Art In America

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

Many things were curious about Kitch. I found her in 1956 and she lived for 20 years. People often ask if I named all my cats Kitch because she was a presence in my life and work for so long. Whenever James Tenney and I were making love, the cat would…Read more

The performance niv Acosta was rehearsing when we met sets a science-fiction narrative to disco beats and uses theoretical astrophysics as a lens through which to examine issues of race and gender. DISCOTROPIC, which premieres this month in New York as…Read more

Leo Rubinfien and John Junkerman, eds, Chewing Gum and Chocolate: Photographs by Shomei Tomatsu, New York, Aperture, 2014; 224 pages, $80 hardcover. When I was about 16, around the same time he thought I was ready to inherit his preserved copies of R.…Read more

For two years in the mid-1960s, when I was just out of college and ready to see the world, I lived and worked in various cities in Germany. It was my first time in Europe, and I was impressed by a culture that was steeped in tradition and history in a…Read more

John Paul Ricco, The Decision Between Us: Art and Ethics in the Time of Scenes, University of Chicago Press, 2014; 264 pages, $45 cloth, $7 to $36 e-book. Relationality, sociality, performativity are just a few of the key terms that John Paul Ricco…Read more

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