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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 5, January

1000 Words: Jessica Stockholder Talks about Her Current Installation at the Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
TRYING TO COME UP with a taxonomy for the burgeoning idioms of contemporary sculpture is probably ill advised. But one can't help wishing for a bit of handy nomenclature to categorize the abundance of recent work in which rigorously formal propositions...
Ann Lislegaard: Murray Guy
"The miracle of order has run out," a woman says in mellifluous tones, "and I am left in an unmiraculous place where anything may happen." The sentence occurs in the voice-over of Ann Lislegaard's computer animation Bellona (after Samuel R. Delany),...
Azucena Vieites: Galeria Fucares
The most startling thing about this exhibition of drawings by Azucena Vieites is just how hard they are to see. The pieces are fragmentary and incomplete, sometimes positively minuscule. At first glance, the viewer may not understand exactly what is...
Benjamin Butler: Karyn Lovegrove Gallery
In his first solo exhibition at Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, painter Benjamin Butler exploited to the hilt the sometimes surprising range of color found in nature. With the exception of Field of Flowers (all works 2005), every painting here depicts trees,...
Cabaret License: Tim Griffin Talks with the Curators of the 2006 Whitney Biennial
A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH, WHEN Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne were named cocurators of the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2006 Biennial, there were plenty of reasons for audiences to be hopeful. Iles, the Whitney's Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator...
Changing of the Garde: Christian Rattemeyer on Marc-Olivier Wahler
After five years at the helm of the Swiss Institute in New York, Marc-Olivier Wahler will become the new director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris next month. During his tenure at the Swiss Institute, Wahler emerged as one of the most distinctive curatorial...
Christoph Buchel: Kunsthalle Basel
Basel-born and -based Christoph Buchel is known as a master of incommodiousness. In his recent installation HOLE, 2005, he confronts us once more with a meticulously staged worst-case scenario. And once again, his vision gets closer to us than we wish....
Chris Ware: Adam Baumgold Gallery
"Ruin Your Life. Draw Cartoons! And Doom Yourself To Decades of Grinding Isolation, Solipsism, and Utter Social Disregard." This uninviting come-on heads a recent issue of Chris Ware's comic book series "The Acme Novelty Library," 1993-. Such self-deprecation...
Cinematic Affects: The Art of Runa Islam; Martin Herbert Surveys the Artist's Films, in Which Coolly Hypnotic, Oblique Narratives-Haunted by the Afterimages of '60S Avant-Garde Auteurs-Straddle the Borders between Cinema and Sculpture, Art House and Art Gallery
I CAN'T HELP IT: I know the female character in Runa Islam's five-minute 16 mm film Dead Time, 2000, is merely a cipher, a manipulated integer in a calculus of cinematic affectivity--but my heart goes out to her anyway. There she is in the first shot,...
"Ecstasy: In and about Altered States"; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
THERE IS A MOMENT in Talo/The House, 2002, a video installation by the Finnish artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila currently on display at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, where the furtive glimpse of a dog triggers an altogether different kind of...
Edgar Arceneaux: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Visionary '70s jazz musician Sun Ra, Conceptual art kingpin Sol LeWitt, and Galileo each played a starring role in Edgar Arceneaux's recent exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Composed of eight interrelated works from Arceneaux's...
Elisabetta Di Maggio: Viafarini
The work of Elisabetta di Maggio is materially slight, not only because her chosen material is tissue paper, but also because she treats space and time as impalpable categories. Here, even a barrier closing off the passage between the two gallery spaces--Senza...
First Take: At the Beginning of Each Year, Artforum Asks a Group of Seasoned Critics and Curators to Introduce the Work of Up-and-Comers They Feel Show Special Promise. the Following Pages Feature Their Picks for 2006
HANS-ULRICH OBRIST ON CAO FEI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] CAO FEI IS A KEY MEMBER of the vibrant new generation of Chinese...
Frances Scholz: Galerie Monika Spruth Philomene Magers
From the beginning, Frances Scholz wanted her paintings to rise above the opposition between narrative and abstraction. All along, she has challenged herself with color, line, and pure form--the elements of painting. And yet she didn't want to stick...
"Frequency": Studio Museum in Harlem
MOST PEOPLE will view "Frequency," a survey of thirty-five emerging black artists, as a direct successor to the Studio Museum's landmark 2001 group show, "Freestyle." After all, there are numerous echoes between the two--the presiding curatorial team...
Gothenburg Biennial: Various Venues
This year's Gothenburg Biennial, the third installment, was not as expansive an exhibition as the biennial format might suggest. The curator, Sara Arrhenius, chose to develop close collaborations with a select group of artists and to focus on new productions...
Herwig Weiser: Galerie Lisa Ruyter
Hanging in the middle of the room was a most fascinating cylindrical object. Sound issued from it; something moved within. Its title, Death Before Disko (all works 2005)--also that of the show as a whole--plays on its association with the familiar...
Hidden in Plain Sight: Robin Wood on Michael Haneke's Cache
I LIKE TO MAKE a simple distinction between a reviewer and a critic: The reviewer writes for those who haven't seen a film, telling readers whether they shouldn't and offering a fairly clear idea of what the film is and does; the critic assumes the...
Jaki Irvine: Frith Street Gallery
Soho's Frith Street is no stranger to spooky goings-on. At No. 22, John Logie Baird invented the television: The crossover between the Victorian inventor's wave-channeling invention and his belief in Spiritualism was evoked, some years ago, in a series...
Jorg Immendorff: Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
THE EMINENT SPEAKERS at the September opening of Jorg Immendorff's Neue Nationalgalerie retrospective "Male Lago: Unsichtbarer Beitrag" (Male Lago: Invisible Contribution), included Gerhard Schroder, who just a few days earlier, on the eve of Germany's...
Juan Cruz: Peer
"Translation is only impossible as any worthwhile enterprise is impossible: impossible to perform with the perfection that we desire. What translators must do, like modern knights errant, is to come as close as we can to the impossible goal," John...
Kai Althoff: Acme
I was going to start this review with a list of some of the recherche items found in Kai Althoff's first solo show in Los Angeles, but I just got bored. So I'll nutshell it this way: a Deco garage sale presented as a singular wunderkammer marketed...
Ketty la Rocca: Galleria Emi Fontana
There is a lot of work in this show, although La Rocca was only thirty-seven when she died in 1976. While her career was not long--the first mature works are from 1964--she was prolific and had full command over the territory she chose to investigate,...
Kristina Jansson: Galerie Aronowitsch
Two of the thirteen paintings in Kristina Jansson's captivating exhibition take their titles from Mensch und Sonne, Hans Suren's 1924 book of photographs that campaigned for the utopist benefits of a nudist life. These monumental paintings are architectural...
Lisa Caccioppoli: Threewalls
Lisa Caccioppoli paints owls. Sometimes there's just one large owl on her smallish white canvases, but more often there's a large group of them, containing a dozen to forty or more members. The eight untitled paintings shown at Three-Walls were executed...
Mary Kelly: Postmasters
A diverse group of people--mostly, but not all, women--link arms in sodality to form a human barricade. They are clad in the sort of androgynous late-'60s and early-'70s accoutrements that now boast a certain second-generation vogue. Low-slung belted...
Medium Shots: The Films of Morgan Fisher
IN THE FALL OF 2005 the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York mounted three remarkable retrospectives of avant-garde filmmakers of the same artistic generation: All three--Robert Beavers, Owen Land (born George Landow), and Morgan Fisher--began...
Michael Wilkinson: Daniel Hug
It's not surprising that mirrors, as both pictorial subjects and actual objects, appeared frequently in the art of the 1960s, when many artists were staking their claims on the treacherous interzone between painting and sculpture. Roy Lichtenstein...
Monique Van Genderen: The Happy Lion
Against the tide of contemporary fashion predominant more or less everywhere else, Los Angeles has produced some extremely interesting abstract painting over the past decade, much of it by women--Ingrid Calame and Monique Prieto are two that spring...
Mortal Immortal: Christopher S. Wood on Hans Holbein the Younger
IN AUGUST 1867, AN AGITATED museumgoer in Basel climbed onto a chair to have a closer look at a painting. His wife, already alarmed by the effect the work was exerting on her susceptible husband, worried about a possible fine. She disengaged him from...
Nedko Solakov: Kunsthaus Zurich
At first blush, Nedko Solakov seemed to be letting down his guard. What was he thinking, exhibiting "Leftovers: A Selection of My Unsold Pieces from the Private Galleries I Work With"--the very things no one wants from him? Numerous drawings, objects,...
Paola Pivi
Paola Pivi recently moved from London to the Italian Alps, where she is preparing for solo shows at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Miami and Paris this spring. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 1 ALEKSANDRA MIR, LIVING AND LOVING NOS. 1, 2, AND 3, 2002/2004/2006...
People's Party: Sven Lutticken on "Populism"
A SPECTER is haunting Europe--the specter of populism. In 2003, when curators Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero, and Nicolaus Schafhausen were first making plans for a group of exhibitions dealing with the question, Europe was just reeling from the...
Pret a Prouve: Thomas Lawson on the Tropical House
FINDING MYSELF IN NEW HAVEN last spring, I dropped by the strangely brooding Art and Architecture Building to see how it was holding up. Paul Rudolph's concrete castle still looks fabulously imposing from the street; the interior, once I found the...
Repeat Performance: Johanna Burton on Marina Abramovic's Seven Easy Pieces
SITTING SQUARELY BETWEEN Jack Nicholson's five and Bartok's ten, Marina Abramovic's Seven Easy Pieces occasioned a week of nightly pilgrimages to New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum last November. There she presented a different performance each...
Richard Dupont: Tracy Williams, Ltd
Richard Dupont makes sculptures of bodies and images of bodies, but for all the precise corporeal detail they reproduce, they're still not tremendously physical. Most of the bald, naked, perfectly flesh pink cast-resin sculptures and pared-down ink...
Rosemarie Trockel: Museum Ludwig, Cologne
IN A TYPICALLY WRY, feminist twist on the trauma of a midcareer retrospective, Rosemarie Trockel named her current exhibition at the Ludwig Museum "Post-Menopause." Or rather, so she renamed it: Advance publicity referred to the show simply as "Menopause"...
Ryan McGinness: Danziger Projects / Deitch Projects
The marginalia inscribed by Albrecht Durer in the Prayer Book he illustrated for the Emperor Maximilian, which are full of witty grotesquerie and tendril-like, hyperexpressive arabesques, constitute perhaps the last grand statements of the genre. Ryan...
Saadane Afif: Palais De Tokyo
A little "new French theory" first of all: "Plasticity today demands access to the concept." In several works, including La Plasticite au soir de l'ecriture: Dialectique, destruction, deconstruction (Editions Leo Scheer, 2005), the philosopher Catherine...
Sam Gilliam: Corcoran Gallery of Art / Marsha Mateyka Gallery
Sam Gilliam, an innovative abstract painter and eminence grise of Washington, DC's artistic community, is currently the subject of a stimulating retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Gilliam is known principally for his giant "draped" paintings...
Sandeep Mukherjee: Sister
Since 1997, when he was studying for his MFA at UCLA, Sandeep Mukherjee has exhibited subtly dynamic drawings made by embossing Duralene--a stiff, vellumlike material--with motifs of flowers, leaves, starbursts, and rippling water. Populating these...
Sergej Jensen: Anton Kern Gallery
Berlin-based artist Sergej Jensen's works will disappoint viewers looking for visual bombast, but by avoiding heroic painterly gestures (and frequently even forsaking the use of paint) Jensen has nevertheless become one of the most interesting painters...
Shirin Neshat: Gladstone Gallery
Shirin Neshat's transition from photographer to filmmaker is grounded in an ongoing examination of the everyday lives of Islamic women that is shadowed by her own exile from her Iranian homeland and her subsequent displacement to Morocco, where she...
Speak, Memory: Esther Da Costa Meyer on Peter Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial
WAGING WAR ON FORGETTING is the task of all memorials, which are places where different kinds of memory and concepts of representation collide. In contemporary Berlin, the politics of memory are particularly vexed. Since the end of the cold war Berlin...
Stephen Bush: Goff + Rosenthal
Imagine a monastic hut from a Sung dynasty scroll transplanted onto a slab of molten lime bubble gum with a pea soup base, a riotous aurora borealis behind, and a magenta abyss in front. What was quiet and meditative becomes shrieking and ominous,...
Stephen Shore: P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
In 1972, aged twenty-four, Stephen Shore got into his car with a 35 mm Rollei camera and began a nearly two-year drive around the country taking pictures of an American culture at an impasse between abundance and ugliness. Back in New York, he had...
Tam Van Tran: Cohan and Leslie
Vanitas images are rarely subtle--it's hard to ignore the implacable presence of a human skull or a solemn timepiece, or to disavow the implications of a decomposing piece of fruit--but neither are they merely symbolic. Efficient vehicles for the display...
Three Times a Year Artforum Looks Ahead to the Coming Season. the Following Survey Previews Fifty Shows Opening around the World between January and April
William Forsythe PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE, MUNICH April 22-July 16 Curated by Bernhart Schwenk [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Shall we dance? In keeping with the Pinakothek der Moderne's stated mission to present "exhibitions and events from various...
Tom Friedman: Feature Inc
Though no doubt initially conceived primarily as a practical measure, the decision to make Tom Friedman's recent exhibition accessible "by appointment only" also had a certain conceptual logic. The extreme fragility of Friedman's work clearly demands...
Tony Labat: New Langton Arts
It would prove useful to consider why and how Tony Labat wasn't included in RoseLee Goldberg's live art festival PERFORMA '05, given that this sharp retrospective closed just weeks before that event kicked off in New York. Labat (along with Chris Burden...
Valery Koshlyakov: Marble Palace
In 1984, Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin imagined a museum that would house disappearing urban buildings, important and otherwise, as a way of salvaging the past and, thus, collective memory. Each building, reduced to a scale model, would hold equal...
Vincent Lamouroux: Credac
The installation, Grounded, 2005, conceived by Vincent Lamouroux for the lower level of Credac, is situated in a very long room with a partly tilted floor that was originally intended to serve as a movie theater. In this windowless space, a wood-and-metal...
Witte and Wisdom: Sven Lutticken on Nicolaus Schafhausen
GERMAN-BORN CURATOR Nicolaus Schafhausen has been newly appointed as director of Witte de With in Rotterdam, replacing interim director Hans Maarten van den Brink and taking a position held by Catherine David from 2002 to 2004. Until recently, Schafhausen...
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