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. 59, No. 3, Fall

An Interview with Joyce and Max Kozloff
In the following conversation with Vicki Goldberg, Joyce and Max Kozloff discuss issues raised by their joint traveling exhibition Crossed Purposes: Joyce & Max Kozloff, sponsored by the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and on...
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Beauty and Trauma
I have the kind of memory that is mostly useless as a way of lending an ordered structure to time and experience. Some of my recollections are so implausibly textured that I sometimes think they could only have been invented. Nevertheless, they constitute...
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Biocollage
From the mid-twentieth century onward, our bodies have undergone two ostensibly paradoxical changes: they have expanded outward through the prostheses of electronic communication, and they have contracted to the microscopic dimension of DNA codes. The...
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Body Invasion and Resistant Cultural Practice
Whenever new vision technologies make a cultural appearance, and access to them begins to trickle down to less endowed areas of specialization (like art production) , there are those who will immediately seize the opportunity to get in on the ground...
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GFP Bunny
When it was first proven that Dolly, the cloned sheep, had a genetic makeup the age of her host, it threatened to end the fascination with cloning as a viable method of reproduction. (Why would a member of any species want to start out old?) But in April...
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Installations by Asian Artists in Residence at the Mattress Factory: An Interview with Michael Olijnyk
Installations by Asian Artists in Residence is an exhibition that was on view at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh from October 30, 1999, to July 31, 2ooo. The Mattress Factory is an alternative museum that commissions, presents, and collects site-specific...
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In This Issue/florescence
The hopeless urge to bind The too contingent self to history By anchoring at visible islands. -Linda Nochlin, "Matisse Swan Self," 1973 As I write this, the news is filled with victorious announcements of the completion of the Human Genome Project. Science,...
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Looking at Sculpture Darkly: The Sculpture of Barbara Chase-Riboud
Looking at Sculpture Darkly:The Sculpture of Barbara Chase-Riboud Wayne Andersen Barbara Chase-Riboud: Sculptor. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1999. Essays by 55 color ills., qs b/w. $39.95. In Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn an exasperated Jim says...
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Mapping the New New World
Having the human genome is like having a Landsat map of the earth, compared to a world where the map tapers off into the unknown. . . . It's as different a view of human biology as a map of the earth in the fourteen-hundreds was compared to a view from...
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Navigating the Narrative in Space: Gender and Spatiality in Virtual Worlds
Technology allows us an alternate space within which we can invent unique methods of telling stories, forming identities, and remembering. As a media maker, I value the ability to use digital tools and to work comfortably within computer-generated spaces....
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Negotiating the Taxonomy. Contemporary African Art: Production, Exhibition, Commodification
Negotiating the Taxonomy. Contemporary African Art: Production, Exhibition, Commodification Lauri Firstenberg Sidney Littlefield Kasfir. Contemporary African Art. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1999. 224 pp., 74 color ills., 106 bow. $ 14.95 paperback....
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Playing with Life: Art and Human Genomics
The budding age of biotechnology represents a major turning point in human culture. How do we visualize this turning point? How do we picture a new age of genetic manipulation, of cloning, of cybernetics, a literal synergy between computing and biology,1...
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SF, Technoscience, Net.art: The Politics of Extrapolation
Many advocates of biotechnology claim that we are entering the "biotech century"-a novel historical period of revolutionary changes in science and medicine. Such optimistic sentiments were exemplified by the recent "completion" of the sequencing of the...
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Visualizing the Posthuman
No longer a cloud on the distant horizon, the posthuman is rapidly becoming an everyday reality. Kevin Warwick communicates in binary code with computer devices in the environment via an implant in his arm; portions of a lamprey eel brain, transplanted...
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