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. 58, No. 3, Fall

Between Modernism and Modernization: Locating Modernity in South Asian Art
When working in New Delhi in 1985, I saw an exhibition of watercolors by Laxma Goud, a prominent Indian artist, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, the national institution for contemporary visual art. Rumor had it that the late U.S. collector Chester Herwitz...
Conceptualism: Reevaluation or Revisionism?
Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s--1980s. Exh. cat. Flushing, N.Y.: Queens Museum of Art, 1999. Essays by Reiko Tomi (with Chiba Shigeo), Claude Gintz, Laszlo Beke, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Peter Wollen, Terry Smith, Margarita Tupitsyn, Ckwai...
Contemporary Indian Art
How, then, is one to make any simple, summarizing statement... about so multiform a literature, hailing from that huge crowd of a country (close to a billion people at the last count), that vast, metamorphic, continent-size culture, which feels, both...
Contemporary Indian Art: A Question of Method
This is artistic rapture's most difficult negotiation with the agora of interpretation, for in order to ensure the survival of art, its authenticity or autonomy has to be partially erased. -Homi K. Bhabha1 With a recent groundswell of interest in contemporary...
Fluxus Revised and Revisited
Joan Marter, ed. Off Limits: Rutgers University and the Avant-Garde, 1957-1963. Exh. cat. Newark: The Newark Museum and New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999. Essays by Simon Anderson, Joseph Jacobs, Jackson Lears, Marter, Kristine Stiles. 199...
Intersections: Urban and Village Art in India
Shilpani, works of art made by man, are imitations of divine forms; shilpa, artisans, in tune with divine rhythms, produce visual interpretations in spite of the limitations of the human personality. -Aitareya Brahmana (6.5.27) Indian writers and art...
Kiefer's Paradox
Matthew Biro. Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 319 pp., 107 b/w ills. $75. Lisa Saltzman. Anseirn Kiefer and Art afterAuschwitz. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 173 pp., 40...
Mama-Dada
Naomi Sawelson-Gorse, ed. Women in Dodo: Essays on Sex, Gender, and Identity, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998. Essays by Sawelson-Gorse, Elizabeth Hutton Turner, Barbara Zabel, Margaret A. Morgan, William A. Camfield, Paul B. Franklin, Amelia Jones,...
Manipulating Cultural Idioms
Since India's independence from Great Britain in 1947, Indian artists have worked through a nexus of conflicts of identity: East versus West, tradition versus modernism, nationalism versus internationalism. Until the 1940s, artists responding to pre-Independence...
Modern Indian Art: A Brief Overview
In the West the history of modernism is primarily conceived as the history of the avant-garde. Such a conflation of the modern and the avant-garde, however, will not help us to understand the historical logic or dynamics of non-Western modernisms such...
Mr. Haacke's Cabinet of Curiosities
Hans Haacke. AnsichtsSachen/ViewingMatters. Dusseldorf. Richter Verlag, 1999. 200 pp., color and b/w ills. In 1995, Hans Haacke visited the storage rooms of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam in preparation for an exhibition that the museum's...
Postcolonial Media Theory
The artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena recently commented that in discussions of electronic media "twenty years of post-colonial theory simply disappear."1 He was referring to the large and influential body of work known as postcolonial studies, which for the...
Pseudo-Languages: A Conversation with Wenda Gu, Xu Bing, and Jonathan Hay
Although the use of language is prevalent in much contemporary art, the appearance of the Chinese language at this historic moment is worthy of particular focus and attention. In the West, where the Chinese language is so often taken only as a sign of...
Radical Rivera
Anthony W Lee. Painting on the Left: Diego Rivera, Radical Politics, and Son Francisco's Public Murals. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. 264 pp., 14 color ills., 68 b/w. $24.95. The past fifteen years have witnessed a resurgence of interest...
Responses
The following two texts were received in response to the Spring 1999 issue of Art Journal, guest edited by Pamela Wye. Wye is an artist whose work is represented by Luise Ross Gallery, New York. She has taught in the art departments of State University...
William Kentridge: Retrospective
Over the past few years, William Kentridge's work on paper, animated film, and in the theater has been exhibited or produced at many of the major centers of art around the world. In 1998 his work Ubu and the Truth Commission was performed at the Kennedy...