Annette Messager

  • THEIR FAVORITE EXHIBITIONS OF THE YEAR

    To take stock of the past year, Artforum contacted an international group of artists to find out which exhibitions were, in their eyes, the very best of 2006.

    AMY SILLMAN

    “Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul” (Museum of Modern Art, New York) In a rather cynical mode, I trudged uptown one day last spring to see the Munch show at MoMA for what I thought would be a cliché-ridden overview of Nordic gloom-goth. What I got instead was a hard punch to the gut: powerful color, radical ideas about the depiction of memory as space, paintings with emotional vanishing points rather than rational optical

  • PROTECTION, A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM

    In today’s newsletter, the editors look back at a project created by French artists Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager for Artforum’s April 1989 issue. Boltanski passed away on July 14 at the age of seventy-six.

    “Protection”—the tender, eerie project created by Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager for Artforum’s April 1989 issue—comprises two photographs by Boltanski, each facing an image of a sculpture by Messager; in effect, the artists created two diptychs, a kind of call-and-response across four pages of the magazine. The first of his muzzy black-and-white snaps is of a child soundly