Jennifer Allen

Previewing Documenta 12; Goldin on American Politics; More

December 2003

Roger Martin Buergel outlines his plans for Documenta 12; Nan Goldin explains how George W. Bush drove her to abandon New York City; and Monica Bonvicini unveils an artwork that “gives new meaning to the transparency of public space.”… READ ON

NEWS

Buergel to Curate Documenta 12; Report from Miami; More

December 2003

Roger Martin Buergel, “the curator whom even people in the know hardly know,” is chosen to organize Documenta 12; a critic at Art Basel Miami Beach finds the surreal festivities more interesting than the art; and the Venice Biennale's … READ ON

NEWS

Hirst's Buyback; The High Cost of Free Admission; and More

December 2003

Damien Hirst purchases a dozen of his own works from Charles Saatchi and prepares for his 2004 retrospective in Naples.  Plus: Britain's financially strapped public museums struggle to stay afloat; Christie's is embroiled in a case of art… READ ON

NEWS

Joep van Liefland

December 2003

There is something for everyone in Joep van Liefland’s “Video Palace,” a fully operational video rental store that the Dutch artist has been setting up illegally in abandoned buildings around Berlin over the past two years. In its latest… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2003 [TOC]

Public Bathrooms as Public Art; Adventures in Venice; More

November 2003

In Oslo, artist Lars Ramberg wins a juried competition to memorialize Norway's centennial, but his proposal—for three public toilets dubbed “liberté,” “égalité,” and “fraternité”—ultimately gives some jurors cold feet. … READ ON

NEWS

The Proposed Privatization of the Venice Biennale; and More

November 2003

Italy's minister of culture proposes a series of reforms that would effectively privatize the Venice Biennale—and, as one critic puts it, lead to “chaos, chaos, chaos.”  Plus: A German supermarket chain stocks contemporary art; and … READ ON

NEWS

Paul McCarthy

November 2003

It’s hard to imagine Paul McCarthy at a housewarming party, but a better artist could not have initiated the program at Hauser & Wirth's new London space on Piccadilly. Not only did McCarthy create and film performances in these, the former… READ ON

PICKS

Venice's Vital Statistics; Catherine M. in the Flesh; More

November 2003

The Venice Biennale reveals record-breaking ticket sales; Catherine Millet's sexual memoir is adapted for the stage; and the Fondation Beyeler announces layoffs and budget cuts.… READ ON

NEWS

Globalization Debate in Venice; Eisenman's Memorial; More

November 2003

This week in the European papers: Francesco Bonami, Jean Baudrillard, et al. debate the implications of globalization at the closing of the Venice Biennale; and construction of Peter Eisenman's Berlin Holocaust Memorial is suspended as a … READ ON

NEWS

Paweł Althamer

November 2003

It was just like old times in Berlin: scarred walls adorned with rusty nails, loose electrical wires, and saggy wallpaper; a broken skylight where the rain had come in; an old sink hopelessly plugged with dirt; a car seat crowning a pile of… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2003 [TOC]