Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, November

Andreas Slominski
KUNSTHALLE ZURICH Invited to participate in the 1994 exhibition "Passieren" at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, "sculptor" Andreas Slominski had a crew of workers remove an enormous window from a storefront at a local mall. In the empty display, the artist...
"Andy Warhol: Drawings, 1942-1987."
KUNSTMUSEUM, BASEL A recording angel, charged to inscribe everything that happens as it happens, would produce a complete but unsatisfactory account of things, unless it somehow managed to include all that did not happen. As Sherlock Holmes demonstrated,...
A Thousand Words: Tobias Rehberger Talks about His Garden
A guy wants a classic suit and goes out to get one. Maybe he thinks he's found the ideal cut. But years later he takes another look at his sample of eternal beauty and the whole thing seems grotesque. Maybe the lapels are too wide, or the color seems...
Cannes Men
Three years back, under the aegis of a radical (and largely spurious) Danish filmmaking collective calling itself Dogma 95, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg issued a directorial manifesto in the daft form of a "Vow of Chastity." (Later, Christian...
Chantal Akerman
Since the early '70s, filmmaker Chantal Akerman has experimented with a blurring of cinematic hierarchies and an undulant, hypnotic approach to plot. The most recent exhibition (her first in a commercial gallery) combined video quotations from four...
Continental Shift
The current generation of curators has been profoundly Influenced by two sometimes contradictory trends: the emergence of multicultural politics and the growing conservatism In the art world. In trying to reinforce the cultural implications of the...
Corporate Wretch
The press kit that came with my copy of Gordon MacKenzie's Orbiting the G/ant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace (Viking, 1998) describes the book as "originally self-published and already a business cult-classic." That such...
Daddy Dearest
A winsome epigraph cues the overriding theme of a richly illustrated compilation of statements and writings by this formidable, fascinating artist: "My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama."...
David Hockney
L.A. LOUVER A year ago or so, my interest in David Hockney was rekindled after seeing A Bigger Splash, a documentary made by Jack Hazan in the early '70s about Hockney (his work, his friends) and certainly one of the best films ever on a contemporary...
Grave Rave
It's a virtual truism that a life's work is inevitably destined to incompletion and unfulfillment, but in Tony Smith's case, the cliche could not be more apt. Hence the inherent difficulty in any attempt to offer what the French call a "rue d'ensemble":...
Home Work
Jorge Pardo's house at 4166 Seaview Lane in Mount Washington has a view across the Hollywood Hills all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and it gets the sea breeze from noon to six. Conspicuously, however, the house has no front door, which is pretty much...
House Play
Rem Koolhaas is identified with an architecture that addresses the city, or as he would say, bigness. He is probably better known to the art world for S, M, L, XL (1995), the fat brilliant book he did with Bruce Mau. Koolhaas is an architect much admired...
Jim Shaw's Top Ten
1 Miss Velma's Bicentennial extravaganza, CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA, is the most amazing piece of video I've ever seen. Existing at the low-budget end of Aimee Semple McPherson's LA-based Christian spectacle tradition, she's been putting on glitter-encrusted...
Like a Man
Her subject would appear to be masculinity. Many of the photographs show adolescents at their moment of ripening, the moment at which teenage boys begin to be called men: in military uniform, waiting at base camp, during downtime; at leisure, sunbathing...
Matters of Scale: Renaissance Pan
I went to the museum of modern art's Tony Smith retrospective with mixed expectations. I had hoped to be pleasantly surprised, but I feared being confirmed in the rather blunt view of his oeuvre as a footnote in the history of postwar American art,...
Patrick Heron
TATE GALLERY Patrick Heron is at heart a modernist in the tradition of Roger Fry and Clement Greenberg: the seventy-odd pictures on view at the Tate Gallery charted a logic of space, color, and rhythm evolving over six decades. There was no postmodern...
Pavel Tchelitchew
KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART, KATONAH, NEW YORK Once upon a time, Pavel Tchelitchew's giant fairy tale of a painting, Hide-and-Seek, 1940-42, was firmly enshrined in MOMA'S pantheon. With its fetal spirit-children and gnarled oak tree becoming at once...
Rirkrit Tiravanija
MUSEUM FUR GEGENWARTSKUNST, ZURICH Most artists value the barrier between art and its public, the assignation and maintenance of various roles (e.g., active artist, passive consumer): don't touch, don't smell, art is here, life is there, Ladies...
Starr System
Steeped in celebrity and semiotics, book packages and product placement, has been a thoroughly post-modern coup d'etat. The investigation preceded the crime. The one who pulled the trigger was not a crazed loner but a star-struck groupie. The conspiracy...
Ugo Rondinone
In his 1960 novel, La noia (Boredom), Alberto Moravia blamed the existential ennui of postwar Europe on a reality that had grown patently absurd. For Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, too, reality's failings are at the heart of our present-day malaise, which...
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