WINTER PREVIEW. Artforum highlights forty-five major international exhibitions opening this fall, including the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien’s monumental presentation “Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties,” which promises a fresh take on the artist’s seminal struggle with commodity, experience, and fetish.

· And: Curator and critic Pauline J. Yao cuts through the work of Beijing-based artist Liu Wei, who both figures and counters the material realities of consumerism and near-frantic urbanization in China and the world at large.

“The city Liu presents is ahistorical. It is mindless material flux, decay, demolition, and construction: China’s building boom has effaced structure after structure, flattening the built environment into an endless tabula rasa.”
—Pauline J. Yao

· Hal Foster sets out the paradigms—Pop and otherwise—of the tabular pictures of Richard Hamilton, who died this past September at the age of eighty-nine.

“Hamilton aimed to mimic the desirous eye in its saccadic jumps across associated forms.”
—Hal Foster

· Sylvia Lavin deconstructs Preston Scott Cohen‘s design for the new Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, tracing the tense encounters—between viewers and site, art and architecture, modernist orientation and postmodern unmooring—that its lively topologies set in motion.

“The building’s surface—outside and in—is not an abstract plane or a transcendent core but a site of exchange between competing concerns.”
—Sylvia Lavin

· In response to today’s worldwide outbreak of protests and their reclamations of urban space, sociologist Saskia Sassen redefines the terms of territory and power while artist Hans Haacke presents his personal photographs of Occupy Wall Street in New York’s Zuccotti Park.

· Claes Oldenburg, Paul Kaiser, and Robert Whitman offer remembrances of their friend and collaborator, the late filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Robert Breer.

· Plus: James Quandt withstands the throes of Steve McQueen‘s Shame; Tony Pipolo follows the carefully choreographed shots of German filmmaker Jean-Marie Straub; Carol Armstrong cracks open Adriana Varejão‘s multifarious reimagining of a Brazilian baroque; Aram Moshayedi introduces Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou; Michael Ned Holte takes a “Close-Up” of Sharon Lockhart‘s new film Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol; Hal Foster assesses trauma and tribute in MoMA PS1’s “September 11”; Francesco Bonami gets hung up on Maurizio Cattelan‘s retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Elizabeth Schambelan peeks beneath the gloss of “Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990” at the V&A in London; Daniel Marcus travels to Toulouse for this year’s Printemps de Septembre; Nasser Rabbat tours the new Islamic art galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York–based artist Uri Aran tallies his Top Ten; and much more in Artforum‘s first issue of 2012.

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