January 2017 in Artforum

January 2017 in Artforum


January 4, 2017
January 2017 in Artforum
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This month in Artforum:

SPRING PREVIEW: 45 shows worldwide—Merce Cunningham, Louise Lawler, the Whitney Biennial, Picasso and Rivera, Jimmie Durham, Sharjah Biennial 13, Song Dong, and more.

Art and the New World Order

“Trump’s image produces a reality effect like no other before it.” 
—Michelle Kuo, Editor’s Letter

“The Marshall Plan”: Carroll Dunham on Kerry James Marshall’s Mastry

“Marshall’s work is noteworthy for the bright but surprisingly gentle light it sheds on the horribly mutilated condition of our collective psyche when it comes to matters of ‘race.’”
—Carroll Dunham

“America Year Zero”: Ara Osterweil on Kenneth Anger’s Fireworks (1947)

“Anger’s ecstasy is a psychic and erotic rendering of historical crisis.”
—Ara Osterweil

1000 Words: Pieter Schoolwerth talks about “Model as Painting”

“If human labor really is at the root of every digital network, the model is always, ultimately, a human figure working in the shadows.”
—Pieter Schoolwerth

Christine Mehring on Wolf Vostell’s Concrete Traffic

“Concrete Traffic’s recent rediscovery underscores how much we still have to learn about the transformations and transpositions of neo-avant-garde strategies across vastly disparate sites and, indeed, the world.”
—Christine Mehring 

Openings: Bruce Hainley on Kenneth Tam

“Tam’s endeavors are heir to the rowdy incorrigibility of Jackass and its blunt knockoffs.”
—Bruce Hainley

Erika Balsom on Dreamlands at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Dreamlands suggests a genealogy of the moving image founded in the anarchic freedoms and fantasies of movement untethered from gravity and photography alike.”
—Erika Balsom

Chika Okeke-Agulu and Mara Hoberman on Egyptian Surrealism

“Surrealism, with its rhetoric of boundless freedom, offered Egyptians a counterargument against midcentury fascism and nationalism.”
—Chika Okeke-Agulu

And: Diedrich Diederichsen on Kai Althoff, Rhea Anastas on Beverly BuchananJames Quandt on Abbas Kiarostami, and Christopher S. Wood on “The Luther Effect”

Plus: Naomi Fry on the GALA Committee, J. Hoberman on Pablo Larraín’s Neruda, David Huber on Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, Himali Singh Soin on James Bridle’s Cloud Index, and Women’s History Museum share their Top Ten.

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