Art In America

The real drama in The Avengers (2012)—a summer blockbuster that united the most profitable superhero storylines of the Marvel comic book universe in a single cinematic adventure—isn't its protagonists' struggle against evil. The bad guys are…Read more

Visitors to Chicago's Renaissance Society in the winter of 1980 encountered a concise exhibition with a provocative thesis. "Objects and Logotypes: Relationships Between Minimalist Art and Corporate Design" was a polemical juxtaposition of two strands…Read more

  Jim Elledge, Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider ArtistNew York, Overlook Press, 2013; 396 pages, $29.95. Ever since the work of the now legendary Chicago-based outsider artist and writer Henry Darger came to light in 1977,…Read more

"Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," now at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, seems at first to be a long-awaited corrective to Western myopia in regard to Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. Curated by Maxwell K. Hearn, chairman of…Read more

Annette Kelm's photographs belong to the cumbersome world of analog photography rather than its flexible digital counterpart. Shooting with medium- or large-format cameras, and working closely with her printing lab to produce exquisite final prints,…Read more

The weather is heavy in Suzanne McClelland's new paintings, where paint surges, lines whip and skid, and fragmentary letters and numbers collapse, inflate and slam into each other, hard. Words have a longstanding place in McClelland's work, often formed…Read more

Hans Belting, Andrea Buddensieg, and Peter Weibel, eds., The Global Contemporary and the Rise of New Art WorldsKarlsruhe, Germany, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, and Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 2013; 496 pages, $50. At nearly 500 pages, The GlobalRead more

During the fall of 2013, John Divola received an extraordinary amount of attention in Southern California, where exhibitions were held simultaneously at three venues—the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art…Read more

News from the ecological front has been alarming of late. There was September's report from UN scientists on the acceleration of climate change and the near certainty that these developments are man-made. Then there was the impending arrival of…Read more

This traveling retrospective, now at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the first in the U.S. devoted to the prolific, protean German artist Isa Genzken. The survey spans a 40-year career marked by notable inventiveness, determination and verve,…Read more

Pablo Bronstein's ground-floor apartment in an 18th-century brick house feels far removed from the urban hustle of this East London neighborhood. The building next door, Bronstein tells me, is the oldest house in the area. Its cellars date back to the…Read more

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