Art In America

Five Points With Tom di Maria

Tom di Maria has served as the director of the Creative Growth Art Center since 2000. Creative Growth is participating in the Outsider Art Fair, on view at Center 548 in Chelsea (through Feb. 1)....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 Los Angeles: a Larry Clark photograph sale at Ooga Booga; an Emily Mast performance at MUSEUM as RETAIL SPACE; a free-for-all at the Bert Rodriguez Museum; and the K-Hole Repor…Read more


Architectural Light

During a European sojourn in the mid-1960s, the Chicago-based artist encountered key monuments of modern architecture—especially Le Corbusier's church in Ronchamp—that continue to inspire.…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 Los Angeles: a conversation between Alice Wang and Michael Ned Holte at the 18th Street Arts Center; a day of French Revolution-era art and culture at the Getty Center; the pol…Read more


Adam Pendleton and A.i.A. Celebrate “Blackness in Abstraction”

Curators, artists and dealers came out to New York’s Soho House this Thursday night to celebrate artist Adam Pendleton’s recent Art in America feature article, published in the January issue. Pendleton and A.i.A. editor-in-chief Lindsay Pollock co-hosted …Read more

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From the Archives: Art from Cuba

Long before last month's historic announcement of thawed relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the visual arts had provided a rare avenue of communication between the two Cold War foes. In our April 1986 issue, critic Lucy Lippard examined the sophisticate…Read more


Lazy Susan’s Long Hangover

A welter of objects and multi-medium installations, Cosima von Bonin’s Vienna retrospective reveals the German artist’s career-long commitment to artistic community. …Read more


Blackness in Abstraction

Through the art of Adam Pendleton, the author argues for an open-ended space in which the terms of historical Conceptualism have shifted.  …Read more

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World at Museum of Modern Art
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A Weekly Guide to Shows You Wont Want to Miss

This week Museum shows to get you through the holidays. Nam June Paik at Asia Society, Pieter Coecke van Aelst at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World" at the MoMA and Sun Xun at Sean Kelly.…Read more



At first, "The Hairy Hand," a show of recent sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Dave Hardy, appeared to be a single, site-specific installation consisting of glass panels, foam and other materials strewn about and piled up on a gray floor. In some ways, it recalled one of Robert Morris's "scatter" pieces from the late 1960s. There were, however, six discrete sculptures (all 2014) on view. These abstract assemblages, which also contain tape, aluminum and small found objects like pencils and pretzels inserted into nooks and crannies, are vaguely anthropomorphic and have intriguing titles, such as Destiny, Jane Fonda and Exes. The works were subtly unified by the dingy floor, which was the actual gray-painted linoleum of the artist's studio, cut up into sections and refitted in the gallery. The workshop atmosp...Read more

Brad Troemel's deceptively sparse installation at Tomorrow Gallery was awash in lurid color. On one wall were three novelty-size checks, each painted with a giant rose in a garish shade of yellow, red or pink. Across the narrow space hung a row of nine rectangular plexiglass ant farms, all suspended from the ceiling by wires. These clear boxes were filled with vitreous, crystalline goo, within which actual ant colonies were busily tunneling away. The goo was a nutritional substance originally developed by NASA and marketed as "Ant Chow" to hobbyists beginning in the 1990s. Troemel had dyed the stuff in a translucent patchwork of rainbow-sherbet colors.

Troemel's artistic career has been bolstered by a considerable Internet presence, which includes The Jogging, an influential Tumblr account that he helps oversee. Likewise, the New York-based ...Read more


This two-gallery exhibition offered U.S. viewers their first substantial glimpse of the world of Lu Yang, the prodigiously talented enfant terrible of the Chinese art scene. Utilizing a wild mix of imagery drawn from Japanese manga and anime, online gaming culture, sci-fi, neuroscience and religion, she asks what it means to be human in the 21st century. The results—which take the form of 3-D animations, video games, augmented-reality sculptures, prints, drawings and 3D-printed objects—are fascinating but definitely not for the squeamish. Lu Yang's work, in fact, contains something to alarm almost everyone. While Ventana244 showed a selection of the artist's videos, Wallplay presented "Arcade," a densely installed overview of Lu Yang's projects of the past four years, since she completed her studies at the China Academy ...Read more

Meticulously curated by Claire Barliant, "As We Were Saying: Art and Identity in the Age of ‘Post'" dealt with the legacy of identity-based practices within a cultural climate defined, in art historian and critic Jonathan Crary's estimation, by the encroachment of "a new blandness." Bringing together artists working in an array of mediums around issues of race, class, sexuality and gender, the show sought to explore the question of whether "identity politics" and "difference" still matter. With the exhibition arriving on the heels of Kara Walker's much-discussed A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby—a gigantic sugar-encrusted mammy caricature posed as a sphinx inside Brooklyn's Domino Sugar factory—and with the unrest following the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., still roiling during the show's run, this question seem...Read more

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