Art in America - Most Recent The most recent items from Art in America. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:38:28 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Murder on Prince: An Art-World Crime Story <p>Amanda Oliver, wife of high-tech mogul and art collector Philip Oliver, has been shot dead in the couple&rsquo;s Prince Street loft. So begins&nbsp;<a href=""><em>SoHo Sins</em></a>&nbsp;(Hard Case Crime, 2016), the newly released crime novel by Richard Vine, managing editor of&nbsp;<em>A.i.A.</em></p> By Richard Vine Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/22/img-soho-sins_102807303498.jpg_standalone.jpg Maggie Lee <p>In &ldquo;Fufu&rsquo;s Dreamhouse,&rdquo; her first New York solo exhibition,&nbsp;Maggie Lee (b. 1987) continued to elaborate her diaristic exploration of adolescent girlhood, Millennial subcultures, and style. Rooted in blogging, honed in zines, and realized in&nbsp;<em>Mommy</em>, her acclaimed 2015 film about the death of her mother and their life together, Lee&rsquo;s approach here turned to sculpture, the artist presenting a series of dioramas set on wooden tables.&nbsp;</p> By Nick Irvin Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-maggie-lee_125403659056.jpg_standalone.jpg "Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)" <p>&ldquo;Electronic Superhighway&rdquo; attempted an ambitious undertaking: to chronologically document the history of digital technologies in contemporary art and in so doing point to potential futures for art and technology. The exhibition collated more than a hundred works made by seventy-six international artists since 1966.&nbsp;</p> By Ajay Hothi Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-electronic-superhighway-2016-1966-1_145339523121.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Revisitation Phase: Looking at Art and AIDS <p>The traveling exhibition&nbsp;<a href="">&ldquo;Art&nbsp;AIDS&nbsp;America,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;on view at the&nbsp;Bronx Museum&nbsp;of the Arts,&nbsp;coincides with other shows and events that can be seen as&nbsp;augmenting its perspective by giving additional visibility to&nbsp;AIDS-affected individuals and communities that have been neglected due to racial, gender, or institutional bias.</p> By Eric Sutphin Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/19/img-visual-aids-homepage-crop_164113873078.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Do Tough Guys Art?: An Interview with Richard Vine <p>July 19 marked the release of&nbsp;<em>SoHo Sins</em>, an art world murder mystery by Richard Vine, managing editor of&nbsp;<em>A.i.A</em>. Here, artist and fellow novelist Travis Jeppesen interrogates the author on his motives, the origins of the tale, and the seamy relationship between art criticism and noir fiction.</p> By Travis Jeppesen Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/19/img-red-grooms_150220290062.jpg_standalone.jpg Cao Fei <p>While viewers of Cao Fei&rsquo;s excellent survey exhibition will be familiar with myriad products manufactured in China, it&rsquo;s likely that few will have considered, beyond a vague inkling of anonymous workers toiling away in distant factories, who actually makes those products. For her video&nbsp;<em>Whose Utopia</em>&nbsp;(2006), the Chinese artist embedded herself in an Osram lightbulb factory in the Pearl River Delta city of Foshan.&nbsp;</p> By Gregory Volk Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-cao-fei_131348839993.jpg_standalone.jpg A Dialogue with Nature: Dennis Oppenheim at Storm King <p>&ldquo;Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio,&rdquo; this summer&rsquo;s major exhibition at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, focuses solely on the artist&rsquo;s unique engagement with the land. While not a full-scale retrospective, it examines how his approach to nature evolved over the course of his career.&nbsp;</p> By David Ebony Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/15/img-oppenheim-6_105615618431.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Anri Sala <p>The term &ldquo;immersive&rdquo; is often abused&mdash;a fancy-sounding clich&eacute; to describe an exhibition that is merely expansive, cluttered, or, as the critic Ben Davis noted, &ldquo;full of big things.&rdquo; Not so with regard to the New Museum&rsquo;s recent survey<strong>&nbsp;</strong>of works by the Albanian-born artist Anri Sala. The installations were immersive in the truest, most gratifying sense of the term, placing viewer-listeners within multi-channel video and sound environments and challenging them to feel as well as contemplate them.</p> By Austin Considine Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-anri-sala_134347664300.jpg_standalone.jpg Farideh Lashai <p>Farideh Lashai&rsquo;s retrospective&mdash;spanning five decades and occupying all three stories of Bait Al Serkal, a nineteenth-century home-turned&ndash;exhibition space in downtown Sharjah run by the Sharjah Art Foundation&mdash;included paintings, animated projections on painted canvases or prints, sculptures, and an installation.</p> By Eric Sutphin Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-farideh-lashai_151800721152.jpg_standalone.jpg Karen Kilimnik <p>The collages featured in Karen Kilimnik&rsquo;s exhibition at 303&nbsp;Gallery (all works 2015 or 2016) included reproductions of&nbsp;classical tapestries that the artist adorned with a range of cutout images and stickers depicting birds, butterflies, perfume bottles, and, most frequently, cats. In one collage, there&rsquo;s a cat in Jesus&rsquo;s lap.&nbsp;</p> By Sam Korman Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-karen-kilimnik_123638357362.jpg_standalone.jpg Making Noise: Mika Tajima on YouTube <p>New York artist Mika Tajima creates sculptures, installations, prints, and performances based on digital data that she collects. Her work often reflects the relationship between changing economic conditions and collective human emotions.</p> By Josephine Heston Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/07/img-mika-tajima-playlist_130541506542.jpg_standalone.jpg “Megacities Asia” <p>The broad title of the MFA&rsquo;s spring headliner belies the exhibition&rsquo;s narrow focus. Far from a sweeping survey of art from and about Asia&rsquo;s vast urban agglomerations, the show features work by just under a dozen artists, all in a single genre: found-object installation. Makeshift structures and environments abound, made from bamboo scaffolding, discarded plastic bags, bicycles, cheap plastic wares, and (in the work of three of the show&rsquo;s four Chinese artists) architectural salvage.</p> By Gavin Kroeber Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-megacities-asia_134935649469.jpg_standalone.jpg Choreographed Obedience: Authority Figure at the Knockdown Center <p>&ldquo;Can I touch you?&rdquo; asked a young brunette woman in a black polo shirt, taking my hand and leading me into the cavernous main space of the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens. Around us, about a dozen individuals in identical attire paired up with audience members.</p> By Wendy Vogel Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/05/img-authority-figure-4_1745364258.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Family Function: Harm van den Dorpel’s Algorithmic Art <p>Perhaps some aspects of the creative mind can be stored in code, but all of it?&nbsp;While the analytical capabilities of artificial intelligence are recognized as &ldquo;real,&rdquo; many refuse to acknowledge that simulations of taste can be equally authentic.&nbsp;</p> By Nora N. Khan Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/27/img-van-den-dorpel-1_114454136064.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Overview: Los Angeles Reflections <p>Type &ldquo;Los Angeles&rdquo; into the search box of;and you will see over seventy thousand images, many of which look very much the same. For the works in a recent exhibition at Gagosian in Beverly Hills, Alex Israel spent what must have been many grueling hours scouring the database, finally selecting a group of images that distill the clich&eacute;s underwriting the romantic fantasy that&mdash;for some&mdash;is Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> By Jonathan Griffin Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-overview-los-angeles-reflections-1_111402771057.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Substitute Teacher: Pepón Osorio’s Philadelphia School <p>Budget cuts, the privatization of the commons, the dismantling of the social safety net, urban deindustrialization, and the loss of blue-collar jobs to factories overseas are among the well-documented effects of decades of neoliberal policy on American society. To this list I&rsquo;d add a peripheral yet significant outcome: the rise of social practice art.&nbsp;</p> By Erick Lyle Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/27/img-osorio-1_165338355983.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Allen Jones <p class="p1">Organized by art historian Norman Rosenthal, this survey of Allen Jones&rsquo;s work aimed to provide a historical view of the controversial artist&rsquo;s oeuvre&mdash;going as far back as the mid-&rsquo;60s, when he was living and working in the Chelsea Hotel. It was successful insofar as it conveyed Jones&rsquo;s unyielding effort to find new ways of representing a recurrent trope: the female figure, portrayed in stylized, borderline pornographic terms.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Charles Schultz Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-allen-jones_133023227447.jpg_standalone.jpg A Tribute to Tunga (1952-2016) <p>Inspired by Hellenistic poetry and medieval alchemy, Brazilian artist Tunga created sculptures, installations, and performances over the past three decades that made him one of Brazil&rsquo;s best known and most influential artists. He had been ill for the last year, but his death from cancer on June 6 at age 64, in Rio de Janeiro, seemed sudden and shocking to many.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> By David Ebony Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/21/img-tunga-1_13301650670.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Mark Wallinger <p>Selfhood has been the main, abiding theme of Mark Wallinger&rsquo;s art in recent years. For his debut exhibition with Hauser &amp; Wirth, spread across the gallery&rsquo;s two neighboring London spaces, he gave the concept a psychoanalytic spin and elevated it into an overall curatorial scheme&mdash;starting with the &ldquo;id Paintings&rdquo;<em>&nbsp;</em>(2015), seventeen of which occupied virtually all of the first venue.&nbsp;</p> By Gabriel Coxhead Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-mark-wallinger_144636438249.jpg_standalone.jpg Fit for the Future: The 2016 Eyeo Festival <p>Eyeo is a three-day art and technology conference that has taken place annually in Minneapolis since 2011. With a roster of speakers from diverse backgrounds&mdash;art, coding, academia, the private sector, or a mix of the above&mdash;it&rsquo;s fitting that the event is held at the Walker Art Center, an institution long revered for experimenting with interdisciplinary art and new technologies.</p> By Desi Gonzalez Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/23/img-eyeo-festival-3_113848459354.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Maryam Jafri <p>The black-and-white generic product packaging seen in<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Maryam Jafri&rsquo;s recent exhibition &ldquo;Economy Corner&rdquo; points toward timely issues: income disparity, the commercialism of culture, and the roles of language in art. Jafri, a Pakistani-American artist who has shown mostly in Europe (including at the 2015 Venice Biennale), presented food and sundries from the &ldquo;generic&rdquo; sections of 1970s American supermarkets.&nbsp;</p> By Karen Schiff Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-maryam-jafri_132440346575.jpg_standalone.jpg Paradise Lost: Middle Eastern Art at the Guggenheim <p>&ldquo;But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise&rdquo;<em>&nbsp;</em>at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is a worthwhile, if regrettably diverse show. Curated by Sara Raza, the third and final iteration of the Guggenheim&rsquo;s UBS MAP Global Art Initiative&mdash;an effort to incorporate works from underrepresented regions in the museum&rsquo;s exhibition programming and collection&mdash;features eighteen works from seventeen Middle Eastern and North African artists, including seven women and one Israeli.</p> By Rahel Aima Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/20/img-but-a-storm-is-blowing-1_110411534160.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Oswaldo Vigas <p>The Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas (1923&ndash;2014) is a particular case. He spent much of his career taking on established modernist styles well after their moments had passed or as they were being eclipsed, and in that way comes across as a curious, perhaps even stubborn, kind of individual: both a follower and not exactly a follower, both an autodidact eagerly engaging with prior innovation and a strict recusant of current fashion.&nbsp;</p> By Kyle Bentley Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-oswaldo-vigas_14381835522.jpg_standalone.jpg Elaine Cameron-Weir <p>New York&ndash;based Canadian artist Elaine Cameron-Weir creates sculptures that combine peculiar natural elements&mdash;e.g., mica, frankincense, and clamshells&mdash;with industrially made objects to evoke rich cultural histories and myths.</p> By Jennifer S. Li Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-elaine-cameron-weir_14213354791.jpg_standalone.jpg All Gold Everything: Mika Tajima’s Public Art <p>Mika Tajima&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Meridian (Gold)</em>, 2016, resides in Hunter&rsquo;s Point South Park along the southern portion of the East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. The public sculpture, which will be on view through Sept. 25, was commissioned by nearby SculptureCenter in collaboration with its teen outreach program Public Process and the city&rsquo;s Art in the Parks initiative.&nbsp;</p> By Sam Korman Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/16/img-tajima-korman-2_111451355738.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg William Wegman <p>Although William Wegman made his reputation as a photographer who combined wry humor and conceptualism, his two recent exhibitions showed him to be an accomplished painter with a sophisticated, highly individual style. The concurrent presentations at Sperone Westwater and Magenta Plains focused on, respectively, his recent &ldquo;postcard paintings&rdquo; and his early works on paper.&nbsp;</p> By Tatiana Istomina Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-william-wegman_130300675015.jpg_standalone.jpg Daily Reading: Artist Ebooks from Badlands Unlimited <p>Badlands Unlimited has a stated interest in publishing &ldquo;books in an expanded field.&rdquo; The press&rsquo;s idea of an expanded field can be understood literally, and even modestly, as encompassing anything that could potentially be defined as a book. It&rsquo;s not a lurch forward so much as an attempt to move in all directions.</p> By Steven Zultanski Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/15/img-ebooks-5_111142200591.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Renate Bertlmann <p class="p1">A gaudy pink-plexiglass wheelchair and four photos of a cheeky young woman about to spit out brightly colored Lego bricks currently greet visitors to Verbund&rsquo;s Vienna headquarters (where, in the publicly accessible foyer, stairwell, and corridors, the Austrian utilities company regularly showcases its art collection). These are among the roughly forty works by the seldom-exhibited artist Renate Bertlmann (b. 1943) that constitute her first major exhibition in her home country. The show, which spans from the early 1970s to the mid-&rsquo;80s (Bertlmann&rsquo;s most prolific years), includes installations, films, photographs, drawings, and scores for performances.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Karin Bellmann Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-renate-bertlmann_151218600295.jpg_standalone.jpg A Real Deal: LAPD at the Pasadena Armory <p>&ldquo;Do you want the cosmetic version or the real deal?&rdquo; The title of the Los Angeles Poverty Department&rsquo;s recent retrospective poses an opposition between surface aesthetics and lived experience, between the production of artworks and the embodiment of one&rsquo;s politics. First opened in 2014 at the Queens Museum in New York, and reprised this spring at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California, the exhibition surveyed thirty years of LAPD&rsquo;s practice.&nbsp;</p> By Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/13/img-lapd-3_104626541089.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg David Hammons <p>In a small photograph included in &ldquo;David Hammons: Five Decades,&rdquo; the first authorized David Hammons retrospective in twenty-five years, the artist can be seen seated, chin in hand, exhibiting a composure that might lead one to overlook the fact that the elegant chair beneath him is missing its front legs.</p> By David Markus Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-david-hammons_124315682002.jpg_standalone.jpg To Have and to Know: Camille Henrot’s Elephant Child <p>Camille Henrot wants to look at everything. Then she wants to catalogue, systematize, and place it all into a context of her own labyrinthine design. She knows it&rsquo;s an unhealthy compulsion, but she does it anyway, feeling conflicted all the while.</p> By Ross Simonini Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/02/img-henrot-br-1_15013582543.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg John Miller <p>John Miller (b. 1954) is a quintessential 1990s artist. The &rsquo;90s aesthetic might be described as cerebralism disguised as&nbsp;effortlessness&mdash;pastiche-riddled fashion, indie culture occupying a space between the mainstream and the avant-garde, hybridity that tried not to try too hard.</p> By Wendy Vogel Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-john-miller_141145209433.jpg_standalone.jpg Marcel Broodthaers <p>Marcel Broodthaers&rsquo;s first performative action arose from wartime murk in 1944 when at a poetry gala at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels he shouted from the balcony, &ldquo;Louis Aragon, when will you stop compromising French poetry!&rdquo; Broodthaers (1924&ndash;1976), a Belgian Pop and Conceptual artist affiliated with a long line of Symbolist and Surrealist poet&ndash;rabble rousers, was a marginal literary figure until the age of forty. One of his first sculptures,&nbsp;<em>Pense-B&ecirc;te</em>&nbsp;(Memory Aid, 1964), was in fact a partial encasement of copies of his last book of poetry in plaster.&nbsp;</p> By Brooks Adams Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-marcel-broodthaers_131939134697.jpg_standalone.jpg In the Studio: Christian Jankowski <p>Chief curator of this summer&rsquo;s Manifesta 11, German artist Christian Jankowski speaks candidly about his artist-meets-nonartist plan for the global event, as well as his own irreverent artworks&mdash;videos that parody today&rsquo;s mass media formats and art world mores.</p> By Aoife Rosenmeyer Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/31/img-jankowski-1_113610583207.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Trust Lust <p>Art collector and self-taught painter William N. Copley translated his love of Surrealism into bright, cartoonish&nbsp;canvases devoted to everyday objects and scenes&nbsp;of good-natured raunch.</p> By Raphael Rubinstein Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-william-copley-1_174419283226.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Critical Eye: Personal Boundaries <p>The traveling exhibition &ldquo;Art AIDS America,&rdquo; opening this&nbsp;summer at the Bronx Museum, finds renewed relevance in the culture wars of the 1980s and &rsquo;90s, especially the dual political-aesthetic strategies of the era&rsquo;s most socially committed artists.</p> By Robert Rhee Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/23/img-critical-eye-aids-1_175243835252.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Dreams for Detroit: The US Pavilion in Venice <p>The curators of the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale have tackled the thorny and fashionable subject of the future of Detroit. The show, which opened Saturday and runs through November 27, is called &ldquo;The Architectural Imagination&rdquo; and it aligns with the overall theme of Biennale, &ldquo;Reporting from the Front.&rdquo;</p> By Alan G. Brake Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/01/img-venice-architecture-biennale-1_113305171178.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Ambient Aesthetics <p> </p> <p class="">Monitoring commodity prices, asset values, and the digital measurement of collective happiness, 
Mika Tajima creates artworks and installations&mdash;sometimes diffuse and cloudy, sometimes violent&mdash;that reflect current socioeconomic dynamics.&nbsp;</p> By William S. Smith Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-mika-tajima-1_17302383835.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Concrete Future <p>The Met Breuer, housed in the revamped concrete building that Marcel Breuer designed for the Whitney Museum, launched with a survey show whose &ldquo;unfinished&rdquo; theme chimes with the rough materiality of the modernist architectural landmark.</p> By Sarah Williams Goldhagen Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/13/img-concrete-future-1_161714168094.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Writing and Non-Writing <p>Singapore-based Heman Chong addresses timeless epistemological questions&mdash;what do we know, and how do we know it?&mdash;through subtly conceptual, often semi-collaborative, &ldquo;documentary&rdquo; works.</p> By Travis Jeppesen Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/20/img-heman-chong-1_15373618311.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg