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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 10, Summer

1000 Words: David Salle Talks about His Paintings after the Sistine Chapel
MICHELANGELO IS A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW--and pinch-hitting for Andy Warhol probably isn't much easier--yet these were precisely the challenges presented to David Salle when Roman art collector Carlo Bilotti recently asked him to execute a commission...
Aleksandra Mir: Galerie Laurent Godin
For her first solo exhibition in Paris, Aleksandra Mir--Polish-born, a Swedish citizen, and a New York City resident since 1989--festooned Galerie Laurent Godin with every variety of Mexican kitsch: paper flowers, salad bowls of plastic fruit, bread,...
Al Hansen: Andrea Rosen Gallery
"I am not at all interested in having a retrospective exhibition of my work," artist Al Hansen (1927-1995) wrote toward the end of his life, adding that such a show "would take up at least an airplane hangar or two." Putting together an overview of...
Al Taylor: Haunch of Venison
I vividly remember spending hours looking out the window of Al Taylor's studio in Manhattan at the corner of Twentieth Street and Park Avenue. It was a privileged view. There was always a lot going on at the colorful intersection--a constant stream...
Amy Sillman: Sikkema Jenkins & Co
In her recent exhibition of ten new paintings, Amy Sillman demonstrated that she continues to mine the edges of abstraction, meshing patches of color with bursts of chaotic line and weblike compositional scaffolding. Sillman balances dense passages...
Andrew Sexton: Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery
A series of wry inside jokes instantiated via improbable materials and processes, Andrew Sexton's recent solo debut was built around what at first seemed a similarly unlikely organizing principle: His drawings and multimedia conglomerations were devised...
Anthony Hernandez: Christopher Grimes Gallery
MAKE ME A LATE BREAKFAST: A T-shirt emblazoned with this decadent demand appears near the top of Anthony Hernandez's photograph Beverly Hills #34, 1984, behind a wild-maned Raquel Welch wannabe posing in a gray, asymmetrical jersey dress. In a complex...
Anthony McCall: Peer / Peer at the Round Chapel
The Round Chapel isn't really round--elliptical is more like it. Built in 1871, it is said to have been the most important Nonconformist church in East London. Although you can't see much of the place in the darkness that Anthony McCall's Between You...
Back to the Drawing Board: Carol Armstrong on Catherine De Zegher
IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, Charles Baudelaire said art criticism should be "passionate, partisan, and political." For the poet and critic, these three words were synonymous--"political" meant "partisan" and "partisan" meant "passionate"--and without...
Bojan Sarcevic: Carlier / Gebauer
Does culture evolve like nature? Bojan Sarcevic seems determined to find out. His oeuvre reads like an attempt to test Darwin's theory of evolution on various cultural phenomena: clothing, music, design. Unlike the great naturalist, Sarcevic is interested...
Brain Trust: Jonathan Gilmore on Art and the New Biology of Mind
THE DREAM of discovering a science of art once took the form of attempting to render systematically the variety and appearance of the visible world, an endeavor intimately entwined with Renaissance developments in mathematical perspective, anatomical...
Clemens Von Wedemeyer: Kolnischer Kunstverein
Michelangelo Antonioni, as film critic Urs Richter once wrote, is the photographer among European directors: Image composition dominates montage and the moment wins out over chronology. Clemens von Wedemeyer's 35-mm film (transferred to video) Silberhohe...
Dan Colen: Peres Projects
Dan Colen's Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future), 2004-2006, is a life-size sculpture of a wall from a twentysomething's garage or studio. Based on a scene also pictured in a photograph by "Dash" (the artist...
Daniel Johnston: Clementine Gallery
Daniel Johnston first emerged in the mid-1980s with a series of self-distributed lo-fi audiocassettes filled with songs that sounded like a cross between vintage blues, music made for children, and Bob Dylan as interpreted by Edith Bunker. He quickly...
Daniel Joseph Martinez: LAXART
In new nonprofit gallery LAXART's inaugural show, Daniel Joseph Martinez revisited the straightforward presentation of text and image that defined his early practice, one which often addressed the subject of polarization but was itself polarizing....
David Smith: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
FOR YEARS--decades, really--when encountering a sculpture by David Smith in a museum or an art gallery, I've looked at it long and hard, from up close and far away. I've walked all around it and peered at it from every point of view; and then, if it...
Desert of the Real: Hannah Feldman on the Art of Mai-Thu Perret
THAT THE ART WORLD has something of a schoolgirl's crush on utopia is yesterday's news--but the infatuation shows no sign of waning. Aesthetics, we keep being told, are either complicit or relational, never somewhere in-between, a formulation that...
Dick Bengtsson: Moderna Museet
Dick Bengtsson painted his last swastika in 1972. It materializes in the four closing panels of the Domburg Suite, which he fashioned after Piet Mondrian's progressively abstract versions of a church facade in Domburg, Holland. The creditability of...
Dick Heads: Gary Indiana on Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly
LOQUACITY IS Richard Linklater's metier: Regardless of how much or little action occurs in the course of his films, his characters talk incessantly, sometimes brilliantly, about what flumes up from their brainpans and how they perceive what goes on...
Domenick Ammirati on Josh Smith
IN FALL 2005, when Josh Smith was invited to fill a sliver of the basement gallery at New York's SculptureCenter as part of that institution's In Practice series, he responded by moving more or less the entire contents of his Harlem studio into the...
Embedded in the Culture: Scott Rothkopf on the Art of Paul Chan
THE ELEVATOR man is hassling me. I'm in a building in Chelsea trying to find Paul Chan's studio, but his name isn't listed in the directory and I'm not making much progress with the attendant. "Why do you want to see him?" I'm asked. "What do you do?...
"Energy/Experimentation: Black Artists and Abstraction, 1964-1980"; Studio Museum in Harlem
At first glance, this show appears to be a simple survey of the dominant modes of postwar abstraction. In one corner hangs Melvin Edwards's Cotton Hangup, 1965, an expressionist sculpture of black steel, tools, and rebar; in another stretches Joe Overstreet's...
Ernst Caramelle: Galerie Nachst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder
This show is a kind of commentary on what moves Ernst Caramelle in his life in art. Pigment on plaster, color on walls, sunshine on paper, a folio of delicate drawings con brio--from these basics this cosmopolitan artist, born in Tirol in 1952, composes...
Fiona Banner: Tracy Williams, Ltd
As if Bouvard and Pecuchet (1881) rewound, Fiona Banner's work of the past twelve years has generally begun with copying and ended with epistemological inquiry. The profusion of words in earlier projects--which have included voluminous transcriptions...
Frank Auerbach: Marlborough
There's not much left of mimesis in Frank Auerbach's new paintings and drawings. Where previously there was a balance--however uneasy--between the picture (usually a portrait or a London street scene) and the gestural handling that gave it dramatic...
Frank DiPerna: Kathleen Ewing Gallery
Frank DiPerna's recent exhibition, "In the Studio: Frank DiPerna," included fourteen photographs notable for their deceptively simple composition and saturated colors. The shots--mostly still lifes and tableaux--border on the surreal, a significant...
"Frank Stella 1958": Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
"FRANK STELLA 1958" is a prequel. It extracts twenty-one works, some rarely or never before exhibited, from the genetic soup of a remarkable evolution. Your degree of interest may hinge on how invested you are in the outcome: 1959, the "Black Paintings."...
Gary Hill: Donald Young Gallery
Of the eight works in Donald Young Gallery's recent Gary Hill micro-retrospective--dating from 1978 to 2005--Accordions (The Belsunce Recordings, July 2001), 2001-2002, is the largest. A room-filling video installation, its five projectors generate...
Georg Baselitz: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
"GEORG BASELITZ: PAINTER," a brilliantly installed exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is a real stunner--it's a pity it is not traveling to the United States. Cannily positioning older works beside newer ones, the show brings to light...
Gianni Dessi: Macro
For Gianni Dessi, painting "is not a dead language that consoles and comforts, but one that requires the repositioning of the viewer." And in this exhibition, an overview of his work from 1980 to the present, the artist allowed us to remain in the...
Hedda Sterne: Krannert Art Museum
Throughout her long, distinguished career (now ninety-six, she only recently stopped making new work), painter Hedda Sterne has steadfastly refused to adopt a consistent style. That idiosyncratic approach might partially explain why Sterne has largely...
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
OF ALL OF HIROSHI SUGIMOTO'S photographs, some 120 of which were recently on view in a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, I like best the blankest and emptiest of them, the seascapes and the movie screens....
Hot Trends: Bruce Sterling on Global Warming in the Glossies
CLIMATE CHANGE isn't a vogue, because vogues go away when they get boring. Vanity Fair, along with Vogue and Elle, discovered climate change this season. These are three very trendy magazines, but climate change is no mere trend. Global warming...
"Images De l'Inconscient": Halle Saint-Pierre
Although "Images de l'Inconscient" presented 181 works by six artist-patients from the collection of the Museu de Imagens do Inconsciente in Rio de Janeiro, this exhibition paid homage to the work of its founder, Dr. Nise da Silveira (1905-1999)--a...
Jack Pierson: Cheim & Read
Jack Pierson has already made salvaged-sign-letter word sculptures spelling out ANGST, GONE, HELL, BETRAYAL, DESIRE/DESPAIR, and LOST, so maybe it was only a matter of time before he got around to MELANCHOLIA. Or perhaps it just took a while for him...
Jennifer and Kevin McCoy: Postmasters
Two kinds of time--cinematic and oneiric--pass in Jennifer and Kevin McCoy's recent exhibition, "Directed Dreaming." In the show's centerpiece, the multimedia installation Dream Sequence, 2006, two rotating platforms each contain a series of dreamlike...
Jessica Morgan on Ulla Von Brandenburg
UNLIKE MANY ARTISTS TODAY who scavenge from every last scrap of modernist production, Ulla von Brandenburg has leaped over that period of utopian experimentalism, alighting instead in the preceding century. Von Brandenburg is attracted to the sophistication,...
Leonardo Drew: Palazzo Delle Papesse-Centro Arte Contemporanea
"Existing Everywhere," Leonardo Drew's first major European exhibition, proves the New York and San Antonio-based artist to be a force of nature. The show's thirteen installations (one per room)--obsessively ordered compositions of industriously assembled...
Life like Art
Allan Kaprow's death this spring at age seventy-eight, a profound loss by any measure, is all the more impropitious given the recent upsurge of interest in his work and the growing awareness of his contemporary relevance. While his happenings gained...
Lorna Simpson: Museum of Contemporary Art
In the conclusion of his catalogue essay for Lorna Simpson's recent survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Okwui Enwezor writes: "A portrait of a black person hanging in a museum is usually disturbing to viewers." A strange claim. It's not just...
Luisa Lambri: Luhring Augustine Gallery
For her New York solo debut, Italian photographer Luisa Lambri presented a four-year minisurvey consisting of just seventeen photographs, and the restrained selection underscored the importance of editing to her practice. Lambri spends considerable...
Make It New: Aaron Betsky on Atelier Bow-Wow
"TO CHANGE the Japanese government, you could begin by altering the seating arrangement in parliament," says Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, one of the partners, with Momoyo Kaijima, behind the Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow. Linking grand ambition to small-scale...
"Make Your Own Life: Artists in & out of Cologne"; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
FOCUSING ON ARTISTIC productions and provocations in Cologne from roughly the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, "Make Your Own Life" is an introduction to an important and fertile moment in (mainly) German contemporary art, and it is not an easy show. In...
Marco Neri: Lucas Schoormans Gallery
Marco Neri's cityscapes and architectures are simultaneously spare and lush. Rendered in tempera, the pictures' matte black surfaces look plain but act rich--the paint is thin and flat but profoundly light-absorbent, dark with an unshowy completeness...
Marco Poloni: Centre Culturel Suisse
There is always more than meets the eye(s) in Marco Poloni's photos, videos, performances, and the multimedia setups he calls "observation devices" (dispositifs d'observation): All serve to confront us with our perceptual and conceptual blind spots....
Monsieur Chat
Monsieur Chat--known in the US as, simply, (C)--is a French graffitist and founder of the artists' collective CHAT (Harmonious Community of Taciturn Artists). Since 1997, the group has painted its signature yellow cat on buildings throughout Europe...
Pablo Bronstein: Herald St. Gallery
Pablo Bronstein's enticing, elaborately detailed ink, gouache, and pencil drawings make no apology for the machismo which, in the long-gone '80s, hideously spliced together retrograde postmodernism with Baroque and neoclassical architecture. His is...
Packard Jennings: Catherine Clark Gallery
In his recent solo exhibition at Catherine Clark Gallery, prankster interventionist Packard Jennings hurled small stones at mighty, if easy, targets--the corporation and the church. Jennings's interactive projects restage the David and Goliath narrative...
Pattern Recognition: Lisa Pasquariello on the Art of Sergej Jensen
IF "PAINTING" TODAY refers less to material or object than to practice and action, then Denmark-born, Berlin-based Sergej Jensen is a painter. His description of his medium as "painting without paint" suggests that we should forsake an emphasis on...
Paulina Olowska: Cabinet Gallery
"Hello to You Too" seemed an appropriately coy title for an exhibition that knowingly offered a come-on while making it seem as though the advance had been on the part of the viewer. Paulina Olowska's chic, tightly constructed show consisted of nine...
Philadelphia Wireman: Matthew Marks Gallery
For the past decade and a half, the small, wire-trussed assemblages made by an anonymous artist known only as the Philadelphia Wireman have circulated busily within the folk/outsider art world, but the mystery of their origin has remained unsolved....
Repetition and Difference: Julia Bryan-Wilson on LTTR
"IT IS OUR PROMISCUITY that will save us," AIDS activist and art theorist Douglas Crimp asserted in 1988, defying the media's brutal vilification of gay sex--in which a devastating health crisis was portrayed as punishment for pleasure--by arguing...
Riccardo Previdi: Galleria Francesca Minini
Francesca Minini, daughter of Brescia gallery owner Massimo Minini, has opened a new gallery in Lambrate, the neighborhood that is becoming Milan's trendiest contemporary art district. Her inaugural show--thirty-one-year-old artist Riccardo Previdi's...
Saul Fletcher: Anton Kern Gallery
"But what does the painter think about his work--which in itself appears to be unresolved--being framed, enclosed, placed in an interior?," a journalist wrote in 1920, after visiting Piet Mondrian's Paris studio. "His studio answers for him. The walls...
Scott King: Bortolami Dayan
ANYWAY, I MUST DASH AS I'M GOING TO SET FIRE TO MY NEIGHBOURS HEDGE NOW. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES, AND HOPEFULLY I'LL SEE YOU SOON. I LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH. YOUR SON, SCOTT. X. London-based artist Scott King seems to have a thing about hedges. The...
Sherrie Levine: Paula Cooper Gallery
Since she came on the scene in the mid-1970s, Sherrie Levine has made art that couldn't exist without that which came before it. Levine's insistence on her project's inherent secondhandness has meant that her work is often understood as illustrating...
Taiji Matsue: Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
Going to the opposite extreme from the blurry vision of Daido Moriyama, his primary influence, Taiji Matsue asserts relentless visibility, dissolving perspective in the glare of sharp outlines and in the accumulation of self-assertive details, to convey...
Taylor Davis: Samson Projects
In Taylor Davis's recent exhibition at Samson Projects, low cratelike forms with peepholes and slightly gaping panels; objects resembling drawers fallen out of a dresser; an unsteady, solitary eight-foot plywood phallus; and hay bales caged by wood...
The Revenge of the Eye: A Portfolio by Chris Marker
FOR SIX DECADES Chris Marker has borne witness to the great social upheavals of his day, memorializing through film the legacies of the Russian Revolution and the Great War, World War II, the end of colonialism, Vietnam, and May '68. No wonder, then,...
Tim Lee: Cohan and Leslie
"Party for Your Right to Fight"--a mocking inversion of the hedonistic Beastie Boys rallying cry "Fight for Your Right to Party"--is the title of a key track on Public Enemy's peerless 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. In his...
Wawrzyniec Tokarski: Galerie Vera Munro
They are not narrative images. Yet Wawrzyniec Tokarski's paintings tell stories--stories that wrap themselves like masks around the images, creep into the consciousness of the viewer and, above all, don't soon leave one in peace. Tokarski, born...

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