Art In America


Polke Dots: German Master Sigmar Polke comes to MoMA

In a sprawling exhibition opening tomorrow, New York's Museum of Modern Art displays over 250 examples from the late Sigmar Polke's multidisciplinary oeuvre, devoting one of its largest exhibitions to date to the idiosyncratic German artist.…Read more


Mana Contemporary Announces $10-Million Selling Show

An exhibition slated for this spring aims to add Jersey City, N.J., to the itinerary of art tourists visiting New York during spring art fair week.…Read more


Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, Kehinde Wiley Honored at Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball

Last night's Brooklyn Artists Ball at the Brooklyn Museum brought out the beautiful and stylish, from Chuck Close-clad in shades of springtime blue-to museum trustee Carla Shen in a simple gold column. The event, which honored the artists Jenny Holzer, Ai…Read more


Gavlak Gallery Expands to L.A.

Gavlak Gallery, of Palm Beach, Fla., will open a 5,000-square-foot Los Angeles outpost this June.…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


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

In the wake of the Russian Revolution, critic Viktor Shklovsky coined the now-notorious phrase "to lay bare the device" (obnazhenie priyoma), describing how some writers made generic conventions palpable for their audiences. Rather than transmitting information outright, they foregrounded the poetic qualities of their messages, that is, the device of transmission itself. Post-Revolutionary artists and filmmakers used this technique to attune their audiences to their own means of production and to the material conditions of collectivist society in turn. Providing a model for showing filmmaking on film, Shklovsky's 1917 call to "lay bare the device" was taken up by Structuralist filmmakers of the 1960s—above all by Canadian artist Michael Snow as he produced the signal Structuralist film Wavelength (1966). Here, over the course of 45 ...Read more

Sebastian Black's recent solo exhibition was both promising and disappointing. The artist, who was born in 1985 and lives in New York, has already scored an impressive number of shows, presenting both quasi-abstract paintings and forays into sculpture, installation and a sundry array of projects that signal a desire to avoid being seen as "just" a painter. Here, two standing 6-by-10-foot aluminum panels and three items of clothing shared the airy gallery with five medium-size paintings, all from 2013. Black is very skilled, with a particular talent for rendering the carefully considered edges of the geometric forms in his paintings. He does not rely on the clinical-feeling solution of tape. Brushed or gently scraped, the shapes just touch, without overlapping or butting too jarringly against one another. Each painting presents a narrow range of values&mda...Read more

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