• Bill Viola, Emergence, 2002, production still from a color video.

    Bill Viola

    The National Gallery, London
    Trafalgar Square
    October 22, 2003–January 4, 2004

    The Getty Center
    1200 Getty Center Drive
    January 24–April 27, 2003

    Museum Brandhorst
    Kunstareal Theresienstrasse 35a
    February 1–December 31, 2004

    Video artist Bill Viola spent two years in the late ’90s participating in a Getty Research Institute project on representations of human passions. Now the fruit of that project, Emergence, 2002, a joint commission of the institute and the Getty Museum, is on view with twelve other installations from the past two years in this survey organized by John Walsh, the museum’s director emeritus. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue featuring a conversation between Viola and art historian Hans Belting and a separate scholarly publication edited by art historian Richard Meyer based on the Research Institute project.

  • Richard Artschwager, Untitled (Potatoes II), 1997, acrylic on Celotex, 37 x 34".

    Richard Artschwager

    Kaiser Wilhelm Museum
    Joseph Beuys-Platz 1
    June 29–September 21, 2003

    Staatliche Graphische Sammlung

    October 8, 2003–January 6, 2004


    March 1–May 25, 2003

    Although this exhibition includes seventy-odd works by Richard Artschwager dating from 1960 through 2002, it’s not exactly a retrospective; in fact, the artist calls it an “introspective,” according to its curator, Winterthur director Dieter Schwarz. This may be because it focuses on Artschwager’s drawings, surely his least-known work. Even the painting and sculpture on view are recondite: Schwarz’s selection from the ’90s, for example, highlights Artschwager’s portraits, a genre with which he is not readily associated. In addition to a catalogue, Schwarz has published two books: Writing and Interviews, and Drawings, 1960–2002 —a long-overdue opportunity to see the artist put his perplexities into words.