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. 53, No. 1, Spring

Alexander Calder -- Alexander Calder by Joan M. Marter
Joan M. Marter. Alexander Calder. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991. 318 pp.; 170 b/w ills. $75.00Joan Marter's book appears at the right time. The Guggenheim Museum's Picasso and the Age of Iron proved the strength of Alexander Calder's (1898-1976)...
An Artist's Notes on Aging and Death
When we talk about aging another word keeps asserting itself. The other word, the word underneath the word aging, is death. To speak of death is to address the absolute center of human existence. Heidegger saw the human as a being-toward-death. A being...
An Introduction to Estate Planning for the Artist
Every artist should have a last will and testament that disposes of his or her works of art as well as other property at the time of death. If an artist dies without a will, then the property is disposed of by intestacy, that is, the laws of the state...
Anne Noggle
Interviewed by ANNE WILKES TUCKERAlbuquerque, New Mexico, March 11, 1993Anne Noggle was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1922. She came to art when she was in her forties, receiving degrees in art and art history at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,...
Antonio Frasconi
Interviewed by ROBERT BERLINDPurchase, New York, February 4, 1993Antonio Frasconi's parents emigrated from Arezzo to Buenos Aires, where he was born in 1919. He grew up in Montevideo and moved to the United States at age twenty-six, establishing himself...
Art and Old Age
You would like to hear how it is in old age?Certainly, not much is known about that countryTill we land there ourselves, with no right to return.--Czeslaw MiloszOld age. Old: opening with the round vowel, slowing and channeling its "o" through "l," it...
Bob Blackburn
Interviewed by ROBERT BERTLINDNew York, December 14, 1992Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop has been a crucially important feature of the New York art scene since its founding in 1948, one of those abiding, low-key institutions that are perfectly suited...
Creative Exit
Experience has afforded this author the opportunity to be exposed to some very talented and artistic individuals. One such person was Joan Mitchell, the American Abstract Expressionist painter, who is represented in most of the world's major art museums.Having...
Dorothy Dehner
Interviewed by ELIZABETH deBETHUNENew York, August and September 1991, and January and February 1993Dorothy Dehner's personal history has laid the groundwork for her philosophical temperament. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1901 to progressive, cultured...
Elizabeth Catlett
Interviewed by ROBERT BERLINDNew York, April 4, 1991Although she has had no shortage of acknowledgment during her long and productive career, Elizabeth Catlett might nonetheless be included among those senior artists whose reputation has greatly increased...
Elizabeth Layton
Interviewed by ROBERT SOPPELSA and DON LAMBERTWellsville, Kansas, June 1991In the more than one thousand drawings done since she took her first art class in 1977 at the age of sixty-eight, Elizabeth Layton looked relentlessly at the aches and joys of...
George Andrews
Interviewed by BENNY ANDREWSMadison, Georgia, May 1, 1991George Andrews, my father, has always been what our neighbors called "peculiar." And we, his children, followed suit. Today he's peculiar and doing the same things he always did, only more so....
George Cohen
Interviewed by JUDITH RAPHAELEvanston, Illinois, June 29 and July 7, 1991George Cohen became known in the forties and fifties for his paintings and board constructions with objects and mirrors affixed to them. He is considered a major influence on and...
George McNeil
Interviewed by ROBERT BERLINDBrooklyn, New York, May 30, 1990George McNeil was born in New York in 1908. Of the same generation as the Abstract Expressionists and a student of Hans Hofmann, he has often been considered within that context. However, his...
Herbert Ferber
Interviewed by ROBERT BERLINDNew York, May 11 and 25, 1990Although best known for the open-form, welded sculpture that linked him to contemporaries such as David Smith and Theodore Roszak, Herbert Ferber also painted throughout his career. He was, in...
Howard Finster
Interviewed by NORMAN GIRARDOT and RICARDO VIERASummerville, Georgia, June 12 and 13, 1992Age has its rewards for Howard Finster--God's "stranger from another world" and America's best-known visionary folk artist. Fluster was horn in Valley Head, Alabama....
In the Spirit of Fluxus -- in the Spirit of Fluxus
In the Spirit of Fluxus. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1993. 193 pp.; 17 color ills., 100 b/w. $35.00Exhibition schedule: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, February 14-June 6, 1993; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, July 8-October 10, 1993; Museum...
John Coplans
Interviewed by ROBERT BERLINDNew York, May 7, 1990John Coplans was born in London in 1920 and raised in South Africa. He has soldiered in Ethiopia (Abyssinia), Somalia, and Burma (Myanmar) and has lived also in continental Europe and in the United States,...
Lamar Dodd
Interviewed by EVAN R. FIRESTONEAthens, Georgia, May 1991Lamar Dodd was born in Fairburn, Georgia, in 1909 and attended elementary and secondary schools in LaGrange, Georgia. At the age of twelve he was accepted as a special student in art at LaGrange...
Le Siecle De Titien
Gilles Fage, ed. Le Siecle de Titien: L'age d'or de la peinture a Venise, exh. cat. Coordinated by Varena Forcione, with essays and catalogue entries by 22 contributors. 2nd ed. Paris: Editions des Reunion Musees Nationaux, 1993. 755 pp.; 332 color ills.,...
Lost in the Desert -- Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion by Mark C. Taylor
Mark C. Taylor. Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. 360 pp.; 36 color ills., 101 b/w. $45.00Mark C. Taylor, Preston S. Parish Third Century Professor of Religion at Williams College, is one of the first...
Memorializing the Holocaust -- the Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meanings by James E. Young
James E. Young. The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meanings. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. 416 pp.; 121 b/w ills. $35.00In no other place nor time did one witness a phenomenon so sudden and so complex: never were so many human lives...
Pablita Velarde
Interviewed by SALLY HYERAlbuquerque, New Mexico, June 3, 1993Pablita Velarde was born in 1918 at Santa Clara Pueblo, an ancient village in New Mexico's northern Rio Grande Valley. She began to paint as a student at an Indian boarding school in Santa...
Rudy Burckhardt
Statement by the artist, 1991Born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1914, Rudy Burckhardt moved to New York at the age of twenty-one, supporting himself mainly by photographing art for galleries and his artist friends. Throughout the years he has been a strong...
Ruth Duckworth
Interviewed by JUDITH RAPHAELChicago, Illinois, August 3, 1991Ruth Duckworth is an internationally known ceramicist and sculptor who has lived in Chicago for the past twenty-eight years. Her residence is a 6,000-square-foot factory building, which has...
Sari Dienes
Interviewed by ROBERT BERLINDStony Point, New York, May 4, 1990Born in 1899 in Debrecen, Hungary, Sari Dienes, nee Chylinska, was the oldest person I had the opportunity to interview. Also one of the youngest in spirit. After the initial phone conversation...
Self-Portraits
It should not surprise us that public media--films, television sitcoms, advertisements, and human interest features in the magazines--have begun to project images of aged people. It is a fact that the largest audience and targeted market of these venues...
The Critic at Seventy-Five
When I was sixty-five years old, I wrote a book on artistic creativity in old age.(1) Now, a decade later, I can look back on it from what Jung called old age, a time which he believed could be a fruitful and even creative period--indeed, a period which...
The Erotic as Social Security
Eros is love, life force, or instinct, the lust for living. Social Security gives money, the erotic gives vitality, joy, and internal satisfaction. While America's elders--as designated by the Social Security system--receive practical subsistence, society...
Wallace Stevens and the Abstract -- Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism by Glen MacLeod
Glen MacLeod. Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. 253 pp.; 20 b/w ills. $30.00In his essay "Reflections on Wallace Stevens," the influential critic and poet Randall Jarrell...