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February 8, 2003

February in Artforum

February in Artforum

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Amerika.

This month, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the late
Martin Kippenberger’s birth, Gregory Williams talks with Jeff Koons, Jan
Avgikos, Christopher Wool, Ronald Jones, Andrea Fraser, and Stephen Prina on the
German artist’s life and work. “Whenever I’m asked about whose work
influences me, I say Martin Kippenberger.” –Jeff Koons

Also in February: On the heels of his sprawling Bataille
Monument, realized for Documenta 11, Thomas Hirschhorn made his Manhattan gallery
debut last fall with Cavemanman. Michael Wilson paid a visit to
the site as the Swiss artist’s modern-day cardboard-and-packing-tape Lascaux took
shape. Hirschhorn: “[I was] thinking about tunnel systems in
Switzerland–manufactured spaces. I was interested in making a hidden
space that awaits discovery; a space in development–indefinite, perhaps
infinite.”

Supplying this month’s cover is Lebanese artist Walid Raad/the Atlas
Group. Lee Smith looks at this foundation involving individuals both
fictive and real charting an imaginary history of contemporary Lebanon.
“This is where the Atlas Group draws part of its energy–the obsessive
attempts to manage and take seriously what Raad calls the ‘hysterical
symptoms of the war.’”

PLUS: Bernard Frize curates an exhibition for the magazine’s pages
including Ayse Arkmen, Wim Delvoye, Mike Kelley, and Ellsworth Kelly;
“Standing Still,” a suite of photographs by artist Simryn Gill
documenting her travels across the Malaysian countryside; Kutlug Ataman talks about
1+1=1; and Barry Schwabsky on Larry Poons’s first break.

Subscribe today in time to receive Writing the 1980s: A Special
Two-Issue 40th Anniversary Edition, coming this March and April.

“This is an intermediate moment where people are going to reminisce and
at least begin to study the period. But to me it doesn’t seem historical
because so many of the developments of the ’80s . . . are still
unfolding.” –from an interview with Jeff Wall in the 40th Anniversary
Issue

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