Art In America


Beyond the Revolution

In the aftermath of Castro's sweeping late 1950s coup, Cuban artists have generated work reflecting multiple changes in collective and personal sensibility––from idealistic fervor to disillusionment, from social activism to formalist secession, from natio…Read more


Reality Check: Oakland’s Museum of Capitalism

The Museum of Capitalism is unusual among institutions that call themselves museums.…Read more


Humor and Bite: David Leggett’s Playlist

Chicago-based artist David Leggett is the subject of the "First Look" column in our June/July issue. Here, Leggett introduces a compilation of his favorite videos, many of which tackle thornier aspects of the American experience with humor.…Read more


The Truth is Difficult to Find: A Conversation with Maja Bajevic

Informed by experiences of life in different cities, French-Bosnian artist Maja Bajevic engages with the foundational concepts of modern society, such as gender roles, religious dogma, and the free market, and how these concepts play out in everyday life.…Read more

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Rematerializing Photography

Five Americans––Christopher Colville, Klea McKenna, Matthew Brandt, Farrah Karapetian, and Chris McCaw––are among a sizable contingent of artists who produce striking aesthetic effects with photographic methods that are deliberately slow, antiquated, and …Read more


From the Archives: Photography in the First Decade

The Photo-Secession divorced photography from mundane illustrational tasks and created an atmosphere that encouraged photographers to think of their medium as an artist thinks of his. It freed photography from painting, allowing it to become an inde…Read more


Photo Play

A current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the early work of 30 artists constituting the last major art movement of the 20th century.…Read more


Long before the forty-fifth president of the United States rolled out his demonstrably preposterous plan to build a security wall stretching two-thousand-plus miles across the country’s border with Mexico, Postcommodity was investigating that boundary as a site of fantasy and folly. Comprising three collaborators—Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist—from the Southwestern US, the interdisciplinary collective spent years developing Repellent Fence (2015), a work whose ambitious aim to foster transcultural dialogue is particularly relevant at a moment when the president appears intent on muffling such dialogue for good. The work, the realization of which relied on the support of innumerable public and private collaborators on both sides of the border, consists of a two-mile-long row of giant tethered balloons hovering fi...Read more

The exhibition “Elemental Gestures” at the Kunstmuseum Bern charted the development of Terry Fox’s oeuvre over the course of his career in the United States and Europe, bringing together an extensive selection of his videos, sculptures, drawings, and installations, as well as documentation of his dramatic performative interventions. Fox (1943–2008) was born in Seattle and moved to Rome in the early 1960s to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti. He spent time in Amsterdam mid-decade and in Paris shortly thereafter. His decision to abandon a painting practice and begin producing action-oriented works can be viewed in light of the protests he witnessed in Paris at the end of the decade and his desire to engage more directly with his audience.

In the late 1960s and ’70s, Fox lived in San Francisco, where his peers included Chris Burden and...Read more

Yves Tessier’s paintings, ten of which were on view in this exhibition, feature stylized figures that have been reduced to essential elements yet retain a vitality and distinct presence. His favored medium is casein on aluminum. Casein is a rapidly drying milk-based paint that was developed in ancient Egypt and was used in commercial illustration into the 1960s. Tessier nods to the medium’s long history in his works, which formally allude to Egyptian friezes, illuminated manuscripts, and comic book illustrations. 

Tessier, who was born in 1955 in Montreal, maintains studios in both Montreal and Harlem. New York’s Central Park was the backdrop for a number of the works on view, including Ghost Bathers 2 (2017), which depicts six women in and around a teal-colored body of water—some of them standing on rocks, oth...Read more

Jacqueline de Jong is perhaps best known for her affiliation with the leftist Situationist International, for which she edited the Situationist Times between 1962 and ’67, giving particular attention to the wildly spontaneous work of CoBrA. “Imaginary Disobedience,” the Dutch artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, shifted focus to her own art. Installed in the main gallery and back office of Château Shatto, the mini-overview featured works dating from 1962 to 2016.

Tangled limbs, gaping mouths, and distended anuses jostled for space in the fourteen expressionistic paintings and three works on paper on display. There were interesting formal experiments, from the painted screen Le Salaud et les Salopards (Bastard and Scumbags, 1966) to De achterkant van het bestaan (The Backside of Existence, 1992), a v...Read more

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