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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, October

"1900: Art at the Cross Roads"
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK Think art in the year 1900: the young Picasso, the aging Cezanne, Gauguin in the South Seas. Add technology and urbanism: early cinema, electric lighting, motorized subways, the automobile-- all brilliant illumination...
Alessandra Tesi
A skater advances through the fog on a frozen lake covered by a layer of thick red jelly; his blades cut into the translucent substance, which resembles a mixture of water and blood. The figure, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's fictional polar explorer...
Andy Goldsworthy
STORM KING ART CENTER/GALERIE LELONG Andy Goldsworthy's outdoor art has prehistory in the American Earthworks of artists like Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson and in the more delicate strain of land art made by Goldsworthy's British compatriots,...
Anni Albers
THE JEWISH MUSEUM, NEW YORK Poor Annclise Else Frieda Fleischmann. Born a century ago into a mercantile German-Jewish home, she, like so many before and after, thought she could detour from the well-trodden path of mother and homemaker and become...
Artforum
"They all came, some wore sentiments / Emblazoned on T-shirts, proclaiming the lateness / Of the hour." Mostly, it was standard issue: black, of course, but also a stiff dose of the drab favored by the academic rank and file. Still, for a literary...
A Thousand Words
Vik Muniz TALKS ABOUT "CLAYTON DAYS" While in Pittsburgh some time ago, I took the tour of Henry Clay Frick's estate, Clayton, which is set up exactly the way it was a hundred years ago. It's amazing: You walk into this house and feel like you're...
Buy Shaver
LARRY BECKER CONTEMPORARY ART The expansive abstract paintings in Buy Shaver's recent show display varied theoretical strategies: Some are absorbed in purely perceptual investigations, while others give a quick nod to formalism before heading off...
"Cezanne: Finished -- Unfinished"
KUNSTHAUS ZURICH Cezanne's oeuvre is littered with paintings in various states of incompletion, and what glorious litter it is. By the time of his death in 1906, the most important color on his palette was bare canvas or (in the watercolors) bare...
Costa Vece
GALLERIA FRANCO NOERO For his first solo show in Italy, Swiss artist Costa Vece filled the gallery's two adjoining rooms with a single military tent, which one penetrated on entering from the street and exited directly into the building's interior...
East International 2000
NORWICH GALLERY/NORWICH SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN Norwich, East Anglia's bijou cathedral city, became a potential death trap this summer. Patrick Bateman wannabes had only to visit EAST International and invest in Simon Tegala's specially devised...
Erica Baum
D' AMELIO TERRAS In her latest show, Erica Baum's approach is almost absurdly simple: She photographs printed words. But the pictures she makes of/with them are enlivened by a sense of linguistic play subtler and more sophisticated than that demonstrated...
Family Circle
KENT JONES ON EDWARD YANG'S YI YI DESPITE SOME RECENT, heartening development--stateside distribution for two Tsai Ming-liang movies (Vive I'amour [1994] and The Hole [1998]) and Winstar's acquisition of an assortment of Hou Hsiao-hisens (including...
Flailing Vision
DENNIS COOPER ON LARS VON TRIER'S DANCER IN THE DARK IT SOUNDS GOOD on paper. Lars von Trier, bold, gifted, iconoclastic Danish director, completes his long, tantrum-filled mission to win the Cannes Film Festival's--and serious filmdom's--award...
Frisco Bid
PETER PLAGENS ON MADELEINE GRYNSZTEJN GIVE MADELEINE GRYNSZTEJN some credit for diplomatic consistency: She doesn't miss a beat when the subject of negative reviews of her 1999 Carnegie International comes up. "I would turn," she says in response...
Harvey Opgenorth
BODYBUILDER & SPORTSMAN Harvey Opgenorth knows that one way to consider the many legacies of modem painting is to step into its shoes. Opgenorth begins the works in his ongoing "Museum Camouflage" series, 1998--, with a visit to a major American...
"Intelligence: New British Art 2000" the British Art Show 5
TATE BRITAIN, LONDON/VARIOUS VENUES "PEAS ARE THE NEW BEANS," declares a 1999 painting by Bob and Roberta Smith (aka Patrick Brill) in "Intelligence," the first of Tate Britain's triennial New British Art exhibitions. Trendspotters please also note:...
Isa Genzken
KUNSTVEREIN BRAUNSCHWEIG/FRANKFURTER KUNSTVEREIN The characterization of Isa Genzken as a traditional sculptor, along with the usual remarks concerning the heterogeneity of her method and the surprising breaks between her various bodies of work,...
James Gobel
UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM James Gobel makes pictures of what he likes: guys with protruding tummies and double chins who don't fit any of the presumed ideals of gay physical appearance, be they the Tom of Finland dream with bulging chest, biceps, and crotch,...
James White/tim Sheward
CASEY KAPLAN British duo James White and Tim Sheward "embrace the delusion perpetuated by the worship of false icons." In their ongoing project of simultaneously critiquing and reveling in manufactured pleasure, White and Sheward have poked fun...
Kasimir Malevich
KUNSTHALLE BIELEFELD Why did Kasimir Malevich, whose name has become the very embodiment of abstract painting, end his life's work with figure paintings and portraits that strike admirers of Suprematism with pure honor? Why this treason against...
Laylah Ali
303 GALLERY Laylah All's latest "Greenhead" paintings, on view recently in the young Boston-based artist's first solo show in New York, look spare and cool with their blue backgrounds and cartoony figures in gouache on paper. The almost identical...
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
CABINET The invitation card announcing Marc Chaimowicz's Celebration? Realife Revisited, 1972/2000, bore the distinctive blue and red fleur-de-lis design that was used for so long on the British dust jackets of C.K. Scott Moncrieff's translation...
Marc Quinn
FONDAZIONE PRADA For once, the Prada Foundation did not have to transform its space: The extravagance typical of the foundation's exhibitions, was, in this case, achieved by the works on display alone, thanks to the technical wizardry evidently...
Margherita Manzelli
STUDIO GUENZANI In Margherita Manzelli's new, large-scale oil paintings, space becomes an abstract plane of monochrome color, kindled by acid yellow or deep green light. In the four works exhibited under the title "Un cielo senza fine" (An endless...
Matthieu Laurette
C/O BERLIN Matthieu Laurette is a sort of modern-day hunger artist. Currently based in Paris, Laurette became well known in his native France for having survived almost exclusively on products with money-back guarantees. He ate the food, then asked...
Mod Scientist
DOUGLAS COUPLAND ON VERNER PANTON FIVE YEARS AGO I was having lunch at a friend's place in New York. There against a wall was a lovely curvy white molded plastic chair, which I grabbed to sit on. My friend fairly lunged at me, yanked it away, and...
Otherwise Engaged
LEE SMITH ON MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ'S PRESENCE HUMAINE ONE OF THE MORE TELLING recent developments in French cultural life has been the sudden nostalgia for Jean-Paul Sartre coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of his death this year. No one really...
Out of Africa
DANIEL PINCHBECK ON JEAN ROUCH "WE WANTED TO MAKE A FILM of love, but in the end it came out somewhat impersonal," sighs Edgar Morin at the end of Chronique d'un ete (Chronicle of a summer, 1961), the sociologist's collaboration with filmmaker and...
Paloma Varga Weisz
GALERIE VERA MUNRO Natural science is embarrassed by the question of the missing link. Worldviews informed by religion face other problems. Instead of bridging anatomical gaps, they seek psychological continuities between man and creature, consciousness...
Patrick Vanden Eynde
GALERIE XAVIER HUFKENS Patrick Vanden Eynde's work incorporates time as well as space--a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit. Each of his exhibitions has allowed him to replay his work, to push the evocative power of...
Paul Georges
CENTER FOR FIGURATIVE PAINTING Paul Georges wants to paint "The Big Idea," as the title of his miniretrospective indicates, and the big idea (as in "What's the big idea?") turns Out to be Georges himself. Tall, slightly overweight Georges cuts a...
Raising Koln
JAMES HALL ON KASPER KONIG Big things are expected of Kasper Konig when he becomes director of Cologne's Museum Ludwig in November. A former Warhol Factory worker, founder of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design's influential publishing program,...
Rina Banerjee
ADMIT ONE GALLERY / DEBS & CO. Rina Banerjee was one of those new faces that got lost in the crowd at this year's Whitney Biennial. Her sculpture went unmentioned in most reviews, and where her presence was noted, she must have regretted it:...
Smith/stewart
GALERIE BOB VAN ORSOUW First you were plunged into sudden darkness and could see nothing. Then you began to make out the gallery's high-ceilinged industrial space. It had been turned into a cavern filled with the penetrating near-roar of electronically...
Sound Affect
HOWARD HAMPTON ON JEAN-LUC GODARD ECM Records' imposing, slipcased five-disc sound-track album to Jean-Luc Godard's four-and-a-half-hour Histoire(s) du cinema video project (1988-98), complete with four hardcover books of images and text in three...
Spurning Tricks
CHRISTOPHER MUNCH TALKS WITH LODGE KERRIGAN Lodge Kerrigan's two feature films, Clean, Shaven (1993) and Claire Dolan (1998), are harrowing works because they deal with harrowing lives. The subjects of schizophrenia and prostitution have been addressed...
Ted Kincaid
BARRY WHISTLER GALLERY The permutations of color and image in Ted Kincaid's photogravures raise, and politely refuse to answer, some heavy questions about modernist seriality and the identity of an individual artwork I'd be tempted to say that Kincaid's...
"The Magic City"
BRENT SIKKEMA Curator Trevor Schoonmaker titled his six-artist show "The Magic City" after jazz pioneer Sun Ra's 1965 album, which in turn was named for the sobriquet that Ra's hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, has seen fit to bestow on itself. While...
The Photography of Alexei Hay Fashion Victor
FOREVER TORN BETWEEN ITS AMBITIONS as art and its allegiance to commerce, fashion photography is so confident right now that for all intents the distinction has dissolved. Serious fashion types call the genre's most accomplished image makers "auteurs,"...
Tibor Kalman
NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Unlike Walt Disney's corporate-sponsored global pavilions at Epcot Center, "Tiborocity," a theme park cleverly disguised as a museum retrospective, is based on a single mythical "village" that could be anywhere in...
Top Ten
JOHN TREMBLAY 1 "BIG BROTHER" Not the TV show and not the camera at Houston and First Avenue that takes a picture of your car whenever you go through a red light. (When a friend got a photo of his license plate in the mail along with a fine for...
Touche Boucher John Wesley's Gallant Subjects
LONG A CULT FAVORITE, PAINTER JOHN WESLEY RECEIVES AN OVERDUE FIRST U.S. RETROSPECTIVE, ON VIEW THROUGH NOVEMBER AT NEW YORK'S P.S.1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. TO MARK THE OCCASION, DAVE HICKEY OFFERS AN APPRECIATION OF THE POP ECCENTRIC'S WRY AND WHIMSICAL...
Trauma Club
DENNIS COOPER TALKS WITH MIKE KELLEY DENNIS COOPER: Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 was generated by two earlier works, Educational Complex, 1995, and Sublevel, 1998. Maybe you can start by refreshing our memories. MIKE...
William Edmondson
MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FOLK ART For more than sixty years, the limestone sculptures of William Edmondson (1874- 1951) have stood patiently at the border of art's mainstream and its margins. When his minimal, reductive work came to the attention of Alfred...
Yeardley Leonard
DEE / GLASOE Each of Yeardley Leonard's canvases consists of about ten to twenty horizontal stripes of color, plainly hand painted (no taped edges) in semitranslucent coats. The colors--consistently intense, even fulsome, with lots of purples and...