Art Journal

An academic journal publishing original contributions on the visual arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Content includes scholarly articles, interviews, conversations, forums, speculations, working notes, pedagogical essays, and artists? projects relevan

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 4, Winter

African Modernism, from the Margins to the Marketplace
Olu Oguibe and Okwui Enwezor, eds. Reading the Contemporary:African Art from Theory to the Marketplace. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999. 432 pp., 20 color ills., 50 b/w. $27.95 paper. African Modernism, from the Margins to the MarketplaceDuring the late 1980s...
Against the Grain
Susan Bee and Mira Schor, eds. M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists' Writings, Theory, and Criticism. With an introduction by Johanna Drucker. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000. 496 pp., $79.95; $24-95 paper. Against the GrainMainstream art critics...
Ancient Iraq, Contemporary Crisis
As I write this introduction, it has been three and a half months since the first appalling news of the looting of the Iraq Museum and the burning of the National Library in mid-April. As you read the set of essays collected here, it will have been many...
Creating Democracy: A Dialogue with Krzysztof Wodiczko
Krzysztof Wodiczko: For me, a central question is, where are we today regarding democracy with relation to art? How can art influence and be influenced by the process of democracy? I believe that the examination of democracy and public space is a project...
Dark Unfathomed Retrospect
Michael Auping. Philip Guston Retrospective. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2003. Includes essays by Dore AsliLon, Auping, Bill Berkson, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Philip Guston, Joseph Rishel, and Michael E. Shapiro. 271 pp., 158 color ills., 39 b/w. $50. Dark...
Desire in Diaspora: Emily Jacir
"If I could do anything for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?" This question was recently posed to Palestinian exiles by Palestinian American artist Emily Jacir. Taking advantage of her ability to move about relatively freely in Israel with...
Fantasy and Force: A Brief Consideration of Artists and War in the American Century
Walking into the exhibition War (What Is It Good For?), at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, last spring, viewers were presented with a dramatic confrontation.1 A life-size, green toy soldier took aim at three machine gun-toting men dressed in...
Fragments of the Modern
Alan Colquhoun. Modern Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. 272 pp., 50 color ills., 74 b/w., 38 line ills. $18.95 paper. Fragments of the ModernAlan Colquhoun's long-awaited survey of modern architecture opens with a broad distinction...
In This Issue: Why We Should Care
Art Journal presents and examines issues of modern and contemporary visual arts. Yet the first image in this issue is a photograph of the temple precinct of the Parthian city of Hatra (150 B.C.-250 A.D.). It is followed by images of Babylon's Ishtar...
Iraq's Cultural Heritage: Monuments, History, and Loss
Between April 12 and 15, 2003, the Iraq Museum in Baghdad was looted, and many of the most important objects in the collection were stolen. Among them were the famous monumental UrukVase of 3300 B.C. that appears in every art survey textbook and is one...
Pilgrimage to My Lai: Social Memory and the Making of Art
Vietnam the War never ends. It lurks in the shadows of U.S. history and emerges at difficult moments to stir up a past thick with denial.The StainOn March 16, 1968, the men of the 11th Brigade entered the village of My Lai, which they called Pinkville,...
The Crumbling of an Ivory Tower
The news that filtered out of Iraq in late March 2003 via, in my case, a TV screen in an Italian hotel was horrendous; the pictures of a devastated Iraq Museum and a distraught director left me, too, in tears. This was followed by rage at what at first...
The Melancholia of AIDS: Interview with Douglas Crimp
From 1977 to 1990, Douglas Crimp was an editor of the journal October. In 1987 he edited the October special issue on AIDS, entitled AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism and published as a book in 1988.1 This collection of critical, cultural, and...
Why Should We Care?
In the wake of the looting of the Iraq Museum in April 2002, many of us who work in the previously invisible field of ancient Mesopotamian art and archaeology found ourselves besieged by media requests for information and insights into what had happened....