Art In America

Beyond exhibiting design objects, the Cooper Hewitt seeks to transform museumgoers into designers, a tech-driven approach that is creating a new role for cultural institutions. FROM BEHIND the sleek thermoformed desk that curves through the wood-paneled…Read more

Hosting an incubator for creative start-ups, the New Museum has embraced the age of the entrepreneur. In a 1953 profile of Alfred H. Barr Jr., Dwight Macdonald used an economic metaphor to explain the position of the young Museum of Modern Art. The…Read more

As digital technologies enable increasingly accurate reproductions of artworks, museums are grappling with the complex aesthetic, legal, and political implications of copying.   Museum Without Walls I may enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art,…Read more

ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1970, PepsiCo president Donald Kendall made two urgent phone calls to the company’s former lawyer, President Richard Nixon. Kendall was alarmed about the results of the recent presidential elections in Chile, where Salvador Allende had…Read more

THERE'S A CHAIR in artist Willie Birch’s studio in New Orleans’s Seventh Ward. I can’t remember if he ever told me it was “his” chair but, in my many visits to his studio, I’ve never sat in it. I met Birch when I first moved to New Orleans six years…Read more

Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul has won a global following with films grounded in intensely local settings and timeless myths. I haven’t been to Thailand proper, though I’ve traveled there many times via the works of Apichatpong Weerasethakul,…Read more

Fiction and artifice are everywhere in the ninth Berlin Biennale. Most international exhibitions on this scale strive to define contemporary artistic trends. This one offers a coherent set of fictions amounting to a comprehensive vision of the present.…Read more

Donald Moffett was born in Texas in 1955 and moved to New York twenty-three years later. Like many artists who came into their own in the late 1980s, he leaned heavily on juxtapositions of text and image in his early work, appropriating mass-media…Read more

With a retrospective traveling through Europe, Rochelle Feinstein broadens the audience for her incisive, edgy paintings. “Funny is good as long as it bites back.”                                         —Rochelle Feinstein Rochelle Feinstein is…Read more

Detroit's troubles (poverty, crime, and failing public schools) have been well publicized, but over the past decade, the media has turned its attention to new developments in the city. You often hear Detroit referred to as a blank slate, as a city…Read more

Art historians have adopted the Italian word pentimenti to refer to the traces of previous decisions visible beneath the surface of a finished painting. The word’s original meaning, “repentances,” casts this residue of making in moral terms: the artist’s…Read more

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