Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 7, March

Alexander Ross
FEATURE INC. With two acclaimed solo shows in two years, Alexander Ross has become his own hard act to follow. Of course, given his highly developed imagery and the reception it has enjoyed, he could have coasted through this exhibition. But Ross...
A Thousand Words
Vincent Fecteau TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW SCULPTURES Things in my work happen over what seem like large spans of time. I had been wanting to change scale for several years, to move away from something that is read as a model to something closer to a "sculpture."...
Aziz + Cucher
HENRY URBACH ARCHITECTURE For almost a decade, Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher have explored the materiality and frangibility of the human (or humanoid) body. In their most recent photographic installations, the duo denaturalizes and reconfigures...
Barbara Holub
GALERIE HOHENLOHE & KALB Suburbia is booming--not just in terms of population, but as a subject for both video art and movies. And in discussions of architecture, Celebration, Florida, Disney's "model" community, is sure to come up, usually...
Charles Long
Charles Long, a New York-based artist, is collaborating with Merce Cunningham on Way Station, premiering March 31 at City Center, New York. 1 CAROLINE NOW! THE SONGS OF BRIAN WILSON AND THE BEACH BOYS (Marina Records) This time, the blind date that...
Claudia Losi
LUIGI FRANCO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA Claudia Losi takes walking as a point of departure in her work. For her, "walking the terrain" doesn't just mean going about on foot in nature, but also listening to places, investigating analogies between processes...
"Customized"
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART "Customized: Art Inspired by Hot Rods, Low Riders and American Car Culture," was a vast improvement on the Guggenheim's "Art of the Motorcycle." Organized by assistant curator Nora Donnelly, this ambitious exhibition...
Cy Twombly
GAGOSIAN GALLERY Cy Twombly's Coronation of Sesostris, 2000, looks like ten paintings--a suite, perhaps, like The Four Seasons, 1993-94, which formed the coda to the artist's MOMA retrospective seven years ago--but he calls it a painting in ten...
Dick Higgins
COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO CENTER FOR BOOK & PAPER ARTS One of the founders of Fluxus in the early '60, Dick Higgins (1938-98) lived long enough to witness the '90s revival of interest in the movement. Before the term "interdisciplinary" existed,...
Dieter Appelt
AMERICAN-EUROPEAN ART ASSOCIATES, INC. German artists have always understood that the hand is more expressive, particularly of suffering, than the face. Nowhere in the history of Western art are there such eloquent images of anguish as the hands...
Erwin Wurm
PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY In the late '70s, Roman Signer made a very short film starring a man and a bucket. The bucket falls from on high, the man gets out of the way just in time. By contrast, many of Erwin Wurm's recent photos (documents of performances...
Euan Macdonald
ROBERTS & TILTON Euan Macdonald's drawings and paintings tend to fall into a few basic categories: There's the twist on reality; the obvious but unconsidered; the unexpected occurrence; the capturing of the elusive; the answer to a what-if question....
F. Holland Day
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Julia Margaret Cameron have all had large exhibitions in the last few years. So why not F. Holland Day? F. Holland who? Fred Holland Day was born in Boston in 1864, the same year...
Francois Morellet
GALERIE NATIONALE DU JEU DE PAUME, PARIS A few choice pages extracted from a vast volume--that would be one way to describe the Francois Morellet exhibition recently presented by the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume. This two story space, once...
Fransje Killaars
GALERIE DE EXPEDITIE In the mid-'90s, Dutch artist Fransje Killaars moved from painting to work with textiles, often completely transforming gallery spaces with lushly colored wall curtains, carpets, and cushions on the floor. Another series of...
Frederic Lefever
GALERIE GABRIELLE MAUBRIE In his recent works, Frederic Lefever, a photographer born in Belgium in 1965, presents a journey through a nostalgiatinted universe. The cohesion among these color photographs, printed matte, whose various formats are...
Giovanni Rizzoli
GALLERIA OTTO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA Three large disks (two white, one black), each padded and covered with silk, protruded from the walls of one room. In the next, a small marble tablet advised that behind the wall (which had been sealed off with painted...
Jane Prophet
THE WAPPING PROJECT The Wapping Project, managed by the Women's Playhouse Trust, is one of London's more ambitious attempts to turn a former industrial building into an arts center. It is located in a Victorian hydraulic-power station, which has...
Jan Zakrzewski
MUZEUM IM. XAWEREGO DUNIKOWSKIEGO W KROLIKARNI Following Jan Zakrzewski's recent return to Poland after nearly twenty years abroad, this retrospective, titled "Punkty odniesienia"(Points of reference), reexamined the artist's career, attempting...
Jitka Hanzlova
DEICHTORHALLEN Jitka Hanzlova was born in what was then Czechoslovakia and emigrated to Germany, where she studied photography. While still a student in Essen, she began to travel regularly to Rokytnik, the northern Bohemian village where she grew...
Katrin Freisager
GALERIE PETER KILCHMANN To Be Like You (Projection) (all works 2000) opens with a still of the narrow black box of a stage. From a flow of rhythmically dissolving shots, images of groups of slender young women come to the fore. Against the darkly...
Letters
IT TAKES A PILLAGE To the Editor: For Barry Schwabsky, card-carrying member of the New York art world, to swallow the let's-trash Hillary line cooked up by the Huns of Arkansas is a surprise [Reviews, Cindy Sherman, January]. What's more surprising...
Liam Gillick
ARNOLFINI Although he has shown frequently in the United States and continental Europe, this was Liam Gillick's first substantial exhibition in Britain. He therefore conceived "Renovation Filter: Recent Past and Near Future," if not exactly as a...
Luc Tuymans
DAVID ZWIRNER Belgium was hardly one of the more ambitious forces of nineteenth-century Western colonialism. Compared with the British, Spanish, Dutch, and French, Belgians entered the land-grab race rather late: King Leopold II didn't think to...
Marco Maggi
123 WATTS Marco Maggi's works have a sense of ethereal expansiveness despite their modest-to-diminutive dimensions. Cryptic inscriptions run all over the Uruguayan artist's metal rulers, rectangles of Plexiglas, sheets of aluminum foil, and real...
Mix Master
Asked to describe the curriculum he's devising as Pasadena's Art Center College of Design's new (and first) provost, Ronald Jones chooses the term "transdisciplinary" over "interdisciplinary." "Trans," after all, implies permeation and specifies an...
Moira Dryer
ART GALLERY OF YORK UNIVERSITY In one of her few published statements, reprinted in the catalogue accompanying this survey of her work from the last three years of her life, Moira Dryer (1957-92) claimed "an emotive identity" for her work. This...
Neo Rauch
GALERIE FUR ZEITGENOSSISCHE KUNST LEIPZIG, GERMANY Everywhere in Neo Rauch's paintings you see people at work--building, calculating, measuring, and producing- yet the machine has broken down. Mechanical fragments are strewn about. In the large-scale...
Net Gains
A ROUNDTABLE ON NEW-MEDIA ART "EAVESDROPPING ON ONLINE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT digital and Net art, I always have a panic-attack feeling that the air has been sucked out of the room. Let's face it, a lot of this stuff is deeply sucky." Strong words from...
Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani
GALERIE EIGEN + ART Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani practice a strange sort of detective work. The German artists, who have been working together in Berlin since 1993 (exclusively so since 1994), are fascinated with what remains of people after...
Nino Longobardi
GALLERIA CIVICA Nino Longobardi is a Neapolitan artist who lives and works in Naples. That is something more than a simple statement of fact; it is practically an implicit declaration of poetics, but one that should not be misunderstood as a reference...
Openings Chris Verene
Sometimes the richest narratives have the humblest origins. Eudora Welty's worldly-wise fictions, for instance, were drawn almost entirely from her hometown, Jackson, Mississippi. Likewise, Chris Verene is elaborating an intricate narrative in his...
Oyvind Fahlstrom
MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA Oyvind Fahlstrom was, of course, the Swedish artist who immigrated to New York in 1961 and became known for work that was related to Pop art but had a political bent that made it marginal to the movement. ...
Panamarenko
DIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS The single most common theme in the critical literature on Panamarenko is his failure. This might seem strange, since the Belgian artist has had a long and fairly successful career (at least in Europe; this is his first major...
Paul Pfeiffer
THE PROJECT A smash at both the Whitney Biennial and P.S.I's "Greater New York" and the inaugural recipient of the Whitney's Bucksbaum Award, Paul Pfeiffer is on everybody's shortlist of discoveries. Expectations were predictably high for his first...
Robin Rose
NUMARK GALLERY The nineteen monochromatic abstractions that comprised Robin Rose's recent show "Exhilarate" are among his most elegant works to date. While the titles are whimsical--Exonerate, Extinct, Exuberant, Exude--these encaustic paintings...
Shannon Kennedy
FRANKLIN ART WORKS For more than a decade, Shannon Kennedy's work has focused on the body, scrutinizing its surfaces in search of the secret logic of identity embodied in flesh. In the mid '90s, Polaroid self-portraits featuring abstracted images...
Sharon Ya'ari
LOMBARD - FREID FINE ARTS Living in Israel, a country with a painfully acute sense of the mutual dependency of geography and national identity, Sharon Ya'ari is particularly aware of the socially constructed character of the landscape. His new series...
Sowon Kwon
WHITNEY MUSEUM AT PHILIP MORRIS "I like generic, deadpan titles." Such was Sowon Kwon's apt comment on her recent installation Two or Three Corridors, 2000, a work christened while the artist was evidently in a '60s state of mind-think of the piece...
State of Church
CALLING ALL SOAP ADDICTS! Forget The West Wing and tune into some real drama: the UK curatorial scene's exits and entrances, which have recently offered more than usual fodder for gossip. Subplots first. After two years in situ, Christoph Grunenberg...
Tatsuo Miyajima
LUHRING AUGUSTINE Since his earliest LED installations, in 1987, Tatsuo Miyajima has been reshaping the timeless and pristine white cube into a black abyss governed by the pulse of our biological clocks. While the Japanese artist is best known for...
The Art of Matthew Benedict Shroud of Truro
That profound Silence, that only Voice of our God, which I before spoke of; from that divine thing without a name, those impostor philosophers pretend somehow to have got an answer; which is as absurd, as though they should say they had got water out...
The Hole Truth
VANCOUVER, BC---BRITISH CALIFORNIA, some locals call it, referring no doubt to their city's ongoing annexation by the Hollywood dream factory. As a matter of fact, Vancouver's topography and even its temperature are reminiscent of Golden State climes,...
Veiled Import
THE CHADOR IS A STRANGE GARMENT. A square of black fabric draped over a woman's head and falling to her ankles, this ancient covering, currently a symbol of Iran's revolution, has overtime served various ideologies. The shah banned it; the mullahs...
World's a Stage
THESE DAYS IT'S TRULY CHALLENGING to make a resonant curatorial statement amid the chaotic conversation that surrounds proliferating mega-exhibitions and regional biennials. Okwui Enwezor, artistic director of Documenta 11, and his cocur-ators (Carlos...
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