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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 7, March

1000 Words: Peace Tower; Irving Petlin, Mark Di Suvero, and Rirkrit Tiravanija Revisit the Artists' Tower of Protest, 1966
FOR A CONTEMPORARY ART WORLD already engaged in a productive critical reassessment of the practices of the 1960s, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, which opens March 2, offers yet another welcome opportunity to compare and contrast that cultural moment and...
Alice Cattaneo: Galleria Suzy Shammah
What was so striking about Alice Cattaneo's first solo exhibition in Italy was her unusual ability to get surprising results with very simple means. The first room in the gallery contained a sculpture composed of sheets of gray cardboard, colored cubes...
A Newer Orleans: Six Proposals
LAST FALL, when Artforum invited several prominent thinkers to contribute essays on subjects they considered of unique importance to our cultural moment, architect and historian Denise Scott Brown seized on a matter still fresh in the collective conscious:...
Anselm Kiefer: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Anselm Kiefer's work is so well known, and has been so extensively written about and exhibited, one wondered what "Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth," a traveling survey recently at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, could possibly add to the dialogue....
Ashley Macomber: Kavi Gupta Gallery
Ashley Macomber uses paint to suggest the contours of skin and fur with a precision of line more commonly associated with engraving. Her portraits of human-animal hybrids have a stiffness reminiscent of early New England portraiture, and her muted...
Bamako Biennale: Various Venues
International biennials tend to inhabit their host cities uneasily, but in the capital of Mali, one of Africa's poorest countries, the disjunction seems more profound. The art world's "discovery" of Bamako's postwar studio photographers Seydou Keita...
Barry Schwabsky on Daria Martin
I HAVE TO ADMIT that the old-fashioned humanist in me was slightly shocked to realize that the "soft materials" referred to in the title of Daria Martin's 2004 film are, in fact, people. Sure, any film is a collaboration between at least one human...
Bob and Roberta Smith: Hales Gallery
Brother-and-sister act Bob and Roberta Smith (no relation to the New York Times's art scribe) is one--or, more accurately, two--of several pseudonymous identities that the British artist born Patrick Brill has adopted while distributing his homespun,...
Brendan Fowler
Last October Brendan Fowler, known as BARR in his spoken performance project, played at The Kitchen and released an album on 5RC titled Beyond Reinforced Jewel Case, which he is currently promoting on a tour across the United States and Canada. He...
Bruno Peinado: Parker's Box/Swiss Institute-Contemporary Art
Having landed simultaneous exhibitions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, French artist Bruno Peinado took advantage of the geographical opposition to launch a site-specific investigation of duality, reflection, and inversion. Although the two shows were discrete...
Candida Hofer: Norton Museum of Art
The Norton Museum of Art's installation of "Architecture of Absence," the first North American survey of the work of German photographer Candida Hofer, opened with an auspicious face-off. In the small entry gallery, two recent sixty-inch-square C-prints...
Capture the Flag: Amy Taubin on Peter Watkins's Punishment Park
AT LONG LAST it may be Peter Watkins's moment. The most prescient, innovative, and accomplished of overlooked English-language movie masters, Watkins has directed twelve feature films of various running times, from the imploded forty-seven minutes...
Charlie White: Andrea Rosen Gallery
Most viewers will associate Los Angeles--based photographer Charlie White with his distinctive brand of cinematic conceptual photography, one that--particularly early in his career--often married Hollywood production values to a giddily overripe psychosexual...
Chris Martin: Daniel Weinberg
Chris Martin, an American, and Michael Krebber, a German, were both born in 1954. Krebber has suggested that he might be a failed actor who is seen by others as a Conceptual artist, one who finds ways to paint, because it's a good idea, often by various...
Deimantas Narkevicius: Akademie der Kunste
"We put images and sounds together, but we never discuss with the audience, with people, what it means to do this." English director Peter Watkins thus describes every filmmaker's predicament, in Deimantas Narkevicius's DVD projection The Role of a...
Depth Perception: Matthew Stadler on Red76
IN PORTLAND, OREGON, two people with no art school training and scant interest in art history, calling themselves Red76, prevailed upon a half-dozen friends to loan them the modest resources needed for a month-long cluster of "art events," called Ghosttown,...
Felix Schramm: Grimm/Rosenfeld
German artist Felix Schramm's New York solo debut comprised primarily a single gallery-filling sculpture. Comber, 2005, was an impressive feat of intentional disarray. Set into--and seemingly bursting forth from--a raised platform, a lowered ceiling,...
Felten-Massinger: Galerie Michele Chomette
The photographs of Christine Felten and Veronique Massinger call to mind John Berger's dictum that the relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. At first glance, the large-format landscapes and cityscapes the two artists have...
Florian Pumhosl: Galerie Krobath Wimmer
What does Oskar Schlemmer's Triadic Ballet, 1916, have to do with the navigation of warships? Florian Pumhosl has explored this unexpected question in a new group of works. Pumhosl, an artist of great precision, is interested in the relationship between...
Jesus Martinez Oliva: Sala Veronicas
The first thing one saw upon entering the central nave of the eighteenth-century Veronicas church was a sort of square-shaped, wall-like construction, flanked by two lower horizontal ones stretching back at an angle. Behind these, a light flickered...
Joseph Grigely: Cohan & Leslie
A typical work by Joseph Grigely comprises bits of paper pinned to a wall, each one scribbled with a snatch of conversation. These scraps--napkins, envelopes, notebook pages--are presented in formal, snowflake-like arrangements, but their motley shapes...
Just Say Yes: Bruce Hainley on Liza with a "Z"
YES IS LIZA'S first word in Liza With a "Z": A Concert for Television. In her dressing room during the brief opening credits, she laughs, and, after her indelible silhouette punctuates ruby backlighting--"Ladies and gentlemen, Liza Minnelli"--she whirls...
Kaye Donachie: Maureen Paley
In 1973, Harald Szeemann--while working on his Museum der Obsessionen--became himself obsessed by the Swiss utopia Monte Verita, near Lake Maggiore, and eventually a museum was established to celebrate the site's history. The mountaintop retreat--nominally...
Kim Levin: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
"I make lists of things to do and follow them. Lately, my pocket calendar doesn't seem adequate, so I've taken to making out a list on a new three-by-five card every two or three days. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to cross an item off the...
Larry Bell: Alan Koppel Gallery
Larry Bell has been making glass cubes for over forty years, continually refining and adjusting an already classic, pristine form. His work has come to embody a summa of West Coast Minimalism--crisp and rigorous, spartan and geometric, yet touched...
Laurent Grasso: Galerie Chez Valentin
What does it mean to be contemporary? It depends with whom or with what. We are always contemporary in relation to something, to someone. To the Internet, to Viktor Yushchenko, to the war in Iraq, to plasma screens? On this question, there is no "we"...
Man of Letters: Henriette Huldisch on David Gatten
AS A GRADUATE STUDENT at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, David Gatten, having been inspired by the work of Agnes Martin, experimented with drawing lines on film when serendipity led him to a little-known volume called The Secret History of the...
Mary Mattingly: Robert Mann Gallery
In a statement posted on the wall in her recent exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery, Mary Mattingly voiced a few concerns driving her new body of work. "I think about technology," she writes, "the constant mediator between you and me.... As technology...
Maurizio Mochetti: Gio Marconi
This exhibition by Maurizio Mochetti, a Roman artist who had his first solo show in 1968, resembled an adolescent's playroom. One installation--Pinguini (Penguins), 1987/2005--included a group of models of Nazi rockets with multicolored paint jobs,...
Merlin James: Sikkema Jenkins & Co
It has often been observed that Merlin James's solo shows look like group shows, and this twenty-year survey proved the point, with a full range of painterly genres--seascape, landscape, portrait, erotic, interior, still life--on display, as well as...
Michel Francois: Bortolami Dayan
Encountering an exhibition that eschews color, hints at violence, and deploys symbols most often associated with nationalism, one tends to expect political critique. This show, Michel Francois's first New York solo in five years, boasted all of these...
Miki Carmi: Stux Gallery
The curious thing about Miki Carmi's recent portraits of his mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa is their apparent redundancy: each looks more or less the same as the next, confirming that they are members of one close-knit or even inbred family. All have...
Misty Burruel: Newspace
In her second solo show at Newspace, Misty Burruel persisted in her attempt to engineer a decorative Pop-psychedelic Art of the Uncanny, here focusing on how representations of nature may become emblems of confusion, desire, aspiration, and tweaked...
Nicola Tyson: Friedrich Petzel Gallery
Nicola Tyson's most recent show came with an epigraph, declaimed by the press release: "IMAGINATION I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception.... A repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite...
Padraig Timoney: Galleria Raucci/Santamaria
A large group of paintings, extremely diverse in size, technique, and subject, were hung on the largest wall of the gallery, without any obvious common denominator. The viewer received no help in understanding the mechanisms that determined Padraig...
Peripheral Vision: Isabelle Graw on the Art of Jutta Koether
FEW PEOPLE IN COLOGNE in the '80s and early '90s knew quite what to make of Jutta Koether's paintings. Koether was admired for her astute theoretical essays on art and music, which appeared in the legendary German culture magazine Spex and elsewhere,...
Phillip Zaiser: Galerie Michael Neff
Catch an artist stepping out of the comfort zone of his established, even feted practice, while leaning into nascent work, and the impending split into distinct parts follows the course of cellular division. Biologists call it "binary fission," and...
Pilar Albarracin: Kewenig Galerie
It may not be a hard-and-fast guarantee of quality when a work of art brings a broad smile to your face the minute you set eyes on it, but an appeal to the pleasure principle is no bad sign. Such was the effect on me of Pilar Albarracin's Techo de...
Polly Apfelbaum: D'Amelio Terras Gallery
Trends in contemporary art come and go with brisk regularity, yet pushing the boundaries between painting and sculpture is a perennial fascination. Polly Apfelbaum surfs this never-breaking wave with consummate skill, making "bi-formalism" a leitmotif...
Richard Artschwager: Gagosian Gallery
The fourteen new paintings in Richard Artschwager's recent exhibition at Gagosian Gallery hardly comprise a series or even suggest a cohesive totality. Rather, a number of overlapping connections held the show together as Artschwager recycled from...
Sharon Hayes: Art in General
The title of Sharon Hayes's new five-channel video installation, After Before, 2005, seems utterly opaque until it suddenly makes sense. Shown at Art in General a full year after the 2004 presidential election but filmed two months prior to George...
Shinique Smith: The Proposition
Walking among Shinique Smith's boxy sculptures is like wandering through an abandoned city in which the presence of those who have vanished is still palpable. Some of the works are tall and solid, as imposing and insistent as memorial stelae; others...
Stanley Brouwn: Yvon Lambert
This exhibition was Stanley Brouwn's first New York outing since 2002, although a clutch of recent European shows indicate his gradual reappearance on the institutional radar over the past few years. Brouwn never really disappeared; he's just notoriously...
"The Gesture": Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
"The Gesture: A Visual Library in progress" is a Greek-Italian production whose ultimate aim is the establishment of a library to make video works accessible to a broader public. Organized by curators Marina Fokidis, Sergio Risaliti, and Dephne Vitali,...
Todd Eberle: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
While the title "Architectural Abstractions" seemed to provide a straightforward point of entry to photographer Todd Eberle's recent solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the photographer's reputation rubbed off on the work itself,...
Ugo Rondinone: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
"Every day I set less store on intellect," writes Marcel Proust in the essay "Against Sainte-Beuve," privileging instinct and sensorial experience instead. In Ugo Rondinone's first major London show, he would seem to work in the same spirit, since...
Valentin Carron: Galerie Eva Presenhuber
"Rellik," the title of young Swiss artist Valentin Carron's debut, refers to the English word "relic" with its span of connotations, from disdained leftover to religious veneration. Reading it backward, however, it becomes "Killer." Apparently, "Rellik"...
World Mergers: Michael Fried on Luc Delahaye
THE PHOTOGRAPH, framed without margins and behind Plexiglas, is just under four and a half feet high by nearly nine and a half feet wide. Its title is A Lunch at the Belvedere, and it depicts an actual event that took place at the Hotel Belvedere in...

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