Art in America - Most Recent The most recent items from Art in America. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:54:00 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Vlassis Caniaris <p>Vlassis Caniaris was born in Athens in 1928 and died there in 2011. He lived through dramatic moments in Greek history, including, most notably, the 1967&ndash;74 military junta. He studied in his home city before spending time in Rome in the late 1950s, where, influenced by Arte Povera, he started challenging the parameters of figurative painting.&nbsp;</p> By Aoife Rosenmeyer Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-vlassis-caniaris_161441972226.jpg_standalone.jpg Jessi Reaves <p>For this debut solo exhibition, Oregon-born, New York&ndash;based artist Jessi Reaves demonstrated her omnivorous approach to making sculptural furniture, offering viewers&nbsp;an assortment of pieces that incorporate materials ranging from plywood to car parts to yellow upholstery foam to driftwood. Reaves treats furniture making as her primary expression, creating pieces that are, as the late artist Scott Burton once wrote of Brancusi&rsquo;s furniture, &ldquo;not only functional objects but also representations of functional objects.&rdquo;</p> By Eric Sutphin Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-jessi-reaves_160844203335.jpg_standalone.jpg Huang Yong Ping <p>Entering the nave of the Grand Palais&rsquo;s gargantuan 1900 glass-and-steel exposition hall for Huang Yong Ping&rsquo;s site-specific installation&nbsp;<em>Empires</em>, viewers confronted a clifflike, 56-by-197-foot wall of stacked shipping containers, their squarish, outward-facing ends resembling a multicolored pixel pattern. As Pascal Lamy, former director of the World Trade Organization, notes in the exhibition brochure, shipping containers and the Internet are &ldquo;the two engines of globalization.&rdquo;</p> By Richard Vine Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-huang-yong-ping_161408185731.jpg_standalone.jpg Rosalind Nashashibi <p>In Rosalind Nashashibi&rsquo;s eighteen-minute video&nbsp;<em>Electrical Gaza</em>&nbsp;(2015), which was commissioned and originally exhibited by the UK&rsquo;s Imperial War Museums and served as the centerpiece of her recent show at Murray Guy, the English-born, half-Palestinian artist seems intent on contesting dominant representations of the region.&nbsp;</p> By David Markus Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-rosalind-nashashibi_161018604428.jpg_standalone.jpg Astrological Weather Report: Sibyl Kempson at the Whitney <p>Get two rising Aquarians in a room and the conversation doesn't stop flowing. That was the case when I (sun sign Gemini) visited playwright, director and performer Sibyl Kempson (sun sign Leo) in her office at Abrons Arts Center on New York's Lower East Side.&nbsp;Kempson's&nbsp;autumnal equinox ritual, the third event in her three year iterative series, "12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens," will take place at 10:21 a.m. this Thursday, September 22, on the front steps of the Whitney Museum.</p> By Wendy Vogel Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/09/20/img-sibyl-kempson_143946178556.jpg_standalone.jpg Alicja Kwade <p>Alicja Kwade&rsquo;s &ldquo;I Rise Again, Changed but the Same,&rdquo; her first exhibition at 303 Gallery, comprised an assortment of formal pairings and doppelg&auml;ngers, with similar objects and materials recurring as the installation unfolded. Dead leaves that flanked the gallery&rsquo;s entrance&mdash;at first seeming simply to have blown in from outside&mdash;were followed by other such piles placed around the perimeter of the main room.</p> By Rachel Wetzler Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-alicja-kwade_160924816507.jpg_standalone.jpg Rodney McMillian <p>When I first read Ernest J. Gaines&rsquo;s novel&nbsp;<em>A Lesson Before Dying</em>&nbsp;(1993), which is set in 1940s Cajun country, I held out hope that Grant Wiggins, the schoolteacher protagonist, would somehow free Jefferson, the young black man falsely accused of murder. Instead, Wiggins&rsquo;s weekly visits to the jail revolve around convincing the young man that he is not a &ldquo;hog,&rdquo; as he&rsquo;s been derided by his racist accusers, but a man.</p> By Jane Ursula Harris Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-rodney-mcmillian_161055390151.jpg_standalone.jpg Abigail DeVille <p>Abigail DeVille&rsquo;s &ldquo;Only When It&rsquo;s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars&rdquo; was the Contemporary&rsquo;s most ambitious and well-executed effort to date. The organization initiated a dialogue between DeVille, a New York&ndash;based artist dedicated to unearthing forgotten narratives, and the Peale, one of the oldest museums in the country. The result was a sprawling accretion of nine installations that filled both floors of the museum.</p> By Lexie Mountain Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-abigail-deville_161233889123.jpg_standalone.jpg Pierre Ardouvin <p>Spanning the past twenty years of his career, a survey exhibition of work by the French artist Pierre Ardouvin, now sixty-one, occupied the cavernous fourteen-thousand-square-foot front gallery of the MAC VAL, a contemporary museum just south of Paris. The artist took the show&rsquo;s title, &ldquo;Tout est affaire de d&eacute;cor&rdquo; (It All Comes Down to Setting the Scene), from a 1956 nocturnal poem by Louis Aragon that the anarchist composer and singer L&eacute;o Ferr&eacute; put to music in 1961.</p> By Anne Rochette & Wade Saunders Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-pierre-ardouvin_16142594346.jpg_standalone.jpg Fausto Melotti <p>This museum-quality overview of works by Italian artist Fausto Melotti (1901&ndash;1986) contained thirty-eight major sculptures, installations, and drawings, representing most phases of the artist&rsquo;s long career. Organized by former Hammer Museum chief curator Douglas Fogle, the exhibition conveyed the extraordinary diversity of Melotti&rsquo;s output, as he alternated between abstraction and figuration, and experimented with a broad array of techniques and materials in works that are often regarded as presaging the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s.&nbsp;</p> By David Ebony Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-fausto-melotti_160904383508.jpg_standalone.jpg Feminist Mixtape: Art and Music at Franklin Street Works <p>I, too, have spoken in pious tones proclaiming&nbsp;<em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Wire</em>&nbsp;as the greatest work of broadcast television ever. But now celebrating my twenty-fifth year of Ann Magnuson fandom, I was well primed to change my mind in the basement of Franklin Street Works in their current exhibition, &ldquo;Danger Came Smiling: Feminist Art and Popular Music.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> By Ingrid Dudek Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/09/13/img-ann-magnuson_114836992337.png_wide_hthumb.jpg Jason Rohrer <p>As a game designer, Jason Rohrer often starts a new project<strong>&nbsp;</strong>by thinking about computer-game conventions and ways he can go beyond them. Play models social behavior, so his formal experiments tend to open up profound questions about how people understand themselves and relate to one another. His retrospective at Wellesley College&rsquo;s Davis Museum presented a near-comprehensive collection of his games, both in their &ldquo;natural habitat&rdquo; of laptops (most of his games can be bought on his website) and in interactive installations conceived for the exhibition.</p> By Brian Droitcour Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-jason-rohrer_161139179876.jpg_standalone.jpg Residency Report: Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen at the Container Artist Residency 01 <p>We were participants in the first edition of the Container Artist Residency, a unique program that takes place on board commercial cargo ships. Instead of providing studio space at a fixed location, as other programs do, the Container Artist Residency invites artists to produce work while on a voyage. We requested a spot on the shipping route between Africa and China. Our makeshift studio was the electrician's cabin on the top deck. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> By Tuur Van Balen, Revital Cohen Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/09/12/img-revital-cohen-and-tuur-van-balen-4_103402834284.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Fiction and Artifice: DIS on YouTube <p>New York-based collective DIS has pioneered the post-internet aesthetic&nbsp;on their online publishing platform, DIS Magazine.&nbsp;For an overview of DIS&rsquo;s creative practice and community of collaborators, we have assembled a playlist of videos on our YouTube channel.&nbsp;</p> By Celine Katzman Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/09/12/img-dis-playlist_135928153329.jpg_standalone.jpg Cindy Sherman <p>Cindy Sherman has come full circle in her new body of work, returning to the trope of the actress performing for the camera, a tacit allusion to the series that made her an art star, the &ldquo;Untitled Film Stills.&rdquo; She completed that series in 1980, the same year Metro Pictures opened and began representing her. Fittingly, her latest exhibition inaugurated the gallery&rsquo;s newly renovated space.</p> By Rachel Wetzler Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-cindy-sherman_160823896560.jpg_standalone.jpg Wallace Berman <p>Kohn Gallery recently staged &ldquo;American Aleph,&rdquo; a retrospective of the influential West Coast artist Wallace Berman (1926&ndash;1976). Mostly self-taught, Berman fueled his output with improvisation and irreverent DIY methods. The show opened with early collages and drawings of jazz musicians, which reflect the artist&rsquo;s interest in Surrealism and his boyhood love for comics (<em>Buck Rogers</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Flash Gordon</em>&nbsp;were two favorites). The subsequent semi-chronological tour presented his interdisciplinary reach<strong>&nbsp;</strong>into publishing, assemblage, collage, photography, film,&nbsp;and sculpture, ending with late works in which he inscribed rocks with Hebrew text.&nbsp;</p> By Rebekah Weikel Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-wallace-berman_161310166627.jpg_standalone.jpg Lee Mullican <p>Concurrent exhibitions at Susan Inglett and James Cohan offered a comprehensive look at California-based painter Lee Mullican (1919&ndash;1998). In San Francisco in the early 1950s, Mullican and fellow artists Gordon Onslow Ford and Wolfgang Paalen formed the short-lived Dynaton Group.</p> By Eric Sutphin Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-lee-mullican_160805601026.jpg_standalone.jpg An Objectum Sexual Night to Remember: An Interview with Lindsay Lawson <p>One of the final events of the 9th Berlin Biennale before it closes on September 18 was a romantic art affair&mdash;a prom-like &ldquo;night to remember,&rdquo; as US-born, Berlin-based artist Lindsay Lawson half-jokingly described her project. Titled&nbsp;<em>Choreography for Crane</em>, Sunday&rsquo;s event celebrated an untraditional end to an untraditional couple&rsquo;s relationship.</p> By Zach Sokol Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/09/07/img-lindsay-lawson_145747212320.jpg_standalone.jpg Geoffrey Farmer <p>The archive has been the inspiration and the raw material for many artists and curators, but few approach it with the dedication and whimsy of the Vancouver-based artist Geoffrey Farmer. Farmer, who will represent Canada at the 2017 Venice Biennale, is known for his labor-intensive installations and mixed-medium pieces.</p> By Jean Dykstra Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-geoffrey-farmer_161119343448.jpg_standalone.jpg Sky Mall: Sophia Al-Maria at the Whitney <p>September 8, 1978, was a day that shaped the Persian Gulf as we know it. A crescendo of religious demonstrations culminated in a massacre that has come to be known as Iran&rsquo;s Black Friday. Guards opened fire, killing an estimated eighty-eight protestors and decimating the Shah&rsquo;s tenuous hold on the country; he fled soon after.</p> By Rahel Aima Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/09/01/img-sophia-al-maria-1_133101874710.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Nicole Eisenman <p>The New Museum&rsquo;s tightly curated survey of the last twenty years of Nicole Eisenman&rsquo;s career and Anton Kern Gallery&rsquo;s concurrent presentation of her newest works clearly showed the artist to be among the most important New York painters working today. While Eisenman has had success since the 1990s (her inclusion in the 1995 Whitney Biennial helped catapult her career), her practice has grown and matured over the subsequent decades.</p> By Tatiana Istomina Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/17/img-nicole-eisenman_160736181061.jpg_standalone.jpg Ghost Cinema <p>The supernatural is utterly natural in the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who brings experimental techniques to bear on the intermingling of myth and daily life in provincial Thailand.</p> By Travis Jeppesen Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/24/img-apichatpong-weerasethakul-1_120725343491.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Biennials: Mixed Messages <p>Incorporating works from many participants in their own online community, the New York&ndash;based collective DIS has mounted a Berlin Biennale that simultaneously exploits and critiques trendy digital strategies for marketing culture.</p> By William S. Smith Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/23/img-mixed-messages-1_102549703238.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg In the Studio: Donald Moffett <p>A veteran of the AIDS-activist group Gran Fury, Donald Moffett relates how, since the early 1990s, he has produced paintings made with cake-decorating tools, monochromes serving as screens for socially engaged video projections, assemblage-style sculptures he calls "contraptions," and other funky works of the sort slated for a New York gallery show opening this month.</p> By Steel Stillman Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/22/img-its-donald-moffett-1_170046328786.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg The Big Picture <p>It's not easy to convey humor through the modernist grid, but Rochelle Feinstein finds the format&mdash;along with painted texts, stock photographs, and videos&mdash;surprisingly congenial for satirizing the art world and her personal life.</p> By Faye Hirsch Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/24/img-rochelle-feinstein-1_123200678834.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Up Close: The Once and Future Detroit <p>As downtown neighborhoods begin to gentrify, Detroit's artistic community continues the feisty, freewheeling mode of cultural entrepreneurship that saw it through the city's darkest days.&nbsp;</p> By Lynn Crawford Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/09/20/img-detroit-1_152658211729.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Rachel Rose on Robert Irwin <p>As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (<em>A.i.A.</em>'s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of&nbsp;museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and collectors to identify the shows they are looking forward to. Here, Rachel Rose talks about Robert Irwin.</p> By Rachel Rose Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/03/img-rachel-rose-on-robert-irwin_163914830368.jpg_standalone.jpg Residency Report: Juan William Chávez at Artpace <p>From the moment I received the email invitation for a preliminary site visit to Artpace, a residency-and-exhibition program in San Antonio, it was game time! I lived and worked there for two months, and it was a day-in, day-out grind to bring all the moving parts of my project together before my exhibition at the end of the residency. It was truly a test of my endurance.&nbsp;</p> By Juan William Chávez Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/29/img-chavez-residency-report-1_142526503019.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Adam Szymczyk on the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale <p>As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (<em>A.i.A.</em><em>'</em>s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of&nbsp;museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and collectors to identify the shows they are looking forward to. Here, Adam Szymczyk talks about the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale.</p> By Adam Szymczyk Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/03/img-adam-szymczyk-on-the-2016-kochi-muziris-biennale_164124217431.jpg_standalone.jpg Market Research: An Interview with Michael Mandiberg <p>The 2008 recession drew attention to the destabilization of financial markets by a banking sector that skirts the edges of regulation, using purposely inscrutable financial instruments. In response, a number of artists have attempted to represent the social, political, and financial networks that comprise contemporary capitalism.</p> By Tina Rivers Ryan Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/22/img-michael-mandiberg-1_14284596413.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Celluloid Phantoms: The Films of José Luis Guerín <p>To look at an image is to see a ghost. An image is a shadow of a thing that&rsquo;s no longer there. Few filmmakers understand this as deeply as Catalan filmmaker Jos&eacute; Luis Guer&iacute;n, who is the subject of&nbsp;<a href="">an almost comprehensive retrospective at Anthology Film Archives</a>&nbsp;in downtown New York through September 1.&nbsp;</p> By Craig Hubert Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/25/img-jose-luis-guerin-5_10434291081.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Raphael Rubinstein on Jackson Mac Low <p>As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (<em>A.i.A.</em>'s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of&nbsp;museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and collectors to identify the shows they are looking forward to. Here, Raphael Rubinstein talks about Jackson Mac Low.</p> By Raphael Rubinstein Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/03/img-raphael-rubinstein-on-jackson-mac-low_164344823704.jpg_standalone.jpg Residency Report: Zackary Drucker at the Headlands <p>Built by the US army in 1907,&nbsp;the remote and beautiful&nbsp;Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, went from a soldiers' barracks that was active until the 1970s to an artists' residence in 1987. In this lovely, quiet environment, I&nbsp;feel&nbsp;deeply&nbsp;conscious of my inner world.</p> By Josephine Heston Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/22/img-zackary-drucker-headlands_10510418865.jpg_standalone.jpg Parts of Speech: Karel Martens as Scavenger <p>On a recent tour of one of Donald Judd&rsquo;s many studios in Marfa, Texas, I noticed a set of twenty or so folders that would normally hang inside a filing cabinet. They were all clearly labeled, but instead of being confined to a metal box, they were spread horizontally on a bookshelf, so that every file was immediately accessible without sorting.</p> By Ryan Waller Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/18/img-karel-martens-1_105734532211.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Adrienne Edwards on Yto Barrada <p>As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (<em>A.i.A.</em>'s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of&nbsp;museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and collectors to identify the shows they are looking forward to. Here, Adrienne Edwards talks about Yto Barrada.</p> By Adrienne Edwards Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/03/img-adrienne-edwards-on-yto-barrada_164028391806.jpg_standalone.jpg Movable Feast: Mary Mattingly’s Floating Garden <p>When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2013, it flooded downtown Manhattan, parts of Queens, and Staten Island. An electrical substation exploded, cutting power to Lower Manhattan, and shipments of gas from New Jersey ground to a halt. Gas stations without electricity couldn&rsquo;t pump; those that could soon ran out, causing huge lines and fuel shortages.</p> By Michael McCanne Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/08/img-swale-8_105517104694.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Charlotte Cotton on Robert Cumming <p>As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (<em>A.i.A.'</em>s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of&nbsp;museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and collectors to identify the shows they are looking forward to. Here, Charlotte Cotton talks about Robert Cumming.</p> By Charlotte Cotton Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/03/img-charlotte-cotton-on-robert-cumming_164553815677.jpg_standalone.jpg Summer in the Artful Hamptons <p>Summer is short and busy in the artful Hamptons. Now more than ever, there are high-quality galleries, sophisticated museum shows, performances, temporary exhibition spaces, pop-up events, and charity benefits&mdash;all to entice visitors away from beach and food. Herewith is a not-so-random yet in-no-way-comprehensive sampling of what this summer has been serving up.</p> By Barbara A. MacAdam Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/11/img-long-island-5_112323253569.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Ralph Lemon on Sibyl Kempson <p>As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (<em>A.i.A.</em>'s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of&nbsp;museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and collectors to identify the shows they are looking forward to. Here, Ralph Lemon talks about Sibyl Kempson.</p> By Ralph Lemon Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/07/28/img-ralph-lemon-on-sibyl-kempson_172418129543.jpg_standalone.jpg Sea Change: Katharina Grosse in the Rockaways <p>Early in her career as an abstract painter, German artist Katharina Grosse made a risky shift in her work. She exchanged her paintbrush for a spray gun and air compressor and moved off the canvas to paint, and wildly transform, architectural elements: walls, ceilings, floors, stairways, and windows.</p> By Gregory Volk Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/08/04/img-katharina-grosse-rockaway-1_142324846627.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg