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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 10, Summer

"Art & Economy". (Reviews)
DEICHTORHALLEN Expectations could only be low: A corporation, Siemens, was hosting an exhibition on the theme of art and economy. Would there be room for critique, or would art just play the role of court jester? Such concerns were hardly assuaged...
Asger Jorn. (Reviews)
FUNDACIO ANTONI TAPIES In distilling Asger Jorn's prolific output from the '30s until his death in 1973, this selection eschewed the chronological format of most retrospectives. Instead the Tapies Foundation's main gallery, a dramatic atrium...
Asta Groting. (Reviews)
GALERIE BARBEL GRASSLIN This was an extremely subdued exhibition: nothing more than thirty-five leather jackets piled on top of one another on the floor and two large amorphous masses hanging down from the ceiling. The latter were intestine-...
A Thousand Words: Francis Alys Talks about When Faith Moves Mountains
On April 11, 2002, five hundred volunteers were supplied with shovels and asked to form a single line at the foot of a giant sand dune in Ventanilla, an area outside Lima. This human comb pushed a certain quantity of sand a certain distance, thereby...
Banned and Determined: Scott Rothkopf on Gene Swenson
GENE SWENSON PACES ALONE ON FIFTY-THIRD Street carrying a blue question mark perched on a pole. He's picketing the Museum of Modem Art and the guards have orders not to let him in, although he curated an exhibition at the institution little more...
Bart Exposito. (Reviews)
DANIEL WEINBERG GALLERY Abstract but with glancing references to new technology and modular design, Bart Exposito's paintings demonstrate that the hard-edge vernacular has always resonated with the concept of futurity, even the futuristic (which...
Bojan Sarcevic. (Reviews)
PINKSUMMER A glass case at the center of the gallery contained four rolls of semitransparent paper. But these were not continuous sheets, nor did they have straight edges. Rather, they had been pieced together from clippings with irregular edges,...
Cai Guo-Qiang. (Reviews)
SHANGHAI ART MUSEUM In his art Cai Guo-Qiang creates a system of poetic analogies by mixing ancient and modern while injecting social commentary and, occasionally, art-historical references. In Dream, 2002, he spread an enormous piece of diaphanous...
Claude Temin-Vergez. (Reviews)
HOULDSWORTH It's surprising, when you think about it, how many women painters lately have been using Abstract Expressionism as a foil for their own work. In New York one can easily think of artists as various as Sue Williams, Suzanne McClelland,...
Covers Story: Steve Lafreniere on "The LP Show". (Design)
IN THE HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN there are few surfaces more burnished with dreamland desire than album covers. That's probably the fault of Alex Steinweiss, a designer who in 1939 talked Columbia Records into letting him spruce up some of their...
Dealer's Weal: Alexi Worth on "From Pop to Now". (Museums)
IT IS GENERALLY AGREED that "From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection," which opens in June at Skidmore College's Tang Museum, represents only the tip of an enormous submerged iceberg of art. Talking to dealers and curators, one...
DeAnna Maganias. (Reviews)
REBECCA CAMHI GALLERY In the opening passage of William Faulkner's Light in August, Lena Grove, unwed and pregnant, is in search of the father of her unborn child. Throughout her wanderings she keeps imagining she has already reached her destination....
Dominic McGill. (Reviews)
DEBS & CO Doomsday is nigh, and Dominic McGill is ready. In his first solo show, the English-born, New York--based artist, formerly half of the performance duo Standard & Poor, presented a fascinatingly ambiguous senes of sculptural installations...
Elisa Sighicelli. (Reviews)
COHAN LESLIE AND BROWNE As the gulf between painting and photography is increasingly crossed and recrossed by artists using approaches from digital manipulation to new economies of scale, Elisa Sighicelli bridges the gap with the oldest tricks...
Elizabeth Murray. (Reviews)
PACEWILDENSTEIN Elizabeth Murray, known for large paintings on shaped and layered canvas-covered plywood, recently showed a group of small paper works framed under glass. None of these is more than eighteen inches or so high or wide, and most...
Ellen Gallagher. (Reviews)
DRAWING CENTER Blubber lips, hot-dog lips, Sambo lips. They used to call them "nigger lips" in the South (and probably still do)--just writing the words brings back the pain of racism that's pervasive and in your face. Now, ironically, white...
Entries
In Arts magazine from 1976 to 1990 critic, art historian, and onetime Artforum contributing editor Robert Pincus-Witten's vivid and frequently contentious missives recorded his comings and goings in the overheated art world of the '80s. Beginning...
Ferran Martin. (Reviews)
ROGER SMITH GALLERY Ferran Martin's new video, part of his series "Le Modulor" (The module), 2001, is at once amusing and ominous. Donning a hollow mirrored cube that covers his whole head, turning him into a kind of fumbling robot, he makes...
Frank Nitsche. (Reviews)
LEO KOENIG, INC Savvy, sleek, crisp, and flat, Frank Nitsche's paintings make an honorable, middle-of-the-road style--gestural geometric abstraction--look suddenly like the fast lane. Lately that kind of regenerative feat seems to be a particularly...
Gary Simmons
With the willful impermanence of their blurred chalk marks, Gary Simmons's monumental "erasure" drawings position themselves somewhere between black and white. His bravura subtractions are perplexing expressions of the politics of difference and...
Gerry Bergstein. (Reviews)
HOWARD YEZERSKI GALLERY The trompe l'oeil self-portraits and grisaille "mound" paintings in Gerry Bergstein's recent show testify to his growing understanding of the complicated, cathartic role of the contemporary narrative painter. In the former,...
Harun Farocki
GREENE NAFTALI Harun Farocki has made nearly eighty films for both the big and small screen since he was a graduate student at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin in the mid-'60s. Having emerged during the international student protest...
Hotlist
The Internet has yet to deliver on the electronic republic pundits promised in the '90s. Indeed, Al Gore's "Athenian Age" of enhanced democracy was a lot shorter-lived than the original, if it drew breath at all, and with the election fiascoes and...
Hunger Artist: David Frankel on Brian Tolle. (on Site)
VISITING FAMILY IN TIPPERARY a few years back, I was told of a place somewhere close--though I doubt I could find it again--that was described as a kind of memorial to the Irish famine of the 1840s and '50s. In a history populous with trauma, the...
Idol Chat: The Films of Andy Warhol
WAYNE KOESTENBAUM TALKS WITH BRUCE HAINLEY FOR YEARS BRUCE HAINLEY AND I have been antically conversing about literature, theory, art, film, porn, fashion, food, and Andy Warhol. Hainley, a contributing editor of Artforum (his beat is LA), is...
Jennifer Bornstein. (Reviews)
BLUM & POE There is much to admire about Jennifer Bornstein's Celestial Spectacular, 2002, a sequence, barely four minutes in length, of seven short silent films, each introduced by a descriptive title in cursive font. Her homemade effects...
Jim Campbell. (Reviews)
HOSFELT GALLERY Jim Campbell was included in two recent Whitney Museum extravaganzas: the digitized "BitStreams" and the spiritualized 2002 Biennial. While these high-profile outings reflect a certain curator s interest in his work, in combination...
Jockum Nordstrom. (Reviews)
DAVID ZWIRNER According to a recent New York Times article, creative stylists in the lower tiers of the fashion industry are eschewing designer labels and putting together idiosyncratic looks using finds from obscure sources--big news, apparently,...
June 1962. (10 20 30 40)
As Artforum turns forty this month, senior editor Eric Banks looks back at the magazine's inaugural issue, launched in San Francisco by founding editor-publisher John Irwin as a medium for the "free exchange of critical opinions." "ARTFORUM IS...
Kelly McLane. (Reviews)
ANGLES GALLERY The enigmatic scenes in Kelly McLane's new paint-and-graphite works seem to be forever emerging or disappearing, fading in or out. Like bleached visual parables, recollections, or revelations, the paintings nudge you into a conflicted...
L.A. Raeven
I've often been bored looking at art in a gallery, but I don't remember ever before experiencing a work that seemed bored with me. This was the possibly dubious accomplishment of L.A. Raeven, a pair of artists from Amsterdam who seem to have found...
Laura Newman. (Reviews)
BELLWETHER Despite the best efforts of abstract painters to establish a surface devoid of any reference to the world, most viewers still tend to look for imagery "hidden" in nonrepresentational canvases. Abstract compositions are often treated...
Letters
FISH AND FOUL To the Editor: While I was interested to read Mike Kelley's comments regarding R. Crumb, Jim Nutt, Peter Saul, and H.C. Westermann ["Obscured Visions: 'Eye Infection,'" March 2002], I was startled by his characterization of Nutt...
Lois Renner. (Reviews)
KERSTIN ENGHOLM GALERIE Lois Renner is Austria's wiliest painter-sculptor. More precisely, he could be called a modelmaker. But what may strike some as paradoxical is that the result of his analyses of color, form, space, and composition is always...
Marc Bijl. (Reviews)
K & S Marc Bijl is a busy man. The Dutch artist, currently a resident at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, has been storming the city for the last two years with a series of public interventions that confuse cultural symbols and national...
Michael Joo. (Reviews)
PAOLO CURTI & CO. In preparing this review I noticed that in writings about Michael Joo, from the merely informative to the profound, there is a sort of embarrassment about citing the complete title of one of his recent works, which was present...
Michael Smith and Joshua White. (Reviews)
HALES GALLERY The story so far: Having purchased land in the Catskills on which to build a conference center for his Wellness Solutions Group, dot-com entrepreneur Mike Smith has made an exciting discovery. The site used to be home to QuinQuag,...
"Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art"
Despite the barrage of negative criticism that greeted "Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art" when it opened in mid-March--from hysterical outrage to self-satisfied dismissals of both the art and the ideas put forward--it is an uncommonly thoughtful...
Mood Swing
"IF YOU FOLLOW THE DOTS," says David Hammons, "you'll end up aboard the Underground Railroad--on Mars." One is entitled to wonder about the presence of a robotic Mars rover among the images Hammons has selected for these pages. But once you note...
Painting Richter
There are as many GERHARD RICHTERs as there are people who care about contemporary art; no matter how illuminating a particular presentation of his work, it will inevitably be partial. The honor of organizing the German painter's first full-scale...
Phil Collins. (Reviews)
TEMPLE BAR GALLERY AND STUDIOS/MEETING HOUSE SQUARE/KERLIN GALLERY. These three separate presentations were dispatches from an artist on the move. Currently based at P.S. 1 in New York, the English-born Collins has lived and worked in Belfast...
Pinot Gallizio. (Reviews)
GALLERIA MARTANO Certain artists working outside the mainstream have succeeded in introducing changes in the direction of art history-- sometimes small changes, sometimes not so small. To this line of eccentrics, which includes such figures as...
Planes, Trains, Automobiles
WITH A SPATE OF RECENT EXHIBITIONS AND THE SHOWCASING of his huge image of an airplane, Flugzeug, 1984, at the reopened Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Thomas Bayrle's audience may at last be catching up with the Frankfurt-based artist. One ally, however,...
Prince at Greene: Daniel Pinchbeck on Peter Pinchbeck. (Slant)
WHEN MY FATHER DIED, in September 2000, he left behind hundreds of paintings and sculptures in his rent-controlled loft on Greene Street. The work ranges from severe wooden constructions made in the 1960s to woozy zigzags crafted out of plaster,...
Rants and Raves: Matthew Higgs on 24 Hour Party People. (Film)
IF YOU GREW UP in the North West of England in the late '70s it was hard to avoid Tony Wilson, by day an anchor for the local television news, by night the host of So it Goes, one of the few television programs, anywhere, to both embrace and actively...
Sabine Hornig. (Reviews)
TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY In Germany modernism arguably found its fullest expression in architecture. In a land without a Picasso or a Matisse, a Malevich or a Rodchenko, it was figures like Mies and Gropius who supplied the Teutonic part in the...
Shirley Tse. (Reviews)
MURRAY GUY "Voluminous changing forms are to be constructed out of some mobile, plastic substance," declared Lucio Fontana in his Manifesto blanco of 1946, a prognostication that seems to have been fulfilled by Shirley Tse's proliferating, self-consuming...
Taysir Batniji. (Reviews)
LAGALERIE "I am against boys becoming heroes at ten / Against the tree flowering explosives / Against branches becoming scaffolds / Against rose-beds turning into trenches / Against it all / And yet / When fire consumes my friends, my youth,...
Trisha Donnelly. (Openings)
Word had it that the artist, dressed as a Napoleonic courier, rode into the gallery on a white horse, read a message of surrender, turned around and rode out. You had to be there. The rest of the show made no mention of it and the artist never photographs...
Ugo Rondinone. (Reviews)
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY/SWISS INSTITUTE I can't stand clowns. Although their ostensible purpose is to make people laugh, clowns seem to exist for the sake of sheer perversity and torment, functioning as absurd objects of derision, creepy interrupters,...
Vik Muniz. (Reviews)
BRENT SIKKEMA The extensive literature on ancient monuments like Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza includes more than a few revisionist titles devoted to exposing the "real" artists behind these works: extraterrestrials. Such texts can easily...
Wooster Group. (Reviews)
ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE With the ferocity of kung fu fighters, Theramenes (Scott Shepherd) and Hippolytus (An Fliakos) faced off from opposite ends of the low platform that was the stage of To You, The Birdie! (Phedre), the Wooster Group's brilliant...
XXV Bienal De Sao Paulo
After a nearly four-year hiatus during which infighting and political posturing nearly brought about its demise, the Bienal de Sao Paulo resurfaced with an exhibition that was a compromise from its inception. In desperation two years ago the Bienal...
Zilla Leutenegger. (Reviews)
GALERIE PETER KILCHMANN A hotel on the moon: Under the black night sky, in the lurid light of the sun as it shines relentlessly on the surface of the moon, Zilla Leutenegger sits on the flat roof of the Forum Hotel and gazes into the endless...