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Articles from Vol. 48, No. 4, December

11th International Istanbul Biennial
I HAVE TO DECLARE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PERSONAL INTEREST in my choice of the Eleventh International Istanbul Biennial as the best show of the year, given that I've been on the advisory board of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts since 2005....
21st Century Cinema: Death and Resurrection in the Desert of the (New) Real
"I predict that all movies will be animated or computer-generated within 15 years." --Bruce Goldstein, "Flashback: The Year in Movies," Village Voice, Dec. 28, 1999 "It is in the nature of analogical worlds to provoke a yearning for the past....
A. Balasubramaniam: TALWAR GALLERY
Tricks with light and shade were A. Balasubramaniam's favored means of deception in "(In)between," an exhibition of screenprints and serene sculptural interventions. Take Link, 2009, a fragile length of thread, fitted with a silvery hook at one end...
Alex Jasch: GALERIE LINN LUHN
Alex Jasch's fourth show to date was spare, sober, raw, and unyielding--yet it was not without charm and, odd as this might sound, a distinct erotic charge. Consider Kopfstudie, der Urknubbel (Head Study, the Primal Knob), 2005, in which a small white...
"Allan Kaprow, Yard": Reinvented by William Pope.L, Josiah McElheny, and Sharon Hayes
HAUSER & WIRTH, NEW YORK; QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK; MARBLE CEMETERY, NEW YORK "REARRANGE THE TIRES." The repeated command, its authority bolstered by the familiar-sounding intonations of an Obama impersonator, was part of the sound track...
Amy Sillman
AMY SILLMAN IS AN ARTIST WHO LIVES IN BROOKLYN, NY. SHE SPENT MOST OF 2009 IN GERMANY ON A GRANT FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY IN BERLIN. WHILE THERE, SHE STAGED A SHOW AT CARLIER GEBAUER; HER NEXT SOLO SHOW IN NEW YORK WILL BE IN APRIL 2010 AT SIKKEMA...
Amy Taubin
A CONTRIBUTING EDITOR OF FILM COMMENT AND SIGHT & SOUND AND A FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR TO ARTFORUM, AMY TAUBIN IS THE AUTHOR OF TAXI DRIVER (BFI, 2000). 1 White Material and 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis) The first is a vision of hell, the second,...
Anne Ellegood
ANNE ELLEGOOD IS SENIOR CURATOR AT THE HAMMER MUSEUM IN LOS ANGELES. HER FIRST SHOW THERE, OF THE ARTIST CLAUDE COLLINS-STRACENSKY, CLOSED IN LATE OCTOBER. UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS WILL INCLUDE PROJECTS BY KEREN CYTTER, DIANA AL-HADID, MARK FLORES, AND...
Anthony Goicolea: POSTMASTERS
The adolescent male fantasies and youth-obsessed sensuality that imbue much of Anthony Goicolea's art have often made his work seem to add up to little more than eye candy. The 200 1-2002 "Detention" series, for example, comprises digitally manipulated...
"Asymmetries and Convergences": GALERIA VERMELHO
"Asimetrias y convergencias" (Asymmetries and Convergences) was a group show, organized by Maria Iovino, of nineteen young Colombian artists who draw. According to Iovino, an independent curator in Bogota, drawing has been the richest medium in Colombian...
Bernadette Corporation: GREENE NAFTALI
In the context of art, Bernadette Corporation is revered for the same reason it is intermittently invisible: "its willingness to go there, to disrespect," as the oft-morphing collective wrote of a Manhattan-destroying tornado in its 2005 novel, Reena...
Bonny Billy
THE EDITORS of this publication asked me to compile a list. They asked that I not be too esoteric, and I will try. ... However, as most people are coming to realize, we as individuals are finding greater connections to smallerthings; things smaller...
Books: Best of 2009: Eleven Scholars, Critics, Writers, and Artists Choose the Year's Outstanding Titles
RACHEL KUSHNER Once upon a time in Paris, there was a short-lived meeting place in the form of a journal called Tiqqun, which, in two volumes, published anonymous philosophical writings that combined resonances of Agamben, Benjamin, Foucault, Heidegger,...
"Bridges and Tunnels": HARD HAT
"Bridges and Tunnels" was a model of what curating can and should accomplish. Its curators, New Jerseyy (Daniel Baumann, Tobias Madison, Emanuel Rossetti, and Dan Solbach), were not content to use works of art to illustrate a theoretical argument,...
Candice Breitz: THE POWER PLANT
Candice Breitz's first North American survey, "Same Same," debuted the initial three installments of "Factum," 2009-, a series of intimate, understated video installations that mark a departure from her trademark engagement with global pop media. Commissioned...
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
CAROLYN CHRISTOV-BAKARGIEV IS THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF DOCUMENTA 13, SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN 2012 IN KASSEL. CHIEF CURATOR AND INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE CASTELLO DI RIVOLI MUSEO D'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA IN TURIN, ITALY, THROUGH 2009, SHE WAS ALSO ARTISTIC...
Carter: SALON 94 FREEMANS
Carter's lack of transparency about his name has garnered its fair share of critical attention, with biography (or, more precisely, its lack of specificity; it is no secret that his first name is John, but what does that tell us?) functioning in determined...
Catherine Wood
CATHERINE WOOD IS CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND PERFORMANCE AT TATE MODERN IN LONDON. IN 2009, SHE CURATED ROBERT MORRIS'S REMAKE OF HIS PARTICIPATORY 1971 TATE GALLERY INSTALLATION IN THE TURBINE HALL, BODYSPACEMOTIONTHINGS, AND ORGANIZED THE GROUP...
Charley Harper: COUNTRY CLUB
As a kind of midcentury anti-Audubon, Charley Harper imaginatively sought to represent the natural world through its most basic shapes, colors, and patterns: that is, through a style the artist called "minimal realism." The term, though, is a bit of...
Charlotte Gainsbourg
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG IS A SIGNER AND ACTRESS. HER NEWEST ALBUM, IRM, WILL BE RELEASED IMTHE US IN JANUARY ON BECAUSE/ELEKTRA. SHE RECENTLY WON THE BEST ACTRESS AWARD AT THE CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR HER PERFORMANCE IN LARS VON TRIER'S...
Chiharu Shiota: ROTWAND GALLERY
What was so appealing about the Chiharu Shiota installation A Long Day, 2009, is the way the artist transformed the white cube into something completely unrecognizable. As is usual for her, this Japanese artist from Berlin filled the space by spinning...
Chrissie Iles
CHRISSIE ILES IS THE ANNE AND JOEL EHRENKRANZ CURATOR AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART IN NEW YORK. 1 "Blue" (John Kelly) If YouTube is our collective online cinema, then the best film of the year was posted there: Veteran performance artist...
Christine Macel
CHRISTINE MACEL IS CHIEF CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU IN PARIS. SHE IS CURRENTLY PREPARING, WITH JOANNA MYTKOWSKA. A MAJOR EXHIBITION ON ART IN THE FORMER EASTERN BLOC IN RELATION TO ART TODAY. TITLED "THE PROMISES OF THE PAST,...
Damian Ortega: INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, BOSTON
THERE IS A STRIKING DISJUNCTION between reproductions of Damian Ortega's Cosmic Thing, 2002, and the real article currently on view at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art in his first major survey, "Do It Yourself." In photographs, this dismembered...
Dance: Best of 2009
THE SKY WAS GLEAMING one day and gray the next. Over two consecutive afternoons, a small crowd gathered, waiting patiently, in Rockefeller Park in New York. Each day, a strange horn sounded, eleven dancers dressed like superheroes cut across the grass...
Daniel Birnbaum
DANIEL BIRNBAUM, DIRECTOR OF THIS YEAR'S VENICE BIENNALE, IS RECTOR OF THE STADELSCHULE IN FRANKFURT AND DIRECTOR OF ITS PORTIKUS GALLERY, WHERE SHOWS DEVOTED TO RACHEL HARRISON AND MATHIAS POLEDNA KICK OFF 2010. IN APRIL, BRINBAUM AND ARTIST OLAFUR...
"Deterioration, They Said": MIGROS MUSEUM FUR GEGENWARTSKUNST
"Deterioration, They Said" brought together a group of artists who belong to the MTV generation, having grown up with early forms of the video aesthetic and the ascendant technologies of the 1980s and '90s. The formative years of Cory Arcangel, Jessica...
Doug Ischar: GOLDEN
Only the outdated logo on a can of Cherry Coke and a few large boom boxes indicate that Doug Ischar's photographs date from the mid-1980s. The striped kneesocks, polo shirts, and large aviator sunglasses clothing a dense population of sun-kissed gay...
Dr. Lakra: KURIMANZUTTO
Eight pictures welcomed the visitor into this exhibition of the work of Jeronimo Lopez, better known as Dr. Lakra. Black-and-white vintage pinup prints depicted nudes striking sexy poses without losing their naive, angelic faces. The artist used black...
Elina Brotherus: MARTIN ASBAEK GALLERY
"Artist and Her Model," Finnish photographer Elina Brotherus's second solo exhibition in Copenhagen, surveyed a narrow selection of the artist's photographs from 2000 to 2008 and offered a finely wrought minirctrospective. Viewers familiar with her...
Friedrich Kunath: BQ
Friedrich Kunath's recent exhibition "Hello Walls" was his first at BQ since the Cologne gallery relocated earlier this year to Berlin, where gallerists Jorn Botnagel and Yvonne Quirmbach have opted against maintaining a permanent display space in...
Gavin Russom
GAVIN RUSSOM RELEASED A NARRATIVE SET OF PSYCHEDELIC-DANCE-MUSIC RECORDS IN 2009, TITLED "BLACK METEORIC STAR," ON NEW YORK'S DFA LABEL. 1 Dirty Sound System In February, this six-year-old Parisian label dropped Discodeine's hard, fun, weird, fresh,...
George Grosz: DAVID NOLAN GALLERY
George Grosz's time of greatness was during the Weimar Republic, when he, together with Otto Dix and Kurt Gunther, produced what art historian Franz Roh describes as "a new kind of painting: art engage." The densely packed, often chaotic and grotesque...
Guillaume Leblon: GALERIE JOCELYN WOLFF
Guillaume Leblon's art is in transition, but it doesn't show the growing pains that render the phrase "in transition" a charitable way to disparage unsuccessful new work. Whatever his newest sculptures have lost in elegance they have gained in texture...
Ian Birnie
IAN BIRNIE, THE FILM CURATOR AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, HAS SERVED ON NUMEROUS FESTIVAL JURIES AND HAS PROGRAMMED FOR THE TORONTO AND BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS. 1 Vincere (Marco Bellocchio) Mussolini's scorned "first wife"...
Ida Ekblad: THE JOURNAL GALLERY
For "Salty Sap Green Black," her first solo exhibition in the United States, Oslo-based artist Ida Ekblad took us along on a scavenger hunt of sorts. Taking her cue from Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Gold Bug," in which a man is believed to have...
"It Rests by Changing": GALLERIA RAFFAELLA CORTESE
The title of this group show, conceived and curated by Simone Menegoi, comes from a fragment by the pre-Socratic philosopher Heracleitus: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]. We don't know the original referent, but some people think it must have been...
"James Castle: A Retrospective": Philadelphia Museum of Art
A POLEMIC UNDERPINS the conventional title of this extraordinary exhibition featuring some three hundred works spanning James Castle's career. Born deaf in 1899, the largely unschooled, illiterate artist spent his life in obscurity in rural Idaho....
James Quandt
JAMES QUANDT, SENIOR PROGRAMMER AT TIFF CINEMATHEQUE IN TORONTO, IS THE EDITOR OF APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL (WALLFLOWER PRESS, 2009) AND OTHER MONOGRAPHIC STUDIES OF FILMMAKERS, INCLUDING ROBERT BRESSON, KON ICHIKAWA, AND SHOHEI IMAMURA. 1 Wilhelm...
James Turrell: PACEWILDENSTEIN
While its coverage of last year's presidential election was otherwise undistinguished, CNN scored over its rival networks in one memorable respect: Reporter Jessica Yellin claimed to be following in the tradition of Princess Leia as she was beamed...
Janine Antoni: LUHRING AUGUSTINE
In the works on view in Janine Antoni's recent exhibition, the body veers between mythical symbol and stubborn flesh and blood--it can be a tool, a vehicle for something else, an expression. In Tear, 2008, the blinking of a gigantic eye, shown in a...
Jessica Dickinson: JAMES FUENTES LLC
The title of Jessica Dickinson's recent show, "Here," signaled an unwillingness to look elsewhere--at, say, the history of abstract art--demanding instead that attention be paid to the situation at hand. The eponymous painting, which faced the viewer...
Jessica Warboys: GAUDEL DE STAMPA
"Parasol," Jessica Warboys's solo debut show, was dominated by two large unstretched canvases at opposite ends of the gallery, both indexical in procedure. Blue Parasol, 2009, is actually a cyanotype photogram: Warboys made it by coating the canvas...
Jochen Lempert: DOMAINE DE KERGUEHENNEC
Capturing a moment and capturing a specimen are not so very different: Both acts take an acute eye and some cunning; and in either case there's a chance you may kill what you mean to preserve. If the flora and fauna in Jochen Lempert's photographs...
John Waters
JOHN WATERS'S NEW BOOK, ROLE MODELS, WILL BE PUBLISHED BY FARRAR, STATUS & GIROUX IN JUNE 2010. 1 Import Export (Ulrich Seidl) The most sorrowful movie of the year is also the best. The miserable lives of Ukrainian immigrants in Vienna make...
Josiah McElheny: ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY
Think of contemporary glassmakers and the first name to come to mind might be Dale Chihuly and his Murano-like anemones (so to speak). Josiah McElheny, hardly a popular purveyor of pseudo-Venetian glass, is firmly on the far side of the old Craft versus...
Juergen Teller: LEHMANN MAUPIN
Although Juergen Teller's recent show at Lehmann Maupin (his fifth solo there) was billed as a project "blurring the distinction between his commercial and non-commercial work," for the photographer it's essentially a distinction without a difference....
Julian Stanczak: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
One of the leading exponents of Op art even before a 1964 review by Donald Judd gave the movement its name, eighty-one-year-old Julian Stanczak has maintained a dogged commitment to that manner of painting, which highbrow critics almost immediately...
K8 Hardy: REENA SPAULINGS FINE ART
That K8 Hardy, one of the founders of the queer feminist art collective LTTR, wants to screw with our assumptions and expectations about how she should represent herself--or her multiple selves--to the world was loudly broadcast in "To All the G#%$!...
Luke Butler: SILVERMAN GALLERY
In "Captain!" Luke Butler's first solo show at Silverman Gallery, a critique of male hegemony is filtered through 1960s and '70s television. The artist's witty paintings and collages depict men in charge--most notably, Star Trek's Captain Kirk (as...
Lutz Bacher: P.S. 1 CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, NEW YORK
TUCKED AWAY IN A SIDE GALLERY of P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, the nine panels of Lutz Bacher's obscure but essential early work The Lee Harvey Oswald Interview, 1976, constituted the core of her first museum retrospective. Intended as a publication...
"Manzoni: A Retrospective"
Every December, Artforum invites a broad spectrum of artists, critics, and curators to revisit the year in art. In the pages that follow, thirteen contributors choose their top ten highlights, while five others zoom in for close-ups of exhibitions...
Marc Camille Chaimowicz: ARTISTS SPACE
This past summer, under the new direction of Stefan Kalmar (formerly at the Kunstverein Munich), the venerable nonprofit Artists Space underwent a significant physical transformation. Calling on architects IfAU & Jesko Fezer in collaboration with...
Martin Herbert
MARTIN HERBERT IS A WRITER AND CRITIC BASED IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT, UK; A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR TO ARTFORUM; AND THE AUTHOR, MOST RECENTLY, OF CATALOGUE ESSAYS ON REBECCA WARREN (SERPENTINE GALLERY LONDON), "COMPASS IN HAND" (MUSEUM OF MODERN ART,...
Matthew Higgs
MATTHEW HIGGS, A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR TO ARTFORUM, IS AN ARTIST AND CURATOR AND THE DIRECTOR OF WHITE COLUMNS, NEW YORK'S OLDEST ALTERNATIVE SPACE, WHICH WILL CELEBRATE ITS FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY IN 2010. IN 2009, HE ORGANIZED LUCAS SAMARAS'S EXHIBITION...
Matthew Ronay: MARC FOXX GALLERY
In previous outings at this gallery and elsewhere, Matthew Ronay deployed sculptural objects with a smart, pop sheen that nearly disguised the works as products of mass manufacture: for example, Wiping Away Drips Obsolete, 2005, in which two blue Hula-hoops...
Matti Kallioinen: MILLIKEN GALLERY
Ever heard of "strange loops"? Well, you can understand this term the hard way--via mathematical concepts, specifically Kurt Godel's incompleteness theorems--or the easy way, as a version of the question, Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Strange...
Michael Ned Holte
MICHAEL NED HOLTE, A FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR TO ARTFORUM, IS A VISITING FACULTY MEMBER AT THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS. HE COLLABORATED ON THE TEXT FOR ALEXIS MARGUERITE TEPLIN'S THE PARTY, A PLAY PERFORMED IN SEPTEMBER 2009 AT THE SERPENTINE...
Mike Kelley and Michael Smith: SCULPTURECENTER, NEW YORK
OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES, dancing, dressing up, and infantilism have been consistent components of the video and performance works of both Mike Kelley and Michael Smith, artists who frequently team with like-minded conspirators (Kelley with Paul McCarthy,...
Not Vital: PARKIN NOT DAL MOT
What is a Mongolian tent, in perfect working order, doing in a park in Engadine, the beautiful valley in southeastern Switzerland where Not Vital was born? In fact, the park is actually a project that Vital has built over the years with many of his...
Okwui Enwezor
OKWUI ENWEZOR IS THE EDITOR AND FOUNDING PUBLISHER OF NKA: JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART. HE HAS SERVED AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR SEVERAL PROMINENT INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS. INCLUDING THE 2ND JOHANNESBURG BIENNALE (1997). DOCUMENTA 11 (2002)....
Peter Halley: MARY BOONE GALLERY
With their stark, rectilinear compositions and their palette of unmodulated blacks and retina-searing fluorescents, the nine large paintings in "Peter Halley: Early Work, 1982 to 1987" still pack a visual wallop, their Day-Glo acrylics as deathless...
Precarious: Hal Foster on the Art of the Decade
NO CONCEPT COMPREHENDS THE ART OF THE PAST DECADE, but there is a condition that this art has shared, and it is a precarious one. Almost any litany of the machinations of the last ten years will evoke this state of uncertainty: a stolen presidential...
Ree Morton: THE DRAWING CENTER
As well deserved as the recent attention to the artist Ree Morton is, we should not overlook the critical or curatorial coaxing necessary to bring a neglected figure such as this one back onto the scene. Only a little digging makes it clear that prior...
Reinhard Mucha: VAN HORN
Reinhard Mucha's first solo show since his appearance at Luhring Augustine in New York in 1998--and his first show in Dusseldorf in twenty-three years--was both familiar and unfamiliar. He is still recycling traces of the past: Entering the gallery,...
Robert Brady: STREMMEL GALLERY
Robert Brady grew up in Reno, Nevada, on the edge of the Great Basin Desert, where it is common for residents to pick up otherwise unremarkable odds and ends--rocks, broken weathered wood, bits and pieces of crumpled tin--and cart them home. The process...
Robert Kinmont: ALEXANDER AND BONIN
For those who arrived in the art world during the past three decades, Robert Kinmont was known, if at all, through the photograph of him performing a cliffs-edge handstand reproduced in Lucy Lippard's 1973 book Six Years: The Dematerialization of the...
Rona Pondick: WORCESTER ART MUSEUM/HOWARD YEZERSKI GALLERY
Rona Pondick first garnered attention in the late 1980s with her primal and disquieting assemblages of disembodied part-objects and prostheses, such as shoes, baby bottles, or mouths. Since 1998, however, the New York-based artist has taken a different...
Rosa Barba: GALLERIA GIO MARCONI
A movie projector, a 16-mm film, and an automatic mechanism hidden inside a pedestal: These arc the elements used by Rosa Barba, an Italian-born artist who lives in Berlin, for Machine Vision Seekers, 2004, one of the five powerful installations in...
Sabine Breitwieser
SABINE BREITWIESER IS AN INDEPENDENT CURATOR BASED IN VIENNA. HER EXHIBITION "MODERNOLOGIES" IS CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT THE MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI Dl BARCELONA AND TRAVELS IN FEBRUARY TO THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART IN WARSAW. IN FALL 2010, THE SECOND STAGE...
Scott Rothkopf
A SENIOR EDITOR OF ARTFORUM, SCOTT ROTHKOPF IS AN ART HISTORIAN AND CRITIC. HE IS THE AUTHOR, MOST RECENTLY, OF "JEFF KOONS, PAINTER,' PUBLISHED IN JEFF KOONS: HULK ELVIS (RIZZOLI, 2009). 1 New York gallery flashback Markets of all kinds got a bad...
Stephen Prina
STEPHEN PRINA IS A VISUAL ARTIST AND MUSICIAN WHO LIVES IN CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, AND LOS ANGELES, HE WILL STAGE SOLO EXHIBITIONS AT THE CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS IN2010 AND AT FONDAZIONE GALLERIA CIVICA-CENTRO DI RICERCA SULLA CONTEMPORANEITA...
Stephen Willats: EUROPEAN KUNSTHALLE
The name "European Kunsthalle c/o Ebertplatz" sounds grand, but Ebertplatz is a rather blank underpass lined with shops, built in the 1970s, in which a formerly empty storefront has been temporarily occupied. The interloper is an organization created...
Steve Wolfe: WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Steve Wolfe's best-known works nod to painting, in that many of them sit on the wall, and to sculpture, in that they're three-dimensional objects, which you might think either solid or hollow except that as exacting trompe l'oeil copies of classic...
Stu Mead: THE HORSE HOSPITAL
Stu Mead's paintings touch the art world at a tangent. Not that he's exactly an outsider, having received a formal art education. But the Berlin-based American has a bigger reputation in "underground" culture than on the established art scene. Maybe...
Tauba Auerbach: DEITCH PROJECTS
Tauba Auerbach hit the ground running a few years ago with a well-received debut at Deitch, followed by her recent participation in the New Museum's "Younger Than Jesus" exhibition, and now this second buzzed-about show at the gallery--and she's not...
The Artists' Artists: To Take Stock of the Past Year, Artforum Contacted an International Group of Artists to Find out Which Exhibitions and Events Were, in Their Eyes, the Very Best of 2009
MATTHEW COOLIDGE Lucy Ravon.chino Town Shown this year at the Bureau of Land Management in Ely, Nevada, and outdoors in the center of LA's Chinatown (among other venues), this photo-animated video is about the passage of copper ore around the world,...
The Order of Things
WRITING IN THIS ISSUE about the current traveling retrospective of the work of James Castle (1899-1977)--a deaf and mute artist who, over the course of some seventy years, produced thousands of handmade objects and drawings while living in the care...
The Otolith Group: THE SHOWROOM
In the preface to Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explained that she wrote fiction not because she enjoyed "weaving stories of supernatural terrors" but because of its capacity "for delineating human passions more comprehensive and commanding [than] the...
"The Schizos of Madrid": MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA
"Los Esquizos de Madrid. Figuracion madrilena de los anos 70" (The Schizos of Madrid. Madrid's Figurative Movement of the 1970s) was an attempt to analyze the creative work of a group of painters who, bound by friendship and shared artistic concerns,...
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
This modest exhibition of approximately twenty woodcuts, sculptures, and paintings harks back to 1980s New York. Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), a collective that emerged at the beginning of the decade from Rollins's pedagogical activities...
Vijay Iyer
VIJAY IYER IS A PIANIST AND COMPOSER. HE APPEARED ON NUMEROUS ALBUMS THIS PAST YEAR, INCLUDING WADADA LEO SMITH'S SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS (CUNEIFORM) AND TALVIN SINGH'S OK REMIXES (ISLAND). HIS JAZZ TRIO ALBUM HISTORICITY (ACT MUSIC) WAS RELEASED IN OCTOBER....
Vince Aletti
VINCE ALETTI REVIEWS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS FOR THE NEW YORKER. THIS YEAR, HE COCURATED "AVEDON FASHION 1944-2000," "WEIRD BEAUTY," AND OTHER "YEAR OF FASHION" SHOWS AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN NEW YORK; HE ALSO PUBLISHED THE DISCO...
Walker Evans: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
JIMMY STEWART AND THE PICTURE POSTCARD are both gone. Stewart is, of course, preserved on celluloid in It's a Wonderful Life, and the postcard persists in a sort of half-life, circulating around dusty tourist areas nobody goes to anymore. But both...
William Leavitt: LAXART
William Leavitt's Warp Engines, 2009, the most recent of his many domestic tableaux, is a spacey dream scene of cryptic simplicity. Pared down like a stage set, the installation features two fragments of ruddy brown stacked-stone walls stand adjacent...
"Zero in New York": Sperone Westwater, New York
ONLY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY have the cargo cults of modernity given us handmade objects that mimic so intently the processes of industrial manufacture. Even more surprising are the rare instances in which those objects accurately predict the unfolding...