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January 2018 in Artforum

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January 2018 in Artforum

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This month in Artforum:

Editor’s Letter: David Velasco on the Power of Good-Bye:

“I wanted in this issue, my first as editor, to recall the potent combative and curative forces of representation, to identify techniques for showing the world a better idea about what it should be.”
—David Velasco

The Uses of Power: We’re now a year into the indisputably disastrous tenure of predator-in-chief Donald J. Trump. To picture our current life and imagine possible lives otherwise, Artforum invited seven artists and two writers—Nan Goldin, Adrian Piper, Sable Elyse Smith, Kia LaBeija, Donald Moffett, House of Ladosha, K8 Hardy, Johanna Fateman, and Paul B. Preciado—to consider how we can and should use power:

“In the present war against ‘misconduct,’ we rely on victims to be our bravest soldiers.”
—Johanna Fateman

“It is in the field of reproduction—sexual, social, cultural—that we confront the most crucial dimension of contemporary power.”
—Paul B. Preciado

January Previews: We look ahead to 40 spring shows worldwideOutliers and American Vanguard Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; 2018 Triennial at the New Museum, New York; Joan Jonas at the Tate Modern, London; Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts at the Schaulager, Basel; Mona Saudi at the Sharjah Art Foundation; and more.

Trains of Thought: Graham Bader on the art of Reinhard Mucha:

“Though his work is conceptually grounded and suffused with historical references, Mucha is fundamentally a sensual artist.”
—Graham Bader

With Love: Azikiwe Mohammed talks with Claudia Rankine about Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime:

“A utopia is a fantasy into which you dump all your wishes and dreams but which ultimately functions like a scapegoat. I wanted to envision something that could actually work.”
—Azikiwe Mohammed

And: Molly Nesbit and Ewa Lajer-Burcharth on Linda Nochlin; Daniel Quiles on Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985; Kaira M. Cabañas on Anna Maria Maiolino; Andy Campbell on Laura Aguilar; Erika Balsom on Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision; and Melissa Gronlund on the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Plus: Richard Deming on John Ashbery, Stuart Liebman on Naum Kleiman’s Eisenstein on Paper, Rex Butler on Thomas Crow’s No Idols, Phyllis Tuchman on Robert Smithson’s Monuments of Passaic, and Carlos Motta shares his Top Ten.


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