Wolfgang Tillmans

  • Wolfgang Tillmans

    1 HÉLIO OITICICA (WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK; CURATED BY LYNN ZELEVANSKY, ELISABETH SUSSMAN, JAMES RONDEAU, AND DONNA DE SALVO WITH ANNA KATHERINE BRODBECK) Before seeing the Whitney’s retrospective I had thought that I knew a lot about Hélio Oiticica. However, this exhibition’s vibrancy took me by surprise. The galleries were brimming with the energy of a multigenerational audience taking in the different facets of the artist’s work, sensitively displayed and ranging from Concrete to Conceptual to participatory art to Happenings.

    Co-organized with the Carnegie Museum of Art,

  • The Best Exhibitions of 2014

    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 2014.

    OSCAR MURILLO

    KIM GORDON

    LORETTA FAHRENHOLZ

    Broad City is the first TV show to fully exploit the comic potential of the gentrification of our minds.

    WOLFGANG TILLMANS

    LAURE PROUVOST

    This is an image from a book on Ferdinand Cheval’s Palais Idéal (1912). My family was recently seeking architectural inspiration for a museum that will be built when our lost granddad comes out of his conceptual tunnel. It has now been more than

  • Wolfgang Tillmans

    1 “William Leavitt: Theater Objects” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; curated by Ann Goldstein and Bennett Simpson) Leavitt’s paintings and film-set installations of the 1970s and ’80s show an awareness of the constructedness and fragmentation of Western reality that was way ahead of his time. For example, his paintings can seem curiously lacking in detail, unless you know that he took a cue from prop art, doing the minimum necessary to make the work look like a “real painting” when captured on film—a low-res approach that predicted the degradation of image quality that is all

  • IN CONVERSATION: WHO DO YOU LOVE?

    Isa Genzken: I can give you a little tour of my studio. This is a piece for which I finally found a title today. It’s called Kinder filmen [Children Who Film]. I find it’s a beautiful title.

    Wolfgang Tillmans: That’s what it looks like, children filming.

    IG: [Laughs.] This one of the dolls is new, too.

    WT: Is that one a dog?

    IG: No, it’s actually a little bear. But the ears are no longer there, and that’s why one doesn’t quite know what it is. The children have wreaked some havoc—they’re romping. [Laughter.]

    WT: You suggest that they’re just playing, but do you also see that they’re somehow a bit

  • BEST OF THE ’90s: MUSIC



    CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, artist:
    Driving across Europe with only one cassette, I never tired of MC Solaar’s Paradisiaque, a dazzling cross-cultural mix between American rap and chanson française—skillful wordplay in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp and Serge Gainsbourg.



    BEN RATLIFF, music critic, New York Times:
    I’ve been amazed by Caetano Veloso’s records––he is the avatar of a universal artist in pop music: a musician who studies and protects the cultural traditions of the New World, then generously expands them.

    ELIZABETH PEYTON, artist: Nirvana.

    BARBARA KRUGER, artist: There is no best of—just a