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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1, September

"Advance through Retreat": Rockbund Art Museum
"New ink art," the quasi-traditional painting practice that has enjoyed a critical and commercial resurgence over the past two years, is one side of an awareness of tradition that has never been far out of view in Chinese contemporary art. Although...
Agnieszka Polska
AT THE BEGINNING of Agnieszka Polska's video 1-uture Days, 2013, we see two figures in the middle distance, a man and a woman, walking away from us toward a craggy shoreline. They are exchanging cryptic catchphrases in heavily accented English: cosmonaut...
Allen Ruppersberg: Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Marc Selwyn has long been known as a dealer with historical depth, particularly in regard to Los Angeles art, so it is only fitting that the first solo show at his new Beverly Hills gallery should be a mini-survey of Allen Ruppersberg's drawings, all...
American Idol: Thomas Crow on "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" Artists on the Work of Jeff Koons: Josiah Mcelheny, CAROL Bove, Rachel Harrison, Margaret Lee, Laura Owens, Cory Arcangel
IN ITS FINAL MONTHS on Madison Avenue, the Whitney Museum of American Art has signed off with two exhibitions of distinctly contrasting character. For the last Biennial in the Marcel Breuer edifice, the museum dispersed and outsourced its organization...
Analia Saban: Praz-Delavallade
Analia Saban's two recent suites of work, both from 2014, blend techniques and materials traditionally considered exclusive to either painting or sculpture. Belonging to neither practice entirely, they comment on both. Big Bang Series (in Ten Steps),...
Birdie Lusch: Kerry Schuss
Imagine, for a minute, a history of modern art told only through still lifes of flowers, a subject precariously close to kitsch. (Many of modernism's central movers and shakers--including Manet, who called the still life a painter's touchstone--would...
Carl Andre
THE PAST DECADE AND A HALF has been good to Minimalists and post-Minimalists. Yet compared with many of his contemporaries, Carl Andre has been relatively undersung. The last American retrospective of his work was in 197880; the last European survey...
Clare Rojas: Gallery Paule Anglim
In her recent exhibition "Caerulea," Clare Rojas continued the investigation of abstraction she embarked on in 2011, in a departure from the work for which she is best known: whimsical paintings that, like the work of her San Francisco Mission School...
Ellie Ga: Bureau
What to call it? A preface? A primer? An afterimage? In the corridor leading into, or out of, Ellie Ga's three-channel video installation Four Thousand Blocks, 2013-14, hung a single white sheet bearing the impress of a text, faintly legible in raking...
Enrique Ramirez: Michel Rein
For his first solo exhibition in France, "Cartograllas para navegantes de tierra" (Cartographies for Navigators of the Earth), Enrique Ramirez, a Chilean artist based, in Santiago and Paris, presented work that navigates the vast distances in between....
Eva Rothschild: Stuart Shave/modern Art
She'd already been profusely exhibited in British galleries and institutions for at least five years by then, but my initial encounter with Eva Rothschild's sculpture was via "Early One Morning: British Art Now." That 2002 Whitechapel Gallery exhibition...
"EZTV: Video Transfer": One Archives Gallery & Museum
Founded in 1979 in West Hollywood by queer screenwriter John Dorr, EZTV was one of the first of its kind: a showcase and incubator dedicated solely to video makers. EZTV inhabited several locations before settling into a space on Santa Monica Boulevard...
"Fear and Hope": PinchukArtCentre
Last winter, Kiev was the locus of social and political upheaval that sought to break Ukraine's long tradition oldie few (elite politicians) making decisions and controlling common resources for the sake of their own interests. The exhibition "Fear...
Friedrich Teepe: Arratia Beer
There was a lot of ancestor worship at Gallery Weekend Berlin this year. Showing the likes of Gordon Matta-Clark (at Galerie Thomas Schulte), Philip Guston (Aurel Scheibler), or Lynn Chadwick (Blain I Southern), it seems, not only promises economic...
George Schneeman: Poets House
I HEARD THE VOICE OF THE PORK CHOP SAY, COME UNTO ME AND REST. This block-lettered gospel fills two opposite corners of Pork Chop, 1970-73, a collaborative collage by the painter George Schneeman and the poet Larry Fagin. An upside-down, ochre-colored...
"Henri Matises: The Cut-Outs": Tate Modern, London
WHEN WE PICTURE Henri Matisse at work, two scenes generally come to mind, and in both he is bedridden. In the first, known only through his own account, he is a callow twenty-year-old recuperating from appendicitis who finds his vocation when his mother...
Hudson
HUDSON, who legally used only Hudson as his full name, died of natural causes at home in New York on February 10, 2014. In the weeks following his death, several prominent obituaries commemorated his unique persona and artistic vision as a gallerist....
Institutional Critics
IN A PRESS CONFERENCE on January 17 of this year, a hostile takeover was announced: The Generali Foundation, which was founded in 1988, would be closing its exhibition space, as well as its library and study center, in Vienna. The collection of approximately...
James Benning
"DECODING FEAR," a compelling exhibition of James Benning's work at the Kunsthaus Graz this past spring, was but the latest incarnation of the artist's Two Cabins Project, an endeavor best understood as a group of interrelated works, shows, and a publication....
Jay Defeo: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
This exhibition--which focused on jay DeFeo's production following her three-year hiatus from artmaking after her completion of The Rose, I 958-66, her famous, one-ton painting of a burst of white light--gathered forty-nine pieces from the last fifteen...
Jayson Musson: Salon 94 Bowery
If the title of Jayson Musson's second solo exhibition at this gallery, "Exhibit of Abstract Art," seems oddly generic, it's not through any lack of sophistication on the part of its maker; the consciously bland moniker refers to the work of another...
Julia Dault: China Art Objects Galleries
For her first solo show in Los Angeles, "Rhythm Nation 2014," Julia Dault installed ten paintings around one sculpture, Untitled 34, 2:45 PM-7:45 PM, April 15, 2014; 11:30 AM-12:45 PM, April 16, 2014. A decidedly material proposition, Untitled 34 nonetheless...
Julian Beck: Supportico Lopez
It would be worth looking at these paintings in relation to Gustav Metzger's early works from the same period, shown for the first time. at Documenta 13 in 2012. Born only a year apart, but with very different backgrounds, both artists started painting...
Kara Walker: The Former Domino Sugar Factory
Astringent and overwhelming, like the weird burned-sweet tang that harshed the air inside the decommissioned Domino Sugar Factory warehouse where it hulked, A Subtlety, 20 14, Kara Walker's first large-scale public project, was the uneasy blockbuster...
Katja Novitskova: Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler
The always-increasing pace of technology has left us adrift on an ever-stormier ocean of digital imagery. How do we stay afloat? By training ourselves to become more attentive, proposes Katja Novitskova, who was born in Tallinn, Estonia, and lives...
Last Harrumph
AND SO, ADIEU. Jean-Luc Godard's leave-taking from cinema and life began many years ago, his valedictory impulse intensifying in the trilogy of war requiems he initiated at the turn of the century. The mournful Godard found the end in our beginning,...
Laura Owens
I HAVE ALWAYS been stunned by the way my eyes move across the surface of a work by Jeff Koons without ever finding a point to stop. I once met a beyond-good-looking, possibly reworked (it was that good). hypersymmetrical male model, and the experience...
Leon Vranken: Z33 - House for Contemporary Art
"Paper-Scissors-Stone," the most recent show by Belgian artist Leon. Vranken, got off to a powerful start with Flowing Line, 20 14, a jet of water noisily shooting out of a circular pit cut into the floor, enclosed by a white railing. As with Study...
Live and Direct: Erika Balsom on Cinema as a Performing Art
THIS PAST MAY, "Memories Can't Wait--Film Without Film," the theme program of the 2014 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, began with a blank screen. No celluloid ran through the projector; instead, light was transmitted without intermediary,...
Living Color
THE PARADOX OF ELIOT PORTER'S nature photography is the paradox of postwar nature itself: nature at once more and less real than it had been before, more proximate and farther away, more readily fathomable and yet harder to see without state-of-the-art...
Liz Craft
Liz Craft is a sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles, where she co-runs the gallery Paradise Garage. This summer, her work was on view at Zurich's Hacienda gallery (in a show with Lisa Anne Auerbach) and in Paris with Pentti Monkkonen at Pro...
Maddie Reyna: Julius Caesar
Maddie Reyna is emerging as a dutiful acolyte of the British Conceptual artist Stephen Willats. "Jamaica Sweethearts," Reyna's recent pop-up installation at Julius Caesar, a prominent Chicago artist-run project space, examined art's social agency in...
Magdi Mostafa: Townhouse Factory Space
Magdi Mostafa makes art via a process of sensory bricolage, typically constructing his installations by capturing light and sound inputs from everyday routines and layering them into new spaces. His 2010 work Transparent Existence filled the basement...
Mark Manders: Zeno X Gallery
It was in 1986 that Mark Manders began using the term "Self-Portrait as a Building" to describe the project he is still pursuing today: a never-ending accumulation of works--sculptures, installations, and so on--that interact with or comment on one...
Michael E. Smith: Susanne Hilberry Gallery
Detroit-born Michael E. Smith's familiarity with the Susanne Hilberry Gallery (he has been featured in six shows at the venue) no doubt contributed to the sophisticated visual harmony between a series of his near-monochromatic rectilinear artworks...
Michael Hakimi: Galerie Karin Guenther
Michael Hakimi gave his recent show the title "Licht:Mc/en, die ins Bild hiniiberwachsen" (Light-Threads That Wander Over into the Picture)--a phrase, as he notes in an accompanying essay, borrowed from an early description of the photographic process,...
Michael Sailstorfer: Contemporary Arts Center
Michael Sailstorfer is not the first artist to upend a tree; no doubt, he won't be the last. Georg Baselitz inverted pictorial tradition in his iconic Der Wald auf dern Kopf (The Forest on Its Head), 1969; Rodney Graham's photographic series "Oxfordshire...
Nicolas Ceccaldi: Kunstverein Munchen
"Red Wine," the title of Nicolas Ceccaldi's first solo show in a public institution, was apparently intended as a catchall reference to intoxicating substances, to pleasurable means of withdrawal from reality. Then again, the poster accompanying the...
Nikos Markou and Kostis Velonis: Ad Gallery
The tide of this exhibition of recent works by Kostis Velonis and Nikos Markou--"The Future lies Behind Us: Two New Proposals Beside an Older One"--was explained by the inclusion of a work by Vlassis Caniaris, produced during his DAAD residency in...
Nils Dardel: Moderna Museet
The January 1917 inaugural edition of flamman (The Flame), the Swedish art magazine founded by Georg Pauli, featured some of the artists who were by then already established as quintessential modernists, from Picasso to Kandinsky. Yet there were fresh...
Noa Noa on the Wannsee
THE DOORS OF EDEN BANGED SHUT. Even so, during the summer of 1929, facing the clamorous inevitability of the talking picture and only months before the crash that would announce the Great Depression, a handful of filmmakers sought refuge in the "natural...
Peter Doig: Michael Werner Gallery
What did Peter Doig paint before he became the artist we all know? "Peter Doig: Early Works" showed, in twelve paintings and thirty-eight works on paper, his development from the early 1980s, when he was an art student in London, to the more contemplative...
Peter Dreher: Koenig & Clinton
In her recent collection of essays and interviews, Lynne Tillman filed her interview with German artist Peter Dreher in a chapter titled "U for Unheimlich." This categorization rather marvelously signals the artist's main achievement: his transformation...
Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition
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Previews: Three Times a Year Artforum Looks Ahead to the Coming Season. the Following Survey Previews Forty Shows Opening around the World between September and December
"CHRIS OFIL1: NIGHT AND DAY" NEW MUSEUM, NEW YORK October 29, 2014--February 1, 2015 Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gary Carrion-Murayari, and Margot Norton CHRIS OFILI'S RECEPTION in New York has unfolded in near-mythological terms: From...
Rachel Harrison
I DON'T LIKE BOB HOPE but I might like Bob Hope, or at least I did when I saw him at the Whitney's Koons retrospective. His head is so big, like a bobblehead, but fixed in a creepy stainless-steel grin. He has a lot of presence for a little guy, and...
Ricardo Alcaide: Baro Galeria
On entering Ricardo Alcaide's solo show "Settlements," I was struck by a sense of deja vu. As my eyes scanned the large industrial warehouse where it was installed, I saw bare walls and a floor dotted with dozens of groupings of discarded materials--cloth,...
Robert De Niro Sr: DC Moore Gallery
In certain measure, the critical task sheds light on the new as it surveys the old. While the lens and the laptop have inexorably altered our relationship to the brush, must work that reveals a dexterous, evolving hand still be taken for an oddity?...
Robert Longo: Metro Pictures/petzel
Conjuring some of the best-known images in American art through a method both meticulous and transformative, Robert Longo's Metro Pictures show this past spring comprised a dozen charcoal drawings of classic works of Abstract Expressionism. Copied...
Robert Overby: Galleria D'arte Moderna E Contemporanea
"Robert Overby: Works 1969-1987" provided an extraordinary opportunity to retrace the investigations into the usually unexpressed potentials of material in the work of this too-little-known artist. For Overby, who was born in 1935 and died in 1993,...
Sam Pulitzer: Artists Space
The number of parts that Sam Pulitzer piled into his first US institutional exhibition, "A Colony for 'Them," is so massive that it might take a book to account for them all, never mind the vast amount of text that appeared across the show's walls....
Serra in the Desert
EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST is a new sculpture by Richard Serra commissioned by Sheikha al-Mayassa al-Thani of Qatar; it is located in the Brouq Nature Reserve in the western portion of this tiny state in the Gulf enriched by its holdings of gas and oil. To...
Sigmar Poike
PERCHED NEAR THE EDGE of the Museum of Modern Art's atrium thrmu 2, 11, ht this past spring and summer, Sigmar Polke Kartoffelbaus (Potato House), 1967, echoed not only clic diminutive German garden sheds and rigidly formed Min i malist objects. in...
Specters of History
HAVE WE ALL BEEN SLEEPING on Carrie Mae Weems? The question might sound countertuitive, considering the esteem with which the artist has been held since her emergence in the 1980s--if not altogether off the mark, given the successes she has enjoyed...
Stuart Hall 1932-2014
KOBENA MERCER IS A PROFESSOR OF THE HISTORY OF ART AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES AT YALE UNIVERSITY. (SEE CONTRIBUTORS.) PERHAPS NO SCHOLAR in recent memory has become such a prominent public intellectual as Stuart Hall, yet his wide-ranging influence...
Sturtevant 1924-2014
BRUCE HAINLEY: The Lady died. When I first heard the news about the sad, too-soon event, all I could think was: What a total drag. Not that the spaceship wasn't going to come for her eventually, but I just couldn't believe she wouldn't stick around...
Sun Xun: Edouard Malingue Gallery
The animated film What Happened in Past Dragon Year (all works cited, 2014) was the centerpiece of Sun Xun's recent exhibition "Brave New World." It formed part of a sculptural installation--also depicted in a drawing titled Organism of Civilization--in...
Sze Tsung Leong: Yossi Milo Gallery
In landscape photography, the horizon line--that inevitable meeting place of earth and sky--is inexorable. Consider early panoramic daguerreotypes by figures such as Fried richvon Martens and William Southgate Porter, the former of the Seine in Paris,...
The Whole Truth
BEFORE ANALYZING the recently opened National September 1 1 Memorial Museum, let us remember its prehistory--the memorial proposals that were never considered, the museums that were censored. In 2002, for example, sociologist Andrew Ross suggested...
Too Much Information
THE FOURTEENTH ITERATION of the Venice Architecture Biennale is an exhibition of superlatives. Having opened this past June and remaining on view through November, it will be the longest-running and most expansive, diverse, and interdisciplinary of...
Undercover Operation
KULAPAT YANTRASAST is willing (though perhaps not happy) to play second fiddle. For seven years he worked for Tadao Ando, serving as project architect on the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a quintessentially Ando-ish collection of concrete boxes....
Vincent Fecteau: Matthew Marks Gallery
"My continuing struggle is that I want to express this cheesy emotion that I know isn't cheesy," said Vincent Fecteau in 1995. "And I don't know how to do it." Such a mission is difficult, but if the solution is elusive, the struggle has been generative....
Yuji Agematsu
YALE UNION The use of trash in the making of art during the past century is so widespread as to defy summarization. Dada, Cubism, Arte Povera, and so-called abject art--not to mention the work of every other coffee-shop collagist and front-yard...
Zilia Sanchez: Galerie Lelong
It's hard to know whether to be gratified or dismayed by the number of extraordinary women artists who continue to be drawn out of the shadows of art history in their old age--gratified, of course, because they're finally getting the recognition they've...
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