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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 10, Summer

19th Biennale of Sydney
The Nineteenth Biennale of Sydney may be remembered more for a boycott by participating artists than for the curatorial vision of artistic director Juliana Engberg, who subtitled the show "You Imagine What You Desire." It is the blackest irony that...
2014 Glasgow International
VARIOUS VENUES Although officially themeless, this year's Glasgow International was nevertheless woven together by some common threads. It was the sixth edition of the festival and the first under the artistic direction of Sarah McCrory; as one...
"Aesthetic Bind": Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
LIRE SHOTS FIRED IN THE AIR in the midst of the seemingly limit less revelry of India's contemporary art market, Geeta Kapur's "Aesthetic Bind" was an arresting series of five exhibitions held in rapid sequence at the Chemould Prescott Road gallery...
A Journal of the Plague Years: James Quandt on Joaquim Pinto's What Now? Remind Me
A LIE, A FIRE, and--most drastic--a smile inaugurate Joaquim Pinto's self-commemorating diary film E Agora? Lembra-me (What Now? Remind Me). (Both query and command, and tenuous in tense, the title in its very unwieldiness imparts Pinto's precarious...
Alain Resnais: 1922-2014
IN A TRIBUTE to the great Left Bank filmmaker Alain Resnais published shortly after his death at ninety-one on March 1, fellow director and sometime collaborator Agnes Varda remarked that he was a cineast who proved his love for filmmaking to the very...
Antoni Abad Museu D'ART Contemporani De Barcelona
Antoni Abad's project megaionemet began in Mexico City in 2004 and thus far has encompassed a total of thirteen episodes in twelve cities. The procedure is the same each time: Members of a community misrepresented by stereotypes and subjected to discrimination...
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Gallery, Anthony Reynolds Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul hasn't let success go to his head. Despite winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2010 for his feature film Uncle Booninee Who .Can Recall His Past Lives, he remains committed to making...
Arnold Mesches
LIFE ON MARS GALLERY Arnold Nlesches had his first solo show in 1947, and according to the Life on Mars Gallery website, he has by now had 124 of them, which perhaps gives a new meaning to this one's title, "Eternal Return." The exhibition included...
Artforum
UNSOLVED HISTORIES IT WAS EXCITING to find Art forum opening a debate on exhibition histories in relation to art history, via Claire Bishop's review of the two-volume Making Art Global [March 2014], the second and fourth books in Afterall's Exhibition...
Artur Barrio Galeria Millan
Nine photographs offer minute visual variations on the same location: a marshy environment inhabited by things both natural and man-made. Given the images' tight framing, we see no horizon line, only the water's surface, unbroken except for a boat,...
Before Manhood: Amy Taubin on Richard Linklater's Boyhood
TIME FLIES in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which is both a conceptual tour de force and a fragile, unassuming slice of movie life. Two hours and forty minutes in length, it depicts the maturation of a boy named Mason (El Ear Coltrane) from a six-year-old...
Behind the Zines
WHEN ARTFORUM INVITED ME to curate a portfolio for this issue, I pulled some of my favorite zines from recent years, mostly titles I've come across since moving to New York in 2010 (and starting the 8 Ball Zine Fair and the Newsstand, a store in a...
Bleda and Rosa Galeria Fucares
Some twenty years ago, artists Maria Bleda and Jose Maria, Rosa first earned public recognition for a very simple and evocative series of photographs titled "Campos de futbol" (Soccer Fields), .1992. For all the images in this series, the pair used...
Brian O'Doherty
P!/SIMONE SUBAL GALLERY Artist, writer, editor, arts administrator, and more, Brian O'Doherty has been well known in the New York art world since coming to the city, in the late 1950s, from his native Ireland. His book Inside the White Cube, first...
Bush-League: Matt Saunders on the Paintings of George W. Bush
We cannot aspire to masterpieces. We may content ourselves with a joy-ride in a paint box. And for this audacity is the only ticket. --Winston Churchill, "Painting as a Pastime" AS I WRITE THIS REVIEW, the New York Times is running a lea t tire...
Charlotte Posenenske
PETER FREEMAN, INC. It is somewhat difficult to believe, but until quite recently, Charlotte Posenenske was little more than a footnote, effectively forgotten by the art-historical literature until a modest installation of her reliefs and participatory...
Christopher Williams: Art Institute of Chicago
"THE PRODUCTION LINE OF HAPPINESS," Christopher Wi Williams's first retrospective, made its debut as a three- part installation mounted in discrete, noncontiguous spaces within the Art Institute of Chicago's complex of exhibition areas: the lower level...
Connie Fox
DANESE/COREY The shore of Gardiners Bay on the east end of Long Island is, nominally, the theme of "Sammy's Beach," 2007--, a series of acrylic paintings by Connie Fox. Thirteen such works were on view in this exhibition, accompanied by five charcoal...
"Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil": Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Oh
"NAO VAI TER COPA!" There won't be a Cup! This refrain has become ubiquitous in Brazil, registered in spray paint and Twitter characters and encapsulating tensions that have risen steadily since June 2013, when demonstrators across the nation began...
Daniel Knorr Galerie Nachst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder
In his recent exhibition "Lunarium," Daniel Knorr presented works (all 2014-, although some belong to series begun earlier) that translate various readings of urban space into the gallery sphere. The series "Berlin Wall," 2014-, and "Depression Elevation,"...
David Lamelas Galleria Lia Rumma
A common concern with the relationship between space and time imperceptibly unites the works that David Lamelas presented in this exhibition. Time as Activity, first created in Dusseldorf in 1969, gives the senseof a filmic machine in progress, one...
Disreputable Sources: Fabrice Stroun on Art and Comics
OVER THE YEARS, Artforum has published reviews of all types--laudatory or excoriating, lyrical or polem-ical--but only one has taken the form of a comic. That singular piece, authored by Art Spiegelman, appeared in the December 1990 issue of the magazine....
Dona Nelson
THOMAS ERBEN In an interview twenty years ago, Dona Nelson praised the messiness of late Picasso, describing it as evidence of a "total confidence" that allowed him to do whatever without self-questioning, without looking back. And then she went...
Dorothy Lannone Berlinische Galerie
It took a while for Dorothy Ian none to have her first comprehensive institutional solo exhibition in Berlin--considering that she has lived and worked here since 1976, when she was invited by the DAAI) (German Academic Exchange Service), and, like...
Eye of Doom, Hand of Glory
ART SPIEGELMAN occupies a singular position in the world of comics, renowned not only for his own groundbreaking work--Raw magazine and Maus hardly need introduction--but also for his encyclopedic knowledge and ardent championing of the medium. Artforum...
Fair Game: Martha Buskirk on Networked Photography and Copyright
VISITING CHICAGO? Then surely one of your stops should be Millennium Park, to record your presence in the reflective surface of Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate. Officially unveiled in 2006, the polished-steel sculpture quickly acquired the affectionate nickname...
Francois Morellet
Mennour, Kamel Spread across Kamel Mennour's two Left Bank galleries, "Francois MoreHet, c'est n'importe quoi?" (Francois Morellet, Does It Make Any Sense?) showcased a variety of emblematic works--including three-dimensional assemblages of white-painted...
Ghada Amer
CHEIM & READ "Rainbow Girls," this recent exhibition of Ghada Amer's new work, tethered a porn-suffused AbEx "allover" to a sculpture of transparent form. Though the influential Egyptian-born artist's signature nudes still remain as complex...
Hannah Hoch
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY Thanks not least to Maud Lavin's 1993 study, Cut with the Kitchen Knife: The Photomontages of Hannah Hach, the centrality of Hoch's contribution to Berlin Dada is now generally accepted. But, based on the evidence of Daniel F....
Hillary Chute on Julie Doucet
JULIE DOUCET looms large in the pantheon of contemporary cartoonists despite not having published comics qua comics for more than a decade. (Her groundbreaking, often autobiographical comics were produced between 1987 and 2000.) In her current art...
Hiraki Sawa
Hiraki Sawa's semiretrospective "Under the Box, Beyond the Clouds" featured twenty video works, ranging from his signature piece Dwelling, 2002, in which toy-size passenger planes take off and land elegantly inside a gray East London flat, to new installations...
Ida Applebroog
EQUATING COMICS with "high art" is not as odd as it may sound. Both deal with the abstract transformation of information into another form without a fixed set of rules. And there has always, in fact, been a connection between the two--think of George...
James Benning Neugerriemschneider
Often misread as a structuralist filmmaker, James Benning is really more of a landscape poet. His work reflects a complete surrender to the mired totality of the natural world, yet he isever mindful of humankind's tinkerings and contaminations. In...
"James Lee Byars: I Cancel All My Works at Death"
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART "Just make me up!" James Lee Byars is said to have instructed Thomas McEvilley as he prepared an essay on the artist for this publication in 19.81, and that is exactly what Triple .Candie (curatorial duo Shelly Bancroft...
Jan Hoet: 1936-2014
MARLENE DUMAS JAN HOET'S DYNAMISM was--and is--so wonderful! He was all concentrated energy and passion. His face moved. His body moved. He would move the world for art: box, flirt, lie, whatever it took. Because he still believed that art was worth...
Jim Shaw
IN ART SCHOOL. we are handed a sort of "carney" attitude toward the world--us against the rubes. Were told that, in our exalted place as outsider observers, we have a unique take on reality that those caught up in its daily routines can't see. But...
Jordan Wolfson
WHEN I WORK with professional illustrators and CGI animators, I usually have a rough sketch of an intuitive idea or a preexisting image. I combine or isolate these as references for the animators, but often it is a combination of an image and an idea...
Julian Schnabel
GAGOSIAN GALLERY Julian Schnabers "View of Dawn in the Tropics, Paintings, 19891990" exhibited twelve large--no, huge--works that reveal yet again that, for this artist, everything is up for grabs. Take, for example, the drop cloths, tarpaulins,...
Julien Crepieux
GALERIE JEROME POGGI A choreographed lightness radiated from Julien Crepieux's "Corpusculum Flotans." The exhibition title, suggesting small, floating bodies, shares that of a 2005 video work by the artist--a short meditation on passing clouds that...
Karthik Pandian: Betonsalon - Centre for Art and Research
In life after life 1 (all works 2014), a silent, color 16-mm film that is Karthik Pandian's first collaboration with Paige K. Johnston, fair-skinned arms hold a series of fruits and vegetables before the camera: cucumber, eggplant, mango, pineapple,...
Ken Okiishi
REENA SPAULINGS In the eleven paintings that were in this show, all equal in size and in identical thin black frames, densely expressionist or allusively calligraphic brushstrokes bunch or stutter across shimmering color fields. You had to dip your...
Kim Stanley Robinson
The author of more than twenty books, including the best-selling Mars trilogy (Bantam, 1992-96) and, most recently, the critically acclaimed 2312 (2012) and Shaman (2013; both Orbit), Kim Stanley Robinson is the winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus...
Lena Henke
WHITE FLAG PROJECTS Each of the eight sculptures in "Geburt und Familie" (Birth and Family), Lena Henke's recent show at White Flag Projects, is. titled Galocher (French slang for a sloppy, openmouthed kiss). Indeed, the loose compositions of Henke's...
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
SADIE COLES HQ This past winter, London was noticeably flush with terrific exhibitions by women artists working with collage and montage: Hannah Hoch's tiny cut-up miracles at the Whitechapel Gallery, Hito Steyerl's spliced videos rocking the Institute...
Math Bass
OVERDUIN & CO. For Math Bass's first solo presentation in the city where she lives and works, the artist transformed Overduin & Co. into a kind of playground, its rooms crisscrossed by chutes and ladders. Twinned versions of a waxed-steel...
"Persian Rose Chartreuse Muse Vancouver Grey"
What does it mean for works of art totalk to one another? How did "Persian Rose Chartreuse Muse Vancouver Grey," curated by the artist Mina Totino, achieve the sense of a conversation--or, more precisely, several intimate and casually intermingling...
Persistence of Vision
PATRICK RUMBLE ON THE FILMS OF PAOLO GIOLI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After the history of the rectangle in film we'll hare to write a history of the meaning of darkness in the cinema. --Paolo Gioli...
Prints + Editions
PETER BLUM EDITION 20 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212 244 6055 Fax. 212 244 6054 E-mad: art@peterblumgallery.com Web: www.peterblumgallery.com Tues. - Fri. 10-6, Sat. 11-6 New book, Helmut Federle, The Ferner Paintings, Includes...
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde
The sensory overload produced by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian's exhibition "The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine" was immediate. There was work everywhere, from paintings, collages, and videos to assemblages and...
Rasheed Araeen Sharjah Art Foundation
Rasheed Araeen's "Before and After Minimalism" pulls viewers through the initial twenty years of his career, with drawings, paintings, and sculptures from 1953 through 1973; it also includes a new work, Sharjah Blues, 2014, which was commissioned especially...
Rene Daniels
METRO PICTURES Foolish, it seems, to not begin with the bow ties when considering this rare US exhibition of Rene Daniels's paintings, drawings, and watercolors, as that motif is the most complicated (and celebrated) of his "architectures." Rendered...
Reza Aramesh
LEILA HELLER GALLERY Although Reza Aramesh draws on an extensive archive of media images of wartime atrocities for representations of male bodies in moments of pain, suffering, and forced submission, his performances, large-scale black-and-white...
Robert Mangold
PACE GALLERY For this commanding exhibition, Robert Marigold presented a group of ten paintings (accompanied by twelve drawings) executed between 2011 and 2014. Characterized, most saliently, by the wide holes cut into their centers, the spare,...
Robert Rauschenberg
CRAIG F. STARR GALLERY Nearly twenty-three years ago, Walter Hopps gave life to an overlooked period from Robert Rauschenberg's oeuvre. At the Menil Collection in Houston, the legendary curator mounted a revelatory exhibition of the artist's work...
Sandy Kim
SARAH NICOLE PRICKETT [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SANDY KIM takes her notorious photos by never...
Scott Reeder: Talks about Moon Dust, 2014
MOON DUST, the first feature-length film by painter Scott Reeder, comes with no shortage of surprises. But the biggest surprise is that it is nearly done. Shot sporadically over the past eleven years, the project was slipped in between gallery exhibitions...
Sofie Thorsen Krobath
"just as axonometric projection eliminates every fixed, unique viewpoint," writes Yve-Alain Bois in his essay "Metamorphoses of Axonometry" (1981/1983), "so it has been used throughout history in a multiple, contradictory fashion."Sofie Thorsen's recent...
Stewart Uoo Galerie Buchholz
In Joan Didion's famous description of New York's "insistent sentimentalization of experience," she claimed it involved a century-old "distortion and flattening of character and the reduction of events to narrative." Today, however, her observation...
Summer Reading: Six Artists, Writers, and Curators Share the Books They're Looking Forward to This Season
LAURIE SIMMONS From my first viewing of Etant donnes as a young art student in Philadelphia, Marcel Duchamp has been The Man. I've rarely met an artist who didn't obsess at some point about Duchamp's work, personal life, or enigmatic style. So I'm...
Sylvan Lionni
KANSAS "I get such pleasure just saying what the subject matters of some of the works are: pieces of paper, rulers, and dust." So writes B. Wurtz on the art of Sylvan Lionni, whose second solo exhibition at this gallery, "Half Life," focused...
"Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology"
HAMMER MUSEUM The work of Andrea Fraser held a privileged position within Anne Ellegood and Johanna Burton's ambitious survey of appropriation and institutional-critique practices from the 1970s to the present. The first gallery featured Fraser's...
Tanci Alvi
MICHAEL BENEVENTO London-based artist Tariq Alvi has long used collage to imbricate politically charged photos with the crude consumer imagery of tabloids and circulars, arranging his productions into decorative patterns that exude elegiac panache....
"The Shadows Took Share": Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
THE JAZZ COMPOSER AND VISIONARY Sun Ra, who daimed to nave come from Saturn, authored the poem whose opening line served as the title of this thought-provoking show, which explored the complex network of aesthetics and practices known as Afrofuturism....
The Warhol Files: Cory Arcangel on Andy Warhol's Long-Lost Computer Graphics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I HAVE A MAJOR BEEF with the application of physical terms to new media. I was reminded of this recently while reading a headline on the computer-news website CNET: "Facebook Delivers Paper to iPhone." Consider a slightly...
Train in Vain: Melissa Anderson on Bong Joon-Ho's Snowplercer
WITH CALAMITIES (economic, ecological) in the news almost every clay, the "imagination of disaster," to cite Susan Sontag's still-influential 1965 essay on sciencefiction films, has been showing signs of exhaustion lately--maybe since 2006. That year...
"What Is a Photograph?"
INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY This exhibition was intended to explore experimentation in photography since the 1970s. As is inevitably the case with any such endeavor, particularly one that covers its sprawling subject with only seventy-two...
Wonder Worlds: Stephen Burt on Histories of Comics
HERE IS ONE STORY about how North American comics--or, if you prefer, cartoons or sequential art, or, later, graphic novels, the multiple monikers themselves being part of the tale--reached the stations they occupy today. In the beginning, comics....
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