Art In America


Corporate Aesthetics: The Yes Men Revolt

There is justice in the world of the Yes Men. A spokesman for Dow Chemical accepted responsibility for the 1984 Bhopal disaster live on the BBC, the New York Times announced that the Iraq war ended in November 2008, and the New York Post editorial board f…Read more


The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York, including several panel discussions on museum practice: a panel on satellite museums at the Guggenheim; a Jeff Koons lecture on sculpture at the Frick; a launch party…Read more


True Nauman: Peter Plagens on His New Volume on the Artist

In the book Bruce Nauman: The True Artist (due out May 5 from Phaidon), the painter, critic and longtime Nauman acquaintance Peter Plagens seeks to view the subject whole.…Read more


Union Made: Fred Lonidier’s Whitney Biennial Teach-In

The Chorus was invited to the museum by Fred Lonidier, the Oregon-born, San Diego-based artist and activist, to open a "teach-in." Part of his inclusion in the 2014 Biennial (through May 25), the event functioned as both an artist talk and an informatio…Read more

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Young Incorporated Artists

With slick corporate identities and digital media savvy, emerging artists are mimicking—all too closely—established forms of cultural power. …Read more


The Giant Apple

In summer 2009, the British architect Norman Foster received a surprising telephone call from Apple's leader, Steve Jobs.…Read more


Brand Minimalism

The organizer of a quietly daring Chicago exhibition recalls how, decades ago, he suggested an analogy between commercial design and the era's most formally rigorous art.…Read more

Sarah Lucas at Gladstone
  • Brad Kahlhamer at Jack Shainman Gallery

  • Karen Knorr at Danziger Gallery

  • Kristen Morgin at Zach Feuer

  • Florian Pumhösl at Miguel Abreu Gallery

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

This week Sarah Lucas, Brad Kahlhamer, Karen Knorr, Kristen Morgin, Kevin Appel, Florian Pumhösl  …Read more


Elias Hansen is a 21st-century Morandi of the backwoods—a ponderer and scavenger whose meditations on a limited array of objects read as a sort of private poetry. Neither a recluse nor an outsider, he is a schooled, sophisticated maker forging a union between skilled and de-skilled practices. His predilections run toward both the raw and the refined.Hansen's work typically takes the form of casual-looking assemblages on wall-mounted, unpainted wooden shelves. The vessels of chemistry labs and distilleries prevail: flasks, beakers and pipettes, hand-blown mostly by Hansen in gem and candy colors, including emerald, ruby, grape and tangerine. Some resemble bongs, others bulbous gourds. Interspersed among them are rustic objects—old doorknobs, keys, a rusted railroad spike, a worn bristle brush-found near the artist's home in the Hudson Valley, wher...Read more

In the macabre comedy Being John Malkovich, the protagonist discovers a small door in his office that turns out to be a gateway into the mind of actor/filmmaker John Malkovich, and then gives people access to it for a fee. Samara Golden's immersive exhibition "Mass Murder" at Night Gallery provided as close to a physical entry into the mind of an artist as can be accomplished without such a magic portal. Often compared to the late Mike Kelley, Golden uses a stream-of-consciousness approach to build affecting installations that incorporate pop cultural elements.The gallery entrance took visitors into an almost pitch-black space filled with cacophonous music—the soundtrack to Apocalypse Now played backward—that produced an off-kilter ambience. From there, a hallway led into the fir...Read more

Nora Schultz works in a loose, intuitive way. One set of ideas flows into another, past projects blur into new ones, scavenged objects are decontextualized then recontextualized, and words both intervene and provide meaning."Parottree—Building for Bigger than Real" was the Berlin-based artist's first solo museum exhibition in the United States and the first show organized by the Renaissance Society's new executive director and chief curator, Solveig Øvstebø. Here Schultz showed herself moving in a new direction. Instead of the machines that have dominated her recent work, she focused on a creature, the Monk Parakeet (a species of parrot), never actually depicted in the show, but adopted here as both a muse and an imaginary artistic partner. For more than 40 years, a colony of the birds, which are in no way...Read more

"Cities of Ys," organized by Miranda Lash at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), was Camille Henrot's first solo exhibition in the United States. Henrot, who hails from Brittany, was the recipient last year of the Silver Lion award at the 55th Venice Biennale, for her video Grosse Fatigue (2013), in which she ostensibly catalogues the universe. At NOMA, she turned to the history and culture of the Houma tribe of southern Louisiana. Henrot drew parallels between the fishing towns of the Gulf coast and those of Brittany, whose mythical city Ys is referenced in the exhibition's title.After two years of research and considerable time spent with members of the United Houma Nation, Henrot created a series of documentary-style videos that were presented on flat-screen monitors. The 10 videos, collectively titled "Plasma Plasmas Stealth,...Read more

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