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. 71, No. 1, Spring

A Global Turn, Now, to Contemporary Asia
Melissa Chiu and Benjamin Genocchio, eds. Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader. Cambridge, MIT Press, 2011. 320 pp., 16 color ills., 38 b/W. $29.95 paper A Critical Reader. With this three-word subtitle, a new volume, Contemporary Art in...
City after Fifty Years' Living: L.A.'S Differences in Relation
It's not about the piece but about how the pieces fit together. It's about taking something that already exists, and making something special. --Ice Cube A marketing triumph, Pacific Standard Time has been responsible for a series of promotional...
City of Angles
Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner, eds. West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.448 pp., 92 color ills. $120, $39.95 paper Chris Kraus. Video Green: Los Angeles Art...
Critical Distance: Pacific Standard Time and the History of Remembering
In the fall season of 2011, the expansive reach of the Getty and its cultural capital are relentlessly visible signs in the landscape throughout Los Angeles. Traversing Ithe mythically vast reaches of Southern California in the customary manner--by...
Earth Matters
Amanda Boetzkes. The Ethics of Earth Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. 240 pp., 63 b/w ills. $75 cloth, $25 paper During the last decade, art history has steadily increased its attention to issues of the natural environment....
Educate Agitate Ciganige
In their collaboration Your Donations Do Our Work, the Los Angeles--based artists Andrea 0Bowers and Suzanne Lacy created a community thrift store at the Sweeney Art Gallery of the University of California, Riverside. A collection point for secondhand...
From Postcards to Plaster Casts: The Image of Lynching in Kienholz's Five Car Stud
Five Car Stud by Edward Kienholz (1927-1994) was first exhibited in 1972 inside an inflated dome at Documenta 5, in Kassel, Germany. After its debut, a Japanese collector acquired the work and moved it to a storage facility in Sakura, Japan, where...
In This Issue: Art, History, and Criticism
It can seem as if recent changes in how we learn do little more than facilitate a quantitative randomness. But the centrality of the Internet to intellectual work has made visible one under-recognized and revolutionary truth: the collective nature...
Pacific Standard Time: A Preliminary Conversation
The exhibitions and events under the umbrella of Pacific Standard Time took place from October .2011 to June 2012 in museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces all over Southern California. The 'initiative was a decade in the making, and its scale...
Pragmatist Judd
David Raskin. Donald Judd. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010. 220 pp., 110 color ills., 10 b/w, $55 In 1972 Donald Judd, an artist associated with the lucid art criticism of his youth, the large-scale situations of his last decades, and the...
PST Mexican American and Chicano Exhibitions Legitimize the Periphery
Undoubtedly Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 is changing the art-historical discourse of American art, just as it set out to do ten years ago, when the Getty Research Institute began to collaborate on it with the Getty Foundation. The project...
Studio Crisis!
Fost-Studio Art: the designation occupies a relatively brief period bounded by a ast when artists, as makers of things, required a particular kind of secluded and solitary workspace, and a present when they are making things again within such paces....
This Is Art-These People Are Artists: Pacific Standard Time, Conceptual Art, and Other Momentous Events from a Local Point of View
is complicated in these days of Occupy Wall Street to keep one's priorities traight. For those of us who do cultural work, producing knowledge or objects the vicinity of art, the space we occupy is increasingly marginal. When faced with the Arab Spring,...
Walls between the Wars
Romy Golan. Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, 1927-1957. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009. 256 pp., 40 color ills., 120 b/w. $70 With Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, Romy Golan, professor of art history at the...
Walter Hopps's Los Angeles Pastoral
An intriguing tale crops up in oral history interviews conducted with Los Angeles artists and curators of the 1950s. Recounted by the curator Walter Hopps, the artist Craig Kauffman, and the gallerist Jim Newman, it concerns a Midwestern farmer, who,...