January 4, 2006 - Artforum - January 2006 in Artforum
January 4, 2006

January 2006 in Artforum

January 2006 in Artforum

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A wonder of Trecartins videos is that his approach seems as intuitive and driven by a mad scientiststyle tunnel vision as it is rigorous and sophisticated, grounded in his expert editing and inordinate gift for constructing complex avant-garde narratives.–Dennis Cooper

And: Art historian Caroline A. Jones assesses cover artist Rosemarie Trockels midcareer retrospective at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Perceiving a witty twist on the feminism of the 1970s and 80s (when Trockel came of age), Jones pays particular attention to how the artists installation reacts to the Ludwigs collection of works by male masters and demonstrates Trockels recent shift in emphasis from machine to hand, pattern to process.

Introducing the retrospectives generally rollicking tone, Trockels Yes, but melds Vienna Actionism with The Dinner Party catered by a Raggedy Ann Chef Boyardee.–Caroline A. Jones

Also: Johanna Burton visits Marina Abramovics reenactment of iconic performance works from the 1960s and 70s at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, while Martin Herbert surveys the hypnotic cinematic work of Runa Islam, an artist who seems equally at home with Michelangelo Antonioni and Jack Goldstein, Alain Resnais and Catherine Sullivan.

Plus: Elizabeth Schambelan talks with Jessica Stockholder about a major new installation at the Kusthallen Brandts in Odense, Denmark, which brings together fake fur, space heaters, and levitating greenhouses. Schambelan remarks: In its careful calibration of strange-bedfellow elements and its vacillation between screwball comedy and the sublime, the exhibition evinces a sensibility that resonates across contemporary sculptural practices yet remains wholly singular.

All that, plus: P. Adams Sitney surveys the films of Morgan Fisher; Benjamin H. D. Buchloh reviews Richard Leemans Cy Twombly: A Monograph; Robin Wood takes in Michael Hanekes new movie Caché; Esther da Costa Meyer discusses Peter Eisenmans Holocaust memorial in Berlin; Jeffrey Kastner hits Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem; and Sven Lütticken immerses himself in Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero, and Nicolaus Schafhausens exhibition series Populism.

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