Joan Kee

“Other Primary Structures”

January 2014

Curated by Jens Hoffmann Hailed as a founding moment of Minimalism, the exhibition “Primary Structures,” organized by Kynaston McShine at the Jewish Museum in 1966, stressed the importance of seeing things as presented rather than as … READ ON


“Kimsooja: Unfolding”

September 2013

Curated by Daina Augaitis In the mid-1990s, the peripatetic Korean artist Kimsooja helped define contemporary art’s so-called global turn by exploring what it means to be materially grounded in the midst of a fragmented world. In her … READ ON



Joan Kee, introduction

February 2013

Though TSURUKO YAMAZAKI is one of the longest-standing members of the Gutai group, much of her oeuvre still remains obscure. In the following pages, Artforum presents a selection of Yamazaki’s singular works—some published here for the … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2013 [TOC]

“Gutai: Splendid Playground”

Focus Preview

January 2013

“GUTAI: SPLENDID PLAYGROUND” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York February 15–May 8 Curated by Ming Tiampo and Alexandra Munroe  FOR THE GROUP that officially called itself the Gutai Art Association, being one step ahead was always… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2013 [TOC]


May 2012

PLAYING EVERYONE FROM TADZIO, the adolescent blond object of desire in Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice (1971), to Jack Nicholson’s world-weary Jake in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), Ming Wong has made a career out of reenacting… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2012 [TOC]

“Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha”

May 2012

Known for their canny juxtapositions of natural and industrial materials, the artists associated with Mono-ha (literally, the School of Things) have steadily gained recognition in Japan, Korea, and Europe since the group’s emergence in the… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2012 [TOC]

“Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only”

January 2012

Curated by Mami Kataokan As the discourse of contemporary art took a global turn in the mid-1990s, the Seoul-based artist Lee Bul rose to international prominence. Now, this front-runner of Asian contemporary art has her first midcareer … READ ON


Lee Ufan

October 2011

IT HAS BEEN SOME TWENTY YEARS since the great wave of introductions to modern non-Western art, the peak of which coincided with the popularization of such terms as globalization and transnationalism in the 1990s. Now, with those introductions… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2011 [TOC]

Lee Ufan

Focus Preview

May 2011

“LEE UFAN: MARKING INFINITY” SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK June 24–September 28 Curated by Alexandra Munroe  LEE UFAN WAS A CHAMPION of the global long before the global turn actually came to pass. As the theoretical pillar … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2011 [TOC]


January 2011

IN CONTEMPORARY ART, anything goes. Anything, that is, except for art made explicitly at the behest of the world’s most authoritarian nations. Such “official art,” to follow this line of reasoning, cannot be contemporary, since it lacks… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2011 [TOC]