Art In America


Jordan Wolfson, Colored sculpture (detail), 2016, mixed mediums. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York, and Sadie Coles HQ, London.


Table of Contents

  1. Editor's Letter
  2. The Brief

    Ugo Rondinone “mountains” installed near Las Vegas; Frieze New York art fair; Yale Center for British Art reopens; Palestinian Museum launch; Leslie Hewitt at New York’s SculptureCenter.

  3. First Look

    Zarouhie Abdalian

    Ubiquitous change and deterioration in both materials and spaces fascinate the thirty-four-year-old, New Orleans–born artist Zarouhie Abdalian, who is currently showing a selection of her altered objects in New York.

  4. Atlas Moscow

    From Samizdat to Data Farm

    A recent exhibition of typewriter-related artworks and artifacts from the Soviet era prompts reflections on the state of technology, politics, art, and literature in Russia today.

  5. Sightlines

    Curator Alison Gingeras tells Ross Simonini what’s on her mind.

  6. Books

    The Other Us

    Sarah Lewis on Kobena Mercer’s Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s; plus related titles in brief.

  7. Photography

    Indigenous Images

    A show at Oregon’s Portland Art Museum juxtaposes photographer Edward Curtis’s nostalgic, early twentieth-century vignettes of Native American life with wryly contrasting shots by three contemporary Indigenous artists.

  8. Muse: Life Before (and After) (and During) the Digital Revolution

    Casting a dubious eye on the new “tyranny of gadgets,” artist John Miller recalls a pre-digital childhood and his lifelong quest to make time blissfully his own again.

  9. Up Close: Houston Loves Eccentrics

    Former East Coast curator Bill Arning finds his adopted Houston surprisingly receptive to artistic oddballs and bold exhibitions in its burgeoning museums and galleries.

  10. Backstory

    Learning to Be Free

    A one-room school in rural Onatario gave the young Janet Cardiff a sense of dreaminess and self-direction that has served the artist well for fifty years.

  11. Camouflaging Design

    Sculpture for a Large Wall, a 1957 architectural decor commission now classed as an artwork in MoMA’s collection, suggests that Ellsworth Kelly’s early design training had much more influence on his subsequent work than he ever admitted.

  12. Mechanical Glamour

    As the Met’s Costume Institute opens an exhibition about the interplay between handmade and mass-produced fashion, Leonardo da Vinci’s sketch for a sequin-making machine evokes a longer historical view of the topic.

  13. Punk and Hippie

    The Paper Radio duo of Benjamin Jones and Christopher Forgues, with their DIY aesthetic and countercultural convictions—sometimes aggressive, sometimes mellow—helped transform alternative comics in the first years of the twenty-first century.

  14. In the Studio: Dara Birnbaum

    With a long-awaited installation opening this month in Paris, pioneer video artist Dara Birnbaum discusses radical changes in technology and mass-media strategies, her own collaborative editing process, and her ongoing drive to meld personal and political concerns in her art.

  15. Artworld

    People, Awards, Obituaries.

Through Color

An African-American woman who turned to painting full-time at age sixty-nine, Alma Thomas faced many professional barriers—and overcame them all with her colorful mosaiclike abstractions.


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