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The Decades Show: Greater New York Recalls a Changing City

This Sunday MoMA PS1, the museum's Long Island City contemporary art outpost, opens the highly anticipated fourth edition of Greater New York. This time around, the show has departed from its focus on young artists, expanding into a sobering transgenerational survey reflecting the changes in New York City over the last four decades....Read more


“Renaissance Prince” Luciano Benetton Unveils Global Exhibition in Venice

A recent undertaking of the Benetton Foundation brought me to Venice in late August: the vernissage of "Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art." Inspired by the Enlightenment-era Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, who wanted to catalog all of the world's plants, …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 book launch by Hesse Press with Kate Hall and Sarah Rara at the MOCA Store; an exhibition of shifting arrangements by Nancy and Brenna Ivanhoe at the Situation Room; a performance b…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 series of readings and presentations organized by Topical Cream Magazine; a talk by painter Nicole Eisenman, recently awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant; a screenin…Read more


Matthew Barney in La La Land

The subject of a major museum exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as a gallery show of new works at Regen Projects, New York-based artist Matthew Barney is a formidable presence in southern California at the moment.…Read more

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Experimental Mindset: An Interview with Andrew Blauvelt

There's change in the air at the Cranbrook Art Museum, where Andrew Blauvelt, a 1988 MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art's design department, begins his new job as director this month. A practicing graphic designer for more than 20 years, Blauvelt …Read more


Checking in on the Cape Town Art Scene

When asked why he thought there may be a surge of interest in contemporary African art in the past year, Joost Bosland, a director of the Cape Town branch of Stevenson, the largest contemporary gallery in South Africa, winced. "I'm not sure if that su…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 conversation between Lynne Tillman and Angie Keefer themed around feminist practices; a program of video works about emotions curated by Chloe Wise and Adam Levett;…Read more

Robert Overby at Andrew Kreps
  • Barbara Rossi at New Museum

  • Dona Nelson at Thomas Erben

  • Peggy Ahwesh and Jennifer Montgomery at Murray Guy

The Lookout

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

This week We've got our eye on Robert Overby at Andrew Kreps; Barbara Rossi at the New Museum; Dona Nelson at Thomas Erben; and Peggy Ahwesh and Jennifer Montgomery at Murray Guy.…Read more



Deborah Remington’s paintings and drawings mystify by design. Made between 1963 and 1983, the works displayed in this exhibition (which turned out to be Wallspace’s final show) are coquettish, withholding as much as they divulge. They present viewers with a series of eerie evocations vaguely reminiscent of objects and landscapes. 

The works in “Soot Series” (1963-69), hung at the gallery’s entrance and composed with their namesake material, portray figures recalling machines. Compact, austere affairs hovering in the upper halves of darkened canvases, the figures are framed by a cold glow, apparently lit from behind. Their forms are industrial, their tint metallic, but they do not correspond to any recognizable article. The works on paper in “Adelphi Series” (1963-74) feature lopsided, ch...Read more


“It’s so postmodern,” an artist friend recently quipped about Ruth Root’s exhibition at Andrew Kreps. After a beat, he added, “in a good way.” The categorization may seem passé, but the theoretical movement’s tenets—to question the authenticity of authorship and the high/low cultural divide—resonated with the paintings presented in Root’s show. What the New York-based artist adds to the discourse is a contemporary subtext about gendered labor often absent from postmodernism’s playful, ahistorical mode of pastiche. In an art world where references to technology and zombie formalism are easily legible market tropes, Root’s off-kilter compositions provide a refreshing counterbalance.

The show consisted of seven large untitled works (all 2014-15) employing fabric, plexiglass p...Read more


South Africa legalized same-sex marriage with the passage of the Civil Union Act in 2006, and it was the first country to abolish discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution. That is small comfort to the South African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people who continue to be victims of harassment and violence there. 

Zanele Muholi began her ongoing “Faces and Phases” series, which forms the centerpiece of this show, titled “Isibonelo/Evidence,” the same year the bill was passed, collaborating with her sitters in acts of self-identification and defiance. In the grid of 60 black-and-white portraits that took over two walls of the show’s first gallery, the subjects gaze straight out at the photographer (and the viewer), claiming membership in a group that is gloriously varied. Muholi...Read more


This exhibition of Roger Brown’s “Political Paintings” spanned the years 1983 to 1991. The works cover the crises that plagued the U.S. during that time, ranging from the savings and loan scandal to the collapse of the Soviet Union to the Gulf War. The compositions evince a cynical view of American politics, conveyed through cartoonish depictions of prominent political figures, silhouetted caricatures and carnival-style advertising banners.

Born in Alabama, Brown studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1960s, where he became a key contributor to the informal group of representational artists known as the Chicago Imagists. While several of the Imagists concerned themselves with politics and social justice in their work, Brown developed a distinct approach, combining a faux-naïf, comics-inspired visual style ...Read more

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