Art In America


MoMA Preps Picasso Sculpture Extravaganza

With the aim of attracting a big audience, no doubt to compete with the hoopla surrounding the debut of the Whitney Museum's new building downtown, the Museum of Modern Art has announced a major Picasso sculpture show to open this fall.…Read more


The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a day of cyberpunk at USC; a performance by Julianna Barwick and Matthew Brandt at the Getty; a performance by Ted Byrnes and Olivia Booth at the Finley; and an artist ta…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 talk about art and culture in Franco's Spain; a pipe organ performance by James Rushford; a screening of Bruce LaBruce's No Skin Off My Ass; a workshop on how to di…Read more


Farewell to Nature

Artists such as Germany's Christoph Keller, Argentina's Eduardo Navarro as well as Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg, and Brazil's Daniel Steegmann Mangrané employ high-tech means—including microphotography and virtual reality—to radically alter vi…Read more

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Control Society, Biofeedback and Riot Grrrl: An Interview with YBCA’s Ceci Moss

In A.i.A.'s April issue, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts assistant curator Ceci Moss writes about the work of Rhonda Holberton. The two share an interest in the societal effects of technology and government surveillance. Moss took a break from installi…Read more


Photography Curator Dan Leers Walks through the AIPAD Fair

"I've been coming to AIPAD for eight years," said Dan Leers, as he perused this year's exhibitor list at the entrance to the show. Leers, who starts his new job as the curator of photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh at the end of the…Read more


The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a book launch and flagraising by Amy Howden-Chapman at metro pcs; a performance of ETHEL's Documerica at Schoenberg Hall; a book party at Ooga Booga #2; and Matthew Barney…Read more

Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian at Callicoon Fine Arts
  • Jeremy Couillard at Louis B. James

  • Erin Shirreff at Sikkema Jenkins

  • Alexander Calder at Dominique Lévy

  • Piotr Uklanski at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Lookout

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

This week We've got our eyes on a Dubai-based artist collective at Callicoon Fine Arts, Jeremy Couillard at Louis B. James, Erin Shirreff at Sikemma Jenkins, Alexander Calder at Dominique Lévy and Piotr Uklański at the Met.…Read more



In Oliver Husain’s work, everything mutinies against its form. Since moving to Toronto from his native Germany in the mid-2000s as an established filmmaker and performance artist, he has made video works like Purfled Promises (2009), where the camera passes through a succession of tableaux consisting of items like curtains, masks, ornate fans and thickets of feathers; at the end of the inaugural screening, two attendants laid the screen itself, the final veil, over the audience. “Husain enjoys creating obstacles to perception and literalism,” the critic and curator Jon Davies wrote in Canadian Art in 2012, “arranging human subjects, everyday objects and projected images in a kind of self-consciously dysfunctional relationship, where the audience’s gaze is interrupted, a...Read more


Over the past two decades, Julia Stoops has forged a multi-faceted career in Portland, founding a design studio, teaching art, writing fiction and showing her paintings at various venues around the city. Her resume includes an international background (New Zealand, Australia, Japan) and academic degrees in philosophy and linguistics as well as in art. Forty-six new paintings (all 2014) made up her first exhibition at Upfor, charging the gallery with eye-popping color. 

In these pictures, each 16 by 12 inches, Stoops conjures galaxies of flying orbs, rings, saucers and enigmatic vessels. Abstract passages of apparently spontaneous brushstrokes and splashes coexist with illusionistically rendered motifs, some of them computer-generated, to create a heterogeneous universe alive with engaging pictorial incident. Skeins of drizzled white or pale-blue acrylic ...Read more


In “Sticker Beings,” the first U.S. solo exhibition of Paris-based artist Benoît Maire (b. 1978), things seesawed between order and chaos. As one approached the windowed storefront of the new art space-cum-bookstore Kiria Koula, polished vitrines contrasted with conspicuously threadbare items. The installation suggested a well-lit pawnshop in the middle of a move, or a sparsely furnished design store. This place of confusion is where Maire’s work functions best, and where the philosophical tussle embedded in his project emerges. In the world he has created, the mundane and the marginal have cosmic—and sometimes comic—portent. His world asks questions like, What if all the choices made during the artist’s process were still attached to the finished work like vestigial organs? Extrapolating from art, Maire also asks, What would...Read more

The surfaces shine. Maybe it’s sweat. Perhaps the walls, the floors, the chairs and anything that surrounds the figures present in Alex Chaves’s latest body of oils are perspiring with the labor of becoming abstract. Leaves bloom in interior space. Sinewy lines adorn the upholstery. A cherry hovers in the periphery. Lilies flower from a subject’s ear. The palette is Crayola chic: canary, turquoise, candy apple. The paint is maximal, dramatic. Sometimes it splits a body into its planar forms. Sometimes gobs of it line the lips of a canvas, enduring as a frame. The kind of lawlessness that prevails in these works is painting at its psychedelic best. Fantasy is always just a raunchy interpretation of the real.

But the queer hermeneutics of domestic space belong less to the canon of oils than to cinema’s variously shunned and celebrated stepdaughter: mel...Read more

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