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Articles from Vol. 41, No. 1, September

AA Bronson. (Top Ten)
AA Bronson, a cofounder of General Idea, divides his time between Toronto and New York, where his work was recently seen at the 2002 Whitney Biennial. 1. A close friend once made me a present of WOLFGANG TILLMANS'S immortal photograph AA BREAKFAST,...
Adolph Gottlieb. (Reviews)
PACEWILDENSTEIN These paintings from the last twenty years of Adolph Gottlieb's life--beginning with Black, Blue, Red, 1956, supposedly the first of his signature "Bursts" (but in fact a rather messy, hesitant version of the motif), and ending...
"A Short History of Performance: Part One". (Reviews)
WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY Tradition decrees that Carolee Schneemann's Meat Joy, 1964, be "remembered" the wrong way up. The work's best-known documentary photo shows Schneemann and a co-performer zooming, as if airborne, toward the viewer, their...
Barnaby Furnas. (Reviews)
MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY For his recent solo debut, Brooklyn-based painter Barnaby Furnas tackled life's grand themes head-on. Love, death, and war are the subjects of the nine large canvases here, all of which brim with narrative and pictorial...
Brice Marden. (Reviews)
MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY Ever since I saw my first Brice Marden show, in Houston in 1991, I have been trying to figure out why I don't like his paintings more. They are well made and worked out over time, they develop a set of personal concerns...
Catherine Sullivan. (Reviews)
RENAISSANCE SOCIETY Catherine Sullivan studied acting before becoming a visual artist (she has degrees in both areas), and her two-part multimedia installation Five Economies (Big Hunt/Little Hunt), 2002, hovers in the increasingly indistinguishable...
Charlemagne Palestine. (Reviews)
GALERIE DAMASQUINE Charlemagne Palestine is a pioneer of experimental and minimalist music (with recent discs on the Alga Marghen and Barooni labels) as well as video art. But he is also known for his sculptural detournement of stuffed animals....
Concrete Poetry: Peter Plagens on the New Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. (Preview)
TO US SNOTTY EAST COAST AESTHETES, THE DESIG-nation "Texas's oldest art museum" might have a ring equivalent to "Montana's premiere mime troupe." But hold on; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (also known by the unfortunate acronym MAMFW, or...
Daniel Joseph Martinez. (Reviews)
THE PROJECT I've had reservations in the past about works by Daniel Joseph Martinez; they felt like exercises in self-gratification and self-promotion ostensibly designed to push social buttons. (Think of his reputation-catapulting I CAN'T IMAGINE...
David Rimanelli. (Entries)
May 3 PASTIS. Booked for simultaneous gallery dinners, Susan Rothenberg at Sperone Westwater and Brice Marden at Matthew Marks. The Rothenberg dinner was fairly sedate, the Marden almost clublike in feeling, albeit a rather glamorous club. Agreeable...
Diego Perrone. (Reviews)
From Alberto Burri's tachiste allusions to blood-soaked bandages to the quasi-alchemical experiments of arte povera, postwar Italy has produced numerous artists captivated by the transformative properties of elemental matter. Diego Perrone's new...
Dorothee Golz. (Reviews)
GALERIE HOHENLOHE UND KALB A selection of sculptures and drawings from the last six years, Dorothee Golz's second gallery exhibition in Vienna resembled a small-scale retrospective. The works on view seemed typical of Golz: humorous, sometimes...
Douglas Huebler. (Reviews)
CAMDEN ARTS CENTER, LONDON A kinder, gentler Conceptualist: This is the honorific curators Mark Godfrey and Jenni Lomax attempt to bestow on Douglas Huebler -- one they hope will elevate him from his current status as perhaps the most important...
English Channels: Robert Rosenblum on Lucian Freud's Constable. (from the Vault Preview)
HOW SURPRISING IS IT THAT LUCIAN FREUD IS curating a Constable show in Paris? Not at all, in fact, for while the YBAs have tried to upset the establishment, the OBAs have lately been digging their heels hard into the past. "Encounters: New Art from...
Fischerspooner. (Reviews)
DEITCH PROJECTS Pop music is Fischerspooner's prime metier. Their song "Emerge" is a club hit; they have signed with Ministry of Sound, a London record label, for a reported [pounds sterling]2 million (around $2.9 million); and they are being...
Florian Slotawa. (Reviews)
STADTISCHE KUNSTHALLE It all started when Florian Slotawa, then an art student at Hamburg's Kunsthochschule, decided he didn't want to create, install, or produce any more artworks. Plagued with doubts about his art studies, he began taking photographs...
Georgina Starr. (Reviews)
EMILY TSINGOU GALLERY Encountering images moving in darkness, images that may or may not make sense but which stir up visceral emotions, primal anxieties--what could be more like having a dream than watching a movie? The answer, often, is: walking...
Gianni Piacentino. (Reviews)
For the Italian Futurists, who celebrated velocity, tumult, and the headlong thrust toward tomorrow, a speeding car was more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace. For Turin-based sculptor Gianni Piacentino, the choice between a Ferrari and a...
Henry VIII's Wives. (Reviews)
TRAMWAY Sometimes an artwork elicits a fine empathy for "all the living and the dead" by realizing its idiosyncrasies full scale. In a unique move of appropriation, Henry VIII's Wives (a group consisting of artists Bob Grieve, Rachel Dagnall,...
Joan Mitchell. (Reviews)
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART NEW YORK Joan Mitchell dismissed her works on paper--even painting-scale pastels of four-foot dimensions--as "lady paintings." Keeping faith with her subject, Jane Livingston, the guest curator of the Whitney's...
Joel Morrison. (Reviews)
ACE GALLERY In his second exhibition at Ace, Joel Morrison enlarges on the promise suggested in his first show, presenting a series of oddball objects based on heads and torsos that dive into the seemingly tired history of formalist sculpture...
Kendell Geers. (Reviews)
GALLERIA CONTINUA With thirteen installations and sculptures--most but not all executed for the occasion--and twelve photographs, South African artist Kendell Geers addressed the theme of power and the ambiguous boundary separating individual...
Kojo Griffin. (Reviews)
MILLER BLOCK GALLERY Atlanta-based artist Kojo Griffin continues his meditation on human bestiality in the fourteen mixed-media paintings and works on paper in his first solo show in Boston, where he grew up. Here the boldly colored backgrounds...
Kutlug Ataman. (Reviews)
BAWAG FOUNDATION The show's title could have come from Bob Dylan's melancholy poetry: "A Rose Blooms in the Garden of Sorrows" is a phrase that sounds like scratched vinyl. The Turkish filmmaker and video artist Kutlug Ataman presented three...
Larry Rivers. (Reviews)
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, DC When Barbara Rose started shopping the idea of a Larry Rivers retrospective, MOMA and the Whitney turned her down. She ended up at the Corcoran, and it's a perfect fit. I'd guess that outside Washington...
Manifesta 4. (Reviews)
VARIOUS VENUES, FRANKFURT The 2000 edition of Manifesta, Europe's roving biennial of young art, took place in the shadow of NATO'S 1999 bombing of Serbia and the collapse of the Yugoslav Republic. The city of Ljubljana, located at a historical...
Marisa Merz. (Reviews)
GALLERIA CHRISTIAN STEIN Once again Marisa Merz has managed to astonish. Her solo exhibitions are not only rare but so full of unexpected formal and intellectual turns that when a new show comes along her admirers rash to see what she's come...
Master of Ceremony
All that the world most needs today is combined in the most seductive way in his art-the three great stimulants of exhausted people: brutality, artificiality, and innocence.... Friedrich Nietzsche, The Case of Wagner (1895) BAYREUTH CAN WAIT:...
"Mel Bochner: Photographs, 1966-1969". (Reviews)
ARTHUR M. SACKLER MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE, MA From grid to wrinkle, block to smear, in black-and-white and color: So might one characterize the photography of Mel Bochner, all of which was produced before his better-known work in Conceptual sculpture....
Miguel Ventura. (Reviews)
MUSEO DE ARTE CARRILLO GIL Modernism equated artistic fulfillment with the achievement of expressive uniqueness. Miguel Ventura has met this ideal literally by devising and promoting his very own language, Nilcese, named after the fanciful New...
Near Favorite: Alex Farquharson on the Turner Prize Shortlist. (Preview)
From the vantage point of this, its eighteenth year, we may discern the Four Ages of the Turner Prize, during which were honored first, the elders (Malcolm Morley, Howard Hodgkin, Gilbert & George); second, the Lisson Gallery sculptors of the...
Neo Rauch. (Reviews)
DAVID ZWIRNER When Neo Rauch's parents were killed in a train crash, Rauch was six months old, and his father had just entered art school. Rauch has no idea why they chose his unusual name, but the suspicion that some sort of wry art inflection...
Non-Site Unseen: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
"There's nothing to see. But if you want to head out there, more power to you," said Nickie Smith, an employee of the Golden Spike National Historic Site visitor center, as she handed over a poorly photocopied map, her sidelong glance issuing a...
"Okonomien der Zeit". (Reviews)
MUSEUM LUDWIG Given that theorists like Michel Foucault, Fredric Jameson, Henri Lefebvre, and their followers have explained societal phenomena convincingly in spatial terms, an exhibition titled "Okonomien der Zeit" (Economies of time) tends...
Olaf Metzel. (Reviews)
GALERIE BERND KLUSER With American and German troops currently involved in the same military campaign, there has been considerable animated discussion in Germany about its relationship with the United States. An explicitly political artist like...
Oliver Payne and Nick Relph Talk about Mixtape, 2002. (A Thousand Words)
We went to Kingston University because we thought of it as a place without a reputation--something interesting to fuck with. We thought that at least there'd be some cool kids there who'd been rejected from Central St. Martin's, but in fact it was...
Patrick Tuttofuoco. (Reviews)
STUDIO GUENZANI A parody of a city: a group of ten skyscrapers, each about six feet tall--i.e., human scale--made of wood, plastic, and painted metal. They are bulky and colored like toys; neon lights invest them with an artificial splendor....
Pat Steir. (Reviews)
Earth, water, and air are the principal themes in these eleven paintings by Pat Steir, most of which were begun over the past three years and completed last winter. Their mood is somber: They are meditations on the transience of natural phenomena...
Platform Muse: Documenta11
Every five years the contemporary-art community descends on the small hessian city of kassel to experience documenta, the exhibition whose art-world weight is often matched by its propensity for the big statement. this summer's installment, directed...
Radiant Dispersion: Robert Ryman's Philadelphia Prototype, 2002
Last spring at Larry Becker Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Robert Ryman realized the third incarnation of his Prototype paintings, multipanel works that the artist executes in situ on the gallery walls. Jeffrey Weiss, curator of modern and contemporary...
Record Fable. (Music)
ANDREW HULTKRANS ON WILCO IT'S A GREAT AMERICAN STORY, late-capitalist style. Scruffy heartland band (Wilco) makes its best record (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) amid internal strife and shakeouts (two members fired); submits master tapes to its record...
Remy Hysbergue. (Reviews)
GALERIE PHILIPPE CASINI Since the '90s, Remy Hysbergue has painted in series. He considers a series completed once he has exhausted the possibilities of the chosen protocol, after which he either abandons or modifies it. What connects one series...
Sam Durant. (Preview)
MOCA AT CALIFORNIA PLAZA, LOS ANGELES Nineteen sixty-eight: a year of global unrest and seismic shivers. Where better to ride the wave than in golden California? Steel-and-glass boxes perched above LA, the Case Study Houses, remnants of one of...
Sarah Oppenheimer. (Reviews)
DRAWING ROOM Sarah Oppenheimer's installation Hallway, 2002, came across as the hybrid work of an artist, architect, and social scientist. Sixteen floor-to-ceiling cardboard panels like oversize components of build-it-yourself flattened boxes...
Stefan Kurten. (Reviews)
ALEXANDER AND BONIN Looking at Stefan Kurten's painting Long Time Now, 2002, I suddenly thought of an old children's-book illustration for a long-unremembered nursery rhyme: "Little Jack Homer sat in a corner, / Eating his Christmas pie"--that...
Ten Years Ago. (10-20-30-40)
September 1992 Ten years ago this month JACK BANKOWSKY became the seventh editor of Artforum. One hundred issues on, he revisits his introduction to an inexact science--how to choose a cover. The final night of July 1992 found me in the old...
"The Russian Avant-Garde Book 1910-1934". (Reviews)
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART It is tremendously difficult to present a successful exhibition of artists' books. Reading is a famously intimate activity, and the artist's book is usually a visual object writ small, meant to be held and perused over time....
Todoli Awesome. (News)
STEVEN HENRY MADOFF ON TATE MODERN'S NEW DIRECTOR LATE LAST MAY, a full eleven months after Lars Nittve, Tate Modern's first director, announced his resignation, the Spaniard Vicente Todoli was named as his replacement. The London press, having...
Travel Brief Preview
TRAVEL BRIEF PREVIEW Listed below are previously previewed exhibitions on tour between September 1 and December 31. VENUE NEW YORK Helio Oticica: Quasi-cinemas New Museum of Contemporary Art...
True to Life. (Passages)
ANDREW SOLOMON ON FRANK MOORE THE WHOLE TIME I KNEW FRANK MOORE, he was dying; but this made his actual death, at the age of forty-eight, even more shocking than it would otherwise have been. Frank's characteristic state of hovering transition...
Wayne White. (Reviews)
CLEMENTINE GALLERY Wayne White's New York debut, "I'm Not Going Around Advertising Surrealism," is, of course, nothing less than surreal. What else could be invoked by gaudily framed seascapes and woodland glades interrupted by processions of...
William Larson. (Reviews)
ARCADIA UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY William Larson began his distinguished career as a photographer in the late '60s, when he first identified his interests in the technology of the medium and its conventions of representation. His largely conceptual...
Yoshitomo Nara. (Reviews)
HIROSHIMA CITY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The children in Yoshitomo Nara's paintings have a malicious air, and they are quite alone. The puppies are good and patient. Whose childhood is this? Your Childhood, 2001, a large installation, consists...
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