Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, November

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November 1962 Forty years ago the nascent phenomenon of Pop art was making its bid to challenge the primacy of Abstract Expressionism. Contributing editor THOMAS CROW revisits John Coplans's "The New Painting of Common Objects," the then associate...
Ann Craven. (Reviews: New York/Boston)
KLEMENS GASSER & TANJA GRUNERT / ALLSTON SKIRT GALLERY Two concurrent and complementary exhibitions of oil paintings from the past four years by Ann Craven attested to the artist's masterful treatment of natural imagery. With these colorful...
Annee Olofsson. (Reviews: New York)
MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY Many of the new narrative dimensions in contemporary art unfold from the endless melodrama of domestic life. The early-twenty-first-century idea of domesticity has turned inward from extroverted, upbeat notions of the...
Bear Necessities
In the dimly received 2002 Whitney Biennial commentators from diverse, even rival camps found one bright spot: Rachel Harrison's slipshod constructions that serve both as sculptures and as supports for found photos and objects. In light of the surprise...
Biennale of Sydney 2002. (Reviews: Sydney)
VARIOUS VENUES This biennial aimed to please. From the upbeat title--"(The World May Be) Fantastic"--to the effervescent press, the stage was set for fun-filled entertainment. Choosing fantasy and fiction as his thematic parameters, British-born...
Bridget Riley. (First Break)
Steven Henry Madoff recounts the serendipitous meeting that led to Bridget Riley's first solo show, at London's Gallery One, in 1962. IT'S THE MEREST COMMONPLACE to say that rain is a nourishing force, and when we do we're usually speaking of...
Cabelo. (Reviews: Rio De Janeiro)
GALERIA PAULO FERNANDES Cabelo's work first gained notoriety in 1996, when he took part in "Antarctica artes corn a folha," a landmark exhibition in Sao Paulo that introduced a new generation of Brazilian artists after that of Ernesto Neto, Adriana...
Charles Matton. (Reviews: New York)
FORUM GALLERY Charles Matron makes architecture and puts it in boxes. Ranging, in this show, from under two feet to nearly three feet high and seen through the boxes' glass fronts, the meticulously detailed sets are sometimes based on real places,...
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. (Reviews: New York)
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART The Whitney owns ninety-two of Claes Oldenburg's drawings (the largest such collection anywhere) and all were on exhibition this summer at the museum, displayed in two groups-those from 1959 to 1977, and those the...
Cyst Acme: Siobhan McDevitt on Black Hole. (Slant)
CHARLES BURNS GETS OFF TO great starts, though his comic-book episodes don't begin in medias res so much as in the middle of nowhere. Take issue No. 6 of his ongoing series Black Hole (Fantagraphics Books): On the left page, a teeny square hit of...
Ed Ruscha. (Reviews: New York)
GAGOSIAN GALLERY Several gallery shows during the past year have testified to the late foundering of many of the original Pop artists, but Ed Ruscha's most recent appearance in New York proved a significant exception. The artist's show included...
Eija-Liisa Ahtila. (Reviews)
TATE MODERN, LONDON An assured grasp of film language together with a merciless questioning of subjective coherence means that none of Eija-Liisa Ahtila's films makes for easy viewing. Cumulatively their effect is one of profound discomfiture....
Entries
David Rimanelli September 12 "FERUS" AT GAGOSIAN, a tribute to the Los Angeles gallery, epicenter of '60s West Coast vanguardism. A queue at the door. "Stefania, can we just go in?" At times like this, one really appreciates knowing gallery...
Forcefield. (Openings)
Spend anytime in Providence, Rhode Island, and you begin to see why H.P. Lovecraft never moved away. The master of prewar horror lit was born in Providence and for much of his adult life could be found walking the streets of the old seaport, soaking...
Gilbert & George. (Reviews: London)
SERPENTINE GALLERY Gilbert & George began as "living sculptures," confounding the seemingly self-evident distinction between artist and object. Even since their work took a primarily photographic form three decades ago, its central trope...
Hawaiian Punch: Andrew Hultkrans on Paul Thomas Anderson. (Film)
"GEEK LOVE" WOULD BE the perfect title for Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, were it not already taken by Katherine Dunn's 1989 carry novel. Instead, the young writer-director settled for Punch-Drunk Love to describe his "$25 million Adam Sandler...
Hayley Newman. (Reviews: Birmingham)
IKON GALLERY Hayley Newman is a performance artist. Last year, for example, she spent a week in Matt's Gallery in London attempting to assimilate and give order to the content of the previous six months' newspapers. She did so through a succession...
Heimo Zobernig. (Reviews: Vienna)
GALERIE MEYER KAINER "Ordering, fixing the places of things as well as ideas in their isolated form and showing their connections"--that's how Heimo Zobernig defines his artistic method, which involves the analysis of ideas, the forms of presentation...
Hotlist
Brooklyn-based new-media artist John Klima explores connections between the virtual and the real through his interactive digital art. His browser Ear h was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and his recent work, Context Breeder, can be viewed...
"Ironic/Iconic". (Reviews: New York)
STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM Likening an artist's work to Chagall's is hardly most people's idea of a compliment. Yet it's hard to ignore a positive connection when looking at Easter Realness, 2002 a painting by Kehinde Wiley, one of three artists...
"Jack Pierson, Regrets". (Reviews)
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, NORTH MIAMI, FL "Jonathan Pierson may have been born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1960, but Jack Pierson was invented in Miami Beach in 1983." So begins curator Bonnie Clearwater's pamphlet text for "Regrets," the...
Jannis Kounellis. (Reviews: Rome)
GALLERIA NAZIONALE D'ARTE MODERNA Monumental yet intimate, this new installation by Jannis Kounellis was a gigantic labyrinth of 143 vertical iron panels, each about eight feet tall, surmounted by a layer of coal, The work invaded the two vast...
Jeremy Deller Talks about after the Gold Rush, 2002. (A Thousand Words)
Jeremy Deller is an artist who gets down with the people, wherever he happens to be. Based in Britain, where he has created artworks with coal miners (The Battle of Orgreave, 2001), marching bands (Acid Brass, 1997), and Manic Street Preachers fans...
John Pittman. (Reviews: Chicago)
ROY BOYD GALLERY The best hard-edged geometric abstraction, especially at small scale, ends up negotiating an almost palpable tension between reduction and expansion. John Pittman narrows his playing field to a very few core elements--a monochromatic...
Josiah McElheny. (Reviews: Santiago De Compostela)
CENTRO GALEGO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA In Jorge Luis Borges's "Los espejos velados" (Covered mirrors), the narrator (named Borges) tells of a former lover who had to veil all the mirrors in her room because every time she looked for her own face...
Justine Kurland. (Reviews: New York)
GORNEY BRAVIN & LEE Art-world cliques are mixed blessings. On the ascendant, a group of artists closely linked by medium, style, and subject, as well as by the institutions where they study and exhibit, can quickly gain an aesthetic cohesiveness...
Lara Schnitger. (Reviews: New York)
ANTON KERN Across a wide spectrum of artistic practice, craft materials are in vogue, with Sarah Sze, Tom Friedman, and Jim Lambie among the many prominent artists using handworked odds and ends such as drinking straws, sugar cubes, and Q-tips...
Leah Gilliam. (Reviews: New York)
NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Pathfinder mission to Mars five years ago produced only some soil samples and a week's worth of grainy stills showing a broad red desert that looked like the inner reaches of Nevada. Yet NASA'S scientists, eager...
Lots in Storr: Michael Wilson on the SITE Santa Fe Biennial's New Curator. (News)
LATE SUMMER brought the announcement that Robert Storr would curate SITE Santa Fe's Fifth International Biennial--following in the footsteps of Bruce Ferguson, Francesco Bonami, Rosa Martinez, and, most recently, Dave Hickey. Hickey's iconoclastic,...
Lukas Duwenhogger. (Reviews: Cologne)
GALERIE DANIEL BUCHHOLZ In his story "The Figure in the Carpet" (1896) Henry James depicts a young critic who, in search of the hidden key to a work by a writer he admires, not only fails to find it, but also loses all joy in the work's detail....
Melik Ohanian. (Reviews: Paris)
GALERIE CHANTAL CROUSEL What is cosmopolitiques? Not merely the title of a new French journal, conceived by philosopher Isabelle Stengers and sociologist of science Bruno Latour, but the name given to political systems that also embrace the nonhuman,...
"Mexico City: An Exhibition about the Exchange Rates of Bodies and Values". (Reviews)
P.S. 1, NEW YORK With the art-world radar now trained on the slightest aesthetic stirrings in every corner of the globe, it's only a matter of time before a local scene is written up, curated, and dispensed to a wider audience. Given the buzz...
Once upon a Time in the East: The Art of Piotr Uklanski
A man in a museum, surrounded by a crowd: Suddenly, he is swallowed in flames, as abruptly as a flaring match. A thirty-second performance, Untitled (The Full Burn), 1998, might stand as the emblem of Polish artist Piotr Uklanski's artistic credo:...
"Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces". (Reviews)
NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, NEW YORK Recent exhibitions like "Out of Place" at MCA Chicago, "Artists Imagine Architecture" at ICA Boston, "BitStreams" at New York's Whitney Museum, and "OIOIOI" at San Francisco MOMA have confirmed two preoccupations...
"Painting on the Move". (Reviews)
KUNSTMUSEUM, MUSEUM FUR GEGENWARTSKUNST, KUNSTHALLE, BASEL To examine the history of painting during the past century as a whole is a daunting task, fit only for the historian or curator with kamikaze fantasies. While the definition of painting...
Past Perfect
IN ANTICIPATION OF THE RELEASE THIS MONTH OF FAR FROM HEAVEN, TODD HAYNES'S MUCH-ANTICIPATED HOMAGE TO DOUGLAS SIRK, GEOFFREY O'BRIEN VISITED THE DIRECTOR AT HIS HOME IN PORTLAND, OREGON, WHERE THEY DISCUSSED HAYNES'S CANNY REDEPLOYMENT OF THE SYNTAX...
Paul Shambroom. (Reviews: New York)
JULIE SAUL Paul Shambroom's "Nuclear Weapons" photographs--images of soldiers climbing on and around nuclear warheads--introduced the Minneapolis-based artist to a national audience at the 1997 Whitney Biennial. The series, which was impressive...
"Perfect Acts of Architecture". (Reviews: New York)
AXA GALLERY "Perfect Acts of Architecture" brought together six series of early and seminal drawings that established the careers and ideologies of five of today's preeminent architects: Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, Thorn Mayne,...
Peter Geschwind/Gunilla Klingberg. (Reviews: Berlin)
KUNSTLERHAUS BETHANIEN It is a stock complaint that the aesthetic of MTV videos, with their quick cuts and random narrative jumps, may be robbing viewers of the last shreds of their attention span. While this adolescent-targeted format seems...
Portfolio: Shelby Lee Adams
"Why couldn't he just have taken a pretty picture?" The image is of a young girl, radiant, bathed in the most exquisite light as she stands behind a torn screen door deep in a Kentucky holler. Yet to her well-dressed older sister who now lives in...
Rick Arnitz. (Reviews: San Francisco)
STEPHEN WIRTZ GALLERY In the tradition of eye-dazzling abstraction, there is something both satisfying and slightly mysterious about Rick Amitz's adroit manipulation of paint. In "Backdrops," the artist's most recent body of work, shimmying stripes...
Robert Linsley. (Reviews: Dusseldorf)
FELIX RINGEL At first glance, Robert Linsley's abstract images, reminiscent of the '50s, seem harmless. But are they? They pose far too many questions for that. For example, how were they actually made? Are they the result of a technical process...
Room with a View: Daniel Herman on Diller + Scofidio's New ICA, Boston. (News)
To the flurry of fancy new American museum buildings add Diller + Scofidio's Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, slated for completion in 2006. Happily, the New York-based team's recently unveiled design has little in common with many of its...
Salla Tykka. (Reviews: Bern)
KUNSTHALLE BERN A young woman boxes with an older, much larger man, the vulnerability of her naked torso in stark contrast to her aggressive punches. An adolescent escapes from a building in which she has been suffocated by a triangular relationship...
Slow Burn
ON THE OCCASION OF THE FIRST MAJOR SURVEY OF THE WORK OF CARROLL DUNHAM, WHICH RUNS THROUGH FEBRUARY 2, 2003, AT THE NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN NEW YORK, ROBERT STORR LOOKS BACK ON THE CAREER OF THIS IDIOSYNCRATIC ARTIST WHO HAS SPENT OVER...
Tim Bavington. (Reviews: Los Angeles)
MARK MOORE GALLERY I think of Tim Bavington as a kind of bartender. Trained in Las Vegas, America's speakeasy for broad definitions of aesthetic activity (where he was mentored and championed by resident aesthete Dave Hickey), he serves up exotic...
Toland Grinnell. (Reviews: New York)
MARY BOONE GALLERY Toland Grinnell is unapologetically aspiring to the condition of fashion. The young artist has gone from using Samsonite suitcases as quirky unfolding Duchampian constructions to designing and fabricating his own "line" of...
Tony Matelli. (Reviews: Rome)
GIAN ENZO SPERONE Three life-size figures were placed on pedestals shaped in some cases like rocks, in others like tree stumps. Around the sculptures, the gallery walls were decorated with wallpaper bearing a marine motif: a digitized photographic...
Top Ten
The work of Los Angeles--based artist Sam Durant is on view in solo exhibitions at LA MOCA through January and at the Kunstverein Dusseldorf from January through March 2003. 1 DEMOCRACY NOW! With the major news media functioning as infotainment...
Vincent Fecteau. (Reviews: Berkeley, CA)
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM Vincent Fecteau's modest-scale sculptures have always exuded a curiously mixed vibe: They're inviting because of their arts-and-crafts materials yet repellent because of their open, even defiant expression of creative anxiety....
What He Did: Barbara Rose on Larry Rivers. (Passages)
ONE OF THE REASONS I came to New York before I was old enough to go anywhere was to meet artists like Larry Rivers. Larry was already famous--or infamous--for indulging in activities that white-bread America in the '50s believed was a one-way ticket...
Yoshitaka Amano. (Reviews: New York)
LEO KOENIG INC. Battle of the Planets, the sci-fi anime that Yoshitaka Amano created at Tokyo's Tatsunako Productions, was a staple of my after-school TV-watching schedule in late-'70s England. With costumes that placed them somewhere between...