Art in America - Most Recent The most recent items from Art in America. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:31:45 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Edi Rama <p>&ldquo;All artists are alike,&rdquo; Dan Graham once said. &ldquo;They all dream of doing something that&rsquo;s more social, more collaborative, and more real than art.&rdquo; Few contemporary artists, however, have followed this desire to act outside the narrow confines of the art world<strong>&nbsp;</strong>as far as Edi Rama who, since 2013, has held the unusual day job of prime minister of Albania.</p> By Rachel Wetzler Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-edi-rama_145916422610.jpg_standalone.jpg Iris Häussler <p>In past works, Iris H&auml;ussler has subsumed her identity in fictional artistic personae. Presenting &ldquo;The Sophie La Rosi&egrave;re Project&rdquo; (2009&ndash;) in concurrent exhibitions at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) and Scrap Metal, she dispensed with the ruse and disclosed her authorship up front, weaving an immersive fiction with historical facts.</p> By Milena Tomic Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-iris-hussler_150441312322.jpg_standalone.jpg Mónica Palma <p>The eleven works on paper in M&oacute;nica Palma&rsquo;s first solo show are pared-down abstractions that reflect, almost paradoxically, the dizzying entanglements of contemporary life. Palma&rsquo;s slow, repetitive process results in much-handled drawings whose cloudy monochrome fields are interspersed with sudden disruptions.</p> By Julian Kreimer Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-mnica-palma_145842914653.jpg_standalone.jpg The Drug of Abstraction: An Interview with Beverly Fishman <p>Beverly Fishman creates powerful abstract paintings that address technology and the pharmaceutical industry. Fishman lives and works in Detroit, where she teaches painting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.&nbsp;She spent a sabbatical in New York last year, and late in the summer I had the opportunity to visit her in her studio.&nbsp;</p> By Jason Stopa Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/02/17/img-beverly-fishman_162027544527.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Terence Gower <p>In 1953, the United States opened a new embassy in Havana. Designed in a modernist style that departed drastically from earlier diplomatic buildings, the structure,<strong>&nbsp;</strong>which still stands today, has a glass facade and inviting lobby that were intended to express transparency and cooperativeness.</p> By David Markus Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-terence-gower_145759898591.jpg_standalone.jpg Harry Dodge <p>&ldquo;How would you make a smile?&rdquo; a scientist asks an android in&nbsp;<em>Mysterious Fires</em>&nbsp;(2016), a video shown in Harry Dodge&rsquo;s Armory Center exhibition. The scientist is played by an actor wearing a rubber mask of an aged face, lined and leathery, with a hooked nose and gray brows.</p> By Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-harry-dodge_150353124091.jpg_standalone.jpg Loie Hollowell <p>For her first exhibition at Feuer/Mesler and second solo presentation in New York, painter Loie Hollowell hewed to a personal vocabulary of forms&mdash;almonds, bullet-shaped protuberances, slender-peaked droplets, and highly modeled gentle curves with receding echoes&mdash;that she has developed over the past two years.&nbsp;</p> By Elizabeth Buhe Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-loie-hollowell_145721898150.jpg_standalone.jpg Feminism, Live: Debate as Theater <p>What might feminism's present learn from feminism's past? This question is especially urgent after the terrifying first weeks of Trump's presidency. Some answers may be gleaned from&nbsp;<em>The Town Hall Affair</em>, the Wooster Group's new theatrical production at the Performing Garage in New York through March 4.</p> By Wendy Vogel Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/02/14/img-townhall2_102832653374.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Paul Thek <p>The recent exhibition of Paul Thek&rsquo;s work at Hannah Hoffman Gallery was surprisingly pretty. The Thek it portrayed seemed to have been an introspective sort, given to naive drawings of flowers and sensitive paintings of the sea, rather than the radical boundary-pusher he generally was.</p> By Ciara Moloney Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-paul-thek_150311405346.jpg_standalone.jpg Sondra Perry <p>All but one wall in Sondra Perry&rsquo;s solo exhibition &ldquo;Resident Evil&rdquo; were painted<strong>&nbsp;</strong>chroma-key blue. Actors filmed in front of screens this color can be digitally superimposed on any background.</p> By Sam Korman Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-sondra-perry_145644650925.jpg_standalone.jpg A Human Touch: Ann Hamilton’s Portraits at UT Austin <p>Ann Hamilton's latest work,&nbsp;<em>ONEEVERYONE</em>, a series of sixty-five photographic portraits on porcelain-enamel panels, did not begin with a sketch or even an idea. It began with a vote. "My inspiration," Hamilton said in a recent public discussion in Austin, Texas, "was a gesture by the city, a huge public initiative passed in 2012 to create Dell Medical School."</p> By Carol Strickland Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/02/10/img-ann-hamilton-4_122535149478.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Christina Forrer <p>Christina Forrer&rsquo;s weavings are as engrossing on the level of the individual stitch and strand as they are jolting pictorially and thematically. Idiosyncrasies of the hand ally with order imposed by the loom, and sweetness is spiked with strife.</p> By Leah Ollman Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-christina-forrer_150227906320.jpg_standalone.jpg "Total Proof: The Gala Committee 1995–1997" <p>A few days after Trump&rsquo;s election, I felt art&rsquo;s political potential in the unlikeliest of places: Red Bull Studios in Chelsea. Walking under a mosaic archway entrance, I found an elaborate, crackling installation of activist works from the Clinton era.&nbsp;</p> By Sean J. Patrick Carney Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-total-proof-the-gala-committee-19951997_145552874944.jpg_standalone.jpg Sara Greenberger Rafferty <p>Sara Greenberger Rafferty often works large, as she did with a multi-panel piece shown in 2016 in a group show at James Cohan Gallery, New York, that measured about three by nineteen feet. For her first solo exhibition at Document, the Brooklyn-based artist has scaled down with a group of thirty intimate, process-intensive digital photo-collages on plexiglass, none more than twenty-two by seventeen inches.</p> By Kyle MacMillan Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-sara-greenberger-rafferty_150127908715.jpg_standalone.jpg Beverly Buchanan <p>&ldquo;Beverly Buchanan&mdash;Ruins and Rituals&rdquo; inaugurates &ldquo;A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism,&rdquo; a series of ten exhibitions and public programs at the Brooklyn Museum marking the tenth anniversary of the museum&rsquo;s Sackler Center for Feminist&nbsp;Art.</p> By Jane Ursula Harris Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-beverley-buchanan_145316295430.jpg_standalone.jpg Painting Hidden History: Nicole Macdonald’s Detroit Murals <p>The Big B Liquor Party Store, which holds down the northeast &nbsp;corner of the intersection of Trumbull Ave and the I-94 freeway in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood, has taken on a different character of late. The third-story windows on the eastern facade, once boarded up, now display a series of recognizable figures. It's a collection of Detroit-born poets and publishers, the second cohort of figures in artist Nicole Macdonald's "Detroit Portrait Series"&mdash;an ongoing public art project.</p> By Sarah Rose Sharp Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/02/07/img-detroit-portrait-series-1_12532998771.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Alma Allen <p>Alma Allen&rsquo;s semiabstract sculptures provoke an irresistible urge to identify familiar formal corollaries. The self-taught, Joshua Tree&ndash;based artist encouraged this impulse by giving the name&nbsp;<em>Not Yet Titled</em>&nbsp;to all the new works in his exhibition at Shane Campbell&rsquo;s South Loop location.</p> By Lauren DeLand Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-alma-allen_150039989061.jpg_standalone.jpg Lee Lozano <p>Lee Lozano&rsquo;s name is inextricable from her caustic personality and the series of radical performative acts she carried out after a decade as a painter.</p> By Eric Sutphin Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-lee-lozano_145451890367.jpg_standalone.jpg Charlotte Brooks <p>This smart show surveyed the work Charlotte Brooks made between 1951 and 1971, when she was the only woman photographer on staff at&nbsp;<em>Look&nbsp;</em>magazine, a competitor of the more popular&nbsp;<em>Life</em>.</p> By Claire Barliant Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-charlotte-brooks_150004701518.jpg_standalone.jpg Surreal Cairo <p>In Egypt during World War II, a large group of artists embraced the international Surrealist movement, creating locally inflected artworks and manifestos fully abreast of Western aesthetics and theory.</p> By Raphael Rubinstein Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/25/img-surreal-cairo-1_11213333149.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Critical Eye: Mimi Gross in Her World <p>In a vast trove of drawings, New York artist Mimi Gross has reflected over the past forty years on her immersion&mdash;as a painter, set-and-costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker&mdash;in bohemian milieus both here and abroad.</p> By Dan Nadel Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-mimi-gross-1_13120648406.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Shanghai Synergy <p>While Europe and the US continue to regard contemporary Chinese art with skepticism, curators and collectors in China now foster a dynamic mix of Eastern and Western works, as the current Shanghai Biennale and its often glitzy attendant events testify.</p> By Richard Vine Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-shanghai-synergy-1_134052379330.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg In the Studio: Meredith Monk <p>Vocalist and performance artist Meredith Monk, an icon of New York's experimental downtown scene, discusses the beliefs and techniques that have kept her a galvanizing figure for five decades.</p> By Maryam Monalisa Gharavi Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-meredith-monk-1_141441683585.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Tony Feher <p>Tony Feher, who died of cancer last June at age sixty, was a master of an uplifting type of abject sculpture and installation employing mundane found objects and industrial materials.</p> By David Ebony Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-tony-feher_145401518542.jpg_standalone.jpg Yukinori Yanagi <p>Yukinori Yanagi&rsquo;s most comprehensive exhibition to date, &ldquo;Wandering Position,&rdquo; which comprised sixty-three artworks, project plans, and documentary photographs dating from 1986 to the present, occupied three spacious floors of the nonprofit BankART 1929.</p> By Midori Yamamura Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-yukinori-yanagi_162456567124.jpg_standalone.jpg Pace of Change: Amy Sillman at the Drawing Center <p>Amy Sillman's exhibition "After Metamorphoses," currently on view at New York's Drawing Center, unites painterly processes and digital techniques to attend to transformations both mythical and decidedly real. The exhibition consists of an animation of the same title, projected in the darkened downstairs gallery, which takes Ovid's&nbsp;<em><em>Metamorphoses</em></em>&nbsp;as inspiration.</p> By Dana Kopel Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/31/img-sillman-1_14100723555.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Nahum Tevet <p>Although I have long been a fervent admirer of Nahum Tevet, until the recent exhibition &ldquo;Nahum Tevet: Works on Glass 1972&ndash;1975&rdquo; at Hunter College&rsquo;s Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, I knew of the work in question only through some tantalizing but indistinct period photographs.</p> By Raphael Rubinstein Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-nahum-tevet_161005736738.jpg_standalone.jpg GCC <p>At the 2013 World Government Summit, the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates debuted a new hand gesture. He raised his hand as if in benediction, and extended his thumb, index, and middle fingers. It was nearly identical to the &ldquo;Serb Salute,&rdquo; used by nationalists in the former Yugoslavia, or the&nbsp;<em>Schwurhand</em>&nbsp;from Christian iconography.</p> By Rahel Aima Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-gcc_160916490658.jpg_standalone.jpg Clifford Owens <p>In his second solo exhibition at Invisible-Exports, &ldquo;Hard &amp; Fast,&rdquo; Clifford Owens shared the stage with a host of contemporary artists, showcasing performances, paintings, and sculptures by others that he responded to in various ways.</p> By Jane Ursula Harris Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-clifford-owens_160823569847.jpg_standalone.jpg Yto Barrada <p>With this exhibition, titled &ldquo;The Sample Book,&rdquo; Yto Barrada, born in Paris in 1971 and of Moroccan descent, presented a new body of work centered on Morocco&rsquo;s textile industry&mdash;in particular, its tradition of using natural dyes.&nbsp;</p> By Karin Bellmann Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-yto-barrada_162411837299.jpg_standalone.jpg Extralegal Threat: Rigo 23 at American University <p>In the sleepy first week of 2017, before many Americans had even returned to work after the holidays, a statue of American Indian Movement (AIM) cause c&eacute;l&egrave;bre Leonard Peltier was removed from display outside American University&rsquo;s Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C., ostensibly because of anonymous threats of violence. The incident marks the first time in recent memory that a private institution has been intimidated into removing art from its property.</p> By Erick Lyle Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/27/img-rigo-23-1_153354404423.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Calvin Marcus <p>Calvin Marcus&rsquo;s exhibition at Clearing, titled &ldquo;Were Good Men,&rdquo; had a kind of nervous energy running through it. The show assembled thirty-nine oil-stick paintings whose crude rendering recalls that of children&rsquo;s drawings.</p> By Tatiana Istomina Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-calvin-marcus_155555348136.jpg_standalone.jpg Phyllida Barlow <p>Phyllida Barlow&rsquo;s exhibition &ldquo;Demo&rdquo; augurs well for her presentation in the British pavilion at this summer&rsquo;s Venice Biennale. One part of &ldquo;Demo&rdquo; is dominated by a multifarious structure that fills three adjoining galleries of the Kunsthalle.</p> By Aoife Rosenmeyer Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-phyllida-barlow_162332568455.jpg_standalone.jpg Weird Main Character: Walter K. Scott’s Playlist <p>Canadian artist Walter K. Scott is the subject of the "First Look"&nbsp;column in our January issue. <em>Wendy's Revenge</em>, his second volume of collected comic-strips, was published by Koyama Press last November. Here, Scott introduces a compilation of videos that collectively point to his (preferred) outsider status. Like Wendy, the protagonists of these videos are finding their way through the world in spite of their inability to conform to its norms.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> By Walter K. Scott Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/25/img-walter-scott-playlist_100904648942.jpg_standalone.jpg Sass and Sensibility: The Eighth American Realness Festival <p>This installment of American Realness featured performances, dance, panel discussions, and a digital publication that dealt broadly with issues of identity, race, and difference. American Realness was conceived by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, who acts as its curator and producer. What sets the festival apart from other live-art series is that it presents itself&nbsp; as a kind of kiki-a site for banter, camaraderie, and gossip.<strong></strong><em></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Eric Sutphin Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:43:00 +0100 /files/2017/01/23/img-american-realness-1_132708878198.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg OSGEMEOS <p>A man in a boat has reeled in a mermaid with a fishing pole and steps into the pink waters as if to take her place. This is the central image of OSGEMEOS&rsquo;s mixed-medium painting&nbsp;<em>Um segredo do mar</em>&nbsp;(Secret from the Sea, 2015), which was the first work you encountered in the graffiti duo&rsquo;s exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, &ldquo;Silence of the Music,&rdquo; and as you looked around you realized that you, too, were stepping into a vibrant sea.</p> By Blessy Augustine Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-osgemeos_155428719692.jpg_standalone.jpg James Ensor <p>Born in 1860 to a British father and Flemish mother, Ensor lived in the Belgian seaside town of Ostend for most of his life, apart from the three years he spent at the fine art academy in Brussels. This rootedness to Ostend, a resort popular in the summer but deserted in the winter, contributed to the creation of a mythology around Ensor as an eccentric loner, misunderstood by the establishment.</p> By Elizabeth Fullerton Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-james-ensor_162252437699.jpg_standalone.jpg J20 Art Strike <p>The top of our homepage is blacked out today in solidarity with the J20 art workers&rsquo; strike. For information about the strike, as well as updates on protests and events around New York, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@aianews).&nbsp;A selection of essays on art, protest, and community organizing is presented on the page below.</p> <p><em></em></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /cms/app/asset/action.php?a=createImage&id=31420&size_suffix=standalone Tamara Henderson <p>Vancouver-based artist Tamara Henderson&rsquo;s exhibition &ldquo;Seasons End: Panting [<em>sic</em>] Healer&rdquo; drew on journeys both geographic and psychic, and had all the dislocating strangeness of a theater wardrobe or prop room.&nbsp;</p> By Jonathan Griffin Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-tamara-henderson_16204327537.jpg_standalone.jpg Ginny Casey <p>Ginny Casey&rsquo;s paintings<em>&nbsp;</em>often cast objects and human forms in allegories for making. On view in her recent exhibition at Half Gallery, for instance,&nbsp;<em>The Potter&rsquo;s Legs&nbsp;</em>(2014) depicts a purple-fleshed figure struggling to carry a vaguely ear-shaped form toward a large block of gray clay draped with a cutting wire, the image capturing the sense of an artist&rsquo;s clumsy crawl toward resolution.</p> By Eric Sutphin Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/12/15/img-ginny-casey_155519361293.jpg_standalone.jpg