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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 5, January

8th Baltic Triennial of International Art. (Reviews: Vilnivs)
CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE/OLD PRINTING HOUSE Europe's geographic center lies farther east than one might expect; specifically, in the vicinity of the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. It is to this fact that the canny Tobias Berger, Fluxus specialist from...
Alfredo Jaar. (Reviews: New York)
GALERIE LELONG Few contemporary artists are as attuned to the power of images as Alfredo Jaar. His particular focus: those photographic representations of politically induced instances of human suffering that saturate the media and sear our consciousness...
Andrea Bowers. (Reviews: New York)
SARA MELTZER GALLERY Andrea Bowers's art wears its influences on its sleeve. References to Minimalist dance and sculpture abound in the Los Angeles-based artist's third New York solo exhibition: Robert Morris, Yvonne Rainer, and Simone Forti were...
Annlee: Sign of the Times
In 1999, Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno purchased the rights to a manga drawing from a Japanese firm and called on a dozen artist friends to realize works based on that cartoon character, whom they named Annlee. The fruits of their communal effort...
Arnold Odermatt. (Reviews: Chicago)
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Photography has always been an art of the accident, and at one level the best work of Arnold Odermatt seems to underline this with its subject matter, car crashes. And yet the work requires us to question both terms--art...
A Thousand Words Malerie Marder Talks about at Rest, 2003
I started the piece by thinking about how the subconscious can have physical manifestations in the body that you can see if you look closely enough; how desire can be manifested without anything sexual happening, or any discomfort; how rest is a transient...
Beat Streuli. (Reviews: New York)
MURRAY GUY In his photographs of people on the street, Beat Streuli has since the early '9os straddled the line between portraying anonymity and individuality. More recently, his videos of transient urban life have expanded his repertoire, and the...
Bhupen Khakhar. (Reviews: Madrid)
MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA Indian artist and writer Bhupen Khakhar's career began in the '6os, but some of his works might seem to be from an earlier time. An oil on canvas titled Royal Circus, 1974, looks like something Henri Rousseau,...
Christopher Miles on Gregory Kucera. (First Take)
WHEN I FIRST MET GREGORY KUCERA, HE HAD recently returned to Los Angeles from a stint in Prague working on Czech TV commercials and was earning his MFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, covering tuition by doing freelance video production....
Cornford & Cross. (Reviews: London)
NYLON In the past, Matthew Cornford and David Cross have ironized their corporate-sounding nom de guerre by using a business card that reads "Cornford & Cross: Problems Solved." "Problems Generated" would be nearer the mark, and their first...
Daniel Birnbaum on Haegue Yang. (First Take)
RED MEANS OCCUPIED, GREEN MEANS VACANT. Although Haegue Yang has lived in Europe since the mid-'90s (first in Frankfurt, now in Paris), she can't keep herself from knocking on the bathroom door instead of simply checking the color before entering....
David Shrigley. (Reviews: New York)
ANTON KERN GALLERY The phrase "I've had a brilliant idea" might seem like a flash of ego, especially when inked over a picture of an electrical power station rather than above the more traditional lightbulb. But taken in the context of the sixty...
Dennis Cooper on Andrew Hahn. (First Take)
ANDREW HAHN PAINTS UNSOLVABLE MYSTERIES. HE creates them with the same meticulous objectivity that detectives employ to solve a crime. In Hahn's case, the evidence isn't a dead body or discarded bullet casings but rather the images popular culture...
"Drawing Now": Moma Qns, New York. (Reviews)
Drawing has a genealogy, suggests MOMA guest curator Laura Hoptman: Variously appreciated and dismissed in different periods, the medium has played a changing role for artists and audiences to go along with the changing contexts of art production....
Eddo Stern. (Reviews: New York)
POSTMASTERS Among the more provocative essays published after September II was Slavoj Zizek's "Welcome to the Desert of the Real," which suggested that Americans would have to renegotiate their relationship with spectacular culture after Al Qaeda...
"Exit". (Reviews: Turin)
FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO Curated by Francesco Bonami, "Exit" included works by sixty-three young Italian artists. This was the inaugural exhibition for the new home of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, consolidating the...
Famous First Words: Michael Duncan on Charles Henri Ford. (Passages)
IN THIS SUGAR-FREE ERA, what artist has a life more interesting than his art? The death of Charles Henri Ford (1908-2002) puts the capper on a time when precociousness and chutzpah were art forms in themselves. In 1927, on the eve of his nineteenth...
Flavio Favelli/Graham Fagen/Flavio Favelli. (Reviews: Berlin/London)
ART IN PROGRESS/ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE "My Home Is My Mind"--the title of Flavio Favelli's exhibition in Berlin: a quintessentially compensatory statement, a way of making sense of one's essential homelessness. Favelli has since the mid-'90s...
"Garry Winogrand 1964": International Center of Photography, New York. (Reviews)
How often have you taken a picture that's not at all what you'd seen? This never happened to Garry Winogrand. Or it happened all the time. He knew that "the photograph isn't what was photographed. It's something else. It's a new fact." Winogrand never...
Georg Baselitz. (Reviews: New York)
ZWIRNER & WIRTH Fracture, distortion, murky handling of paint-these have long been the mainstays of Georg Baselitz's art, as this exhibition of his early drawings and paintings indicated. On display were works made during the '60s, when Baselitz...
Great Dictation: Norman Kleeblatt on Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary. (Film)
AS I SLID INTO MY SEAT at Alice Tully Hall for the New York Film Festival screening of Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, I noticed the auditorium was only one-third occupied. A man behind me remarked, "I guess this isn't a big seller." I wondered why...
January 1983. (10 20 30 40)
Twenty years ago, Artforum addressed "Zeitgeist," a major international group survey trumpeting the return of painting. Senior editor Eric Banks looks back at German critic Wolfgang Max Faust's essay on that controversial Berlin exhibition. FOR...
Kate Bush on Damian Ortega. (First Take)
ONE OF A COTERIE GROUPED AROUND MEXICO CITY'S Galeria Kurimanzutto, Damian Ortega conceives his artworks not as discrete, rarefied objects but rather as forms of action combining material with thought. The young Mexican artist leaped onto the international...
Katharina Grosse. (Reviews: St. Gallen, Switzerland)
KUNSTMUSEUM Katharina Grosse's presentation in St. Gallen was one element of a four-part exhibition in 2002-2003, realized in different forms at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; the Lenbachhaus Munich; and the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. At the Ikon she used...
Katy Siegel on Chuck Ramirez. (First Take)
I FIRST SAW CHUCK RAMIREZ'S WORK IN A 1997 San Antonio solo show called "Coconut," the Latino equivalent to the African American slur "Oreo," meaning dark on the outside, white on the inside. On the walls hung crisp photographs of coconuts, both whole...
Leda Catunda. (Reviews: Sao Paulo)
GALERIA FORTES VILACA Leda Catunda is one of the key figures of geracao oitenta, the generation of artists that emerged in Brazil at the start of the '80s. In contrast to the Brazilian Concretist tradition, which sought synthesis and rationality...
Letters
COMMON DENOMINATOR To the Editor: It is a pity that Thomas Crow did not name the eight artists included in the exhibition "The New Painting of Common Objects" ["10*20*30*40," November 2002]. If I remember correctly there were three artists from...
Marion Coutts. (Reviews: London)
CHISENHALE GALLERY In her laconic sculpture and video installations, the British artist Marion Coutts mythologizes the mundane. With the insouciance and economy of a professional magician, she makes the one-dimensional multidimensional and transforms...
Mathieu Mercier. (Reviews: New York)
SPENCER BROWNSTONE GALLERY Mathieu Mercier's AAA, 2002, a backlit wall-mounted sign in which the title's three letters become smaller from left to right, looks like the scream of a cartoon character plunging off a cliff. The text's off-kilter font...
Matthew Drutt on Luisa Lambri. (First Take)
AT A GLANCE, LUISA LAMBRI'S PHOTOGRAPHS OF architectural interiors might appear to be yet another example of the austere, depopulated spaces found in so much of today's photo-based work. They are, however, eminently different in both conception and...
Matthew Higgs on Mathew Sawyer. (First Take)
THE 2001 TURNER PRIZE WINNER; MARTIN CREED, once said he made art so that he might better communicate with other people, because, ultimately, he wanted to be loved. Creed's disarmingly honest rationale could equally apply to Mathew Sawyer, a recent...
Matthew Ritchie. (Reviews: New York)
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY Matthew Ritchie is a self-professed cosmologist, a connoisseur of information structures whose templates include action painting, superstring theory, medieval hagiographies, molecular biology, and comic books. Though his paintings...
Michaela Melian. (Reviews: Nevenkirchen, Germany)
KUNSTVEREIN SPRINGHORNHOF The Kunstverein Springhornhof, in the Luneburg Heath of northern Germany, has for over thirty years focused on the theme of landscape and art, including site-specific works. As with some earlier projects here, Neuenkirchen's...
Michael Wilson on Vargas-Suarez Universal. (First Take)
THE TROUBLE WITH OUTER SPACE IS THAT EVERYBODY wants a piece. The recent Hollywood remake of Solaris provided further evidence of the subject's enduring pancultural appeal but also an alarming reminder of the heavy traffic plying that terrain. It's...
Nicole Wermers. (Reviews: Hamburg)
PRODUZENTENGALERIE With her "French Junkies 1-11," 2002, a series of sculptures about two and a half feet high, Nicole Wermers has brought the public ashtray into the gallery as an object both useful and aesthetic. In the form of tall columns, rectangular...
Patrick Faigenbaum. (Reviews: Paris)
GALERIE DE FRANCE Since 1999, guided by the historian Joan Roca, Patrick Faigenbaum has been photographing the outskirts of Barcelona, particularly Besos, a waterfront neighborhood of mixed ethnicity that is in the midst of transition. From this...
Paul Horn. (Reviews: Houston)
TEXAS GALLERY For his solo debut exhibition, "Death Metal 2000: Prehistoria," Houston-based artist Paul Horn spray painted a child's plastic playhouse in gold, dusting its roof with powdery glitter to create an air of fantasy and wonder. Inside...
Paul McCarthy. (Reviews: New York)
LUHRING AUGUSTINE GALLERY In "Clean Thoughts," an exhibition of new sculptures (plus one vintage work, Chair with butt plug, 1978), Paul McCarthy assembled a motley crew of characters borrowed from sugar-pop domains that stretch from Hollywood movies...
Paul Morrison. (Reviews: London)
ASPREY JACQUES Black was everywhere in this show-in the treated film imagery, in the darkened projection space, and in the painting's bifurcating forms, which promised to bleed off the canvas and onto the surrounding black walls. What Paul Morrison...
Rita Mcbride. (Reviews: Vaduz Liechtenstein)
KUNSTMUSEUM LIECHTENSTEIN Translated from German by Sara Ogger. A sexy artist named Gina Ashcraft is the protagonist of thirteen scenarios set in airports and train stations. Her goal is to seduce and be seduced in the midst of her art. This...
Robert Bechtle. (Reviews: San Francisco)
GALLERY PAULE ANGLIM Robert Bechtle's Photorealistic paintings from the late '6os quickly became classics of the genre, taking the banal icons of suburbia--American cars parked in the sloping sunbaked driveways of flat-fronted tract homes--as their...
Ron Nagle. (Reviews: Los Angeles)
FRANK LLOYD GALLERY In a show of small ceramic objects (all 2002), Ron Nagle displayed his gift for tweaking familiar forms. Selections from his ongoing "Snuff Bottles" series, begun in 2002, for example, clearly revealed a kinship to the small-necked,...
Roy Lichtenstein. (Reviews: Los Angeles)
GAGOSIAN GALLERY Roy Lichtenstein was a bit inconsistent when he moved beyond the obvious quotation strategy that inspired him during the '60s. Some of the artist's attempts to overlay his dots, stripes, flat colors, and hard outlines onto other...
Sam Durant: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. (Reviews)
You hear Sam Durant's show at the Museum of Contemporary Art before you see it. When I asked the front-desk attendant where the exhibition began, she told me to follow the music: good advice, not only in terms of orienting oneself spatially but also...
Shock Value: Damon Krukowski on Electronic Music. (Music)
An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music 1921-2001. Sub Rosa (SR 190). $18. Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music, 1948-1980. Ellipsis Arts (CD 3670). $40. THE TRADITIONAL SCENARIO might be described like this: People onstage make music,...
Show of Hands: Christopher P. Heuer on Hendrick Goltzius. (from the Vault Preview)
"TO BECOME AND BEHAVE LIKE SOMETHING else," wrote Walter Benjamin, "... is really a life-determining force." Long before Andy Warhol or Cindy Sherman tinkered with mechanical reproduction and artistic identity, there was Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617),...
Steve Lafreniere on Christian Holstad. (First Take)
HANGING ON THE WALL OF CHRISTIAN HOLSTAD'S Brooklyn studio is a string of shiny cardboard letters that reads INFECT OTHERS. Just a suggestion, really, but one that couldn't be plainer about the artist's intentions. There's a slyly evangelical tone...
Survival of the Fattest: Andrew Hultkrans on Adaptation. (Film)
IF THIS WERE A CHARLIE KAUFMAN SCRIPT about me writing a review of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's new film Adaptation, I, Andrew Hultkrans, Artforum critic, would at this very moment be crawling the walls of my barren apartment like Gene Hackman...
"The Heavenly Tree Grows Downward: Harry Smith/Philip Taaffe/Fred Tomaselli": James Cohan Gallery, New York. (Reviews)
Harry Smith (1923-91) is today remembered mostly as an avant-garde filmmaker and musicologist. During the 1940s, he made the first frame-by-frame hand-painted films in America, and his later works in cinema are widely accepted as masterpieces of alchemical...
The Rite Stuff. (on Art-Rite)
We were riding on the absurdity of the situation--that we were three nobodies, had no money, had no fame, and didn't know anybody in the art world. But it was perfect--we were totally free. Edit deAk, 1974 EDIT DEAK AND WALTER ROBINSON may shudder...
"Time Is Free". (New York: Reviews)
APEXART Boredom used to be a sin, attendant cousin of sloth, a welcome state for the devil to seduce weak minds. We know what it did to Emma Bovary. For most people now, boredom is instead a name given to a lamentable, persistent discontent. But...
Tim Griffin on Wade Guyton. (First Take)
WADE GUYTON HAS REFERRED TO HIS SCULPTURES AS drawings in space. No doubt this assertion has something to do with his three-dimensional works' frequent status as studies. (Indeed, in the past couple of years Guyton has made a number of pieces individually...
Toba Khedoori. (Reviews: New York)
DAVID ZWIRNER Toba Khedoori makes monumental yet exactingly detailed drawings, coating enormous sheets of paper with wax and often imbruing the surfaces with precisely rendered images of architectural forms such as doors, windows, railings, and...
Top Ten
Delia Brown is a Los Angeles-based artist who shows regularly at D'Amelio Terras, New York, and Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles. 1 WEST COAST DIVAS Goapele, the Oakland-based soulstress of earthy and otherworldly beauty, inspired and starred in...
Travel Brief Preview
TRAVEL BRIEF PREVIEW Listed below are previously previewed exhibitions on tour between January 1 and April 30. NEW YORK VENUE Jean Fautrier Miriam and Ira D. Wallach ...
Walton Ford. (Reviews: New York)
PAUL KASMIN Walton Ford regularly offers a web of images and text exhuming whole realms of history: the history of natural science and zoology; exploration (and its attendant exploitation) and colonization; the history of images, artistic and otherwise;...

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