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Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:03:40 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Architecture: Deconstruction Site <p>The inauguration of the Broad, a contemporary art museum in L.A. designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, reveals a few pleasant surprises amid numerous false steps as teh team transitions from theorists to builders.</p> By Sarah Williams Goldhagen Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/11/18/img-the-broad-museum-1_175516675387.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Pitiless Bronze <p>A touring exhibition of Hellenistic bronzes, now a the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., reveals the surprising degree to which late Greek art and social life were devoted to matters of surface.</p> By Richard Neer Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/11/25/img-hellenistic-sculpture-1_124745420539.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Never Forget <p>Israeli filmmaker Omer Fast, having consistently questioned the notion of documentary "truth" for over a decade, now presents the feature <em>Remainder</em>, based on artist Tom McCarthy's novel about a man who obsessively restages violent crimes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Willie Osterwell Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/11/25/img-omer-fast-1_13210687491.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Michael Dean <p>The English artist Michael Dean has a complicated relationship with language, one that reflects the ambivalent relationship between postmodern British sculpture&mdash;with its down-to-earth blend of minimal, found-object, figurative and formalistic idioms&mdash;and Conceptual art&rsquo;s verbal abstractions.</p> By Mark Prince Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-dean_131111728546.jpg_standalone.jpg Germaine Krull <p>In 1928, Germaine Krull published&nbsp;<em>M&eacute;tal</em>, a seminal work in New Vision photography and in the history of the photo book. Comprising 64 photographs that emphasize the geometry of cranes, silos, blast furnaces and industrial structures like the Eiffel Tower, taken from unusual or vertiginous angles, the book was described in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Photobook</em>&nbsp;(2004) as &ldquo;the finest example of a modernist photobook in the dynamic, cinematic mode.&rdquo;</p> By Jean Dykstra Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-krull_130924489720.jpg_standalone.jpg Motion Detectors: Will Rawls and Edgar Arceneaux at Performa 15 <p>In the mildewed basement of the West Village artist housing complex Westbeth, Will Rawls ran the perimeter of the makeshift stage, mapping an open rectangular space amid paint-peeled columns and an industrial ladder. With each loop, his breath became audibly ragged, then slipped into wheeze-like grunting, somewhere between the mechanical and the monstrous.</p> By Abbe Schriber Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/11/25/img-arceneaux-rawls-performa-8_113513301217.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Banksy <p>Dismaland was notorious street artist Banksy&rsquo;s latest and biggest project. Set in a run-down seaside lido in Weston-super-Mare, on England&rsquo;s west coast&mdash;near Bristol, where the artist, who maintains his anonymity, is believed to come from&mdash;the mock theme park featured work by roughly 50 international artists, including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and David Shrigley.</p> By Karin Bellmann Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-banksy_130224431984.jpg_standalone.jpg “Flesh Marble Leaf & Twig” <p>In Athens hundreds of buildings lie abandoned, but rarely unused. Some bear scrawled and stenciled reactions to Greece&rsquo;s economic crisis; others accommodate people made homeless by it. The city&rsquo;s cultural institutions also reflect the restless loyalties of architecture: the Benaki Museum, for example, occupies a grand old Ottoman mansion.</p> By Chris Randle Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-flesh-marble-leaf-twig_12483030004.jpg_standalone.jpg Rae Mahaffey <p>In &ldquo;So-and-So,&rdquo; Rae Mahaffey presented 11 abstract paintings (all 2015) that signal an exciting high point in an already accomplished, 30-year career. Impeccably crafted, with beautiful, layered surfaces, the colorful panels are relatively large for Mahaffey; the biggest are 5 feet tall.</p> By Sue Taylor Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-mahaffey_122833577594.jpg_standalone.jpg Sarah Awad <p>Sarah Awad&rsquo;s paintings are sluices barely holding back a flood of Fauvist color. An emerald canopy bursts through an indigo grate. Dark leafy smears clash with splashes of fluorescent lime. Warring daubs of crimson and cornflower capture the full flame of a desert sunset.&nbsp;</p> By Evan Moffitt Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-awad_122702888680.jpg_standalone.jpg Jérôme Bel and Performa 15’s Light Touch <p>J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Bel's <a href=""><em>Ballet (New York)</em></a> is a cute little piece. For his Performa 15 commission, the French conceptual choreographer cast 13 dancers and asked them to interpret a handful of genres.</p> By Brian Droitcour Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/11/19/img-jerome-bel-perfoma-15-1_142856679576.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Joel Otterson <p>If the impulse driving Joel Otterson&rsquo;s work could be reduced to an aphorism on a stitched sampler&mdash;a form that, in fact, inspires him&mdash;it might read: &ldquo;Domestic does not necessarily mean domesticated.&rdquo;<em>&nbsp;</em>Otterson gravitates toward materials and methods that have staid reputations as &ldquo;feminine&rdquo; pursuits or are compromised by associations with craft, the decorative or the functional furnishings of the everyday.</p> By Leah Ollman Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-otterson_12253687960.jpg_standalone.jpg Lonnie Holley <p>Simply stated, Lonnie Holley&rsquo;s exhibition at the Halsey soared. The approximately 40 sculptures were selected from the collection of William S. Arnett and the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which Arnett founded, as well as the African-American artist&rsquo;s own collection.</p> By Lilly Wei Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-holley_122053708224.jpg_standalone.jpg “Poetics of Relation” <p>The title of this exhibition pays homage to the 1997 book of the same name by Caribbean philosopher &Eacute;douard Glissant (1928-2011). Co-curators Tobias Ostrander and Tumelo Mosaka mobilized Glissant&rsquo;s ideas about identity&mdash;that it is constructed in relation to multiple contexts&mdash;to tie together the tightly curated show.&nbsp;</p> By Alpesh Kantilal Patel Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-poetics-of-relation_121823847425.jpg_standalone.jpg Jessica Stockholder <p>With exuberant, quirky and often kitschy creations, Jessica Stockholder has put a significant stamp on the medium of installation art. The Seattle native moved to Chicago in 2011 to serve as chair of the University of Chicago&rsquo;s department of visual arts, and currently has three major projects in the city&mdash;a solo exhibition and curatorial effort at Kavi Gupta, and an installation at the university&rsquo;s Smart Museum of Art.&nbsp;</p> By Kyle MacMillan Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-stockholder_122305214649.jpg_standalone.jpg Emily Mae Smith <p>Emily Mae Smith&rsquo;s first solo show at Laurel Gitlen, titled &ldquo;Medusa,&rdquo; pumped new blood into the ongoing conversation that many contemporary artists have with Pop art, in particular its glamour finish and populist appeal. The crisply imagined paintings reference classic animation, art history, mythology and science-fiction kitsch. After a 2014 breakout show at Junior Projects on the Lower East Side, the young Brooklyn-based artist was included in prominent group exhibitions in New York and Europe.</p> By Nora Griffin Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-smith_121341352393.jpg_standalone.jpg Erica Magrey <p>Brooklyn-based artist Erica Magrey played with notions of feminism and femininity in &ldquo;She Unlimited,&rdquo; her recent solo show at 106 Green Gallery, a one-room artist-run Greenpoint apartment space. Paintings, videos, 3-D-printed sculptures and photographs all shared a pastel bravura. Memorabilia of female empowerment surfaced in novel ways.</p> By Simone Krug Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-magrey_121123637210.jpg_standalone.jpg Yoshi Wada and Drone Music as Conceptual Art <p>Drone has always been a subterranean genre. However, its roots in Fluxus, in the work of composers like Yoshi Wada and his mentor La Monte Young, suggest that drone's rich connections to postwar art have been overlooked, especially in the realms of sculpture, performance and dance.</p> By Charles Eppley Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/11/11/img-yoshi-wada_113403293815.jpg_standalone.jpg Robin Graubard <p>Robin Graubard&rsquo;s life is essentially the bohemian existence a certain swath of New York transplants had in mind when deciding to move here&mdash;the kind filled with recollections like, say, seeing Joey Ramone play an intimate set in an East Village commune.</p> By Dan Allegretto Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-graubard_120902761119.jpg_standalone.jpg Body By Body <p>Cast your thoughts back to New York between 9/11 and 2010 and consider its key descriptors. Bloomberg, Williamsburg, the Highline. Following<strong>&nbsp;</strong>the gritty &rsquo;70s, flashy &rsquo;80s and culturally crepuscular &rsquo;90s&mdash;as the clich&eacute;s about New York&rsquo;s recent decades go&mdash;the &rsquo;00s evoke gentrification and stop-and-frisk.</p> By Joseph Henry Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-body-by-body_12044199828.jpg_standalone.jpg Josiah McElheny <p>Josiah McElheny has never been content with his widely acknowledged status as a master craftsman in the medium of glass. His approach has been consistently that of an experimental sculptor and installation artist. In &ldquo;Josiah McElheny: Paintings,&rdquo; he pushes the glass medium<strong>&nbsp;</strong>into yet another, perhaps even more adventurous realm.</p> By David Ebony Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-mcelheny_120108662262.jpg_standalone.jpg Lyon Biennale <p>The title of the 13th Lyon Biennale is curiously antiquated: &ldquo;La Vie Moderne.&rdquo; Like previous iterations of the recurring exhibition, this one was conceived by a guest curator in response to a prompt by the event&rsquo;s cofounder and artistic director, Thierry Raspail. This time around, Ralph Rugoff, the American-born director of London&rsquo;s Hayward Gallery, was selected to organize an exhibition in response to the word &ldquo;modern.&rdquo;</p> By Wendy Vogel Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-lyon-biennale-1_125636218937.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Paul Laffoley <p>&ldquo;Paul Laffoley: The Force Structure of the Mystical Experience,&rdquo; a survey of the visionary artist and architect&rsquo;s paintings and sculptures, portrayed the breadth of Laffoley&rsquo;s interests. For the past five decades, Laffoley has created dense compositions that bring together a range of intellectual, spiritual and artistic references.</p> By Max Rosenberg Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-laffoley_11565029543.jpg_standalone.jpg Abounaddara. The Right to the Image (Part 3) <p><em>Art in America</em> is pleased to announce "Abounaddara. The Rightto the Image," an online art exhibition that seeks to illuminate the contemporary conditions of the Syrian revolution, show solidarity with civil society in Syria, and provoke new thinking about media representation. Organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, Slought, and Project Projects/P! in collaboration with Abounaddara, this virtual, distributed online exhibition seeks to spread awareness of Abounaddara's widely acclaimed work as an anonymous collective of volunteer, self-taught artists in Syria.</p> By Abounaddara Fri, 06 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/23/img-abounaddara-1_11251145773.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Dana Schutz <p>With bravura brushwork, vibrant colors and inventive forms, Dana Schutz&rsquo;s paintings make for an exhilarating viewing experience. In the recent exhibition &ldquo;Fight in an Elevator,&rdquo; consisting of 12 large paintings and four charcoal drawings, the Brooklyn-based Schutz continued her exploration of human feelings of insecurity&mdash;offering, perhaps paradoxically, an ambitious, confident treatment of the subject.</p> By Jeff Frederick Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-schutz_115826185046.jpg_standalone.jpg Experiences of Suspension: An Interview with Leslie Shows <p>Leslie Shows's new exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute includes several new paintings that extend the artist's research into geological timescales, industrial processes, hybrid materials and abstraction. Her striking paintings use natural and manmade materials such as sand, Mylar and aluminum to construct dense, three-dimensional landscapes or stratum.</p> By Ceci Moss Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/11/04/img-leslie-shows-2_113920515607.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg John Wesley <p>When my brother and I were children, my father would take us to football games at the Yale Bowl. Neither of us was really the football sort. So we would go play under the bleachers at the top of the stadium, catching glimpses of the elusive-seeming game as we hung out beneath the splintering, blue-painted wood beams. This show of early works by John Wesley recalled for me the feel of those fall afternoons.</p> By Kyle Bentley Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-wesley_115404932720.jpg_standalone.jpg Stanley Whitney <p>Stanley Whitney&rsquo;s two recent shows of lyrical abstract paintings and drawings stepped with springy confidence into an art world where, for the last decade or so, abstraction has been increasingly visible. Whitney has been around New York&rsquo;s art world since 1968, long enough to have been cold-shouldered at parties by Clement Greenberg.</p> By Julian Kreimer Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-whitney_115019320695.jpg_standalone.jpg Atlas Moscow: Good Neighbors <p>The government's rejuvenation of neighborhood exhibition spaces and the opening of the new, privately financed Garage Museum of Contemporary Art signal an updating of Russian cultural policy.</p> By Brian Droitcour Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/27/img-atlas-moscow-1_151146283675.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg In the Studio: Amie Siegel <p>The New York artist discusses her Chicago origins, her documentary film activities in Germany, and, above all, her 16-year investigation of the nature and mechanics of cinematogrpahy itself.&nbsp;</p> By Steel Stillman Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/27/img-amie-siegel-1_160310161966.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Lines of Thought <p>Examining Agnes Martin's traveling retrospective, her recent biographer considers how the formal and spiritual universals the painter sought arose out of the personal conditions she suppressed.</p> By Nancy Princenthal Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/27/img-agnes-martin-1_16585852684.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Overview: Back to Nature <p>Alan Sonfist&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Time Landscape&nbsp;</em>(1965-ongoing) returned to full bloom this past summer. The public artwork looked fresh in a season of exhibitions around New York teeming with organic matter.</p> By William S. Smith Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/30/img-pierre-huyghe_114244868792.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Abounaddara. The Right to the Image (Part 2) <p><em>Art in America</em> is pleased to announce "Abounaddara. The Right to the Image," an online art exhibition that seeks to illuminate the contemporary conditions of the Syrian revolution, show solidarity with civil society in Syria, and provoke new thinking about media representation. Organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, Slought, and Project Projects/P! in collaboration with Abounaddara, this virtual, distributed online exhibition seeks to spread awareness of Abounaddara's widely acclaimed work as an anonymous collective of volunteer, self-taught artists in Syria.</p> By Abounaddara Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/23/img-abounaddara-1_11251145773.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Hannah Ryggen <p>This retrospective of 42 tapestries, many of which are mural-size and narrative, by Swedish-born Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen (1898-1970) is revelatory, summarizing her ability to use the warm, tactile medium of weaving to create affecting critiques of humanity.</p> By Kate Green Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/09/30/img-ryggen_170653877197.jpg_standalone.jpg Oliver Osborne <p>The orderly series of paintings displayed in Berlin-based Scottish artist Oliver Osborne&rsquo;s exhibition &ldquo;The Neck&rdquo; enhanced the cold, sterile feel of Gi&ograve; Marconi gallery. Illuminated by a few rows of neon lights, partially reflected on the gray floor, the paintings eschewed emotion for a controlled sense of humor.</p> By Federico Florian Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/09/30/img-osborne_170635943126.jpg_standalone.jpg Sew Your Own Stella <p>Frank Stella&rsquo;s <a href="">career retrospective</a>, opening at the Whitney Museum this Friday, Oct. 30, showcases approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures and drawings, that the 79-year-old artist has produced over the last half century.&nbsp;Short of framing the&nbsp;<a href="">October issue</a>&nbsp;of this magazine, which features a recent Stella sculpture on the cover, an easier way to get a Stella in your house is to claim<strong> </strong>one of the 250 needlepoint kits, titled <em>The Mesh Canvas</em>, produced in a limited edition by <em>Art in America</em> and Artspace in partnership with the artist.</p> By Julia Wolkoff Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/29/img-mesh-canvas-3_131438534094.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Martin Boyce <p>Martin Boyce won the Turner Prize with the installation&nbsp;<em>Do Words Have Voices</em>&nbsp;(2011), which was featured in this Basel exhibition, his first solo museum show. Comprising ventilation grills, a tablelike structure from which mobiles hang, scattered wax-paper leaves, a trashcan and a ceiling canopy made of aluminum fin shapes, the work is typical Boyce, in that it borrows elements of modernist design and art.</p> By Aoife Rosenmeyer Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/09/30/img-boyce_170618198271.jpg_standalone.jpg Nick Goss <p>London-based artist Nick Goss has emerged in recent years as one of Britain&rsquo;s most feted young painters. Yet it is precisely the unassuming restraint of his work&mdash;its lack of theoretical guile or stylistic bravado&mdash;that sets it so powerfully apart. For his recent exhibition at Josh Lilley, Goss concentrated on Green Lanes, a road that courses for six miles through the unremarkable hinterland of North London, the thoroughfare&rsquo;s bucolic name belying a prosaic urban reality.</p> By James Cahill Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/09/30/img-goss_170556730198.jpg_standalone.jpg Thomas Eggerer <p>The figures that populate the recent paintings of the U.S.-based German artist Thomas Eggerer are engaged in activities that painting freezes and renders ambiguous or illegible. &ldquo;Painting&rdquo; and &ldquo;figure&rdquo; are here in conflict.</p> By Mark Prince Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/09/30/img-eggerer_170539781416.jpg_standalone.jpg From the Archives: Stella Since 1970 <p>Leading up to <em>A.i.A. </em>cover artist Frank Stella's retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Oct. 30-Feb. 7, 2016), we present Philip Leider's survey of Stella's paintings from the 1970s, originally published in our March/April 1978 issue.</p> By Philip Leider Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/10/09/img-stella-spread-1_114034873058.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg