Art in America - Most Recent The most recent items from Art in America. http://www.artinamericamagazine.com Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:36:59 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 From the Archives: A Critic’s Same-Sex Wedding in Denmark http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/from-the-archives-a-critics-same-sex-wedding-in-denmark/ <p>In celebration of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/27/us/supreme-court-same-sex-marriage.html">last week's historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court granting Americans the right to same-sex marriage</a>, we present an article by feminist critic Jill Johnston about her <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Fluxmarriage</em> to her Danish partner Ingrid Nyeboe on June 26, 1993&mdash;exactly 22 years before the landmark SCOTUS decision.</p> By Jill Johnston Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/30/img-wedding-in-denmark-image-1_135814361815.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Wang Wei http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/wang-wei/ <p>In Wang Wei&rsquo;s recent installation,&nbsp;<em>Two Rooms</em>&nbsp;(2015), depictions of verdant planes against picture-perfect gradient skies physically and psychologically dislocated visitors to the gallery.&nbsp;</p> By Ming Lin Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/09/img-wei1_125300556438.jpg_standalone.jpg Push/Pull: A Cultural Exchange in Havana http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/pushpull-a-cultural-exchange-in-havana/ <p>I tracked international news on Cuba throughout my formative years, mythologizing the country that created a local resilience plan based on barter, large-scale urban farming and public service to survive everything from trade embargos imposed by the United States to the economic collapse of the Soviet Union during the Special Period. In my ongoing studies of resilience, Cuba features prominently.</p> By Mary Mattingly Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:30:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/25/img-mary-mattingly-havana-2_161550998355.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/pauline-boudry-and-renate-lorenz/ <p>The Berlin-based duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz showed two recent films at Ellen de Bruijne Projects that continue their pursuit of &ldquo;queer archeology&rdquo;&mdash;the artists&rsquo; term for mining archives and history books for characters and texts engaging queer politics.</p> By Jessica Dawson Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/04/img-boudrylorenz1_102342910416.jpg_standalone.jpg Carol Rama http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/carol-rama/ <p>&ldquo;The Passion According to Carol Rama&rdquo; is the largest show to date of the Italian artist, with over 200 paintings, watercolors, prints, and sculptures&nbsp;made between 1936 and 2005.</p> By Wade Saunders And Anne Rochette Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/04/img-rama1_10083638708.jpg_standalone.jpg Christian Marclay http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/christian-marclay-1/ <p>It is perhaps unsurprising that Marclay&rsquo;s latest exhibition at White Cube, following the success of&nbsp;<em>The Clock&nbsp;</em>(2010), conveyed an air of &ldquo;after the party&rdquo; dissipation.&nbsp;</p> By James Cahill Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/04/img-marclay1_095940243189.jpg_standalone.jpg Promise Machine: At MoMA, Steffani Jemison Explores Blackness and Utopian Thought http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/interviews/promise-machine-at-moma-steffani-jemison-explores-blackness-and-utopian-thought/ <p>At the Museum of Modern Art, Steffani Jemison debuts <a href="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1550"><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Promise Machine</em></a> (June 25-28), a commission related to <a href="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1549">"One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North"</a> Sited in the galleries, Jemison's project includes a reading group about 19th- and 20th-century African-American experimental communities and a new musical performance based on the notion of utopia.</p> By Jess Wilcox Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/24/img-steffani-jemison-3_104302440254.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Matt Stokes http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/matt-stokes/ <p>Questions concerning eccentricity swirled about in Matt Stokes&rsquo;s fascinating installation at Matt&rsquo;s Gallery, <em>Madman in a Lifeboat</em> (2015), the central work in which was a video projection.&nbsp;</p> By Gabriel Coxhead Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/03/img-stokes1_140020407783.jpg_standalone.jpg “The Way Things Go” http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/ldquothe-way-things-gordquo/ <p>Encompassing works by 13 artists and artist collectives, &ldquo;The Way Things Go: A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija&rdquo; presented several strong pieces, but the exhibition overall failed to resolve basic conflicts between overlapping themes at play.</p> By Christina Linden Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/03/img-thewaythingsgo_135621452423.jpg_standalone.jpg Amelie von Wulffen http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/amelie-von-wulffen/ <p>Always eager to learn more about the history of the medium of painting and what she might be able to contribute to it, Amelie von Wulffen consistently and confidently inserts herself into the ongoing conversation about its relevance.</p> By Keith J. Varadi Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/03/img-vonwulffen1_134658964618.jpg_standalone.jpg Angel Otero http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/angel-otero/ <p>Since completing his graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, Angel Otero has devoted himself to revitalizing painting with a highly concept- and process-driven approach to the well-traveled medium.</p> By Kyle MacMillan Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/03/img-otero1_134018148127.jpg_standalone.jpg Sarah Peters http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/sarah-peters/ <p>The bronze heads that Sarah Peters recently showed at Eleven Rivington pulled passing viewers inexorably into their orbit.</p> By Dennis Kardon Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-peters1_14031750011.jpg_standalone.jpg Alison Rossiter http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/alison-rossiter/ <p>Mostly from 2014 or &rsquo;15,&nbsp;Alison Rossiter&rsquo;s&nbsp;50-plus works at Yossi Milo pay homage to the rich idiosyncrasies of photographic papers across history, and restore a sanctity to the photograph as object.&nbsp;</p> By Leah Ollman Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-rossiter1_140123686162.jpg_standalone.jpg Ann Agee http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/ann-agee-1/ <p>Though showing a disparate range of work has become common among young sculptors, Agee&rsquo;s willingness to spiral out in so many directions, while making each piece compelling in itself, resulted in her exhibition&rsquo;s main successes.&nbsp;</p> By Julian Kreimer Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-agee1_135659457297.jpg_standalone.jpg Ericka Beckman http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/ericka-beckman-1/ <p>Ericka Beckman&rsquo;s 1983 film&nbsp;<em>You the Better</em>, the central work in her solo show at Mary Boone, is in part a playfully literal take on the modernist trope of the game of chance, using the structure of the game to look at the social codes that bind us to the world.&nbsp;</p> By Hannah Black Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-beckman1_135447447139.jpg_standalone.jpg Peter Saul http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/peter-saul-1/ <p>Like Robert Colescott, another artist who did not hesitate to offend in his skewering of U.S. culture, Peter Saul has never toed the line of art-world taste (or tastefulness), remaining staunchly figurative and political, and a painter to the core.&nbsp;</p> By Faye Hirsch Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-saul1_135123298377.jpg_standalone.jpg Annual Report 2014: GlblVlgIdiot http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/annual-report-2014-glblvlgidiot/ <p>A collaborative project from&nbsp;<em>A.i.A&rsquo;</em>s&nbsp;Nov. 2014 issue offers a status update on The Web, a visionary attempt at reuniting art and life developed by a guru/entrepreneur known as the Global Village Idiot.</p> By Jon Kessler, Joshua Cohen, Alexander Provan Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/10/img-kessler-portfolio-1_114617823581.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Anicka Yi http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/anicka-yi/ <p>A concatenation of gender, body politics, illness and consumption characterized Anicka Yi&rsquo;s exhibition &ldquo;You Can Call Me F,&rdquo; curated by The Kitchen&rsquo;s Lumi Tan.</p> By Joseph Henry Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-yi1_134944319439.jpg_standalone.jpg Pieter Schoolwerth http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/pieter-schoolwerth/ <p>Pieter Schoolwerth is known for reworking old-master paintings to create nearly abstract compositions.&nbsp;</p> By P.C. Smith Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-schoolwerth1_134714777395.jpg_standalone.jpg Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/monir-shahroudy-farmanfarmaian/ <p>Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, better known simply as Monir, has long believed in the transcendental possibilities of mirrors.</p> By David Ebony Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-farmanfarmaian1_134559381077.jpg_standalone.jpg “When the Curtain Never Comes Down” http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/ldquowhen-the-curtain-never-comes-downrdquo/ <p>Among the crucial insights of the American Folk Art Museum&rsquo;s exhibition &ldquo;When the Curtain Never Comes Down&rdquo; is that the performative impulse was vital to self-taught (or &ldquo;outsider&rdquo;) artists long before it emerged in contemporary art in the 1970s.&nbsp;</p> By Abbe Schriber Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-whenthecurtainneverfalls1_13434533737.jpg_standalone.jpg Same As It Ever Was: A Conference on Art Criticism in the Digital Age http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/same-as-it-ever-was-a-conference-on-art-criticism-in-the-digital-age/ <p><a href="http://www.walkerart.org/superscript/">Superscript</a>, a conference at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and co-organized by <a href="http://www.mnartists.org/">MN Artists</a>, covered how&mdash;or whether&mdash;arts journalism and criticism is changing in the digital age.</p> By William S. Smith Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/08/img-james-bridle-rainbow-plane-superscript_092023446756.jpg_standalone.jpg Lutz Bacher http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/lutz-bacher/ <p>One always treads uncertain territory with Lutz Bacher, who has made a habit of elusiveness; assuming a pseudonym early in her 40-year career, she has maintained a slippery identity for herself and her work.</p> By Faye Hirsch Thu, 04 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/02/img-bacher1_13413093371.jpg_standalone.jpg Hank Willis Thomas http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/hank-willis-thomas/ <p>Hank Willis Thomas has created a body of work over the last decade that attempts to unravel issues like identity and race in popular culture. Until now, he has looked most closely at representations of African-American men.&nbsp;</p> By Jean Dykstra Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/28/img-hank-willis-thomas_111512850988.jpg_standalone.jpg William Pope.L http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/william-popel-1/ <p>William Pope.L&rsquo;s powerful exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art&rsquo;s Geffen Contemporary subtly replaces passive viewing with multisensory experience. The show teems with possibilities for heightened sensation&mdash;smell, touch, vision and hearing&mdash;and draws on Pope.L&rsquo;s decades of performance and video work to evoke the kinds of physical and psychical shifts a performer might experience.</p> By Annie Buckley Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/28/img-william-popel_111314930434.jpg_standalone.jpg Sharjah Biennial http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/sharjah-biennial/ <p>Feeling out of place, I found myself marching through the streets of Sharjah with hundreds of others&mdash;artists, curators, critics and students&mdash;who had come for the opening weekend of the ambitious biennial in this tiny emirate bordering Dubai.</p> By William S. Smith Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/28/img-sharjah-biennial_111224114993.jpg_standalone.jpg The Accidental Abstractionist http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/the-accidental-abstractionist-/ <p>Admired by many young artists today, the endlessly inventive German painter Albert Oehlen combines formal diversity with superb technical skills.</p> By Raphael Rubinstein Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/29/img-oehlen1_140023423962.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Site-Specific Comedy http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/site-specific-comedy/ <p>David Robbins's book <em>Concrete Comedy</em> and programs such as the Experimental Comedy Training Camp in Banff, Alberta, urge young art humorists to repond directly to specific locales.</p> By Sean J. Patrick Carney Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/29/img-sitespec1_132013112119.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Muse: Stuart Hall http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/muse-stuart-hall/ <p>Recalling his beginnings as a filmmaker, Isaac Julien pays homage to an intellectual mentor&mdash;radical British social theorist Stuart Hall.</p> By Isaac Julien Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/01/img-muse-julien-1_114835534282.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Transition Gags http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/transition-gags/ <p>Artists like Gelitin, Judith Hopf, Antoine Catala and Paul McCarthy forge a seemingly unlikely link between classic slapstick and recent sculpture.</p> By Ruba Katrib Mon, 01 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/06/01/img-transitional-slide-1_130950202351.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg T. Venkanna http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/t-venkanna/ <p>T. Venkanna&rsquo;s show of paintings at Gallery Maskara offered a vibrant pastiche of sexual and pornographic images often referencing art history and popular culture.&nbsp;</p> By Prajna Desai Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/28/img-venkanna_111305622397.jpg_standalone.jpg From the Archives: Adrian Piper’s “Blacks, Whites and Other Mythic Beings” http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/from-the-archives-adrian-piperrsquos-ldquoblacks-whites-and-other-mythic-beingsrdquo/ <p>Adrian Piper, the uncompromising Berlin-based American artist and philosopher whose work applies the rigorous strictures of conceptual art to questions of race and identity, was awarded a Golden Lion award at the 56th Venice Biennale. In this <em>A.i.A. </em>article from 2001, Eleanor Heartney reflects on Piper's practice on the occasion of several traveling retrospectives of her work.</p> By Eleanor Heartney Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/28/img-adrian-piper-archive-1_180539278408.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Emily Wardill http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/emily-wardill/ <p>From Hitchcock in <em>Rear Window</em> to Wenders in <em>Paris, Texas</em>, filmmakers seeking to make their medium reflect on the way film both attracts and deceives its audience have often begun by suggesting correspondences between viewer and character, in order to upset the equation between them.</p> By Mark Prince Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/28/img-wardill_11155215920.jpg_standalone.jpg Valentin Dommanget http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/valentin-dommanget/ <p>In the Aladdin&rsquo;s cave that is contemporary art, painting and its many traditions have long coexisted alongside more innovative approaches to art-making, notably those offered by new technologies. The young French artist Valentin Dommanget strives to reconcile the aesthetic possibilities of digital media with those of paint, while also leveling the hierarchy between image and support.</p> By Paul B. Franklin Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/28/img-dommanget_11082548444.jpg_standalone.jpg Andrea Crespo http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/andrea-crespo/ <p>Earlier in the development of online community, it was easier to imagine the Internet as a space where we&rsquo;re sprung from our bodies, able to dissimulate our identities or unlink them from attributes like age and gender.&nbsp;</p> By Hannah Black Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/28/img-crespo_110708145587.jpg_standalone.jpg Tony Oursler http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/tony-oursler-1/ <p>Tony Oursler has long offered moving-image installations that separate video from the flat screen to map projections onto sculptural forms. A new suite of work, produced for&nbsp;his exhibition &ldquo;template/variant/friend/stranger,&rdquo; complicates Oursler&rsquo;s investigation of the immersive video environment by addressing some of the aesthetic repercussions&nbsp;of facial-recognition technology.</p> By Harry Burke Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/28/img-oursler_110645883727.jpg_standalone.jpg Tom of Finland http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/tom-of-finland/ <p>The cover boys on Tom of Finland catalogues solicited visitors from outside the exhibition &ldquo;Early Work 1944-1972,&rdquo; offering something of a false promise.</p> By Bradford Nordeen Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/28/img-tom-of-finland_111238993807.jpg_standalone.jpg Cruising and Beyond http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/cruising-and-beyond/ <p>One of the features spotlighting the Whitney Museum's new site in <em>A.i.A.</em>'s May issue is "<a href="http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/cruising-the-waterfront-/">Cruising the Waterfront</a>," in which artist and writer Jonathan Weinberg considers the history of art and activism in the Meatpacking District in the 1970s and '80s as a context for the Whitney. In this follow-up interview, Weinberg fleshes out that history.<em> </em></p> By Brian Droitcour Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/22/img-jonathan-weinberg-3_144714124014.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Ben Jackel http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/ben-jackel/ <p>Physical might converges with formal presence and technical prowess in Jackel&rsquo;s elegant, richly complicated work.</p> By Leah Ollman Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/05/04/img-jackel_122502932436.jpg_standalone.jpg John Currin http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/john-currin-1/ <p>John Currin&rsquo;s latest oil paintings, which basked in the gallery&rsquo;s 20,000 square feet, chime eerily with Agraria&rsquo;s aesthetic nostalgia for the lifestyles of the landed gentry.&nbsp;</p> By Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/28/img-currin_111733684941.jpg_standalone.jpg