Art In America

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: Jeff Koons in conversation with Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg at the SVA Theatre; a conversation about period styles with Eric Hu, Lisa Naftolin and Susan Sellers at Triple Canopy; a book launch for Raphael Rubinstein's new volume at White Columns; and a performance by Rana Hamadeh at the New Museum that aims to "propose a lyrical and constellated method of thinking through established histories and speculative futures."...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 lecture on the history of inflatables by Cocky Eek, delivered inside her own inflatable SPHÆRÆ pavilion; tarot readings by Viviana Druga at Actual Size; a short lun…Read more


Print’s Not Dead: NY Art Book Fair Brings Badlands Unlimited, R.H. Quaytman and Thurston Moore

Organized by New York nonprofit Printed Matter, Inc., whose Chelsea storefront champions artist-made publications, the fair has become a popular clearinghouse for artists' books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals and 'zines. …Read more


The Museum Interface

Two experts assess the impact of digital media and new design on today's cultural institutions.    …Read more


Design in Flux

Change your life and get a job—this was the startling advice that Fluxus founder George Maciunas gave his fellow artists in 1964. But what did he really mean?    …Read more

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In the Studio: Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle began showing his work in the mid-'60s, at the age of 24, and quickly became a significant contributor in an art scene that included artists as diverse as Robert Smithson and Agnes Martin. While some of Tuttle's early, spare work builds upo…Read more


Painting the Unseen

"Unlike the critics, none of the artists I know has ever accused me of being a painter. The question isn't whether painting is alive or dead, either—that's a completely demented debate. Like every medium in art, painting has a specific significance, that'…Read more


Pantheon of the Anteater, Part II

In the second installment of a two-part article, the author continues his account of taking a free art criticism course in fall 2013 taught by David Salle at Bruce High Quality Foundation University in New York. The first installment appeared in A.i.A.…Read more

Frank Heath at Simone Subal
  • Anissa Mack at Laurel Gitlen

  • Andy Coolquitt at Lisa Cooley

  • Gordon Hall at Foxy Production

The Lookout

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

This week Frank Heath at Simone Subal, "Future Feminism" at The Hole, Anissa Mack at Laurel Gitlen, Andy Coolquitt at Lisa Cooley, Gordon Hall at Foxy Production.…Read more


Every element of this Christopher Williams retrospective—from the lucid photographs he has made over the past 35 years to the exhibition architecture to the catalogue to the press release—can be considered part of his artistic output. Williams approaches photography as a porous discipline, one that has secured a place among the fine arts even as it finds equal purchase in advertising, graphic design and publishing. (The title of the exhibition, "The Production Line of Happiness," is taken from Jean-Luc Godard, underscoring cinema as a major touchstone for Williams.) He often uses commercial photographic techniques to depict the very conditions of photographic production, meaning everything from camera mechanisms to the color charts used to calibrate lighting. At the same time, his work deflects attention outward, to the contexts within which photographs are displayed, ...Read more

Paul Chan's "Selected Works," installed over two floors of the Schaulager and spilling out onto LED screens on the building's exterior, is the New York-based artist's most extensive exhibition to date. The show hits full speed on the upper, entrance floor with videos and projections, among them the roughly pixelated animation Happiness (Finally) After 35,000 Years of Civilization (after Henry Darger and Charles Fourier), 2000-03, Chan's meditation on violence, rape and general mayhem, based on Darger's famous "Vivian Girls" stories. The "7 Lights" series (2005-07) are also animations, each projected onto the floor in a rectangular shape that appears to be sunlight cast through a window over the course of an accelerated day. Here we find apocalyptic scenes, as in 1st Light (2005), where shadow silhouettes of people, animals and objects seem hurled about by...Read more

Antoine Catala's solo show at Peep-Hole, titled "Heavy Words," had a playful space-age feel, offering a holographic E.T., inflatable screens and flying drones. However, the work ultimately revealed more about our present—a world invaded by digital images—than any imagined future. The exhibition, produced in conjunction with FRAC Champagne-Ardenne and curated by its director, Florence Derieux, united three projects from 2013 that the French artist has shown separately but considers a trilogy. Each occupied its own room. Located in the first gallery, Il était une fois . . . (Once Upon a Time), which was presented at last year's Lyon Biennale, is an installation using various technological devices (such as holograms and fog machines) to construct vignettes whose verbal counterparts form a rebus of the title. In the next gallery, Image FamiliesRead more

The ravishing images in Hyperion: Letters of a Terrorist, the Italian Romeo Castellucci's stage adaptation of a Romantic epistolary novel by Friedrich Hölderlin, accrete as optic poetry, awakening thoughts about revolution, civilization, childhood and the act of seeing. Castellucci and his collaborators in the Cesena-based theater collective Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio have created dozens of well-received, visually stunning performances at venues around the world since the 1980s. Hyperion, for which Castellucci alone is credited as director and costume, lighting and stage designer, premiered at the Schaubühne as part of its Festival of New Drama in 2013 and is now part of its repertory. Hölderlin's 1797 novel, Hyperion, or the Hermit in Greece, idealizes the innocence of youth, the undying truth and beauty of nature and the desire to b...Read more

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