Art in America - Most Recent The most recent items from Art in America. http://www.artinamericamagazine.com Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:48:16 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Skowhegan School Unveils Permanent Manhattan Outpost http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/skowhegan-school-unveils-permanent-manhattan-outpost-/ <p>Almost 70 years after its foundation, the <a href="http://www.skowheganart.org/">Skowhegan School of Painting &amp; Sculpture</a> has secured a permanent home in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. The new 5,000-square-foot space provides the school with programming and event space, storage space for its archive and a reading room, along with administrative offices.</p> By Julia Wolkoff Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:50:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/21/img-skowhegan-cunningham-cage_145709498182.jpg_standalone.jpg Paul Chan Attributes Hugo Boss Prize to Mistake http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/paul-chan-hugo-boss-prize/ <p>New York-based artist Paul Chan is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize. The award, administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and delivered last night at the museum, consists of $100,000 and a solo exhibition of the winner's work. Chan's show will take place in March 2015.</p> By Jessica Gallucci Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:30:00 +0100 /files/2014/09/25/img-paul-chan_084219559063.jpg_standalone.jpg Bruno Novelli http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/bruno-novelli/ <p>Vivid flora and sharp geometries mingle and conjugate in "Materia Radiante," Bruno Novelli's first solo exhibition in the U.S. since 2008.&nbsp;</p> By Ben Gillespie Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-novelli_232644977590.jpg_standalone.jpg High-Tech Mysticism: An Interview with Brenna Murphy http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/interviews/high-tech-mysticism-an-interview-with-brenna-murphy/ <p>Combining digital image-making with motifs of mysticism, the work of artist Brenna Murphy blurs ancient traditions and the bleeding edge of technology.</p> By Tim Gentles Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/21/img-brenna-murphy-3_151657680826.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg MASS MOCA Doubles Size, Hosts Projects by Turrell, Holzer, Laurie Anderson http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/mass-moca-doubles-size-hosts-projects-by-turrell-holzer-laurie-anderson/ <p>When you think of MASS MoCA, the giant contemporary art museum in a former mill complex in North Adams, Mass., the last thought to come to mind is probably "not enough space." The museum currently clocks in at 120,000 square feet, but this week it announced the final phase of its refurbishment, which will more than double its gallery space, adding 130,000 square feet by renovating nearly all the existing buildings at the site.</p> By Brian Boucher Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/17/img-turrell-mass-moca_092333148982.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Unified Harvard Art Museums Launch with Restored Rothkos http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/unified-harvard-art-museums-launch-with-restored-rothkos/ <p>The new galleries provide 43,000 square feet&mdash;a 40 percent increase&mdash;to house the three collections and 5,000 square feet of special exhibition space.</p> By Peter Kalb Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/12/img-harvard-museum-exterior-day_113914616378.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Samuel Jablon http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/samuel-jablon/ <p>Samuel Jablon's wonderful paintings are covered in multicolored words rendered in acrylic and studded with glass tiles.&nbsp;</p> By Jeff Frederick Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-samuel-jablon_232450168373.jpg_standalone.jpg Jeff Carter http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/jeff-carter/ <p>Many artists have incorporated everyday materials of one kind or another into their work, from Richard Artschwager, who notably used Formica in his Minimalist sculptures, to F&eacute;lix Gonz&aacute;lez-Torres, who created pieces consisting of strings of common lightbulbs.&nbsp;</p> By Kyle MacMillan Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-carter_232557456075.jpg_standalone.jpg Greg Parma Smith http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/greg-parma-smith/ <p>Greg Parma Smith's painted realism is perversely synthetic and immaculately crafted. In his first solo show at David Lewis Gallery, titled "Melancholy," Smith presented two series of paintings&mdash;"Door gods (origami paper)" and "God of doors (Janus butterflies)," both from 2014.</p> By Nora Griffin Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-parma-smith_232355671223.jpg_standalone.jpg From the Archives: Jerry Saltz Reviews Robert Gober http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/from-the-archives-jerry-saltz-reviews-robert-gober/ <p>When Robert Gober's work is good, it's very good. There was one very good work in his last show, the artist's fifth solo in this gallery. The remaining four pieces ranged from good to vexing. Because each one of these five works dealt so directly with one of the basic aspects of life, the show could have been titled "Birth, Eating, Sex and Death."</p> By Jerry Saltz Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/13/img-gober-butter_175854422264.jpg_standalone.jpg Jerry Kearns http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/jerry-kearns/ <p>It's hard to say what struck one most forcefully about this show of five wall paintings and eight new canvases. Was it Jerry Kearns's over-the-top verbal humor, infusing the exhibition title "RRRGGHH!," the "KNOCK, KNOCK" repeatedly inscribed in bright letters on the door and the purple "SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!" that snaked along an interior wall (as though one were literally walking into a classic Tom Wolfe text)?&nbsp;</p> By Richard Vine Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-jerry-kearns_23225196669.jpg_standalone.jpg Phillips Closes Fall New York Auction Season with Modest $52-Million Sale http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/phillips-closes-fall-new-york-auction-season-with-modest-52-million-sale/ <p>Phillips showed its customary strength with hip, young art stars, setting new records for <a href="http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/living-history/">Danh Vo</a> ($629,000), Fredrik Vaerslev ($317,000) and <a href="http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/rashid-johnson/">Rashid Johnson</a> ($197,000).</p> By Tracy Zwick Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/13/img-wade-guyton-phillips-november-2014_17214741941.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg New Museum Reveals Roster for Trecartin and Cornell’s Triennial http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/new-museum-reveals-roster-for-trecartin-and-cornells-triennial/ <p>"Surround Audience" (Feb. 25-May 204, 2015) boasts a roster of 51 artists and collectives from over two dozen countries, and according to the museum, it will be the first time in a U.S. museum for many of them. As expected, Cornell and Trecartin's picks are an especially young and stylish bunch. Only 17 were born as far back as the 1970s.</p> By Brian Boucher Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/14/img-k-hole-triennial_080515634073.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Rebecca Horn http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/rebecca-horn/ <p>Rebecca Horn's recent exhibition of sculptures and large-scale works on paper, "The Vertebrae Oracle," possessed a poetry rare among the benumbingly cool intellectual calisthenics of so much neo-abstract art today.</p> By Austin Considine Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-rebecca-horn_232200948182.jpg_standalone.jpg Christie’s “Staggering” Contemporary Auction Makes Record $853 Million http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/christies-staggering-contemporary-auction-makes-record-853-million/ <p> <p>The lively two-hour-and-fifteen-minute sale tallied $853 million, the highest total for an auction in any category. Along the way, records were achieved for 11 artists.&nbsp;"It was a really well-managed sale," New York dealer Larry Gagosian said, "and a very receptive art world."</p> </p> By Brian Boucher Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:47:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/07/img-warhol-elvis_160850779045.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Jennifer Wynne Reeves http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/jennifer-wynne-reeves/ <p>Paint gets physical in the late Jennifer Wynne Reeves's work: bulked up into dented little bricks, squeezed into coils and cones, and knifed, fingered and smeared onto a variety of surfaces that include wood, Masonite and paper (but not canvas), it is augmented by buttons, wire, glass beads and unidentified miscellany.&nbsp;</p> By Nancy Princenthal Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-jennifer-wynne-reeves_231541290989.jpg_standalone.jpg Scott Benzel http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/scott-benzel/ <p>The Beach Boys apparently recorded a song written by Charles Manson. Nike reportedly designed (but never produced) sneakers inspired by the fact that the members of the Heaven's Gate religious group all wore its footwear when they committed mass suicide.</p> By Brian Boucher Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-scott-benzel_231616849130.jpg_standalone.jpg Led by $45-Million Rothko, Sotheby’s “Spotty” Contemporary Sale Tallies $344 Million http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/led-by-45-million-rothko-sothebys-spotty-contemporary-sale-tallies-344-million/ <p>Notwithstanding a sometimes subdued atmosphere in the sales room, auction records were set for Jasper Johns ($36 million), Robert Ryman ($15 million), Jean Dubuffet ($7.4 million) and Glenn Ligon ($4 million), whose painting&nbsp;<em>Untitled (I Was Somebody)</em>, the first work offered,<em>&nbsp;</em>got the sale off to a strong early start.</p> By Brian Boucher Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:30:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/11/img-rothko-sothebys-november-2014_214716243543.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Outsider Art Fair Announces 2015 List, Changes Dates Again http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/outsider-art-fair-announces-2015-list-changes-dates-again/ <p>At press time 38 galleries from 23 international cities have signed on; the organizers expect a few more to join in the coming weeks, bringing the total closer to last year's 47. Booth prices range from $6,500 to $15,000, with smaller spaces also available for newer galleries, like Los Angeles's Good Luck Gallery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Leigh Anne Miller Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:30:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/11/img-emery-blagdon-outsider-art-fair_133810119311.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Alex Hay http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/alex-hay/ <p>Before seeing the works on display at this recent Alex Hay show, one passed through an exhibition by Medardo Rosso.</p> By Faye Hirsch Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-alex-hay_231407221193.jpg_standalone.jpg Portraits of Paradise, From Memory: Nabil Nahas http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/portraits-of-paradise-from-memory-nabil-nahas-/ <p>The new canvases in Nabil Nahas's show "Phoenix Dactylifera," at Ben Brown Fine Arts (through Nov. 14), come from left field, the Lebanese-born artist told <em>A.i.A</em>. via phone recently from his New York studio.</p> By Iphgenia Baal Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/05/img-nahas-1_181047354604.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Islamic Arts Showcased in Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/islamic-arts-showcased-in-torontos-aga-khan-museum-/ <p>Toronto's new Ismaili Center and museum for Islamic art is the first of its kind in North America.</p> By Noam Dvir Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:30:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/05/img-aga-khan-minature_145350808971.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Revamped Montreal Biennial Looks to the Future, in More Ways than One http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/revamped-montreal-biennial-looks-to-the-future-in-more-ways-than-one/ <p>While futurism and its limits have proven an increasingly popular exhibition theme since documenta 13, it is a particularly apt subject for a biennial that is looking to the future as it reimagines and repositions itself on the global contemporary art circuit.</p> By Murtaza Vali Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/31/img-montrealhirschhorn_162147590427.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Detroit Institute of Arts Saved By Grand Bargain http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/detroit-institute-of-art-saved-by-grand-bargain/ <p>As part of the deal reached by the city and its creditors, Detroit relinquishes ownership of the museum and its collection, turning them over to the nonprofit organization that currently runs the museum.</p> By Brian Boucher Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:30:00 +0100 /files/2013/06/06/img-detroit-institute-of-arts_10455091644.jpg_standalone.jpg Angela Dufresne http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/angela-dufresne/ <p>With a euphoric whoop and enough painterly smarts and braggadocio to take on all comers, Angela Dufresne once again entered into the fray of high-end painting, an arena currently preoccupied with rich bad-boy artists and intellectual abstractionists of the female gender.&nbsp;</p> By Carrie Moyer Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-angela-dufresne_231441848446.jpg_standalone.jpg LACMA Garners $125M in City Money and $500M Art Gift http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/lacma-garners-125m-in-city-money-and-500m-collection-of-modern-art/ <p>The L.A. County board of supervisors approved $125 million to begin work on a Peter Zumthor-designed consolidation of the east side of LACMA's campus, and reclusive media magnate A. Jerrold Perenchio is donating $500 million worth of Impressionist and modern masterworks.</p> By Maxwell Williams Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/06/img-monet-lacma_160811539026.jpg_standalone.jpg Justine Kurland http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/justine-kurkland/ <p>American photographers have had a long romance with the road. Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and Stephen Shore, to name a few, have spent extended periods of time in their cars, roving the country with their cameras, and Justine Kurland has followed suit.&nbsp;</p> By Jean Dykstra Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-justine-kurkland_231252217433.jpg_standalone.jpg Led by Record $65M Manet, Christie’s Solid Impressionist Sale Tallies $165M http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/led-by-record-65m-manet-christies-solid-impressionist-sale-tallies-165m/ <p>On her way out of the salesroom, New York dealer Dominique L&eacute;vy pronounced the sale "tame but good, very consistent."</p> By Brian Boucher Wed, 05 Nov 2014 23:30:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/05/img-manet-le-printemps-christies_104559538139.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Jim Shaw http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/jim-shaw/ <p>A connoisseur of both popular and underground culture, Jim Shaw appropriates styles and iconography from his vast personal collection of comic books, religious pamphlets, medical textbooks, vinyl albums and amateur paintings found at flea markets.&nbsp;</p> By Antonia Pocock Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-jim-shaw_23130729381.jpg_standalone.jpg $100M Giacometti Leads Sotheby’s Record $422 Million Sale http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/100m-giacometti-leads-sothebys-record-422-million-sale-/ <p>Sculpture dominated at Sotheby's Tuesday night, as a $100.9-million Giacometti bronze and a $70.7-million Modigliani stone head helped to push the house to its highest-ever sale total, at $422.1 million. It was a rousing start to two weeks of auctions at Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips.</p> By Brian Boucher Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:16:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/04/img-giacometti-chariot-sothebys_161840631107.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Art Basel Hong Kong Reveals 2015 Exhibitor List http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/art-basel-hong-kong-reveals-2015-exhibitor-list/ <p>The organizers have shifted the event two months earlier from its customary slot in May to Mar. 15-17, but as usual the fair takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. With 231 galleries from 37 countries and territories, the roster has been trimmed slightly from <a href="http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/dueling-visions-at-art-basel-hong-kong/">2014, when 245 galleries signed up</a>; <a href="http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/news/westerners-and-easterners-alike-flock-to-art-basel-in-hong-kong/">the same number participated the previous year.</a></p> By Brian Boucher Tue, 04 Nov 2014 08:30:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/03/img-art-basel-hong-kong-2015-gallery-announcement_135909241556.jpg_standalone.jpg Jenny Holzer http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/jenny-holzer-1/ <p>For the last decade, Jenny Holzer has used declassified U.S. government documents related to the "war on terror" as the basis for her work-appropriating language of surveillance for her hyperactive LED installations and initially reproducing the pages themselves as large-scale silkscreens.</p> By Hilarie M. Sheets Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-jenny-holzer_231117190818.jpg_standalone.jpg “Here and Elsewhere” http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/here-and-elsewhere/ <p>This summer the New Museum staged the most ambitious U.S. exhibition to date of contemporary art from the Arab world.</p> By David Markus Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/11/02/img-bouchra-khalili_231036195928.jpg_standalone.jpg Jose Freire on Team Gallery’s L.A. Bungalow http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/interviews/jose-freire-on-team-gallerys-la-bungalow/ <p>Team gallery founder Jose Freire discusses his expansion to Venice Beach, why even he considers it necessary to do art fairs, and the advantages of a domestic-style setting over a white box.</p> By Christopher Wyrick Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/31/img-arcangel-bungalow-1_165311797030.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Thomas Ruff http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/thomas-ruff/ <p>Born in southwest Germany in 1958, Thomas Ruff has long been viewed as a key figure of the D&uuml;sseldorf School of photography, having studied under such greats as Bernd and Hilla Becher at the D&uuml;sseldorf Art Academy (where he later taught).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Aoife Rosenmeyer Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/25/img-thomas-ruff_211322531994.jpg_standalone.jpg Henrik Håkansson http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/henrik-hkansson/ <p>The problem with environmental art is the undeniable gravity and unassailable rectitude of its theme. It may seem irresponsible for artifice to tackle a subject best left to scientific research or documentary record.</p> By Mark Prince Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/25/img-henrik-hkansson_210105894481.jpg_standalone.jpg Ged Quinn http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/ged-quinn/ <p>Ged Quinn's latest pictures at Stephen Friedman Gallery stacked up a kind of bonfire of the painterly vanities. On view were several of the luscious and swarming scenes that have become his hallmark.</p> By James Cahill Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/25/img-quinn_21002130150.jpg_standalone.jpg The Perils of Post-Internet Art http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/the-perils-of-post-internet-art/ <p>Though its buzzworthy name implies a cutting-edge aesthetic, Post-Internet art reinforces an all-too-familiar gallery system, according to a critic of online culture.</p> By Brian Droitcour Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/29/img-post-internet-dis-bard_160542820298.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg The Hole Truth http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/the-hole-truth/ <p>During the 1970s, Howardena Pindell developed a unique method for creating a textured, memory-laden painting surface by adopting the simple hole punch as an artistic tool, creating distinctive abstractions inspired in part by African textiles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Raphael Rubinstein Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/29/img-pindell-1_133118634104.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg The Fabric of Memory http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/the-fabric-of-memory/ <p>Thailand's Jakkai Siributr endows his stitched, embroidered and sequined works with a deeply serious sociopolitical import.</p> By Gregory Galligan Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2014/10/29/img-siributr-1_133411273394.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg