January 4, 2016 - Artforum - January 2016
January 4, 2016

January 2016 in Artforum


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This month in Artforum:

SPRING PREVIEW: 50 shows worldwideRobert Mapplethorpe, Fischli/Weiss, Marcel Broodthaers, Kerry James Marshall, the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Digging a Hole in China, and more.

Burning Man: We still don’t fully understand the lush yet ruined pictures of Alberto Burri, whose singular attack on—and revivification of—painting remains on view in a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York this month. Art historian Anthony White probes the cover artist’s incendiary impact on Arte Povera and postwar art at large:

“Burri’s blowtorch creates a violent erasure—a mutilation that eradicates surface, and a mark that is its own removal.” 
–Anthony White

In honor of groundbreaking filmmakerChantal Akerman, five of her collaborators, colleagues, and critics—Kathy Halbreich, Nicola Mazzanti, Babette Mangolte,J. Hoberman, and Amy Taubin—reflect on the artist’s cinematic achievements.

“The slow-moving, almost amatory pace of Akerman’s films suggests she was prepared to use her camera to patiently probe every crack in modernity’s facade.” 
–Kathy Halbreich 

1000 Words:LA-based artist Max Hooper Schneidertalks about his post-apocalyptic “ecology of neglect”: 

“I see what I do in terms of the uncanny. It’s about the possibilities that come out of uncouth taxonomies.” 
–Max Hooper Schneider

Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Christopher Williams, and Candida Höfer on Hilla Becher:

“The Bechers showed that the artist could engage with a larger cultural dialogue from a position of critical distance rather than as an expression of self.” 
–Christopher Williams 

The Mirror and the Vamp:David E. James on Andy Warhol‘sopus of lost stardom, Lupe:

“In Lupe, Warhol allowed Edie to be a Hollywood star but then subjected her to a cruelly punitive and degrading death.” 
–David E. James  

David Joselit on International Pop and The World Goes Pop:

“Any exhibition seeking to ‘decolonize Pop’ must acknowledge both the indispensability and the inadequacy of Pop’s dominant narratives.” 
–David Joselit

David J. Roxburghand Kaelen Wilson-Goldie onWalid Raadat the Museum of Modern Art:

“Raad’s works oscillate between fact and fiction in a cycle of avowal and disavowal, affirmation and negation, assertion and prevarication.” 
–David J. Roxburgh

Openings:Alexander Scrimgeouron David Raymond Conroy:

“Conroy focuses on that uniquely contemporary subject who produces and consumes at once.” 
–Alexander Scrimgeour

Plus: Alex Kitnick on Greater New York; Greil Marcus on Asger Jornand Jacqueline de Jong;Sarah Wilsonon Kiki Kogelnik; Beau RutlandonKerstin Brätsch; Erika Balsom on Omer Fast‘sRemainder; Irene V. Smallon Videobrasil; Brian Dillon on Wayne Koestenbaum‘s Pink Trance Notebooks; Annie Godfrey Larmon on UnREAL; Lauren O’Neill-Butleron Museum of Stones;and producer and songwriter Dev Hynes shares his Top Ten

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