Art In America

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 pop-up gay arthouse called the Adonis Project at Human Resources; the launch of the Step and Repeat performance series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; a poetry reading by Anthony McCann at Machine Project; and a discussion at the Getty Museum between painter John Currin and the museum's director, James Cuno....Read more


Dia Art Foundation Names Jessica Morgan Director

Tate Modern curator Jessica Morgan will take the reins at New York's Dia Art Foundation. Replacing Philipe Vergne, who departed in January to head the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Morgan takes up her new post in January 2015.…Read more


Brotherly Love, David Lynch-Style

Best known as the Academy Award-nominated director of such films as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, David Lynch is also a prolific painter and printmaker. His retrospective "The Unified Field" opens next week at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Ar…Read more


Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman to Retire

During his tenure, the director focused on increasing the diversity of museum visitors, bringing in underserved and younger audiences.…Read more


Theory and Matter

In the early 1970s, the French group Supports/Surfaces produced some of the era's most radical art in a seemingly unlikely medium. Today, their unstretched, semi-sculptural paintings speak to a whole new generation.…Read more

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Tate Modern curator Jessica Morgan will take over at @DiaArtFndn next year, following Philippe Vergne's departure.


“The Details”: Mark Bradford

For me, it's always a detail—a detail that points to a larger thing. It can be text; it can be a quote.…Read more


How We Lived Then

British Conceptual artist Stephen Willats responded to a period of social tumult with a 1979 exhibition. Now re-created, the show offers insight into the past and future of socially engaged art.  …Read more


Pantheon of the Anteater

In the first installment of a two-part article, the author recounts his experience taking a free art criticism course taught by David Salle at Bruce High Quality Foundation University, New York.…Read more


An artist of Lithuanian Jewish descent born in Caracas, Meyer Vaisman has made a habit of exploring his own complex sense of identity. By imposing elaborate conceptual constraints on his working processes, Vaisman avoids navel-gazing insularity, producing paintings and sculptures that address viewers with a sharply intelligent comedic sensibility. As with many of his contemporaries in downtown New York in the 1980s, Vaisman was averse to the romantic notions of authorship proffered by then-fashionable Neo-Expressionist painters. In 1984, he teamed up with two other artists to found International with Monument, an East Village gallery that gave Jeff Koons his first exhibition and showed work by artists including Sarah Charlesworth, Peter Halley and Richard Prince. Like them, Vaisman eschewed traditional avenues of self-expression, in part by reproducing image...Read more

In his book Tulsa (1971), Larry Clark infamously wrote: "Once the needle goes in it never comes out." At that point he was almost a decade removed from shooting amphetamine every day as a teenager. His early photographic work was praised for its authenticity; it was frequently noted that the artist was a participant in all he documented. As he expanded into collage and film, what was once freshly autobiographic became inexorably blurred with the ache of nostalgia. This perplexing exhibition, "they thought I were but I aren't anymore . . . ," appeared to be composed of castoffs from shipping containers headed for a museum retrospective: a few early black-and-white photographs, some new color portraits, a handful of relatively recent large collages and, most bewilderingly, four oil paintings shown publicly for the first time.

The glorious and inglorious acts of youth...Read more


For 18 months, between 1978 and 1980, Lothar Baumgarten, then in his mid-30s, ventured into the remote upper Orinoco Delta region of Venezuela. There he lived with a community of indigenous Yanomami, who otherwise had scant contact with outsiders, opening himself to their way of life and animist worldview. With a culture dating back thousands of years, the Yanomami were already being threatened by amok gold miners, cattle ranchers, deforestation, pollution, disease and governmental (both Brazilian and Venezuelan) abuse. These days, they are thoroughly besieged, and in fact face extinction (many term it genocide). Revisiting a formative experience, Baumgarten's exhibition included his films and field recordings; an 8-hour, combinatory soundtrack coursing through the gallery; a textual wall installation that fe...Read more

Sarah Charlesworth's series "Objects of Desire" (1983-86) takes reality as something bracketed by quotation marks: a fiction, according to postmodernist critic Craig Owens, produced and sustained by its representation as image. The series finds its titular objects—an S&M harness, a chiffon scarf, a shock of blond hair, among other things—suspended in monochrome fields of syrupy, synthetic reds, blues, blacks, yellows and greens. Each image is a fragment from a book or a magazine that Charlesworth rephotographed and produced as a Cibachrome print. Immured in lacquered wood frames, the photographs, like the objects they enframe,  enact strategies of seduction, such as high gloss and graphic punch. Part color study, part iconographic deconstruction, the series accentuates lushness and visual plea...Read more

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