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. 66, No. 1, Spring

555-1171: Cover for Art Journal by Sarah Oppenheimer
In his passionate rant "Junkspace," the architect Rem Koolhaas laments the determined and indeterminate, draining and drained character of globalized contemporary space.1 Driven only marginally by design, form, plan, and program, Junkspace is formless...
Read preview Overview
Aesthetics,Art History, Modernism
Aesthetics,Art History, Modernism Stephen Melville J. M. Bernstein. Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Pointing. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006. 400 pp., 20 b/w ills. $70 cloth, $27.95 paper.With some notable exceptions,...
Read preview Overview
Brixton Calling
Brixton Calling Courtney J. Martin David A. Bailey, Ian Baucom, and Sonia Boyce, eds. Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts In 1980s Britain. Durham: Duke University Press, in collaboration with the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) and...
Read preview Overview
Colab Takes a Piece, History Takes It Back: Collectivity and New York Alternative Spaces
May 1977 proved to be an active month for the New York art world and its growing alternatives. The Guggenheim Museum mounted a retrospective of the color-field painter Kenneth Noland; a short drive upstate, Storm King presented monumental abstract sculptures...
Read preview Overview
Emerging Issues in Contemporary Design: A Roundtable
Barbara J. Bloemink, Brooke Hodge, Ellen Lupton, and Matilda McQuaid, with Patricia C. PhillipsThis conversation took place December 7, 2006, at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in New York. The participants were Barbara J. Bloemink, Brooke Hodge,...
Read preview Overview
Excerpts from Title Variable
Selections from Was ist los?2005-Toscanini's tenure at La Scala wrought changes that would eventually turn the form into the consummate bourgeois entertainment. Prior to his arrival, the orchestra was seated on the same level as the audience, an audience...
Read preview Overview
Interview with Seth Price
Among other things, Seth Price's 2001 project Title Variable is a question, a query that might be phrased-as the artist did in his 2002 essay "Dispersion"-as follows: "Suppose an artist were to release the work directly into a system that depends on...
Read preview Overview
In This Issue: The Exquisite and Urgent Importance of Art
In the past four years, Art Journal has included a number of thematic investigations. These were tactical clusters of essays and projects that sought to deepen the register and expand the range generally represented in a single essay by one author. (They...
Read preview Overview
Once More . . . with Feeling: Reenactment in Contemporary Art and Culture
Curatorially speaking, the arrangement of objects hanging on the inside of the fridge door is as interesting as the magnetized "hang" of pictures and recipes on the outside. Likewise, the battery of camouflaged men pressed against the cold shelf of a...
Read preview Overview
Publishing Art: Alternative Distribution in Print
The essays, artists' projects, and interview that follow explore the use of the printed page as a site of alternative distribution for art. In the expanded field of the 1960s and 1970s, printed matter, in the form of criticism, interviews, photographic...
Read preview Overview
Re-Member the Audience: Adrian Piper's Mythic Being Advertisements
On page fifty-six of the September 27, 1973, issue of The Village Voice, one finds a sea of advertisements arranged in vertical columns by size and visual "weight." Scanning the page, one sees that John Fitzgibbon of the Open Eye group offers acting...
Read preview Overview
The Limits of Representation?
The Limits of Representation? Ikem Stanley Okoye Annie E. Coombes. History after Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. 386 pp., 11 color ills., 106 b/w. $99.9; cloth, $27.95 paper.My...
Read preview Overview
Trueblack
Or has he by way of the language caught the German mania for name-giving, dividing the Creation finer and finer, analyzing, setting namer more hopelessly apart from named, even to bringing in the mathematics of combination, tacking together established...
Read preview Overview
Visions, Valves, and Vestiges: The Curdled Victories of the Bienal De la Habana
The Bienal de La Habana, started in 1984 as the direct result of one of Fidel Castro's legendary brainstorms, was inaugurated under the banner of Cuba's forceful idealism and anti-imperialism. The Bienal has stalwartly advocated the need for a forum...
Read preview Overview