Rachel Kushner

Rachel Kushner

Books: Best of 2013

December 2013

A movement within the Autonomist movement, Italian feminism of the 1970s was both highly intellectual and earthy—a kind of feminism that, on account of its deep roots in philosophy, Marxism, and psychoanalysis, shared little to nothing with… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

WOMAN IN REVOLT: ALBERTO GRIFI AND MASSIMO SARCHIELLI’S ANNA

November 2012

“HOSPITALS, PRISONS, AND BARRACKS ARE LIKE THIS. Once you’re in, you’re screwed. . . . You’re sick because you don’t understand their medicine,” says Vincenzo Mazza as he encounters, and diagnoses with astonishing clarity, the … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2012 [TOC]

“Wade Guyton OS”

October 2012

The “OS” in the title of Wade Guyton’s Whitney show this fall stands for “operating system,” and if Guyton’s singular and inimitable practice is less hegemonic than Windows, it is one that has earned him recognition as one of the… READ ON

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CLOSE-UP: REBEL MOVEMENT

Rachel Kushner on Stan Douglas’s Disco Angola

April 2012

DISCO ANGOLA HAS A CERTAIN RING, the seeming incongruity of the two words registering as a dark irony and something more specific, a godforsaken watering hole or open-air dance floor in some late-colonial “paradise.” Then again, it could… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2012 [TOC]

Claire Fontaine: Economies

May 2010

Curated by Ruba Katrib Claire Fontaine is not just a conspicuously feminine name for an artists’ collaboration. “She” cannot be mistaken for a woman, because she is already something else: a brand of French notebook, more ready-made … READ ON

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THE BEST BOOKS OF 2009

BOOKS

December 2009

Every year Artforum invites a spectrum of scholars, critics, and writers to reflect on the year’s outstanding titles.  RACHEL KUSHNER  Once upon a time in Paris, there was a short-lived meeting place in the form of a journal called Tiqqun,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2009 [TOC]

ALLEGORICAL IMPERATIVE: SILVIA KOLBOWSKI’S AFTER HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR

January 2009

IN HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR’S opening montage, Alain Resnais’s camera glides through Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum, pausing before various reconstructions of horror—masses of anonymous hair; a gnarled, heat-blasted bicycle; a photograph… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2009 [TOC]

Paul McCarthy

May 2008

Timed to coincide with the museum's Buckminster Fuller exhibition, the presentation highlights Paul McCarthy's affective relationship to built space, in the form of two early films and three architectural installations.… READ ON

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“íCuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today”

January 2008

The exhibition begins in 1868, when the country embarked on its Ten Years' War for independence from Spain, and follows through the long twentieth century of ideological and aesthetic flux.… READ ON

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1000 WORDS: HARRY DODGE AND STANYA KAHN

January 2008

“ONCE UPON A TIME, or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise,” begins the Beatles’s 1968 animated extravaganza, Yellow Submarine. As the opening line’s turn on the cliché suggests, visions of other worlds—past, future, or … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2008 [TOC]