In the mildewed basement of the West Village artist housing complex Westbeth, Will Rawls ran the perimeter of the makeshift stage, mapping an open rectangular space amid paint-peeled columns and an industrial ladder. With each loop, his breath became audibly ragged, then slipped into wheeze-like grunting, somewhere between the mechanical and the monstrous....Read more
A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a performative lecture on Krampus at the Goethe-Institut; a screening of films starring Woodrow Parfrey selected by his publisher son Adam Parfrey; a screening of a documentary…Read more
A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a performance exploring digital vocabularies by Lisa Kori Chung and Gene Kogan; a screening of Tarkovsky's The Mirror presented by Susan Howe; a showing of Christian P…Read more
From the connectivity facilitated by smartphones to the covert cyberwars happening all over the world, the way humans interact with technology is both amazing and terrifying. Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) New Orleans has mounted a pair of painting sho…Read more
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A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a rare screening of a racy film by Kathy Acker and Alan Sondheim; an artist's talk on the DJ-dancer relationship; a poetry festival at Commonwealth & Council; a drag performanc…Read more
A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a talk about Conceptual artist On Kawara; a screening of miscellaneous works and industrial films by David Lynch; a panel discussion in conjunction with the Jewish Mu…Read more
In 1928, Germaine Krull published Métal, a seminal work in New Vision photography and in the history of the photo book. Comprising 64 photographs that emphasize the geometry of cranes, silos, blast furnaces and industrial structures like the Eiffel Tower, taken from unusual or vertiginous angles, the book was described in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s Photobook (2004) as “the finest example of a modernist photobook in the dynamic, cinematic mode.” The Jeu de Paume survey, a rare opportunity to see prints from Métal, suggested that Krull was innovative in more ways than one: in her conception of the photo book as a work of art, in her radically modernist approach to photography and in her adoption of that approach in her reportage and advertising work.
Born in 1897 in East Prussia (now Poland...Read more
Dismaland was notorious street artist Banksy’s latest and biggest project. Set in a run-down seaside lido in Weston-super-Mare, on England’s west coast—near Bristol, where the artist, who maintains his anonymity, is believed to come from—the mock theme park featured work by roughly 50 international artists, including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and David Shrigley. Banksy himself contributed 10 pieces. Shrouded in secrecy, Dismaland sparked unbelievable frenzy across Europe within hours of its announcement on the front page of the local newspaper Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury. A perfect media sensation.
The artist has quipped that Dismaland was “an art show for the 99 percent, who’d rather be at Alton Towers,” England’s most beloved amusement park. Visitors were met at the entrance to the ...Read more
In Athens hundreds of buildings lie abandoned, but rarely unused. Some bear scrawled and stenciled reactions to Greece’s economic crisis; others accommodate people made homeless by it. The city’s cultural institutions also reflect the restless loyalties of architecture: the Benaki Museum, for example, occupies a grand old Ottoman mansion. Even the Parthenon spent more time as a church and a mosque before being restored to its original pagan form.
Toronto’s 8eleven gallery was established just last year, in a small Chinatown storefront. (There used to be a sign outside that mimicked the logo of a certain convenience-store chain, but it was removed under legal threat after Skrillex, the electronic musician and DJ, happened to Instagram it.) Members of the artist collective that runs the gallery recently traveled to Greece, and the subsequent e...Read more
In “So-and-So,” Rae Mahaffey presented 11 abstract paintings (all 2015) that signal an exciting high point in an already accomplished, 30-year career. Impeccably crafted, with beautiful, layered surfaces, the colorful panels are relatively large for Mahaffey; the biggest are 5 feet tall. Perhaps it was in confronting panels of this scale that she began to register them as human presences, dubbing them Bachelor or Rookie, for example, a conceit she extended to the witty exhibition title. The paintings have “personality”: lively and smart, they engage the eye and the mind with their intriguing complexity. In each case, Mahaffey creates tensions between geometric and organic forms, flat planes and thin volumes, autonomous parts and unified whole.
A West Coast regionalist who moved from Seattle to Los Angeles before settling in...Read more
A.i.A.'s May issue focuses on the Whitney Museum of American Art as it inaugurates its new building, designed by Renzo Piano, in New York's Meatpacking District. We've delved into our archives to revisit an article by architectural historian Reyner Banham on Piano's first U.S. museum commission—the Menil Collection in Houston, Tex.…Read more