PRINT December 2004

Bruce Hainley


1 “Sturtevant: The Brutal Truth” (Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt) Removing even the permanent collection, intrepid MMK director Udo Kittelmann and in-house curator Mario Kramer turned over the entire museum to Elaine Sturtevant, giving gorgeous space to more than 140 dazzling works, many seen for the first time in this exhibition, on view through January 30. Part of the instant fun is that at first glance it looks like a weird but really great group show; of course it’s not that at all. Complicated, maddening, exhilarating, the brutal truth repeated throughout is her project’s undeniable greatness. Thought as power is beauty.

2 Tomma Abts and Vincent Fecteau (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven) Such a brilliant combo. Curator Phillip van den Bossche had the perspicacity to trust the artists, impeccably providing each a solo room and each a room where one curated things—often

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