German artist Christian Jankowski is a familiar face in the art world. He gained an international following withTelemistica (1999), a self-referential video produced for the Venice Biennale that documents calls the artist made to Italian television…Read more
An art world impresario who championed Surrealism, William N. Copley was also an idiosyncratic painter of subjects ranging from the utterly banal to the provocatively sexual.
It’s tempting to portray William N. Copley (1919–1996) as a once…Read more
The course of American art history was irrevocably changed by AIDS, both through lives lost due to government inaction and through the development of new artistic strategies in response to the crisis. “Art AIDS America,” a traveling exhibition…Read more
New York artist Mika Tajima uses digital data to create sculptures, installations, prints, and performances that reflect changing economic conditions.
Developed by mathematicians in 2008, the hedonometer is a data tool that measures collective…Read more
With its dynamic comics and collaborative ethos, the short-lived but highly influential duo Paper Radio galvanized New England underground culture in the early 2000s.They say to master comics one must become invisible, then stop drawing comics…Read more
The premiere of a new installation by Dara Birnbaum is a significant event. Since the 1970s she has produced a focused body of work comprising videos and installations that illuminate the media politics of the moments in which they were made. The…Read more
On a recent trip, I picked Nancy Meyers’s new film The Intern as my in-flight movie. It includes a scene that’s become an obligatory trope for feel-good stories about seniors learning to cope with their diminished role in the social order: a millennial…Read more
Leonardo da Vinci’s unrealized design for a sequin machine is an oddity in the history of innovations that make erstwhile luxuries more accessible.
Sequins are plastered on everything: flip flops, cotton T-shirts, canvas tote bags, sneakers—even Ugg…Read more
I arrived in Texas in 2009 to direct the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston after a lifetime on the East Coast, and the first lesson I learned was that Houston loves eccentrics. It is, in fact, something of a tradition and likely why I have been able to…Read more
As a collaborator, an impresario and a media personality, Charlotte Moorman has evaded conventional categories of art history. But a recent biography and a traveling exhibition give her legacy the attention it is due.
Merce Cunningham once sniffed in…Read more
Looking over my notes on Erin Markey’s A Ride on the Irish Cream, an outrageous musical comedy that premiered at New York’s Abrons Arts Center in January, I find this line in all caps and underlined (twice): “dumpster cheeseburger ass.” I can’t…Read more
Syncopation involves a rhythm that disturbs our perception of time as a regular flow, producing the feeling that time may be coming out of joint.
In music, syncopation is intrinsically connected to the offbeat. Contrary to the beat, the offbeat is the…Read more