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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 3, November

Abraham Palatnik
ANITA SCHWARTZ GALERIA DE ARTE To stand "before a painting without emptying the idea of sculpture": This is the crux of Abraham Palatnik's work as described by Felipe Scovino in the forthcoming catalogue for the artist's recent exhibition in Rio....
"Abstrakt"
GALERIE MICHAEL HAAS/CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS Abstract painting, Bridget Riley wrote in 1983, "is still relatively in its infancy. If Mondrian was the Giotto of Abstract Painting, the High Renaissance is still to come." Riley was one of the participants...
Age of Incidents
BOB NICKAS ON THE SEPTEMBER 1969 ISSUE OF ARTFORUM MY LUNCH PERIODS IN JUNIOR HIGH were rarely spent in the cafeteria or out on the playground. The quiet library was the preferred destination (along with the reedy woods behind the football field,...
Alan Charlton
HOLGER PRIESS * GALERIE Alan Charlton describes his work with characteristic understatement: "I am an artist who makes a gray painting"--a declaration that seems just as minimal as the paintings themselves. And since 1970, true to his word, this...
Alexis Smith
HONOR FRASER GALLERY Art history has had a difficult time knowing what to do with the work of Alexis Smith. Her thingly object collages have long been awkwardly characterized as belonging to a strain of witty, narrative Conceptualism associated...
"Arte De Sistemas"
ESPACIO DE ARTE-FUNDACION OSDE The elephant in the room at Espacio de Arte-Fundacion OSDE this past summer was diminutive, almost invisible: a photocopy of a telegram, nestled in a vitrine filled with ephemera from the 1977 Sao Paulo Bienal. The...
"Barbed Floss"
THE GUILD Say "Indian Partition" and most people first think of the Punjab. But there was once an East Pakistan, which, after a protracted struggle for independence, in 1971 became Bangladesh. This double layer of bloody territorial division was...
Ben Rivers and Ben Russell
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS is the love child of two quite different film-makers--one British, one American--who have come to prominence in recent years in the experimental-film world for idiosyncratic bodies of work, which, while stylistically...
Building Complex
THIS PAST MAY, the New York City Department of Buildings issued work permit number 220288230-01-EW-OT to Thomas Hirschhorn's Gramsci Monument. The project, located in the central courtyard of the Forest Houses, a New York City Housing Authority--administered...
Charline Von Heyl
PETZEL GALLERY A painter's painter if ever there was one, Charline von Heyl has said so many strange and beautiful things about what it means to look at a work of art that standing in front of her own pictures can feel like a good challenge or a...
Daniel Subkoff
JAMES FUENTES What unifies the work in Daniel Subkoff's solo debut is an interest in physical deconstruction, in stripping the familiar painterly format back to its bare bones and observing what has been laid bare. This is hardly an original focus--the...
Dante Knorr
KAYNE GRIFFIN CORCORAN Daniel Knorr's Los Angeles debut was so conceptually tidy and neatly packaged as to seem pat, yet it opened onto divergent readings. The show's fourteen brightly colored, polyurethane wall reliefs, titled "Depression Elevations,"...
Diogo Pimentao
GALERIE YVON LAMBERT Since the early 2000s, Diogo Pimentao has been obsessively questioning the conventions and possibilities of drawing. Paper and graphite are the raw materials par excellence through which this London-based Portuguese artist explores...
Don't Shoot the Messenger
IN THE SECOND IN A SERIES of new essays on the avant-garde for Artforum, historian and philosopher THIERRY DE DUVE picks up where he left off last month--contemplating the reception of Marcel Duchamp's iconic readymade Fountain upon its first appearance,...
Ericka Beckman
KUNSTHALLE BERN During the 1970s, while in graduate school at CalArts, Ericka Beckman met several other artists who would become prominent figures of her generation--Mike Kelley, Matt Mullican, James Welling, and James Casebere among them. These...
Erika Vogt
NEW MUSEUM At the New Museum this past summer, Erika Vogt presented Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll, 2013, a project at once austere and enigmatic. Related to her 2012 installations The Engraved Plane and Grounds and Airs, shown last year at Simone...
Erol Akyavas
ISTANBUL MODERN Every city has its idiosyncrasies but some have more, and the complexities of Istanbul have been expressed clearly enough by the ongoing Gezi Park resistance. Employing peaceful forms of protest, the Gezi resistance has no leaders,...
Eva Kot'atkova
WHERE DOES THE SPACE of the human body begin and end? How do subjects position themselves against oppressive cultural norms? Fundamental questions of this kind have defined much philosophical and political thought, from Plato to Marx--but they are...
Eyes Wide Shut
J. HOBERMAN ON SOPHIE FIENNES'S PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY WHEN ANALYZING MOVIES, Slavoj Zizek generally employs the term ideology in the vulgar Marxist sense of a comforting falsehood and uses pervert to mean one who is a counterintuitive thinker....
Haegue Yang
AUBETTE 1928/MUSEE D'ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN STRASBOURG An unusually close observer of mundane objects, Haegue Yang throws into relief the warp and woof of their form and function, sometimes even weaving in a sort of cognitive Walden Pond by...
Jane and Louise Wilson
303 GALLERY A yardstick lies beneath a desk in a destroyed schoolroom. Windows are blown out, notebooks are scattered, and rubble streams among the desks as though deposited by a glacier. The ceiling is pockmarked, the walls are crumbling, and paint...
Joyce Pensato
SANTA MONICA MUSEUM OF ART Joyce Pensato's alliances with her cartoon subjects--icons such as Mickey, Batman, Felix the Cat, and Homer Simpson--recall the different stages we experience in our real-life relations with friends and romantic partners....
Juan Downey
MUSEO TAMAYO ARTE CONTEMPORANEO By no means a mere retrospective, "Juan Downey: Una Utopia de la Comunicacion" (Juan Downey: A Communications Utopia) was structured around a specific agenda: cybernetics. This well-researched and elegantly installed...
"La Pousstere De Soleils"
REAL FINE ARTS Borrowing its title, which translates as "the dust of suns," from a 1926 play by Raymond Roussel, the influential beau ideal of the Surrealists, Olivia Shao's curatorial venture at Real Fine Arts this past summer was a tone poem on...
"Les Aventures De la Verite"
FONDATION MAEGHT The once nouveau philosophe Bernard-Henri Levy is not only the curator of "Les Aventures de la verite: Peinture et philosophie: un recit (The Adventures of Truth: Painting and Philosophy: A Narrative) but also one of its artists,...
Leslie Hewitt
SIKKEMA JENKINS & CO. Leslie Hewitt's artwork has remained admirably consistent since she began exhibiting around a decade ago, still strongly exuding intelligence and revealing the artist's knack for mining the aesthetic possibilities of a...
Linder
Linder Sterling is currently an artist-in-residence at Tate St. Ives, UK. The founder of the post-punk group Ludus, she is also known for her prolific collage work, which is featured on the iconic cover of the Buzzcocks' 1977 single "Orgasm Addict,"...
Martha Jungwirth
GALERIE CINZIA FRIEDLAENDER Although Martha Jungwirth received considerable notice early in her artistic career, cofounding the Viennese collective Wirklichkeiten (Realities) in 1968, teaching at the Hochschule far angewandte Kunst, Vienna, from...
Mary Mattingly
ROBERT MANN GALLERY Flock, 2012, the first of fifteen photographs in Mary Mattingly's exhibition "House and Universe," shows two geodesic domes set atop a raft adrift in the ocean. Like Mattingly's Waterpod Project, 2009, and her current Triple...
Matthew Day Jackson
Hauser & Wirth There's so much to admire in Matthew Day Jackson's practice--virtuoso technique in the service of a wide-ranging imagination, richly appealing and evocative production across a range of media, and a meticulous attention to formal...
Max Hooper Schneider
FEDERICO VAVASSORI Melding the terrestrial and the surreal, the scientific and the phantasmagoric, the works of American artist Max Hooper Schneider borrow language from the fields of biology and quantum mechanics as much as they do from art history....
McArthur Binion
KAVI GUPTA To see "Ghost: Rhythms," Chicago-based artist McArthur Binion's first solo exhibition at Kavi Gupta, was to be let in on a secret. From a distance, the rarely seen abstractions on unstretched canvas and aluminum from the artist's early...
Mephisto Waltz
JAMES QUANDT ON ALEXANDER SOKUROV'S FAUST "IT WILL BE A VERY COLORFUL, elegant picture with a lot of Strauss music," predicted Russian director Alexander Sokurov in 2005, envisaging his long-nurtured version of Goethe's Faust: "There won't be any...
Nikhil Chopra
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, WHITWORTH ART GALLERY On the construction site of the Whitworth's new wing to be devoted to landscape art, Nikhil Chopra performed Coal on Cotton, 2013, as part of the Manchester International Festival. Known for creating...
"Notes on Neo-Camp"
STUDIO VOLTAIRE Several of the works in the front room of "Notes on Neo-Camp," curated by Chris Sharp, seemed to exemplify the ascendance of a newly contextualized, networked figuration in sculpture. The impassioned referentiality of the assemblage...
Oscar De Las Flores
MULHERIN + POLLARD In 1989, historian John McClelland described Edward Gibbon's cool disdain for mobs. Gibbon, wrote McClelland, felt crowds should be regarded with "enlightened patrician contempt." Oscar de Las Flores does not precisely share this...
Peter Fischli and David Weiss
GLENSTONE This gorgeously curated overview-cum-retrospective of the polymor-phously parodic work of Peter Fischli and David Weiss further benefits from the compelling amalgam of sophistication and bucolic splendor that is Glenstone--the private...
Phil Collins
TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY In 1998, an influential article in the Harvard Business Review introduced the phrase "experience economy"; in the years since, billing a product or service as an "event" of "memorable" or "transformative" effect has become...
"Punk: Chaos to Couture"
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART I basically have no real relationship with punk because (a) I was too young for its initial moment of truth, and (b) it's so not my style. I remember buying those albums from the alternative record store when I was in...
"Purkinje Effect"
GALERIE 1900-2000 Organized by artist Laurent Grasso, "Purkinje Effect" took the idea of "dark adaptation" in color perception and used it as a curatorial conceit. The Purkinje effect refers to the way in which the eye's relative receptivity to...
Rolf Julius
CORTEX ATHLETICO "Landscape" initially seemed a metaphorical or even ironic title for an exhibition of Rolf Julius (1939-2011), who is often pigeonholed as a sound artist and lumped with contemporaries such as John Cage, David Tudor, and Takehisa...
Same Differance
TINA DI CARLO ON "DECONSTRUCTIVIST ARCHITECTURE" IN NOVEMBER 1988, an obituary appeared in Texas Architect alongside a birth announcement: "DIED. Fred Postmodernist. BORN. Herman Deconstructivist." The cause for both: the exhibition "Deconstructivist...
Sarah Charlesworth
1947-2013 THE DOOR TO SARAH CHARLES WORTHS STUDIO--one large room in a modest, single-story office building on the leafy-green main street of Falls Village, Connecticut--is slightly ajar. I'm visiting for the first time since she died unexpectedly...
Scene of Production
RHEA ANASTAS ON ANDREA FRASER WITH HER 2003 PROJECT UNTITLED, Andrea Fraser throws us an archetype of sexual and cultural identity. More than in her other performances, Fraser here works without the protection of a research-based script, a surrogate...
Seeing Through
ON OCTOBER 25, a major retrospective of the work of CHRISTOPHER WOOL opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the artist's most comprehensive exhibition to date. But just last year. Wool completed a much quieter and more unusual project:...
Sergei Jensen
REGEN PROJECTS In the decade since his star turn in Yilmaz Dziewior's "Formalismus: Moderne Kunst, heute" (Formalism: Modern Art, Today) at the Kun-stverein Hamburg in 2004, Sergei Jensen has only consolidated his claim on post-Conceptual painting....
"She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World"
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS In the current sociopolitical climate, it is difficult to address aesthetic production emerging from the Arab world without incurring an often polarized response of benediction or ire. Formerly neglected and emerging voices from...
Smoke Screen
An identity is questioned only when it is menaced, as when the mighty begin to fall, or when the wretched begin to rise, or when the stranger enters the gates, never, thereafter, to be a stranger. ... Identity would seem to be the garment with...
"Soundings: A Contemporary Score"
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK THE ENCOUNTER between sound and listener is widely held to be uniquely ephemeral, ineluctably tied to real time and immediate presence. Yet long before anyone heard the first tone in "Soundings: A Contemporary Score,"...
Steve Locke
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART The main motif in Steve Locke's exhibition "There Is No One Left to Blame," curated by Helen Molesworth, was the male head, sticking out its tongue in a gesture that's half insouciant celebration and half angry fuck-you....
Structures of Everyday Life
FIVE YEARS AFTER THE COLOSSAL PAGEANTRY of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Chinese architecture continues to aim for awe. And if the spectacle of the games was accompanied, even enabled, by a showy physical reinvention of the nation's capital, that unprecedented...
Sturtevant
SERPENTINE GALLERY For her exhibition "Leaps Jumps and Bumps," Paris-based artist Sturtevant effectively turned the Serpentine Gallery into a conceptual obstacle course, one in which spectators could easily jump to conclusions about what they saw,...
Thomas Is a Trip
AT A CONFERENCE ON MULTICULTURALISM a long time ago and far, far away, the critic bell hooks declared, "Love will take you places you might not ordinarily go," and, indeed, it was Love that propelled Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn to locate his Gramsci...
Thomas Locher
SECESSION The Berlin-based turbo-Conceptualist Thomas Locher has explored the rules that govern language since the late 1980s. His credo: Art is a matter of the text. In his recent show "Homo Oeconomicus," Locher (always an advocate of strict order)...
Tim Hawkinson
PACE Looking at Tim Hawkinson's work over the years, I've sometimes thought of Francois Truffaut's famous book of interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, published first in 1967, then with an additive revision in 1984. Truffaut begins by asserting that...
Walter De Maria
1935-2013 MICHAEL HEIZER WALTER AND I MET IN NEW YORK CITY in 1966 or 1967 at his Howard Street studio. I was spray-painting industrial warehouses. A few artists called me to paint their lofts in what later was called SoHo. I think I sprayed...
William Scott
MCCAFFREY FINE ART To celebrate the centennial of William Scott's birth, McCaffrey Fine Art mounted a survey of twenty simply delineated, rather poignant later still lifes dating from between 1976 and 1986. The disarming expressiveness of these...
Wolfgang Betke
AUREL SCHEILER A belt sander is likely the most important piece of equipment in Wolfgang Betke's studio, allowing his works to develop, characteristically, through the repeated application and removal of paint. He grinds through or across swaths...
Worldly Goods
FEW MODERNISMS seem "later" than that of visionary Italian architect and designer CARLO SCARPA (1906-1978). In buildings, objects, and museum interiors that are as richly detailed as they are refined, as innovative as they are strange, Scarpa articulated...
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