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. 2, Summer

Archive or Art?
Police Pictures:The Photograph as Evidence. Exh. cat. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1997. Essays by Sandra Phillips, Mark HaworthBooth, Carol Squiers. 144 pp., ills. $24.95 paper. Exh. schedule: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,...
Deeper and Deeper: Interview with Marina Abramovic
As this issue was in production we learned the tragic news that Penny McCall and her husband, David, were killed in a car accident while engaged in relief work in Albania. McCall was a vigorous supporter of many projects in the arts, including the work...
Denmark: Double Agendas
Denmark could be described as a small kingdom, a fairly homogenous democratic society with 5.3 million inhabitants, and a welfare state in which women have had "equal" rights for years and in which access to education, healthcare, and pensions is free...
Evolution and Revolution
Jackson Pollock Early Sketchbooks and Drawings. Exh. schedule: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 22, 1997-February 8, 1998. The Jackson Pollock Sketchbooks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. Essays...
Feisty Women
Feisty Women Susan Platt Pamela Allara. Pictures of People: Alice Neel's American Portrait Gallery. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England and Brandeis University Press, 1998. 338 pp., 18 color ills., 183 b/w. $45. Bonnie Yochelson. Berenice...
Finding a Place: Nigerian Artists in the Contemporary Art World
In the late 1980s a new generation of Nigerian artists began to register their presence in the art world, especially in the metropolises of the West. They include Sokari Douglas Camp and the late Rotimi Fani-Kayode, both of whom had immigrated from Nigeria...
Humanist Geometry
Humanist Geometry Robert C. Morgan Tony Smith:Architect, Painter, Sculptor. Exh. cat. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, i998. Distr. Harry N. Abrams. Essays by Robert Storr, John Keenen, Joan Pachner. 200 pp., 108 color ills., 235 b/w. $50, $22.50...
Materiality Is the Message
Materiality Is thE Message Jeanne Siegel Jackson Pollock. Exh. cat. New York: The Museum of Modern Art"gg8. Distr. Harry N. Abrams. Essays by Kirk Varnedoe and Pepe Karmel. 336 pp., 277 color ills., 198 duotone. $75, $35 paper. Exh. schedule: The Museum...
Naked Truths: Hannah Wilke in Copenhagen
Naked Truths: Hannah Wilke in Copenhagen Debra Wacks Hannah Wilke:A Retrospective. Exh. cat. Copenhagen: Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center and Helsinki: Helsinki City Art Museum, 1998. Essays by Saundra Goldman, Alfred M. Fischer, Laura Cottingham....
Performing Bodies: Zhang Huan, Ma Liuming, and Performance Art in China
With this issue, Art Journal is pleased to inaugurate a three-part series of conversations on aspects of contemporary art by Chinese artists. Featuring leading artists and scholars, each conversation is devoted to a specific theme. In this, the first...
Personal Mao: Reshaping an Icon in Contemporary Chinese Art
In recent years the production of what is generically defined as "avant-garde" art in mainland China has been the site of a widespread reemergence of the icon of Mao Zedong, paired in the larger social context with a mass cultural trend focused on the...
Responses
Can We Still Use the Canon? The texts by Monica Amor, Okwui Enwezor, Gao Minglu, Oscar Ho, Kobena Mercer, and Irit Rogoff published in the Winter 1998 Art Journal under the title "Liminalities" provide an eloquent survey of current thinking about relationships...
Surreal Reflections
Surreal Reflections Sue Taylor Whitney Chadwick, ed. Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism, and SelfRepresentation. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998. Essays by Dawn Ades, Whitney Chadwick, Salomon Grimberg, Katy Kline, Helaine Posner, Susan Rubin Suleiman,...
The Romance on Nomadism: A Series of Reflections
The Second Johannesburg Biennale, Trade Routes: History and Geography, raised important issues about the nature of artists and curators who function as global citizens and about those of us who are art travelers and become part of their peripatetic audience....
Traveling Companions/fractured Worlds
I wrote this two-part essay over the span of several months while selecting texts and conceptualizing the second volume of my collected writings, entitled at least for the time being Traveling Companions (Including Myself): Musings on Feminism, Cultural...