Art In America

  An obsolete Akai x-1800SD reel-to-reel eight-track player stood in the corner of the back room at Casey Kaplan gallery. Nearby, a simple wooden cabinet held 52 reels, each containing around 40 hours of audiotape combining portions of record albums,…Read more

Lately, I've been considering how to explain Lee Kit's work to people who have not previously encountered it. Translation is never an enviable task—and the descriptive mode of art criticism is in essence an act of translation from the visual to the…Read more

Monica Bohm-Duchen, Art and the Second World War, Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, 2014; 288 pages, $49.50 hardcover.For many years, the consensus was that in Europe, at least, the air had been sucked out of visual creativity during the…Read more

Most people I know think "Post-Internet" is embarrassing to say out loud. But so is most of the language that's used to write about contemporary art, and "Post-Internet" does the job of artspeak so efficiently that people keep saying it, embarrassment…Read more

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

John J. Curley, A Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter and the Art of the Cold War, Yale University Press, 2013, 296 pp., $65 hardcover.A few general ideas about art—particularly American art—and the Cold War have long been in circulation.…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

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