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Articles from Vol. 36, No. 8, April

Anselm Kiefer
Nurnberg, 1982 In this ongoing series, writers are invited to discuss a contemporary work that has special significance for them. You stand on the threshold of a ground deeply riven, a vast field where mud, ashes, snow, and straw are mingled in a wasteland...
Arthur Dove
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Arthur Dove is not - thank God - the kind of artist whose retrospective provokes in a critic the desire either to (a) rehearse a long, drawn-out chronology of the various ebbs and flows in his stylistic development or...
Big-Screen TV
What's the most important date for postwar German film? 1962, the year of the Oberhausen Manifesto, in which young representatives of a "new German film" rejected the commercial offerings of "Dad's cinema" of the '50s? 1982, the year in which Rainer...
Close Encountered
As the 120-odd portraits in Chuck Close's full-scale retrospective found their places on the walls of New York's Museum of Modern Art this February, Brooks Adams visited the installation in progress and talked with the artist and the show's curator Robert...
For Heart's Sake
Since its founding in 1974, the Centre d'art contemporain has paved the way for the reception of new art in Geneva, a city that has been slow to overcome its Calvinist distrust of the image. Together with the Musee d'art moderne et contemporain (MAMCO),...
Jim Shaw
ROSAMUND FELSEN GALLERY Given Jim Shaw's penchant for treating his mental landscape as an archaeological dig, it's not surprising that for the last few years he's been mining his dreams. This show contained forty-five pieces based on images that Shaw...
Life Lines
What the films of Abbas Kiarostami bring to the cinema is a few thousand extra years of history. While the images, it's true, still go by at twenty-four frames per second, they are dense with time - not only real and "reel" time, but the cumulative time...
Matinee Icon
Chow Yun-Fat moves through a film like a time-traveler from the cinematic past. A violent apparition materializing from the shadows of memory, the Hong Kong star who made his Hollywood debut in The Replacement Killers and is slated to appear next in...
Minding the Store
In 1993, after years of preparations and prefigurations, Geneva's Musee d'art moderne et contemporain, known as MAMCO, opened in four floors of an abandoned former factory. As conceived and directed by Christian Bernard (who had previously run the Villa...
Olafur Eliasson
When Olafur Eliasson installed Your Sun Machine, 1997, at the Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles, he added nothing to the space (at least nothing that wasn't in some sense already them). If anything, he subtracted from it, cutting a hole in the roof and...
Physical Fit
As director of the Kunsthalle Bern from 1985 to 1997, Ulrich Loock had a reputation for showing the right artists at the right time. His exhibitions with Michael Asher, Matthew Barney, Robert Gober, and Raymond Pettibon are only a few of those that made...
Riot Grrrl
Bice Curiger's activities are myriad. She mounted her first major exhibition, "Saus und Braus" (Revel and riot), in 1980, and four years later cofounded the bilingual art magazine Parkett. Curiger is a permanent independent curator at the Kunsthaus in...
Rist for the Mill
In her art, Pipilotti Rist operates under a variety of guises, whether that means plan in a band with Anders Guggisberg or founding Sister Rist Productions, which oversees the production and distribution of her video work. Now the artist, who is in the...
Space Explorer
In Switzerland, architectural debate - particularly around the question of how to conceive spaces appropriate for the presentation of art - has become especially intense in recent years, fueled by a string of noteworthy projects by internationally recognized...
Stage Frights
If it's possible to enjoy what's taking place in Berlin at the moment, it's only by watching the failure of all the strategies the state has cooked up for the most insane representational commissions in art, architecture, and other symbolic forms. Two...
"The Green Mountain Boys." (Color Field Paintings at Andrew Emmerich Gallery, New York, New York)
ANDRE: EMMERICH GALLERY Just in case you're the last one on the bus, I'm telling you now: formalism is back and better than ever. And I don't mean the crew of pretty-pretty painters who dabble "playfully" in formalist concerns while studiously disavowing...
To Live and Die in Beijing
Suicide draws a sharp line between the one who goes beyond and those who stay behind. The most painful thing to realize is that not only has the dead man become invisible to us, but we are no longer visible to him. When Qi Lei, a twenty-three-year-old...
William Kentridge
THE DRAWING CENTER/MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO The story of South Africa in the twentieth century is the story of apartheid. The political turmoil and tragic consequences of that oppressive system haunt the work of South African artist William...
Young at Art
From 1989 to 1997 Eva Presenhuber ran Zurich's Galerie Walcheturm, turning this singular institution - the space depends on a board of trustees though it also offers work for sale - into one of the major venues for new art in Switzerland. With Jason...

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