Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, October

Adrian Piper
GENERALI FOUNDATION, VIENNA In 1992 just when a series of attacks on refugee camps was forcing a reunited Germany to confront its history anew, Adrian Piper made her first significant appearance in the German-speaking art world, with a solo exhibition...
American Fine Arts at P.H.A.G. (Reviews)
ALEX BAG Alex Bag's turf in the New York art world is comparable to Ann Magnuson's in the '80s and William Wegman's in the '70s: She is the artist who makes artists laugh, clueing in to their culture while sending it up, in Bag's case quite ruthlessly....
Andrew Kreps. (Reviews)
ROE ETHRIDGE The first sign of trouble (or complexity) in Roe Ethridge's exhibition "The Bow" comes from its very title. Read the word bow and you assume a meaning (and pronunciation), despite the fact that Ethridge provides no conclusive visual...
Artists Space. (Reviews)
"INFOTECTURE" A loosely conceived exhibition of projects by architects and designers, "Infotecture" surveyed design methodologies that represent and organize information at a time when we are constantly communicating, shopping, watching, and...
A Thousand Words: Santiago Sierra
TALKS ABOUT HIS WORK The curator at Kunst-Werke, or KW, Berlin, Klaus Biesenbach, asked to show Lifted Out Wall Leaning Over by 60 Degrees and Held Up by 5 People in the summer of 2000. We discussed how the performance, which deconstructs the...
Band of Outsiders. (the Art of Kai Althoff)
Kai Althoff neither owns nor rents a studio. Not that his production doesn't merit one--galleries in Cologne, Berlin, and New York all show and sell his work. Althoff simply refuses an extra space, unwilling to divide the spheres of work and life....
BQ. (Reviews)
FRIEDRICH KUNATH "Welcome Home Steve Curry" was the title under which Friedrich Kunath, born in 1974, opened the new gallery BQ in Cologne's Belgian Quarter, which has again become more important in recent years as new spaces have appeared. Drawings,...
Caren Golden Fine Art. (Reviews)
TOM BURCKHARDT Things, identifiable and otherwise, run amok in Tom Burckhardt's work, all on pretty much equal footing. By the artist's standards, a Greek amphora is as neat as a wheelbarrow is as cool as a quivering mass of dots is as super-duper...
"Cher Peintre, Lieber Maler, Dear Painter"
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, PARIS "Cher Peintre, Lieber Maler, Dear Painter" is the latest in a crop of international exhibitions devoted to the subject of painting. "Painting on the Move," the Kunstmuseum Basel's recent tour of the practice during...
Conner Contemporary Art. (Reviews)
KENNY HUNTER The exhibition "Chase the Devil," the first in the United States for Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter, included seven sculptures and two silk-screen prints. In contrast to the prints, both 2000, which contain manipulated photographic...
Eric Banks on Artforum, October 1972. (10 20 30 40)
Thirty years ago this month, Artforum went to Kassel for the first time. Senior editor ERIC BANKS revisits the magazine s coverage of Documenta 5, the first themed installment of the peerless European quinquennial. IN "'REALITY': IDEOLOGY AT...
Four of a Kind. (the Art of Blinky Palermo)
IT'S TOO BAD THE BLINKY PALERMO exhibition scheduled to open next month at Barcelona's Museu d'Art Contemporani won't be traveling to the United States. Four Palermo retrospectives have toured European cities since 1980, and none of them has made...
Galeria De Arte Ruth Benzacar. (Reviews)
JORGE MACCHI You couldn't think of a more deceptive title for this exhibition than "Fuegos de artificio" (Fireworks). There is nothing either spectacular or transient about these mostly white, gray, and black works that, even when not downright...
Galerie Liliane & Michel Durand - Dessert. (Reviews)
DJAMEL TATAH Just inside the entrance, to the right, hung a very tall canvas. Its brick-colored ground was not smooth, but rather traversed by various traces: The brush marks revealed underlying layers of other colors, and the space thus created...
Galleria Raffaella Cortese. (Reviews)
MARCELLO MALOBERTI All'incirca alla caviglia (More or less about the ankle; all works 2002): Fifteen Indian immigrants, flower vendors from the streets of Milan, standing with their faces turned away, motionless on stools lined up along the narrow...
Goldin's Years
A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH NAN GOLDIN'S RETROSPECTIVE BEGAN A SIX-VENUE TOUR AT THE CENTRE GIEORGES POMPIDOU IN PARIS. AS THE EXHIBITION DRAWS TO A CLOSE THIS WINTER, LISA LIEBMANN REEXAMINES THE CAREER OF AN ARTIST WHOSE OEUVRE IS INEXTRICABLY BOUND...
Goldman Tevis. (Reviews)
MICHELE O'MARAH Two questions: (1) Why are most films shown in the gallery or museum context so expensive and so pukoid? (2) In the shadow of the Hollywood sign, what is the difference between an appropriation and a remake, given that the remake...
Inman Gallery. (Reviews)
AMY BLAKEMORE The Diana camera--an apparatus cheaply made in the early 1960s that subsequently developed a cult following not unlike that of Pixelvison video--might be described as a subjectivity machine, a device for the manufacture of idiosyncrasy....
Inverleith House. (Reviews)
CATHY WILKES Perched on a hill within Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden, Inverleith House overlooks the city and its cold architectural grandeur. Built in 1774, Inverleith was home to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art from 1960 to 1984....
Jacques le Narcissiste: Rhonda Lieberman on Derrida. (Film)
RHONDA LIEBERMAN ON DERRIDA WE CULTURE-ISTAS KNOW Derrida is the Madonna of thought. He's antiphallogocentric and a total diva. Undeniably powerful, he's either revered or deplored as the author of cultural relativism, rampant textuality, and...
Joseph Nechvatal. (Hotlist)
Joseph Nechvatal has been making computer-assisted robotic paintings since 1986. His most recent show, "vOluptuary: an algorithmic hermaphornology," was on view this summer at Universal Concepts Unlimited in New York. It's tough to learn the...
Lynda Benglis. (First Break)
Barry Schwabsky revisits the circumstances of Lynda Benglis's career-making invitation to participate in the Whitney Museum of American Art's 1969 "Anti-Illusion" show and her subsequent decision to withdraw her work from that influential exhibition....
Magazzino D'arte Moderna / Frith Street Gallery. (Reviews)
MASSIMO BARTOLINI Massimo Bartolini recently had three important solo exhibitions--first in Milan, then in Rome, and finally in London (in a two-person show with Wiebke Siem). In Rome his intervention involved what has become his typical way...
Marianne Boesky Gallery and Friedrich Petzel Gallery. (Reviews)
"PENETRATION" How to revitalize the summer group show? What would guarantee notice? Hmm, gee--what about "Penetration"? As guest curator Mark Fletcher noted drolly in his gallery statement, his concept was "conceived" to link two galleries that...
"Matisse Picasso"
TATE MODERN, LONDON If the Kimbell Art Museum's 1999 "Matisse and Picasso" had needed a complement, then "Matisse Picasso," the touring exhibition organized by Tate Modern, the Grand Palais, and the Museum of Modern Art, would surely be it. But...
Max Protetch. (Reviews)
DAVID REED No beds, no videos. Here we got David Reed without any of his recent quasi installations. Instead, the six big new abstract paintings served up basics--Reed's slithering painterly gesturalism, complemented by deft variations of format...
McKee Gallery. (Reviews)
MARTIN PURYEAR For his latest exhibition Martin Puryear made four extraordinary sculptures. Sometimes painted black and sometimes tarred, these wooden vessels all had subliminal power, seeming like props from a mystery play while making uncanny...
Mike Kelley
PATRICK PAINTER, LOS ANGELES A goofily odd statue of John Glenn made Out of "memory ware" (found fragments of family china, parti-colored glass, etc.) towered over John Glenn Memorial Detroit River Reclamation Project (Including the Local Culture...
Museum of Modern Art. (Reviews)
CHRISTIAN MARCLAY More than a decade separates Christian Marclay's Tape Fall, 1989, a classic early Marclay fusion of object and sound, from this year's Video Quartet, a sublime meditation on film as an audiovisual medium. But seeing both pieces...
New Museum of Contemporary Art. (Reviews)
LEE BUL Lee Bul gained prominence in the late '90s with a series of "Cyborg" sculptures. These hybrid forms, composed of seamlessly fused organic and mechanical motifs, spoke to the increasingly tenuous boundary between body and machine. At once...
Real Jardin Botanico. (Reviews)
ELINA BROTHERUS Can a photograph reflect reality? The Paris-based Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus, whose work was shown here under the aegis of the annual PHotoEspana photography festival, seems to give her answer to that question in Le...
Really Fantastic: Glenn O'Brien on Mati Klarwein. (Slant)
GLENN O'BRIEN ON MATI KLARWEIN I FIRST ENCOUNTERED MATE KIARWEIN in 1970. Miles Davis had just released his revolutionary Bitches Brew, which featured Mati's painting on the sleeve. It was a perfect visual synthesis of Miles's magical amalgam...
Rhona Hoffman Gallery. (Reviews)
JULIA FISH During the past ten years, Julia Fish has created paintings and works on paper based almost exclusively on her immediate physical environment. Depicting snippets of sky viewed in different seasons through her studio window, isolating...
Road Food
LIVING ARTISTS HAVE LONG MADE for conflicted subjects of museum retrospectives, as Ed Ruscha's drawing I Don't Want No Retro Spective testified on the cover of his first retrospective catalogue, in 1982. Institutional laurels can lend an eerie historicity...
Roe Ethridge. (Top Ten)
Roe Ethridge is a New York--based photographer. His solo show at the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville opens in December. 1 AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS America is cursed (or blessed) by Wal-Mart. Regardless, it's a good place to get a cheap...
Ronald Jones on "Gasthof 2002": Food Fur Thought. (News)
Hospitality, if not quite standard in core curricula, shows up as an academic subject in a mixed bag of contexts: Jacques Derrida devoted numerous seminars to the topic; the University of Nevada at Las Vegas confers Ph.D.s in the business of being...
Schirn Kunsthalle. (Reviews)
"FREQUENZEN [HZ]" Many have observed a change in the Schira Kunsthalle's image since Max Hollein was named director: Out with the window onto the past, in with the preoccupations of the moment. But that new image isn't quite accurate; connections...
Sculpturecenter. (Reviews)
NINA KATCHADOURIAN Nina Katchadourian was hiking last year in Trinidad when she heard a naggingly familiar sound. It was, she knew, a birdcall, shrill and intermittent, patterned by the deep urges of instinct. But it sounded just like a car alarm....
Sony Style Store. (Reviews)
GERWALD ROCKENSCHAUB Any artist wishing to thematize the play between forces of culture and capital would be well advised to seek contact with the real economy. Otherwise, an analysis or critique of this relationship would be rather a bloodless...
Spencer Brownstone. (Reviews)
SVEN PAHLSSON In the more than forty years since the publication of Jane Jacobs's Death and Life of Great American Cities, her groundbreaking critique of postwar urban development, a wide array of voices have joined the writer in lamenting the...
Steven Shearer. (Openings)
Recently voted the world's most desirable place to live, Vancouver, British Columbia, will soon add to its enviable list of civic and cultural amenities the Steven Shearer Gallery of Contemporary Art Featuring the Art of Steven Shearer. Not quite...
The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. (Reviews)
"FAMILY" Families are the stuff of great stories, both fictional and real, from Lear and the Sopranos to the Hapsburgs and Kennedys. We are all experts on the subject, whether our expertise lies in trying to escape family--with its dynamics of...
The Project. (Reviews)
TRACEY ROSE History is constantly scoured for anything sufficiently passe to import to the present as currency of contemporary cool. A likely candidate would be early feminist art, for a more neglected genre you're not likely to find--but things...
Various Venues. (Reviews)
"CONTINUITA" There are places condemned to look backward, longingly, at a bygone era. Tuscany, cradle of the Renaissance, is one of them. The fine, wealthy bourgeoisie that inhabit Florence and the surrounding region have long comprised one of...
Victoria Miro Gallery. (Reviews)
CHRIS OFILI The very idea of the Rothko Chapel has always bugged me. Do modern paintings really need to bear the weight of the world, and must their viewers contemplate with religious awe the paintings' failure to do so? Well, you can imagine...
Whitechapel Art Gallery. (Reviews)
LIAM GILLICK "The Wood Way" brought together a selection of twenty-eight works from two ongoing series produced over the past six years--the "What If? Scenarios" and the "Discussion Islands." The exhibition title is a literal translation of the...
Wiener Secession. (Reviews)
AYSE ERKMEN Nothing disquiets the Turkish quite as much as large bubbles in their coffee. Small bubbles are good and portend health or fortune, but the big ones are a bad sign. And so one must burst them before drinking. "Killing Space" is how...