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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 5, January

Andrea Bowers: ANDREW KREPS GALLERY
Published in Berkeley in 1973 and edited by Kirsten Grimstad and Susan Rennie, The New Woman's Survival Catalog is a gazetteer of second-wave feminism, a directory of the era's woman-run bookstores, law firms, credit unions, health clinics, and more....
Anna K.E: FIGGE VON ROSEN GALERIE
"Gone Tomorrow"--the exhibition title alone says a lot. Only the future can determine what happens in the past. All the longing and nostalgia we project onto yesterday can come face-to-face with all the utopian ideas of a brighter--but why brighter?--tomorrow....
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven: THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY
"Electric Ladyland," the title of curator Hamza Walker's essay for Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven's recent exhibition at the Renaissance Society, is a spot-on nickname for "In a Saturnian World," the Belgian artist's latest and nearly unnavigable gaping opus....
Antonio Ballester Moreno: LA CASA ENCENDIDA
The question of the relationship between children's art and that of adults has long interested Antonio Ballester Moreno. At a previous exhibition here, titled "No Future," he showed drawings he himself had made as a child. The background to "No School,"...
Beyond Compare: Martin Kemp on Leonardo Da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks
The greatest achievement of the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan," currently on view at the National Gallery in London, has been to bring together for the first time the two versions of Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks. Marking...
Charles Andresen: GUIDED BY INVOICES
This selection of works by Charles Andresen, curatcd by Chris Byrne, was subtitled "Paintings 2001-2011," though seven of the eight were dated between 2007 and 2011, with just one from 2001. But the dates hardly seemed to matter; in this oeuvre, consistency...
Chen Yufan and Chen Yujun: BOERS-LI GALLERY
"Mulan River Project" was the first collaborative exhibition by the brothers Chen Yufan and Chen Yujun. It took the Mulan River, which runs through the artists' native city of Putian, in China's Fujian province, as its creative source. The Mulan is...
Christodoulos Panaviotou
JUST SHORT of its fourth anniversary as part of the eurozone, the Republic of Cyprus announced in the middle of last year that it was on the verge of becoming the next member state to seek a bailout from the European Union. At the time of my writing,...
Cock and Bull Story: JAMES QUANDT ON STEVE MCQUEEN'S SHAME
THE MARTYROLOGY of Steve McQueen's Hunger (2008) and his new film, Shame, is founded on the male body, stripped and in extremis. The British artist's acclaimed first feature chronicles the final days of Irish Republican Bobby Sands (played by Michael...
Dark Matter
Whether slicing through refrigerators and washing machines, digging trenches in gallery floors, or erecting bristling, kaleidoscopic structures made from demolition debris, Beijing-based artist LIU WEI engages the realities of our contemporary infrastructure...
David Bates: BETTY CUNINGHAM GALLERY
When David Bates began to show his paintings nationally, in the early 1980s, he emerged as a regional painter, the region in question being his native Texas. A Chicago reviewer wrote of his work back then, "In their celebration of small-town sights...
Fabio Marco Pirovino: ABBT PROJECTS
Last year, one of Kunsthalle Basel's exterior walls was given over to an abstract mural featuring a jumble of black, white, and gray planes. If the work conjured the camouflage worn in the bleached-out cities and wars of the Middle East, another reference,...
Fluid Dynamics: Carol Armstrong on the Art of Adriana Varejao
THE CHURCH OF SAO FRANCISCO in Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia, beautifully exemplifies both the early globalism and the warped chronology of the Brazilian Baroque. Its eighteenth-century interior is a classic example of the entirely...
Forcible Remove: Annie Ochmanek on Christopher D'Arcangelo
In an attempt to find alternatives to "curatorial control" I am making the following proposal to you the reader: A. You will find that the following page of this journal has been left blank. That page is yours. B. You can remove that page from...
Gerhard Richter: GALERIE MARIAN GOODMAN
The introduction of digital processes into the practice of painting inevitably raises questions. Has the Very New irrevocably transformed and indeed usurped the Very Old? Or is the celebratory hype surrounding new media simply the latest installment...
Imminent Domain
THE EVICTION OF PROTESTERS FROM NEW YORK'S ZUCCOTTI PARK LAST NOVEMBER HAS DONE LITTLE TO DIMINISH THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OCCUPATION AS A MODE OF POLITICAL ACTION. LOOKING BACK ON LAST YEAR'S MANY ENCAMPMENTS--AND THEIR DISRUPTIONS OF URBAN SPACE--ARTFORUM...
"It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973": POMONA COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART
Once upon a time, in a far-flung suburban hamlet of Los Angeles, it came to pass that an inordinate amount of the most radical art in the world took shape on the otherwise socially conservative campus of Pomona College. The stars first aligned in 1969,...
JEQU: 3001 gALLERY AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROSKI SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
Like a good tagline, the final phrase of the wriggling, poetic manifesto accompanying "BLEU," the latest exhibition by JEQU (curator Howie Chen and artist/attorney Jason Kakoyiannis), cut earnestness with cool illegibility: "It's about a feeling,"...
Joan Mitchell: CHEIM & READ
The Abstract Expressionists were known for their energy, and in Joan Mitchell's last paintings--a selection dating from 1985 to 1992 were on view at Chem & Read--that energy didn't flag; in fact, it grew ever stronger. In River, 1989, and Trees,...
John Ashbery: TIBOR DE NAGY GALLERY
Collage, by its nature a hybrid art, reveals that a whole is always composed of a series of conflicting, complementary parts. For this reason, it might come as no surprise that John Ashbery, arguably the most influential poet in America, is also a...
Josephine Halvorson: SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO
Josephine Halvorson's small oils of archaic machines and overlooked domestic and industrial surfaces channel the lost tradition of American still life--a genre ghettoized, even in its late-nineteenth-century heyday, as "novelty art." Like her precursors...
Just What Was It ...? Hal Foster on the Art of Richard Hamilton (1922-2011)
RICHARD HAMILTON, who died on September 13 at the age of eighty-nine, did more than anyone else to announce the idea of Pop art, with his famous collage Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?, 1956, a tiny image of a modern...
Kalliopi Lemos: BENAKI MUSEUM/IBRAHIM KHAN MOSQUE/THE CRYPT GALLERY, ST. PANCRAS CHURCH
"Navigating in the Dark," a trilogy of exhibitions by Kalliopi Lemos, was installed in three far-flung locations, suitable to its theme of psychic and geographic exploration. Curated by Maria Marangou, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of...
Karl Haendel: HARRIS LIEBERMAN
Patriarchy shimmers in and out of focus in Karl Haendel's Questions for My Father, 2011, being alternately constructed and deconstructed while remaining literally invisible. For this emotionally complex video, a collaboration with filmmaker Petter...
Literary Imagery: TONY PIPOLO ON JEAN-MARIE STRAUB
THE MOST STARTLING CUT I saw in a movie last year occurred not in a high-tech action or horror film, but quietly and unassumingly in Jean-Marie Straub's fifteen-minute revision of the Orpheus myth, titled L'Inconsolable. As always, Straub keeps faith...
"Little Movements": "Little Movements OCT CONTEMPORARY ART TERMINAL OF THE HE XIANGNING ART MUSEUM
"Little Movements: Self-Practice in Contemporary Art" is an ongoing project initiated by curator and critic Carol Yinghua Lu and her husband, curator and artist Liu Ding. Because the endeavor encompasses so many ideas simultaneously and has appeared...
Lloyd Corporation: CARLOS/ISHIKAWA
Ali Eisa and Sebastian Lloyd Rees, working collaboratively as Lloyd Corporation, inaugurated Carlos/Ishikawa's new space with a show of works that have grown out of, and offer an oblique take on, the febrile indeterminacies of the present economic...
Manfred Mohr: BITFORMS GALLERY
Though he is one of the pioneers of digital art, Manfred Mohr has remained on the margins of its histories. This compact exhibition--a retrospective in nuce--goes some way in bringing him to the fore. Roughly forty years have passed since "Une esthetique...
Maria Loboda: MA1STERRAVALBUENA
Polish-born artist Maria Loboda, who now lives in London, retraces modernity's footsteps and delves into history, art, and literature by bringing her personal experiences into dialogue with a somewhat eccentric approach to science: She assumes that...
Massimo Bartolini: MASSIMO DE CARLO
What seemed to be a parcel of earth, a sixteen-foot-tall fragment of a plowed field occupying a surface of roughly forty-three square feet titled Basement (all works 2011), proved on closer inspection to be made of bronze. Upstairs was an installation...
Matt Borruso: STEVEN WOLF FINE ARTS
In his semiautobiographical 1928 novel Nadja, Andre Breton described the Parisian flea market as "an almost forbidden world of sudden parallels, petrifying coincidences, and reflexes particular to each individual, of harmonies struck as though on the...
Maurizio Cattelan: SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK
THIS PAST NOVEMBER, the Italian website Doppiozero published a text by Marco Belpoliti titled "The End. Berlusconi & Cattelan," in which the author and literary critic notes the coincidence of Silvio Berlusconi's resignation as Italy's prime minister...
"Metabolism: City in the Future": MORI ART MUSEUM
This exhibition is the first ever to provide a comprehensive overview of Metabolism, the internationally acclaimed Japanese avant-garde architectural movement of the 1960s. With a spectacular installation of more than five hundred objects and documents...
Movement Research: Michael Ned Holte on Sharon Lockhart's Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by NOA Eshkol, 2011
FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, Sharon Lockhart's films (and, more recently, HD videos) have maintained a consistent approach to their varied subjects, whether laborers or children playing--so consistent, in fact, as to constitute a kind of signature. Employing...
Nan Goldin: MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY
Scotophilia, according to the press release for Nan Goldin's recent show at Matthew Marks Gallery (her eighth there since 1992), means "the love of looking." While such a benign definition is more or less etymologically correct, we know--via legacies...
Neil Beloufa: BALICE HERTLING
Neil Beloufa belongs to a generation of artists seemingly unburdened by scruples about production or concerns about the readability of works. Still in his late twenties, this young French-Algerian is already surfing art centers and fairs around the...
Neo Rauch: DAVID ZWIRNER
Neo Rauch was born in 1960 in Leipzig, once a major artistic center despite the inhibiting strictures--propagandistic and utilitarian--imposed by the USSR on the art of the Eastern Zone. Yet these past two decades have seen Rauch rise from local star...
Nick Mauss: MIDWAY CONTEMPORARY ART
Starting with AD, a mere syllable, followed by APPROACHED ONLY BY INTUITION AND PIECEMEAL, the second line of the card for Nick Mauss's "Perforations" gave the first impression of the detachment that characterized his solo show in Minneapolis. The...
Polly Apfelbaum: MICHAEL BENEVENTO
Polly Apfelbaum's "Feelies"-- an ongoing series of small, unfired polymer-clay sculptures that the artist began during her Yaddo residency in 2010--point to a handful of cultural references, namely the midcentury abstractions of painter Paul Feeley,...
"Postmodernism Style and Subversion, 1970-1990": VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON
DOES POSTMODERNISM BEGIN with the teapot? The question is prompted by the V&A's design survey "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990," where the vessels appear with bewildering frequency. On view are Adrian Saxe's Ampersand teapot (1988),...
Previews: Three Times a Year Artforum Looks Ahead to the Coming Season. the Following Survey Previews Forty-Five Shows Opening around the World between January and April
"CLAES OLDENBURG: THE SIXTIES" MUSEUM MODERNER KUNST STIFTUNG LUDWIG WIEN, VIENNA February 4-May 28 * Curated by Achim Hochdorfer PROPELLED BY AN ENGAGEMENT WITH the work of Sigmund Freud at the close of the 1950s, Claes Oldenburg developed a...
Printemps De Septembre: VARIOUS VENUES, TOULOUSE, FRANCE
CURATOR ANNE PONTEGNIE could not have known that her title for this year's Printemps de Septembre, "D'un Autre Monde" (From Another World), would resonate so well with the autumnal protests that swept the United States, for which another world is very...
Rancourt/Yatsuk: KATE WERBLE GALLERY
The commodity promises so very much, it beats a drum of necessity--fulfilling real requirements for food, housing, and clothing--yet it sings a cloying song of desires beyond need, converting ineffable longings into cold, hard cash on the barrelhead....
Rebecca Warren: MAUREEN PALEY
Over the past ten years or so, most accounts of Rebecca Warren's work have included the same familiar list of names, conjured more or less explicitly by her sculptural forms and techniques. Degas, de Kooning, Helmut Newton, R. Crumb--this dubious patrilineage...
Robert Breer
ROBERT BREER AND I MET IN 1961. I think Billy Kluver introduced us. Bob had been working in Paris, and he had recently come back to America. He lived in Palisades, New York, along the Hudson, with his daughters and his wife, Frannie. We had some very...
Saloua Raouda Choucair: BEIRUT EXHIBITION CENTER
The first major exhibition in more than thirty-five years for the Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair opened with an enormous photograph of the artist's studio, taken in 2000, strategically placed in the foyer of the Beirut Exhibition Center. Turning...
Sarah Braman: MITCHELL-INNES & NASH
In 1969, Shasta Trailer Industries--then the best-selling mobile - home manufacturer in the United States--introduced a new product: the Loflyte. Sporting better amenities than the classic silver toaster - on - wheels, this leaner, more compact trailer...
Sebastian Gordin: RUTH BENZACAR GALERIA DE ARTE
When Sebastian Gordin began constructing miniature stage sets in the late 1980s, his friends nicknamed him "the bricklayer." Twenty years later, in one of those intellectual upgrades that sometimes occur in the art world, the writer Graciela Speranza...
"September 11": MOMA PSI, NEW YORK
THE GAMBIT OF THIS EXHIBITION about 9/11, which includes sixty-nine works by forty-two artists, is deceptively simple: to eschew any images of the attacks and any made in response to them. (As if to prove the rule, there is one exception, a 2003 proposal...
Sergej Jensen: GALERIE NEU
To many, the work shown in Sergej Jensen's exhibition "Master of Color" must seem like a radical act of refusal: painting that celebrates its own absence. The predominantly large and midsize pictures exhibited here consist chiefly of various fabrics,...
Simon Norfolk: BONNI BENRUBI GALLERY
Simon Norfolk might he called a war-landscape photographer. He focuses on not only battles and resultant refugee crises but also the technological infrastructure that underpins conflict and the arenas in which those conflicts play out. Among his many...
Sofie Bird Moller: SASSA TRULZSCH
There are artists you go on referring to as painters even when they produce works without a lick of paint. One such artist is Sofie Bird Moller, who has now created an installation composed of thirty-three collages, each Untitled (all works 2011)....
Surface Activation: Sylvia Lavin on the Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
THE CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM often resembles a FedEx box: a generic packaging unit designed with just enough attention to the exterior to lend value to the contents, while the apparently neutral interior purports to accommodate anything. And just as there...
Thea Djordjadze: THE COMMON GUILD
While Berlin-based Thea Djordjadze's practice centers on sculptural concerns, it also deals in a language of rhythm and movement that frames the performative aspects of an artist's production process. Djordjadze's works are often at odds with the fragility...
Unknow Unknowns: AMY TAUBIN ON NURI BILGE CEYLAN'S ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA
WE ARE LOOKING THROUGH a rain-streaked window at three dark-haired men sitting around a table in an auto shop, eating, drinking, and talking. Although we see their faces clearly, there is no way to make out their conversation or to discern the relationships...
Viktoria Binschtok: KLEMM'S
With the advent of Street View, Google introduced a new logic--if not a new language--to photography. Artists swiftly responded by using this massive image map as a site for appropriation as well as an inspiration for artistic forms and functions....
Walter Pichler: MAK
It's a good time for old dogs in the art world; suddenly we're interested again in hard-working figures who have stayed the course. The Austrian sculptor Walter Pichler is one such artist. Throughout his career he has ignored the marketplace and media...
What's in a Name: Nasser Rabbat on the New Islamic Art Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
ON NOVEMBER 1 OF LAST YEAR, after much anticipation and a series of celebratory events, the new "Islamic Art" galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened to the public. They had been closed for more than eight years to allow for...
Xu Bing: VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
"Xu Bing: Tobacco Project" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts concluded a trilogy of exhibitions (the previous two were mounted in Durham, North Carolina, and Shanghai in 2000 and 2004, respectively) in which the Beijing-based artist traced the global...
Yamini Nayar: THOMAS ERBEN
The overwhelming experience of looking at Yamini Nayar's photographs is that of mystification: One can look and look and still be puzzled. The photographs invite us to view them as representations of three-dimensional space, but they complicate or...
Yang Fudong: PARASOL UNIT FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Yang Kudong's black-and-white film Fifth Night, 2010, offers an allegory of philosophical searching in Shanghai's old town over the course of one night in the 1920s. The roughly ten-minute piece (shot in 35 mm and transferred to HD video) follows several...