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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 6, February

"A Century of Fashion, 1900-2000"
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART I miss Richard Martin. The first installment of selected fashions from LACMA's permanent collection displays some exquisite frocks but almost no curatorial principle beyond the brainstorm of arranging the outfits...
"American Bricolage"
SPERONE WESTWATER Like flaner, bricoler is one of those French verbs for which there is no real equivalent in English. The flaneur strolls through city streets without a destination; the bricoleur cobbles together bizarrely functional if totally...
Angela Bulloch
SCHIPPER & KROME Got a case of chromophobia? Angela Bulloch's ingenious pixel boxes might not be what the doctor ordered. The artist, who is based in Berlin and London, has given the pixel--the indivisible picture element whose only information...
Anoka Faruqee
ZOLLA/LIEBERMAN GALLERY INC. As this recent show demonstrates, painting can still serve as color's laboratory, with pattern one of its most powerful investigative tools. Anoka Faruqee breaks down painstakingly observed hues according to specificity...
Anri Sala
GALERIE JOHNEN & SCHOTTLE Anri Sala's video Byrek, 2000--named after a traditional Albanian salted pastry-- shows the hands and forearms of an elderly woman kneading a batch of dough with the precise motions of a much-practiced routine. She...
"Around 1984: A Look at Art in the Eighties"
P.S. 1, NEW YORK The idea of an exhibition devoted to the art of the '8os is almost irresistibly fun. A wholesale revival of the decade, represented by fashion designers like Marc Jacobs and a range of popular movies from The Wedding Singer to American...
Bob Nickas
1 TOM T. HALL, "I LOVE" Were this the only song he'd ever written, Tom T. Hall would still deserve his place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of the things he loves: "coffee in a cup, little fuzzy pups, bourbon in a glass, and grass"; "honest...
Booty and Soul
CELSO FIORAVANTE ON A GUGGENHEIM FOR BRAZIL Brazilian art circles are variously welcoming and wary over news that Rio de Janeiro may become home to the first Guggenheim Museum branch in the Southern Hemisphere. In November, the Solomon R. Guggenheim...
Charles Gaines
RICHARD HELLER GALLERY Charles Gaines's latest wall pieces combine photographs culled from various agencies' archives of accident reports from Mount Rainier with textual accounts of the specific mishaps. Borrowing from Conceptual art, print journalism,...
David Deutsch
GORNEY BRAVIN + LEE David Deutsch made his mark in the early '80s as a painter of contemporary pastorals. In these delicately rendered arcadias, he included objects like radio towers and satellite dishes--signs of modern telecommunications that...
Direct to Film
MIRIAM ROSEN TALKS WITH RAYMOND DEPARDON RAYMOND DEPARDON TALKS LIKE HE PHOTOGRAPHS, like he films, like he writes: profusely. And the torrent of words is intensified by the singular sound of his voice, always slightly hoarse, out of breath, and...
Enrique Martinez Celaya
GALERIA RAMIS BARQUET For Enrique Martinez Celaya, as for the Romantics, imagination is a faculty of perception, one that unlocks the mysterious world loosely referred to as spiritual. Apprehended in rare moments, the forms of this world are at...
Fred Tomaselli
JAMES COHAN GALLERY/CHRISTINE BURGIN An encyclopedia of fantastical beings, the bestiary has an allegorical or moralizing purpose, classifying physical deviance and offering metaphysical counsel as well as presenting an orderly compendium of psychedelic...
"From India: Contemporary Anonymous Tantra Paintings on Paper"
FEATURE, INC. An exquisite show: nineteen small, untitled paintings on paper by anonymous artists in the Indian state of Rajasthan, created between 1989 and 1999. Yet these works are much more "ancient" than their dates allow. Revisited from generation...
Georg Baselitz/anselm Kiefer/sigmar Polke
GAGOSIAN GALLERY/ANTHONY D'OFFAY GALLERY, LONDON Gusts of Teutonic air swept into London this fall and winter. The 2000 Turner Prize went to German-born London resident Wolfgang Tillmans; a strong selection of works by Germans--from Otto Dix and...
Gunter Umberg
MUSEUM LUDWIG How is color to be applied to a surface? Gunter Umberg, an artist living in Cologne, has been asking that question for thirty years now. In the process he has concentrated on a single color, black, with occasional forays into others....
Hire's Grounds
STEVEN HENRY MADOFF ON THE NEW KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL DIRECTOR IN THE LAST TWO turbulent seasons, the Swiss art world has shown a remarkable, if unenviable, penchant for the kind of intrigue and treachery more fitting for miniseries than museums. First...
Jason Rhoades
DAVID ZWIRNER Jason Rhoades has come a long way since his first New York installation in 1993, which consisted of a messy mechanic's shop transplanted to the gallery (complete with greasy engine overhaul in progress). The artist's recent project...
Jean Cocteau
ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM For such a bold innovator in ballet, film, theater, and creative writing, Jean Cocteau was a surprisingly tame draftsman. Apart from a couple of early flirtations with Cubism, an amazingly grotesque c. 1920 caricature of his friend...
Jemima Stehli
CHISENHALE GALLERY Jemima Stehli seems bent on provocation. Even before her recent show opened, I had already heard several people say that they had no intention of seeing it. What was it that had gotten on their nerves? Apparently they were revulsed...
Jessica Diamond
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM OF ART For this show, Jessica Diamond invited the public to come to the museum and watch her make monumental wall paintings. It might seem that such an offer would seek to reinforce the mythology of creative expression by suggesting...
John F. Simon, Jr
TRANSMEDIALE (WWW.TRANSMEDIALE.DE), a media-art festival and competition that takes place in Berlin this month, is introducing a new category devoted to software art. As a judge of that part of the competition (along with Florian Cramer, a lecturer...
Manuela Cirino
CIOCCA ARTE CONTEMP0RANEA This exhibition of a set of thirty-five drawings along with a video and two sculptures had a subdued title--"Secondo tentativo" (Second attempt)-but great narrative richness. At a time when visual thinking seems to have...
Marco Samore
GALLERIA VALENTINA MONCADA This show's content is described perfectly in its title, "Standard." Largely a Pop fantasy, the exhibition was constructed according to a serial methodology and consisted of lust the sort of things that fill our everyday...
Mary Lucier
LENNON, WEINBERG, INC. A larger-than-life-size digital projection shows a short-haired black man in a suit and tie sitting against a white backdrop. Obviously deaf, he gesticulates vividly, even urgently, while emitting various grunts, moans, and...
Meg Cranston
VENETIA KAPERNEKAS FINE ARTS, INC. Outside certain Nazi circles, physiognomy did not enjoy a kind reception in the twentieth century. And even if it were revived today, teeth would not be likely candidates for analysis: Certain physical traits,...
Merlin Carpenter
MAGNANI The moves deemed necessary to enjoy career success in the British art world are becoming increasingly restricted to badges of triumph within an overwhelmingly competitive system. Beck's, the beer company that, as an ubiquitous sponsor, entered...
Mice and Man
THE ART OF CARSTEN HOLLER AND ROSEMARIE TROCKEL The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. --George Orwell, Animal Farm High hedges surround...
MoMA AS MUSE
ANDERS STEPHANSON ON JEAN-LUC GODARD When the Museum of Modern Art commissioned Anne-Marie Mieville and Jean-Luc Godard to create a "reflection on the arts" (and by implication the museum itself), one would have thought the venerable institution...
Mood Swing
DENNIS COOPER ON WONG KAR-WAI Wong Kar-wai makes raucous, loose-jointed, love poem--like films with oddly decisive titles--Fallen Angels, Happy Together, even the super-propulsive (if inconclusive) Chungking Express. In the Mood for Love, the less...
Nancy Ideas
IN 1979, JOE BRAINARD WALKED AWAY FROM THE ART WORLD AND ALL BUT GAVE UP MAKING NEW YORK. TWENTY-TWO YEARS LATER, AND SEVEN YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH, THE FULL OUTPUT OF THE POET AND ARTIST CAN BE SEEN FOR THE FIRST TIME, AS "JOE BRAINARD: A RETROSPECTIVE,"...
Openings Brian Calvin
It must have been a shocker when Clement Greenberg, apparently inspired by the art of Horacio Torres, announced in the early '70s that he had gotten it wrong, that figurative painting (nudes!) was the better, truer modernism. More a rhetorical flourish...
O Pioneer!
MARY HEILMANN ON PAT HEARN THE PAT HEARN GALLERY on East Ninth Street and Avenue D faced a wide-open field. The concrete ruins of demolished tenements poked through tall shaggy grasses. Occasionally a dazed junkie, still swooning from a recent fix,...
Peter Fischli and David Weiss
MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA Though articulated around a single new work, Mon visible (Visible world), 2000, Peter Fischli and David Weiss's MACBA exhibition of the same name took on a selectively retrospective character. Indeed, the imposing...
Philip Guston
FOGG ART MUSEUM In 1970, at the height of an established career as a leading Abstract Expressionist, fifty-seven-year-old Philip Guston confounded critics and alienated fellow artists with a show of figurative work: ominous narrative paintings featuring...
Philippe Thomas
MUSEU D'ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA This review is born of an error. It should not refer to the exhibition of the artist Philippe Thomas (1951-95), because artists make works, and it seems that Thomas never made any. This is not a simple paradox....
Renee Green, Marion Von Osten, and Peter Spillmann
SWISS INSTITUTE This show presupposed that mythical beast, the gallery-goer willing to part with a bit of time--a highly valued commodity in New York. Outgoing Swiss Institute director Annette Schindler assembled these three separate installations...
Tadashi Kawamata
OPEN LUCHTMUSEUM VOOR BEELDHOUERKUNST MIDDELHEIM The Middeiheim sculpture park on the outskirts of Antwerp is devoted to modem as well as contemporary work; it shares its name and the no-man's-land that it occupies with the large modernist hospital...
Tadeusz Kantor
BUNKIER SZTUKI Tadeusz Kantor always insisted that he was uninterested in inventing new forms of expression. "Everything I do," he claimed in an interview, "I do from known elements, from known reality, from real objects, saturated with certain...
Tenth Reunion
JAN TUMLIR TALKS WITH PAUL SCHIMMEL AND HOWARD SINGERMAN The exhibition now titled "Public Offerings" has undergone a lengthy and complicated gestation. The idea of exploring the impact of art schools on the production of art in Southern California...
Tony Cragg
MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY Tony Cragg's sculpture is endlessly multivalent, ranging from witty works that involve stacking and accumulation (often with found odds and ends such as glass bottles and wooden handles) to highly finished, autonomous carved...
Tony Tasset
FEIGEN CONTEMPORARY Back in the '80s, at least for a little while, Tony Tasset was one of a number of artists playing games with the heritage of Minimalism, building cubes and boxes that made you think of Donald Judd and then upholstering them plushly...
VII Bienal De la Habana
VARIOUS VENUES, HAVANA, CUBA Since its inception in 1983, the Bienal de La Habana has tenaciously promoted itself as an alternative biennial--less cookiecutter-commercial and more genuinely representative of the art of the developing world. And...
"Vision and Reality"
LOUISIANA MUSEUM MODERN ART The aim of "Vision and Reality: Conceptions of the 20th Century," curated by the Louisiana Museum's Kjeld Kjeldsen, was to investigate real and visionary space in art and architecture. To show the theme's historical basis...
Willie Doherty
KERLIN GALLERY For the first time since Willie Doherty began exhibiting in the mid-'80s, his new body of work does not refer more or less directly to the lived experience of his native Northern Ireland and the ways in which daily life (and death)...
Wolfgang Tillmans: A Project for Artforum
"I think that the biggest achievement, in away, is to be of your time, because you cannot program timelessness," Wolfgang Tillmans told the Art Newspaper shortly before he won Britain's Turner Prize three months ago. "I was never afraid of being contemporary."...
Xavier Veilhan
LE MAGASIN-CENTRE NATIONAL D'ART CONTEMP0RAIN, GRENOBLE Xavier Veilhan is an inventor of inventions, an artist-engineer who seeks the split second just after creation, the fragile moment of hesitation when anything is possible. He seeks the instance...
Yves Klein
CENTRO PER L'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA LUIGI PECCI Blue and gold, emptiness and immateriality, the body and the elements: all typical themes and motifs for Yves Klein (1928-62, whose work has emerged as a key passage between postwar painting and the neoavantgarde...
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