Sam Lewitt

  • 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

  • Graham Parker’s Fair Use

    IN 1929, WALTER BENJAMIN observed that language as employed by Surrealism betrayed a deep tie to the day’s means of mechanical production and reproduction—seeming itself “only where sound and image, image and sound, interpenetrated with automatic precision and such felicity that no chink was left for the penny-in-the-slot called ‘meaning.’” For almost a decade, artist Graham Parker has sought to describe a similar relationship between language and automation in our own time by delineating the form of one of its most indigent packages. Like a digital lumpen, he has been hoarding spam through