Art In America

Dawn breaks through a thin fog over Pyongyang, gray light cascading onto the pale Eastern Bloc-style apartment buildings below. The capital city of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea—known outside the country as North Korea—is shrouded in silence.…Read more

We expect, and have expected for a long time, that artists will explain themselves, that they will lead us through the layered meanings of their work with patience and clarity, telling us in detail about their materials and processes, sharing with…Read more

Rem Koolhaas, the chief curator of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale (Jun. 7-Nov. 23) and one of the most influential architects working today, argues that contemporary architecture "is not in particularly good health." When did architecture get…Read more

Dave Hickey: Pirates and Farmers: Essays on TasteLondon, Ridinghouse, 2013; 192 pages, $25 paperback.Ben Davis: 9.5 Theses on Art and ClassChicago, Haymarket Books, 2013; 224 pages, $16 paperback.In the world according to Dave Hickey, everyone is…Read more

At this point, one could reasonably say that Vincent van Gogh has become the Rodney Dangerfield of modern artists. Don't get me wrong; obviously, his work attracts massive outpourings of attention and love from the public, and it commands astronomical…Read more

Participants become the protagonists in Pedro Reyes's at once playful and serious art productions, which have grown ever more complex over time. The 42-year-old Mexican artist, who considers himself primarily a sculptor, creates flexible objects that…Read more

Weirdly, when I first saw this painting I felt the desire to sketch it. It was one of those literary/kitsch impulses that make you feel like a young artist traveling through Italy in a BBC adaptation of a Victorian novel. My actual surroundings were a…Read more

Alexander Dumbadze, Bas Jan Ader: Death Is ElsewhereChicago, University of Chicago Press, 2013; 190 pages, $27.50 cloth, $7 to $27.50 e-book. On July 9, 1975, Bas Jan Ader (Bastiaan Johan Christiaan Ader), the Dutch-born, Los Angeles-based Conceptual…Read more

In summer 2009, the British architect Norman Foster received a surprising telephone call from Apple's leader, Steve Jobs. "Hi, Norman. I need some help," said Jobs bluntly. This was the beginning of an intensive collaboration between the two—a tech…Read more

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

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