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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, October

Alice Aycock
NEW YORK/WATER MILL, NY GREY ART GALLERY/PARRISH ART MUSEUM Alice Aycock's eleven drawings for Project Entitled "The Beginnings of a Complex ..." (For Documenta), 1977, marked a subtle yet profound shift in her art. A series of architectural...
Ange Leccia
VITRY-SUR-SEINE, FRANCE MUSEE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DU VAL-DE-MANE A "musical that's shown on several different screens as part of a larger installation": This is how Ange Leccia describes Logical Song, 2013, a work consisting of twelve videos projected...
Anne Imhof
ANNE IMHOF'S first institutional solo exhibition, "Parade," opened in July at Frankfurt's Portikus with a performance of Aqua Leo, 1st of at least two, 2013. "Coded Conduct," a group show at Pilar Corrias in London, kicked off several months prior...
Artissima
MAIN SECTION 401, Berlin; A GENTIL CARIOCA, Rio de Janeiro; APALAZZO, Brescia; AFA, Santiago; AIKE DELLARCO, Shanghai; AMT, Bratislava; ANALIX FOREVER, Geneva; CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, Copenhagen; ANDERSEN'S, Copenhagen; PAUL ANDRIESSE, Amsterdam; ANNEX14,...
Barbara Bloom
JEWISH MUSEUM This past spring, Barbara Bloom reimagined the installation of five galleries at the Jewish Museum in New York, crafting a suave, literary exhibition that set objects from the institution's holdings in dialogue with her own words and...
Barry le Va
LOS ANGELES MARC SELWYN FINE ART Although best known for his sprawling sculptural investigations, Barry Le Va has consistently made works on paper throughout his varied career. During the 1960s and '70s, these usually took the form of plans for...
Bernadette Mayer: Bernadette Mayer Has Been a Key Figure on the New York Poetry Scene for Decades. She Is the Author of More Than Two Dozen Volumes of Poetry. Her Most Recent Book, the Helens of Troy, NY, Was Published by New Directions This Past Spring. She Lives in Upstate New York
1 MICHAEL RUBY, CLOSE YOUR EYES (DUSIE, 2013) A poet gives us his descriptions of some hypnagogic visions. The constraint is that what he sees is the world. This world becomes different colors and can be full of dragonflies, roses, ice cream, spiderwebs,...
Brent Wadden
BERLIN PERES PROJECTS Working on a back-strap loom, this young Canadian artist intertwines acrylic yarns with hand-spun wools that he then stitches together and finally mounts on raw canvas. The large-scale works that result are more than simply...
Brion Nuda Rosch
ACME For an artist who recently shipped, to Toves Galleri in Copenhagen, not finished pieces but studio documentation of his sculptures together with instructions for their re-creation, Brion Nuda Rosch's show at ACME settled surprisingly close...
Charlie Roberts
COPENHAGEN DAVID RISLEY GALLERY Charlie Roberts may be a native of Kansas who studied in Vancouver and lives in Oslo, but his work makes me think more of Leipzig than of anywhere else. Maybe that's just to say that his art thrives not on his...
Conservation at a Crossroads
ROSS LIPMAN ON THE RESTORATION OFA FILM BY BRUCE CONNER IN 1996, I was working at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California. Although I was the cataloguer, Edith Kramer, the PFA's director at the time, knew I had a background in film printing...
Corey McCorkle
MACCARONE "There's a video of a blind horse named Zachary; it goes with the crevice piece." Such was the entirety of the information provided by the attendant on my visit to Corey McCorkle's recent exhibition at Maccarone; there was nothing in printed...
Cornelia Parker
LONDON FRITH STREET GALLERY Despite its ostensibly humble, idiosyncratic materials and elegant post-Minimalist aesthetic, Cornelia Parker's work is often infused with a frisson of danger, the aura of celebrity, or the lure of the spectacle. All...
Dangerous Liaisons: JAMES QUANDT ON ALAIN GUIRAUDIE'S STRANGER BY THE LAKE
"WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE ARCHITECTURE," Claude Chabrol once claimed. "You can't actually see it in a film, but it is there. It is abstract but you must have it." Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake imposes an architecture, more obvious than abstract,...
Dark Mirrors
HUEY COPELAND ON THEASTER GATES AND EBONY SINCE THE MIDDLE OF THE LAST CENTURY, the magazines produced by the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company--most famously Ebony and Jet--have visualized models of black aspiration and bourgeois achievement....
"Data Curation"
SEOUL MUSEUM OF ART, SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Back when Nam June Paik devised the video synthesizer--which allowed him to cut, paste, and mix video images--he declared, "As collage techniques replaced oil paint, the cathode ray tube will replace...
David Kakabadze
TBILISI, GEORGIA GEORGIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM DMITRI SHEVARDNADZE NATIONAL GALLERY Following World War I, the Georgian avant-gardist, theoretician, and inventor David Kakabadze (1889-1952) was one of the first among a group of artists to position...
"De l'Allemagne, 1800-1939"
MUSEE DU LOUVRE, PARIS IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME since an exhibition has provoked the kind of intense debates that greeted the Musee du Louvre's "De l'Allemagne, 1800-1939: German Thought and Painting, from Friedrich to Beckmann." All the ambition...
Edy Ferguson
ATHENS BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERY In "Conspiracy Theory," Edy Ferguson treated the white cube like one of her paintings, which she produces initially from sketches made from images she has cut into squares and reassembled into compositional assemblages...
Eliot Porter
PAULA COOPER GALLERY Eliot Porter was eleven years old when his parents gave him a box camera for Christmas. In the woods behind his house in Illinois, what most fascinated his boyhood imagination were weeds, wildflowers, insects, and birds. Starting...
Endless Love: MELISSA ANDERSON ON ABDELLATIF KECHICHE'S BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
A HIGH-WATER MARK in cinematic lesberation or, as a New York Times headline put it, a "slutty impostor"? Examining the reception of Abdellatif Kechiche's fifth feature, Blue Is the Warmest Color--a sexually explicit but often fatuous tale of a sapphic...
"Everything Loose Will Land"
MAK CENTER FOR ART AND ARCHITECTURE AT THE SCHINDLER HOUSE "Everything Loose Will Land," curated by architectural historian Sylvia Lavin at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, was among the most compelling exhibitions in the 2013 series sponsored...
Faig Ahmed
LEILA HELLER GALLERY Set along the Caspian Sea between Russia and Iran, present-day Azerbaijan is heir to a long and storied history. Scholars have speculated that the country's southern forests are the site of the biblical Garden of Eden, while...
Felix Schramm
DUSSELDORF GALERIE MAX MAYER To encounter the new work of Felix Schramm is to go down the rabbit hole. His latest exhibition, "Accumulation," consisted of three sculptures and a number of photocollages, all of which destabilize the relationship...
For Many
FOR MANY, Paul McCarthy's WS, 2013, seems to have said too much. Routinely described as disturbing, oversize, and overwhelming, the eight-thousand-square-foot film set/sculpture featured walls of multichannel projections culled from more than 350 hours...
Francis Cape
MURRAY GUY A bench is a minimal form. A plank supported by two legs (or in some instances by four), maybe braced with crosspieces, a bench is hard and narrow, typically backless, conducive to sitting upright. Comparatively easy to build and a leveler...
Frieze Art Fair
London Regent's Park 17-20 October 2013 Tickets available only in advance friezelondon.com Participating Galleries 303 Gallery, New York Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid Helga de Alvear, Madrid The Approach, London Laura Bartlett, London...
Gelatin
VIENNA 21ER HAUS Once again, Austria's leading art collective created a piece as magical as it was precise. Having come of age in the era of punk, gelatin (or Gelatin or, sometimes, gelitin)--Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither, and...
Giorgio Morandi
CENTRE FOR FINE ARTS, BRUSSELS GIORGIO MORANDI was a legendary homebody, sticking close to his studio in Bologna most of the time and summering less than an hour's drive away in the rustic village of Grizzana (renamed Grizzana Morandi some twenty...
"Glory Hole"
ANTWERP, BELGIUM LLS 387 RUIMTE VOOR ACTUELE KUNST As a critic, I am normally hesitant to use such words as memorable or exceptional, but when I visited the alternative art venue LLS 387 Ruimte voor Actuele Kunst to see the exhibition "Glory...
I Had a Strange Reaction
I HAD A STRANGE REACTION to Paul McCarthy's biggest work yet, WS, 2013, which occupied the entire main-floor space at the Park Avenue Armory in New York this summer past. It was, "Get me out of here!" I could easily avert my eyes from the giant,...
Insecurity Systems: Finn Brunton on Shodan
THE WORLD MADE AVAILABLE BY SHODAN -- the idiosyncratic domain of the networked machines with which we are saturating our environment--is at once familiar and deeply strange. A search engine for devices, Shodan makes it possible to find and potentially...
I Remember Ralston
J. HOBERMAN ON THE ART OF RALSTON FARINA He called his work "Zeitkunst" (Time Art), directing it not to the audience's perception but to their memory of what was perceived. --David Polonoff, "The Nether World's a Stage," East Village Eye All...
Jennie C. Jones
WASHINGTON, DC HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Jennie C. Jones makes abstract work using paint, sound, and audio equipment such as acoustic panels and bass traps. Her multimedia exhibition "Directions: Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance"...
Jimmy DeSana
SALON 94 At once anonymous and familiar, the figures populating Jimmy DeSana's performative photographs are stripped of identity, their faces either cropped out of the frame, turned away from the camera, or obscured by objects both commonplace (gauze,...
Joelle De la Casiniere
PARIS GB AGENCY For Joelle de La Casiniere's first exhibition in the French capital since the early 1980s, thirty-five "tablotins"--the nomadic artist's term for her small-scale image-and-text-infused single-sheet collages that make up the pages...
John Akomfrah: Talks about the Unfinished Conversation, 2012
FEW ARTISTS WORKING TODAY share the depth of John Akomfrah's understanding of African diasporic culture, particularly its complex entanglements with the shifting course of global politics, postcolonial experience, and the seductive structures of popular...
Judith Schaechter
CLAIRE OLIVER GALLERY Judith Schaechter's The Battle of Carnival and Lent, 2011-12, was first installed at the historical Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia together with sixteen related works of stained glass. These glass pieces remained...
Julio Grinblatt
MINUS SPACE In Fluxus event scores, the interpretive freedom invited by a brief and sometimes enigmatic textual composition encourages unexpected outcomes in the work's performance. For example, how does one execute George Brecht's Word Event *...
Katherine Bradford
BRUNSWICK, ME BOWDOIN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART New York--and Maine-based painter Katherine Bradford has been active since the 1970s, yet her ambiguously narrative, color-saturated paintings have recently assumed newfound relevance in the context...
Ken Price
THE DRAWING CENTER/METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK AN ICONIC KEN PRICE SCULPTURE finds its way into a pool in his 1968 collage Floating Turtle Cup; sketched onto a found photograph of a naked woman wearing a tiara, it seems to be swimming by...
Lari Pittman
SAINT LOUIS CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS "A Decorated Chronology," curated by Kelly Shindler at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, was a welcome (if modest) survey of works by the illustrious and prolific painter Lari Pittman. The show...
Mac Adams
ELIZABETH DEE To begin his essay published for Mac Adams's exhibition this past summer, critic David Campany catalogues the many allusions to be found in the photographer's work: "detective stories and news reportage, crime scenes and film noir,...
Maria Nordman
KONRAD FISCHER GALERIE Maria Nordman's first solo exhibition in Berlin consisted entirely of works that she made in the 1970s and '80s but which are dated as if extending toward a perpetual present moment, as is always the case in her production....
Martial Raysse
LUXEMBOURG & DAYAN Well remembered as one of the nine signers of the 1960 Nouveau Realisme manifesto, Martial Raysse spent a good portion of the 1960s in New York City during the salad days of Pop art. His familiarity with the movement is echoed...
Meredith Danluck
LESLIE | FRITZ In Good News/Bad News (all works 2013), a two-channel video by Meredith Danluck, fifteen actors answer a telephone. The first channel, projected on one wall, shows the performers reacting to good news, while the second channel, projected...
Mike Kelley
DETROIT MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead, 2010-, opened to the public in its permanent location in midtown Detroit this past May, a little more than a year after the artist's untimely death. The edifice, a full-scale...
New York
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART 11 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212 708 9400 Web: www.moma.org Until Nov 3 Soundings: A Contemporary Score Until Dec 1 Cut 'n' Paste: From Architecture to Collage City Until Jan 6, 2014 New Photography...
Nicola Martini
MILAN KAUFMANN REPETTO Nicola Martini's exhibition "Sippe," whose title is a German word meaning "tribe," "clan," or "kin," brought to mind the facades of houses in centuries-old Italian villages, their outer walls plastered with water-based...
Nilbar Gures
GALERIE MARTIN JANDA Blood trickles from a potted plant into a puddle of water lapping at a blow-dryer. A magician's hat floats above the dryer's electrical cord, from which razor blades, revolvers, and a bottle of poison rise into the air. Farther...
Otto Muhl Was Called Many Things in His Life
OTTO MUHL WAS CALLED MANY THINGS IN HIS LIFE, but never a prophet. Yet his first manifesto, "The Blood Organ: The M-Apparatus," written in 1962 when Muhl was in his late thirties, proved curiously farsighted, for he characterized himself as a synthesis...
Pardon My French
THIERRY DE DUVE ON THE INVENTION OF ART THIS YEAR, the 1913 Armory Show turns one hundred. That watershed exhibition--together with the emergence of the readymade--has long been seen as a pivotal moment in modernism's relentlessly revolutionary...
Patricia Esquivias
VIGO, SPAIN MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA DE VIGO Patricia Esquivias has an unquestionably international background. Born in Caracas in 1979 to a Spanish father and a Peruvian mother, she studied in the UK and the US and subsequently divided her...
Philip Akkerman/Maria Chevska
MUMMERY + SCHNELLE Despite all the new modes of artmaking that have come into play since the 1960s, the everyday work of most painters still remains much the same as it has been for centuries. Or at least that seemed to be the premise for this pairing...
Philip Taaffe
LUHRING AUGUSTINE I've liked Philip Taaffe's work since I first saw it, in the early to mid-1980s, but I've also been puzzled by its reception--by its considerable success and reputation. That puzzle was pointed up for me this summer, when this...
Piotr Uklanski
KARMA Over the past decade, Piotr Uklanski has amassed a vast archive of photographs of porn actors who strongly resemble famous contemporary personalities. These Pornalikes, 2002-, are readymades--taken from lowbrow "men's magazines" such as Loaded...
Ruled Out: Claire Bishop on the Manchester International Festival
SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2007, the Manchester International Festival has leaned heavily on curator Hans Ulrich Obrist for advice on the portion of its programming devoted to visual art, which the biennial always features alongside big-name acts from...
Sheila Hicks
ALISON JACQUES GALLERY Visiting Paris-based artist Sheila Hicks's first solo show in the UK, "Pecher dans la Riviere" (Fishing in the River), was like entering a seductive subterranean realm. In the titular installation, 1989-2013, some thirteen...
Stefan Panhans
HAMBURG/BERLIN DOROTHEA SCHLUETER/FELDBUSCHWIESNER GALLERY Stefan Panhans's art has been very present of late, with two overlapping shows as well as a public work: In Hamburg, the exhibition "The Long Goodbye (Pre-Afterwork-Ok-Clubset") took...
Taylor Mead 1924-2013
"ASK ME SOME MORE QUESTIONS:" Long a great fan of underground legend Taylor Mead, I finally got a chance to meet the actor, poet, filmmaker, and amiable longtime fixture of New York's Lower East Side in November 2008. I attended one of his Monday evening...
The Absent Object
JEFFREY WEISS ON ERIN SHIRREFF'S MEDARDO ROSSO, MADAME X, 1896, 2013 IN "WHY SCULPTURE IS BORING" (1846), Charles Baudelaire seeks to diagnose the modern condition of the sculptural object. His chief claim, however, concerns the elementary nature...
Time after Time: Matthew Higgs on the January 1983 Issue of Artforum
In this new column, artists, critics, and curators single out past issues from Artforum's archives and explore their resonance, then and now. I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS a copy of the January 1983 issue of Artforum at New York's Twenty-Fifth Street flea...
Trusted Sources
A PROJECT BY HASSAN KHAN The sources I am referring to here are several things at once. The reasons they are trusted also vary. On the one hand, these are the sources of the work. And that could be almost anything: the way you dash across the road,...
Urs Fischer
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES IN THEIR 2008 BOOK As a Weasel Sucks Eggs, Daniel Birnbaum and Anders Olsson categorize artists according to their dietary habits. There are the Kafkaesque hunger artists who scrupulously monitor their intake,...
With the Death of Otto Muhl
WITH THE DEATH OF OTTO MUHL, the legendary life of the artist comes to its completion. Otto freed himself from a kind of "cubistic" compulsiveness through psychoanalysis. Obtrusive cleanliness and an overly obsessive neurotic conformism made him...
Wu Tsang
MICHAEL BENEVENTO "I've done research," says Wu Tsang in Mishima in Mexico, 2012, the centerpiece of his recent solo show at Michael Benevento. "I made mood boards." Over the video's fourteen minutes, Tsang and artist Alexandro Segade wrestle themselves...
Yuki Katsura
TOKYO MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO Yuki Katsura (1913-1991) was a female pioneer of the avant-garde whose prolific career encompassed the diverse fields of painting, collage, book design, and illustration, as well as writing essays and travelogues....
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