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THE ARTISTS’ ARTISTS

THEIR FAVORITE EXHIBITIONS OF 2008

To take stock of the past year, Artforum contacted an international group of artists to find out which exhibitions were, in their eyes, the very best of 2008.

DUNCAN CAMPBELL

James Coleman, Background, 1991–94 (Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin) Existential photo-novel? Soap opera? Mail-order-catalogue photo shoot? Coleman’s installations, pairing slide projection with synchronized audio, don’t lend themselves to easy categorization. In Background, shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art this year, the male narrator’s voice adds to the general dislocation, straining earnestly to convey some sort of meaning, while stuttering in his efforts to enunciate the very words being read. His voice shifting, he speaks in turn on behalf of each of the four characters presented. This is no dry disputation on the production of meaning, but a conversation with the self, about the self—a darkly humorous

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