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1999 Stories by C. Carr

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  • Call Her Ishmael

    published October 5, 1999

    Laurie Anderson cheerfully concedes thatMoby Dick was "not really asking to become a multimedia show." But she just couldn't help herself.... More >>

  • Running Scared

    published October 5, 1999

    The art world has sabotaged itself throughout the culture wars, and it's happened again in the controversy whipped up around "Sensation" at the... More >>

  • The Land of Less

    published September 21, 1999

    All through the culture war, bombs blasted the landscape built to support artists. Somehow, they're still expected to live there. Expected to... More >>

  • Home is Where the Art Is

    published September 14, 1999

    It was born by accident, then nurtured like a calling, humble-but-lovable Dixon Place quickly developed into an indispensable part of the... More >>

  • Boho Boohoo

    published August 10, 1999

    The Village, when we first came there to live, was undergoing a crisis. People were talking about the good old days of 1916. It seemed unlikely... More >>

  • A Terrible Beauty

    published July 20, 1999

    Like an inventor returning to the laboratory where—just as he hoped—the laws of nature have run gloriously amok, Young Sun Lim walks... More >>

  • Art et (Cottage) Industrie

    published June 29, 1999

    It was art, but you'd never know it. Christine Hill had barely opened her tour-guide office at the front of Deitch Projects before someone came in... More >>

  • Silence of the Lambs

    published June 8, 1999

    This is a Culture War story with a happy ending. Act I unfolds in Jesse Helms's backyard— Charlotte, North Carolina— where 17-year-old... More >>

  • Inventing the Century

    published May 25, 1999

    Gertrude Stein didn't "kill the 19th century"—or create the 20th—on her own. It's hard to imagine the flowering of her work or her life... More >>

  • The Urge To Purge

    published May 18, 1999

    Tracey Emin has developed a major career in England as an explorer of her own raw nerve endings. She thinks with the body, where life's wounds... More >>

  • Wheat Pasting Against the Machine

    published April 27, 1999

    Six artists moved across a 14th Street rooftop on a recent balmy afternoon, their prey in sight, their crime carefully choreographed. It took them... More >>

  • Document Zippo

    published April 20, 1999

    Part artist's book, part deconstruction of various icky obsessions, L.A. Ruocco's Document Zippo deserves a spot on that short, groaty... More >>

  • Shoah Business

    published April 13, 1999

    Sometimes I think I became a performer so I could tell this story," says Lisa Kron. "In a way, it's the central story of my... More >>

  • Handyman's Special

    published March 30, 1999

    Science gets more interesting when it stops making sense. That's what artist Steven Brower loves about the work of ''the fraud guys,'' as he calls... More >>

  • Just Visiting This Planet

    published March 2, 1999

    Tseng Kwong Chi's work looks more at home in the '90s— a decade he barely lived to see— than it did in the '80s East Village, a scene he... More >>

  • Sound Bites and Fury

    published February 16, 1999

    As the impeachment beast dies and pundits move on to fresh meat, intellectuals have begun the task of reading the creature's entrails. What... More >>

  • Is This Desire?

    published February 2, 1999

    Richard Foreman has certainly never tried to be "timely." It's sheer happy coincidence that his new piece, Paradise Hotel, plays like a... More >>

  • Recovered Memory

    published January 5, 1999

    Artist Marcelo Brodsky stood exulting over the news photo of an ashen Augusto Pinochet on his way to a London court. Gleeful and mocking, the... More >>

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