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Articles from Vol. 48, No. 5, January

4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale: FUKUOKA ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Invoking community but largely devoid of the "community-oriented" art that has lately become ubiquitous, i.e., interactive and relational art, this fourth installment of the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale instead sought to explore the notions of kyosei,...
Adam Ross: ANGLES GALLERY
Adam Ross is an artist devoted to exploring the broad range of possibilities in abstract painting. Having come of age aesthetically amid the clashing art-historical narratives of the 1980s--which either tracked painting's so-called endgame, generating...
Akram Zaatari
AKRAM ZAATARI'S ELEVEN-MINUTE VIDEO Nature Morte, 2007, opens with two men seated in a drab, white-walled room. One of the men--older, with a weathered face and sad, sunken eyes--fills the foreground on the right hand side of the screen. The other--healthier,...
Albert Oehlen: MUSEE D'ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS
Albert Oehlen has pledged to reveal his own history of abstraction in this exhibition of paintings and drawings, "Abstract Reality." Most of the paintings were made in 2008, but the "history" here is provided by a handful of paintings made since 1989....
Alejandro Vidal: GALLERIA ARTRA
In 2000, the Colectivo Sociedad Civil, a group of Peruvian artists and activists, organized a public action of protest and civil resistance in Plaza Mayor in Lima, Peru. Alluding to the reigning regime's corruption, their symbolic action Lava la Bandera...
Allan Sekula: THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY
Since the early 1970s, Allan Sekula has used photography to document social relations within an ascendant global economy. While much of his early work centered on the postindustrial landscape of Southern California, over the years the artist has undertaken...
Andrea Bowers: ANDREW KREPS GALLERY
In a 2003 interview, the Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers noted of her work that "it was just a matter of time before documenting people's actions turned into documenting people's activism." In fact, it was within this same year that she began...
Andreas Slominski: JABLONKA GALERIE/GALERIE NEU
If it's true that Andreas Slominski is a setter of snares, one who stages his work as a crafty, tricksterish game to be played with the viewer, he set a particularly big trap with his parallel shows in the Berlin galleries Jablonka and Neu. And he...
An Eye to Authenticity: Francine Du Plessix Gray on Irving Penn (1917-2009)
"TURN YOUR HEAD A TINY BIT TO THE LEFT. ... Good, but a little higher ... Yes yes, a little higher still ... " Click. "Now what would happen if you'd put your hand to your left cheek? Not that far up, a bit lower ... the index right on the jawline...
Barthelemy Toguo: ROBERT MILLER GALLERY
Born in Cameroon in 1967 and now living in Paris, Barthelemy Toguo deploys various strategies to address the subject of cultural hybridity. Humor, parody, deliberate overdetermination, semantic dexterity, and medium-specific virtuosity are prominent...
Chris Ofili: DAVID ZWIRNER
Although Chris Ofili's recent show, "Afro Margin," was grandly installed in one of David Zwirner's soaring galleries, it consisted simply of a modest suite of eight pencil drawings, made between 2004 and 2007. The materials, too, were pared down in...
Clunie Reid: MOT INTERNATIONAL
The images Clunie Reid uses--culled from tabloids, the Internet, snapshots, and low-grade celebrity magazines--are rephotographed and printed on sheets of shiny silver paper that are then applied to aluminum panels and partially edged with duct tape....
Disarming Time
The work of Anne Truitt has always stood slightly apart: Concurrent with Minimalism and Color Field painting, but never quite commensurate with their terms, her oeuvre has long eluded categorization and for that matter, sustained critical reception....
Emily Jacir: ALEXANDER AND BONIN
For her second solo show at Alexander and Bonin, Emily Jacir presented a new film, Lydda Airport, 2007-2009, and documentation of stazione, 2009. In different ways, both works are emblematic of the artist's manipulation of subjective geographies to...
Failing Words: David Velasco on "Live Film! Jack Smith!"
RENE RIVERA IS A SLIGHT, CASUALLY COMPOSED seventy-four-year-old Nuyorican in thick glasses. He's so inconspicuous as to stand out: It took three days of encountering Rivera in plain clothes during the "LIVE FILM! JACK SMITH! Five Flaming Days in a...
Fergus Feehily: DOUGLAS HYDE GALLERY
Situated on the Trinity College campus, the Douglas Hyde Gallery is distinctive within the Dublin context not only because of its university setting and Brutalist architecture but also because it has provided a particularly prominent platform for the...
Forum versus Content: Julia Bryan-Wilson on "The Creative Time Summit"
WITH THE CLEAR-CUT CLASHES OF THE BUSH YEARS giving way to the increasingly ponderous political atmosphere of Obama, it might seem rather belated to hold a conference dedicated to the blurring of activism, art, and advocacy--a field variously called...
Foul Language: Amy Taubin on Corneliu Porumboiu's Police, Adjective
LIKE 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST, for which Corneliu Porumboiu won the 2006 Camera d'Or at Cannes, Police, Adjective, the Romanian director's second feature, is, in part, a film about language, particularly how the contradictory usages of certain words...
German Issue: James Quandt on Michael Haneke's the White Ribbon
A BOY WANDERS THE RUINS of bombed-out Berlin, denied solace and sustenance at every turn. Coached to "let the weak disappear" by a pedophiliac black marketeer, a kind of Nazi Erlking who was once his schoolteacher, the child poisons his ailing father...
Gilberto Zorio: MUSEO D'ARTE MODERNA DI BOLOGNA
Gilberto Zorio's exhibitions always provide an effective confrontation with space: The artist constructs new works or environments that interact with their architectural envelope. In the large hall of the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMBO), Zorio...
"Hanging Fire": ASIA SOCIETY
Heralded as the first major American museum exhibition of contemporary art from Pakistan, "Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan" sets out to challenge preconceived notions about the nation and its culture. As has been correctly and repeatedly...
In Secrecy
SOONER OR LATER, anyone working in the sphere of contemporary art has the dawning awareness that someday all this will fall away: The projects and dialogues that arc so familiar now, however resonant or even crucial in the present context, will inevitably...
Ion Grigorescu: ANGELS BARCELONA
Ion Grigorescu has recently received well-deserved recognition, the culmination of which--following his participation in Documenta 12, 2007, and other big international exhibitions--was the first retrospective of his work, at the Museum of Modern Art...
Jack Ferver: NEW MUSEUM
"As the dandy is the nineteenth century's surrogate for the aristocrat in matters of culture, so Camp is the modern dandyism. Camp is the answer to the problem: how to be a dandy in the age of mass culture," Susan Sontag wrote in her 1964 essay "Notes...
Jack Pierson: CHEIM & READ
Jack Pierson has been long associated with a particular brand of Dumpster diving, one that produces oddly affecting sculptures--part ransom notes, part concrete poetry--out of winsomely all-American salvaged signage. His is the culled and repurposed...
Jason Dodge: CASEY KAPLAN GALLERY
From Trisha Donnelly to Jonathan Monk to Simon Starling, Casey Kaplan Gallery represents a number of artists whose conceptually inflected artwork constructs or relies upon narrative scaffolding. So, too, does Jason Dodge's slow-burn art. His sixth...
Jean-Paul Riopelle: ACQUAVELLA GALLERIES
An eight-volume catalogue raisonne currently being published in Canada asserts the country's claim to this patriarchal figure of modern French painting, who was born in Montreal in 1923. Hometown boy makes good. Yet it was all Jean-Paul Riopelle could...
Joe Scanlan: GALERIE CHEZ VALENTIN
Igor Ansoff, applied mathematician and management theorist, introduced to the business world in 1957 the Product-Market Growth Matrix, a schema that mapped the risks and advantages of diversification--developing new products for new markets--for a...
Jonathan VanDyke: SCARAMOUCHE
Scaramouche's cramped storefront space at 53 Stanton Street is difficult to negotiate at the best of times, but Jonathan VanDyke's exhibition "The Hole in the Palm of Your Hand" made an easy passage even more challenging than usual. While the five...
Justine Kurland: MITCHELL-INNES & NASH
Behind images always lie other images, and the shadow of the visual archive falls heavily on photographs of the American West--partly because of the region's role in the formation of America's sense of itself, partly because Timothy O'Sullivan, Carleton...
Kota Ezawa: HAINES GALLERY
Kota Ezawa has made a career of reducing moving and static images to digital cartoons--likenesses characterized by their fields of unmodulated color. South Park-like animation, and impassive emotional core. His range of iconic source material has included...
Luc Tuymans: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
FEW LIVING ARTISTS OCCUPY as central a position in the critical discourse of their medium as Luc Tuymans, whose painting practice has set important conceptual and material parameters for a generation. As much through his examination of our fragmentary,...
Marc Quinn: MARY BOONE GALLERY
The new body of work Marc Quinn presented in this exhibition is seductive yet disturbing. The show comprised seven paintings from the series "Iris," 2009-, in which human irises and dark pupils in an outsize dimension become the object of our gaze...
Mark Dion: GALERIE CHRISTIAN NAGEL
Mark Dion is seemingly unparalleled as an artist-researcher--his chosen metier of analyzing prevailing notions of nature and science and the ways in which they are represented. In particular, Dion subjects the processes of naming and categorizing--which...
Micah Lexier: BIRCH LIBRALATO
Micah Lexier's recent exhibition, "[right arrow] (the title is an arrow)," started from the most minimal means--an arrow--and explored the semiotics of marks, symbols, and words. The majority of Lexier's directional signs are derived from a single...
Michael Williams: CANADA
Funny art of the late twentieth century can be split, broadly speaking, into two camps: sarcastic art that tactically reveals the illogicality of passively accepted social mores (Mike Kelley, Lee Lozano, Peter Saul), and art deploying a more subjective...
Miss Lynda: Richard Meyer on Lynda Benglis's Klaus 1975
All good art is an indiscretion.--Tennessee Williams IN 1977, THE NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART organized an exhibition titled "Five from Louisiana." The show featured a handful of artists from the state who had, as the exhibition catalogue put it,...
Mithu Sen: KRINZINGER PROJEKTE
Mithu Sen is known above all for her erotic sculptures, photocollages, and drawings--and she herself often stands at their center, for instance in her photographic portraits from the series "Half Full," 2007. As she humorously explains, using her own...
"Modernologies: Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism": Museu D'Art Contemporani De Barcelona
A SPECTER HAUNTS CONTEMPORARY ART--the specter of modernism. For some years now, artists and institutions have been invoking the disparate shades of the modern in terms that vary from the melancholic to the hortatory, from what sometimes seems a relapse...
My Funny Valentine: Etant Donnes
Etant donnes--the troubling tableau mort that Marcel Duchamp worked on in secret for two decades-- is one of the great conundrums of twentieth-century art, its specular drama seemingly antithetical to the artist's anti-retinal precepts, its meaning...
Myths of Decline: Alex Israel Reports from Los Angeles
In upcoming months, Artforum will feature a series of letters from correspondents across the globe, each one detailing developments in art and culture in a different urban center. To begin, Alex Israel looks back at the past year's exhibitions and...
Nasreen Mohamedi: MILTON KEYNES GALLERY
Housed in the airy precincts of a light-filled gallery, "Nasreen Mohamedi: Notes--Reflections on Indian Modernism" was an invitation to look and linger. Curated by Bangalore-based Suman Gopinath and Antwerp, Belgium-anchored Grant Watson, this retrospective...
Neil Beloufa: FRANCOIS GHEBALY GALLERY
Neil Beloufa seems fascinated by the sympathetic vibrations between opposing forces, and his recent solo exhibition at Francois Ghebaly Gallery (formerly Chung King Project) demonstrated his precise ability to let dichotomies collide. Only twenty-five...
Olivier Foulon: MUSEE D'ART MODERNE GRAND-DUC JEAN
Olivier Foulon's work seems made precisely to frustrate interpretation, because the scruples that ought to govern the act of putting a work into words are already the focus of his artistic thinking. How is a work perpetuated and transformed in light...
Paul Chan: GREENE NAFTALI
The orgy was already in full swing when I arrived at "Sade for Sade's sake," a predictably serious-minded if surprisingly dry survey of recent work by Paul Chan inspired by the eighteenth-century libertine author and philosopher. Elements of Chan's...
Paze: Casa Triangulo
The Brazilian artist Paze's recent work, A Colecao (The Collection), 2009, transported the viewer inside a spectacular hall of painting, an illusionistic space on printed wallpaper that covered the walls of Casa Triangulo from floor to ceiling. His...
Power of Projection: Ed Halter on the Art of Bruce McClure
BRUCE MCCLURE KEEPS A STUDIO at the northernmost tip of Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, in an industrial enclave a fair walk from the nearest subway. Overhead, the Pulaski Bridge, which connects the borough to Queens, throbs with a constant onrush...
Public Image Limited
For decades, John Miller has been recognized internationally as an artist and critic whose work continually unpacks the claims of the day's prevailing artistic approaches--to say nothing of the seemingly inexhaustible detritus of culture at large--but...
Rebecca Chamberlain: JUDI ROTENBERG GALLERY
Rebecca Chamberlain's intensely labored, monochromatic ballpoint and litho ink drawings of modernist interiors may seem to fixate on the heroic staging of the relationship between form and function, but they are primarily engaged with capturing the...
Rita Sobral Campos: GALERIA PEDRO OLIVEIRA
Since 2008, Rita Sobral Campos, a young Portuguese artist residing in New York, has dedicated herself to writing and developing works and projects based on the texts she produces. Gutenberg's Machine, 2008, for instance, is a newspaper that explores...
Sally Mann: GAGOSIAN GALLERY
The male nude that is the subject of the thirty-three photographs in Sally Mann's "Proud Flesh" series, 2004-2009, on view in Gagosian's recent exhibition, is about as far from the ideal of ancient sculpture as it is possible to get. There are a few...
Samuel Richardot: LA GALERIE, CENTRE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN
For his first solo exhibition at a public institution, French painter Samuel Richardot continued the exploration of his chosen medium and its methods and forms. He employs a range of mark-making strategies--meticulously stenciling shapes with the help...
Scott McFarland: VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
Scott McFarland's photographs--of London's Hampstead Heath, of an overgrown Vancouver garden, or of the California desert struck by hard light--are crisply rendered and technically precise, their colors vivid, the focus sharp. But closer inspection...
Sharon Horvath: LORI BOOKSTEIN FINE ART
I'm always happy for an excuse to go back to my Wallace Stevens. So when I noticed that Sharon Horvath titled her recent show "Parts of a World" after the poet's wartime collection, the book immediately opened. And why not? Horvath is, in fact, a literary...
Tamara Sussman: ROSAMUND FELSEN GALLERY
Los Angeles is constantly threatened by a variety of natural disasters: raging wildfires, giant mudslides, and--above all others--earthquakes. The arrival of "the big one" is generally regarded as a matter of when, not if, for Southern Californians....
Thomas Demand: NEUE NATIONALGALERIE
The method Thomas Demand has been using since the early 1990s to produce his often large-scale color photographs has become well-known: The Berlin-based artist and his team generally begin with press photographs, which they use as starting points for...
Tigran Khachatryan: REGINA GALLERY
Making a gallery debut that looks like a retrospective can be a risky endeavor, especially when the artist is not yet thirty. But Tigran Khachatryan's video remakes of great films constitute an idiosyncratic history of cinema and revolutionary thought...
Tim Roda: DANIEL COONEY FINE ART
The black in Tim Roda's black-and-white photographs is inky, saturated, and absolute, and the whites are moony, stark, and often, although not always, provided by intense spotlights. Within these atmospheric extremes Roda stages tableaux reminiscent...
Tirdad Zolghadr
1 WAGE (WORKING ARTISTS AND THE GREATER ECONOMY) While curators, janitors, technicians, and editors get paid, artists commonly do not. wage is a New York-based collective addressing the "organized irresponsibility of the art market" and the "promise...
Ursula Biemann: HELMHAUS
A Palestinian is living in a refugee camp somewhere in Lebanon. His wife is still back in their village in the occupied territories. He manages to slip out of the camp unremarked and crosses the border to return home. He sleeps with his wife and returns...
Wael Shawky: DARAT AL FUNUN
In the mid-1970s, the game show Telematch began an eight-year run on West German public television. The show was based on a formula borrowed from other similar shows such as Intervilles in France and It's a Knockout in the United Kingdom; the idea...
William Lamson: MARTY WALKER GALLERY
John Cage--quoting Sri Lankan philosopher Ananda Coomaraswamy--famously advocated for art as the "imitation of nature in her manner of operation." In much the same spirit, Brooklyn-based William Lamson harnesses the wind and the waves for his recent...
Zhou Xiaohu: BIZART ART CENTER
In October 2008, Sudanese rebels kidnapped nine Chinese oil workers in southern Sudan, in response to what they saw as China's indiscriminate support of the country's government. Ten days afterward, according to news reports, four of these workers...
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