Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 4, December

Adriana Czernin. (Reviews: Vienna)
GALERIE MARTIN JANDA Adriana Czernin's early videos, such as the one in which she ties herself to a wooden stake like a goat, certainly make an impression: Over and over again we see her try to break out of the circle, but she is always held...
Alexej Koschkarow. (Reviews: Cologne)
JABLONKA GALERIE/LINN LUHN The art of Alexej Koschkarow, a Belarussian who recently graduated from the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, is something quite out of the ordinary. Katharina Fritsch felt so challenged by Koschkarow's baroque, kitschy images...
Anne Collier. (Reviews: Los Angeles)
MARC FOXX I find it easier to deal with work wherein the subtleties are defined by clues as to the artist's attitude (what Thomas McEvilley has called "attitudinal gestures") rather than conveying some kind of mood. It doesn't matter whether...
Ars Electronica
LINZ, AUSTRIA The Web as new-millennium juggernaut is already an old anthem, and it was only slightly refreshed by a politically hip twist at the twenty-third annual Ars Electronica new-media festival. At a cost of nearly $1.7 million dollars...
Avigdor Arikha. (Reviews: New York)
MARLBOROUGH GALLERY In Avigdor Arikha's ink drawing View from the Meridien, 1998, the unmarked texture of paper conveys the open space of the sky. Delicate, atmospheric ink adds to the presence of the surface. In fact, the image seems embedded...
Barry McGee. (Reviews: Milan)
FONDAZIONE PRADA You had to pass through the body of an overturned truck to get into Barry McGee's exhibition, and you then found yourself immersed in a sort of global urban periphery, the terrain in which this young California artist and his...
Best of 2002: Over the Next Twenty-Two Pages, Eleven Artforum Contributors Remember the High Points of a Year in Art. (A Special Issue)
(1) "La Revolution surrealiste" (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris) Werner Spies's grand summation, abloom in the midst of a too Surreal season, was nevertheless the visual dazzler of the year. A pull-out-all-the-stops case was made for the prodigality...
Books. (Best of 2002)
Linda Nochlin Yve-Alain Bois Christopher S. Wood David Reed Anne M. Wagner Michael Warner Tacita Dean John Rajchman Carlos Basualdo Linda Nochlin Two books very different in approach and subject matter stand out this...
Dak'Art 2002. (Reviews: Dakar, Senegal)
VARIOUS VENUES The exhibitions and publications of African curators and critics like Olu Oguibe, Okwui Enwezor, or Salah Hassan, to name just a few, have shown the cliche image of "authentic African art" to be an illusion and have countered it...
Daniel Buren
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, PARIS From the opening salvo of his mammoth exhibition "Le Musee qui n'existait pas" at the Centre Georges Pompidou--a giant square of red-and-white-striped canvas hung in the entry forum--one had the feeling that, unlike...
Darren Murray. (Reviews: Dublin)
KEVIN KAVANAGH GALLERY Need a vacation? Maybe Darren Murray can help you out. The titles of all but one of the six paintings in his exhibition "Constructed for Leisure" contain words or phrases like PEACEFUL, SERENE, and GET AWAY-FROM-IT-ALL:...
Diana Cooper. (Reviews: New York)
POSTMASTERS Diana Cooper is known for humble-looking yet labor-intensive works in which bits of acetate and felt, Post-Its, tiny pom-poms, and tacks accumulate and sprawl virus-like across walls and onto the floor. In that respect, the most noteworthy...
Doug Aitken. (Reviews: New York)
303 GALLERY Much has been made, in recent criticism, of the significance of placing photographic images on sculptural objects. But what sort of potential exists for artists making images as sculptural objects? Doug Aitken's installation on, 2002,...
Edwin Dickinson. (Reviews: New York)
TIBOR DE NAGY GALLERY It's a pity Edwin Dickinson (1891-1978) isn't more widely recognized as a master of painting and drawing. The reputation is deserved not only because his canvases exhibit relentless, focused experimental drive and a command...
England
Andrew Mummery Gallery 63 Compton Street, London EC1V 0BN 020-7251-6265 Fax: 020-7251-5545 Email: info@andrewmummery.com Website: www.andrewmummery.com Tues. - Sat. 11am - 6pm Until December 21 Willard Boeppie. Ori Gersht and...
"Ferus"
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, NEW YORK The art of what used to be called (proudly by its fans, derisively by its detractors) the Ferus "boys club" is back. And it looks pretty damned good after the museum-quality exhibition of key work from Los Angeles's...
Film. (Best of 2002)
John Waters David Bordwell Amy Taubin Ian Birnie Chrissie Iles John Waters 1. Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes) My favorite film of the year. A Douglas Sirk-inspired melodrama that actually works without being campy. How does a director...
Gerald Van der Kaap. (Reviews: Amsterdam)
TORCH GALLERY Gerald Van Der Kaap's show "Passing the Information (II)" consisted of glossy, often large-scale photographs, along with some videos, all of which reflected his stay as artist-in-residence on the campus of the university of Xiamen,...
"Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art in the 1970S". (Reviews: New York)
WHITE COLUMNS Any pop icon worth her salt is known by a single name: Jackie, Marilyn, Madonna. Back around 1970, there were plenty of Glorias around: Ms. magazine founder and activist Gloria Steinem; Archie Bunker's liberal daughter; Gena Rowlands's...
Igor & Svetlana Kopystiansky. (Reviews: London)
LISSON GALLERY I'd forgotten just how loudly the noise of outside traffic used to echo in my Manhattan apartment. But when I walked into Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky's exhibition I felt like I was back there overlooking Broadway: Lisson Gallery's...
Jack Goldstein
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK In a 1972 film by jack Goldstein, a blurred image slowly comes into focus, ultimately sharpening to reveal a man staring straight into the camera's lens. Although not conceived as such, the piece serves...
Janine Antoni. (Reviews: Santa Fe)
SITE SANTA FE Tightrope acts are anxious spectacles. So it's appropriate that Janine Antoni, a virtuoso of public displays of anxiety, learned to walk the high wire for a video commissioned by SITE Santa Fe for her career survey, "taught tether...
Jeff Wall. (Reviews: New York)
MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY. There have been times (and particular pictures) in the past when it seemed that Jeff Wall was determined to take the technical image from classicism to mannerism in one digital swoop. But in his recent works, the style...
Jim Shaw. (Reviews: New York)
SWISS INSTITUTE Since first exhibiting his Thrift Store Paintings more than a decade ago, Jim Shaw has routinely tapped the abundant resources of Sunday painters in order to undermine the prerogatives of taste and connoisseurship. Continuing...
Joe Baldwin. (Reviews: Chicago)
MONIQUE MELOCHE GALLERY Painting gets most exciting when an artist relieves it of its historic burden of pretending to be a stable or consistent communicative vehicle. Joe Baldwin's canvases have a kind of pictorial equanimity and a casual, cursory...
John Hejduk. (Reviews: New York)
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART There was something jarring about "Sanctuaries." The exhibition consisted of models and drawings that were among the last works of architect John Hejduk, who constructed few buildings but was an influential presence...
John Morris. (Reviews: New York)
D'AMELIO TERRAS John Morris practices what critic Alan Weiss calls a "poetics of the ad infinitum," an ecstatic but precise doodling in which handmade marks stand for unrepresentable holism. Morris's drawings are roughly the size of lined binder...
Marcelino Goncalves. (Reviews: Los Angeles)
CHERRY DELOSREYES In Marcelino Goncalves's provocatively titled Receiver (all works 2002), a beaming football beauty, his hair curly and lustrous, his smile exuberant, almost glows as he crouches, seemingly ready to score the winning touchdown--his...
Music. (Best of 2002)
Dennis Cooper Ben Ratliff Andrew Hultkrans Clive Bell Steve Lafreniere Dennis Cooper 1. Super Furry Animals, Rings Around the World Britpop suddenly produced its Sgt. Pepper. A shiny, intelligent, genre-pillaging, totally addictive...
Nedko Solakov. (Reviews: Berlin)
NEUER BERLINER KUNSTVEREIN Over the past several years, Nedko Solakov has been working to dispel the aura that still seems to linger around fine art. Using irony as his dominant rhetorical mode, the Bulgarian's interventionist installations expose...
Patti Smith. (Reviews: Pittsburgh)
ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM Any number of important musicians and writers have produced interesting visual art. Victor Hugo made drawings, Auguste Strindberg painted landscapes, Arnold Schonberg did portraits. And, of course, Antonin Artaud's drawings...
Republic of Ireland
Douglas Hyde Gallery Trinity College Nassau Street, Dublin 2 01-608-1116 Fax: 01-670-8330 Email: dhgallery@tcd.ie Website: www.douglashydegallery.com Open Mon. - Fri. 11am - 6pm, Thurs. 11am - 7pm, Sat. 11am - 4:45pm December...
Richard Wright. (Reviews: Dusseldorf)
KUNSTVEREIN Richard Wright is fascinated by what he calls the "ghosts" of painting's history. The idiosyncrasies of a Guston or an Ensor, for instance, place them in awkward relation to tradition and prompt challenging questions as to painting's...
Rodrigo Andrade. (Reviews: Sao Paulo)
MARILIA RAZUK GALERIA DE ARTE Rodrigo Andrade was part of Casa 7, the '80s' most celebrated group of young Paulistano painters. Their gloomy, large-scale, heavily impastoed paintings represented neo-expressionism's peak here. Several of these...
Rowena Dring. (Reviews: New York)
ELIZABETH DEE GALLERY The painting craze of the past five years or so has found many young artists juxtaposing modes of representation previously considered incompatible. Using high-end enamel or acrylic paints to erase the expressive mark of...
Russell Crotty. (Reviews: New York)
CRG GALLERY Living in a city shrouded by the squalid yellow haze of light pollution, one easily forgets how confoundingly beautiful a clear night sky can be. Russell Crotty, a documentarian for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers...
Simeon Saiz Ruiz. (Reviews: Valencia)
GALERIA TOMAS MARCH Even amid the accelerated rhythm of contemporary life there are artists who still practice meditation and repose. Simeon Saiz Ruiz works with such care that he has painted only four canvases in the past two years. But his...
"Sonic Process: A New Geography of Sounds"
MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA Given the meager attention accorded to sound art by museums, the fact that a large exhibition of the genre has been traveling to key European venues this year is a significant development. Originating at ...
"The Object Sculpture". (Reviews: Leeds)
HENRY MOORE INSTITUTE In lazy artspeak, one could say that Gerd Verhoeven's 2001 video The Blob "deals with" giant pumpkins--except that's just what it doesn't do. The piece combines footage of the 2000 World Pumpkin Confederation Contest (champion...
Thomas Scheibitz. (Reviews: New York)
TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY For visitors pining for another encounter with Thomas Scheibitz's exuberant, chalky pastel canvases, this show must have been disappointing. In place of the wide, quasi-abstract suburban landscapes and quirky still lifes...
Yvonne Todd. (Reviews: Wellington, New Zealand)
PETER MCLEAVEY GALLERY The five large color photographs in Yvonne Todd's "Sea of Tranquility" portray women who project varying degrees of disaffection, stoicism, and timidity. Todd applies Revlon-style control to construct the opposite of the...