Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 6, February

Aftershock: Eugene Wang on the Recent Work of Liu Xiaodong
A SENSE OF DOOM about painting prevailed in China in the 1990s. Painting had entered its endgame, or so the story went, just as it had in so many narratives of art the world over. But here, when easel painting hit the wall, it seemed to hit harder...
Angus Collis: GALERIA ESTAMPA
It is becoming less and less common for galleries to show the work of younger artists who entirely and unapologetically focus on painting. Perhaps it's that fewer and fewer young artists paint without pursuing some other rhetorical agenda; instead,...
Arata Isozaki: MISA SHIN GALLERY
Tokyo has recently seen a boom in architectural exhibitions at art venues, while a major newspaper featured a series of columns in which renowned Japanese architects commented on the recent and ongoing crises; their professional insights and supposed...
ART Cologne
46. INTERNATIONLER KUNSTMARKT 18. - 22. APRIL 2012 1301PE * AANANT & ZOO * ADAMSKI * AKINCI * ANCIENT & MODERN * MIKAEL ANDERSEN * ARTEUER * AUSSEREUROPAISCHE KUNST DIERKING * BAER * BASE * CATHERINE BASTIDE * GUIDO W. BAUDACH * BAUKUNST...
Bleak House: James Quandt on Bela Tarr's the Turin Horse
"WHAT IS THIS DARKNESS?" a woman asks her father near the end of Be la Tarr's The Turin Horse as a sudden, fathomless obscurity descends on their isolated hovel. Of all contemporary filmmakers, the Hungarian director is the one most acquainted with...
Carsten Holler: NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK
CARSTEN HOLLER'S "EXPERIENCE" at the New Museum was perfect--perfectly wrong. If the artist's goal was to embody the values contested by the most important social justice movement of our present moment, Occupy Wall Street, he succeeded brilliantly....
Christina Mackie: Talks about Painting the Weights, 2012 Introduction by Nicholas Cullinan
WHY DO ATOMIC CLOUDS AND JELLYFISH LOOK ALIKE? One can imagine the London-based artist Christina Mackie posing this strange query to her viewers, because the unseen vectors of force--pressure, currents, gravity--behind such astonishing resemblances...
Daniel Richter: KESTNERGESELLSCHAFT
During a recent conversation in his studio, Daniel Richter observed that a great deal of contemporary painting comes across as a revivification of the art produced in the twentieth century: "In formal terms, we seem to be bringing the dead to life."...
"De Ou Par Marcel Duchamp Par UIf Linde": ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
In its highest form, cultural detective work yields spectacular deductions--equal parts tease and persuasion--permitting you to freely take a leap of faith just to see what happens were the speculation to he true. This was the case for "De oh par Marcel...
Domestic Disturbance
THE TITLE CHARACTER of writer-director Markus Schleinzer's arresting first feature is thirty-five, balding, bespectacled, weak-chinned, a bit doughy around the middle. He is a punctilious employee of an Austrian insurance firm, reporting to work in...
Ed Atkins
ONE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING high-definition digital video is via statistics: If the pixels-per-image count is anywhere above 920,000, it's high-def. But a more nuanced characterization, and one less likely to be repurposed for advertising copy, appears...
Eva Kot'atkova: RASTER
Eva Kot'atkova's solo show in Raster's new gallery, located in the former scat of the ORNO jewelry artisans' cooperative, contained elements reminiscent of stage design (curtains, benches made in situ), fragments of older works, and new collages and...
Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano: ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY
Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano arc identical twins. This is not at all incidental to the hypnotic charisma of their videos, which have in the past often been documentations of joint actions. Among these is if ... so ... then, 2006, in which...
George Kuchar: 1942-2011
LAST SUMMER, when it became clear that cancer would inevitably take his life, George Kuchar entered a hospice in San Francisco. He brought his video equipment with him, shooting and editing footage inside what would serve as his final residence. At...
Guillaume Leblon: FOUNDATION D'ENTREPRISE RICARD
Covering the floor of this private foundation's neat L-shaped space with twenty smooth sheets of fine, sand-colored linen, Guillaume Leblon, for the first time, positioned his sculptures in relation to a traditional painterly platform. The presentation...
High on Life
THE FIRST OBJECT one encounters when entering "The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini" is a hoax. Donatello's Reliquary Bust of San Rossore from around 1425 displays a bearded man with a furrowed brow who humbly gazes at the floor, absorbed...
Jack Whitten
WHEN DOES AN IMAGE END? At the edge of the screen, we might say, or of the stretcher or the page. But none of these answers has ever seemed to satisfy Jack Whitten. His work eludes the perimeters we know. It conjures something else: infinite extension,...
Johan Grimonprez: SMAK
One traversed "It's a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Back-wards"--the first large-scale retrospective of Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez in his native country--a bit as one might move through an unfamiliar archive: going from confusion to a certain...
Klara Hobza: SOY CAPITAN
In daylight, Klara Hobza's installation PrequeL 2011, didn't look like much: just a rectangle of slats, four of which were placed horizontally and provided a base for forty-eight lightbulbs, which were connected to three heavy switches--a strange bricolage...
Maya Lin
1 WAVE MOVEMENT How can we tell where one wave ends and another begins? I've spent hours staring at water, both in the open ocean and in rivers around the world, trying to isolate its movement--how it swells, forms a discernible shape, and then fades...
Melvin Moti: MEYER RIEGGER
In a darkened section of the gallery, a film projector cast an image onto the wall: the barren, gray surface of the moon pocked with craters. Looking down as if floating above it, the camera bobs and swivels. Next, the film observes the interaction...
Nedko Solakov: FONDAZIONE GALLERIA CIVICA
On the program for Nedko Solakov, starting last fall, has been a retrospective exhibition at four European museums--first at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, now at the Fondazione Galleria Civica in Trento, Italy, and coming up at smak in Ghent,...
No Man Is an Island
WAS ONCE, LONG LONG TIME AGO, great big Cold War joke--Russian claim to have invented lightbulb, radio transmitter, and even TV set. Also, to have developed feature-length 3-D movies shown without special glasses--which, in fact, they did! The Soviets...
Omer Fast: KOLNISCHER KUNSTVEREIN
Omer Fast's film and video installations constitute one long reflection on media-based translations and abstractions of reality. Often he reuses motifs, producing variations on themes from previous works. His new two-part slide and video installation...
Opening Lines: Prudence Peiffer on the Drawings of Ad Reinhardt
IT'S EASY, following his own strategies of reduction, to think of Ad Reinhardt as a painter, more specifically as an abstract painter, and most specifically as an abstract painter of black squares. Reinhardt's life is in fact bracketed by abstraction:...
Phil Collins: HEBBEL AM UFER
What if the humdrum schlock of home-shopping programs were replaced with offers to participate in actual experiences? What if, for the "special introductory offer" price of ("9.99, you could buy a role in a fantasy sequence on live television? Leaving...
"Specters of the Nineties": MARRES CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
In the wake of the recent dramatic decline of Dutch government support for the arts and contemporary art in particular, which culminated in the announcement in June 2011 of draconian cutbacks, some commentators in the Netherlands pointed out the alacrity...
The Chance Ornament Aphorisms on Gerhard Richter's Abstractions
1. Even the very first of the supposedly first abstract paintings Gerhard Richter made in 1966, Ten Colors, was not a truly abstract painting, since it still copied a color chart, a swatch similar to those displayed by hardware stores and color merchants...
Ulla Von Brandenburg/Malin Pettersson Oberg: BONNIERS KONSTHALL
In 20 10, Ulla von Brandenburg made Chorspiel, a video in the form of a "choral play." In this Ibsenesque family drama, a grandfather, grandmother, mother, and daughter move like pieces on a chessboard in front of a drawn backdrop that shows an open...
"Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981": THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA, LOS ANGELES
IN CONTRAST TO THE SPIRIT of celebratory commemoration and even boosterism that underlies so many "Pacific Standard Time" exhibitions thus far, Paul Schimmel's latest curatorial effort, "Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974--1 981," has a critical...
Valie Export: LUNSTHAUS BREGENZ
VALIE EXPORT'S trailblazing work has long been considered central to contemporary art history. It is characterized by her militant stance, her penetrating analysis of society, politics, and culture, and her fundamental belief in the alterability of...
Wade Guyton: GALERIE FRANCESCA PIA/VILLA FRANCESCA PIA
"In these days of austerity and cutbacks, the artist is saving ink." The artist is Wade Guyton, of course, and the wry sentence (Occupy Epson?) is from the press release for his recent two-part exhibition in Zurich. Guyton's process is now implicit--any...
Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thorsdottir: LONG MARCH SPACE
Wu Shanzhuan and tnga Svala Thorsdottir's latest exhibition at Long March Space was the couple's most abstract yet; even the meaning of its title, uKuo Xuan" is ambiguous. Ostensibly the romanization of a two-character Chinese word (though the artists...