Artforum International

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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 9, May

Aaron Angeli: Markus Luttgen
Aaron Angeli MARKUS LUTTGEN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Aaron Angeli makes strange pictures. Strange because of their indeterminate age (they might be a hundred years old) and cultural background (they might be the work of an Asian or Arab artist,...
A Cinema of Resistance: P. Adams Sitney on the Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS since Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet made their first work together, and a decade after Huillet's death, the husband-and-wife filmmaking duo known, in short, as Straub-Huillet are having something...
"A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s": Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois
"A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s" MARY AND LEIGH BLOCK MUSEUM OF ART, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS LONG MARGINALIZED in histories of both postwar art and experimental music, Charlotte Moorman has finally begun...
Andrea Bowers: Andrew Kreps
Andrea Bowers ANDREW KREPS When Hillary Clinton recently described the barriers to racial equality as "intersectional," the leftist journal Jacobin tweeted a wry salute to whichever Ph.D. student had joined her campaign as a speechwriter. The...
Annie Besant: Stony Island Arts Bank
Annie Besant STONY ISLAND ARTS BANK Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev stages unorthodox discussions about art and its place in the world. Consider the fact that she organized last year's Istanbul Biennial around the notion of the "thought form," a concept...
Asim Waqif: Nature Morte
Asim Waqif NATURE MORTE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For those of us who call New Delhi home, dystopia can be a lived rather than imagined condition; societal ills range from constant attacks on civil liberties under the current right-wing Hindu...
Blowfly: 1939-2016
THERE'S A 99 PERCENT CHANCE that you and I could never be friends if you were not a Blowfly fan--if you weren't one of the underground legion of "freaks," as he called them, who loved and appreciated his outlandish and genius musical vision. The insect...
"Bruce Conner: It's All True"
Museum of Modern Art, New York July 3-October 2 Curated by Stuart Comer, Rachel Federman, Rudolf Frieling, Gary Garrels, and Laura Hoptman [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE ARTIST AL WONG once told me a story: Bruce Conner was sitting at a friend's...
Calvin Marcus: David Kordansky Gallery
Calvin Marcus DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Calvin Marcus's first major solo show in Los Angeles was titled "Malvin Carcus," suggesting, somewhat perversely for this painter just embarking on his professional career, that...
Carrie Moyer: DC Moore
Carrie Moyer DC MOORE The Hall of Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History in New York is a kind of subterranean romper room: Frayed carpet covers the steps, platforms, and walls of the darkened spaces; geodes and samples of petrified...
Cheryl Donegan: New Museum
Cheryl Donegan NEW MUSEUM "Cheryl Donegan: Scenes and Commercials," a condensed retrospective of works spanning twenty-three years, curated by Johanna Burton, was festively immersive, as if a multimedia flowchart and a neo-New Wave lookbook had...
Colette Brunschwig: Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
Colette Brunschwig GALERIE JOCELYN WOLFF [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite having been created over five decades, from 1970 to the present, these eighteen works on paper by Colette Brunschwig in the exhibition "Papiers" had a similar dominant...
Cordula Ditz: Galerie Conradi
Cordula Ditz GALERIE CONRADI [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A montage of cinematic anxiety-dream imagery, a visual space composed of B-movie and trashy horror footage, Cordula Ditz's solo show "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" was dominated by a two-channel...
DIS: Project Native Informant
DIS PROJECT NATIVE INFORMANT [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Remember those Benetton ads from the 1980s and '90s? Their contrived rainbow of human skin tones and Pantone-color-chart clothes and their public support of victims of the aids crisis were...
Dove Bradshaw: Danese/Corey
Dove Bradshaw DANESE/COREY "Poetry is everywhere evident," Dove Bradshaw once said, which leads one to wonder what was poetic about the works in "Unintended Consequences"--a presentation of eight abstract sculptures, all from 2015-16, and eleven...
Eberhard Havekost: Anton Kern Gallery
Eberhard Havekost ANTON KERN GALLERY The slick, sinister paintings of Eberhard Havekost have begun to show their age, which is a wonderful thing, since they now help put the present in sharper relief. Born in Germany and based between Dusseldorf...
Edgar Honetschlager: Charim Galerie/21ER Haus
VIENNA Edgar Honetschlager CHARIM GALERIE/21ER HAUS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Those who make the pictures rule the world: By shaping our view of reality and informing our desires, pictures control what we do. Few institutions have exploited...
"Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)": Whitechapel Gallery, London
"Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)" WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, LONDON [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE SUBTITLE of "Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)" puts forth an intriguing premise, suggesting a reverse-chronological survey that might retrace the...
Emmett Williams: Galerie Barbara Wien
Emmett Williams GALERIE BARBARA WIEN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Barbara Wien began working with Emmett Williams in 1991, and she has continued to collaborate with the artist's estate following his death in 2007. Her "gallery and art bookshop"...
Ericka Beckman: Cherry and Martin
Ericka Beckman CHERRY AND MARTIN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ericka Beckman's Cinderella, 1986, a 16-mm rendering of the fairy tale, is an Atari-like musical in which the title character staggers through various levels of narrative as if in a video...
Goshka Macuga: Fondazione Prada
MILAN Goshka Macuga FONDAZIONE PRADA [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Goshka Macuga's cosmological exhibition "To the Son of Man Who Ate the Scroll," the artist stages a creation myth of her own invention, presenting her work alongside a wide-ranging...
Head of State: Benjamin Paul on "Unveiled: Berlin and Its Monuments"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN A HAUNTING SCENE from Good Bye Lenin! (2003), a comedy set in the early 1990s amid the profound political and cultural changes sweeping through recently unified Berlin, a piece of a monumental torso, one arm outstretched,...
Heman Chong: Rockbund Art Museum
Heman Chong ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A light box installed on the Rockbund Art Museum's exterior, featuring the neon text one thousand and one nights in Arabic, English, and Chinese (all works 2016), serves as a prelude to...
Jacques Rivette: 1928-2016
ALTHOUGH JACQUES RIVETTE was the first of the Cabiers du Cinema critics to start making films (his first amateur short dates from 1949), he differed from his colleagues--Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Francois Truffaut--in that he remained...
Jakub Czyszczon: Galeria Stereo
Jakub Czyszczon GALERIA STEREO [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Founded in Poznan, Stereo operates today from Warsaw and is located in what was formerly the biggest printing facility in the People's Republic of Poland, designed by famous modernist architect...
Jose Leon Cerrillo: Jose Garcia, MX
Jose Leon Cerrillo JOSE GARCIA, MX [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I arrived at the gallery to find the lights still off, the door locked. No matter. A look through the windows revealed an exhibition made to be seen from the outside looking in. From...
Ken Price: Parrasch Heijnen Gallery
Ken Price PARRASCH HEIJNEN GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The inaugural exhibition at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery was clearly the result of a herculean effort. Not for nothing was the show titled "Ken Price: A Career Survey, 1961-2008"; its ambition...
Lauren Seiden: Denny Gallery
Lauren Seiden DENNY GALLERY In the Western tradition, drawing, or the use of line as the primary vehicle for shaping form on a two-dimensional surface, has long been the scaffold on which the more rarified practices of painting, sculpture, and...
Lisa Holzer: Hester
Lisa Holzer HESTER [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "To be a funny mom was what I wanted above all to be when I became a mom a few years ago. And 'Be a funny mom' seemed to be an ideally inept title for this show, my first one in New York. Hey there!"...
Luke Willis Thompson: Hopkinson Mossman
Luke Willis Thompson HOPKINSON MOSSMAN [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The colonial period in the South Pacific may notionally be over, but its legacies are ever present, particularly in the way island nations struggle to survive in the global economy....
Maria Taniguchi: Ibid. Gallery
Maria Taniguchi IBID. GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Known for a diverse practice that includes video, sculpture, and printmaking, since 2008 Maria Taniguchi has also been making black paintings that schematically depict a wall of tiny black...
Marina Saleme: Galeria Luisa Strina
Marina Saleme GALERIA LUISA STRINA [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Brazilian artist Marina Saleme has been making art since the 1980s. Her most recent show, "O ceu que nos protege" (The Sheltering Sky), displayed a selection of nineteen wall-mounted...
Maryam Jafri: P!
Maryam Jafri P! Precious few artists, even in the wake of modernism's varying efforts to demystify and deconstruct originality, would wish to see their work labeled "generic." Maryam Jafri is a notable exception. Of course, it is not Jafri's...
Marzia Migliora: Galleria Lia Rumma
Marzia Migliora GALLERIA LIA RUMMA [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In this highly political show, "Forza lavoro" (Work Force), Marzia Migliora examined the transitional moment of a dying architectural structure, the Palazzo del Lavoro in Turin, designed...
Monica Mayer: Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo
Monica Mayer MUSEO UNIVERSITARIO ARTE CONTEMPORANEO [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "And all of this is a ... work of art?" talk-show host Guillermo Ochoa asks artists Maris Bustamante and Monica Mayer, the two members of Polvo de Gallina Negra (Black...
Monique Mouton: Bridget Donahue
Monique Mouton BRIDGET DONAHUE Although she's exhibited regularly over the past decade on the West Coast (most often in Vancouver, where she studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design), Monique Mouton only recently received her first...
Operatic Tenor: James Quandt on Straub and Huillet's Sicilia!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] JEAN-MARIE STRAUB has frequently quoted D. W. Griffith's plaint "What the modern movie lacks is beauty--the beauty of moving wind in the trees." Ironically, it was an arboreal breeze that gave Daniele Huillet, Straub's wife...
Peter Shire
Los Angeles-based artist Peter Shire is a member of the Memphis Group of designers. He has recently mounted presentations of his sculpture, furniture, and ceramics at New Galerie in Paris and Peres Projects in Berlin, and in September he will open...
Pierre Boulez: 1925-2016
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GEORGE E. LEWIS THE FRENCH COMPOSER, conductor, and writer Pierre Boulez was one of the signal figures in postwar contemporary music. His work first came to prominence in the 1950s, a decade described by musicologist Joseph...
Sanford Biggers: Monique Meloche Gallery
Sanford Biggers MONIQUE MELOCHE GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sanford Biggers's video BAM (For Michael), 2015, ostensibly documents a series of mediations to a new series of bronze figurines based on colorful wooden statuettes that the artist...
Self-Preservation: Philip Ursprung on the New Singapore National Gallery
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TODAY, THE OPENING of another art museum--even one designed or transformed by a starchitect--is nothing exceptional. The parade of spectacular new institutions, most of them private, that started in the mid-1990s continues...
Sherrie Levine: David Zwirner
Sherrie Levine DAVID ZWIRNER It's difficult sometimes to know how to engage with new work by an artist like Sherrie Levine, whose very name has come to stand as a kind of marker in the history of art. When one thinks of Levine, one thinks of...
Stephen Lapthisophon: David Shelton Gallery
Stephen Lapthisophon DAVID SHELTON GALLERY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Coffee, seasonal fruit, spaghetti and rope"--this seemingly random list of items, which constituted the title of Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon's first solo exhibition...
Steven Claydon: Sadie Coles HQ
Steven Claydon SADIE COLES HQ [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] James George Frazer opened his anthropological study The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion (1890) with a description of J. M. W. Turner's 1834 painting of the same title. "Suffused...
Taryn Simon: Gagosian Gallery
Taryn Simon GAGOSIAN GALLERY Taryn Simon's work deals in disorientation. Culled from intense research, her perfectly ordered photographs walk the data line between bureaucracy and conspiracy. Though intellectual, her work isn't insular. It engages...
The New Look: Art and Fashion Photography
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FROM THE CLUB KID to the rich kid, athleisure to the luxury watch, fashion photography has always had a voracious eye. It's this rapaciousness that might describe all photographic images today--that sea of indiscriminate data,...
The New Look: Art and Fashion Photography
DAVID SIMS [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DAVID SIMS'S PHOTOGRAPHS are bursting at the seams....
Thomas Bayrle: Gavin Brown's Enterprise
Thomas Bayrle GAVIN BROWN'S ENTERPRISE Thomas Bayrle is part of a generation of German artists who in the 1960s explored the inherent dissonance of postwar culture in a divided nation, fashioning a particular brand of Pop that cast a darker,...
Thomas Fougeirol: Praz-Delavallade
Thomas Fougeirol PRAZ-DELAVALLADE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thomas Fougeirol is a painter who paints as if he were printing, meaning he uses paint to take imprints of actions and objects rather than using it to represent them. Channeling another...
Tim Hawkinson: Pace Gallery
Tim Hawkinson PACE GALLERY Arguably the most talented bricoleur of his generation--resourceful and inventive, a maestro of the giddily improbable--Tim Hawkinson has produced a deeply peculiar, genially sprawling body of work across his more than...
Tobias Kaspar: Silberkuppe
Tobias Kaspar SILBERKUPPE [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tobias Kaspar's recent show brought back memories of my puzzlement, years ago, over a pink canvas by Willem de Rooij that appeared to change color depending on where you were standing. In some...
When Attitude Becomes Norm: Rhea Anastas on "Revolution in the Making"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] HAUSER WIRTH & SCHIMMEL'S first Los Angeles exhibition builds off of two rolling, wavelike ideas. The first traces a tradition of expressiveness, materiality, and the handmade in what the curators call the "studio-based"...
William N. Copley: Menil Collection
William N. Copley MENIL COLLECTION [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Over the course of his lifetime, the wayward yet prolific William N. Copley occupied three positions in the art world: those of collector, patron, and artist. "The World According to...
Yan Xing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "THE PROCESS IS LIKE WRITING A NOVEL": This is how the Chinese artist Yan Xing describes his work and the disparate elements--sculpture, video, photography, performance,...
Yonamine: Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art
Yonamine CRISTINA GUERRA CONTEMPORARY ART [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The work was extraordinary, arresting: Most of the longest wall of the gallery was covered by a field, about eleven and a half feet high by twenty-six feet wide, of 2,500 slices...
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