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. 64, No. 1, Spring

After the End: Strategies of Resistance
The conversations from which this article is excerpted took place in spring 2003 in telephone calls between New York (Strauss) and Los Angeles (Martinez). This piece will continue in the next issue of Art Journal.David Levi Strauss: Since we're doing...
An Opportunity: The Miss Black Factory Contest
The Black Factory contends that blackness is limited not by race but by our courage to imagine it differently.-William Pope.LIn a one-question, one-answer interview with C. Ondine Chavoya, William Pope.L described his employment with Merlin, a shady...
Fast Times
Fast Times Pamela M. Lee. Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004. 394 pp., 67 ills.As the earth's rotation and our own mortality make daily and perhaps disturbingly evident, there are few subjects seemingly as timeless...
From Form to Platform: The Politics of Representation and the Representation of Politics
Held in the summer of 1989, the exhibition Magiciens de la terre was presented by its main curator, Jean-Hubert Martin, as the first truly planetary exhibition of contemporary art. It received a mitigated critical reception that underlined two contextual...
Identity Exhibitions: From Magiciens De la Terre to Documenta II
Despite a continual morphing of the large, high-profile, temporary, group-identity exhibition, the provocative case studies published in this issue of Art Journal argue that, in the fifteen years between Magiciens de la terre and Documenta 11, the genre...
Identity Roller Coaster
Jean-Hubert Martin's exhibition Magiciens de la Terre of 1989 and Okwui Enwezor's Documenta n of 2002 serve as bookends for this series of essays about the term "identity" within discourses about global exhibitions. Identity as a construct and "globalism"...
In This Issue: Art of Attention
With this issue of Art Journal, we are pleased to launch a series of Special Artists' Projects with work by the protean William Pope.L. His project exploits features of display and distribution to continue the development of The Black Factory, a mobile...
New-Media Art Education and Its Discontents
A crisis has emerged in new-media arts education. Despite the widespread emergence of new-media arts programs and strong student interest throughout North American universities as well as in Finland, Singapore, Thailand, China, Germany, and Australia,...
Ordering the Universe: Documenta II and the Apotheosis of the Occidental Gaze
History is always interpretative, and it is that exegetical coloring and its inevitable and successive variations that give it a fictional quality. All narratives of this type thus turn out to be fatally tied to a fiction that they create and found.-Carlos...
Reading Thai Art Internationally
Reading Thai Art Internationally Steven Pettifor. Flavours:Thai Contemporary Art. Bangkok: Thavibu Gallery, 2003. 130 pp., 79 color ills., 2 b/w. $30.Steven Pettifor's Flavours:Thai Contemporary Art is the first survey to capture Thailand's contemporary...
Slasher Story
Early in 2001, librarians at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library began to discover books that had been slashed and then shoved beneath the shelving units in the stacks. Almost all of the slashed books focused on lesbian and gay culture,...
The Elusive Modern
The Elusive Modern Hayden Herrera. Arshile Gorky: His Life and Work. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003. 784 pp., 60 color ills., 120 b/w. $45.In 1920 a teenage boy came to the United States to escape the Armenian Genocide-the first bout of ethnic...
Then and Now: Whitney Biennial 1993
It is a reasonable claim to say that the 1993 Whitney Biennial was one of a number of shows that fixed the terms of critical debate in the late 19808 and early 19905. More than ten years later, what continues to strike me about this particular Biennial...
The New Iconoclasm
New laws aimed at curtailing the production and distribution of child pornography may not, at first blush, appear to be of particular interest to artists and scholars of contemporary visual culture. But the Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996 and...
Tinting the American Subject
Tinting the American Subject Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis.eds. Only Skin Deep: ChangingVisions of the American Self. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003. 416 pp., 300 color ills. $40.This hefty tome, accompanying the eponymous exhibition and weighing in more...
Transgressive Transcendence in the Photographs of Rotimi Fani-Kayode
Rotimi Fani-Kayode died of complications due to AIDS on December 21, 1989. During his career, which spanned a mere six years, he produced an oeuvre that takes notions of migration, a quintessential otherness, and the interrogation of history as the roots...