Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 6, February

A Tree Dies in Brooklyn
In his "site/non-site" projects of the late '60s and early '70s, Robert Smithson mapped the ravages and beauties of the twentieth-century landscape. His chosen sites were poisoned lakes, rubbish dumps, and construction zones, by-products of industrial...
Backstage Presence
Suzanne Page generates a host of contradictory reactions. Some have described the director of the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris as an extraordinarily sensitive curator, one who is always on the artist's side. Others see her as an art-world...
Barbara Kruger
MARY BOONE GALLERY/DEITCH PROJECTS Don't you hate it when the Times slams an artist you like? Not that you're surprised, probably, when that artist is Barbara Kruger. The Deitch installation was her second in New York to literalize the experience of...
Good and Ugly
"In the end, this work is not so much a portrait of the Poetics as it is an examination of how a history is constructed. It concerns a period which is fairly recent and only now being historically considered. And in this examination, hopefully the prehistoricization...
"Jackson Pollock: Early Sketchbooks and Drawings." (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York)
On April 30, 1961, The New York Times Magazine published five letters to the editor regarding an article by Clement Greenberg that had appeared in its pages two weeks earlier, entitled (against the author's will) "The Jackson Pollock Market Soars." Among...
Jeff Burton
Remember the early arguments about how photography was not an art, the insistence that it would destroy painting, etc.? Photography's dissenters (Baudelaire among them) were right, but mostly for the wrong reasons. Photography isn't an art. Or, for the...
Loop Dreams
A man gets up as brusquely as a specter on a coffin and falls in the same way. He gets up a few hours later and then he falls again, and the same thing happens every day; this great coitus with the celestial atmosphere is regulated by the terrestrial...
"Made in Italy." (Various Young Italian Artists, Institute for Contemporary Art, London, England)
INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART For the first time since the appearance of the Transavanguardia, artwork by young Italians is being appreciated - even outside Italy - almost as much as that of young English, German, or American artists. A recent exhibition,...
"Present Tense: Nine Artists in the Nineties." (Installation Art, Various Artists, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California)
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART If "Present Tense: Nine Artists in the Nineties" is any indication, the present is not so much tense as profoundly melancholy. Apparently awaiting the moment when the dilatory millennium will press our collective restart...
Richard Diebenkorn
If there's one lasting impression left by the retrospective of Richard Diebenkorn's paintings at the Whitney Museum, it's an overriding sense of finicky graphic and chromatic tastefulness. And this carefully crafted rightness - almost every Diebenkorn...
Sally Mann
Like certain photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano, Sally Mann's images of her children growing up in Virginia became widely known for reasons that had nothing to do with the quality of the work. The appearance of her pictures of innocence...
Talk of the Town
With exhibitions at the Cartier Foundation in Paris and San Francisco MoMA, gallery shows in LA and New York, and the publication of an unusually successful collection of studio portraits, SEYDOU KEITA seemed to go overnight from an obscure photographer...

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