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Bruce Nauman’s Topological Gardens earned him the Golden Lion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009—the first Golden Lion for Best National Participation awarded to an American since 1990. This mixed media, multi-site investigation into the American psyche and culture includes his famed, subversive neon work Virtues and Vices along with a series of works that weave in and out of the themes of heads and hands, fountains and neons, and sound and space. At the awards ceremony, Paolo Baratta, president of La Biennale Foundation, stated that Nauman’s work “reveals the magic of meaning as it emerges through relentless repetition of language and form.” Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times wrote, “Bruce Nauman commands center stage unlike any American representative since perhaps the young Robert Rauschenberg, 45 years ago.”
“I don’t try to address any issues in my work,” Kiki Smith (b. 1954) reveals. “My work has its own meandering course, and I try to follow it rather than impose any topical directive. We are certainly all affected by economic and global situations of the world. These, of course, impact our lives in sometimes overt and sometimes subtle manners, but there is no separation between our lives and our work. Work is, at best, a synthesis or a way for me to understand my life for a moment.”
John Currin (b. 1962) is a virtuoso painter whose work draws from a startlingly diverse inventory of cultural reference—from Renaissance paintings to porn magazines. His edgy imaginings of women in pneumatic full bloom or sagging decline and his pointed, iconographical depictions of class are rendered, paradoxically, with all the technical refinements and mannerisms of classical oil painting. In recent compositions, he sardonically equates women as sex objects with precious porcelain accoutrements, forcing a contemplation of the work that is as complex as it is titillating.
Recently, Maya Lin had large exhibitions at New York’s PaceWildenstein and at Storm King Art Center and a show of playful, smaller work at Salon 94, also in New York.
Lin has used a range of materials and processes to make art since the work that started it all—the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial—in 1982. Notably, this commission melded and reshaped several fields—drawing, architecture, site-specific sculpture, memorial art, and land transformation.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude (both born June 13, 1935) began their artistic lives as nomads and still selectively wander the globe. The early art of Christo is packages and wrapped objects. In 1962, Christo and Jeanne-Claude built a wall of multi-hued oil barrels blocking Paris’ rue Visconti. Spot on! Oil, cylinders, and color turning a street into an iron curtain—doesn’t that image foreshadow the last 50 years in world history?