This month in Artforum:
“Event Scores”: In his final interview, multidisciplinary artist Terry Adkins, who passed away unexpectedly as our March issue went to press, talked with composer and computer-music pioneer George Lewis about performance, improvisation, history, race, and sensation:
“The Mars rover is my model of what I want to make as an interactive artist—an improvising machine that you set down on the surface of a hostile planet, where it makes its own way.”
“I try to make sculpture that is as ephemeral and transient as music is.”
Daniela Stöppel on the art of Lucie Stahl:
“Stahl’s work points to the liquid magic, the near-enchanted malleability, of processes of visual representation today.”
Sarah Nicole Prickett on Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac:
“Charlotte Gainsbourg, too jolie laide to be uglified, is the first actor von Trier has found who gets hotter in the face of abasement.”
–Sarah Nicole Prickett
Manuel Borja-Villel on T. J. Clark‘s latest tome, Picasso and Truth:
“For Clark, Guernica sums up the tension between the private space of the bourgeoisie and the public space of the new mass society.”
Close-up: Tony Pipolo plumbs the family psychodynamics of Stan Brakhage‘s Tortured Dust (1984):
“The tensions that afflicted Brakhage while making Tortured Dust suggest he was struggling toward finding a way of revealing unpleasant things about himself to those he loved.”
· Also: Achim Hochdörfer visits Christopher Wool at the Guggenheim; Matt Saunders reviews Amy Sillman‘s retrospective; Greil Marcus considers Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis; Daniel Birnbaum remembers Arthur C. Danto; Winnie Wong examines the phenomenon of architectural copies in China; Kaelen Wilson-Goldie pens an Openings on Jumana Manna; and Thierry de Duve investigates the notion of non-art.
· Plus: Claire Bishop on Making Art Global; Alison M. Gingeras on Friedrich Kunath‘s artist’s book You Owe Me a Feeling; Daniel Birnbaum on “1938: Kunst, Künstler, Politik“; Zehra Jumabhoy on Bhupen Khakhar; and Fred Tomaselli relays his Top Ten.