PRINT December 2001

Daniel Birnbaum


1 Dominque Gonzalez-Foerster New pieces this year by the French artist underline her unique sense of atmospheric space—whether urban, cinematic, or architectonic. She moves deftly between genres, always conveying an unmistakable mix of ambience and light melancholy. Taking leave of the world of galleries and museums to put in an appearance at the Cannes film festival, she showed two new works. This year she also debuted her movie Plages, shot in Rio de Janeiro, which documents an enormous public artwork, the several-miles-long “drawing” by Roberto Burle-Marx on the sidewalk along the Copacabana. The strange imagery—partying throngs on the beach, fireworks, and heavy rain—reminds me first of Andreas Gursky, then Turner. Gonzalez-Foerster completed her first major public work in September at the Bonne-Nouvelle Métro station in Paris. With subtle materials (

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