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Frieze New York 2015 Exhibitor List Revealed

Nearly 200 galleries will participate, approximately the same number as last year. About 30 percent are from New York. Exhibitors hail from 33 countries and territories, from Austria and Estonia to Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. Last year, about 40,000 people attended the fair....Read more

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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 scented dinner at Thank You For Coming; a multimedia performance by AMRA at Human Resources; a Holiday Gift Shop at Chin's Push; and a dance workshop by Marbles …Read more

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From the A.i.A. Archive: Robert Storr on Adriana Varejão

On the occasion of Adriana Varejão's first solo museum exhibition in the United States, now at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (through Apr. 5, 2015), A.i.A. delved into the archives. In the article "The Carioca & the Paulista," in our September Read more

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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: Robert Gober in conversation MoMA curator Ann Temkin; a talk by artist Tomás Saraceno at the Guggenheim; a Trunk Show of work by Xenobia Bailey at The Studio Museum i…Read more

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Conditionally You

Hong Kong's Lee Kit creates enigmatic objects and installations that, while seemingly banal, eerily suggest the absent, the potential and the might-have-been.…Read more

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In the Studio: Kevin Beasley

An obsolete Akai x-1800SD reel-to-reel eight-track player stood in the corner of the back room at Casey Kaplan gallery.…Read more

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Here Comes the Sun

When Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) went "live" in the courtyard at New York's Lincoln Center on Oct. 2, viewers gasped. …Read more

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The Art of War

For many years, the consensus was that in Europe, at least, the air had been sucked out of visual creativity during the years of WWII.…Read more

Nam June Paik at Asia Society
  • Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry at Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World at Museum of Modern Art

  • Sun Xun at Sean Kelly

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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

Reviews

Despite wishful arguments for art as an agent of change, art-making itself can never be confused with real activism, where personal liberty, livelihoods, bodies, even lives are laid on the line. Ellen Lesperance copes with the cognitive dissonance common to politicized artists disconnected from direct action. With quietly beautiful paintings, ceramics, dyed silks and knitted garments, she honors the courage of those standing up against injustice or environmental destruction. In Portland she has found a receptive audience for her craft-based project—witness a 2012 Hallie Ford Fellowship and her selection for the 2014 Oregon Biennial. For her first exhibition at Adams and Ollman, she created six works (all 2013 or '14) that continue to valorize ardent activism. Each painting represents a sweater worn by a female protester the artist spotted in the news. On tea-stained paper, L...Read more

For "People in Nature," her first solo exhibition at this year-old, eclectic Hollywood gallery, Lisa Williamson produced seven carved wood totems. Brightly painted in acrylics and human-scaled (or "tree-hugging size," as described by the artist in the press release), with the tallest at just above 8½ feet, the sculptures rested on the floor in a grovelike formation in the gallery's front room. Their elemental forms and clean, spare lines were set off by the generous use of color, which animated each piece with a distinct personality, in some cases calling forth a particular object or landscape. From head-on, the sculptures formed a lively tableau. But moving through and circling around the group, one noticed connections between them as well as their explicit relationship to the human body. Standing in front of the head-size holes carved down the length of Clearing Read more

Sabina Ott began her career on the West Coast as a painter in the 1980s. But it didn't take long for her work to extend off the canvas into sculpture, video and installation, often coming together in "environments that amplify sensations," as she stated in a 1999 essay published on her website. Now a professor of art at Columbia College Chicago, the artist finds inspiration in a vast range of sources, from Expressionism and Surrealism to Gertrude Stein to artists as diverse as Odilon Redon, Cy Twombly and Gérard Fromanger. At the Chicago Cultural Center, Ott has produced three distinct installations (or what she calls "mise-en-scènes") loosely based on the three parts of Dante's The Divine Comedy—Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. The show's title, "here and there pink melon joy" as well as the individually named works (all 2013 or '14) are taken from S...Read more

Philadelphia-based Virgil Marti titled his first solo show at Locks after Forest Park, in his native St. Louis. A tribute to the hippie culture he witnessed at the park as a kid in the 1960s, the exhibition brought together a selection of his little-shown, large-scale tapestry-style landscapes (from 2001) and his more recent arboreal benches and sculptural mirrors (from 2013 and '14). The result was a modern-day Arcadia that filled the gallery's first floor space, offering homages to figures ranging from the Romantic poet John Keats to artists Paul Thek and Mark Rothko. But rather than the lush plantlife of a typical park, Marti's gardenlike installation offered artificial versions of nature. For each of the three 7¼-foot-square tapestry works on view, he appropriated landscape imagery from a book titled Scenic America, and printed it horizontally doubled...Read more

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