Art In America

“I want to be bugged by museums, not tranquilized by them.” So declared Peter Blake in the pages of Art in America in 1966, attempting to justify the jarring form of Marcel Breuer’s newly completed building for the Whitney Museum of American Art. Erected…Read more

I cover the waterfront I’m watching the sea Will the one I love Be coming back to me?1 No matter what first-time visitors make of the art on view at the new Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, they will…Read more

I’d never heard a sound like the name of this place, Klickitat County. The long drive along the Columbia River, from Portland into Washington State, past fissured rocks and forests blanketed in slashed fog, felt alien and I thought of the unanticipated…Read more

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

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