This summer in Artforum:
Embedded in the Culture. Artforum senior editor Scott Rothkopf looks at the multifarious endeavors of artist Paul Chan, discussing work ranging from the artist's large-scale, Godot-like digital projections (sampling Goya, Pasolini, and Biggie Smalls) to his recent video of convicted civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart -- a portrait in which legal discourse is interlaced with the ethics and emotional impact of poetry.
In Chan's practice, a pop aesthetic at once winsome and brutal is brought to bear on the peculiar urgencies of our time. The point, then, is not to delimit the aesthetic and the political but rather to relish the productive possibilities of their mutual contamination.
-- Scott Rothkopf on Paul Chan