PRINT December 1999

Bruce Hainley

1. The Simpsons A comic Möbius strip of form/content—or is it thinking/feeling? The episode with Homer as an outsider artist taking pointers from Jasper Johns typifies what’s at stake: the most acute and omnivorous analysis of contemporary American culture extant.

2. Robert Ryman The intimate, Steinian, self-selected survey of his work for a single room at SF MOMA was, well, perfect. One summer day I walked across the street from the Ryman room to a selection of Vincent Fecteau’s sculptures in an otherwise dismal show at the Yerba Buena Center. The artists’ very different but quietly connected works became a primer in how to understand the other, and how to pay attention. The experience set a standard for whatever “looking at art” is: a private search for something weird, luminous, and counterfactual.

3. Jack Smith I was going to choose Mike Kelley’s 1994 Whitney survey—which demonstrated

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