Art In America

(Un)Controlled Violence: A Chris Burden Documentary

Chris Burden liked to walk around with the barrel of a loaded Uzi tucked between his butt cheeks. He proudly describes this habit in a 1981 performance clip included in Burden, a new biopic on the artist most famous for risky body performances that changed the public's conception of what art could be....Read more


The Map Trap: Theo Anthony’s Baltimore Documentary

Theo Anthony's visionary documentary, Rat Film (2016), opens the Art of the Real Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on April 20. The film traces allegorical connections between Baltimore's rats and the city's deeply segregated neighborhoods.…Read more


Atlas Dubai: Art Without America

President Trump's seven-nation travel ban has had a chilling effect on Dubai's relations with the West, leaving the US's status as a “global” art center more questionable than ever.…Read more


We Exist: Victoria Lomasko’s Graphic Journalism

Over the past eight years, Russian artist Victoria Lomasko has captured, in sketches and portraits, the people and movements at the periphery of her country's political life. …Read more


Future Perfect: Flux Factory’s Intersectional Approach to Technology

In post-apocalyptic literature and cinema, cyborgs are something to be feared, a dystopian mess of wires masquerading as human. But the truth may be stranger than fiction, if also more optimistic. "We Have Always Lived in the Future," a group show at Flux…Read more

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From the Archives: Giving Art History the Slip

During the 1950s and '60s, artists such as Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Lenore Tawney, and Robert Indiana claimed low-rent lofts along a shoreline on the southern tip of Manhattan as studio spaces. On April 14, Houston's Menil Collection opens the exhib…Read more


The Task of Art

Three exhibitions marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” celebrate the bold, sometimes ruthless monk who helped launch both the Protestant Reformation and a new stripped-down style of art.…Read more


From the Archives: Dürer and the Lutheran Image

The best of Dürer's late portraits apotheosize a group of leading converts to the Reformation in Germany, all close to Luther himself as well as to the artist. In a radically simplified style, Dürer achieves a synthesis of likeness and intense spiritualit…Read more

William Cordova at Sikkema Jenkins
  • Aki Sasamoto at The Kitchen

  • “Formal Complaint” at the Knockdown Center

  • Siebren Versteeg at bitforms gallery

The Lookout

A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won't Want to Miss

This week we've got our eyes on William Cordova at Sikkema Jenkins; Aki Sasamoto at The Kitchen; “Formal Complaint” at the Knockdown Center; and Siebren Versteeg at Bitforms.…Read more


Just in time for the inauguration of the forty-fifth president of the United States and the announcement from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that the Doomsday Clock had been moved forward from three minutes to midnight to two and a half, P! staged a version of the apocalyptic nightmares many have been having of late. “The Stand,” curated by P! director Prem Krishnamurthy and artist-curator Anthony Marcellini, drew inspiration from Stephen King’s novel of the same title—a sprawling epic in which good and evil duke it out in the aftermath of a global epidemic. Featuring the work of twenty-five artists crammed into the mini storefront gallery, the exhibition was bewildering, cacophonous, and surprisingly odorous thanks to a curatorial decision to spread rubber mulch across the floor, dividing it diagonally into a blue section and a blac...Read more

Marble is a metamorphic rock—limestone, originally, that has been compressed and refined by geologic forces and has undergone a change of state. And there’s a parallel sort of metamorphosis in Amie Siegel’s video Quarry (2015), which traces the processing of marble as a commodity—from the material’s excavation to its use in interior design—and the cultural meanings that are forged along the way, the changes in its status.

The centerpiece of the New York artist’s first London solo show, Quarry initially depicts marble as terrain, as mountainside. We see the cavernous, shadowy interior of the world’s deepest marble quarry, which is located in Vermont. “Neptune,” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite, serves as the video’s soundtrack and accentuates the primeval, otherwo...Read more

Whether layering references to different eras within a single work or organizing pseudo-retrospective exhibitions, Ken Okiishi often folds the past into the present. His second show at Reena Spaulings, “Being and/or Time,” combined some of his earliest output with more recent videos and paintings. The exhibition emphasized a fundamental unsteadiness in the images the artist has produced and gathered over the past two decades. New York, where Okiishi has lived and worked for much of that time, emerged as a city that invites shifting modes of viewership.

A sequence of four videos from the late 1990s and early 2000s was projected on a wall near the gallery entrance. Among these works was David Wojnarowicz in New York, 1999 (1999–2000), which begins with artist and writer Travis Jeppesen walking along the West Side Highway carrying a copy of ...Read more

Gay nightlife gave rise to the drag ball as an underground simulation of female celebrity. General Idea, the Toronto-based art collective, did something similar with its Miss General Idea pageant, though only one of the four winners of the annual event, held in Toronto from 1968 to 1971, was a man; the competition wasn’t about gender so much as it was about art as a system for producing value and fame. Playing on a monitor at the entrance to the retrospective exhibition “General Idea: Broken Time” at the Museo Jumex, Pilot (1977), which the group made for Ontario public television, is a thirty-minute deadpan documentary on the pageant that provides an introduction to the collective’s interests and sensibilities.

“Miss General Idea is basically this: an ideal framing device for arresting attention without throwing away the key,...Read more

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