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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 1, September

2013 Exhibitors
303 New York ALAIN GUTHARC Paris ANALIX FOREVER Geneva ANGELS BARCELONA Barcelona ASYMETRIA Warsaw BEN BROWN London BENDANA|PINEL Paris BERNARD BOUCHE Paris BERNHEIMER Munich BERTRAND GRIMONT Paris BONNI BENRUBI New York...
Aaron Flint Jamison
CUBITT In the second issue of the Dada journal The Blind Man, an anonymous editorial on Duchamp's Fountain, 1917, famously proclaimed: "The only works of art America has given are her plumbing and her bridges." Aaron Flint Jamison's recent exhibition...
Abraham Cruzvillegas
WALKER ART CENTER In his first midcareer retrospective, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas demonstrates a distinct flair for affective accretion. Ingeniously clustering diverse items such as knives, umbrellas, fabric, paint, plants, wood, and cardboard...
Aleana Egan
KERLIN GALLERY A tiny photograph from Aleana Egan's recent exhibition "The Sensitive Plant" bears the title 13/1 Sunnypark, Ballygunge, Calcutta, India. Circa 1957 (all works 2013). This precise postal address and approximate date offer some basic...
"Arbeidstid"
HENIE ONSTAD KUNSTSENTER The current leadership of the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter has repeatedly repudiated the idea that art can stand isolated from the society that surrounds it. Recently, for instance, we saw a multipart project about education,...
Arne Svenson
JULIE SAUL GALLERY Arne Svenson's photographic series "The Neighbors," 2012-13, offers glimpses of people going about their lives at home. Among the dozen large-scale images that were on view here, arranged singly and in pairs, are domestic scenes...
Beauford Delaney
LEVIS FINE ART This was the first exhibition of Beauford Delaney's work in New York since a solo presentation at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2002, and it couldn't have been more timely. In his lifetime (1901-1979), Delaney's uneasy oscillation...
Camera Eye
RICHARD MEYER ON THE ART OF JOAN SEMMEL OVER THE PAST HALF CENTURY. JOAN SEMMEL has pursued a painterly enterprise that brings extraordinary wit and acumen to representations of the body--most often the artist's own. And this oeuvre has grown increasingly...
Channa Horwitz: 1932-2013
SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS at the opening of her solo exhibition at Los Angeles's Francois Ghebaly Gallery this past April, Channa Horwitz watched from a bench as viewers donned slippers and entered the immersive space of her installation Orange...
Clegg & Guttmann
GALERIE NAGEL DRAXLER Power, it's been said, has been a central theme of Clegg & Guttmann's portrait photography since the 1980s. The titles or captions of some works openly catalogue the professional stature of their subjects, and symbols of...
Constance DeJong
BUREAU This past May, Contstance DeJong delivered twelve performances of SpeakChamber, 2013, a nearly hour-long narrative recited from memory. The gallery's intimate space was swathed in dark gray soundproofing foam, with a spotlight illuminating...
Cows
The only philosopher to have contributed a regular column in these pages. VILEM FLUSSER (1920-1991) was among the most prescient--and eloquent--thinkers on the environmental conditions of a world mediated by technology. Here, scholar GEOFFREY WINTHROP-YOUNG...
Daniel Firman
MUSEE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE LYON The title of Daniel Firman's first large museum show, "La Matiere Grise" (Gray Matter), was both a reference and a provocation. The artist has used the phrase before, notably in a life-size self-portrait sculpture...
Dick Flick: J. HOBERMAN ON PENNY LANE'S OUR NIXON
AMERICA'S ONGOING FASCINATION with the 1960s is in no small part due to the three Shakespearean characters who successively presided during that era: JFK, LBJ, and, strangest of all, Richard M. Nixon. For all the sentimental, bipartisan bushwa occasioned...
Doom and Bloom
BEAU RUTLAND ON LIZ LARNER'S ORCHID, BUTTERMILK, PENNY, 1987 IT MAY SEEM RETARDATAIRE, but I'd like to have an intimate, lifelong relationship with an artwork, becoming so familiar with it that the effects of aging stand out against my memories...
Fernando Garcia
HEINRICH EHRHARDT For more than a decade, the art of Madrid-born Fernando Garcia was easily recognizable as part of the widespread trend of post-Conceptual painting sweeping Europe these days. Such work was marked by an ironic use of language, wry...
Frank Gehry
LESLIE FEELY FINE ART The term sculptural has haunted Frank Gehry for much of his spectacularly successful career. While his supporters may use it in effusive descriptions of his building's formal expressiveness, in the hands of his critics, it...
Frieze Masters
Regent's Park, London 17-20 October 2013 Tickets at friezemasters.com Participating Galleries 1900-2000, Paris Didier Aaron & Cie, Paris Acquavella, New York Bacarelli Botticelli, Florence Jean-Luc Baroni, London Berinson,...
Gabriel Kuri
GALLERIA FRANCO NOERO The new home of the Franco Noero gallery is a former factory located in an area that once housed mostly light industry and is now being converted into a cultural hub. The work of Gabriel Kuri, while not site-specific, is completely...
Garden States
JUST WHAT IS GOING ON at the top of that little hill? There, on the far crest of the Giardini, is where the power triangle--the UK, Germany, France--have their pavilions. It seems Old Europe is hoping to revive itself, whether through rejuvenating...
Gillian Carnegie
GALERIE GISELA CAPTTAIN How refreshing: an exhibition in which there was no need to focus on anything but the paintings on display. The artist had requested that no press release he issued. There was only a list of titles, with the year of each...
Giosetta Fioroni
DRAWING CENTER In 1964, American Pop art arrived in Italy with a bang. Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns, and Jim Dine showed at the Venice Biennale, and Robert Rauschenberg won the exhibition's Grand Prize, the first American ever to do so. That award...
Head Trip
THOMAS CROW ON "WHEN ATTITUDES BECOME FORM: BERN 1969/VENICE 2013" THE 2013 VENICE BIENNALE set the scene for two capital lessons in the history of art. In order of historical time, the first took place at the Palazzo Ducale, amid the usual hordes...
Henri Chopin
SUPPORTICO LOPEZ How to write about Henri Chopin? How to do justice to an artist who devoted himself to the purification of language? How to honor beautiful, brilliant works when the artist would have rejected such attributes because of their philosophical...
High Risk
Art, Environment, Crisis RISING SEAS AND BURSTING BUBBLES: Today, events both wildly unpredictable and apparently inexorable confront us at every turn. We live in a world defined by risk--environmental, economic, technological, geopolitical. ...
Home Away from Home
NEGAR AZIMI ON THE IRAQI PAVILION ONE OF THE WORKS IN THIS YEAR'S IRAQI PAVILION features a simple ink caricature of two men scrambling to capture a falling missile with what appears to be a stretcher. It is absurd and heartbreaking, and in many...
Howard Hodgkin
BERNARD JACOBSON GALLERY The fifteen prints in Howard Hodgkin's "Views"--as this exhibition was titled--invite comparison with the work of Matisse, an influence the artist has acknowledged. (The ten lithographs, two screenprints, and three etchings...
In Kino Veritas
AMY TAUBIN ON JEAN ROUCH AND EDGAR MORIN'S CHRON1QUE D'UN ETE (1961) AND CHRIS MARKER AND PIERRRE LHOMME'S LE JOLI MAI (1963) IT IS SURELY SOMETHING more than a felicitous coincidence that two foundational films in the history of the modern documentary--Jean...
Instant Classic: Alison M. Gingeras on Jeff Koons
IF JEFF KOONS IS SEARCHING for a position in art that "lies beyond both critique and affirmation," as Dorothea von Hantelmann has recently argued, his lifelong pursuit has just come to an end. In a classic tabloid profile of the artist, published this...
Jannis Kounellis
CHEIM & READ This past spring, Jannis Kounellis presented twenty-two new works in New York. The exhibition was a hymn to the epic of immigration. It was a hymn to the journey as an experience of modernity. It was a hymn to the discovery of self--a...
Juan Usle
L.A. LOUVER Juan Usle's recent outing at L.A. Louver--his first at the gallery since 2008--set his small-scale abstractions under the dreamy and evocative title "Entre Dos Lunas" (Between Two Moons). It was named for a dark blue painting (not included...
Juliao Sarmento
CRISTINA GUERRA CONTEMPORARY ART The first thing one saw in Juliao Sarmento's recent solo exhibition was Two Frames (all works cited, 2013), a diptych composed of a black-and-white photograph of Duchamp's Why Not Sneeze Rose Selavy?, 1921, and a...
Justin Barton and Mark Fisher
"MEMORY DISORDER provides a compelling analogy for the glitches in capitalist realism," claimed the cultural theorist Mark Fisher in 2009. Such glitches in the current socioeconomic order are explored in On Vanishing Land, 2013, an audio essay by Fisher...
Just Saying No: Julia Bryan-Wilson on the Museum of Non Participation
IT'S APRIL 19, four days after the Boston Marathon bombings, and I'm on my way from the Minneapolis airport to my hotel. As the radio broadcasts news of the search for the Tsarnaev brothers, my taxi driver comments on the ironies of the phrase criminal...
Jutta Koether
ARNOLFINI/CAMPOLI PRESTI "Seasons and Sacraments," Jutta Koether's first large-scale show in the UK, presented at the Arnolfini, brought together three groups of work inspired by Nicolas Poussin: Embrace, 2012, a freestanding, three-part canvas...
Katja Mater
MARTIN VAN ZOMEREN From the very start or her career less than a decade ago, Katja Mater has ventured further and further into the borderlands of photography. For her latest show, "Interior A-J," she constructed a wooden "room" inside the gallery...
Leung Chi Wo
2P CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY What do you Sec when you look at images from the past? This question hovers over Bright Light Has Much the Same Effect as Ice, a body of work produced as a single installation by Leung Chi Wo for the 2012 Guangzhou Triennial...
"L'exigence De la Saudade"
KADIST ART FOUNDATION Halfway up one of Montmartre's many slopes is a quiet courtyard--flanked by old peeling walls, in one of which there is a gap, revealing a sprouting plant--where a single glass door leads to the Kadist Art Foundation. This...
Limits of Control
FELICITY SCOTT ON RAIN ROOM AND IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS "DON'T RUN!" exclaimed a Museum of Modern Art press rep, as a young woman who had entered the field of falling water in Rain Room, 2012, began to take flight and was promptly soaked. Other visitors...
Loredana Di Lillo
CARDI BLACK BOX A black shape, beached like a stranded whale, was the starting point of this exhibition. Two long, defenseless Mickey Mouse arms emerged from the large, boxy form that constituted the body's central element. According to a text by...
Lynda Benglis
Locks Gallery "Lynda Benglis: Everything Flows (1980-2013)" encouraged viewers to think of the artist's imposing metalized pleat pieces and intimately scaled ceramic sculptures as closely related bodies of work, despite their significant formal...
Manfred Kuttner
VILLA MERKEL Though Manfred Kuttner's blend of Pop art and abstraction still feels relevant today, it is a fifty-year-old product of the German economic miracle. After studying in Dresden in the 1950s, Kuttner fled the GDR for Dusseldorf, where...
Maria Petschnig
ON STELLAR RAYS Is voyeurism ever nostalgic? Do Peeping Toms yearn for simpler times? Vasistas (all works 2013), the first of two videos in Maria Petschnig's solo exhibition "Petschnigs'," certainly raises the possibility. Not so long ago, the privileged...
Mark Aerial Waller
Mark Aerial Waller is an artist based in London. His practice, which encompasses video, sculpture, and constructed situations, engages a spectrum of subjects and subjectivities ranging from the biochemical mechanisms that shape our social interactions...
Mathew Hale
RATIO 3 In 1974, while Brian Eno was producing the album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), he and artist Peter Schmidt devised "Oblique Strategies," a set of aphorisms printed on a deck of cards and intended as a resource to guide one's working...
Now You See It
CLAIRE BISHOP ON THE LITHUANIA/CYPRUS PAVILION DEPENDING ON WHOM YOU SPEAK TO, the Lithuania/Cyprus pavilion is either an unforgettably atmospheric nonpavilion that sets new standards for post-national, site-specific representation in Venice, or...
Ornament and Clime: Jan Tumlir on Jorge Pardo's Tecoh
ACCORDING TO JORGE PARDO, to be an interesting artist, you really have to understand your relation to other forms of production." In other words, art's others need not be its antitheses; artworks should not derive their meaning or value from opposition...
Paulina Olowska
KUNSTHALLE BASEL STYLE NEVER REALLY GOES OUT OF STYLE. Paulina Olowska knows this. She also knows resin rection--its rules and its rust--which she uses as a speculative tool, invoking a litany of historical, elegant forebears, mostly women (finally...
Pauline Bastard
GALERIE EVA HOBER Many Conceptual artists, such as John Baldessari, who employed sign painters found in the telephone book, have let their fingers do the walking. Pauline Bastard, however, brought new meaning to that yellow-pages slogan with her...
Paz Errazuriz
ESPACIO MINIMO The exhibition "Cuerpos" (Bodies) brought together two series of Paz Errazuriz's photographs--"Tango," 1986, and "Cuerpos," 2002--with a nine-minute video piece, El sacrificio, 1989-2001, the only work she has produced in that medium...
Peter Roehr
OSMOS ADDRESS TURN WASTE GASOLINE INTO EXTRA MILEAGE. Fitting somewhere between a World War II pro-rationing slogan and ad copy for a fuel-efficient car, this saying appears over and over in Peter Roehr's Film-Montagen I-III 1965, a series of twenty-two...
Pierre-Olivier Arnaud
SKOPIA/MUSEE D'ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN Close-up photographs of lush blossoms--flowers at their most seductive--were a highlight of Pierre-Olivier Arnaud's recent show at Skopia. And yet this seductiveness seemed to come at us from a distance,...
Post Factum: Carol Armstrong on Carlito Carvalhosa's Waiting Room
AT FIRST GLANCE, it looked as if something terrible had happened: an environmental disaster, a result of global discombobulation. As if a whole forest of trees had been uprooted by the force of winds and dropped pell-mell into the newly renovated building,...
Predicaments of Culture
UNDER THE RUBRIC "The Encyclopedic Palace," curator Massimiliano Gioni has proposed a tantalizing vision for the Venice Biennale: Forsaking the field of art as the locus and playground of commerce, financial speculation, and inflated economic value.,...
River's Edge
GUY NORDENSON AND CATHERINE SEAVITT ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND RISK ASSESSMENT RESIDUAL RISK I like men who have known the best and the worst, whose life has been anything but a smooth trip. Storms have battered them, they have lain, sometimes...
Robert Zakanitch
NANCY HOFFMAN GALLERY A founding member of the P&D (Pattern and Decoration) movement of the 1970s, Robert Zakanitch made a series called "Hanging Gardens," 2011--, for this exhibition, producing ten paintings in gouache on paper in the same...
Second Nature
PAUL GALVEZ TALKS WITH MICHEL SERRES MICHEL SERRES is one of the most important philosophers of recent decades--and yet he remains little known to the English-speaking world. This may be partly because he is as much an aesthetic voice as he is an...
Shirley Goldfarb
LORETTA-HOWARD GALLERY My first memory of Shirley Goldfarb is as a model at the Art Students League summer school in Woodstock, New York. It was 1951 and I was sixteen. She had Louise Brooks--like black bangs and an exophthalmic gaze (a source of...
Simon Hantai
CENTRE POMPIDOU SIMON HANTAI IS OFTEN PRESENTED as Europe's answer to Jackson Pollock: The Hungarian-born French painter was among the first on the Continent to notice and take seriously Pollock's painting, and the abstract canvases he produced...
Studio Revisit: Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample on the Krabbesholm Studios
In this era of the unprecedented intersection of art, architecture, and design, cultural institutions are often on the front lines of exchange between these fields, whether operating as incubators for new forms of hybridized production or as the last...
Swamp Thing
DAVID FRANKEL ON WILLIE DOHERTY'S SECRETION, 2012 THE WORLD OF WILLIE DOHERTY'S Secretion, 2012, is entropic and still, a place where little moves. Set up visually as a sequence of views of woods, waters, and a deserted house, the video might perhaps...
The Building After
JULIAN ROSE TALKS WITH TOY0 ITO RENOWNED ARCHITECT TOYO ITO, winner of this year's Pritzker Prize, has spent his career exploring the subtle yet vital connections between the physical and ephemeral qualities of space. If his early designs were marked...
The Entropic Encyclopedia
WHEN THE GERMAN PSYCHIATRIST Hans Prinzhorn published his Bildnerei der Geisteskranken, or Artistry of the Mentally Ill, in 1922, the ethics of his project were undoubtedly progressive: In light of Freud's new theories, he sought to communicate to...
The Whole Earth Is Heavy
In the beginning there was no earth, no water--nothing. There was a single hill called Nunne Chaha. In the beginning everything was dead. In the beginning there was nothing; nothing at all. No light, no life, no movement, no breath. In the beginning...
Thomas Demand
GRAHAM FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN THE FINE ARTS Thomas Demand first encountered John Lautner's fragile, rarely seen cardboard maquettes in 2010 as a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute. His subsequent photographs of the California...
Tony Feher
DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM In the early 1990s, Tony Feher became known, along with contemporaries such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Gabriel Orozco, for rearranging common materials into poetic configurations. Extending the tradition of...
Tracey Emin
LEHMANN MAUPIN Anyone interested in a quick synopsis of the strangely conflicted position occupied by Tracey Emin these days need look no further than the artist's biography on the website of London's Royal Academy of Arts. Now nearly a quarter...
Two Antithetical Archives Caught in a Cruel Dialectic
A PROJECT BY NILS NORMAN LONDON-BASED ARTIST NILS NORMAN has long challenged both the confines of artistic production and the pitfalls of urban planning. To this end, he has methodically catalogued two types of spatial engineering: the child's playground,...
Unmoored Future
HENRIETTE HULDISCH ON ROSA BARBA'S OUTWARDLY FROM EARTH'S CENTER (2007) IN ROSA BARBAS enigmatic twenty-two-minute film Outwardly from. Earth's Center (2007), the inhabitants of a remote Swedish island in the Baltic Sea attempt to halt their home's...
Unsustainable Design
"'NOTHING BETTER than a touch of ecology and catastrophe to unite, to unite the social classes--except perhaps a witch-hunt.' I think that's exactly where we start. Why don't you take that line ..." a woman suggests to her companion. He then begins...
Weather Channel
INA BLOM ON FRANK GILLETTE'S SYMPTOMATIC SYNTAX, 1981, AND PAUL RYAN'S EARTHSCORE NOTATIONAL SYSTEM, 1971- THE ONLY INSTANTLY RECOGNIZABLE thing is water. It must be water, unless it is some other translucent fluid that catches the light and puts...
William Powhida
CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY In recent years, Brooklyn-based artist William Powhida has garnered a reputation as a gadfly caricaturist with his drawings that diagram, in paranoiac detail, the art world as a socially, politically, and economically dysfunctional...
World of Interiors
CURATOR MASSIMILIANO GIONI'S choice of Il palazzo enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) as the lodestar for his Biennale exhibition is beguiling and provocative in equal measure. As conceived by Marino Auriti, a self-taught, first-generation Italian-American...
Zak Kitnick
CLIFTON BENEVENTO Those for whom the term feng shui connotes a Chinese technique seized upon by Western interior designers in the 1990s and quickly bastardized and rebranded under the New Age aegis may have suffered some alarm at the prospect of...
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