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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 6, February

Abraham Cruzvillegas: REGEN PROJECTS
"Flow to generate a living sculpture nowadays?" Abraham Cruzvillegas asked in a notebook and online video that complemented his street-bound activities for Documenta 13. What about a sculpture without fixed form or shape? A definitely unfinished sculpture?...
Anju Dodiya: CHEMOULD PRESCOTT ROAD
In Aniu Dodiya's recent show "Room for Erasures," eight life-size watercolors, which she calls "studio-dramas," commandeered the exhibition space, turning it into a kind of theater. The paintings, depicting the artist's alter ego as a robed and coiffed...
Arlene Shechet: NATURE MORTE
One could call it ironic that during the opening of Arlene Shechet's exhibition at Nature Morte, one of the porcelain sculptures on view, Shadow Box (all works 2012) was accidentally broken by a visitor. Shechet decided to leave the piece--now pieces--on...
Art Club 2000
IN THE YEAR 1993 you were about twenty years lighter, and everything was that much cooler. People were weirder and partied more (and better). We all stayed out a little bit later. Which is surely why that year got picked up as the ostensible subject...
Barb Choit: RACHEL UFFNER GALLERY
Memories fade, so we invented a chemical process by which we can affix images of our world to paper. Yet photographs also fade, so we place them behind protective glass or store them away from the very light that brings them into being. By making fading...
Bharati Kher: PARASOL UNIT
Baubles, bangles, and bindis came out to play at New Delhiite Bharti Kher's recent solo show. Waiting for visitors in the middle of the gallery was the work Kher has become more than a little famous for: The skin speaks a language not its own, 2006,...
Charles Ray: MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY
For more than five years now, Charles Ray has been making sculptures based closely on the human figure, somewhat in the manner of his first work of this type, Aluminum Girl, 2003. In his 2007 show at Matthew Marks Gallery, another such piece, The New...
Christian Mayer: GALERIE MEZZANIN
What the golden records launched into the unknown with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 have in common with Andy Warhol's cardboard boxes of ephemera is that they exemplify the mid-twentieth-century craze for the time capsule. No foundation could be...
Claudia Joskowicz: FOREVER & TODAY, INC
Feuding with one's neighbor will undoubtedly pressurize the already delicate politics of apartment life. Now imagine the amplified tensions that would arise if that neighbor were former Nazi Klaus Barbie, the so-called Butcher of Lyon, who is estimated...
Clive Hodgson: 42 CARLTON PLACE
The title of Clive Hodgson's recent exhibition "Signed Paintings" was doubly significant: On the one hand, all the works were literally marked by the painter with his name, and on the other, as in the work of Robert Ryman, Hodgson's moniker here became...
Cory Arcangel: CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
When New York's Whitney Museum of American Art mounted a solo show of Cory Arcangel's work in 2011, it aimed to address the lacunae where the history of Pop and Minimalist seriality conjugates with "new media" (aka the expanded field of communications...
Creative Destruction: William Marotti on the Art of Akasegawa Genpei and Hi-Red Center
IN THE EARLY 1960S, Japanese citizens found themselves looking askance at the thousand-yen notes that, thanks to a resurgent economy, were increasingly abundant in their lives. The cause of their wariness was the Chi-37 forgery scandal, in which virtually...
Cultural Studies: Kellie Jones Talks with Robert Farris Thompson
Robert Farris Thompson is one of the founding scholars of contemporary Afro-Atlantic and African studies. His landmark writings on topics such as Afro-Cuban dance and Yoruba sculpture posed a newly systematic understanding of cultural forms and meanings...
Cy Twombly: GAGOSIAN GALLERY
Despite the temptation, I cannot easily say of the eight great untitled paintings in this show--looping ovals of glowing orange, yellow, and red upon bright apple-green fields that were made shortly before the artist's death injuly 2011 at the age...
Daniel Medina: PERIFERICO CARACAS / ARTE CONTEMPORANEO
In 2003, the private owners of a copy of Rodin's Monument to Balzac, 1898, removed it from a courtyard of the Caracas Athenaeum, apparently fearing politically motivated vandalism. The next year, demonstrators knocked down the figure of Christopher...
Daphne Fitzpatrick: AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY
To judge from her works' titles, Daphne Fitzpatrick has a thing for vintage knockabout comedy--Abbott, Costello, Huey, Dewey, and Louie all got shout-outs in her recent exhibition "Whistle and Flute" (all works 2012). Formally, too, her art evokes...
David Salle: LEVER HOUSE
Lever House, the Miesian, midcentury skyscraper designed by Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has become, in recent years, a deluxe site for the exhibition of contemporary art. The installations there are visible through--though often...
Edgar Arceneaux: MACCARONE
"I told Jesus, it would be all right, if he changed my name ..." The soul singer's voice trembles through the opening notes before swooping confidently down into the lower registers, as she tests out her conviction in varying intonation. Over the verses...
Edward and Nancy Kienholz: PACE
Dense fusions of memory and imagination, Edward Kienholz's constructions and installations of the late 1950s and '60s introduced a pungent scent of Americana to the art of the time. In the funky surrealism that they found in commonplace objects, the...
Elsa Sahal: CLAUDINE PAPILLON GALERIE
Over the past decade, French ceramicist Elsa Sahal has conceived a universe where ostensible contradictions--abstraction versus figuration, male versus female, adorable versus abject--are reconciled into a variety of unsettling biomorphic forms. In...
Eric J. Hobsbawm
1917-2012 MARTIN JAY FEW HISTORIANS OF OUR TIME have earned as many bouquets t'or their professional work and brickbats for their politics as Eric J. Hobsbawm, whose death on October I, 20 12, at the age of ninety-five generated extensive international...
Floyd D. Tunson: COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER
Floyd D. Tunson works across a remarkable range of media, and he is successful to varying degrees in all ofthem, as this forty-year retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center made clear. With 110 works on view--just a small fraction of...
Gerry Bibby
"CANDY SAYS, 'I've come to hate my body and' all that it requires in this world." Against a sugar-sweet melody, Lou Reed opens the first track of the Velvet Underground's 1969 self-titled album by quoting Warhol's beloved superstar Candy Darling, who...
Gina Beavers: CLIFTON BENEVENTO
The paintings in Gina Beavers's solo exhibition "Palate," we are told, were based on images of food found online, mostly through social media. Sounds ho-hum, no? Why must a painter so strenuously declare the JPEG provenance of her reference points?...
Gone with a Trace: Emily Hall on Jennifer West's One Mile Film
THIS PAST OCTOBER 17, one of the first cold nights of fall, Los Angeles artist Jennifer West screened One Mile Film ..., 2012, a work shot, altered, and, not least, projected on the High Line in New York. (It was commissioned by High Line Art.) Underneath...
Grant Singer: Grant Singer Is a Filmmaker Based in Los Angeles. His Most Recent Movie, IRL, Will Be Released This Spring
1 JOVAN JOVANOVIC, MLAO I ZORAV KAO RUZA (YOUNG AND HEALTHY AS A ROSE, 1971) Shot against the backdrop of Communist Belgrade, this hyperexplicit Serbian masterpiece was deemed so offensive on release that it went virtually unseen until 2006. It also...
Grazia Toderi: MAXXI NATIONAL MUSEUM OF XXI CENTURY ARTS
Mapping earth and sky from airborne viewpoints, Grazia Toderi challenges both gravity and the horizon, calling into question the facts of objective reality and representing, in a theater of wonders, the relationship between the human world and the...
Gutai and After: Norio Imai
IN 1956, the artist Jird Yoshihara created a work that made use of a dinghy floating on the water in a disused oil tank, for the "Ruins Exhibition" at an old refinery in Amagasaki, Japan. So there was a direct precedent when I. along with other members...
Hito Steyerl: ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
For this expertly mounted exhibition of Berlin-based artist and writer Hito Steyerl's work, curator Lisa Dorin installed six video projections throughout the Art Institute of Chicago's modern wing. Dorin, describing Steyerl as a "riot grrrl" in her...
Ian Wallace: VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
FOR TWO WEEKS IN APRIL 1983, Ian Wallace sat at a desk reading Kierkegaard's On the Concept of Irony at Vancouver's Or Gallery from midnight until 1 AM. The front door was locked, but Wallace was visible through the storefront window to occasional...
Intercontinental Drift: Jessica Morgan on Global Pop
Pop Art serves to remind us ... that we have fashioned for ourselves a world of artefacts and images that are intended not to train perception or awareness but to insist that we merge with them as the primitive man merges with his environment. The...
James Sterling Pitt: ELI RIDGWAY GALLERY
In her 2011 book Under Blue Cup, Rosalind Krauss understands artistic medium as "a form of remembering"--a metaphor made poignant by the loss and recuperation of self she experienced following a brain aneurysm (a disruption the book both describes...
Johanna Billing: MAC
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is an important new architectural presence in Belfast, standing out starkly against the undistinguished design of other recent additions to the city's fabric. While parts of the building pay redbrick tribute to Belfast's...
Kerry James Marshall: SECESSION VIENNA
THE MONOCHROME is by definition dedicated to one hue. And so it is rile modernist format most allied with purity, negation, substance--everything that is not external to the picture, everything that is not decoration or history or politics. But with...
Kristine Kemp: YEARS
In his 1968 essay "Surrealism as a World of Signs," Roger Caillois denounced "vacant metaphor" in the work of the most prominent Surrealists. Listing a repertoire of all-too-expected references, such as Yves Tanguy's "giant amoebas," de Chirico's "dressmaker's...
Loris Greaud: YVON LAMBERT
With its tenuous illumination at floor level, the gallery space seemed to be at the bottom of a swimming pool, if not undersea. On the walls, Kraken (all works 2012), paintings made with squid ink, evoked mythological sea monsters. A mirrored ceiling...
Luis Jacob: GALERIE MAX MAYER
Caution: Exhibitions like this can be addicting. They can make you addicted to images, images of images, images within images, and details--in short, addicted to looking. And this seems to be the goal of Luis Jacobi a Peruvian-born artist based in...
Mary Kelly: ROSAMUND FELSEN GALLERY
In her Post-Partum Document (1973-79), Mary Kelly closely followed her infant son's acquisition of language, tracing his first written words while simultaneously narrating the conditions under which they appeared. As media studies reminds us, words...
Mel Bochner: WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON
MEL BOCHNER, heir to Henri Matisse? This seemed to be the surprising thesis put forward by curator Achim Borchardt-Hume in the delightfully revisionist exhibition of more than four decades of the renowned Conceptualist's work at the Whitechapel Gallery...
Nayland Blake: YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS/GALLERY PAULE ANGLIM
Get together, reuse remember, give something away: These are feel-good values, even if rubber bondage masks may he among the souvenirs. Nayland Blake's recent pair of shows, played ebulliently with innuendo. But "FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX!," a group of interlocking...
Nuria Fuster: GALERIA MARTA CERVERA
Nuria Fuster's stylistic repertoire ranges from post-Min imal km (especially the legacy of Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg) to classical sculpture, yet she is as sensitive to the formal and narrative possibilities of quotidian objects and spaces...
Out of Body: Catherine Wood on the Art of Ei Arakawa
FOR NEARLY A DECADE, El ARAKAWA has staged performances with startling brio, his makeshift sets, friendly throngs, and offhand gestures signaling a type of eccentric event that won't be limited by art's normal viewing structures. But the New York-based...
Paola Pivi: CASTELLO DI RIVOLI
Paola Pivi's exhibition "Tulkus 1880 to 2018" was open to various levels of interpretation, full of the interweaving articulations and nuances that characterize the larger project of which it is a part. This show represented only the initial phase...
Patricia Gadea: GARCIA GALERIA
Patricia Gadea died in 2006 at the age of forty-six. Though she was fairly well known in the 1980s.and early '90s, her late work has been seen only occasionally--owing, perhaps, to changes in the style of her work and her decision to distance herself...
Paul Sietsema: DRAWING ROOM
In "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," author David Foster Wallace narrates an excruciating, ill-fated voyage: a seven-night Caribbean cruise funded by his editors at Harpers magazine. Over the course of this dense forty-nine-page essay,...
Playing against Type: Akira Mizuta Lippit on Postwar Japanese Film
JAPANESE CINEMA became international at the moment it became national: the two formations bound together in the same instant. Two modes of visibility folded into each other in ways that made them as inseparable as they were ostensibly discrete. In...
Radek Szlaga: CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART UJAZDOWSKI CASTLE
Radek Szlaga paints his canvases with such a dense layering of colors that the figures he portrays seem to melt into the viscous surface, even as the entire tableau glows with an inner light. Rut while the sheer materiality of these works indicates...
Robert Kushner: DC MOORE GALLERY
Since the 1980s, Robert Kushner has used flowers as his signature motif, rendering leaves and blossoms in outrageously lush colors and against complex, geometric backgrounds. Recently, he has apparently grown more assertive in his application of the...
Rupert Deese: NANCY HOFFMAN GALLERY
Rupert Deese's self-described "painted structures"--there were a dozen in this exhibition--could be regarded as versions of what Lawrence Alloway termed "systemic painting," or, as it has sometimes been called, "pattern painting." Yet the appearance...
Sander Breure and Witte Van Hulzen: TEGENBOSCHVANVREDEN
The question of whether or not it is appropriate to make art based on such an immense tragedy as the 2011 massacre on the Norwegian island Utoya no longer seems relevant. According to the Dutch documentarian John Appel, whose film about the mass murder...
Stefan Gec: NOSHOWSPACE
Despite Duchamp's declared intentions, it took only weeks (or maybe even clays) for his "indifferent" Fountain, 1917, to acquire aesthetic value, expressive content, and metaphorical significance, thereby becoming what one might label dead avant-garde...
"The Art of Scent: 1889-2012": MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN
Baudelaire, whose soul soared "on perfume as other men's souls soar on music," devoted a notable portion of his literary genius to the question of how one might translate olfactory experience into language. His 1857 poem "Correspondences," for example,...
The Company You Keep: Dennis Lim on Pablo Larrain's No
THREE TIMES in Pablo Larrain's No, Rene Saavedra, an advertising executive in 1980s Santiago, unveils a pitch to his clients. Rene (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a young hotshot with a then-fashionable rattail and a soothing boardroom manner, and at each...
Tom Fairs: KERRY SCHUSS
If you're looking for someone who maintained the supposedly old-fashioned ideal--a cynic would call it the myth--of the pure artist who is focused solely on the work itself, without a thought of fame, fashion, or money, you could do worse than to check...
Total Immersion: Steven Ridgely on the Designs of Tadanori Yokoo
ABBIE HOFFMAN'S 1971 GUIDE TO YIPPIE ACTIVISM famously encouraged readers to "steal this book," but a curious volume published in Japan four years earlier, Throw Away Your Books, Let's Get into the Streets, may have done Hoffman one better. A collaboration...
Tsuruko Yamazaki
Though TSURUKO YAMAZAKI is one of the longest-standing members of the Gutai group, much of her oeuvre still remains obscure. In the following pages, Artforum presents a selection of Yamazaki's singular works--some published here for the first time--displaying...
Twin Peaks: Mira Schor on Robert Hughes (1938-2012) and Hilton Kramer (1928-2012)
Only by demonstrating that he is on the side of History--aware of the laws of its unfolding, able to reconcile the art he likes with those laws--can a critic rise to seriousness, for otherwise criticism is merely the expression of subjective taste,...
Wade Guyton: WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK
THE LOGIC OF THE MODERN ERA demands revolutions: decisive ruptures that enable sweeping paradigm shifts and the introduction of new ways of seeing. In hindsight, such ruptures can often be seen as the outcome of periods of transition, those interregnums...
Xavier Cha: 47 CANAL
"Room tone," or "presence," in filmic parlance, is shorthand for ambient "silence," the specific quality of background noise at an actor's position, recorded to convincingly render his or her voice. A sound inspired by room tone--and amplified to an...
Yung Ho Chang: ULLENS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
When Yung Ho Chang returned to his native Beijing in 1993 after more than a decade-of architectural training and practice in the United States, he was confronted by a society in dramatic flux. He found urban conditions and forms of development more...
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