate (with director Alanna Heiss) "Volume,"...
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Richard Rezac
MARC FOXX Richard Rezac's arrangements seem at first like shelved maquettes for Minimalist sculpture, rejected plans for modernist buildings, or scrapped industrial-design prototypes. Each delivers the appropriate visual codes but seems to have...
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Robert Jessup
JOSEPH RICKARDS GALLERY Robert Jessup creates bizarrely torqued grown-up fables that unite the everyday and the strange. With their thick, icing-like paint and candy-inspired palette, his canvases are both seductive and slightly off-putting. The...
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Robert Overby: Parallel, 1978-1969
UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM, Los ANGELES Today, the late Robert Overby (1935-93) has all the aura of a cult star; a decade ago he wasn't even marginal. "I see this show as the beginning of the public life of the artist," says curator Terry R. Myers, who...
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Robert Rauschenberg
Holiday Ruse (Night Shade), 1991 In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. It could be argued that abstraction was the greatest innovation of twentieth-century art. But...
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Sam Taylor-Wood
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY Sam Taylor-Wood's installation Third Party, 1999, surrounds visitors with action and din: Seven DVD projections (transferred from 16 mm film) play on the four walls of a darkened room, each image showing a separate fragment...
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Sarah Lucas
FREUD MUSEUM/SADIE COLES HQ Matisse may have wanted his art to be "something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue," but many other modern artists have, on the contrary, sought an art that attains the condition of...
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Simon Frost/bura Sculpture
PETER BLUM It seems perhaps an odd coupling at first: a grand display of third- to tenth-century terra-cotta funerary sculptures from the West African burial ground Bura-Asinda-Sikka; and Simon Frost's eloquently delicate drawings, most in graphite,...
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Thomas Nozkowski
MAX PROTETCH In a 1998 interview, the novelist and critic Francine Prose told Thomas Nozkowski that she'd never been able to comprehend a single word that had been written about his work. Prose is nobody's fool, and I have to admit that the words...
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"Translation/seduction/displacement"
WHITE BOX This exhibition of work by contemporary South African artists derived its title from some of the implications of the word "translation" in several of that nation's languages: translation as libidinal, spiritual, or cartographic displacement...
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Walter Niedermayr
RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY Walter Niedermayr's wall assemblages of panoramic photographs record both the spectacular profile of his native region of the Italian Alps and the results of its relentless colonization by late-twentieth-century tourism. As...
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Web Work: A HISTORY OF INTERNET ART
THE TERM "NET.ART" is less a coinage than an accident, the result of a software glitch that occurred in December 1995, when Slovenian artist Vuk Cosic opened an anonymous e-mail only to find it had been mangled in transmission. Amid a morass of alphanumeric...
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Whitney Biennial Film/video Program
By and large, the Whitney Biennial's cinematic program, a Whitman's Sampler of film and video work, represents all that is or has been fashionable within the last three years; quality runs a distant second. The curators have gathered up an impressive...
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