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. 1, Spring

Addendum: As Though There Is Nothing Else on the Drawing Board
excerpted from In light of the recent events: The Chile Declassification ProjectDuring the late 1990s, in response to pressure from human rights groups, the Clinton administration initiated the Chile Declassifkation Project. The project directed federal...
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Between You and Me: Man Ray's Object to Be Destroyed
"Cut out the eye from a photograph of one who has been loved but is seen no more. Attach the eye to the pendulum of a metronome and regulate the weight to suit the tempo desired. Keep going to the limit of endurance. With a hammer well-aimed, try to...
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Government, Military, & Magic
When the early Egyptian pharaons put the call out for magi and mystics throughout the land, it was a summons both academic and strategic. On the one hand, the quest was to assemble in one place those who professed spiritual, occult, or unconventional...
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In This Issue: Aesthetic Practices
Art encourages us to seek the overlooked in the frequently examined. It questions why innovation hardens into orthodoxy. And it reveals that orthodoxy often opens paths to new possibilities. This issue of Art Journal is a discursive journey. It offers...
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Joan Miro's Drawing-Collage, August 8, 1933: The "Intellectual Obscenities" of Postcards
In 1933, Joan Miro produced over a dozen Drawing-Collages. They are held by major collections, have been included in numerous exhibitions, and are present in nearly every major publication on Miro since they were made in the early 19305. Yet their significance...
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Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics
Douglas Crimp. Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002. 330 pp., 35 b/w ills. $32.95.I like to think of queer theory, applied to the arts, as a kind of rescue mission. The unidentified queer or counterheteronormative...
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Origins ofVirtualism: An Interview with Frank Popper
Joseph Nechvatal: Frank, you are, without doubt, a scarcity. Anyone who looks at the juncture of art and technology finds you nearly unaccompanied when it comes to documenting the historical record between the late 19605 and the early 19905. Basically...
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Out of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School
Pure Painting: Milton Resnick Talks Geoffrey Dorfman. Out of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School. New York: Miclmarch Arts Press, 2003. 3ic pp., 16 color ills., 68 b/w, 6 maps. $35, $28 paper.In his 1951 statement, "What Abstract Art...
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Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics
Marcia Brennan. Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001. 390 pp., 8 color ills., ç/ h/w. Sco, $24.95 paper.In Painting Gender, Constructing Theory:The Alfred Stieglitz...
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Roy McMakin:A Door Meant as Adornment / Curious Boym: Design Works
Michael Darling. Roy McMakin:A Door Meant as Adornment. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003. 97 pp., 80 color ills., 15 b/w. $24.Constantin Boym. Curious Boym: Design Works. Includes essays by Peter Hall and Steven Skov Halt. New York; Princeton...
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Singular Women: Writing the Artist / Women Making Art: History, Subjectivity, Aesthetics
Love Is the Answer Kristen Frederickson and Sarah E. Webb, eds. Singular Women: Writing the Artist. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. 266 pp., 24 b/w ills. $6c, $24.95 paper.Marsha Meskimmon. Women Making Art: History, Subjectivity, Aesthetics....
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Spells & Illusions
2400 B.C. Ranofer was a highly regarded Egyptian prophet of Ptah, the patron of artisans. His position in the priestly caste of Egypt's Fifth Dynasty would have carried great influence in the pharaoh's court.Agrippina, the Sorceress of Rome, actively...
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Strategic Visuality: A Project by Four Artist/Researchers
Trevor Paglen, The Speculative Archive, J. Morgan Puett with Jorge Colombo, and the Center for Tactical MagicIn the following pages, four artist/researchers present their work in print form for Art Journal. What unifies their individual approaches is...
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The BIG QUESTION: Are We in the Dark Ages?
We Put This Query To A Few Thoughtful PeopleWhile the abuse of power comes as no surprise, authority's use of power always seems to catch us off guard. Taught that history is a chain of events punctuated by conquest and decline, we often fail to see...
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The Grafter's Shack
A GENERATED@WAVEHILL INSTALLATION FOR WAVE HILL'S HERBERT AND HYONJA ABRONS WOODLANDJuly 14 - October 27, 2002The Grafter's Shack is a tribute to the individual beekeeper and the art of beekeeping, which has been passed through four generations of the...
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What the Structure Defines: An Interview with Kutlug Ataman
Kiitlug Ataman's hybrid films set oral tradition in opposition to history. They are neither fiction nor documentary proper. They embody the postmodern interpretation of history as a popular consensus on facts instead of a "hard science." History is founded...
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