May 3, 2021 - Artforum - May 2021
May 3, 2021


Chao-Chen Yang, Apprehension (detail), ca. 1942. C-print, 16 x 12.5 inches. 

May 2021
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This month in Artforum:

For Asian Lives to Matter: Joan Kee on Chao-Chen Yang’s Apprehension, ca. 1942
“The resonance is strong enough to warrant asking whether Asian bodies are visible only in the light of emergency: whirling flashers, raging infernos, the hellfire of bombs, even the overhead glare of an interrogation cell.”
—Joan Kee

The Stranger: Colby Chamberlain on the art of Dave McKenzie
“The radically democratic potential of addressing a public lies in never knowing for sure who will respond.”
—Colby Chamberlain

Self Made: Johanna Fateman on the art of Niki de Saint Phalle
“By 1963, Saint Phalle had already taken up arms against the church, the Father, and the picture plane.”
—Johanna Fateman

Thomas Crow on KAWS
“Dirty train yards and highway overpasses were one thing; clean transparent casings of ads on Manhattan phone booths and bus shelters were another.”
—Thomas Crow

And: Dawn Chan introduces an artist project by Luke Libera Moore; David Rimanelli on Dean Sameshima’s Outlaw, 2003; Domenick Ammirati on Whitney Claflin; and more than 35 exhibition reviews from around the globe.

Plus: Tina Rivers Ryan on NFTs, Peter L’Official on David Hammons’s Day’s End, Tavia Nyong’o and Coco Romack on Ron Athey at Participant Inc, Molly Warnock on James Bishop, J. Hoberman on Ulrike Ottinger’s Paris Calligrammes, and Elias Bender Rønnenfelt shares his Top Ten.

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