Art In America

At times it seems that everything ever written about the 1970s is concerned with demonstrating just how different that decade was from the one that preceded it. At the risk of prolonging this historical cliché, I'd like to note that a lot of 1960s art in…Read more

Amid the glitz of the Art Basel Hong Kong fair last spring, visitors encountered a mysterious black fabric cube, 11½ feet on each side, its surface bearing 13 scroll-like strips of Thai-language script (stylized to resemble Arabic) hovering near…Read more

A few general ideas about art—particularly American art—and the Cold War have long been in circulation. One is that the new, ostensibly imageless postwar abstraction was essentially apolitical. Perhaps functioning in part as an existential response to…Read more

A poster at odds with itself recently made the rounds on New York's subway cars and platforms. The upper half was a tour de force of sans-serif typography, a pocket of restraint amid an otherwise giddy advertisement for Jeff Koons's retrospective at…Read more

It's no longer a question of whether art institutions should have a virtual presence. Rather, the onus is being placed on designers to facilitate meaningful interactions with art that might occur in the gallery, via Web-based applications or in new…Read more

According to George Maciunas, artists should have a routine: "9 am to 5 pm: working socially constructive and useful work—earning your own living. 5 pm to 10 pm—spending time on propagandizing your way of life among other idle artists & art collectors…Read more

Last spring, I spent a long, edifying Friday with Richard Tuttle in New York. In the afternoon we dined at a fine Italian restaurant in Midtown and surveyed a potential space for one of Tuttle's future exhibitions, talking all the while. In the evening,…Read more

In the second installment of a two-part article, the author continues his account of taking a free art criticism course in fall 2013 taught by David Salle at Bruce High Quality Foundation University in New York. The first installment appeared inRead more

Peter Ruyffelaere, ed. On & By Luc TuymansCambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 2013; 240 pages, $24.95 paperback.Unlike the critics, none of the artists I know has ever accused me of being a painter. The question isn't whether painting is alive or dead,…Read more

Lane Relyea, Your Everyday Art WorldCambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 2013; 257 pages, $24.95 hardcover.In the "everyday art world," artists are always on the move, disdaining not only art objects but any kind of artistic finality whatsoever, making putative…Read more

Like many great art narratives, the tale of Supports/Surfaces has an air of improbability about it. After the euphoria of May 1968 implanted the notion in a generation of French youth that all was possible, that it was their task to dismantle every…Read more

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