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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 5, January

A Cinema of Poetry: Patrick Rumble on Pier Paolo Pasolini
PIER PAOLO PASOLINI first visited New York City in late 1966, and what he found there surprised him: In the heated context of the antiwar movement and the struggle for civil rights--which he characterized forcefully as a "civil war"--the forty-four-year-old...
Adeela Suleman
ALBERTO PEOLA ARTECONTEMPORANEA For her latest show, "I had no choice but to hear you," Adeela SuLeman exhibited six new works so richly decorated and visually sumptuous, they dazzled. In keeping with some of her earlier installations, these works...
Agnes Denes: Santa Monica Museum of Art
WHEN AGNES DENES planted and harvested almost one thousand pounds of wheat in what is now New York's Battery Park City, the action--and the astonishing photographs showing the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty looming over the endless golden...
Akram Zaatari: Le Magasin, Grenoble, France
"THERE'S A CAMEL IN THE PICTURE," a woman's voice intones with dry precision in the first lines of Akram Zaatari's magisterial feature-length video This Day, 2003, which stands at the center of the artist's affecting survey at Le 'Magasin, "A ujourd'hui...
Alexandra Stewart
FRIENDS OF CHRIS MARKER'S AND MINE have said, "Oh, you're not supposed to say a word about Chris. He'd be furious." But he's not here, the poor lamb, I don't know what I could reveal--other than exactly how I feel. I'm from Montreal, originally,...
Alice Channer
LISA COOLEY In the annals of transformative buzzwords, "mass customization's seems particularly relevant to our moment. Coined in I 987, the term refers to the use of flexible, computerized manufacturing facilities to create products to order, enabling...
Andrea Zittel
ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY Andrea Zittel's signature works usually integrate into quotidian routines and address basic needs such as shelter and clothing (a fact that feels particularly significant as I write in the wake of Hurricane Sandy). Exemplary...
Anicka Yi
THE TOFU WAS OOZING FASTER than Anicka Yi had expected. Untitled, 2011, her contribution to the 2011 New York group exhibition "Skin So Soft," organized by fellow artist Josh Kline for Gresham's Ghost, took the form of a winkingly medium-specific video--a...
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker are writers and lecturers in the areas of technology and culture and together edit the influential electronic journal CTheory. Arthur's most recent book. Body Drift: Butler. Hayles, Hara way, was published last year by...
Artist Placement Group
RAVEN ROW The Artist Placement Group (APG) was founded in London in 1966 by John Latham and Barbara Steveni. Until it was dissolved in the late-1980s, APG brokered some twenty placements of artists within various industrial companies and government...
Beach Boys: AMY TAUBIN ON ANDY WARHOL'S SAN DIEGO SURF
IN ANDY WARHOL AND PAT HACKETT'S POPISM (1980), there is but half a page devoted to the shooting of a movie that has come to be titled San Diego Surf (1968/1996). Warhol recounts that he, Paul Morrissey, and Viva went to Southern California on a college...
Being Framed: Douglas Crimp on Elad Lassry at the Kitchen
ELAD LASSRY remade the Kitchen's gallery space for his "Untitled (Presence)." Entering through a parabolic arch, you immediately confronted a wall with a long rectangular opening at eye level. Beyond that stood a medium-height wall whose top was scalloped...
Bojan Sarcevic
INSTITUT D'ART CONTEMPORAIN VILLEURBANNE Bojan Sarcevic's exhibition "L'ellipse d'ellipse" included twenty-six works retracing his path since 1999, demonstrating the breadth and consistency of his multifarious explorations. Sculpture, collage, construction,...
Camille Henrot
GALERIE KAMEL MENNOUR It's a strange phenomenon that has been around since the 1970s, the decade of the famous Carnation Revolution that overturned Salazar in Portugal: flowers and their very specific language serving as emblems for revolutions....
Darren Waterston
DC MOORE GALLERY Grand, visionary landscapes unfold across the seventeen oil paintings from 2012 in Darren Waterston's exhibition at DC Moore, all of which appear on gessoed wood panels (with the exception of Edifice, which is on canvas) and vary...
Dave Muller
BLUM & POE Sometime in the 1990s, the critical mandate of the prior decade's "appropriation an" underwent a casual revision by an emerging generation less inclined to feel itself victimized by the "society of the spectacle." Pop-cultural citation...
Dias & Riedweg
CENTRO DE ARTE HELIO OITICICA The exhibition "Ate que a Rua Nos Separe" (Until the Street Do Us Part), installed in exemplary fashion at the Centro de Arte Helio Oiticica in a commercial district of central Rio de Janeiro, brought together nine...
Dor Guez
ROSE ART MUSEUM, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY In Dor Guez's 2009 video July 13, the artist's maternal grandfather, Jacob Monayer, declares, "I won't go into politics." Jacob, the patriarch of the Christian Arab family that is the subject of Guez's recent...
Dorothea Rockburne
CRAIG F. STARR GALLERY This show of twenty-four works--ranging in size from the parietal Tropical Tan, 1966-67, to the diminutive group of drawings called Silence, 1972--reminded us of Dorothea Rockburne's vital achievement. Moreover, the exhibition...
Duncan Campbell
IN A LETTER written by the great German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg to Luise Kautsky, after the latter had visited her at Breslau Prison, Luxemburg lauded her friend for retaining the "groping. searching, anxious" qualities of a young woman. (Kautsky...
Fazal Sheikh
PACE/MACGILL GALLERY The photographer Fazal Sheikh's concern with international issues of human rights has led him not only to many pictures of people living under conditions of displacement and duress but to a meditation on how this kind of image...
Friends with Benefits: Mark Godfrey on the Art of Frances Stark
OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, Frances Stark has created an extraordinary series of new works that stage frank, funny, and often bawdy encounters with figures ranging from avant-garde-film scions to dance-hall stars. Through these interlocutions--some virtual,...
Fusun Onur
MACKA SANAT GALERISI Macka Sanat Galerisi, a tiny gallery founded in 1976 by sisters Rabia capa and Varlik Yalman, has been very influential in the Turkish art scene. Its remarkable story deserves a longer article, but its importance should be at...
Goshka Macuga
ANDREW KREPS GALLERY If Poland--"God's playground," in historian Norman Davies's pithy phrase--didn't invent black comedy, it has surely produced some of the wryest examples of tragic-absurd performance throughout its fraught post--World War II...
Haroon Mirza
NEW MUSEUM For his first New York solo exhibition, curated by Gary Carrion-Murayari and Jenny Moore, British artist Haroon Mirza stocked the New Museum's next-door storefront space with signal emitters. Studio speakers issue modemlike trills, junk-shop...
Heike-Karin Foll
ELAINE "Now, / About what to put in your poem-painting," John Ashbery suggested, in a neighborly fashion, in an old poem: "Flowers are always nice, particularly delphinium." And so he gave Elaine Scarry part of the subtitle, if not the seed, for...
In a Far-Off Country: Chris Marker (1921-2012)
NORA M. ALTER A cat is never on the side of power. --Chris Marker, A Grin Without a Cat (1993) IN A REVIEW of Chris Marker's Lettre de Siberie (Letter from Siberia, 1957), the French critic Andre Bazin extols the film for its formal innovations,...
Jac Leirner
GALERIA FORTES VILACA For those accustomed to seeing Jac Leirner's choice of materials as inspired by the universe of circulation and consumption--examples include banknotes, cigarette packs, plastic bags, airplane ashtrays, business cards, and...
James Quandt
PLUCK ANY APERCU from the Montaigne-like musings of Chris Marker and it soon effloresces into manifold meanings. "A hiker walking in a straight line is always sure to get lost in the forest," the narrator observes in Letter from Siberia (1957). a warning....
Jesse Jones
DUBLIN CITY GALLERY THE HUGH LANE An offbeat curatorial conceit--sleepwalking--formed the programming context for Dublin-based artist Jesse Jones's recent exhibition "The Trilogy of Dust." Aiming to provide audiences with what the gallery termed...
Jimmy Robert
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Jimmy Robert subjects paper to a series of operations that read like an excerpt from Richard Serra's famous Verb List: to rip, to append, to curl, to stuff, to crumple, to fold, to hang, to lean, to drop. Sturdy ink-jet...
Joel Meyerowitz
HOWARD GREENBERG GALLERY The first of a two-part survey of Joel Meyerowitz's fifty-year career as a photographer, this exhibition presented nearly four dozen color and black-and-white prints of varying sizes. Today, Meyerowitz is known for large-format...
Jordi Colomer
ABIERTO X OBRAS, MATADERO MADRID At the back of a dark space in what were Once the cold storage rooms of the old Madrid slaughterhouse, or matadero, seven glass doors opened Onto a corridor leading to a dark chamber. Here, looped on screens arranged...
Jose Pedro Croft
APPLETON SQUARE In a career now spanning more than thirty years, Jose Pedro Croft has constructed a visual and conceptual language that has begun to seem practically unshakable. Particularly in the past fifteen years, we have come to expect his...
Kathryn Bigelow: Talks about Zero Dark Thirty, 2012 Introduction by Amy Taubin
THE SETUP of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty puts you in the last place in the world you'd ever want to be. Over a black, empty screen, we hear a sound collage of phone calls made from the Twin Towers after they were hit, ending with a young woman's...
Katrin Siguroardottir
ELEVEN RIVINGTON "Ellefu," an exhibition by Katrin Siguroardottir, comprised three structures representing cross-sectioned portions of the artist's childhood home at Langahlio 11, Reykjavik, Iceland. Ellefu means "eleven" in Icelandic, and its consonance...
Keiichi Tanaami
STUDIOLO In 1975, Keiichi Tanaami--having designed record covers for the Monkees and Jefferson Airplane, worked with Robert Rauschenberg, and visited Warhol's Factory--became the first art director of Japanese Playboy. But Tanaami, born in Tokyo...
Keith Coventry
PEER With "Deontological Pictures," his ongoing series of monochrome framed canvases begun in 2011, Keith Coventry queries the continued viability both of abstraction and of painting as such. At first glance, this show comprised a series of imposing...
Kiki Kogelnik
SIMONE SUBAL GALLERY "I'm not involved with Coca-Cola," Kiki Kogelnik avowed in 1966, marking her distance from Pop art, or at least its consumerist strains. But making the association was sensible enough. After moving to New York in 1961 (encouraged...
Lucy Raven
EVERY CHRIS MARKER FILM I've seen I've watched, at least the first time, on a burned DVD, the titles Sharpied on by one friend or another in my loose Chris Marker Appreciation Society. These discs were given to me over drinks or sent through the mail;...
Luis Urculo
EVA RUIZ GALERIA "Ensayo sobre la ruina" (Essay on the Ruin) is the title that encompasses a number of proposals created by Luis Urculo to address a simple problem, one that is unfortunately more timely than it may seem: the relationship between...
Manifesta 9: Waterschei Mine, Genk, Belgium
IN AN ERA when institutions from Dia: Beacon to Tate Modern are housed in industrial buildings, one might have found it unremarkable that the most recent edition of the itinerant biennial Manifesta took place in the headquarters of a disused mine in...
Natalie Czech
HOME OF DOROTHEA AND RUDOLF ZWIRNER Rudolf Zwirner, legendary gallery owner, art dealer, and curator, and Dorothea Zwirner, art historian and author, regularly use their private residence in Berlin-Grunewald to put on (public) solo shows of younger...
Open Sesame! David J. Roxburgh on the Musee Du Louvre's Galleries of Islamic Art
THE MOST CONSPICUOUS architectural intervention distinguishing the Louvre's new galleries of Islamic art is an iridescent, undulating, anodized gold screen. It lifts, falls, and stretches horizontally across the Visconti Courtyard, nearly filling the...
Patrick Keiller
CHRIS MARKER was one of a number of innovators with careers most usually dated from the 1950s who had participated in World War 11 (John Latham [1921-2006] and Kurt Vonnegut [1922-20071 were others); he was born in the same year as his friends Yves...
Peter Coffin
VENUS OVER MANHATTAN In a conversation between Peter Coffin and Maurizio Cattelan published in 2007, Coffin warned against the "tendency to clutter things up, to try and make sure people know something is art, when all that's necessary is to present...
"Picasso Black and White": Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
"PICASSO BLACK AND WHITE" is formalist with a vengeance. Curated by Carmen Gimenez, the show is not thesis-driven; rather, it distills Picasso's art to its essentials, skillfully enlisting the museum's architecture to aid in this process. Indeed, few...
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. "GUTAI: SPLENDID PLAYGROUND" SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK February 15-May...
Ralph Humphrey
GARY SNYDER GALLERY Because Ralph Humphrey is saddled anew with the unfortunate appellation "'70s painter" each time his work is rediscovered--as happens seemingly once a decade--the results of these excavations have typically been equivocal. Artists...
Rayyane Tabet
DURING THE FIRST DECADE of the oil age in Saudi Arabia--after the royal family granted the first concessions to American companies in the 1930s but before a wave of labor protests surged through the Eastern Province in the 1950s--petroleum was being...
Roland Flexner
D'AMELIO GALLERY Automatism meets science fiction meets the sublime landscape in the one hundred works on paper (all Untitled, 2012) that, along with a single large painting in metal leaf on canvas dating from I 984, made up Roland Flexner's recent...
Rosemarie Trockel: New Museum, New York
IN AN ESPECIALLY COMPELLING SIGHT LINE offered by "Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos," one can simultaneously take in a humongous preserved lobster, a sleek, jet-engine-like aluminum sculpture by the somewhat-forgotten Parisian artist Ruth Francken, and...
Ryan Gander
PALAIS DE TOKYO Ryan Gander's solo show "Ampersand" is the first installment of an "Artist's Library" exhibition series curated by Akiko Miki. It begins with a window presenting, one by one, sixty-six objects on a conveyor belt. While some were...
Sarah Cain
HONOR FRASER The main event of "Freedom Is a Prime Number," Sarah Cain's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, was a room-scale installation titled so there, it's air (all works 2012). While the piece involved an enveloping spread of paint and canvases...
Shelby Lee Adams
OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS In a statement introducing Shelby Lee Adams's "Salt & Truth" exhibition (on view through January 7), the artist claims it has become difficult to find "authentic, salt-of-the-earth people"...
"Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art"
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART A photograph reveals a man sprawled facedown in the street, alone except for a distant cyclist and the presence of the camera. A send-up of Yves Klein's infamous 1960 photomontage, this work, Romanian artist Ciprian...
Social Signals: Ina Blom on Aldo Tambellini at Tate Modern
THE CHOICE OF VENUE could not have been more perfect. The huge, unlit, cylindrical spaces of the Tate Tanks seem to call for an artist whose preferred shape is the circle and whose key motif is darkness or, to be more precise, blackness, in all its...
Strange Bedfellows
Caption acknowledgments Cover: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Accattone (The Scrounger), 1961. Photo: Eureka Entertainment. Page 45: Saul Steinberg and Hedda Sterne with drawing by Steinberg in background, New York, 1944-45. Photo [c] Estate of George Platt...
Sudarshan Shetty
GALERIE KRINZINGER A man juggles three ceramic jars in slow motion--the action is insignificant, a piece of entertainment. With this video--all works Untitled (from the show "the pieces earth took away"), 2012--Sudarshan Shetty invited us into his...
"Tapis Volants"
ACADEMIE DE FRANCE A ROME-VILLA MEDICI What could a viewer make of the Oriental carpets, arranged on the ground like Carl Andre sculptures or on the walls like allover paintings, and of the videos exhibited, one next to the other, in the spaces...
Tejpal Ajji
LAXART Remember Don Music, the Sesame Street character who would bang his head on the piano in frustration? As spontaneous musical actions go, there seems to be an appeal, at least among pint-size viewers, in using one's head as a blunt instrument....
The Birth of the Author: Christopher S. Wood on "Albrecht Durer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina" at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
IN HIS TREATISE on human proportions, published in the year of his death, 1528, Albrecht Durer (born 1471) wrote that "one man may sketch something with his pen on half a sheet of paper in one day ... and it turns out to be better and more artistic...
Thomas Florschuetz
DIEHL For his exhibition "Durchsicht" (Vista), Thomas Florschuetz selected seven photographs from several different series, yet perspective played a central role in all of them. Also, many involved a tension between a monumental aesthetic and everyday...
Tom McCarthy
THAT STRANGE ELEPHANT. I must have first seen the short in 1999, at the Beaconsfield gallery retrospective that introduced me, like so many other Londoners, to Marker's work. The four-minute video from 1993 was running on a loop inside a small, decrepit...
Tony Conrad
8OWSE, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY Tony Conrad has made his way through the past half century of cultural shifts by puncturing paradigms to let out some of the hot air. While his major contributions to movements from minimal music to structural film to...
Universal Pictures: Daniel Birnbaum on the Art of Hilma Af Klint
THE IDEA OF A SECRET MASTERPIECE seems ludicrous. Indeed, as Marcel Duchamp famously argued, a work of art needs to be known in order to be: Its existence depends on "the artist on the one hand, and on the other, the spectator who later becomes the...
Vincent Fecteau
GALERIE BUCHHOLZ Among the new abstract sculptures in Vincent Fecteau's exhibition in Berlin were the largest that the artist has made until now. They are even bigger than his wall-mounted works exhibited at greengrassi in London in 2010, but all...
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