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Articles from Vol. 46, No. 7, March

1000 Words: Paul Sietsema; Talks about Figure 3, 2008
WHILE DOING PRIMARY research for his most recent film, Empire, 2002, which took Clement Greenberg's library as its thematic starting point, the Los Angeles-based artist Paul Sietsema started to collect scholarly books steeped in the milieu of midcentury...
6th Mercosul Bienal: Porto Alegre, Brazil
IN THE WAKE OF this past summer's Grand Tour, and the debates surrounding the Venice Biennale and Documenta 12 in particular, some of us were left wondering what, if anything, could restore confidence in the idea that biennials remain a relevant and...
Alan Saret: The Drawing Center
The art world loves lost-and-found stories, tales of marginalized mavericks whose good work is later rehabilitated by enterprising curators on the prowl for underappreciated achievements. The recent exhibition of Alan Saret's "Gang Drawings," 1967-2003--the...
Albert Mertz: Den Frie Udstillingsbygning
In contradiction to its title, "Duer ikke ... Naeste!" (No Good ... Next!), this exhibition of works from the estate of Albert Mertz (1920-1990) stands out as the local show of the year. It was all there, or seemed to be: Respecting Mertz's regard...
Alberto Burri: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
On his release from the Texas internment camp where he was held as a prisoner of war from 1944 to 1946 (having served with the Italian army in North Africa), Alberto Burri embarked on a practice of post-painterly abstraction rooted in a commitment...
"Be-Bomb": Museu d'Art Contemporani De Barcelona
MANUEL BORJA-VILLEL AND SERGE GUILBAUT don't want to set the world on fire, they just want to detonate a thermonuclear device in the heart of art history. Ostensibly trying to blow a hole in the more conservative habits of exhibiting institutions and...
Christopher Bollen on Matias Faldbakken
"NOTHING DOING," Matias Faldbakken's solo show last year at Standard gallery in Oslo, was accompanied by a koanlike statement of intent. "This is not thought made visible but nought made visible," wrote the thirty-four-year-old Norwegian artist. "This...
Daniele Innamorato: Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co
Allowing liquid paint to run down a vertically positioned canvas is certainly nothing new in painting, but it's hard to think of anyone, at least in my memory, who has applied this simple painting technique to the wall of the exhibition space as well...
David Coyle: 40000
In his recent book, Hotel Theory (2007), Wayne Koestenbaum writes, "Genres can be guests within other genres. A genre is a hotel in which other genres stay for the night." Evidently in agreement with this observation, painter David Coyle has dedicated...
Diana Thater: David Zwirner
On wall-mounted flat-screen monitors, well-groomed hands move without hesitation over chessboards turned at an angle to the screen, hitting clocks and grabbing pieces in confident advances. Thus did Diana Thater's most recent show at David Zwirner...
Didier Rittener: Attitudes-Espace D'arts Contemporains
Even before entering the main exhibition hall, visitors encountered stark white letters in thick profusion on the blackened walls: BLACK SPECK, LIQUID CENTER, RALENTIR LES IMAGES (slow down the images), LES CONTOURS DU FOU SONT NETS (the contours of...
Distant Relations: Brian Sholis on Regional Nonprofits
TEN YEARS AGO, urban theorist Saskia Sassen wrote that cities "that are strategic sites in the global economy tend, in part, to disconnect from their region." She was speaking in strictly economic terms, but as Pamela M. Lee and others have observed,...
Elegy to the Chechen Republic: James Quandt on Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra
ALEXANDER SOKUROV'S single-take Russian Ark (2002) ends when the seemingly exhausted camera comes to rest on a slate-gray waterscape, one of the director's many apparitional images of the lost Russian soul. In his latest work, Alexandra, Sokurov again...
Eric Wesley: Bortolami
That Eric Wesley has distanced himself from institutional critique (characterizing it as "way too serious and noncommittal at the same time") should come as no surprise. Born in 1973, the LA-based artist belongs to a generation that tends toward extremes...
Free Verses: Damon Krukowski on Kenneth Goldsmith and UbuWeb
UBUWEB (www.ubu.com) started out in 1996 much like an online fanzine devoted to concrete poetry, but it has grown to incorporate the functions of a virtual publishing house (via PDF), record company (via MP3), and, most recently, film distributor (via...
Georges Adeagbo: Fondazione Querini Stampalia
A translation can reveal latent significance in the original text, as it is recontextualized for the specific cultural conditions of the secondary language; translation is a form of rewriting. The site-specific installation La rencontre ...! Venise--Florence...
Graham Gillmore: Monte Clark Gallery
THANKS FOR NOTHING-NESS: The words are carved in rounded block letters, into a glossy, enamel-painted wooden panel. True to its word, Graham Gillmore's Thanks for Nothing (Ness), 2007, features ... nothing else. But despite the dearth of imagery, there...
Holly Coulis: Lamontagne Gallery
In her sixth solo exhibition, "Some People," Holly Coulis showed ten idiosyncratic portraits of invented characters. This group of oils on linen locates a group of oddball individuals--including a handwriting analyst, an animal trainer, a trout fisherman,...
Institutional Critique: Virginia Rutledge on Christoph Buchel and Mass MOCA
AT FIRST, IT LOOKED LIKE a terrific match. Swiss installation artist Christoph Buchel and Joseph Thompson, director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, had planned great things for Mass MOCA'S vast Building 5, one of the world's largest...
Irene Van De Mheen: Galeria Magda Bellotti
Irene van de Mheen is a Dutch artist who has lived in Spain since 1992. Since she graduated from art school, her work has been connected to the Dutch Neo-Plasticist legacy and to its formulation, which was concerned with the oppositions found in the...
Ivin Ballen: Susanne Hillberry Gallery
Ivin Ballen is an artist who confronts questions pertaining to the deteriorating political situation in the United States, but does so in largely formal terms. "50/50," the title of Ballen's recent exhibition, alludes to the dual nature of a practice...
Jeroen De Rijke/Willem De Rooij: A Portfolio
OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR COLLABORATION, Dutch artists Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij produced a highly reflective and elliptical body of work tracing the recursive economy of the image: its affective power, its capacity to seduce and organize...
Julian Schnabel: Sperone Westwater
Now for some whopping exaggerations and reckless paradoxes: The abstractionist of Minimalist persuasion always paints the same picture; the abstractionist of Expressionist bent always paints a different one. The former works in a received world of...
Katy Grannan: Greenberg Van Doren/Salon 94 Freemans
The striking images comprising Katy Grannan's latest body of photographs--which find her exploring the foggy shores and nondescript interiors of the Bay Area, where she has lived since 2004--constitute her most fully realized work to date. In the past,...
"Kiosk7: OudWestKiosk"; Smart Project Space
Russian emigre architect Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990), who opened his London practice in the early '30s, helped endow British architecture with Constructivist rigor. But as time went on his designs started to look dated to proponents of postmodern...
Kori Newkirk: Studio Museum in Harlem
"No one can make a better Kori Newkirk about Kori Newkirk than Kori Newkirk." So the artist says in an interview with Thelma Golden published in the catalogue of the Studio Museum Harlem's current survey of the artist's work since 1997. Following his...
Lisa Sigal: Frederieke Taylor Gallery
During Lisa Sigal's fourth solo exhibition at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, two walls of the main space appeared to have gaping holes, outlined in blue painter's tape, that exposed stacks of wooden beams. In the back gallery, Sheetrock boards, painted...
Lucian Freud: Museum of Modern Art/Marlborough Graphics
Among Lucian Freud's earliest works, from the 1940s, are etchings that, while intimate, feel charged with a rough emotional urgency. The atmosphere recurs in etchings from the 1980s and later, as well as in his oils from the '60s onward. As an emerging...
Luciano Fabro: Museo Madre
At the time of his sudden death in June 2007, Fabro had already written specific notes and instructions about the installation and catalogue texts for this exhibition, entitled "Didactica Magna Minima Moralia." He had decided, with curator Rudi Fuchs,...
Maria Zervou: Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre
In this exhibition, Maria Zervou's recent video installations and drawings were bracketed between two earlier videos, demonstrating the continuity of her work over the past five years. The show opened with Out of Silk, 2002, which was projected onto...
Marti Cormand: Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Who's afraid of red, yellow, and blue? Not Marti Cormand, whose multipanel drawing Red, Yellow, and Blue, 2007, opened the Brooklyn-based painter's recent Emerging Artist Award exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Zooming in on a snowy...
Matias Duville: Galeria Alberto Sendros
According to the Toba catastrophe theory, a supervolcanic event 75,000 years ago at Lake Toba, on Sumatra, triggered an ice age that changed the course of human history by creating a bottleneck in evolution. When looking at Matias Duville's images,...
Matt Mullican: Georg Kargl Fine Arts
The Jewish community of Vienna is erecting an eruv. This is a symbolic wall, the ritual extension of a private space up to an agreed-upon boundary, whose purpose is to make life easier for Orthodox Jews observing Shabbat. Architecture critics have...
Matts Leiderstam: Badischer Kunstverein
Just past the entrance to "Nachbild" (After Image), the first solo show in a German institution by Swedish artist Matts Leiderstam, one saw a grotto. Photographed in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, it reached to the ceiling: a slide projection on an...
Michael Archer on Karla Black
THERE ARE MANY TERMS in the lexicon of not quite: tentative, provisional, diffident. None of these describe Karla Black. To be sure, there is a natural fragility to her base materials (brown paper, sugar paper, cellophane, glass, polyethylene), and...
Mirror Displacements: Mark Godfrey on the Art of Zoe Leonard
WITH ONE EYE ON WALKER EVANS and the other on Eugene Atget, Zoe Leonard began in 1998 to document a passing era of material and retail culture. For her monumental archive of some four hundred photographs, cannily titled Analogue, 1998-2007, she took...
Molly Springfield: Mireille Mosler, LTD
For her first solo show in New York, Molly Springfield took a page from the history of Conceptual art ... literally. The ten graphite drawings presented meticulously depict photocopies from three major books on the language- and idea-based art of the...
Music of the Spheres: Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)
When Stockhausen died on December 5, 2007, at his home in Kurten, Germany, his fame as a composer of startlingly original and uncompromising music--whether groundbreaking experiments in electronic sound, innovative manipulations of traditional instrumentation,...
Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi: New York-Based Artists Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi Recently Collaborated on an Exhibition at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart in Germany. A Book Accompanying the Show Will Be Published by JRP Ringier This Month
1 TITUS 1 The "new" Museum of Modern Art's main movie theater still looks the same as it did when the old Goodwin-Stone building opened in 1939, and it continues to have the most distinctive and expansive film and video programming in the world. The...
Paul Kos: Gallery Paule Anglim
Paul Kos's career-spanning exhibition "West of the Great Divide: 1968-2008" featured twenty-one works--kinetic and static sculptures, drawings, sound works, and videos addressing the pioneer histories, mythologies, and landscapes of the American West....
Pieter Hugo: Extraspazio
In South Africa, the push toward engaged photography unites photographers of different generations, from David Goldblatt through Roger Ballen and Guy Tillim to Zanele Muholi and Pieter Hugo and, more recently, Mikhael Subotzky. Hugo's photographic...
Portrait of the Artist? Amy Taubin on Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park
GUS VAN SANT emerges from the moving-camera, long-take minimalism of his "death trilogy"--Gerry (2002), Elephant (2003), Last Days (2005)--with a lyric, associatively edited portrait of a teenage skateboarder caught in an agonizing crisis of conscience....
Roman Ondak: Pinakothek der Moderne
It would have been easy enough for hundreds of Japanese steelworkers to cast a steel sculpture the size of a full-grown Serra--it was no doubt trickier to convince them to undertake the playful bit of bricolage Roman Ondak asked of them, a task they...
Ross Knight: Team Gallery
Ross Knight's fifth solo exhibition at Team Gallery was a judiciously sparse arrangement of five new constructions characterized in the press release as "pratfall sculptures." It's an apt term for these playfully precarious works; there's something...
Sandra Vasquez De la Horra: Sprovieri Progetti
Alighiero e Boetti used to say that writing with the left hand is drawing. William Blake depicted Urizen, the Zoa (or emanation of the fallen primal man) representing repressive reason and authority, as an old man writing with both hands. In Sandra...
Sarah Pickering: Daniel Cooney Fine Art
Preparedness seems to be a watchword of the era of "global terrorism" and global warming. The expectation of calamity keeps us stockpiling food, water, and moist towelettes, even as the distance between preparing for an unknown catastrophe and actually...
Scott Sherk: Kim Foster Gallery
For his third exhibition at Kim Foster Gallery, Scott Sherk used the act of walking as source and subject. The work on view, like that by various predecessors for whom perambulation was a theme, brings the outside inside via documentation, and the...
Siebren Versteeg: Rhona Hoffman Gallery
The Internet's ceaseless flow of information, the parallel universes that it births and destroys, the cacophony of perpetual interactivity it encourages, all create torrents of new, largely unregulated visual data. Siebren Versteeg designs programs...
Signs of the Times
Intermingling the iconography of Soviet socialist realism and Western consumer fantasy, produced by defectors and collected by plutocrats, Sots art has always been something of a cipher to viewers, critics, and historians alike. On the occasion of...
Social Realities
AMONG MY PRIMARY AIMS as the editor of Artforum has been to create a greater sense of dialogue and exchange both within its pages and without. This very column, in fact, is designed to force me to step "outside" the magazine and publicly take a closer...
"Strange Events Permit Themselves the Luxury of Occurring": Camden Arts Centre
Doubtless, strange events do permit themselves the occasional luxury of occurring, as the title of the exhibition curated by artist and musician Steven Claydon at Camden Arts Centre reminds us. But combining assorted twentieth-century and contemporary...
Terri Phillips: Acuna-Hansen Gallery
In "Testimony," her third solo show at Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Terri Phillips presented seven new sculptures that, while outwardly modest, attest to a certain heroic grandeur. Though evocative more of down-home folklore than of great religious narratives,...
The Peppers: Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
In 1991, Ludmila Skripkina and Oleg Petrenko, who as a duo are known as the Peppers, installed Potato Room at Ronald Feldman Gallery. The Peppers were part of a loose-knit group of artists, dubbed "Moscow conceptualists" in the early 1980s, whose best-known...
"The Third Mind": Palais De Tokyo
Recent exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo have made it their task to reveal marginalized or undervalued historical figures. Ugo Rondinone's selection of thirty-one artists for his exhibition "The Third Mind" continued this program of rediscovery, mingling...
"The World as a Stage"
"The World as a Stage" TATE MODERN, LONDON "A Theatre Without Theatre" BERARDO COLLECTION, LISBON ONE WOULD THINK I'd have been ready. Performance has become such a catchword in contemporary art circles, as artists and critics alike seek...
Tino Sehgal: Marian Goodman Gallery
Given Tino Sehgal's recent successes--mounting three exhibitions in as many years at the ICA in London; representing Germany at the 2005 Venice Biennale; and, last September, inaugurating what is billed as a "permanent evolving retrospective" at San...
Truth and Beauty: Sven Lutticken on Werner Herzog
WERNER HERZOG HAS SPENT decades deconstructing the ossified categories of documentary and fictional film, incorporating real feats into feature films (most famously, of course, hauling a ship over a mountain in Fitzcarraldo [1982]) and introducing...
Wade Guyton: Friedrich Petzel Gallery
Smart and smart-looking, Wade Guyton's new prints/paintings, all from 2007, evoke a lot of history while appearing bracingly current--in fact they could only have been made today, with today's technology. A virtuoso of the ink-jet the way Pollock was...
Wilfredo Prieto: Galeria Nogueras Blanchard
Wilfredo Prieto's new work, Sin titulo (alfombra roja) (Untitled [Red Carpet]), 2007, is his second created specifically for the space of the Galeria Nogueras Blanchard, following Biblioteca Blanca (White Bookcase), 2004. Like the earlier work by the...

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