Art In America

Artists First: Around Skulptur Projekte Münster

Skulptur Projekte Münster has changed quite radically since its initial incarnation. It's much more eclectic, encompassing sculpture but also performance, sound art, video, and other mediums. Yet it remains focused on artists, and committed to realizing works in the city, where they can be viewed free of charge by a broad public....Read more


The Painted Word

John Giorno's poetry proposes that anywhere you go, you can have an intense physical engagement with words. Since the 1950s, he's framed language with controlled, climactic line breaks and repetition, and an own affirmative speaking voice that, once it oc…Read more


Naked Soap Operas: An Interview with Brontez Purnell

As a writer, Brontez Purnell's ink spills between zines, music columns, novels, and screenplays. Not content with just literary prodigiousness, he also counts choreography, filmmaking, musical performance and composition as part of a breakneck, punk lifes…Read more


The World’s a Stage: L.A. Dance Project Live-Streams from Marfa

Intent on attracting new audiences and pushing the limits of live performance, choreographer Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project live-streamed a series of performances at Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Tex. "Marfa Dance Episodes" were crea…Read more


A Quest for Beauty: Tiffany’s Mosaics at the Corning Museum of Glass

Although he first aspired to be a painter, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), founder of Louis C. Tiffany and Company, became the Gilded Age's leading purveyor of decorative arts. The exhibition "Tiffany's Glass Mosaics," at the Corning Museum of Glass, s…Read more

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Louise Lawler's current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York focuses on her long-standing practice of photographically re-presenting the work of other artists, often in domestic settings or unexpected combinations––an approach many younger c…Read more


From the Archives: In and Out of Place

The exhibition "WHY PICTURES NOW," a survey of Louise Lawler's work from the 1970s to the present, opens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York this week. We looked in our archives and found "In and Out of Place," an article that artist Andrea Fraser wro…Read more


Photo Play

A current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the early work of 30 artists constituting the last major art movement of the 20th century.…Read more


Since the mid-aughts, Los Angeles–based artist Tomory Dodge has been known for making abstract paintings defined by a kind of structured chaos. Some of them—such as the 2008 Daisy Cutter (titled after a weapon used in Vietnam and Afghanistan) and the 2009 Dresden—refer to violence and destruction wrought by his country. Yet no matter how dark the inspirations, Dodge’s works all evince an alluring, sumptuous use of paint that veers toward the decorative. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, speaking with the New York Times, recently said of a 2011 Dodge painting he owns, Horrid Torrid Times, “You look at that painting and go, oh my God, it’s the end of the world, but what a happy end of the world.”

One might have expected the eight new paintings in Dodge’s recent exhibition at CR...Read more

Autumn Knight, originally from Houston and lately based in New York, is best known for her charged performance works. Intense and disarming, these pieces play off the social dynamics of her audiences, amplifying the race, gender, and power relationships in the room—often to absurd (even hilarious) effect. At the University of Illinois’s Krannert Art Museum, “In Rehearsal,” Knight’s first solo museum exhibition, was conceived around four such performances.

The first two were lively, improvisational group events presented this January and March in the single-room gallery that anchored the show. El Diablo y Cristo Negro (The Devil and Black Christ), a partially scripted comedic dialogue that drew upon Panama’s traditional Black Christ Festival, featured actor Chivas Michael and student Xavier Roe performing the title roles ...Read more

John McLaughlin (1898–1976) is an avatar of a peculiarly animated and individuated proto-Minimalism associated with Los Angeles artists including Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, and John McCracken. He is widely held as first among equals in the group of LA abstract painters to whom the term “Hard Edge” was initially applied. It is thus almost inconceivable that, even though his work has been the subject of previous museum exhibitions, there hasn’t been a large-scale retrospective of his paintings until now. This apparent neglect seems less a personal affront to the artist when you realize he didn’t start painting until the age of forty-eight, after extensive military service. The exhibition, at LACMA’s Broad Contemporary Art Museum, featured fifty-two works ranging from 1947 to 1970 and was organized by curators Stephanie Barron and Lauren Ber...Read more

Damien Hirst’s exhibition “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” is like a vast art theme park, a journey into a fantasy world in which myriad mythologies and cultures collide. Arranged across two Venetian museums belonging to the billionaire businessman and art collector François Pinault, the show centers on the story of a freed slave–turned–wealthy collector from Antioch called Cif Amotan II, whose ship—named the Apistos (Greek for “Unbelievable”)—foundered around two thousand years ago with his cargo of artworks, copies, and fakes from diverse civilizations. Hirst, whose own rags-to-millions tale echoes Amotan’s, embarked on the project in 2008, after learning about the ship’s “discovery,” so the story goes.

The show begins in the former customs house t...Read more

Mar. 2006

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