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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 4, December

13th Istanbul Biennial
VARIOUS VENUES THE THIRTEENTH INSTALLMENT of the Istanbul Biennial, curated by Fulya Erdemci, marked a shift in tone. This was an uncompromising exhibition about a world in which our shared spheres of collective freedom are rapidly shrinking. Gone...
2013 California-Pacific Triennial
ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Curators of recurring contemporary survey exhibitions face a perpetual dilemma: How does one fend off biennial ennui? This was clearly the impetus for Dan Cameron's retooling of the Orange County Museum of Art's former...
43 Salon (Inter) Nacional De Artistas
VARIOUS VENUES Is there really a need for yet another international biennial? I wouldn't have thought so, but this exhibition, titled "SaberDesconocer" (To Know Not to Know), following no less than forty-two previous incarnations of the "national...
5th Auckland Triennial
VARIOUS VENUES For this edition of the Auckland Triennial, titled "If you were to live here ... ," the French-Chinese curator Hou Hanru, a veteran of the biennial/triennial circuit with more than a dozen such megashows under his belt--Venice, Shanghai,...
9th Mercosul Biennial
VARIOUS VENUES, PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL IN THE MIDST OF WORLD WAR I, as modern technology wreaked unprecedented destruction on the battlefields of Europe, a mathematician named Lewis Fry Richardson set out to solve the complex problem of predicting...
Aldo Tambellini
JAMES COHAN GALLERY Let's get the usual encomiums out of the way: "pioneering," "little known but influential," "long overdue recognition." The language accompanying the revival of interest in Aldo Tambellini is familiar enough, as are the rites....
Alvin Lucier
Composer Alvin Lucier is John Spencer Camp Professor Emeritus of Music at Wesleyan University. On December 10, Ensemble Pamplemousse will perform a new chamber work by Lucier at issue Project Room in New York. 1 SAVE THE TANK With the guidance and...
Amie Siegel
SIMON PRESTON GALLERY Provenance, 2013, Arnie Siegel's new video and the linchpin of her recent exhibition in New York, focuses on furniture pieces designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret for their utopian building project in the northwestern...
Amy Taubin
Amy Taubin is a contributing editor of Film Comment and Sight & Sound and the author of Taxi Driver (BFI, 2000). This year, Taubin served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival. 1 "JEAN-LUC GODARD: THE SPIRIT OF I THE FORMS"...
Arca
Arca is a New York--based producer. This past year, he worked with UK artist FKA Twigs on her release EP2 (Young Turks), lent additional production to Kanye West's Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella), and, with director Jesse Kanda, curated a multimedia show for...
Artie Vierkant
NEW GALERIE The black square, once the triumphant "zero degree" of modern form, is now a screen--a window screen, to be exact. For "US 6318569 B1, US 8118919 Bl; (Exploits)," his first solo exhibition in Paris, New Yorker Artie Vierkant secured...
Artur Lescnher
GALERIA NARA ROESLER Artur Lescher has been making three-dimensional work since the 1980s, during which time he has built a solid artistic career in Brazil. In his most recent solo show, "Pensamento pantografico" (Pantographic Thought), he presented...
Bergen Assembly
VARIOUS VENUES In 2009, the city of Bergen hosted a conference called "To biennial or not to biennial?" Under discussion was a proposal to establish a new biennial in Norway, ambitiously envisioned as becoming the biggest international art event...
Best of 2013
Each December, Artforum invites a group of distinguished critics, curators, and artists from around the world to revisit the year in art. Twelve contributors count down their top ten highlights of 2013, while five others select the single exhibition...
BOOKS: Eight Scholars, Critics, Writers, and Artists Choose the Year's Outstanding Titles
HAL FOSTER "The bourgeois ... Not so long ago, this notion seemed indispensable to social analysis; these days, one might go years without hearing it mentioned. Capitalism is more powerful than ever, but its human embodiment seems to have vanished."...
Casilda Sanchez
ASPECT RATIO Casilda Sanchez's best-known digital-video installation, As Inside as the Eye Can See, 2009, pictures two eyes with long lashes approaching each other in extreme close-up. This confrontation between anatomies brings to mind the physical...
David Adamo
UNTITLED Picking one's way through Berlin-based sculptor David Adamo's second solo exhibition at this gallery made one feel oddly like a goldfish in a domestic aquarium. Scattered across the floor--and oriented according to the directions they would...
David Gilbert
KLAUS VON NICHTSSAGEND GALLERY David Gilbert is inspired by Brancusi, an artist who saw his studio as a dynamic place--a place with "nothing fixed, nothing rigid"--and who often photographed his sculptures there. Gilbert's studio is also a vital...
Doublespeak
KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH ON THE YEAR IN RACE. THIS YEAR WAS A YEAR OF WAITING. The case of Trayvon Martin, in particular, reminded us that we still have miles to go before we sleep, beginning with the way we think about race. In a way, you cannot read...
Edward Burtynsky
HOWARD GREENBERG GALLERY/BRYCE WOLKOWITZ GALLERY Water is never only water. Absorbed, even vanishing into what collapses without it--forest, field, ecosystem--water can seem subordinate. The scope, scale, and deceptive, disturbing beauty of our...
Erika Balsom
Erika Balsom is a lecturer in film studies and liberal arts at King's College, London. Her book, Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art, was published by Amsterdam University Press earlier this year. 1 LUTHER PRICE (International Short 1 Film Festival...
Farah Atassi
GALERIE XIPPAS Those familiar with Farah Atassi's work will recognize in her latest group of paintings the strong orthogonal lines that lend themselves well to her signature tiled and bricked interiors. Adhering to an underlying grid, Atassi meticulously...
Francesco Clemente
BLAIN|SOUTHERN It's been nearly three decades since Francesco Clemente's last big show in Kerlin, at the Neue Nationalgalerie in 1984. And yet the three large "Tents" (all works 20 12-13) featured in his recent exhibition of the same name make it...
Gene Davis
AMERINGER | MCENERY | YOHE Made between 1961 and 1985, the eight enormous acrylic-on-canvas paintings by Gene Davis in this show--all composed of vertical bands and stripes--testify to the artist's devotion to colon "To understand what my painting...
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is a New York--based artist and musician. This past summer, s/he mounted a major career survey at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. (See Contributors.) 1 ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE We'd been I disappointed by live music for...
Hallgrimur Helgason
TVEIR HRAFNAR LISTHOS Perhaps no other place on earth can claim to be more genuinely extraterrestrial than Iceland, and perhaps no other language sounds, when spoken, as though it were being made up by the speaker as he or she goes along. The country...
Heather Cassils
RONALD FELDMAN FINE ARTS In many contexts, soft is a derisive term. When describing character, it connotes wimpiness or gullibility; when describing physique, it suggests the flabbiness our fat-phobic culture finds utterly repellent. In 2011, Heather...
Jack Whitten
ROSE ART MUSEUM, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY A visible presence among New York painters since the mid-1960s, Jack Whitten has recently received a surge of attention. Within the past couple of years, his work has been featured in multiple solo gallery shows...
Jacolby Satterwhite
RECESS Many times when we say collaboration, we actually mean task-based audience participation, or even, simply, appropriation. Think, for example, of how "collaborative" processes such as workshopping and inviting audience contributions often...
James Quandt
James Quandt, senior programmer at TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto, is the editor of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Wallflower Press, 2009) and Robert Bresson (Revised) (University of Indiana Press, 2012). 1 NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (Lay Diaz) Lay Diaz's...
J. Hoberman
J. Hoberman's Film After Film: or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema? (a book that originated with an essay in these pages) has just been published in paperback by Verso. 1 GRAVITY (Alfonso Cuaron) Project it I upside down or inside out. Cuaran's...
Johanna Fateman
Johanna Fateman is a musician, a writer, and an owner of Seagull Salon in New York. She is working on a book about Andrea Dworkin. 1 KANYE WEST'S PERFORMANCE OF "NEW SLAVES" ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE West artfully used the dead vibe of the SNL studio...
John Waters
John Waters's new book, Carsick, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June. 1 SPRING BREAKERS (Harmony Korine) The best sexploitation film of the year has Disney tween starlets hilariously undulating, snorting cocaine, and going to...
Josh Smith
LUHRING AUGUSTINE My hobby: posting artworks on Instagram, sequencing the purity of the monochrome into that endless reshuffling of history that now defines contemporary life. Josh Smith's two-part exhibition at Luhring Augustine's galleries in...
Julia Holter
Experimental musician and songwriter Julia Holter gained recognition for her first two albums of self-recorded synth and vocal compositions, Tragedy (Leaving, 2011) and Ekstasis (RVNG, 2012); this summer she released Loud City Song (Domino), an orchestral...
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili
GALERIE MICKY SCHUBERT As its title suggests, the photographs in "German Flowers," the first solo show in Germany by Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, consist almost entirely of floral motifs. At first glance, erratic and irreducible differences separate...
Luxus
WROCLAW CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM "At the heart of the apocalypse, there's no time for a striptease," writes acclaimed Polish writer Jerzy Pilch in his most recent book, Wide demonow (Many Demons), published in 2013. But the artist group LUXUS, established...
Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya
MUMBAI ART ROOM When Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya first visited the National Instruments Ltd. camera factory in Kolkata in 2009, they found the building, despite having only recently been shuttered, in a romantic state of abandonment. Reconfigured...
Mark Hagen
CHINA ART OBJECTS GALLERIES "Paleo Dict," the title of Mark Hagen's second solo exhibition at China Art Objects, plays on notions of primitivism from a very up-to-date perspective whereby only that which is most remote from the present moment holds...
Mark Strand
LORI BOOKSTEIN FINE ART A onetime poet laureate exhibiting his collages? That sounds like another one of those slightly embarrassing crossover exercises on the order of Bob Dylan showing his paintings or philosophers moonlighting as curators. Mark...
Matheus Rocha Pitta
GALERIA PROGETTI Using space normally left unoccupied best describes the strategy at the heart of Matheus Rocha Pitta's recent exhibition "Nair," whose title is an archaic Portuguese word for ship. Rather than deploy the existing architecture to...
Niamh O'Malley
VARIOUS VENUES Staged concurrently at five different venues--separated by significant distances over a sizable countywide area--Niamh O'Malley's multipart exhibition for the inaugural Mayo Arts Collaborative was a dispersed retrospective, a strategically...
Paul Feeley
GARTH GREENAN GALLERY Big, bold, and vibrant, Paul Feeley's paintings are hard to miss. Rarely shown in the decades following his death in 1967, the artist's sculptures and abstract canvases were given a major exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery...
Pauline Boty
WAVE WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY When British Pop artist Pauline Boty died in 1966 at the age of twenty-eight, she left behind a considerable oeuvre. Yet this remarkable production was nearly lost to art history; much of it was rediscovered only in...
Piero Golia
GALLERIA FONTI In the Italian Pavilion at this year's Fifty-Fifth Venice Biennale, Piero Golia showed Untitled (My Gold Is Yours), 2013, a cube composed of cement with a vein of gold running through it. The public was invited to "mine" the precious...
Prem Sahib
SOUTHARD REID The prelude to Prem Sahib's recent exhibition "Night Flies" was "Bump," a kind of buzzing pop-up club that opened one summer evening and remained until the wee hours. Having used the Southard Reid gallery, normally closed in August,...
Prints + Editions
PETER BLUM EDITION 20 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212 244 6055 Fax: 212 244 6054 E-mail: art@peterblumgallery.com Web: www.peterblumgallery.com Tues.--Fri. 10-6, Sat. 11-6 New book, Helmut Federle, The Ferner Paintings....
Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair
December 5-8, 2013 The Ice Palace Studios 1400 North Miami Avenue at NW 14th Street Miami, Florida PULSE Exhibitors La Acacia, Havana/Toronto Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington ADAMSON GALLERY, Washington ADN Galeria, Barcelona ALARCON...
Radical Will
JARED SEXTON ON THE YEAR IN RACE THIS PAST SUMMER, J. Cole dedicated the video for his single "Crooked Smile" to the memory of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. In May 2010, Stanley-Jones was shot dead as she lay sleeping on her grandmother's couch during a...
Robert Ryman
PACE Since the beginning of his career, in the 1950s, Robert Ryman has pragmatically tested the means of painting, deploying a variety of supports and an equally catholic range of utensils and paints. He has applied pigment directly onto gallery...
Sean Kennedy
THOMAS DUNCAN GALLERY For his second show at Thomas Duncan Gallery, Sean Kennedy abandoned the hanging wood-and-Plexiglas boxes that dominated his first solo presentation in the same space. Those 2012 pieces--dangling platforms that reveal, from...
Seth Siegelaub 1941-2013
DAN GRAHAM SETH SIEGELAUB was a conceptually brilliant art dealer and producer. I remember him as an intellectual catalyst who took his stable of slightly experimental but somewhat conventional young artists into media prominence. I initially met...
The Artists' Artists: To Take Stock of the Past Year, Artforum Asked an International Group of Artists to Select the Single Image, Exhibition, or Event That Most Memorably Captured Their Eye in 2013
PHILIP-LORCA DICORCIA Alighiero Boetti (Museum of Modern Art, New York) I don't see all that many shows, but I'd bet on MOMA'S recent "Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan" as one of the recent best. Boetti's work and name are equally memorable, and to think...
The Year in "Re-"
A RECKONING IS IN ORDER. Given the extraordinary number of returns, revisits, and repetitions of all kinds this past year, including the extensive refabrications of postwar art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's exhibition "Gutai: Splendid Playground"...
Thomas Ruff
KONRAD FISCHER GALERIE Thomas Ruff is always full of surprises, and his recent show in Dusseldorf was no exception. A photographer who trained with Bernd Becher and whose early works are black-and-white images of ordinary residential neighborhoods...
Tim Rollins and K.O.S
XAVIER HUFKENS It's been more than thirty years since Tim Rollins invited a group of "at-risk" pupils from a South Bronx public school to start an art project with him. They chose the moniker K.O.S. (for Kids of Survival) as a badge of honor. Rollins...
Twerks
DAVID VELASCO ON THE YEAR IN PERFORMANCE IN THE YEAR OF MILEY CYRUS, we learned that pop's rote vicissitudes are still key to how we metabolize, multiply, and refigure our common pleasures and insecurities. We learned that race and sex are still...
Vern Blosum
ASSEMBLY AND TOMWORK Between 1961 and 1964, American Pop artist Vern Blosum produced forty-four canvases illustrating flowers, animals, and infrastructural fixtures outside his Manhattan studio. He painted parking meters, fire hydrants, mailboxes,...
Viktor Korol
SCHWARZWALDALLEE Refusal and withdrawal are familiar themes in contemporary art; their traces and spectral shadows stretch everywhere, touching each medium. Beyond all the examples catalogued by Susan Sontag in her 1967 essay "The Aesthetics of...
Walter Dahn: Venus over Manhattan
VENUS OVER MANHATTAN Walter Dahn is a founding member of Mulheimer Freiheit, aka the lunge Wilde, a group of young German artists who took their moniker from the Cologne street on which they once worked. The artists in question were part of a generation...
Wols
MENIL COLLECTION When Wols, the preferred moniker for the German Informel artist Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, first met Jean-Paul Sartre, he immediately established his affinity with the philosopher by reciting a passage from his well-known novel...
Yu Youhan
YUAN SPACE Yu Youhan is best known for his contributions to the 1990s painting movement known as "Political Pop," but these works remain only one facet in the remarkably productive career of the now seventy-year-old painter. This exhibition put...
Zarouhie Abdalian
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY ART MUSEUM AND PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE Zarouhie Abdalian's first solo museum exhibition, organized by Apsara DiQuinzio as part of the Matrix program at BANI/PFA, presented a triad of sculptures that treated sound...
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