Art In America

Best known for her cinematic video Provenance (2013)—which traces the ownership history of chairs designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret from their current well-heeled owners back to the government buildings in Chandigarh, India, for which they…Read more

Although associated with Minimalism, Agnes Martin endeavored to express universal conditions of being in her work.   The traveling survey of Agnes Martin’s work that debuted this summer at Tate Modern in London offers an opportunity to reconsider an…Read more

Leading up to A.i.A. cover artist Frank Stella's retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Oct. 30-Feb. 7, 2016), we present Philip Leader's survey of Stella's paintings from the 1970s, originally published in our March/April 1978 issue.…Read more

    The minimal forms of Math Bass’s paintings and sculptures reflect a playful attitude toward philosophical questions about identity and bodily experience.    Gabriel Lippmann’s foremost contributions to turn-of-the-century science were the color…Read more

“What is art?” hasn’t been an interesting question for a long time, but the query “What is it that artists do?” might be. We know that artists make art, but what about all the other things they do as artists? I’m not thinking here of the many artists who…Read more

In 1913, to celebrate Mardi Gras, Joseph Stella took a bus ride to Coney Island that changed his life. The Italian immigrant painter remembered that up until this point he had been “struggling . . . working along the lines of the old masters, seeking…Read more

  A few years ago, I followed friends to a celebration, not knowing the occasion. Down the steps, at the back of the bar, people were making passionate speeches in honor of the birthday girl. “When I was pregnant, Lisa asked if she could watch me give…Read more

The Museum of Modern Art's Pablo Picasso retrospective of 1980 attracted over a million visitors, putting an unprecedented strain on the museum's finances, physical plant and staff. In A.i.A.'s December 1980 issue, dedicated to Picasso, Roberta SmithRead more

  For a show at Castelli Gallery in December 1983, Pop pioneer Roy Lichtenstein produced the 96½-foot-long Greene Street Mural—named for Castelli's SoHo address, 142 Greene Street. The monumental work brought together many of Lichtenstein'sRead more

  So much bad art is presented with pomp in Venice. The artists who show there are, for the most part, good. But something happens to their work as it passes through the sausage factory of state cultural bureaucracies, public-private partnerships and…Read more

  “My work is about loopholes,” says Tania Bruguera, commenting on the bureaucratic quirk that now permits qualified Cubans to get licenses as academic tutors, thus enabling her to open up the Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism.…Read more

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