Art In America

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

“Unfinished,” one of the inaugural exhibitions at the Met Breuer, resonates profoundly with the architect’s vision for the building. For nearly a decade and counting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has sustained a well-publicized initiative to bolster…Read more

Heman Chong’s paintings, installations, and performances are informed by literature and infused with an encyclopedic impulse to catalogue knowledge. Among those who don’t write, it is perhaps difficult to fathom the important role that not-writingRead 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 comicsRead 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

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

Alma Thomas, who overcame barriers of race, gender, and age, achieving artistic success in her seventies, is now poised to enter the postwar canon.  Alma Thomas (1891–1978) is an artist on the cusp of reexamination. The subject of a retrospective…Read more

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