Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 49, No. 7, March

"112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970-1974)"
"112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970-1974)" DAVID ZWIRNER "112 Greene Street: A Nexus of Ideas in the Early '70s" SALOMON CONTEMPORARY 112 Greene Street helped catalyze SoHo in the 1970s. The artist-run gallery occupied a building...
Abstract Ideas: Maria Lind on Claire Barclay
FOR HER SPRAWLING PROJECT Shadow Spans, 2010, currently on view at London's Whitechapel Gallery, Claire Barclay has responded to the site--a former library that retains many of its original Victorian details--by creating a mise-en-scene that chimes...
"Acp": Parker Jones
West Coast artists Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael (the latter newly based in New York) founded Artist Curated Projects with the goal of fostering opportunities for a community of artists to "develop their curatorial ideas and show the work of their peers...
Adrian Ghenie: SMAK
The absurdities and coincidences of childhood can shape your viewpoint for life. Growing up in Cluj, Romania, Adrian Ghenie was taught to worship the father of the state, Nicolae Ceausescu. At the age of twelve, Ghenie lived through the "trial" and...
Amassed Ornaments: Meredith Martin on Contemporary Art at Versailles
DISPLAYING CONTEMPORARY ART at historic sites has become a widespread trend, one that reached a new high (or low) last November, when Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull began its five-month run at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Yet despite Hirst's...
"Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures"
ANDY WARHOL REMARKED of his movies that they were often better talked about than seen. If your only experience of the silent films he made between 1963 and 1966 is the exhibition "Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures," on view at the Museum of Modern Art through...
Anisa Ashkar: N & N AMAN GALLERY
"Zift," the title of Anisa Ashkar's recent exhibition, carries enormous hermeneutic weight. The Arabic word--literally meaning "tar"--has been integrated into contemporary Hebrew slang to describe an adverse situation or a state of mind ranging from...
Ann Agee: LOCKS GALLERY
Ann Agee has intricately painted the inside of a toilet, made ceramic dildos (one even doubles as a napkin ring), and slaughtered a chicken on video. In comparison to those works, her recent show, "Rules of the Pattern," felt tame, but it exposed the...
Antonio Caballero: SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO
Antonio Caballero likes photographs of mostly handsome young people in conditions of melodrama--romance, marriage, adultery, plane crash. In his world rather more than in mine, every gesture is freighted with meaning, as if capitalized, a phone call...
Arman: CENTRE POMPIDOU
The trajectory of Arman's retrospective at the Centre Pompidou (now on view at the Tinguely Museum in Basel) was thematic, showing the artist's pursuit of certain operational modes between the 1950s and the '90s, and also the recurrence of several...
Ashley Bickerton
1 WALKING STREET, PATTAYA, THAILAND There is no more sordid, debauched, or densely packed concentration of neon on the planet than that of Walking Street in Pattaya. Widely known as Sodom-by-the-Sea, this short stretch offers bars and go-go clubs with...
Avigdor Arikha: TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART
Avigdor Arikha passed away on April 29, 2010, at the age of eighty-one. Born in Romania, he survived the Holocaust and was brought to Palestine by the Red Cross in 1 944. After three years of study at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem...
Bull.Miletic: GALLERY PAULE ANGLIM
For the past decade, Oslo-based artists Synne Bull (Norwegian) and Dragan Miletic (Yugoslavian) have been working together as Bull.Miletic, producing film- and video-based installations that link the mediating effect of cinema with urban spaces. At...
Butt Johnson: CRG GALLERY
In choosing The Name of the Rose as the title of his 1980 best-selling medieval thriller, Italian author and semiotician Umberto Eco confronted readers with an image charged with so many symbolic readings as to have been effectively hollowed out, set...
Camden Arts Centre
FOUR TIMES SINCE 2005, Camden Arts Centre has crossed its fingers and handed the curatorial reins to an artist. After Tacita Dean, Steven Claydon, and Paulina Olowska, most recently it was Simon Starling's turn, and it was notable and apposite that...
Claudia Losi: GALLERIA MONICA CARDENAS
Claudia Losi has made the idea of storytelling central to her research. Entering her recent exhibition in Milan, one came across two pieces from her ongoing "Landscapes" series. Three more works from the same series were located in the fourth room....
Daughter Dearest: Amy Taubin Talks with Todd Haynes
TODD HAYNES SPECIALIZES in two kinds of movies: analytic music biopics (Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story [1988], Velvet Goldmine [1998], I'm Not There [2007]) and revisions of the genre that Hollywood dubbed the "woman's picture" (Safe [1995],...
Detail Disoriented: Cole Roskam on Recent Construction in Guangzhou
A FLURRY OF NOTEWORTHY BUILDINGS recently constructed or near completion in and around Guangzhou has positioned the city as the next major Chinese metropolis to attract international critical architectural attention. Marked, overwhelmingly, by glittering...
Ellie Ga: BUREAU
For the past three years, Ellie Ga has grappled with the materials--the documents and memories--from her experiences traveling to the North Pole in 2007. Acting as a "poet of the quotidian," she was an artist in residence aboard the French climate-change...
Epic Theater: Diedrich Diederichsen on the Work of Christoph Schlingensief
Christoph Schlingensief, who died last August at the age of forty-nine, repeatedly challenged the German-speaking world with his films, plays, operas, TV shows, political projects, and other interventions into public life. His freewheeling energy and...
Eric Poitevin: GALERIE NELSON-FREEMAN
"All photography is a montage," says Eric Poitevin. And, one might have been tempted to add upon leaving his recent show at the Galeric Nelson-Freeman, so is every exhibition: increasingly vertiginous, allowing one to envision infinite possibilities...
E. V. Day: CAROLINA NITSCH
Last summer, E. V. Day spent three months as an artist in residence at Monet's garden in Giverny, France, with the charge that she find inspiration in the floral idyll being the only condition of her stay. The fifty works that visit yielded, fifteen...
E'wao Kagoshima: ALGUS GREENSPON GALLERY
There's nothing like a giant phallus poking out of a fruit bowl to complicate a dinner party. E'wao Kagoshima's work taps into the anxieties--the social missteps and gaucheries--that haunt the nightmares of the overly refined among us. An untitled...
Gabriele Basilico: STUDIO GUENZANI
Two threads emerged from this sophisticated mini-retrospective devoted to Gabriele Basilico: the investigation of the nature of the photographic medium and the discovery of a new identity for the figure of the author-photographer. The exhibition, organized...
Goldin + Senneby
COULD THE SHADOWY WORLD of offshore banking somehow harbor an incarnation of Georges Bataille's secret society, Acephale? This bizarre and provocative proposal is the premise of Headless, a project begun in 2007 by the collaborative team of Simon Goldin...
Guido Nussbaum: STAMPA
In the past, the globe, that model of the world as it appears from God's perspective, inspired great strategists while encouraging them to gloss over the facts on the ground. These days, our view of the world alternates in a seamless zoom between images...
Guony Guomundsdottir and Jochen Lempert: GALERIE DOROTHEA SCHLUETER
Galerie Dorothea Schlueter is a newcomer on the Hamburg scene; this exhibition by Gudny Gudmundsdottir and Jochen Lempert was only its third. The gallerist's name is a pseudonym invented by Nora Sdun, Sebastian Reuss, and Goor Zankl, who make up the...
Heinz Mack: SPERONE WESTWATER
In 1958, in Dusseldorf, Heinz Mack and Otto Piene formed the group Zero, publishing a journal by the same name and staging one-night exhibitions in Piene's studio. Expanding in 1 961 to include Gunther Uecker, who with Mack and Piene formed the core...
Huma Bhabha: STEPHEN FRIEDMAN GALLERY
Among the paradoxes in Huma Bhabha's extraordinary sculpture is that although it feels fully in sync with our times--politically uncertain, historically self-conscious, formally experimental--the work transmits great timelessness. The three untitled,...
In Memory of Static: Helen Molesworth on the Art of Klara Liden
IN EARLY JUNE 2000, I visited Art Basel for the first time. I was naive, which meant that I was subsequently shocked and dismayed. The convention hall was filled with stalls, many of which were displaying objects I knew and loved (works by Piero Manzoni,...
Jean Genet ... the Courtesy of Objects
A BOWLER HAT, a dressing table, a scrum of silver-painted shoes; a Roxy Music record, a movie poster, a school of carp in an indoor pond: Marc Camille Chaimowicz's installations are spaces in which the cultural unconscious becomes, however fleetingly,...
Jennifer Bartlett: THE PACE GALLERY
Though I didn't see Rhapsody, 1975-76, Jennifer Bartlett's best-known installation, when it was first shown at Paula Cooper Gallery, I did see it some thirty years later, in 2006, at the Museum of Modern Art. Finally encountering the sprawling, epic...
Johannes Wohnseifer: ISOLATION ROOM
Inside a seven-by-seven-by-nine-foot wooden box built within a living room in south Saint Louis, Cologne-based artist Johannes Wohnseifer posted The Thin Commandments, 2010. Emblazoned across ten silk-screened prints, the work relayed ten self-directed...
Judit Reigl: UBU GALLERY
A handful of paintings in New York museums is scant guarantee that the name Judit Reigl will ring a bell here in the United States; her status is likely different in France, where her long career began in 1950 following a harrowing escape from her...
Karla Black: CAPITAN PETZEL
In recent years Karla Black has become famous for sculptures made of untreated, pastel-colored powdered plaster, ghostly accumulations of plastic sheeting that appear to have been casually, carelessly left to hang in midair, and incredibly fragile-looking...
Karthik Pandian
IN THE WORK of Los Angeles-based artist Karthik Pandian, meanings proliferate and values invert themselves such that even the most apparently straightforward propositions take on the rich ambivalence of primordial symbols. This is nowhere more apparent...
Kim Adams: DIAZ CONTEMPORARY
Since the late 1970s, Edmonton, Canada-born artist Kim Adams has been repurposing salvaged auto parts, hobby kits, and hardware varia to create hybrid vehicularesque sculptures. While many works are life-scale, appearing quasi-habitable--like Andrea...
Kutlug Ataman: ISTANBUL MODERN
Kutlug Ataman first gained prominence when his eight-hour video installation semiha b. unplugged, 1997, was included in that year's Istanbul Biennial. Since then he has occasionally shown works in Turkey, but, though he has been exceptionally well...
Labor Movement
IT'S A CURIOUS TWIST in the history of art that de-skilling--the reduction of the once-hallowed making of art to the level of performing the mundane task of the day--has cut both ways. When Seurat famously said he just wanted to be paid by the hour,...
Lilly McElroy: THOMAS ROBERTELLO GALLERY
"2009 Was A Rough Year"--that's both the title of Lilly McElroy's recent exhibition at Thomas Robertello Gallery and a statement of fact. It was indeed a rough year. The stock market crashed. The housing bubble burst. Countless retirement incomes,...
Living Memory: James Quandt on Apichatpong Weerasethakul
WE HAVE SEEN THEM BEFORE: the austere bedroom whose windows frame a vastness of grass and swaying forest; lozenges of light mysteriously shimmering in nighttime jungle; the young monk tired of isolation, yearning for human contact and popular diversion;...
Mario Dondero: GALLERIA CA' DI FRA'/GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI
Mario Dondero, born in Milan in 1928, is a press photographer. His simultaneous--but belated--presence in two art galleries says something about the art system and its need to rediscover expressive currents buried in history, given the lack of anything...
Mark Flores: HAMMER MUSEUM
The first things one sees upon entering the Hammer Museum are the ramp leading up to the atrium, and, for the past ten years, just beyond its sleek metal balustrade, the latest temporary site-specific lobby work commissioned by the museum. Since late...
Mark Lammert: GUARDINI GALERIE
For a contemporary artist to pursue a dialogue with modern or older masters is not in itself remarkable. But to address predecessors such as Soutine or Bacon by making sequels to their work that succeed as independent paintings, not commentaries, suggests...
Martin Barre: ANDREW KREPS
Given that he has achieved a near cultish following, and that his influence resonates so decisively across contemporary abstract painting (from the work of Cheyney Thompson and Blake Rayne to that of Wade Guyton and Rebecca Quaytman, among others),...
Matthew Benedict: ALEXANDER AND BONIN
The works presented in Matthew Benedict's "Dramatis Personae" are photographs made as studies for paintings--but they are striking nonetheless. Portraying archetypes from unfamiliar parables and allegories--the cabin boy, the sea god, the widow, the...
Mohamad-Said Baalbaki: MAQAM ART GALLERY
Mohamad-Said Baalbaki's recent exhibition "Al-Buraq" was filled with elegant glass-fronted display cases made of dark wood and deep red velvet, light cascading into them through intricate cutouts in a pattern of eight-pointed stars. Each case was a...
Object Lessons: Morgan Fisher on Blinky Palermo
THERE ARE VERY FEW ARTISTS for whom my admiration is absolute, and Blinky Palermo is one of them. It is most productive to call him a painter, because even if not everything he made was a painting, those other things can best be understood as originating...
Pedro G. Romero: CASA SIN FIN
Archivo EX. (Archive F.X.) is an ongoing project that Pedro G. Romero has been developing since 2000. It involves the recompilation, reorganization, and presentation of various sorts of archives, mostly related to contemporary Spanish history. The...
Philippe Parreno: PILAR CORRIAS/SERPENTINE GALLERY
Rirkrit Tiravanija's exhibition at Pilar Corrias was meant to close on December 1, 2010, but it continued; the artist's name remained up on the wall next to the door. But now it was written not in red but in white on white, like ghost writing. In fact...
Roberto Jacoby: Talks about El Alma Nunca Piensa Sin Imagen (the Soul Never Thinks without an Image), 2010
ON MARCH 24, 1976, the bloodiest dictatorship in the history of South America began in Argentina. I was nine years old. At the time, Roberto Jacoby was living with my aunt Laura, a theater director. They were forced to abandon all public cultural and...
Ryoji Ikeda: GALLERY KOYANAGI
Ryoji Ikeda is generally described as a sound artist, and the tag is not inaccurate. But because he explores the fundamental properties of sound in depth, his practice has gradually overflowed its boundaries, so that today he sometimes seems to escape...
Sarah Michelson: THE KITCHEN
It's a bit like Sarah Michelson has taken the carcass of dance and reanimated it via some sort of highly personal transvaluation machine, an apparatus powered not by a storm but by rakish lighting and thunderous music. But this makes the result sound...
Sean Snyder: ARTISTS SPACE
What does the classic Warner Brothers cartoon "Road Runner and Coyote" have to do with the urban condition? Sean Snyder's 1996-98 Urban Planning Documentation (Road Runner & Coyote)--the earliest of the eight works in this modest, twelve-year survey--proffers...
Seb Patane: CHINA ART OBJECTS
At the heart of Seb Patane's tight, studied exhibition is its namesake, a hypnotic video titled Year of the Corn, 2011. The time-based composition has a trancelike, vaguely tribal sound component and sets into action the many static expressions visible...
Stansfield/Hooykaas: CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS/STREET LEVEL PHOTOWORKS
Scottish artist Elsa Stansfield and her Dutch partner, Madelon Hooykaas, pushed the European time-based media scene with their intuitive explorations from 1972 until Stansfield's sudden death in 2004, since which time Hooykaas has continued on her...
Susan Rothenberg: MIAMI ART MUSEUM
With a mere twenty-five canvases dating from 1976 to 2008, "Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place" succinctly conveyed how, over the course of the artist's low-key, four-decade career, she fulfilled her early promise and matured into an insightful, sensitive...
Taryn Simon: LEVER HOUSE ART COLLECTION
To shoot the 1,075 images that constitute her project "Contraband," 2010, Taryn Simon erected makeshift photo studios at the US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the US Postal Service International Mail Facility at John F. Kennedy...
Tedd Nash Pomaski: BOSE PACIA
In "At the Foot of the Lighthouse," Tedd Nash Pomaski presents new drawings in which images, while generally recognizable, struggle against their facture. Picturing nocturnal highways and roads, hospital examination rooms, and ocean waves, Pomaski...