Dike Blair

  • 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 and events were, in their eyes, the very best of 2010.

    SAÂDANE AFIF

    Jean-Pascal Flavien, No Drama House (Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin) Constructed in the gallery’s garden, Flavien’s house starts with a series of unsolvable problems—no center, too many corridors, too narrow—and then allows other things to happily get in the way. There’s a basement, but it’s aboveground outside. There’s a front door, but it’s on the second floor. Is there a garage? Who forgot the kitchen? There’s

  • Isamu Noguchi

    Focusing on Isamu Noguchi’s series of wood and stone totems that evoke the nearly sentient quality particular to his work, this retrospective covering mainly the early ’30s to the early ’60s celebrates the centenary of the Japanese artist’s birth. Also featured are sixty-five sculptures and twenty drawings, all highlighting Noguchi’s mix of European modernism with Japanese tradition and his extraordinary sense of material and form. Organized jointly by the Whitney and the Hirshhorn and curated by the latter’s Valerie Fletcher, the show is accompanied by a catalogue

  • OPENINGS: CLAUDE CLOSKY

    In 1997 Paris-based artist Claude Closky created a Web project for the Dia Foundation, Do you want love or lust? (www.diacenter.org/closky). Go there (it’s still online), choose love or lust, and you will follow an anfractuous and unending path of either/or links like “In social situations, are you most often feared by others or protected by others?” to another question like “Does the word ‘outlet’ make you jump for joy or leave you cold?” then to “Are you for or against Jane Fonda exercise tapes?” and on. This piece can be taken as, among many things, a satire of multiple-choice pop-psychology