Peter Fend

  • Peter Fend and Tom Otterness, Arctic Basin Floor skate park, 2012, digital rendering from a proposal to be presented at The Economist’s 2013 summit on the Arctic region, “Sustainable Transformation: The Way Ahead.”

    Peter Fend

    ART YIELDS IDEAS, technology gives means. Art needs technology to turn ideas into widespread belief, then construction. Credible information-gathering instruments like satellites and electron microscopes can be standard in art, in order to create an authoritative source of knowledge—and plans. I have worked with such instruments’ images since my first exhibition (as part of an artist team), at Caltech, in 1978. My collaborators and I have produced site analyses that have appeared on most TV-news networks and in international newspapers and scientific publications, and we have been invited

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson, World’s Fair, Brussels, Belgium, 1958, black-and-white photograph, 12 x 8 1/8". © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos.


    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.


    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