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Vol. 47 - 1996


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Tony Oursler

Raymond Pettibon

Thomas Schütte

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ZoeLeonard CherylDunye

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Emma kunz

TABLE OF CONTENTS

In the Green Room. Tony Oursler and Tracy Leipold in Conversation with Louise Ne…

  • Author: Tracy Leipold / Louise Neri / Tony Oursler
  • Artist: Tony Oursler
  • Section: Collaboration

Like Water

  • Author: Frances Richard
  • Artist: Tony Oursler
  • Section: Collaboration

Tony Oursler: Alters

  • Author: Lynne Cooke
  • Artist: Tony Oursler
  • Section: Collaboration

A Conversation with Raymond Pettibon

  • Author: Jim Lewis
  • Artist: Raymond Pettibon
  • Section: Collaboration

Raymond Pettibon Reads Henry James

  • Author: Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
  • Artist: Raymond Pettibon
  • Section: Collaboration

Surfing with Raymond. Nobody Rides for Free

  • Author: Ralph Rugoff
  • Artist: Raymond Pettibon
  • Section: Collaboration

The Drawing Rescues Poetry

  • Author: Boris Groys
  • Artist: Raymond Pettibon
  • Section: Collaboration

Untitled

  • Author: Hilton Als
  • Artist: Raymond Pettibon
  • Section: Collaboration

A Public for the Space

  • Author: Bartomeu Mari
  • Artist: Thomas Schütte
  • Section: Collaboration

Installations

  • Author: Ulrich Loock
  • Artist: Thomas Schütte
  • Section: Collaboration

Lily Lies

  • Author: Hans Rudolf Reust
  • Artist: Thomas Schütte
  • Section: Collaboration

Lost at Sea

  • Author: Neville Wakefield
  • Artist: Thomas Schütte
  • Section: Collaboration

Schütte's Innocents

  • Author: Elizabeth Janus
  • Artist: Thomas Schütte
  • Section: Collaboration

Thomas Schütte

  • Author: Adrian Searle
  • Artist: Thomas Schütte
  • Section: Collaboration

Penta’s Parabolas

  • Author: Juri Steiner
  • Artist: Emma Kunz
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Juggling with Gravity. On the Art of Christoph Rütimann

  • Author: Max Wechsler
  • Artist: Christoph Rütimann
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Loitering with Intent. Diane Arbus at the Movies

  • Author: Susan Morgan
  • Artist: Diane Arbus
  • Section: Les Infos du Paradis

Now You See It, Now You Don’t. The Magic Magic Book

  • Author: Nancy Princenthal
  • Section: Cumulus

A Conversation

  • Author: Lionel Bovier / Christophe Chérix
  • Artist: Sylvie Fleury
  • Section: Cumulus

$ 32.00

Introduction

Spooky Realism The remarkably lifelike, unmistakable reality advanced by the art in this issue of PARKETT is deceptive. One finds oneself repeatedly ensnared by the seductive call of recognition, only to end up making the fatal leap into the void. Take Tony Oursler’s ragged beings: We are tormented by their rebellious presence not only because their emotional problems plague us like a swarm of mosquitoes, but because their voices seem to rise out of fathomless depths. By giving them our attention, we merely aggravate the prevailing aura of impotence. This rendezvous between real viewers and fake social welfare cases is a multiple trap. We are clearly part of reality—but which one? And is that eminently plausible slice of life simply an extension of the cold current of TV reality that confounds matters even more by taking to the streets and lying under a mattress? Fortunately, there is "comic relief,” brief though it is, for the sense of superiority that makes us laugh at these homunculi’s absurd situation inevitably turns against us. Inexorably we are drawn into the mindset that is spawned by today’s spooky reality. Similarly, we are compelled by Raymond Pettibon’s litanies, by his clairvoyant fragments of thought and shattering pictorial refrains, to cling to unrealizable expectations. Emulating a genre in his drawings that promises "coarser fare," he does not, it seems, advance the demand for the hothouse delicacy of art. But languages and codes may come in disguise; reality multiplies or evaporates.

When a host of peculiar voices rises in chorus, it is time to open wide the doors. Thomas Schütte’s human figures have recently acquired the proportions of science fiction. How real are the envisioned people of the future if they seem to have sprung from collective memory? In any case, we stand before them as we do before Michelangelo’s David.

Are myths truer than reality? The INSERT by Zoe Leonard and Cheryl Dunye displays the cogency of documented fiction, or rather fictional documentation, demonstrating once again how effortlessly we believe in the bogus traces of a “public" life, as if it had already become part of our common heritage! Bice Curiger