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Articles from Vol. 31, No. 10, Summer

A Fan's Notes
Mourning (the Sadness) finds itself in the in-between. I mean, it (the Sadness) is a stuttering toward a word which will not . . . out. One word--not a word but an acronym for the experience beyond it: DEATH. Bodies come and go (I am stuttering now)...
Alberto Heredia
INSTITUTO DE COOPERACION IBEROAMERICANA Since the mid '60s, Alberto Heredia has been creating a series of objects he calls "toys," which maintains a double and organic relation to the rest of his work. They are, at once, the intimate version of his...
Alex Katz
ROBERT MILLER GALLERY The bland, unruffled look of high cool that typifies both the people Alex Katz portrays, and the way he paints them, can be read either as a Warholian blankness and emphasis on surface, or as harboring the moodily passive ambiguities...
Alice Aycock
JOHN WEBER GALLERY In this startlingly seductive show sculptures, drawings, and texts conspired to create an absurd parallel universe replete with desire and violence. Aycock's work invoked a dizzying array of esoteric allusions, including references...
Alice Stepanek/Steven Maslin
JOHNEN & SCHOTTLE In a series of 13 small, square pictures of trees, Alice Stepanek and Steven Maslin depict the transformation of tree branches from one season to another: without leaves, with buds, with leaves, with autumn foliage, and again without...
Amalia Mesa-Bains
WHITNEY AT PHILLIP MORRIS For the past two decades, Amalia Mesa-Bains has examined ritual space as a site of the production and constriction of feminine identity. Venus Envy Chapter One (or the First Holy Communion Moments Before the End) (all works...
Andrew Ross' Weather Report
The World Trade Center bombing contributed only a few images to the media memory banks; the rest was left to the imagination, aided, perhaps, by Towering Inferno. The images showed office workers caked in soot, partially asphyxiated, and looking like...
Anne Sauser-Hall
SKOPIA For the past ten years Anne Sauser-Hall has been investigating how the interweaving of reality and fiction in childhood myths, fairy tales, and stories affects the formation of collective beliefs. She does this by subtly altering utilitarian...
Apart without a Face: 'Orlando' and 'The Crying Game.' (Analysis of Two Films)
Yet already he concludes, before the kaleidoscope of her expressions, before this face that from being all surface, smooth and waxed, passed to an almost fluid state of translucid gaiety, and from the chiselled polish of an opal to the feverish black-red...
Bernard Bazile
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU In "IT'S OK TO SAY NO!" Bernard Bazile's position was one of negation colored by paranoia, one meant to place the spectator simultaneously in a state of liberation and uneasy withdrawal. The title and imagery in the show were...
Carter Kustera
JOSH BAER GALLERY The vital impetus behind Carter Kustera's art is assassination. In 1991 the artist killed off his former self (Kevin Carter), and the ensuing funeral served as a sort of social debut for his current self (Carter Kustera). In 1992 he...
Cheryl Donegan
The pitcher fingers the brim of his cap, he brushes dust from his brow. His cleats grind into the mound, he plants himself solidly into that little hill. The batter, the one in red with a thick plastic cap on, shifts, a thousand times checking his grip....
Chris Burden
GAGOSIAN A volcanic mass of rocky landscape at once wrapped with and penetrated by model trains and tracks of various sizes, Medusa's Head, 1989-92, hung from the ceiling like a twisted child's vision of terrestrial apocalypse. The gaping wounds on...
Computer Type
Is this what cyberpunks would look like if they took off their mirror shades? Would they have four eyes, like Bruce Sterling on the cover of Wired? The polyocular gaze of the cyberpunk author and electronic freedom-fighter fixes us with an intensity...
David Ireland
LAURA CARPENTER FINE ART There's a segment on the Ren and Stimpy show--a commercial for a toy called "Log." It's a log. The commercial tells you about all the fabulous possibilities for fun with a chunk of wood, i.e. you can dress it up in various costumes...
Dinos and Jake Chapman
VICTORIA MIRO GALLERY Francisco Goya began work on the portfolio of etchings titled Desastres de la Guerra (Disasters of war) two years after the Napoleonic invasions of Spain in 1808. Ten years latter, at the age of 75, the plates were completed. Desastres...
Fabian Marcaccio
JOHN POST LEE GALLERY Fabian Marcaccio uses the conventional elements of Modernist practice in an artificially rule-bound, self-conscious, and non-idiomatic way to create not a chain of orderly communicative utterances but peculiar and estranging sequences...
Federico Guzman
GALERIA LA MAQUINA ESPANOLA The first impression one had upon entering this exhibition of Federico Guzman's works was a feeling of confusion. On the walls, separated from each other, an uneven group of pieces made of asphalt and paint on canvas presented...
Gregory Amenoff
HIRSCHL & ADLER MODERN Even though Gregory Amenoff apparently still believes in content, he is one of the best painters around. The content--weirdly involuted, abstract forms that resemble microorganisms--becomes a vehicle for the sultry, turbulent...
Greil Marcus' Top Ten
1 Andre Braugher: in Homicide--Life on the Street, "Three Men and Adena" (NBC, March 3). For decades now, scripts of one version or another of "The Robert Johnson Story" have bounced around Hollywood (though the closest anyone's gotten to an actual movie...
Harold Haydon
UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART Harold Haydon, now in his 84th year, has argued for more than half a century that the spatial and optical traditions of the entire history of Western art are based in error, and that to date he has been the sole artist...
Jane Rosen
GRACE BORGENICHT GALLERY Under the title "Better Nature," Jane Rosen assembled an intriguing set of sculptures. Even when visible characteristics differed, a transcendent "genetic" bond was apparent. Rosen's work is influenced by the forms perceived...
Jerzy Kubina
GALERIE LOUIS XIV Formerly a chapel, this gallery was an appropriate venue for Jerzy Kubina's show, "Ikonostas" (Iconostasis). An emerging Polish-born artist currently living in New York, Kubina belongs to a group of young artists who fled the political...
Joel-Peter Witkin
PACE/MACGILL GALLERY Does Joel-Peter Witkin's photograph of a headless corpse (its neck terminating in a meaty stump, its penis shrivelling into its fat stomach, its feet absurdly sporting black socks), repel you? We know that people who develop a familiarity...
John Lekay
COHEN GALLERY John LeKay's recent two-part exhibition "The Separation of Church and State" tried to make the viewer confront issues that are either taboo or "socially embarrassing": religion, homelessness, race, disability, bodily functions, and domestic...
Laura Ruggeri
GALLERIA EMI FONTANA In her recent show, "Il Maestro e un mostro" (The master is a monster), Laura Ruggeri surprisingly juxtaposed Lucio Fontana and Freddy Krueger. The title brought to mind the horror of a tabloid headline, from which one can surmise...
Laurie Walker
GALERIE CHRISTIANE CHASSAY Laurie Walker's Altus, 1992, was filled with sensory ambiguities. Upon climbing in virtual darkness one of four ladders welded to Walker's minimalist tower of steel, one found oneself peering at a vat of bioluminescent bacteria....
"Lax." (Multi-Artist Show at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria) (Reviews)
GALERIE KRINZINGER This exhibition of nine artists, which drew from Paul Schimmel's selection for "Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s" (with the exception of Jeffrey Vallance), posited the proximity of current art from Los Angeles and Viennese Aktionismus....
Like Rashomon but Different: The New Black Cinema
Arthur Jafa on the Hughes Brothers' Menace II Society It is only with difficulty that I tolerate the mediocrity of most contemporary black cinema, a trick I manage by constantly reminding myself that mediocrity is a necessary stage in the development...
Lisa Milroy
WADDINGTON GALLERIES LTD. The four paintings of collections of plates in this exhibition might seem at first to be characteristic of Lisa Milroy's work. In fact, both the subject matter and the principles by which it is organized on the canvas are very...
London Calling
A wave of infatuation for the 1960s has lately passed through the art institutions of London. Since the Royal Academy staged its sugar-coated extravanganza "The Pop Art Show," in 1991, three more major exhibitions have centered on the decade. With one...
Louise Bourgeois
FABRIC WORKSHOP Louise Bourgeois combined her sculptural installation with a performance piece--her first in 24 years--each of which depended on the same themes and motifs. Both were entitled, She Lost It, 1992, and worked with a brief text. As is often...
Marco Lodola
NUOVA PESA In this show Marco Lodola presented figures cut out of Plexiglas--a completely artificial, mass-produced material--and then painted in enamel. His silhouettes are generated from a rigorous, clear design that tends to make the outline, the...
Michel Semeniako
GALERIE FANNY GUILLON-LAFFAILLE Time in Michel Semeniako's black and white photographs measures itself not in 60ths of a second but in millennia. "Les Dieux de la Nuit" (The gods of the night), who have lent their name to this exhibition, inhabit the...
Mike Berg
FINE ART STUDIO How refreshing, in this year of the politically correct, to come across a painter who is completely unashamed of the decorative aspect of his art, a painter, furthermore, who does not so much as nod in the direction of social and political...
Miriam Cahn
GALERIE STAMPA A series of black and white, and colored drawings hung around the walls of a single room, like a frieze of strictly chronological, individual works offering itself to be read. One could devine the process of creation without reducing...
Mortal Elements
Like ancient sites abandoned for centuries, Louise Bourgeois' sculptures remind me of the basic fact of impermanence, yet they can feel as familiar as a recurring dream suddenly recollected. In her installations, psychological relationships among objects...
Paul Pagk
THREAD WAXING SPACE Paul Pagk's abstract paintings show that the renewal of painting depends upon the renewal of what is fundamental to it: primitive sensory experience articulated through texture and elementary structure. The former is innate to surface,...
"Photonominal '93." (Multi-Artist Show at the Forum Gallery, Jamestown, New York) (Reviews)
THE FORUM GALLERY Curated by Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, this show of contemporary photography was, paradoxically, both a broad-based survey and a carefully considered thematic exercise. The human figure became a means of disseminating the questions of...
Real Imaginary Places: Jean-Marc Bustamante
In a recent exhibition by Jean-Marc Bustamante, one room--either the first or the last in the show, depending on the visitor's route--was dark. Inside, on the far wall of the space, which was empty except for a modest projector on a tripod, you could...
Robert Colescott
PHYLLIS KIND GALLERY With the skill of a political cartoonist, Robert Colescott draws some fine, funky lines around what lust and laughter, anger and envy bring to mixed-race relations. It might be said, in fact, that he introduces a thinking man's...
Roger Ackling
RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY Procedure most assuredly can become its own esthetic, and Roger Ackling's modest and absorbing sculptures are wrought from a process worth retelling. His usual working method is to roam along beaches looking for washed-up small...
Roman Vishniac
INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY On the one hand, Roman Vishniac shows us images of "man," in accordance with the exhibition's title "Man, Nature, and Science, 1930-1985"--man in the form of pathetic, impoverished Jews in their East European shtetls,...
Ronald Jones
SONNABEND Her voice restrained, even detached, despite the terror of her tale, she expresses no interest in reliving the incident, in imparting the drama of final moments, but, rather, gives a measured and factual account to guide the viewer from one...
Spirits Either Sex Assume
Sally Potter's Orlando has a certain miraculous quality in that it makes a much-loved, phantasmagoric work of 20th-century fiction plausible in film terms while sticking to the book's fantastic premise. Potter follows her hero/ine through the centuries,...
Stilled Lives
Though we use, handle, and observe objects of every sort, with the widest range of feelings, they seem placid when set beside the channeled dread we have of corpses. The chief reason we can look at most inorganic objects without horror is that they never...
"The Los Angeles International." (Art Fair in Los Angeles, California) (Reviews)
The "Los Angeles International" made it painfully clear that if the "global village" Marshall McLuhan fantasized about had indeed arrived, the utopia that was supposed to accompany the delirious, unending transmission of information somehow got lost...
Thomas Ruff
303 GALLERY In Thomas Ruff's latest photographs lurid green light shines on residential and industrial buildings, the ragged edges of a nameless, graceless city. The illuminated scenes appear through a circular viewfinder, with the photographs' edges...
Tom Friedman
FEATURE Most of Tom Friedman's recent works result from some extremely obsessive process: chewing endless wads of gum, separating synthetic pillow stuffing thread by thread, or stuffing black, plastic garbage bags inside one another. Friedman, who once...
We Try Harder
Rhonda Lieberman on Dorothy's Daughter Every day I have the choice to be my most beautiful. So whenever I want to reinject some libido into my daily life I pick up a fashion magazine. As I turn the odorous pages, my body imaginarily libidinalizes, becomes...
"Without." (Multi-Artist Show at Diverseworks, Houston, Texas) (Reviews)
DIVERSEWORKS "Without," curated by David Cannon Dashiell and Peter Edlund (originally for The LAB in San Francisco in conjunction with A Day Without Art) managed to integrate several different approaches to privation, absence, and loss into one remarkably...