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. 63, No. 2, Summer

Aesthetic/Anti-Aesthetic: An Introduction
The following cluster of essays addresses the contemporary art world's renewed engagement with aesthetics, a debate that emerged in the early 19905 and, as yet, shows little sign of abating. Three of the essays, by Alexander Alberro, Anna Dezeuze, and...
An Invitation to Think Again: Digital Media Revisited
An Invitation to Think Again: Digital Media Revisited Gunnar Liestol, Andrew Morrison, and Terje Rasmussen, eds. Digital Media Revisited: Theoretical and Conceptual Innovation in Digital Domains. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003. Includes essays by...
A Triumph for Chicana/o Visual Art and Its Historiography
A Triumph for Chicana/o Visual Art and Its Historiography Victor Alejandro Sorell Gary D. Keller et al. Contemporary Chicana and Chicane Art: Arlisls, Works, Culture, and Education. Tempe, Ariz.: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue, 2002. Vol. I, 336...
Authorizing Warhol
Authorizing Warhol Georg Frei and Neil Printz, eds. The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne, Volume 1: Paintings and Sculpture 1961-1963. New York: Phaidon Press, 2002. 512 pp., 824 color and b/w ills. $375.In some ways it would be easy to dismiss the project...
Beauty Knows No Pain
Every beautiful work can be viewed as an allegory of political well-being, and disharmonic work as an allegory of social pathology.-Arthur DantoThere is something crazy about a culture in which the value of beauty becomes controversial.-Peter SchjeldahlDuring...
Eva Hesse's Influence Today? Conversations with Three Contemporary Artists
Duchamp: When one goes to see people, one is influenced, even if one doesn't think about it!Cabanne: Sometimes influence comes out later.Duchamp: Yes, forty years later!-from Pierre Cabanne, Dialogues with Marcel DuchampInfluence is retrieving its value...
Hip-Hop vs. High Art: Notes on Race as Spectacle
Even those who hold that art is representative of time and place and people cannot help admitting that the more imitative an art is, the less it represents to us the spirit of its age.-Oscar Wilde, "The New Aesthetics"From politicians and television...
Kalliphobia in Contemporary Art
I hate it if I notice that I like something, if I am able to do something, so that I just have to repeat it, that it could become a habit. Then I stop immediately. Also if it threatens to become beautiful.-Dieter RothDieter Roth's kalliphobia, to attach...
Nonsiting the Archive
Nonsiting the Archive Ann Reynolds. Robert Smithson: Learning from New Jersey and Elsewhere. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003. 408 pp., 10 color ills., 82 b/w. $39.95.To say that Robert Smithson: Learning from New Jersey and Elsewhere runs the risk...
Post-Socialist Inventory
Post-Socialist Inventory Laura Hoptman and Tomas Pospiszyl, eds. Primary Documents: A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 19505. New York: Museum of Modern Art, dist. MIT Press, 2002. 376 pp., 90 ills. $29.95.Dubravka Djuric and...
Questions of Influence: Influence of Questions
It does not require gifted political insight to predict that the national debates surrounding an agonizing war in Iraq and an impending presidential election will become alarmingly hyperbolized and polarized. While debates frequently devolve into entrenched...
Readymade, Found Object, Photograph
The 1936 Surrealist Exhibition of Objects brought together a bewildering range of items including natural objects, interpreted natural objects, incorporated natural objects, found objects, perturbed objects, readymade objects, American objects, Oceanic...
Recalling Africa's Modernity
Recalling Africa's Modernity Okwui Enwezor, ed, The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994. New York: Prestel, 2001. 496 pp., 244 color ills., 333 b/w. $75.What makes lhe 1950s interesting is that we had sustained colonization,...
Tactile Dematerialization, Sensory Politics: Helio Oiticica's Parangoles
Like the word parangole, a slang term from Rio de Janeiro that refers to a range of events or states including idleness, a sudden agitation, an unexpected situation, or a dance party, the more than thirty objects so titled by Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica...