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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 8, April

All over Me
Claude (Alison Folland) keeps a fun house-style mirror in the kitchen of the apartment she shares with her mom, the kind of mirror that makes even an average-sized human look like a stumpy whale. When Claude, a henna-haired fifteen-year-old who dresses...
Center of Attention
Since last November, an American tour operator has been offering special "Berlin Trips" for tourists from the States. For GIs formerly stationed in Berlin there are "Nostalgia Journeys" along the old barracks in Grunewald, past the Brandenburg Gate,...
'Contemporary Art in Asia:' Asia Society
Despite the growing presence of Asian artists here, Americans have been slow to focus on the explosive art scenes across the Pacific. The Asia Society's unprecedented fall show, "Contemporary Art in Asia: Traditions/Tensions," exposed the New York art...
Critical Reflections
Twenty-one years ago, after having switched my field from art criticism to writing on photography, I started to make photographs as well, and in earnest, It afforded a surprised insight into the process from "behind" a medium I had previously regarded...
'Face A L'Histoire:' Centre Pompidou
The title, "Face a l'histoire" tries to say it. On one side art, a great linear, chronological survey of its many practices from 1933-96, displayed in rooms devoted to such diverse themes as anti-Semitism, the civil war in Spain, Vietnam, or Algerian...
Good-as-Deadfellas
Watching "Beat" Takeshi Kitano's sardonically oblique Sonatine, it's easy to imagine his nickname coming from ELvis Costello's "The Beat," where the singer boasted: "I'll do anything to confuse the enemy." Kitano - who besides starring in the film also...
Head over Wheels
Peter Cain died on January 5, 1997, at the age of thirty-seven. He had a cerebral hemorrhage in his sleep, lingered in a coma for a few days, and was gone. His work was widely seen but not too widely known. He'd had five one-person exhibitions in New...
'Making Mischief: Dada Invades New York:' Whitney Museum of American Art
Curated by Francis Naumann with Beth Venn, "Making Mischief: Dada Invades New York" was the first major attempt to assemble the works and documents of New York Dada. Over two hundred paintings, sculptures, photographs, magazines, books, and letters by...
Openings: Frances Stark
The day I walked through "The Power of Suggestion," LA MoCA's recent survey of drawings by young American artists, there was a pack of high schoolers on a field trip. They moved from room to room, gathering in campfirelike semicircles around each piece....
Remains of the Fey
There is an appliance in every living room that makes people stupid. This was a widely known fact before George W. S. Trow's essay, "Within the Context of No Context" appeared in The New Yorker in 1980 (and in book form soon after), but Trow's impressionistic...
Robert Overby: Jessica Fredericks Gallery
The work of Robert Overby (1935-93) admits perhaps two overriding interpretations, distinct but not incompatible. On the one hand, his cast latex reliefs of architectural environments and fixtures belong to the history of the late-'60s/early-'70s experiments...
Smoking Mirrors: The Photographs of Miguel Rio Branco
They say that Caravaggio ground up flesh to make his colors. They also say he didn't draw, but of course he did draw, only with paint, alla prima. He didn't make drawings beforehand because he didn't have time only thirty-nine years to live, love, fight,...
'The Eye of Sam Wagstaff:' J. Paul Getty Museum
In 1975, Andy Warhol dedicated the entire November issue of Interview to photography, frustrating the easy separation of fandom, glamour, fashion, and sex from the art of photography just when the medium's new found status seemed secure. This special...
The Hang of It
Hans-Ulrich Obrist talks with Pontus Hulten Of Pontus Hulten, Niki de St. Phalle once said "[he has] the soul of an artist, not of a museum director." Indeed Hulten always maintained a very special dialogue with artists, though he was not one himself,...
Volks Film
It's fascinating, in a way, to witness the ambivalent triumphalism with which the metropolis of Berlin is merging its disparate halves into a millennial new German capital. As sleepy East Berlin neighborhoods are re-created as international art centers,...
Widows Speak
In the middle of an interview with Brigitte Mayer, her face is suddenly frozen. Rather than her voice we hear a professional reader reciting a poem of Heiner Muller's about a beautiful woman's neck and cheeks - perhaps those of Brigitte Mayer, Muller's...
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