Artforum International

An international contemporary art magazine covering sculpture, painting, mixed media, and installation works, as well as architecture, music, and popular culture. Includes artist interviews and reviews of individual artists and/or galleries; reviews of fi

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 6, February

Anarchy in the V&A
The violent foppishness of Britain's youth stylings has long excited worldwide comment, whether in the American reaction to the Beatles' hairstyles in 1964, or in Japan's current fascination with the precise, simultaneous excavation of every youth fashion...
Critical Camp
True High Camp always has an underlying seriousness. You can't camp about something you don't take seriously. You're not making fun of it; you're making fun out of it. You're expressing what's basically serious to you in terms of fun and artifice and...
Mind's Eye Views
Martin Honert works slowly - he has produced fewer works than one expects from an artist his age. Unwilling to compete with the speed and communicative demands of the modern media, he makes works that seem to stand alone - "decontextualized" and uncommunicative....
Paris 75001
With high-testosterone art stars of the '80s decamping to film, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner forever being mentioned as prime parts yet to be cast, a gallerist smitten with gorillas and mambo kings, and the likelihood of Mike Ovitz holding sway at...
Philip Guston
Head and Bottle, 1975 In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. I first saw Head and Bottle more than a decade ago, at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, in a show of paintings done...
Sounds for Sore Eyes
Remember Martin Scorsese's take on the art world in New York Stories: Nick Nolte-as-macho-painter aping neo-Expressionist brushstrokes - Chuck Connelly's canvases were used as props - to the deafening strains of "Whiter Shade of Pale" while Rosanna Arquette...
The Coldest Profession
She-Devils the movie (1989) has been strangely underestimated as a seminal political text, not only about fattie empowerment but about the relation between art and life itself. As the fat, cheated-upon homemaker with no marketable skills, the Roseanne...
The Secret Histories
Like Marcel Duchamp's mustached Mona Lisa, which greets you near the show's entrance, IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT is bound to raise eyebrows. Curated by Nayland Blake and Lawrence Rinder, and currently on view at U.C. Berkeley's University Art Museum, this...
Turner Again
The visual arts get a rough ride from the British media. While books, music, and cinema are treated to respectful in-depth coverage, art is warily eyed, and the notion that contemporary work is rubbish or a con is endemic. In response, the art establishment...
Urban Flight
Zaha Hadid wants to make buildings fly. Seemingly obsessed with images of lightness, with fantasies of buildings frozen as they explode into fragments, she has long fought the laws of gravity. Gravity has won. Now Hadid's "deconstructivist" architecture...
Warrior Cast
STUART McKENZIE TALKS WITH LEE TAMAHORI Lee Tamahori is king in New Zealand for directing the Anchor Butter TV ads. Standing against advertising's usual divorce from reality, Tamahori dared to put divorce into a commercial - the hugely popular Anchor...
Will Power
I flew to Nashville. It rained a lot in my hotel room. The room filled with rain as a lung fills with air. The rain looked like sweat on the body I hired to dance before me, which shimmied with a twang and left the way a river is said to crest. On my...

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