October/November 2020 in Artforum

October/November 2020 in Artforum



November 2, 2020
October/November 2020 in Artforum
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In this issue of Artforum:

Artists’ Projects: For this election issue, Artforum asked nine artists—Judith Bernstein, Jennifer Bolande, Sue Coe (with introduction by Lauren O’Neill-Butler), Renée Green, Tomashi Jackson (with introduction by Amarie Gipson), Tala Madani, Kenny Scharf, Taryn Simon, and Adam Pendleton (whose work is on the cover)—to contribute projects reflecting on a moment that requires us to think the unthinkable.

“Galvanized by the heartbreak of generational trauma and decades of prolonged crisis, Jackson sees her work as a mode of healing, a means to salvage the ruptured records of the past in order to better understand our present.”
—Amarie Gipson

Critical Care: Colby Chamberlain on the art of Park McArthur

“Sometimes the best deconstruction is a sledgehammer to the curb.
—Colby Chamberlain

Pandemic Flowers: Benjamin H. D. Buchloh on the art of Luciano Perna

“Staged artificially against a black background, Perna’s images already exude a whiff of the pompes funèbres, as though they knew all too well that this might be their only public appearance before the extinction, if not of the plant itself, then at least of the spectatorial patience to spend even one more moment on melancholic contemplation. Yet dialectically, the chromatic intensity of Perna’s still lifes, their technological luminosity as much as their slippery mobility from site to site, might easily antiquate anybody’s desire to possess a printed picture.”
—Benjamin H. D. Buchloh


Paige K. Bradley on QAnon

“The QAnon narrative collages American conspiracy literature’s greatest hits of the past 70-odd years into a contemporary mythic LARP of mistrust with a runaway cult following and a demonstrable trail of violence.”

And: Laura McLean-Ferris on Ken Okiishi’s Vital Behaviors, 2019Amy Taubin on Garrett Bradley’s Time, 2020, and America, 2019Du Keke on the Yokohama Triennale 2020; and more than 35 exhibition reviews from around the globe.

Plus: Erika Balsom on Tsai Ming-liang’s DaysEmmanuel Iduma on the Kamoinge WorkshopChristina Catherine Martinez on “Sisi in Private,” Alexandro Segade’s Fall of the Death CultMichael Lobel on art and the United States Postal ServicePaige K. Bradley on QAnonLauren O’Neill-Butler on the Feminist Art Coalition, and Akeem Smith shares his Top Ten.

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