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December 1, 2007

December 2007

December 2007

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“The Best of 2007.” What were the highlights in art during the past year? Artforum‘s special year-end issue compares notes with a cast of critics, curators, art historians, and artists from around the world.

Making their selections for outstanding individual shows and works are, for example, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh on Gerhard Richter’s project for the Cologne Cathedral; Tacita Dean on Block Beuys in Darmstadt, Germany; David Rimanelli on Carol Bove in New York; and Linda Norden on Robert Gober in Basel, Switzerland. And then, among the Top Tens, you’ll hear from Lynne Cooke, Daniel Birnbaum, Okwui Enwezor, Ann Goldstein, John Kelsey, Claire Bishop, Jessica Morgan, Matthew Higgs, Jack Bankowsky, Ali Subotnick, Tom Vanderbilt, and Marta Kuzma on what they found to be the year’s outstanding moments.

“It’s getting late in America. And Richard Prince’s retrospective showed his notoriously slippery yet spellbinding paintings and photographs to be the perfect talismans for the final days of Empire.” –Daniel Birnbaum on “Richard Prince: Spiritual America” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

“I did not know that Arnold Palmer drinks Lite Green Tea Lemonade Half & Half–that is, not until I first saw Tiger Woods, 2006, in Rachel Harrison’s indispensable spring show.” –Jack Bankowsky on Rachel Harrison at Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

“The works Bruce Nauman made in the 1960s effortlessly combine his personae as a nerdy art student in the studio (silly walk) and a techno geek (a hologram!) with his inner dork (counting stairs and playing with neon tubes) and, of course, the undeniable macho man (fishing!).” –Ali Subotnick on “A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s” at Berkeley Art Museum, California

Also: the best in film, music, and books chosen by Chrissie Iles, James Quandt, Amy Taubin, John Waters, T. J. Wilcox, David Byrne, Kim Gordon, Julian House, Damon Krukowski, Marissa Nadler, Alex Waterman, John Baldessari, T. J. Clark, Arthur C. Danto, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and more.

“The best feel-bad gay movie ever made.” –John Waters on Jacques Nolot’s Before I Forget

And: Artforum‘s annual “On the Ground” essays, where insiders give the lay of the land in different cities. This year, Debra Singer roams New York and finds parallel worlds in art and on stage; Michael Ned Holte surveys starry-eyed Los Angeles; Tomasz Fudala takes stock of “liquid” Warsaw; Jennifer Allen beholds rebuilt Berlin; Mathieu Borysevicz looks at glittering Shanghai; and Catherine Wood, Ryan Gander, and T. J. Demos weigh in on London beyond the bejeweled skull.

“For now, the living is still cheap, but the rate of change, its celerity, certainly makes the heart seem like a slow companion to history.” –Jennifer Allen on Berlin

Plus: “The Artists’ Artists.” The toughest judges divulge the shows that inspired and influenced them this year, with contributions from Allora & Calzadilla, Thomas Bayrle, Douglas Gordon, Wade Guyton, Sanja Ivekovic, Michael Krebber, Nate Lowman, Josephine Meckseper, Rosalind Nashashibi, Paulina Olowska, Alessandro Pessoli, Elizabeth Peyton, Cosima von Bonin, Xu Zhen, Akram Zaatari, and many, many others.

“Strangely contemplative and intimate, like a really, really loud love poem to each other, everything, and everyone.” –Enrico David on the Gilbert & George retrospective at Tate Modern, London

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