AAA Corp, TransmissionTour, The Wages of Fear #01 The Use-Value of Art There must be something to Jung's idea of synchronicity. Or did my brain store away some dim memory of a press release? In any case, after last week's exposition of my categorical risk concept --inspired by the Lee Lozano exhibition at P.S.1 -- here is an exhibition on related matters, "The Future of the Reciprocal Readymade," curated by Stephen Wright for apexart (291 Church St., south of Walker, to April 17.) Yes, there is … [Read more...]


Lee Lozano, Untitled Drawing, n.d.       A Method in Her Madness What is one to do with Lee Lozano (1930-1999)? A free-ranging survey of her art at P.S.1 in Queens (through April) prompts some thoughts. First of all, we get to see several bodies of work: large paintings and drawings of tools; drawings about sex, sometimes with tools as sex instruments; abstract paintings (but not her justifiably well-remembered Wave Series); and conceptual/performance pieces as spelled … [Read more...]


     Yayoi Kusama, Fireflies on the Water                     Part One: The Serious and Ambitious Catalogue   The three curators of the 2004 Whitney Biennial -- Chrissie Iles, Shamim Momin, and Debra Singer -- make an immodest claim in the jointly signed catalogue introduction. The current biennial, they write, suggests an art "sea change" as important as that … [Read more...]


     Twelve Years That Shook the Art World They were so young, so committed, and so smart -- according to themselves. But shouldn't we add self-deluded, pompous, and ruthless? The evidence is all there in the self-serving statements, contempt for others and general viciousness of the editors and writers of Artforumas recorded in Amy Newman's breathtaking Challenging Art: Artforum 1962-1974. It's now in paperback and a good beach-read even when it's too cold for the … [Read more...]


    Still from Morrison: Decasia                    Film As Art Bill Morrison's film Decasia: The State of Decay is art. I don't mean to say that Hitchcock's Vertigo or any number of Dogma films are any less art. But Decasia is art the way Blood of a Poet is or Stan Brakhage's Mothlight or Bruce Conner's Movie or Andy Warhol's Empire are. Decasia was originally created for a multimedia … [Read more...]