Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, December

Absent and Accounted For
The end of the year is supposed to be a time of adding up accomplishments, separating winners from losers, declaring, in a smug, vaguely bored tone of voice, that the year wasn't a complete waste of time. But a given year is more than anything else time...
"Bridge/The Map Is Not the Territory." (Modern Sculpture, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Fleetinsel, Hamburg, Germany)
ARBEITSGEMEINSCHAFT FLEETINSEL It is difficult to talk about "territory" today: as a concept, it serves as a negative criterion, or a background against which urban life and social development can be displayed. The recent exhibition "Bridge/The Map...
Carl Andre
PAULA COOPER GALLERY, ACE GALLERY, MUSEE CANTINI Since it is the mark of a truly great racehorse, or tennis player, to be able to win on any sort of surface, perhaps it's the mark of a truly great artist to be able to prevail in any sort of space. If...
Deja Vu All over Again
If art in 1997 wasn't exactly (to Invoke a cliche) old wine In new bottles, or (to cite a hipper version) old whine in new bottles either, there was something both deja vu and complaining about it. The art you saw this year, whether In galleries, contemporary...
Designer Creations
A phone call from a friend in Milan brought the news that Gianni Versace had been shot in Miami. On Lake Como, where we spent some weeks this summer, an hour away from the Versace estate near Cernobbio and the resting place for his ashes, his tragic...
Dinos and Jake Chapman
GAGOSIAN GALLERY The Chapman Brothers' installation Six Feet Under, 1997 - featuring their infamous cast-resin sculptures of prepubescent children who sprout multiple adult genitalia amidst extra heads, arms, legs, and torsos - is vile and disgusting....
Glocal Warming
Here's a spot quiz. What do the cities Sao Paulo, Havana, Kassel, Munster, Venice, Santa Fe, Lyons, Kwangju, Istanbul, and Johannesburg mean to you? Either the preceding list reads as a disconnected set of far-flung travel destinations, or else you're...
Johan Grimonprez
DEITCH PROJECTS Johan Grimonprez's Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y is a televisually stunning, macabre, and intermittently funny meditation on Don DeLillo's work as it pertains to airplanes, terrorism, and death. It is also, in some sense, about "history" and the...
Karen Finley
FOTOUHI CRAMER GALLERY, P.S. 122 Karen Finley, force of nature. If you saw her in an '80s performance club you might have called her that, so powerful was she - but then you'd quickly have felt ridiculous, because it was her particular brilliance to...
"Moves." (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
MUSEUM BOIJMANS VAN BEUNINGEN I am not a great fan of the fad for guest-curated exhibitions culled from a museum's collections. How vain is the notion of the curator-as-artist that they convey! There are exceptions, of course: the "Artist's Choice"...
Richmond Burton
CHEIM & READ Whither abstract painting? Richmond Burton gives us one convincing answer: toward a richness of surface that is ironic while it is at the same time aggressively, even triumphantly, organic. The richness is ironic in at least two ways....
Robert Gober
Robert Gober took four years to make his new untitled installation at the Geffen Contemporary, two to think it, two to craft it. The result doesn't so much exceed expectations as it utterly defeats them. Nothing here is quite what you would expect -...
Rosemarie Trockel
BARBARA GLADSTONE GALLERY When Rosemarie Trockel began showing in New York in the late '80s, her best-known work - machine-made woolen pieces presented as "paintings" and minimalist cubes with stove-top burners - seemed to categorize her as interested...
"Truce: Echoes of Art in an Age of Endless Conclusions." (Video Art, Santa Fe Biennial Site)
The title of curator Francesco Bonami's installment of the second SITE Santa Fe Biennial - "TRUCE: Echoes of Art in an Age of Endless Conclusions" - waves a white flag and suggests that viewers approach the exhibition with an olive branch. Neither grand...

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