Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, September

Adam Cvijanovic
RICHARD ANDERSON FINE ARTS Adam Cvijanovic's Monument Valley, $999, is a full-gallery installation, a floor-to-ceiling, seventy-six-and-a-half-foot-long landscape painting spanning four walls, ostensibly portraying the desert terrain where Arizona...
Adam Ross
CAREN GOLDEN FINE ART Among my adolescent souvenirs float vague recollections of science-fiction stories in which some stranded space traveler happens on a vast, beautiful city that, void of all inhabitants, somehow continues to run with perfect...
"Another Girl, Another Planet"
LAWRENCE RUBIN GREENBERG VAN DOREN, NEW YORK Girls, girls, girls! The "it" show this spring was unquestionably "Another Girl, Another Planet," which assembled the work of thirteen young photographers from several countries, all but one of them women,...
Bruno Jakob
GALERIE PETER KILCHMANN Giving his monochromatic works titles like Unzipped, Contributed to the Air, Flickering Memory, and Mashed Potatoes (Still Collecting), Bruno Jakob evoked a range of images, from the abstract to the richly figurative, as...
Capital Suggestions
A novel nonprofit alliance of twenty-two private foundations and philanthropies has been organized to provide modest grants to American artists, particularly those whose work might otherwise be ignored, rejected, or spurned by other funding organizations...
Fact and Fiction
It may seem Madeleine Grynsztejn has lived her entire life in preparation for the 1999 Carnegie International. Born in Lima, raised in Caracas by her Hungarian-bern mother and Polish-born father, who worked as an engineer for Royal Dutch Shell, the...
Fiona Rae
LUHRING AUGUSTINE Ask not for whom the bell tolls. Clement Greenberg got it fight when he took extreme value contrast as a sign of anxiety about illusionistic space in painting (criticizing Franz Kline's black-and-whites for being retrograde, championing...
"Frieze"
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART If painting in general is back in vogue, as has been so jubilantly proclaimed, then wall painting's revival cuts both ways: A more grandly scaled, "couture" version of painting, it also, paradoxically, boasts something...
"Georgia O'keeffe: The Poetry of Things"
PHILLIPS COLLECTION, WASHINGTON, DC Lee Krasner, watching Georgia O'Keeffe on television in the Perry Miller Adato documentary, sarcastically remarked, "She comes on like Shirley Temple." Of course, neither Krasner nor O'Keeffe could legitimately...
"GLOBAL CONCEPTUALISM: POINTS OF ORIGIN, 1950s-1980s"
QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK "Global Conceptualism" made two claims. It suggested that Conceptualism - the visual presentation of a linguistic idea - was an international phenomenon and that its emergence was inextricable from the leftist, postcolonial...
Hare and Tortoise
Certain french artists are deemed so crucial an element of the national patrimony that grand retrospective exhibitions of their work must follow in regular, stately intervals. In 1979, Pierre Rosenberg organized, as a Louvre curator, the first modern...
Jaki Irvine
DOUGLAS HYDE GALLERY In Jaki Irvine's installation The Hottest Sun, The Darkest Hour, five short 16 mm black-and-white films (all 1998-99) were projected simultaneously on different walls of the irregularly shaped gallery space. Disarmingly subtitled...
Joe Scanlan
D'AMELIO TERRAS Joe Scanlan's exhibit "Invention" dealt with the act of consumption - not only getting and spending but their secret partners, compulsion and decay. The artist has long been interested in design and fabrication, but here he went...
Johannes Wohnseifer
MUSEUM LUDWIG KOLN To get to Johannes Wohnseifer's recent exhibition, which was curated by Rita Kersting and housed in the project room of the Museum Ludwig Koln, one had to pass through the permanent collection; in the middle of Pop Art, one came...
John Mclaughlin
PACEWlLDENSTEIN For far too long, John McLaughlin's superbly austere paintings have been reduced by being contextualized within the narrow frame of Asian art history, particularly fifteenth-century Japanese brush painting. Favoring only one part...
Joyce Kozloff
DC MOORE GALLERY A map is a practical tool, but it is also a picture, and an inescapably romantic one. For it always intimates both travel to places one might visit and imaginings about places one has never been, all evoked through visual contours...
Karin Davie
MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY/MARY BOONE GALLERY Over the years Karin Davie has done several variations on stripe painting, but now (in paintings at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, works on paper at Mary Boone) she seems to be putting that well-worn...
Ken Price
L.A. LOUVER Ken Price's high-polish, bold-color, lumpy organic forms are often discussed in one of two ways. The first involves how his work straddles the categories of art and craft - a conundrum that should remain mostly of interest to librarians...
Klaus Hartmann
NICOLE KLAGSBRUN GALLERY Near the entrance to Klaus Hartmann's first solo New York exhibition was a large digital print of a somewhat desolate barn-like structure out of which grew a narrow, three-story square tower topped by a small observation...
Letters
LECTURE NOTES To the Editor: I read George Baker's review of my show [April '99] at Max Protetch with interest and learned something from it. Since I like to communicate I thought I might take the unusual liberty of writing back. I'd like to...
Luca Vitone
NEON Luca Vitone's exhibition "Itinerari Intimi" (Intimate journeys) presented a selection of works keyed to significant moments in the artist's life. This autobiographical journey began with a black-and-white photograph of Vitone as a child, standing...
Markus Hansen
CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS/SERGE ABOUKRAT Born in Germany in 1963, Markus Hansen belongs to a generation of artists still coming to grips with the trauma of their country's Nazi past. While he has often looked to the history and symbols...
Martin Kersels TALKS ABOUT HIS RECENT WORK
Working as a member of the dance/performance collaborative SHRIMPS, Martin Kersels figured out how to join a dulcet Conceptualism with loud noises and kickass kinetics, proving that there is a lot to be done with the dumb fact of gravity - having a...
Mary Kelly
POSTMASTERS Mary Kelly's Mea Culpa, 1999, gave the initial impression of being one long, thin gray banner extending entirely around the perimeter of the vast front gallery. In fact, like a film strip that breaks down into shorter segments, the work...
Mike Kelley
METRO PICTURES, NEW YORK Mike Kelley's most ambitious recent work was The Poetics Project, his sprawling collaboration last summer with Tony Oursler. Exhibited in different form in various venues, this mixed-media extravaganza had to be broken up...
Nikki S. Lee
There may be eight million stories in the Naked City, but the number of social identities we recognize and inhabit is far fewer. Some are self-selected (punk rockers, for instance), some apparently ascriptive (Hispanics), some even combinations of...
Noble Cast
Before Cindy Sherman, there was Claude Cahun, and before Cahun, there was the countess. That's a neat summation of a certain lineage of photography by and about women, but it's not quite accurate. While Sherman and Cahun donned costumes and guises...
Patty Chang
JACK TILTON GALLERY Since graduating from the University of California at San Diego in 1994, Patty Chang has been a regular on New York's performance circuit, plying her distinctive brand of '60s-style body art meets '90s riot-grrrl feminism in...
Peter Halley
GRANT SELWYN FINE ART, NEW YORK Recently a friend of mine showed me the tiny silvery chip he'd pulled out of his brand new Ericsson cell phone. He had purchased it in New York, and although it was alleged to have global reach, for some reason it...
Renee Green
VIENNA SECESSION Renee Green's exhibition "Between and Including" was a convincing model of a retrospective, even though in some ways it was fragmentary and included only work from the past four years. What made this version of a "retrospective"...
Ross Sinclair
THE AGENCY As part of Ross Sinclair's recent show, he ran a stall in one of London's street markets for a day. You could buy T-shirts, mugs, key rings, and pens, all bearing the legend "I ?? Real Life." For Sinclair, "real life" is not something...
Sean Landers
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY Sean Landers makes art about the changeable fortunes of the artist's life and oh! the Agony and the Irony. He can't decide whether everyone hates him because he's so avant-garde, a la van Gogh, or because he's so popular, like...
Sean Scully
GALERIE LELONG/DANESE Sean Scully's concurrent shows proved that abstraction is not dead. The work on view was neither reprise nor parody but the carrying forward of those abstract staples of modernism - geometry and gesture - to new aesthetic heights....
"Signs of Life"
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL Every biennial, from Istanbul and Johannesburg to the Whitney, is scrutinized for answers to the question "Where is art going?" or "Where is art at?" Many curators prefer to dodge these questions. The artistic director...
Sink or Swim
DURING THE EXHIBITION'S TWENTY-ONE-WEEK RUN, THE 48TH VENICE BIENNALE WILL BE VIEWED BY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VISITORS. IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES, FIVE OF THEM - ROBERT STORR, KATY SIEGEL, DAVID ELLIOTT, RACHEL WITHERS, AND DANIEL BIRNBAUM - OFFER FOCUSED...
"The Art of Bloomsbury"
TATE GALLERY With a glamorous cast that includes Lytton Strachey, E.M. Forster, and Virginia Woolf and its spicy scenarios of sexual liberation, "Bloomsbury" has become by now a synonym for privileged British bohemianism. But if the arty milieu...
"Thinking Aloud"
CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE Richard Wentworth sums up "Thinking Aloud," the traveling show he curated for the Hayward gallery, in characteristically unassuming language: It's an assembly of items that collectively reveal "how we give meaning to things" and...
Thomas Chimes
LOCKS GALLERY In a long horizontal line extending through the gallery, the faces of the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century artistic and intellectual avant-garde - Arthur Rimbaud, Antonin Artaud, Oscar Wilde, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Marcel...
Tina Barney
COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART In this selection of her work from the past twenty years, Tina Barney invites us into the pastel preserves of America's WASPs. The twenty-seven chromogenic color prints on view in "Photographic Tableaux: Tina Barney's Family...
Tobias Rehberger
GALERIE BARBEL GRASSLIN The objects exhibited in "Fragments of their pleasant spaces (in my fashionable version)" have a peculiar provenance. Tobias Rehberger asked five friends for a description of a "comfortable niche"; then, taking their responses,...
Turner Points
The Turner Prize turns fifteen this year. Instigated by the Tate Gallery's Patrons of New Art as a way to honor midcareer achievement among British artists - Howard Hodgkin, Gilbert and George, and Richard Long were early recipients - the award has...
U.S. Shorts
Where are all the big millennium shows at our nation's smaller venues? Apparently, the only one to take note is New York's Museum of American Folk Art - but how! "Millennial Dreams: Utopian Visions in American Folk Art," opening November 13, summons...

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