PRINT December 2003

Daniel Birnbaum


1 Olafur Eliasson, The Weather Project (Tate Modern, London) This synthetic, heliocentric cosmos is no doubt the artwork of the year. Activating the space itself and involving the viewer both as a perceiving subject and as a body among bodies (when I went to the Tate, hundreds of people were on the floor, looking at themselves in the mirror on the ceiling), Eliasson’s installation reaffirms that great art can be popular. A cultic space without a hint of New Age kitsch, his transformed Turbine Hall is majestic, even—dare I say it?—sublime.

2 Mrs. Kabakov’s Underwear In a city like Moscow, where buildings are torn down overnight and new ones sprout up in their place, little remains constant. In fact, I found only one thing: a peculiar lamp, which I first noticed when I went to the Moscow House of Photography to see a show about Ilya Kabakov and his circle. In the

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