Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Xu Zhen

January 2007

IN AUGUST 2005 word began to spread through the Chinese art community that the Shanghai-based artist Xu Zhen had scaled Mount Everest and, what’s more, managed (with a band of expert climbers) to saw off the top 1.86 meters of the mountain’s… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2007 [TOC]

Cao Fei

January 2006

CAO FEI IS A KEY MEMBER of the vibrant new generation of Chinese artists emerging in the early twenty-first century, a time marked by widespread optimism similar to that which existed in the US in the 1950s and ’60s. As curator Hou Hanru has… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2006 [TOC]

1000 WORDS: JENNIFER ALLORA AND GUILLERMO CALZADILLA

March 2005

For even the best-traveled viewer of contemporary art, the collaborative team of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla would seem to have made a startlingly abrupt entrance onto the international art-world stage. In just the past two years,… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2005 [TOC]

GOOD HUMOR MAN: DAVID ROBBINS’S “ICE CREAM SOCIAL”

November 2004

FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, DAVID ROBBINS’S standard biographical note has begun with a similar sentence: “David Robbins has had more than thirty solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and participated in many group exhibitions.” And … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2004 [TOC]

GLOBAL TENDENCIES: GLOBALISM AND THE LARGE-SCALE EXHIBITION

November 2003

When Francesco Bonami, director of last summer’s Venice Biennale, famously wrote in his exhibition catalogue that “The ‘Grand Show’ of the 21st century must allow multiplicity, diversity and contradiction to exist inside the structure of an… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2003 [TOC]

1000 WORDS: YANG FUDONG

September 2003

At the 50th Venice Biennale, Shanghai-based artist Yang Fudong presented The Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, 2003, the first part of his new filmic pentalogy, The Seven Intellectuals, an adaptation of the traditional Chinese stories … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2003 [TOC]

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

on Anri Sala

January 2001

ANRI SALA, A YOUNG ALBANIAN FILMMAKER, KEEPS surprising us with his mysterious, deeply personal yet insistently political films and videos. Intervista—Finding the Words, 1998, which I first saw in Stockholm early last year at the Moderna … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2001 [TOC]

THE HANG OF IT

April 1997

Of PONTUS HULTEN, Niki de St. Phalle once said “[he has] the soul of an artist, not of a museum director.” Indeed Hulten always maintained a very special dialogue with artists, though he was not one himself, establishing lifelong friendships… READ ON

IN PRINT April 1997

CURATOR INTERVIEW

November 1996

EVER SINCE HE “DECLARED HIS INDEPENDENCE” by resigning his directorship at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969, Harald Szeemann has defined himself as an Ausstellungsmacher, a maker of exhibitions. There is more at stake in adopting such a designation… READ ON

IN PRINT November 1996

New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Venice, Turin, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Stockholm, Liverpool, London, Brisbane

September 1996

MAKING MISCHIEF: DADA INVADES NEW YORK This fall, Dada finally gets its due as a stateside movement. Curated by Dada scholar Francis M. Naumann with staffer Beth Venn, the WHITNEY’s show will include Duchamp’s Bride Stripped Bare. . . , as … READ ON

IN PRINT September 1996