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A Lame Whitney Biennial

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Whitney Biennial After a three-year wait, the departure of one director, the hiring of another, a public staff reshuffling worthy of an episode of Dallas and a recent media flap concerning New York’s Mayor-turned-art-critic, the 2000 Whitney Biennial Exhibition has arrived to the unmitigated pleasure of some, the expected chagrin of others and the wholly [&hellip
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The Wonderful Tim Noble & Sue Webster in Soho

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Diamonds in the Rubbish Alchemy, the grail of medieval scientists, was once widely believed to be the cornerstone of natural phenomena. Base metals, like copper and iron, would be transformed into gold; the panacea, the medieval physician’s Prozac, would become the original cure-all; and the blending of a few mismatched liquids, like scotch and soda, [&hellip
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“Greater New York” at P.S. 1

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Great Expectations Lines around the block. A wild opening day. An exhibition packed with fantastic young art. Great apres-opening parties. What’s wrong with this picture? Well, if you’re a discerning visitor to P.S. 1’s most recent monster show, "Greater New York," you may find plenty to complain about. So far, so good. P.S. 1 and [&hellip
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Walker Evans at the Met

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I Am a Camera "I am a camera," Christopher Isherwood famously wrote in the opening lines of his Berlin Stories of 1930, "with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking." A sort of precis of modernist detachment, Isherwood’s line was coaxed out from nearly half a century of artistic experimentation, beginning with Baudelaire and [&hellip
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Vanity Fair: Madrid’s ARCO 2000 Falls Flat

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Vanity Fair So I’ve just managed to traipse through several rooms of the Reina Sofia museum with a cocktail in my hand. Instead of a reprimand, servers in white monkey suits offer up flutes of bubbly, paper-thin slices of jabugo ham, puff pastries with caviar crowns–food and drink every bit as dressed up and unsatisfying [&hellip
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Conceptual Doodler Jim Lambie, in Soho

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To the Mat When I met Scottish artist Jim Lambie I couldn’t understand a single word he said. "Cummonin," he garbled, gesturing amiably toward the back room. "If ya wanta, ya canna leav yar kooots over deeere." Standing up a minute, Lambie pointed at a forlorn-looking twig leaning against the wall. "Dat’s ma saoul steek," [&hellip
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Computer World

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Computer World What developing trend appears most evident after a recent traipse through Chelsea’s rapidly expanding gallery district? Among the homages to old minimalists, the hyping of the requisite BAOM (British Artist of the Month, pronounced like the English bum) and the predictable forays into feckless youth culture, there is a trio of exhibitions that [&hellip
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Pinochet’s Shadow: No Politics, Please. We’re Chilean.

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Leaning over the row of swarming Japanese tourists, I catch a glimpse of the scorched brown crags that are the Andes at the start of a South American summer. Obscured by Yokohama BayStars baseball caps and unseasonal Gore-Tex, the bone-dry Andes are barely distinguishable from an enveloping brown haze. Record levels of air pollution descended [&hellip
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Cildo Meireles

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Cildo Meireles But there have been more than a few exceptions to this loose, stilted rule. Modernism was given several pre-deconstructive inversions by artists like the Cuban Wilfredo Lam and the Uruguayan Joaquin Torres-Garcia, long before anyone had recourse to the thick-tongued blatherings of Jean Baudrillard or Luce Irigaray. The Mexican muralists, all on their [&hellip
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Jeff Koons: Easyfun

Written by Christian Viveros-Faune on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Accentuating the elephant graveyard feel is the work of Jeff Koons, on exhibit this month at Sonnabend after an eight-year absence. Koons, returned after a forced, publicity-fraught hiatus from which many thought he would never recover, has arrayed the gallery walls with more blindingly dumb products from his candy-colored fakery factory–kiddie mirrors in the shape [&hellip
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