Art In America


Marlene Dumas: Venus Mourns America, 2017, ink and watercolor on paper, 9 by 7⅞ inches.


Table of Contents

  1. Editor's Letter
  2. The Brief

    Nam June Paik at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; public art symposium at the School of Visual Arts; European art fairs and biennials; Paul Gauguin at the Art Institute of Chicago; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Magazzino Italian Art opens.

  3. Issues & Commentary


    Incorporating thirteen characters (all played by Cate Blanchett) and excerpts from more than fifty artist proclamations, filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto spurs an assessment of the hectoring rhetorical form.

  4. First Look

    David Leggett

    In Chicago-based artist David Leggett’s cartoonish paintings, the joke is often on racist America.

  5. Film: Worry the Image

    For director Arthur Jafa, the essence of black cinema––and black being––lies in a nonlinear, quasi-musical processing of cultural memory and time.

  6. Sightlines

    Curator Kasper König tells Ross Simonini what’s on his mind.

  7. Atlas Miami

    From the Margins

    While Miami officially presents itself as a city of luxury high-rises and creative commerce, the grimmer realities faced by its black and Hispanic populations are addressed in the work of artists such as William Cordova and Charo Oquet.

  8. Critical Eye

    Ghosts of Apartheid

    Orchestrating the elaborate beading of an apartheid-era Casspir armored personnel carrier, South African–born Ralph Ziman subverts the menace of this hulking implement of oppression and war.

  9. Books

    From Disciple to Master

    Lilly Wei on Rachel Corbett’s You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin; plus related titles in brief.

  10. Kindling

    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 conceptually oriented artists have found generative.

  11. Divided Distractions

    Georges Seurat’s Circus Sideshow, the centerpiece of a Neo-Impressionist exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features many of the movement’s key elements: vernacular subjects, atmospheric effects, humor, and socioeconomic commentary

  12. Rematerializing Photography

    Five Americans––Christopher Colville, Klea McKenna, Matthew Brandt, Farrah Karapetian, and Chris McCaw––are among a sizable contingent of artists who produce striking aesthetic effects with photographic methods that are deliberately slow, antiquated, and physical.

  13. Beyond the Revolution

    In the aftermath of Castro's sweeping late 1950s coup, Cuban artists have generated work reflecting multiple changes in collective and personal sensibility––from idealistic fervor to disillusionment, from social activism to formalist secession, from nationalism to globalism.  

  14. In the Studio: Nancy Shaver

    Nancy Shaver discusses her early “seeing trips” with Walker Evans, her own deadpan photographs of children’s clothing, and her decades-long devotion to abstract wall sculptures, found objects, patterned fabrics, and installations.

  15. Artworld

    People, Awards, Obituaries

All Together

Chance, decentralization, and collaboration were the watchwords for choreographer Merce Cunningham, who transformed twentieth-century dance.


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