previews

  • The Eternal Silence of Infinite Space,1994.

    Jonathan Lasker

    Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20
    Grabbeplatz 5
    September 20–November 23, 2003

    Palacio de Velázquez

    June 5–September 7, 2003

    One after the other, artists of the ’80s are being rescued from postmodernism by valiant revisionist critics and curators. Unlike other damsels in distress, Jonathan Lasker refuses to drop the hankie, resolutely holding on to disjunction, preexisting systems, and the impossibility of direct expression. Reina Sofía vice-director Kevin Power takes the hint, using language as the organizing conceit for his full-scale survey of Lasker’s work. If this discourse is dated, the paintings are still here, and the show gives us the opportunity to reconsider them—not to recoup them for “beauty” but to think about their life as physical objects. (Power is joined by Robert Hobbs and Richard Milazzo in the catalogue.)

  • Robert Filliou, Tool Cross, 1969.

    Robert Filliou

    Museum Kunstpalast
    Ehrenhof 4-5
    July 26–November 9, 2003

    Barcelona

    April 28–June 29, 2003

    Lille Métropole Musée d'Art Moderne (LAM)
    1 Allée du Musée
    December 6, 2003–March 20, 2004

    “I have never joined any group. I dislike -isms. In art, in life, I reject theories. Manifestoes bore me. The spirit in which things are done is what interests me,” wrote Robert Filliou to George Maciunas in 1970, providing a road map for his own myriad productions. Filmmaker, “action poet,” sculptor, and Happenings maestro, the Europe-based Filliou (1926–87), for all his avowed independence, also collaborated with the likes of Marcel Broodthaers, Dieter Roth, and Daniel Spoerri. Organized by independent curator Sylvie Jouval for the three cosponsoring institutions, this large retrospective covers his work in all media.