Reviewing Artforum’s Advertisements: September 2012

  • After a long summer vacation, Artforum has returned with its September issue. It is a beauty, and one of the thickest issues in recent memory. A Lawrence Weiner adorns the cover. Inside are articles commemorating the magazine’s 50th anniversary, with a number of pieces from former Artforum editors in chief. Jack Bankowsky explains his decision to launch the magazine’s popular online “Scene & Herd” column, Ingrid Sischy chats with current Artforum EIC Michelle Kuo and Tim Griffin considers “art and artificial life.” But we are here now for the ads. There are many of them. Here are the best. —A.R.

  • The always great Zach Feuer really blew me away here. What a subtle way to convey information, what a weird metaphor for an art show, a photographer and an audience watching a couple on a bed. Fairly appropriate for a show that will include works like Skank Angels, Vaginal Excavation and the "All Women Are Whores" series. —Dan Duray

  • Sometimes a cucumber is just a cucumber. Other times, it is an expensive and seminal (ahem) work of art. —Michael H. Miller

  • This two-page spread shows the Los Angeles gallery's new space in Hollywood, Calif., still under construction and across the street from what appears to be a very delicious Mexican food stand. Please note the tasty picture of tacos and the Dark Knight Rises billboard in the corner. —M.H.M.

  • This photograph shows Tony Smith with a trio of men at the Industrial Welding factory in Newark, N.J., in 1971. Just a bunch of guys showing off their latest creation: low-key, handsome, historical. —Andrew Russeth

  • What's Peter Doig been up to since his last solo gallery shows in 2009? You won't find out here. Werner presents only a snapshot of the artist's studio wall with castoff traces and daubs of paint. There's a blank rectangle where a painting once hung. You'll need to head to the gallery's new London branch in October to see Mr. Doig's latest work. This is the month's most painful tease of an Artforum ad. —A.R.

  • Richard Phillips gained a broader audience through his films based on Lindsay Lohan and the former porn star Sasha Grey, and the new show will have those videos along with some new paintings in that theme. The photograph says it all, though. There's fame, vulnerability, beauty, implied violence. Would Titian have painted Lohan, were he alive today? The invite has a quote from Picabia over the same image: "My happiness wants to sleep with me/but it wouldn't be dead/it isn't alive/I want to go beyond existence..." —D.D.

  • This is a deeply unsettling image: a concrete-like substance consuming vanilla, chocolate and red-velvet cupcakes. —A.R.

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