Break Open This Container

The commodification of Indigenous culture is a global phenomenon. Souvenir shops throughout southeast Alaska sell imitations of Northwest Coast Native masks made in Indonesia. Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax̂), based near Juneau, offers such kitsch a path to salvation through the blade of his adze....Read more

Moving Targets

Collaboration and community have been central to L.A. painter Laura Owens’s practice since the 1990s, though she now stands in the center of debates about the role of artists in gentrifying cities.…Read more

Cinematic Borderlands

Besides the relation of objects to people, another theme in Nashashibi’s work is the way humans organize themselves into communities and institutions, whether a patriarchal extended family or a police force, and how they navigate within these structures. She homes in on social groupings that are often single-sex and isolated by function or circumstance. …Read more

Socially Awkward

July’s work highlighted the acute tension between competing economic ideologies—extreme self-indulgence versus social enterprise—in stark proximity. …Read more

From the Archives: Woodman’s Decorative Impulse

Betty Woodman's conceptually rigorous, formally audacious ceramic sculptures and installations of the past two decades make any lingering art-world condescension toward pottery seem absurd. …Read more

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The Magazine ANTIQUES, our sister publication, invites you to join renowned interior decorator Thomas Jayne and Roc Nation recording artist Young Paris in conversation at the Winter Antiques Show on January 26th as they explore the theme “Tradition is Now: How the Art and Objects of the Past Shape the World Today.” These two distinctive creative talents will discuss the sometimes surprising ways that antiques and cultural artifacts have influenced their lives and careers. Join us on January 26th at the Winter Antiques Show to explore the many ways that Tradition is Now.



New York artist Marcia Marcus (b. 1928) emerged mid-century as a promising painter of portraits and figurative tableaux, depicting herself, friends, and acquaintances in scenes that often have a mythological or theatrical feel. In the early 1950s, she studied painting at Cooper Union, where her peers included Alex Katz and Lois Dodd, and shortly thereafter attended the Art Students League, wh...

The first painting one encountered was Medusa, a self-portrait from 1958 in which Marcus portrays herself in a form loosely resembling that of the Greek monster. Rendered against a thinly painted crimson background, and wearing an olive-green tunic and a belt embellished with bits of gold leaf, she stares out from the picture, her face framed by thick tendrils of hair. The following year, Marcus painted S...

In the impressive show “Contra-Internet,” which debuted at Gasworks and opens late this month at Art in General in New York, the London-based artist and writer Zach Blas explores forms of resistance to the increasing hegemony of the internet. The title riffs on the feminist/transgender theorist Paul B. Preciado’s 2002 Manifiesto Contrasexual. Blas, whose work often focuses on the overlap b...

The exhibition’s centerpiece is Blas’s futuristic short video Jubilee 2033 (2017), which envisions a heady post-gender time when the internet in its current form has collapsed, liberating the world from its sinister subjugation. The video pays homage to British filmmaker Derek Jarman’s 1978 queer punk classic Jubilee, in which Queen Elizabeth I is transported to a dystopian 1970s Britain where anarchy rules and g...

Like many San Francisco residents, I first encountered Veronica De Jesus’s epic series of memorial drawings while walking past Dog Eared Books in the Mission District in the late aughts. De Jesus worked at the store, and the drawings appeared in the windows and behind the register. Since 2004, she has made hundreds of them. While she exhibited a selection at San Francisco’s 2nd Floor Projects in 2013, the Berkeley Art Museum sho...

The works, rendered in pencil or ink and occasionally incorporating collage elements, share certain characteristics. All were made shortly after their respective subjects died and include their names, years of birth and death, and portraits. Many incorporate quotes from the departed, De Jesus’s own commentary on their lives, and brief descriptions of their work. During the years De Jesus exhibited the drawings in ...

Biennials usually balance works from and about disparate places with site-specific projects and gestures toward local culture, often by local artists. As a site for such a show, New Orleans poses a particular problem, laden as it is with tradition and myth. It’s called North America’s most African city, its most European city, its most Caribbean city. It’s the “Gateway to the Americas.” It’s Catholic and...

The hub of Prospect.4 is the Contemporary Arts Center, where the display opens with an impressive assortment of large-scale sculptures. Rina Banerjee, a Kolkata-born, New York–based artist, built a ghostly creature from beads, glass, and shimmering fabric. Winged, crimped textile constructions billow several feet behind the crouching figure, connected to it by gossamer threads. Lavar Munroe, a Bahamas-born ...


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