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CHARTing Northern European Galleries in Copenhagen

After a cool, drizzly Scandinavian summer, the clouds parted ways and sundress weather reigned for the vernissage of Copenhagen Art Week (Aug. 21-30). During the opening weekend, much activity was centered around CHART Art Fair (Aug. 21-23), a thoughtfully curated show featuring exclusively Nordic galleries....Read more


The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a screening of films by Saul Levine, new media performances by the collectives Institute for New Feeling and Work & Play, a lecture by designer Rick Griffith, and a evening of perform…Read more


The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a discussion of whether or not to delete our embarrassing online avatars; a musical performance by Tei Shi in MoMA's sculpture garden; a screening of journalistic and…Read more


The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a performance by digital folk band Hundred Waters, Susan Silton's operatic composition about gentrification staged in a building facing the Sixth Street Bridge, a documentary about th…Read more


Going Underground: An Interview with Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh's Free People's Medical Clinic (FPMC) was originally a community-based art commission for "Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn," a collaboration between Creative Time and the Weeksville Heritage Center. Here, the artist ref…Read more

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SITE Santa Fe Celebrates 20 Years

SITE Santa Fe was founded in 1995 to present the first international art biennial in the United States, and soon after, developed a year-round schedule of programming. The art space's 20th anniversary program, "SITE: 20 Years/20 Shows," reflects its his…Read more


The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a screening of short films about women and race; three performances interrogating masculine mythologies; Agathe Snow's 24-hour film documenting post-September 11 nigh…Read more


Daata Editions and Monegraph Grow Online Marketplace for Digital Art

Since video art emerged in the 1960s and ‘70s, new media artists have struggled to earn a living comparable to their colleagues working in more traditional forms like painting and sculpture. Our recent shift to digital, though, rather than being anothe…Read more

Alison Knowles at James Fuentes
  • “The Great Ephemeral” at New Museum

  • “Revolution of the Eye” at Jewish Museum

  • Robert Irwin at Dia:Beacon

The Lookout

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

This week In the waning weeks of summer, we've got our eye on Alison Knowles at James Fuentes, "The Great Ephemeral" at the New Museum, "Revolution of the Eye" at the Jewish Museum and Robert Irwin at Dia:Beacon.…Read more


Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, better known simply as Monir, has long believed in the transcendental possibilities of mirrors. The surfaces of her abstract sculptures and reliefs, as well as some of her collages, are covered with small pieces of mirror in carefully arranged abstract mosaics. “Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings 1974-2014,” comprising some 80 works, offered reflections on space, time and infinity. The intricate interweaving of geometric patterns in Monir’s work corresponds to Sufi cosmology and the meditative and spiritual aspirations of abstract design, a hallmark of Islamic art throughout history. 

The exhibition—the first museum survey of the 91-year-old artist’s work held in the United States—was organized by Suzanne Cotter, director of the Museu de Arte ...Read more

I doubt Peter Saul will ever get his critical due as the significant painter of his generation that he is. Like Robert Colescott, another artist who did not hesitate to offend in his skewering of U.S. culture, Saul has never toed the line of art-world taste (or tastefulness), remaining staunchly figurative and political, and a painter to the core. War, greed, racism, sexual hypocrisy and institutional abuse are among his perennial targets, and his sheer glee in committing them to paint helps him defy categorization. The 16 paintings and five drawings in this recent exhibition come from the collection of Saul’s longtime dealer Allan Frumkin (1927-2002), and they are quite the stash.

Spanning the years 1961 to 1973, “Peter Saul: From Pop to Punk” showed the artist migrating from somewhat conventionally arranged, Pop-infused oils to eye-popping acrylics with ...Read more

In the fall of 2011, the marketing team of Steven Soderbergh’s thriller Contagion tried a novel advertising tactic. They commissioned a laboratory to design bacteria and bioluminescent fungi that gradually spelled out the film’s title on two billboards in Toronto as they grew. The controlled multiplication on the ads kept pace with the growth of the film’s consumer base. The blockbuster’s cast featured Gwyneth Paltrow as the tragic patient zero. Paltrow also manages goop, an online lifestyle magazine that feeds the bodies of its constituents with tastefully curated food and health endorsements as it feeds off their page views to maintain a viral online presence. 

A similar concatenation of gender, body politics, illness and consumption characterized Anicka Yi’s exhibition “You Can Call Me F,” curated by The Ki...Read more

Hank Willis Thomas has created a body of work over the last decade that attempts to unravel issues like identity and race in popular culture. Until now, he has looked most closely at representations of African-American men. His bronze sculpture Raise Up (2013)—a row of cast bald heads and arms raised in the hands-up “don’t shoot” gesture—was on view at Jack Shainman’s booth in Art Basel Miami shortly after the Staten Island grand jury decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. The collaborative video project Question Bridge: Black Males (2012), which won the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for new media this year, shows black men of different ages and backgrounds talking about their experiences of everyday life in America. In the series “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by...Read more

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