Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 7, March

Bored Silly
An excruciating compendium of banalities posing as "radical" filmmaking, the Austrian movie Funny Games suggests that celluloid serial killers have grown bored with murder sprees, necrophilic rape, and ritual sex mutilations. No longer content with violence-for-violation's...
Carroll Dunham: Metro Pictures
METRO PICTURES For followers of Carroll Dunham's work, the notion that his art requires a long-term commitment from the viewer is part of the shared faith that comes with the territory. Since he first began to appear in group shows twenty years ago,...
Cy Twombly: Gagosian Gallery
GAGOSIAN GALLERY What I like about Cy Twombly's sculptures is the way they subvert all the cliches about his paintings. An original one - if a cliche can be called "original" - is Roland Barthes' notion that the canvases are a kind of writing manque;...
Family Plots
Talking with Nadine Gordimer BF: In your new novel, The House Gun, Duncan discovers his lover Natalie having sex with his ex-lover Carl Jesperson. The next day he murders Carl, but it's not a crime of passion, certainly not a fit of jealousy. What led...
Helen Frankenthaler: Guggenheim Museum
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM The Guggenheim Museum has given Helen Frankenthaler a small show, "After Mountains and Sea: Frankenthaler 1956-59." She may well wonder whether or not they've done her a favor. Her often large canvases have been crammed into two mingy...
Ifs, Ands, and Buts
If only I had a cup of coffee . . . I do not know why Elizabeth Murray paints cups, and neither, she says, does she, except she thinks "cups are beautiful." There are cup paintings of Murray's dating back to 1981, and they seem to me summary of her...
Kathy Acker, 1947-1997
Kathy Acker - literary innovator, literary outlaw - died of cancer on November 30, 1997, in Tijuana, Mexico. She will be remembered for her effusive writing and her luminous self, her investigations into language, her rages against sexism and the misanthropy...
Mass Hysteria
It is not enough to be exceptionally mad, licentious, and fanatical in order to win a great reputation; it is still necessary to arrive on the scene at the right time. - Voltaire Paparazzi are notoriously ruthless characters who trade in visual exposure...
Moving Company: The Second Johannesburg Biennale
It was with a certain feeling of vindication that I boarded the plane to attend the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale last October. Visiting Nelson Mandela's homeland for the first time can confirm one's belief in the victory of democracy over dictatorship,...
Openings: Sarah Jones
Like willful charges who have somehow slipped the leash, Stephanie, Rohan, and Camilla enact their overwrought adolescent emotions. Made confidante, the viewer is nonetheless privy to no more than a fraction of their intimacies: there is always a residue,...
Pretty Ugly: Sandra Bernhard's 'I'm Still Here ... Damn It!'
She likes to wear high heels by Manolo Blahnik or Robert Clergerie. She once wrote admiringly of the beautiful bulge of her own calf. She once said of her face that it is sensual and sexual and also "just damned frightening." She used to perform a cover...
Richard Pousette-Dart: Metropolitan Museum of Art
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART The painter Richard Pousette-Dart (191692) once said, in all sincerity, "I am an artist of the concealed power of the spirit, not of the brute physical form." PousetteDart was one of those urban American artists - plentiful...
To Be Real
For all the performative aspects of Nan Goldin's Ballad of Sexual Dependency, there is no denying the directness of her appeal to the emotions. Now a younger generation has made her its hero; anyone who has taught photography students recently has surely...
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