Art In America

FOR THE PAST four decades, Mimi Gross has lived and worked in a broad, art-filled loft just below Canal Street in Manhattan. Visitors are greeted by an enormous and exuberant painted sculpture—Gross calls it a “2½-D” work—in which the artist portrays…Read more

This year's Shanghai Biennale takes place amid China's new money-fueled turn to Western art. IN 2000, the third Shanghai Biennale marked a turning point in East-West art relations. Fully contemporary and fully international for the first time, the…Read more

WHEN WE MET last fall, I told Meredith Monk that my favorite work of hers is Turtle Dreams (1983), originally televised on WGBH, Boston’s public station. She was incredulous to learn that the twenty-five minute video piece, which features a quartet of…Read more

THE TUBES OF Walter K. Scott's neon sign Headbanger (for Shelley), 2016, flash sequentially on and off, causing a cartoonish head to spin vertically round and round. Because the head doesn't fling itself back and forth as a punk's would, but inscribes an…Read more

  Concurrent exhibitions devoted to Valentin de Boulogne and the Brothers Le Nain highlight the prescience and grittiness of seventeenth-century French painting. ONE NIGHT IN Rome, in the summer of 1632, an expat French painter named Valentin de…Read more

THE JAPANESE CERAMIC mending technique of kintsugi involves repairing broken vessels with lacquer mixed with gold or other precious metals. Instead of being hidden, seams are highlighted and carefully articulated. The object’s history is made visible,…Read more

Mierle Laderman Ukeles, known for championing those who do uncelebrated work, has served the NYC Sanitation Department since the 1970s—but to what effect? ON JUNE 13, 1974, Mierle Laderman Ukeles was on her knees in front of A.I.R., the noted New York…Read more

As suburbia becomes a global phenomenon, it's urgent to reconsider its profound limitations and speculative possibilities. Imagine a city, a city that embodies our historical moment. A set of well-worn images, reproduced in popular media and…Read more

Disused manufacturing lofts have historically attracted artists seeking affordable spaces-this is how New York's SoHo came to be, and the "SoHo effect" a widespread model of gentrification. Atlanta's former industrial buildings are being repurposed…Read more

Exactly fifty years ago, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy’s controversial writer-activist-filmmaker, made his first of two galvanizing visits to New York.   “ACTOR NEEDED TO PLAY Pier Paolo Pasolini.” Thus reads an untitled 1990 work by Mike Kelley: a mock…Read more

Returning to Las Vegas after more than four decades, Brian O'Doherty finds that enveloping new spectacles have replaced the gigantic signs he once praised in these pages.   TIME IS ODD everywhere, particularly in America, where a century can seem…Read more

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