Art In America

“What is art?” hasn’t been an interesting question for a long time, but the query “What is it that artists do?” might be. We know that artists make art, but what about all the other things they do as artists? I’m not thinking here of the many artists who…Read more

In 1913, to celebrate Mardi Gras, Joseph Stella took a bus ride to Coney Island that changed his life. The Italian immigrant painter remembered that up until this point he had been “struggling . . . working along the lines of the old masters, seeking…Read more

  A few years ago, I followed friends to a celebration, not knowing the occasion. Down the steps, at the back of the bar, people were making passionate speeches in honor of the birthday girl. “When I was pregnant, Lisa asked if she could watch me give…Read more

  When asked why he thought there may be a surge of interest in contemporary African art in the past year, Joost Bosland, a director of the Cape Town branch of Stevenson, the largest contemporary gallery in South Africa, winced. "I'm not sure if that…Read more

  A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a conversation between Lynne Tillman and Angie Keefer themed around feminist practices; a program of video works about emotions curated by Chloe Wise and Adam…Read more

After previous stops in Beijing and London, something vaguely reminiscent of the 2001 monolith arrives in New York this week, prompting unsettling questions about the best relationship between government and the arts. Singapore: Inside Out, taking…Read more

  A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a panel discussion about all-woman art shows; a screening of a hobo-graffiti art documentary; a talk on race and performance by Fred Moten as part of FIAF's…Read more

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