Art In America

What makes a book a book? Is it two covers, a spine and the sheaf of paper glued or tied in the middle? Is it the title page, or the information included on it—the names of the publisher and the author, the network of people and institutions that lend a…Read more

  Rhonda Holberton examines military practice in order to consider how technology is used to view, read and track humans. In her earlier works, Holberton, who lives in Oakland, Calif., attempted to collapse the distance between herself and obscure sites…Read more

  There was no Internet when Aleksandra Domanović was born in Yugoslavia in 1981, but a decade later, as the vast system of global networks that we know today was beginning to develop, there was no Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia’s domain name, .yu, was…Read more

  Toward the end of Jean-Luc Godard’s Adieu au langage (Good-Bye to Language), 2014, a dog—by now practically the protagonist of the 3-D film—runs around in a wooded area. We perceive trees from the dog’s perspective while images of bright red leaves,…Read more

Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was a British mechanical engineer who became the 20th century’s first truly modern architecture critic. Before him, there were only art historians generating taxonomies of Greco-Roman, Gothic and Renaissance buildings (e.g.,…Read more

THE WATER OF LIFEThe city of Rome's first aqueduct, the Aqua Appia, was built in 312 BCE; by the 4th century CE, the capital depended on a network of 11 of them. The purest waters hydrated the villas and gardens of Rome's wealthy as well as the first-…Read more

In the last few years, Estonia's Jaanus Samma (b. 1982) has emerged as one of the most widely recognized artists of Baltic Europe, primarily for his queer themes and interventionist methods rather than any particular medium or style. Indeed, Samma…Read more

Jane Debevoise, Between State and Market: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Post-Mao Era, Leiden and Boston, Brill, 2014; 324 pages, 219 illustrations, $133 hardcover. China's huge economy, rapid urbanization, environmental and social problems, and…Read more

In July an invitation came to write a song with Pussy Riot. It was from my old friend Inge, a publicist based in New York, who's been managing certain things for the Russian feminists—well, for two of them. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina,…Read more

"The pure products of America go crazy," wrote William Carlos Williams. And if such lost souls don't crash and burn, which they often do, their craziness is sometimes channeled into original artistic expression. Even then, those "pure products" might…Read more

Over the last few years, I made frequent visits to the Williamsburg studio of Richard Aldrich to record our conversations on art, music, writing and psychotherapy. Through our talks, I've come to know him as a curatorially minded artist whose primary…Read more

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