posted by Christopher Howard — Jul 25, 2016
The Summer 2016 issue of Art Journal must be touched to be believed—though there is plenty to enjoy visually as well. For a project by the renowned artist Harmony Hammond, the covers of the journal have been given a waxy coating to help convey the nature of her intensely tactile paintings and prints, featured in a twenty-page portfolio of images. In an accompanying text, Hammond relates the impact on her work of a 2001 censorship incident in San Francisco.
In essays in the journal, Amanda Jane Graham takes a close look at the interweaving of domestic and performing spaces in Trisha Brown’s 1975 dance Locus; Mechtild Widrich explores the effects on the urban fabric of the new-old National Gallery of Singapore, created from a colonial-era court building; and Dan Adler traces the idea of an all-pervasive Apparatus in 1980s and 1990s works by the German photographer Thomas Ruff.
In the Reviews section, Chris Taylor examines James Crump’s film Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art; Joseph L. Underwood reviews Chika Okeke-Agulu’s book Postcolonial Modernism; Charissa N. Terranova looks at the Walker Art Center exhibition and the catalogue Hippie Modernism; and an annotated bibliography by Audra Wolowiec explores the poetics of sound and language.