Stan Douglas

  • Stan Douglas, Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971, 2008, digital C-print, 114 1/2 x 70". From the series “Crowds and Riots,” 2008.

    Stan Douglas

    GIVEN NEW TECHNOLOGY, the user often trades convenience for control. Take the cell phone camera. Because cell phone camera designers are knowledgeable about what a conventionally “good” photograph looks like, everyone now takes “good” photographs, which is to say that everyone’s photographs tend to look exactly the same. Previously, the photographer either had an intimate technical understanding of what the camera was and so could control the image, or didn’t understand the inside of the camera at all but, because of the particular “mistakes” he or she inevitably made, still produced interesting

  • Guy de Cointet, My Father’s Diary, 1975. Performance view, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, February 4, 2009. Mary Ann Duganne Glicksman.


    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 2009.


    “Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors” (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) You kind of get the feeling that Bonnard was a real artist. He was concerned not with the past (art history), present (his contemporaries), or future (his legacy), but with expressing himself in terms of his own perceptions, interactions, and experiences of the world. Whether of a room, a still life, or a loved one, each painting becomes