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Articles from Vol. 42, No. 7, March

1000 Words: Liisa Roberts; Talks about What's the Time in Vyborg?
Liisa Roberts appears this month in the 2004 Whitney Biennial with a project that has emerged, in true Duchampian fashion, definitively unfinished. The Finnish-American artist's What's the Time in Vyborg?, initiated in 2000, takes as its starting point...
"A Fiction of Authenticity": Contemporary Art Center St. Louis
This exhibition of newly commissioned artwork by eleven African artists born between 1956 and 1976 and working in Europe or the United States inaugurates this institution's new building and, presumably, higher profile. The curators--Shannon Fitzgerald...
Alexis Marguerite Teplin: Entwistle
"Those who did not live before the revolution," as Talleyrand notoriously claimed, "never tasted the sweetness of life." Despite its obsessive attraction to the art of the ancien regime, Alexis Marguerite Teplin's work has been made in cognizance of...
Arnoud Holleman: Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
Arnoud Holleman's recent show "Being There" began with drawings, but in a rather special form. The book Sperm Drawings, 2003, contains the results of five years of ejaculations on paper, with a neatly traced black background around the white blobs....
Band Apart: Jan Tumlir on Matmos
WERE IT NOT FOR the sleeper success of their previous album, A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure (2001), Matmos would no doubt have remained stuck in the sort of respectable semi-obscurity that swallows most contemporary electronic outfits or, for...
Chicago Transit: Steven Henry Madoff on James Cuno
SOME GUYS HAVE all the luck. Or if not luck exactly, then a sense of moment about them, so that all eyes turn in their direction when opportunity comes. This is certainly the case with James Cuno, 52, who was appointed in January as the new director...
Christian Jankowski: Museum Fur Gegenwartskunst
Right in the hall behind the museum's entrance, where openings are usually held, stood a cardboard puppet theater painted in gestural blue strokes and placed behind two spotlights on a rickety tripod of bamboo poles. The curator's opening remarks and...
Collier Schorr: 303 Gallery
In this show, Collier Schorr turned up the volume on her perennial favorite subject--teenage boys--and drew us once again into privileged proximity with a company of high school pugilists whose inner circle she happens to have penetrated. Her fascination...
Corinna Schnitt: Galerie Olaf Stuber
Many people are familiar with the Schnittraum in Cologne, a small storefront in the middle of the city repurposed as an exhibition space that became a favorite gathering spot for young artists, students, art critics, and aficionados in the late '90s....
Coup Debat: Jennifer Allen on the Palais De Tokyo in Transition
"ISN'T HE THE NEW DIRECTOR of the Palais de Tokyo?" That's a question that many have been asking about Bernard Blistene. Hand-picked by France's minister of culture, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, Blistene--who currently works as inspector general at the Delegation...
Daan Van Golden: Galerie Micheline Szwajcer
It has been ten years since Daan van Golden exhibited work in a gallery in Antwerp. That exhibition--also at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer--included four paintings entitled Heerenlux, the name of the brand of paint used by the artist. The four paintings,...
Edgar Arceneaux: UCLA Hammer Museum
Edgar Arceneaux's Drawings of Removal is less a set of drawings than a perpetually in-progress studio space inaugurated in 1999 following a trip the artist and his parents took to his father's hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Contemporary Beaumont barely...
Edouard Leve: Galerie Loevenbruck
A useful piece of information before we start: The artist Edouard Leve is also a writer and has published a collection of 533 projects entitled Oeuvres (P.O.L., 2003), beginning: "I. A book describes the works an author has thought of but has not produced."...
Engineering Marvel: Branden W. Joseph on Billy Kluver
THE FIRST ART PROJECT to which Swedish engineer Billy Kluver--who passed away on January 11, 2004, at the age of seventy-six--lent his energy and expertise was Jean Tinguely's Homage to New York, the machine that famously self-destructed in the garden...
Estelle Thompson: Purdy Hicks
The paintings Estelle Thompson showed in her major exhibition in Walsall, England, three years ago were large in scale. Called "Fuse" paintings, their dimensions calculated in relation to the architecture of the gallery's spaces, all were composed...
Francesc Catala-Roca: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia
Spanish culture grew lethargic after the civil war. Economic hardship, the absence of great figures such as Bunuel Garcia Lorca, and Dali, among others, who were either in exile or dead, and an oppressive social environment constituted a fertile terrain...
"Francis Bacon and the Tradition of Art": Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Francis Bacon, the crown jewel of British painting, lived through most of the twentieth century, from 1909 to 1992, earning in a good fifty years of activity a reputation as an existentialist on account of his often horrifying diagnoses of reality....
Giulio Paolini: Fondazione Prada
A small white canvas is barely defined by the diagonals and compass points that demarcate its space, like a sheet of paper prepared for a simple technical drawing for school: Giulio Paolini's Disegno geometrico (Geometrical Drawing), 1960, marks the...
Glenn Ligon: d'Amelio Terras
Since the days when Max Ernst's La Fenune 100 tetes spoke in psychoanalytic tongues, artists have actively pursued the implications of identification, projection, transference, and desire, unveiling in the process just how unstable and contingent any...
Historical Fiction
Matthew Buckingham is very interested in the land that is America, or rather, the old contested land that was to become America. He examines its natural and social legacies with a scrupulous and intelligent eye, often inviting his viewers to look at...
In Conversation: John Baldessari & Jeremy Blake
The classic pedagogical practice of juxtaposing slides of art-works allows for the quick comparison of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and installations and invariably produces a plethora of similarities and differences to be conveyed and discerned...
Inside the Light Cube
The most common spatial application of video is now projection, but in the 1970s, the medium's first official decade, its dominant sculptural configuration was the closed circuit. In this earlier moment, artists as diverse as Dan Graham, Peter Campus,...
Isabell Heimerdinger: Galerie Krobath Wimmer
A man stands in an empty white room, by turns bored and annoyed, then intent, thoughtfully staring into space. What we are seeing is a close-up of Wolfram Berger, a famous Austrian movie actor, for a full seventeen minutes. Isabell Heimerdinger titled...
Jack Smith: Mitchell Algus
The pleasure and the interest of this small exhibition of drawings, photographs, and ephemera from the collection of artist Edwin Ruda and Maria Antoinette, Smith's former friend and superstar, result from its focus. These letters, sketches of costume...
John Klima: Postmasters
Peppered with all-too-easily countered adjectives like "seamless" and "high resolution," the press release for John Klima's second solo exhibition here does him no favors. The artist's own mention of The Matrix is similarly ill advised, throwing the...
John Wesley: Fredericks Freiser Gallery
John Wesley has always been hard to pin down. Linda Norden, curator of a recent exhibition of his work at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum, has described him as a "not-quite-pop, faux-primitive Californian" as well as the "Henri Rousseau of his generation."...
Joyce Kozloff: DC Moore
Joyce Kozloff's "Boys' Art" is a series of twenty-four collaged drawings based on maps, diagrams, and illustrations of mostly obscure historic battles. In these works diminutive figures in Napoleonic, Meso-American, Arabian, Mongolian, and superhero...
Julie Roberts: Sean Kelly Gallery
By the time you got to the four views of domestic architecture in Julie Roberts's recent exhibition "Home," you'd already met Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and the victims of Jack the Ripper, plus a group of artists, poets, and figures from history...
Labor Leader: Rachel Withers on Jens Hoffmann
Straw-polling gallery-goers admittedly isn't the most objective method of gauging opinions on a given art-world topic. That noted, the question "When did you last see a really barnstorming exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts?" had a late-January...
Leth Is More: James Quandt on the Five Obstructions
"The hardboiled old men with hearts of stone must die," Lars von Trier declared in his first manifesto, twenty years ago, fresh from film school and ready to launch a Nordic nouvelle vague by killing the Father--or fathers, Ingmar Bergman in particular....
Liliana Porter: Centro Cultural Recoleta
"For a work to be what we call a work of art, it must generate an idea, perhaps another work," Liliana Porter once observed, thus delineating the sphere of her production as the possibility of an ever-recurring cycle: a reality that produces a fiction...
Lucas Samaras: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"Unrepentant Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras" wasted no time and exercised suitably little restraint in announcing its larger-than-life subject/object, emblazoning the entrance to the exhibition with a colossal photograph of the artist's face....
Luigi Ontani: Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
"Genthara," a vast retrospective of Luigi Ontani's work comprising hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and videos, was pointedly flanked on the one hand by a selection of Italian art from the SMAK's collection, focusing on a superb...
Nancy Friedemann: Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts
Like Elaine Reichek, Rosemarie Trockel, Ingrid Calame, and Polly Apfelbaum (and others as different from one another), Nancy Friedemann borrows from domestic craft, reinterpreting curtains, table runners, and other lace accents as fine-art objects,...
Nick Mauss and Shelby Hughes/Christian Holstad: Daniel Reich Gallery
Daniel Reich made his reputation as a bright young thing with an idiosyncratic series of shows in his Chelsea apartment, and with this debut exhibition at his new gallery location, he kept their exuberantly cluttered sensibility alive in this more...
Nicolau Vergueiro: Golinko Kordansky Gallery
WOW! E PRECISO ESTAR ATENTO E FORTE, NAO TENHO TEMPO DE TEMER A MORTE. ATENCAO!! (Wow! You ought to be cautious and strong, don't have the time to fear death. Attention!!) So proclaims the stenciled text--fundamental tropicalia, sung by Gal Costa on...
Nils Norman: Galerie Christian Nagel
The clear message of social and political critique once projected by Nils Norman's work has become opaque in his latest computer-based pictures. Gone is the diagrammatic approach in which well-organized groups of images are directly accompanied by...
Openings: hobbypopMUSEUM
Everyone played at being terrorists when I was young," confides Sophie von Hellermann, one of the founding members of hobbypopMUSEUM, an insouciant German artists' collective that dared to romanticize terrorism even in the wake of 9/11. This group...
Photography: March
CLAMPART 531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10001 Tel (646) 230-0020 Fax (646) 230-8008 Email info@clampart.com www.clampart.com Through Apr 17 Hybird Photographs by Dietmar Busse and Doris Mitsch JANET BORDEN,...
Rita Ackermann: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Rita Ackermann is a painter who tends to put that talent in the service of a wider, more adventurous milieu-making activity, connecting with music, fashion, and other urban scenes in order to carry sensations from one place over into another, sometimes...
Roy Dowell: Margo Leavin Gallery
Imagine a gaggle of Expressionists, Cubists, Constructivists, Dadaists, Futurists, and early abstractionists coming of age after Pop amid the Pattern and Decoration movement and the rise of appropriation, and you might get a sense of Roy Dowell's twenty-five...
Rules of Engagement: From Toilets in Caracas to New Media in New Delhi, Carlos Basualdo and Reinaldo Laddaga Survey Five Recent Art Projects Dedicated to Social Change through the Creation of Experimental Communities
IT IS PERHAPS IRONIC THAT A DISCUSSION OF WHAT MIGHT BE TERMED A NEW culture in the arts should begin with that old modernist saw, the toilet. However, the toilet in question is very different from the one that Marcel Duchamp presented almost a century...
Shock of the Old: Arthur C. Danto on Three Goya Biographies
Francisco Goya, by Evan S. Connell. New York: Counterpoint. 254 pages. $25. Goya, by Robert Hughes. New York: Knopf. 429 pages, $40. Goya: "To Every Story There Belongs Another", by Werner Hofmann. New York: Thames & Hudson. 336 pages. $75....
Stefano Arienti: Studio Guenzani
Within the gallery, Stefano Arienti created a forest. Senza titolo (Tulipanini) (Untitled [Small Tulips]), 1998-2003, was an installation piece, a sort of photomural landscape of tall trees with tulips blooming at their feet. The work is made up of...
Superstudio: Pratt Manhattan Gallery/Artists Space/Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
"Superstudio: Life Without Objects" offered a timely lesson in architecture as a form of nonviolent yet nonetheless destructive guerrilla warfare. Initiated by the Design Museum, London, and distributed among three venues in New York, the exhibition...
The Monuments of Dogville: Sven Lutticken on Lars Von Trier
THE DOGME 95 "Vow of Chastity" notwithstanding, purity isn't high on Lars von Trier's agenda. Dogme's refusal of certain resources and techniques is aimed less at establishing a "pure" filmic practice than at stimulating greater awareness and more...
Tim Etchells: P.S. 122
While not exactly a school or a genre per se, the lecture-performance has a history all its own that is just beginning to be examined for its own merits. Recent practitioners in the art context range from Andrea Fraser to Walid Raad; earlier iterations...
Tony Cragg: Marian Goodman Gallery
There's a kind of scientific air to Tony Cragg's recent sculptures, as if he'd been studying the effects of movement on mass in a wind tunnel. Mass in forceful movement, movement embodied by mass: Declinations, 2003, makes the strategies clear, all...
Trisha Donnelly
1 DAAN VAN GOLDEN After seeing this Dutch artist's work for the first time at last year's Lyon Biennale I got totally wonderlost. So when I found the museum bookstore (and the planet), I immediately bought a catalogue, which included his work from...
Ulrike Ottinger: Renaissance Society
Travel remains the surest path to the pleasures and politics of defamiliarization. German independent filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger's Southeast Passage: A Journey to New Blank Spots on the Map of Europe, 2002, is a three-part, six-hour-plus digital video...
Wall to Wall: Andrea Kroksnes on the Art of Kristina Braein
AT ONE END OF A GALLERY, WHERE THE ELONGATED SPACE IS SEPARATED FROM A surrounding park only by a wall of windows, the eye fixes on a handrail that could be a dancer's barre. The stretch of wall on which it is mounted appears slightly darker than the...