Michael Almereyda

  • SAUL LEITER: A PORTFOLIO

    So the days pass and I ask myself sometimes whether one is not hypnotized, as a child by a silver globe, by life; and whether this is living. It’s very quick, bright, exciting. But superficial perhaps. I should like to take the globe in my hands and feel it quietly, round, smooth, heavy, and so hold it, day after day. I will read Proust I think. I will go backwards and forwards.

    —Virginia Woolf, November 28, 1928

    IN 2006, AFTER A TEN-YEAR SEARCH for a publisher, New York’s Howard Greenberg Gallery persuaded Steidl to issue Saul Leiter’s first book, Early Color. This monograph, which has just

  • THEIR FAVORITE EXHIBITIONS OF THE YEAR

    To take stock of the past year, Artforum asked an international group of artists to select the single image, exhibition, or event that most memorably captured their eye in 2012.

    RITA ACKERMANN

    Gang Gang Dance (September 22, Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn) If materialism is the unwanted fat on our spirits, Gang Gang Dance’s music is the blade that cuts it all off. Their sounds burn up that heaviness of need and greed and lift the spirits to other dimensions. A hundred years ago, Rudolf Steiner wrote The Philosophy of Freedom and feverishly lectured about protective space and other visionary ideas to

  • EYES WIDE OPEN: THE FILMS OF JEM COHEN

    “TRY TO PRAISE THE MUTILATED WORLD”. So runs the title and refrain of the Adam Zagajewski poem given heightened relevance by its inclusion in the New Yorker’s black-covered 9/11 issue. Jem Cohen e-mailed me the poem after coming up for air from our career-spanning discussion of his work—an interview triggered by the imminent New York release of Chain, his third and latest feature film. Shot over several years in a variety of countries, Chain is a quietly corrosive portrait of two women drifting through a not-quite-locatable world of malls, corporate centers, and hotels. The film occupies the