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Articles from Vol. 40, No. 8, April

"Agnes Martin: The Nineties and beyond"; Menil Collection, Houston. (Reviews: Focus)
"The newest trend and the art scene are unnecessary distractions for a serious artist," Agnes Martin stated in 1989, aged seventy-seven. She ought to have known, having seen the trends come and go, outliving and outperforming each of them. Embraced...
Albert Oehlen: Luhring Augustine/Skarstedt Fine Art. (Reviews: New York)
More than twenty years after Albert Oehlen's first solo show, in Stuttgart in 1981, these two exhibitions presented works that function as bookends to the painter's career so far. Like his collaborators Martin Kippenberger, Georg Herold, and Werner...
Amy Cutler: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects. (Reviews: New York)
The women in Amy Cutler's world don't have it easy. Two especially surly specimens, umbrellas strapped to their heads, rest from a jousting match on goats; tiny red puncture wounds mar the combatants' sweaters (Umbrage, 2001). Elsewhere a platoon...
Andrew Young: Littlejohn Contemporary. (Reviews: New York)
Andrew Young has the eye of a naturalist, to use a nineteenth-century term appropriate given the Victorian-looking patina of his paintings and collages. In his recent works, ten of which were on view here, he pastes meticulously handpainted images--birds,...
Ann-Sofi Siden: Hayward Gallery. (Reviews: London)
A mere decade ago, according to UK artworld legend, a well-known London gallerist explained that he avoided representing women artists because their work always seemed to be "about problems." My, how things change. Ann-Sofi Siden's Warte Mal!: Prostitution...
April 1992. (10*20*30)
Ten years ago this month, in her contribution to Artforum's "Critical Reflections" series, Meaghan Morris raised hard questions about the ethics and practice of cultural criticism. Senior editor ERIC C. BANKS revisits the essay and finds its challenges...
Art of the Fugue: Louise Neri on Juan Munoz. (Passages)
IN HIS PREFACE to Naked Masks: Five Plays by Luigi Pirandello, Eric Bentley wrote of the Sicilian playwright's belief that the essentially human thing was not merely to live but also to see oneself living, to think. For Pirandello, dramatic form...
A Thousand Words: Roman Signer; Talks about Observation Box, 2000
Once, I spread a load of dynamite over the ground and positioned a Super-8 camera very close to it. The film shows the fuse burning down, and then everything turns black. But Super-8 cameras are much tougher than video cameras, whose electronic...
Capital Gain: Jennifer Allen on K21. (News)
In the era of the ever-expanding museum, the Kunstsamiung Nordrhein-Westfalen introduces an alternative, cooperative approach. The Dusseldorf institution has placed Its most recent work in the Standehaus (the former house of parliament, abandoned...
Carla Accardi: Musee D'Art Moderne De la Ville De Paris. (Reviews: Focus)
Italian writer and poet Italo Calvino was preparing the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University when he died suddenly in 1985. Published later as Six Memos for the Next Millennium, the series begins by exploring the theme of lightness....
"Casino 2001": SMAK. (Reviews: Ghent)
"Casino 2001: First Quadrennial of Contemporary Art" (the SMAK being housed in a former casino) was the kind of show where you think you know what to expect beforehand: the usual array of young artists, mainly from Western Europe and the United...
Charlie Kaufman. (Top Ten)
Dubbed by W a "ruler of the Hollywood heap," screenwriter Charlie Kaufman authored the scripts for Being John Malkovich (1999) and Human Nature, which opens nationally this month. 1 JENNIFER NOLAN'S INSTALLATION TRAUMA, 2002, tells of her hardships...
Clay Ketter: Galerie Vera Munro. (Reviews: Hamburg)
"You'll always find me in the kitchen at parties": This syndrome could almost be the underlying reference of Clay Ketter's work. The "Kitchen Pieces," which put him on the map in the mid-'90s, are based on modules from IKEA, Sweden's worldwide...
Dorit Margreiter: Galerie Im Taxispalais. (Reviews: Innsbruck)
Using concepts of the French sociologist Henri Lefebvre as a point of departure, Dorit Margreiter's exhibition "Everyday Life" involved various ways of showing how modern information technologies shape our social, economic, and cultural life, thereby...
Elget Esser: Sonnabend. (Reviews: New York)
A relatively young photographer from Germany, Elger Esser specializes in landscapes, particularly landscapes that are flat. He likes beaches and wetlands, places where the single strongest visual mark may be the horizon, a straight line dividing...
Francesco Vezzoli: Castello Di Rivoli. (Reviews: Turin)
Francesco Vezzoli "writes" a very specific history of feelings, from which there emerges a tie between personal emptiness and the need to dramatize one's inner life. Through the lens of movie-star fandom, this artist based in Milan and Rome reinterprets...
Golden Moment: Andrew Ross on "Black Romantic". (Slant)
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME a major art museum issued an open call for submissions to an upcoming show? Um ... never? While open calls are the staple of a thousand regional and community art centers, the metro curator lives or dies by her own deft instincts...
Gordon Matta-Clark: David Zwirner/Zwirner & Wirth. (Reviews: New York)
Gordon Matta-Clark died young, but the life span of his large-scale architectural interventions was even shorter. Of the major site-specific "non-uments" realized in the period between his architectural studies at Cornell in the late '6os and his...
Guy Richards Smit: Team. (Reviews: New York)
Guy Richards Smit's latest exhibition opened with a bash on New Year's Eve, as if to announce that in 2002 art could be funny again. Reveling in self-parody, Smit's videos and related watercolors offered a deft mockery of the excesses, attitudes,...
"Il Respiro Nascosto Delle Cose": Studio la Citta. (Reviews: Verona)
An armoire, a mattress, a few stools, some plates, a steel table, and a mirror--the objects almost add up to a household, or at least a room. One could imagine living in the world of "II Respiro nascosto delle cose" (The secret inspiration of things),...
Irving Penn: Whitney Museum of American Art/Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Reviews: Focus)
In 1991, more than forty years after he had completed his first nudes, Irving Penn declared: "The relationship between us was professional, without a hint of sexual response. Anything else would have made pictures like these impossible." In 2001...
Janet Sobel: Gary Snyder Fine Art. (Reviews: New York)
Janet Sobel probably never read Clement Greenberg's glancing tribute to her in his revised 1955 essay "'American-Type' Painting," but the passage has become an obligatory pit stop in discussions of her puzzling, newly resuscitated career. Back in...
Jean-Marc Bustamante: Galerie Daniel Templon/Galerie Nathalie Obadia. (Reviews: Paris)
Jean-Marc Bustamante's new photographs, part of the "Tableaux" he has been working on since 1970, were taken in 2001 on a trip to Japan. Developed in Cibachrome by a Swiss laboratory in the largest possible format (most often vertical), they are...
Kermit Oliver: Hooks-Epstein Galleries. (Reviews: Houston)
It's impossible to account for the past three decades of Texas art without including Kermit Oliver in the picture. The reclusive Waco resident is known throughout the state for his haunting still lifes, landscapes, and portraits based on the Bible,...
Kerstin Kartscher: Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch. (Reviews: Berlin)
Doodle or drawing? Kerstin Kartscher's work combines the pleasures of both. The German artist, who resides in London and Berlin, has used a rather paltry set of tools--three magic markers (red, black, and blue) and two fluorescent pens (orange and...
Light Opera: Robert Greene
'CLEAN" IS HOW ROBERT GREENE describes a lot of the work he likes these days. "I wanted to immerse myself in the cleanness and brightness of LA," says Greene, who moved here from New York after five and a half years in Amsterdam. "My whole mind...
"Loop": P. S. 1. (Reviews: New York)
About halfway through this selective survey of formal and conceptual circularity in contemporary art, one encountered a large wall text reading IT'S ONLY JUST BEGUN. This proclamation (a 1993 "instruction" work by Douglas Gordon) would have served...
Los Torreznos: Circo Interior Bruto. (Reviews: Madrid)
Los Torreznos is a name sometimes used by a duo who have been working together, though not exclusively so, for ten years--Jaime Vallaure and Rafael Lamata also work individually. Despite their youth, both are veterans of performance and video, and...
Mark Leckey. (Openings)
Writing in the first half of the nineteenth century, Honore de Balzac set out to distinguish the flaneur-artiste from his lowly, run-of-the-mill counterpart. For Balzac, the ordinary flaneur was little more than a pedestrian--a poseur at once dazzled,...
Nancy Spero: Galerie Lelong. (Reviews: New York)
Nancy Spero has produced another monumental "scroll" work, an epic frieze of the magnitude of her earlier pioneering installations, such as Notes in Time on Women, 1979, and The First Language, 1981. Like those, Azur, 1997-2.002, is a three-tier...
Not Vital: De Pury & Luxembourg/Galleria Cardi & Co. (Reviews: Zurich/Milan)
Even the most accurate representation or display of an object taken directly from reality acquires a further, metaphorical sense as soon as it is transported into the domain of art. So nothing is more surprising than an encounter with work that...
Painter of Pictures: The Farber Equation Is Never Simple
Few critics have written on cinema with the verve and dexterity of Manny Farber, whose essays have garnered a cult following--particularly among fellow film critics. In 1977 Farber bade farewell to writing to devote his energies fully to his painting...
Portfolio: Tina Barney
If you remember Francis Minturn Sedgwick (aka "Duke" and "Fuzzy") at all, you'll remember him as a great beached wreck of a man, the disabling patriarch at the heart of Jean Stein and George Plimpton's 1982 account of the flare up and burn out of...
Richard Serra: Gagosian Gallery. (Reviews: New York)
Richard Serra is definitely on a roll--of warped, two-inch-thick weatherproof steel. In his recent New York exhibition, the reigning king of the monumental offered elaborations on his "Torqued Ellipses," the massive gyrelike shapes, alternately...
Rivane Neuenschwander: Stephen Friedman Gallery. (Reviews: London)
The calendar was a priestly invention, a way of coordinating human and natural cycles, but in modem cultures it's mainly a tool for keeping track of the workaday routine. For Rivane Neuenschwander, however, it becomes something else again: a poetic...
Spooling the Real: Glen Helfand on the Sundance Film Festival. (Film)
LOW-KEY AND REAL. That was how most people described Sundance 2002. The crowds were smaller, the streets less clogged, the movie and party buzz down to a hum. War and recession set a more sober tone, and post-September 11 Sundance felt less like...
Steven Criqui; Lemon Sky: Projects + Editions. (Reviews: Los Angeles)
It seems as though for the past few years Steven Criqui's goal has been to become the quintessential Los Angeles painter for the new millennium. If that sounds like a grandiose, even arrogant endeavor, it does seem to be going somewhere. I don't...
Sung Neung-Kyung: Korean Culture and Arts Foundation. (Reviews: Seoul)
Sung Neung-kyung has made deliberately marginal, semiprivate photo installations and performances since the late '60s. The thread that links his works of that time to those of the present--from the landmark, frequently reconstructed installation...
Thomas Demand: Aspen Art Museum. (Reviews: Aspen, CO)
The fact that Thomas Demand is only now being granted a traveling museum survey in the United States might seem surprising. What's perhaps more surprising is that the organizing venue is a small museum in Colorado. The AAM's exhibition space is...
Tiong Ang: Institute of Visual Arts. (Reviews: Milwaukee)
In his recent video projections Tiong Ang makes the feelings of estrangement and disorientation experienced by the international traveler seem the basic conditions of contemporary life. The Indonesian-born, Amsterdam-based artist spends a fair amount...
Tom Waldron: Linda Durham Contemporary Art. (Reviews: New York)
For all their monumentality, Tom Waldron's welded-steel sculptures are oddly understated, perhaps because they are more broad than tall or because they feel scripted rather than spontaneous. The title of his recent exhibition, "The Character of...
Tough Facade: Philip Nobel on the Austrian Cultural Forum. (News)
MANY BUILDINGS, overtime, are given colloquial labels that distill their symbolic freight, mediating between an architect's intentions and the mystification of a public confronting new forms. But it is rare for a building to debut with any caption...
Type A: Ten in One Gallery. (Reviews: New York)
Type A, the collaborative team of New York artists Adam Ames and Andrew Bordwin, has been exploring various forms of male competition, often of the phallic sort, for nearly four years. A 1998 video, Urban Contests, featured a pee-off, while Prize,...
White on White: The Art of Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
We've all been to openings where nothing is quite finished, but the first night of Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset's recent exhibition at Kunsthalle Zurich must have set a record. When the crowd walked through the doors, they encountered a...
William Eggleston: Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain, Paris. (Reviews: Focus)
One new photograph, specially commissioned for this 215-image retrospective, shows a spotted pooch, presumably made of porcelain but in any event exceedingly well behaved. Sporting a red leash that leads outside the frame (to its master's hand?...

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