Art In America

Cover:

Mark Bradford, The Book of Sustained Interest, 2017, mixed mediums, 16 by 16 by 2 inches. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

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Table of Contents

  1. Editor's Letter
  2. The Brief

    Frieze New York art fair; Block Universe performance art festival in London; Karl Ove Knausgård curates a show at the Munch Museet, Oslo; Florine Stettheimer at the Jewish Museum in New York; and more.

  3. First Look

    Zahra Al-Ghamdi

    Working responsively with materials like sand, plaster, refuse, and cotton, Saudi Arabia's Zahra Al-Ghamdi creates semi-abstract installations that address issues of habitation and belonging in the Middle East.

  4. Atlas Oslo

    Making Spaces

    With government support dwindling, Oslo's artist-run spaces have begun to experiment with unorthodox new funding models, combining alternative programming with commercial entrepreneurship.

  5. Sightlines

    Jorge Pardo

    Artist Jorge Pardo tells Ross Simonini what's on his mind.

  6. Backstory

    Center Stage

    Senga Nengudi recalls a 1977 gallery show in Los Angeles where she first exhibited her "R.S.V.P." sculpture series, whose sand-filled pantyhose evoke the elasticity of the human body.

  7. Books

    Before Pictures

    Robert Atkins on Douglas Crimp's Before Pictures; plus related titles in brief.

  8. Elements from the Actual World

    Jimmie Durham's wryly humorous sculptures, paintings, and drawings can be seen as the composite self-portrait of a man with a contentious relationship to all ethnic and national identifiers. 

  9. Everyday Alchemy

    With a subtle command of common materials and an unflagging formal inventiveness, Marisa Merz has established herself over the last six and a half decades as a key postwar Italian artist.

  10. A Beckoning Angst

    Living a luxurious life while depicting physical and spiritual destitution, France's Bernard Buffet was both wildly popular and, in some quarters, critically reviled. A recent exhibition in Paris presented him as a painter of surprising complexity. 

  11. In the Studio: Ryan Gander

    British artist Ryan Gander is an ideas man. They are his métier and material, not just because he is a conceptual artist but also because he has an insatiable, childlike curiosity about everything. 

  12. Artworld

    People, Awards, Obituaries.

A California Romantic

With subjects ranging from towering surf to Batman to Charles Manson to the Vietnam War, Raymond Pettibon's image-and-text drawings evoke the Romantic Sublime––in both its brightest and darkest aspects.

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