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Articles from Vol. 45, No. 3, November

1000 Words: Joan Jonas Talks about the Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, 2005
IT WOULD BE DISINGENUOUS to say that Joan Jonas is not a performance artist, but I don't think of her that way. When she started in the 1960s, she sought bare land for building; these neighborhoods expanded around her only much later. She goes outside,...
2006 Singapore Biennale
2006 Singapore Biennale VARIOUS VENUES 6th Gwangju Biennale BIENNALE HALL, GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA IF THERE IS ONE THING more predictable than the inexorable expansion of the global biennial circuit, it's the litany of complaints that trails...
6th Shanghai Biennale: Shanghai Art Museum
SINCE ITS EVOLUTION in 2000 from a local museum show to a self-consciously international exposition, the Shanghai Biennale has functioned as an index of the contemporary art scene in China and the institutional system that has come to undergird it....
According to What: With America at War and Midterm Elections at Hand, Art Historian Anne M. Wagner Reframes Jasper Johns's Flag, 1954-55
If there is one thing that the past five years have taught us, it is that as both sign and image, the United States flag has staying power. It is not neutral. It provokes. Its display both transcends and summons party politics; it invokes the violence...
Adam McEwen: Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery
In a small booklet published to accompany his recent exhibition at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Adam McEwen writes: "War. It's always been all the rage. Bomber Harris, Commando Comics, Sven Hassel and every kid who grew up in Britain of parents who survived...
Ahlam Shibli: Max Wigram Gallery
In one black-and-white snapshot, Palestinian photographer Ahlam Shibli captures a seemingly prosaic handshake between an officer and a younger graduate during an Israeli military ceremony that concludes training camp. Fleetingly documentary rather...
Andrew Guenther: Bucket Rider Gallery
Primitive motifs have seeped back into painting of late as a method of denoting, if not embodying, "pure" subjectivity: Katherine Bernhardt's Neue Wilde--esque figures and Mark Grotjahn's cardboard mask constructions are two examples among many. This...
Annette Messager: Marian Goodman Gallery
I imagine that winning a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale would be a pretty hard act to follow. This was the predicament Annette Messager must have found herself in, contemplating her first solo show in Marian Goodman's New York space not too long...
Anthea Hamilton: Ibid Projects
"Figaro" is a jewelers' term for a weave of chain in which every fourth link is heavier than the others. It is also the title of a tall, thin sculpture (all works 2006) by young London artist Anthea Hamilton, consisting of four elements. A small heart-shaped...
Basim Magdy: Newman Popiashvili Gallery
In an obtuse tribute saturated with irony, Russian novelist Victor Pelevin dedicated his 1992 novella Omon Ra to the "Heroes of the Soviet Cosmos." It was, after all, the Soviet Union that launched Yuri Gagarin into space in April 1961, trumping America's...
Bringing It All Back Home: Carey Lovelace on Arlene Raven
ARLENE RAVEN cut a complex swath through the world before she died this past summer on August 1. Indeed, she was an activist as "pluralistic" as the 1970s feminist art community from which she emerged--a quality perhaps most clearly recalled when one...
Bubble and Squeak: Michael Wilson on Dubstep
A WHISTLE of telephonic feedback, then a woman's voice: "Are we on the air?" A DJ: "Yes, you are." "Hello, Mom! Uh, I'd like to hear a new beat on the request line." "OK, you got it, comin' up...." The exchange fades out in a stutter of reverb, displaced...
Canon Fodder: Carol Armstrong on the Whitney Museum and Tate Modern Collections
WE LIVE IN an art-historical moment in which the canon has been deconstructed, destroyed, blown to bits; and yet, at the same time, the canon has been expanded to infinity, to include anything and everything, to let every comer in. Either way, the...
Catherine Opie: Gladstone Gallery
Catherine Opie's interest in community underpins an increasingly diverse body of work that ranges from life at home with partner, child, and pets to portraits of her neighborhood to the subcultures of Los Angeles (notably, its queer scene and its surfers)....
Christiana Soulou: Galerie 3
Christiana Soulou has an extraordinary gift for drawing, her chosen vehicle of expression, and she reminds us of the inherent power of the line. Her unrestrained reverence for the medium is imparted to the viewer--and yet her lines are broken. They...
Climates and Other Disasters: Robin Wood on the Films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan
KYOKO: Life is disappointing, isn't it? NORIKO: Yes, it is. --from Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953) CERTAINLY AMONG THE HALF-DOZEN FINEST FILMS of the past few years, Climates definitively establishes the Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as a major...
Costa Vece: Kunstmuseum Solothurn
In the picturesque baroque city of Solothurn, Costa Vece presented a dark take on the notions of cultural identity, religion, and Heimat (homeland), and, ultimately, on the very possibility of social inclusion. Born in Switzerland, the son of Greek-Italian...
Daniel Lefcourt: Taxter & Spengemann
A lot can happen in the gap between an artist's initial inspiration and a project's eventual outcome, and the objects in Daniel Lefcourt's recent show dwell precisely, if opaquely, in that space. In his recent exhibition at Taxter & Spengemann,...
Dario Robleto: D'amelio Terras
Dario Robleto's sculptures are reliquaries, totems whose power derives from the authenticity of the stuff of which they are made. He has, for example, cast a male rib from female-rib dust, and presented a pair of interlocking pelvises formed from melted-down...
Dash Snow: Rivington Arms
Dash Snow's reputation precedes him: He's one of those artists whose name is invariably prefixed by the words "bad-boy" and who does little to live down the epithet--in fact, he courts it by making constant reference in his art to a prodigiously debauched...
Elisa Sighicelli: Gio Marconi
"Phi"--the title of Elisa Sighicelli's latest, almost psychedelic exhibition--was a tremendously effective investigation of the disruptive power of light: light transformed, broken down into multicolored particles, projected, and filtered by backlit...
Esko Mannikko: Yancey Richardson Gallery
For his recent exhibition "Cocktails," Finnish photographer Esko Mannikko installed a selection of works from the past fifteen years, intermingling images of animals living and dead, aging Finnish bachelors, ramshackle interiors, and border life in...
"Fantom": Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall
According to Soren Andreasen and Jesper Rasmussen, the two artists who curated "fantom," their group show scans the ambivalent and intoxicating terrain where fact meets fiction: "A phantom ... is a product of the imagination that is experienced as...
Fia Backstrom
Fia Backstrom is a New York-based artist whose work has recently been included in "Bring the War Home" at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York and "Minotaur Blood" at Fortescue Avenue in London. She will participate in the exhibition "Looking Back," opening...
"Grand Promenade": Various Venues
With its off-center position on the international art map, Athens could be an inspiring meeting ground for artists from around the world, allowing their works to be presented in a less hierarchical fashion than might be possible in the centers. "Grand...
Inigo Manglano-Ovalle: Rochester Art Center
A recent exhibition of Inigo Manglano-Ovalle's work at the Rochester Art Center presented new sculptures and audio works alongside reconfigurations of existing projects. Among those not previously exhibited was Portrait of a Young Reader, 2006, from...
"Invisible Geographies: New Sound Art from Germany"; the Kitchen
Apart from the obvious, contemporary German sound art has--at least on the evidence of curator Christoph Cox's recent roundup at The Kitchen--a lot in common with contemporary pop music. Almost without exception, the works in "Invisible Geographies"...
Isca Greenfield-Sanders: Goff + Rosenthal
What is striking about Isca Greenfield-Sanders's "Pinelawn Pools" series (all works 2006) is the sharp juxtaposition, in several of the paintings, of luminous blue swimming pool and dark surrounding shadow. Both are expansive, however self-contained...
Jessica Stockholder: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
A few years ago, Jessica Stockholder described herself in an interview as feeling like "a dinosaur" around her students, whom she characterized as generally more interested in ideas than in the visual per se. While this statement might seem to mark...
Joep Van Liefland: Galerie De Praktijk
Since 2002, Berlin-based Dutch artist Joep van Liefland has installed more or less ephemeral franchises of his Video Palace in places ranging from parking lots to art galleries. Although no two incarnations are identical, they always include shelves...
Joe Wardwell: Allston Skirt Gallery
After five years of painting on guitars and two and a half years of portraying musicians, Boston's Joe Wardwell staged his own rock/art "concert" of sorts. The artist paired his new raucous, romantic oil paintings and the elegant drawings that make...
Jo Jackson: Kavi Gupta Gallery
One advantage of creating a narrative within a personal pictorial universe is that you can steer it in any direction you want it to go. Viewers function as voyeurs, witnesses to a mythography they will never fully decode. The work in Jo Jackson's recent...
Kitty Kraus: Galerie Neu
Kitty Kraus's show should have come with a warning sign, although it is still not clear what posed the greater danger, the work to the visitor or the visitor to the work. Signs of Minimalism, mixed with Constructivism, were there--severe geometrical...
Laura McPhee: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
In the photograph used on the museum handout for Laura McPhee's recent exhibition, smoky rays of sunlight stream into dense forest as fire licks at the roots of trees in the center of the frame. In the foreground, more sunlight illuminates underbrush...
Lecia Dole-Recio: Museum of Contemporary Art
Lecia Dole-Recio's first solo museum show lent a shimmering vitality to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's otherwise lackluster "Focus" series of solo museum debuts by emerging Southern California-based artists. In a spare, unerring display...
Luca Trevisani: Pinksummer
According to Epicurus, the essence of things resides in atoms, which, infinite in number, move in infinite space. Their eternal movement is not a simple dispersion, but rather a fall, subject to a slight swerve, or clinamen. It is this eventual deviation...
Margarete Jakschik: Galerie Gisela Capitain
The thirty-five framed photographs in this debut solo exhibition were small and pale, with subjects that don't reveal anything spectacular--and yet the works of Margarete Jakschik, a Polish-born artist who has lived in Germany since 1980, when she...
Matters of Appearance
ALAIN BADIOU HAS ARRIVED AT WHAT IS PERHAPS THE CROWNING MOMENT OF HIS CAREER. HIS MAGNUM OPUS OF 1988, BEING AND EVENT, WAS FINALLY PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH THIS YEAR. HIS MUCH-ANTICIPATED SEQUEL, LOGIQUES DES MONDES (LOGICS OF WORLDS)--HIS FIRST MAJOR...
Michael Heizer: PaceWildenstein
The eight concrete sculptures included in Michael Heizer's recent exhibition at PaceWildenstein spotlight a moment in his practice during which an interest in excavation was expanded to encompass the objects thereby unearthed. While the massive mesa...
Michel Gondry: Deitch Projects
Michel Gondry, trailing a well-deserved reputation as one of contemporary filmmaking's most innovative visual stylists, has made what must have seemed an entirely natural move from cinema to gallery. His whole professional trajectory, after all, has...
Minding the Gap: Elizabeth Schambelan on Diane Arbus
ADAPTED FROM the 1984 biography by Patricia Bosworth, the new Arbus biopic has been a long time coming--twenty-two years, to be exact. Bosworth's article in the August issue of Vanity Fair, detailing the two-decade odyssey that brought her book to...
Monica Bonvicini: West of Rome, Inc
Monica Bonvicini's recent exhibition in a vacated 18,000-square-foot Organized Living store on the second floor of a Pasadena shopping mall allowed the artist to push her ongoing interrogation of architectural space--specifically, the way in which...
Moser & Schwinger: Arndt & Partner
"I always anticipate what people want from me and I like to give them what they expect, but then something goes wrong every time." With this reflection, Amanda Cook, a character based on Monica Lewinsky, ends her appearance in Time Flies, 2006, a recent...
Outside In: Thomas Lawson on the Art of Lucy McKenzie
LUCY MCKENZIE GREW UP in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1980s and early '90s, an era that saw the dismantling of much of the United Kingdom's welfare state in service to Margaret Thatcher's idea that "there is no such thing as society"--only striving, self-interested...
Pillow Talk: Damon Krukowski on Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour
BOB DYLAN KNOWS a lot of songs. His own extensive--and wordy--catalogue aside, the covers he performed live between 1988 and 2000 alone take up nine CDs. This is nothing new--Dylan has been absorbing everyone else's repertoire since before his 1962...
Rita McBride: Alexander and Bonin
For almost twenty years, Rita McBride has exploited the tropes of modernist architecture and design, lately deriving maximum effect from increasingly simple interventions. Her last New York solo outings, a pair of exhibitions at Alexander and Bonin...
Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose: Gregory Sholette on Hans Haacke's Memorial to Rosa Luxemburg
EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM requires a mythical hero, idolized in death, yet whose legacy is open to multiple interpretations. In the United States, for example, blue states revere the figure of JFK; red states, Ronald Reagan. In the 1920s the Wobblies lionized...
Roy Arden: Monte Clark
The pleasures of viewing Roy Arden's recent photographs and videos often lies in speculating about how such simple, even banal, images manage to resonate so intensely. Take Overpass, 2005, for example, a shot of an empty makeshift home--located beneath...
Ryan Taber: Mark Moore Gallery
Within the fluidly baroque form of one small sculpture, a cast-plastic jellyfish inspired by the illustrations of nineteenth-century naturalist Ernst Haeckel appears to arise from or descend onto a miniature, hand-hewn wooden replica of a 1901 Art...
Sarah Bostwick: Gregory Lind Gallery
The nine sculptural reliefs, or "inlaid drawings," of architectural fragments that Sarah Bostwick exhibited recently are closely observed and strikingly composed. Each work in Bostwick's "Grand Apartment" resembles a chunk of facade or interior wall...
Sculpture's Orbit: Briony Fer on the Art of Gabriel Orozco
SCATTERED AROUND THE GARDEN of Gabriel Orozco's house in Mexico City are a number of soccer balls in various states of dereliction. Dirty, worn, frayed, and more or less deflated, they lie about the place as if they had grown there. Left in the open...
Silke Schatz: Wilkinson Gallery
"The New Architecture," a movement based on a sociopolitical awareness of the built environment, dawned in the early 1920s. Central to its cause was the improvement of housing through the provision of natural light and fresh air and the creation of...
Something Different: Lucy McKenzie Curates
THIS EXHIBITION, prepared for the pages of a magazine, is intended to mirror in content its context. Therefore I present a selection of paper objects that came into being as holders of information and as forms of dissemination. What unifies them is...
"Still Points of the Turning World": Site Santa Fe
IN ORGANIZING this year's SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Klaus Ottmann made two decisions that stood as curatorial provocations, both for this show and for big, pulse-taking exhibitions more generally. First, he pronounced that no peremptory theme would get...
Suzanne Hudson on Gedi Sibony
IN 1975, WHEN CURATOR MARCIA TUCKER decided to fill the Whitney Museum of American Art's second-floor galleries with a retrospective of Richard Tuttle's then largely unknown art, the American press had a veritable field day. "Seldom has so little art...
Tacita Dean: Schaulager, Basel
DESCENDING TO THE BASEMENT of the Schaulager--Herzog & de Meuron's sand-encrusted bunker with its slashing gash of a window--one was beset by a sound that seemed oddly antique, like that of typewriter keys or rotary phone dials: the whir and clatter...
The Soft Machine: Tom Vanderbilt on Nikolaus Geyrhalter's Our Daily Bread
IN ONE EARLY SCENE of Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel The Jungle, the Lithuanian-born protagonist reflects on his new job in Chicago's Packingtown. "Jurgis had," Sinclair writes, "stood with the rest up in the gallery and watched the men on the killing...
"Trial Balloons": Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Castilla Y Leon
As its three curators (Yuko Hasegawa, Agustin Perez Rubio, and Octavio Zaya) repeat tirelessly in the texts that introduce the show, the intention of "Globos Sonda" (Trial Balloons) was to offer a global perspective on international art. On young international...
Tue Greenfort: Witte De With
Producing a 1.5-liter PET plastic bottle wastes twice as much water as the bottle will hold. That's the kind of fact you learn through the work of Berlin-based Danish artist Tue Greenfort, who is fascinated by the absurdities of our everyday ways of...
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