Art In America

John Paul Ricco, The Decision Between Us: Art and Ethics in the Time of Scenes, University of Chicago Press, 2014; 264 pages, $45 cloth, $7 to $36 e-book. Relationality, sociality, performativity are just a few of the key terms that John Paul Ricco…Read more

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE seen more than one of Cosima von Bonin’s many exhibitions and happenings over the course of the Cologne-based artist’s 25-year career, much is familiar in her current retrospective, “Hippies Use Side Door. The Year 2014 Has Lost the…Read more

EMBOSSED CIRCLES OF matte black silicone form a constellation through which barbed projectiles burst, extending beyond the limits of the round form filling the 10-foot-square relief. The unwieldy circles come together through a false impression of…Read more

WHEN THE VENICE BIENNALE opens in May, Pamela Rosenkranz, who is representing Switzerland, will be 35 years old. Despite her relative youth, she is no stranger to high-profile exhibitions. In 2008, while she was still a student at Switzerland’s…Read more

  To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.—Samuel Beckett When Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) went "live" in the courtyard at New York's Lincoln Center on Oct. 2, viewers gasped. Foot traffic stopped. Glamorous…Read more

  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

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