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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, October

'80 Reduse: "Pictures" Reframed
Today, the art of the '80s sits on a cusp. Too near to be "historical," the period has receded just enough to afford hindsight review. The following reflections, occasioned by Artists Space's recent rehanging of Douglas Crimp's seminal exhibition "Pictures,"...
Adriena Simotova
VELETIRZN1 PALAC Since the '6os, Czech artist Adriena Simotova has been concerned with the human body--its physical presence, vulnerability, evanescence, and decay. She has worked primarily with paper since the early '70s. I say with paper and not...
Angela De la Cruz
ANTHONY WILKINSON GALLERY Since 1994, the London-based Spanish artist Angela de la Cruz has been making what she modestly calls "everyday paintings." Her basic technique is simple. To begin with, she makes a blank, monochrome abstract painting in...
Angiola Gatti
THE BOX Angiola Gatti is a self-effacing painter from Turin who has been working for years without much notice. She deserves more attention for her novel investigations of abstraction, achieved by saturating the entire surface of her large canvases...
"Art at the Edge of the Law"
ALDRICH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The fact that artists respond to and intervene against legal structures is not exactly groundbreaking news; the mores of legalistic bourgeois societies--and the transgression of them--have been central (if not...
A Thousand Words: Michael Clark Talks about before and After: The Fall
I think I reached some kind of threshold where I needed to look back to move forward. I worked very fast when I was young; I'd choreographed about sixteen pieces before I even launched the company. Most of the early work with music by The Fall and...
"Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopollitanism"
SITE SANTA FE For those desperate to jump from Venice Biennale curator Harald Szeemann's "Plateau of Humankind," SITE Santa Fe provides the perfect place to land. Devoid of slo-mo videos and feel-good/feel-bad Cibachromes, "Beau Monde: Toward a...
Byron Kim
MAX PROTETCH The fascination of Byron Kim's work has always been the way it held its two contrary tendencies, sensualism and conceptualism, in unresolved tension. Feeling has always been packaged in an idea--more specifically, in a voguish topos...
Christine Davis
THE POWER PLANT For more than a decade, Christine Davis's installations have combined artifacts of the body (contact lenses, a metal dress patterned on genetic encoding sequences), photographs of skies (clouds, solar eclipses), and images of books...
Euan Heng
AUSTRALIAN GALLERIES Unlike other painters who came into vogue in the '80s, Scottish-Chinese artist Euan Heng made works that, even then, were neither wild nor spectral. For a start, they were self-consciously Mediterranean, in the tradition of...
Free Reign
ADAM LEHNER ON CATHERINE DAVID IT CAME AS SOMETHING of a surprise to art-world observers when it was announced this summer that Catherine David, the quirky, possibly brilliant curator of the most recent Documenta, would take over from Bartomeu Mari...
"Gego 1955-1990"
MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES, CARACAS "Gego" impresses itself on the memory: two short syllables and a single, repeating consonant (pronounce it halfway between Geh-go and Gay-go). With "Gego," Gertrudis Goldschmidt (1912-94) converted her German name...
Glenn Ligon
D'AMELIO TERRAS Maybe it's because his black-and-white text paintings referred so clearly to Jasper Johns's early work, but Glenn Ligon's brightly colored new paintings bring to mind a notable episode in recent art history (one less universally...
H.C. Westermann
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHICAGO People often complain, and they're probably right, that there are two kinds of art: the kind the art world likes and the kind everyone else likes. To appreciate the former, you have to know something about art...
Howard Hodgkin
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY Collections of historical masterpieces have two main ways of engaging with contemporary art, if they don't ignore it completely. One is to feed the mouth that bites them, so to speak, by bringing in some institutional critique;...
Istvan Balogh
GALERIE LE SOUS-SOL In 1999, Swiss photographer Istvan Balogh produced a series called "Citta" (City): thirty photographs, all vertically oriented and of the same size, affixed to aluminum. The pictures had been taken in and around a university...
John Bock
ANTON KERN GALLERY "I'm in New Yok, and in New Yok the tradition is that the ahtist makes a Happening," John Bock announced while standing on a curious plywood platform that formed the stage for his most recent performance. Cheerfully, earnestly,...
Ken Lum
ANDREA ROSEN Published in 1972, Learning from Las Vegas was the ultimate postmodern (or antimodern) document, as it showed how, in North America at least, buildings were often subsidiary to road signs; architecture was, in essence, secondary to...
Learning from Philadelphia
BARRY BERGDOLL ON ROBERT VENTURI AND DENISE SCOTT BROWN ROBERT VENTURI, whose seminal Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture of 1966 is credited with returning historical concerns to the forefront of architectural theory and practice after...
Making Waves
KATY SIEGEL TALKS WITH DAVID REED ABOUT THE LEGACY OF LEE LOZANO LEE LOZANO ISN'T EXACTLY A HOUSEHOLD name--even in art houses. But in the 1960s and early '70s, she was very much part of New York's art scene; she knew everyone and is remembered...
Man of Vision
JENNIFER ALLEN ON UDO KITTELMANN The fact that Udo Kittelmann--who takes over as director of Frankfurt's Museum fur Moderne Kunst (MMK) in January--was schooled as an optician rather than an art historian has not escaped the exacting eye :of the...
Marcel Dzama
Marcel Dzama is a Winnipeg-based artist whose work can currently be seen at the Carrara Academy, Bergamo, Italy. McSweeney's Books will publish an edition of his paintings and drawings in 2002. 1 JOCKUM NORDSTROM A Swedish artist whose imagery--birds,...
Marijke Van Warmerdam
GALERIE VAN GELDER In terms of scale, the most prominent work in Marijke van Warmerdam's exhibition was It's a sunny day, 1999, a makeshift pool in which floated ten brightly colored plastic garbage bags. The water was kept in constant motion and...
Marisa Albanese
GALLERIA DINA CAROLA Classical in appearance, Marisa Albanese's sculptures reveal, on closer examination, a hidden dimension. Four resin figures placed on aluminum pedestals occupied only a portion of the gallery space. From the title of the installation,...
Marthe Wery
PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS Marthe Wery's exhibition included work by the artist from 1968 on, but the Palais des Beaux-Arts resolutely resisted presenting the show as a retrospective. It opened with Calais, 1995, a willfully unfinished ensemble composed,...
Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
KLOSTERFELDE When Martin Kiosterfelde decided to move his gallery to a new location, he asked the Berlin-based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to create a new work for the inaugural show. The duo responded by installing an exact replica...
Nils Norman
AMERICAN FINE ARTS, Co. For the past decade Nils Norman has been devising a series of imaginative proposals for improving urban living conditions through community-based initiatives. He is no starry-eyed utopian, however: Norman is all too aware...
Nuno De Campos
CLIFFORD SMITH GALLERY In his second solo show, "Lap and Beyond," New York-based Portuguese artist Nuno de Campos continued to explore the triadic power relations among himself, his art, and the public through his favorite vehicle, the female midsection....
O Brothers, Where Art Thou?
GEOFFREY O'BRIEN ON THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE IN MICHAEL POWELL'S 1946 fantasy A Matter of Life and Death, the celestial messenger who shuttles between a monochrome afterlife and a color-saturated mortal sphere remarks: "One is starved for Technicolor...
October 1981
Twenty years ago this month, artist and critic Thomas Lawson filed his survey-cum-manifesto "Last Exit: Painting." For the second installment of this new regular column, editor JACK BANKOWSKY revisits a curious episode in the "painting wars" of the...
PORTFOLIO: William Eggleston
"Things don't matter," William Eggleston told me, years ago, when I made the mistake of asking him what he liked to photograph. "I don't take pictures of things." When I was a kid in Mississippi, I heard a story of Eggleston being hired to take pictures...
Rachel Khedoori
KUNSTHALLE The ground floor of the Kunsthalle Basel comprises a sequence of individual spaces, and that sequence lends filmic qualities to whatever is shown there. As one passes through the various rooms, a kind of linear narrative seems to be imposed...
Rebecca Quaytman
SPENCER BROWNSTONE GALLERY The Sun is Rebecca Quaytman's latest work: a group of forty uniformly sized plywood panels, which can be arranged in multiple configurations. In this solo exhibition, they were hung in a grid. (A slightly different version...
Refuse Salon
NICO ISRAEL ON "THE ART OF WASTE" "THE PURE, PRODUCTS OF AMERICA," according to William Carlos Williams, "go crazy." The impure ones, he might have added, get thrown away. What happens to American products after they are "consumed" is a question...
Robert Watts
LESLIE TONKONOW ARTWORKS + PROJECTS It's been a good year for Fluxus. With elegant shows recontextualizing the art of Yoko Ono and Ray Johnson in all its freewheeling experimentation and intelligence, George Maciunas's anarcho-good-time movement...
Rogelio Lopez Cuenca
GALERIA JUANA DE AIZPURU Juan Goytisolo, one of Spain's most combative novelists, has on many occasions addressed his country's contemptuous attitude toward Muslim culture. Yet the proximity of the Spanish and Moroccan coasts, and what's more, a...
"Serpentology Drawings"
JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY In Indian cosmogony, the serpent is assigned a variety of sometimes contradictory symbolic roles. According to Vedic legend, it is the first creature: Before the origin of the world, Vishnu sleeps stretched out on a cushion...
Sidney Tillim
TRANS HUDSON Sidney Tillim was a true-blue American as well as a modernist in the European tradition: He loved movies, served in the army, began his working life as a baseball reporter; he was also an important critic, a trained painter, a connoisseur...
"Snapshot"
UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES In the slim catalogue to this latest overview of "New Art from Los Angeles," all twenty-five participants are said to be either "investigating" or "exploring" something. First up, Mark Bradford is "investigating the...
"Songs of Love and Hate"
GALERIE WIELAND Artistic practice is becoming ever more dispersed. Now there is the "rock artist," one who actually produces music rather than just referring to it visually. Laptop electronic artist Carsten Nicolal belongs to this circle, just as...
Split Decision
REENA JANA ON DAVID A. ROSS'S RESIGNATION AS ABRUPTLY AS THE DEATH of a Silicon Valley dot-com, David A. Ross's flashy three-year stint as director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art came to an end on August 16, when he unexpectedly resigned....
Teun Hocks
P.P.O.W. Teun Hocks has a flair for the absurd. In his recent large, hand-tinted photographs, he appears as a proper bourgeois, dressed immaculately in suit, tie, and white shirt, in a variety of deceptively plain stage settings of weirdly improbable...
Thomas Eggerer
Thomas Eggerer's paintings produce vertigo through formal means: Figurative vignettes based on photographic sources are detached, floating free in disconnected abstract fields. In The Tennis Lesson, 2000, a group of young players run through their...
Todd Hido
STEPHEN WIRTZ GALLERY The houses in Todd Hido's new color photographs all exude an eerie stillness. The middle-class homes of a certain fraying age that serve almost exclusively as his subject are shrouded in the atmospheric light of wintry dusk...
Trading Faces
KENT JONES ON MULHOLLAND DRIVE THAT DAVID LYNCH IS A GENUINE VISIONARY may be indisputable, but he has often seemed like an artist with a set of primal obsessions in lieu of a subject. Compelled to plunge headlong into his darkest fears, Lynch has...
Tyler Vlahovich
GOLDMAN TEVIS Why are there so few great green paintings? Put another way: Why has no painter (with the possible exception of Jasper Johns) identified with greens the way Philip Guston identified with pinks? Posed by an intelligent painter who...
Virgil Marti
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS Even in this nineteenth-century museum/ school, architecturally idiosyncratic by any standard, the first arch-framed glimpse of Virgil Marti's installation caused a visceral jolt that only intensified as one...
William Willis
HOWARD SCOTT GALLERY The image that immediately caught my eye in William Willis's show was a painting in a near-grisaille palette. Subtle and small--only eight and a half by nine and a half inches--it shows a group of overlapping planes, generally...
With (X): Luc Tuymans
THE ARTIST-CURATED EXHIBITION is an inherently enticing proposition, but in practice such shows usually prove a bore. Far too often artists are drawn to secondhand versions of the sort of work they make themselves. Luc Tuymans has already dodged that...