Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 39, No. 8, April

Alice Konitz
CHICAGO PROJECT ROOM Taco Stand; Shelf; Amt fur Au[beta]en Dienst (Office for external affairs): The titles of Alice Konitz's new pieces, case studies for the relation between exterior and interior space, proclaim an interest in architectural structures...
"Andy Warhol Photography"
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, NEW YORK Andy Warhol is to photography as Shakespeare is to words, Freud to cigars, and Lagerfeld, fans. How impressive then that one not-too-huge exhibition has taken on such a whopper so adequately. The ICP...
Ann Lislegaard
GALLERIA RAUCCI/SANTAMARIA A vortex in a mirror of water: A whirlpool--the expression of a quiet and sensual power--pierces the northern European landscape Ann Lislegaard photographed for Vertigo (all works 2000). Calm reigns throughout, except...
A Thousand Words
Keith Tyson TALKS ABOUT "THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD" My work is fundamentally a kind of research, and my current project, "The Seven Wonders of the World," experiments with certain scientific and philosophical concepts I find wondrous. The first...
Barbel Messmann
GALERIE EBERHARD LUDKE Barbel Messmann's art comes out of her preoccupation with drawing. She sounds the depths of the medium's material basis and possibilities by employing each of its constituents--format, surface texture and pattern of the paper,...
Bard to the Bone
FABIENNE ARVERS ON PETER BROOK'S TRAGEDY OF HAMLET STAGING ONE SHAKESPEARE PLAY every five years or so, Peter Brook sees the Bard's abundant oeuvre as a fitting vehicle to deliver the news of the world. Even when the director turns to other material,...
Ceal Floyer
IKON GALLERY On the eve of her exhibition at Ikon, Ceal Floyer performed live at the nearby Symphony Hall. Her scheduled contribution to the early evening concert by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was simply but sensationally billed as...
Christian Marclay
PAULA COOPER GALLERY If one could make a diagram of the way Christian Marclay thinks, it might look something like the family tree of the royals, with crossing arrows linking cousins and in-laws: Fluxus here, Brancusi there, Duchamp, punk, John...
Color Commentary
If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without ascending it, the work would have been permitted. Franz Kafka, Parables and Paradoxes Spencer Finch hardly looks up as I step into his unusually tidy studio. Bent over, dabbing paint...
David Salle
GAGOSIAN GALLERY Twenty years ago (my God!), when painting and postmodernism met in their unlikely romance, it was David Salle who played Friar Lawrence. As painting was regaining a respectability and a prominence it had lacked for over a decade,...
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
GALERIE JAN MOT In Japan there are several agencies that design cartoon characters for use by publishing houses specializing in manga. The most complex of these characters are best able to become protagonists and therefore survive, but they can...
Donna Moylan
NICOLE KLAGSBRUN Living in Rome for most of the '80s, American artist Donna Moylan could not help being influenced by the transavanguardia. What Moylan has retained from the movement, beyond a premium on painterliness, is a blithe indifference to...
Dorothea Tanning
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART Last year the Philadelphia Museum of Art purchased Dorothea Tanning's Birthday, 1942, an early self-portrait in which the bare-breasted, bramble-skirted heroine, accompanied by an apparently benevolent minidragon (first...
Franz Ackermann
CASTELLO DI RIVOLI Franz Ackermann, a thirty-seven-year-old resident of Berlin, has constructed a landscape made up of a series of large, brightly colored canvases and some equally vivid wall paintings that centrifugally fling out force lines or,...
Gets a Grip
MICHAEL DUNCAN ON THE HAMMER'S NEW CURATOR The secret strength of the LA art world is its instability, which spells blessed unpredictability. Each season witnesses a wholesale reinvention, with new galleries, styles, and power bases quaking the...
Gretchen Hupfel
ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER In Gretchen Hupfel's recent black-and-white photographs, horrifying things are happening to airplanes: One plows into the side of a building; another crash-lands on a factory roof; still another is about to collide...
Inez Van Lamsweerde
Inez van Lamsweerde's photography was the subject of a recent survey (with husband Vinoodh Matadin) at the Groninger Museum in Groningen, Netherlands. Their advertising work includes campaigns this season for Balenciaga, Helmut Lang, and Gucci. ...
Iran Do Espirito Santo
GALERIA ANDRE VIANA Despite its slick minimalist look, and in contrast to much of the contemporary Brazilian art you may have seen, Iran do Espirito Santo's work addresses art's most time-honored task: representation. This exhibition offered a comprehensive...
Irish Twists
CAOIMHIN MAC GIOLLA LEITH ON THE IMMA'S DIRECTORSHIP It appears that an attempt to unseat Declan McGonagle, the director and chief executive of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), has failed. On November 30 the Irish Times reported that McGonagle...
Isabell Heimerdinger
MEHDI CHOUAKRI Isabell Heimerdinger likes to watch actors watching their old movies. A voyeur of repertory cinema, the Berlin-based artist has previously made videos of Rudiger Vogler and Yella Rottlander watching their performances in Wim Wenders's...
James Stroud
BARBARA KRAKOW GALLERY To make the paintings in his latest exhibition, "Linear Strategies," James Stroud secured square aluminum panels to a metal rack like those used by commercial printers and applied blue, red, and yellow oil-based printing inks...
Jan Dibbets
BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY Overheard at the opening for Jan Dibbets's recent exhibition of late-'60s and '70s work: "Old? Yes, they're old. Maybe old enough for people to actually see them." That the speaker was Dibbets himself doesn't make the remark...
Jon Pylypchuk
FRIEDRICH PETZEL GALLERY A few works by Jon Pylypchuk in a group show at this gallery back in September brought a whisper of hope that the coming New York season might promise something a little different. While his influences are readily apparent...
Jorg Immendorff
ANTON KERN GALLERY / MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY, NEW YORK Painting must take on the function of the potato. Jorg Immendorff, 1966 Discussions of Jorg Immendorff's artistic itinerary often begin with a painting from 1966, when he was still a student...
Jude Tallichet
SARA MELTZER GALLERY If Buckminster Fuller had got his way, midtown Manhattan today would find itself under a giant geodesic dome. The utopist engineer's 1962 proposal for such a structure (meant to protect urban dwellers against smog and, given...
Lari Pittman
REGAN PROJECTS Lari Pittman's epic paintings have always been like big Broadway numbers--but in his latest show, the only big number was seventeen. That's how many works he fitted into a gallery space he used to fill with just one. All measuring...
Lisa Yuskavage
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART / MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY Masturbation is without a doubt a great subject for painting. The real question is why more artists haven't taken it on as wholeheartedly as Lisa Yuskavage has. I'm referring not just to her...
Martin Mull
DAVID BEITZEL GALLERY Martin Mull would like nothing more than for us to ignore his celebrity. He has repeatedly referred to acting as his "day job," admitting that earning respect as a visual artist is his highest priority. But Mull's two careers...
Openings John Pilson
John Pilson loves boxy, putty-colored computers; he hates those "designed" Macs on which he actually does his video work at home. Drab PCs make good foils for what he likes to think of as "gestures," unexpected actions or interventions in the anonymous...
Public Relations
FOR EVIDENCE OF ART'S recent love affair with "interactivity" and "connectivity," one need look no further than the pair of digital art surveys currently playing at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For...
Rineke Dijkstra
The gunpowder stains on the young soldier's face look a bit too authentic to be the real thing, as if some masterly makeup artist had just exited the frame. But, as it happens, this is the real thing. Only seconds before being photographed, the boy...
Robert Blanchon
BETTY RYMER GALLERY SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Robert Blanchon, who died in 1999 at thirty-three from AIDS-related illnesses, was the ultimate accelerated man. Whether sending out press releases and personalized invitations for what...
Robert Longo
METRO PICTURES Robert Longo's "Freud Drawings," 2000, don't quite have the suave elegance of his 1978-83 "Men in the Cities" series, for which he is best known. The large black-and-white format and charcoal-and-graphite medium are the same, but...
Robert Morris
KATY SIEGEL looks back at the 1962 studio visit by gallerist Richard Bellamy that resulted in Robert Morris's debut at the legendary Green Gallery. THERE WAS LOTS OF TALK in the early '60s about getting "discovered," Lana Turner's apothecary apotheosis...
Robert Ryman
HAUS DER KUNST, MUNICH Does the concept of a retrospective imply chronology? The organizers of the Robert Ryman survey at the Haus der Kunst in Munich think not. The press release announcing the "fifty-work" show, cocurated by Bernhart Schwenk in...
Shizuka Yokomizo
COHAN LESLIE AND BROWNE "Dear Stranger": On its own, the phrase that titles Shizuka Yokomizo's 1998-2000 series of photographic portraits is heavy with paradox. How can someone be at once dear--precious, beloved-- and yet a stranger? The sociologically...
Smooth Move
STEVEN HENRY MADOFF ON THE KUNSTHALLE ZURICH'S NEW DIRECTOR The game of musical chairs among Switzerland's museum directors and curators continues: First Christoph Becker took on the Kunsthaus Zurich's directorship, beating out Bernhard "Mendes"...
Sunny Side Down
PETER PLAGENS ON EGG THE ARTS SHOW WAY BACK in the antediluvian '70s, they shot parts of The Sting outside my studio in Pasadena, California. Until the novelty wore off, a few of us artists would stand around and watch. I remember overhearing a...
Tehching Hsieh
JACK TILTON / ANNA KUSTERA GALLERY From September 30, 1978, to September 29, 1979, Tehching Hsieh lived inside a locked cage, eleven-and-a-half by nine by eight feet. He wore a white laborer's uniform and refrained from speaking, reading, writing,...
"Thrilos 2001"
K. SARANTOPOULOS FLOUR MILLS In Greek, thrilos means "legendary" or "heroic." Today, the epithet is often bestowed on star soccer teams and players by their fans. "Thrilos 2001," sponsored by the Olympiakos soccer ream and held in the warehouses...
T.J. Wilcox
SADIE COLES HQ The mechanism by which T.J. Wilcox's imagery comes to us is familiar. Shot in Super 8, either as original footage or from preexisting film playing on a video monitor, it is transferred to video for editing, and then onto 16 mm film...
TV Guide
Lately I feel nostalgic for the art-historical roads not taken, a retro yen for rebels, troublemakers, and long shots. The atmosphere today is still, the forecast unchanged. We're in the dollar doldrums. It's all too peaceful--too decorative or decorous,...
Up the Organization
JENNIFER ALLEN TALKS WITH AVL'S JOEP VAN LIESHOUT JENNIFER ALLEN: How did Atelier van Lieshout evolve into AVL-Ville? JOEP VAN LIESHOUT: We were making more and more artworks about self-sufficiency--mobile homes and containers for various activities--so...
"Voici"
PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS, BRUSSELS It is possible to say, if one has a slight taste for paradox, that from the very beginning there has only ever been contemporary art, and so the history of art in its entirety could be described as an interminable...
Warren Isensee
AUDIELLO FINE ART, INC. Warren Isensee's paintings draw on his memories of domesticated modernism. Evoking the interior color schemes and the bright prints of '60s and '70s suburban TV rooms (with Marimekko-patterned draperies and kidney-shaped...
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