Art in America - Most Recent The most recent items from Art in America. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:46:24 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fit for the Future: The 2016 Eyeo Festival <p>Eyeo is a three-day art and technology conference that has taken place annually in Minneapolis since 2011. With a roster of speakers from diverse backgrounds&mdash;art, coding, academia, the private sector, or a mix of the above&mdash;it&rsquo;s fitting that the event is held at the Walker Art Center, an institution long revered for experimenting with interdisciplinary art and new technologies.</p> By Desi Gonzalez Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/23/img-eyeo-festival-3_113848459354.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Maryam Jafri <p>The black-and-white generic product packaging seen in<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Maryam Jafri&rsquo;s recent exhibition &ldquo;Economy Corner&rdquo; points toward timely issues: income disparity, the commercialism of culture, and the roles of language in art. Jafri, a Pakistani-American artist who has shown mostly in Europe (including at the 2015 Venice Biennale), presented food and sundries from the &ldquo;generic&rdquo; sections of 1970s American supermarkets.&nbsp;</p> By Karen Schiff Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-maryam-jafri_132440346575.jpg_standalone.jpg Paradise Lost: Middle Eastern Art at the Guggenheim <p>&ldquo;But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise&rdquo;<em>&nbsp;</em>at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is a worthwhile, if regrettably diverse show. Curated by Sara Raza, the third and final iteration of the Guggenheim&rsquo;s UBS MAP Global Art Initiative&mdash;an effort to incorporate works from underrepresented regions in the museum&rsquo;s exhibition programming and collection&mdash;features eighteen works from seventeen Middle Eastern and North African artists, including seven women and one Israeli.</p> By Rahel Aima Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/20/img-but-a-storm-is-blowing-1_110411534160.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Oswaldo Vigas <p>The Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas (1923&ndash;2014) is a particular case. He spent much of his career taking on established modernist styles well after their moments had passed or as they were being eclipsed, and in that way comes across as a curious, perhaps even stubborn, kind of individual: both a follower and not exactly a follower, both an autodidact eagerly engaging with prior innovation and a strict recusant of current fashion.&nbsp;</p> By Kyle Bentley Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-oswaldo-vigas_14381835522.jpg_standalone.jpg Elaine Cameron-Weir <p>New York&ndash;based Canadian artist Elaine Cameron-Weir creates sculptures that combine peculiar natural elements&mdash;e.g., mica, frankincense, and clamshells&mdash;with industrially made objects to evoke rich cultural histories and myths.</p> By Jennifer S. Li Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-elaine-cameron-weir_14213354791.jpg_standalone.jpg All Gold Everything: Mika Tajima’s Public Art <p>Mika Tajima&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Meridian (Gold)</em>, 2016, resides in Hunter&rsquo;s Point South Park along the southern portion of the East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. The public sculpture, which will be on view through Sept. 25, was commissioned by nearby SculptureCenter in collaboration with its teen outreach program Public Process and the city&rsquo;s Art in the Parks initiative.&nbsp;</p> By Sam Korman Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/16/img-tajima-korman-2_111451355738.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg William Wegman <p>Although William Wegman made his reputation as a photographer who combined wry humor and conceptualism, his two recent exhibitions showed him to be an accomplished painter with a sophisticated, highly individual style. The concurrent presentations at Sperone Westwater and Magenta Plains focused on, respectively, his recent &ldquo;postcard paintings&rdquo; and his early works on paper.&nbsp;</p> By Tatiana Istomina Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-william-wegman_130300675015.jpg_standalone.jpg Daily Reading: Artist Ebooks from Badlands Unlimited <p>Badlands Unlimited has a stated interest in publishing &ldquo;books in an expanded field.&rdquo; The press&rsquo;s idea of an expanded field can be understood literally, and even modestly, as encompassing anything that could potentially be defined as a book. It&rsquo;s not a lurch forward so much as an attempt to move in all directions.</p> By Steven Zultanski Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/15/img-ebooks-5_111142200591.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Renate Bertlmann <p class="p1">A gaudy pink-plexiglass wheelchair and four photos of a cheeky young woman about to spit out brightly colored Lego bricks currently greet visitors to Verbund&rsquo;s Vienna headquarters (where, in the publicly accessible foyer, stairwell, and corridors, the Austrian utilities company regularly showcases its art collection). These are among the roughly forty works by the seldom-exhibited artist Renate Bertlmann (b. 1943) that constitute her first major exhibition in her home country. The show, which spans from the early 1970s to the mid-&rsquo;80s (Bertlmann&rsquo;s most prolific years), includes installations, films, photographs, drawings, and scores for performances.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Karin Bellmann Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-renate-bertlmann_151218600295.jpg_standalone.jpg A Real Deal: LAPD at the Pasadena Armory <p>&ldquo;Do you want the cosmetic version or the real deal?&rdquo; The title of the Los Angeles Poverty Department&rsquo;s recent retrospective poses an opposition between surface aesthetics and lived experience, between the production of artworks and the embodiment of one&rsquo;s politics. First opened in 2014 at the Queens Museum in New York, and reprised this spring at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California, the exhibition surveyed thirty years of LAPD&rsquo;s practice.&nbsp;</p> By Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/13/img-lapd-3_104626541089.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg David Hammons <p>In a small photograph included in &ldquo;David Hammons: Five Decades,&rdquo; the first authorized David Hammons retrospective in twenty-five years, the artist can be seen seated, chin in hand, exhibiting a composure that might lead one to overlook the fact that the elegant chair beneath him is missing its front legs.</p> By David Markus Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-david-hammons_124315682002.jpg_standalone.jpg To Have and to Know: Camille Henrot’s Elephant Child <p>Camille Henrot wants to look at everything. Then she wants to catalogue, systematize, and place it all into a context of her own labyrinthine design. She knows it&rsquo;s an unhealthy compulsion, but she does it anyway, feeling conflicted all the while.</p> By Ross Simonini Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/02/img-henrot-br-1_15013582543.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg John Miller <p>John Miller (b. 1954) is a quintessential 1990s artist. The &rsquo;90s aesthetic might be described as cerebralism disguised as&nbsp;effortlessness&mdash;pastiche-riddled fashion, indie culture occupying a space between the mainstream and the avant-garde, hybridity that tried not to try too hard.</p> By Wendy Vogel Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-john-miller_141145209433.jpg_standalone.jpg Marcel Broodthaers <p>Marcel Broodthaers&rsquo;s first performative action arose from wartime murk in 1944 when at a poetry gala at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels he shouted from the balcony, &ldquo;Louis Aragon, when will you stop compromising French poetry!&rdquo; Broodthaers (1924&ndash;1976), a Belgian Pop and Conceptual artist affiliated with a long line of Symbolist and Surrealist poet&ndash;rabble rousers, was a marginal literary figure until the age of forty. One of his first sculptures,&nbsp;<em>Pense-B&ecirc;te</em>&nbsp;(Memory Aid, 1964), was in fact a partial encasement of copies of his last book of poetry in plaster.&nbsp;</p> By Brooks Adams Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-marcel-broodthaers_131939134697.jpg_standalone.jpg In the Studio: Christian Jankowski <p>Chief curator of this summer&rsquo;s Manifesta 11, German artist Christian Jankowski speaks candidly about his artist-meets-nonartist plan for the global event, as well as his own irreverent artworks&mdash;videos that parody today&rsquo;s mass media formats and art world mores.</p> By Aoife Rosenmeyer Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/31/img-jankowski-1_113610583207.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Trust Lust <p>Art collector and self-taught painter William N. Copley translated his love of Surrealism into bright, cartoonish&nbsp;canvases devoted to everyday objects and scenes&nbsp;of good-natured raunch.</p> By Raphael Rubinstein Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-william-copley-1_174419283226.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Critical Eye: Personal Boundaries <p>The traveling exhibition &ldquo;Art AIDS America,&rdquo; opening this&nbsp;summer at the Bronx Museum, finds renewed relevance in the culture wars of the 1980s and &rsquo;90s, especially the dual political-aesthetic strategies of the era&rsquo;s most socially committed artists.</p> By Robert Rhee Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/23/img-critical-eye-aids-1_175243835252.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Dreams for Detroit: The US Pavilion in Venice <p>The curators of the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale have tackled the thorny and fashionable subject of the future of Detroit. The show, which opened Saturday and runs through November 27, is called &ldquo;The Architectural Imagination&rdquo; and it aligns with the overall theme of Biennale, &ldquo;Reporting from the Front.&rdquo;</p> By Alan G. Brake Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/06/01/img-venice-architecture-biennale-1_113305171178.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Ambient Aesthetics <p> </p> <p class="">Monitoring commodity prices, asset values, and the digital measurement of collective happiness, 
Mika Tajima creates artworks and installations&mdash;sometimes diffuse and cloudy, sometimes violent&mdash;that reflect current socioeconomic dynamics.&nbsp;</p> By William S. Smith Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/26/img-mika-tajima-1_17302383835.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Jeni Spota C. <p>The texture of Jeni Spota C.&rsquo;s paintings verges on outrageous. Impasto barely begins to describe the gooey slabs and thick crusts, the insistent materiality. For all of their surface intensity, however, the paintings never devolve into artifacts of performative bravado. They convey innocence as well as intelligence, modesty even, and a keen sense of both history and humor.</p> By Leah Ollman Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-jeni-spota-c_134247640770.jpg_standalone.jpg Tala Madani <p>Painter Tala Madani&rsquo;s show in St. Louis provided a concise primer on her work, featuring her hallmark subject: men, nude or almost so, perhaps Middle Eastern and probably middle-aged, in situations both abject and humorous.</p> By Gavin Kroeber Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-tala-madani_135049939323.jpg_standalone.jpg Company News <p>Today our parent company announced a shift in ownership. Brant Publications has assumed&nbsp;full control of the assets of Artnews S.A., including the magazine titles&nbsp;<em><em>Art in America</em></em>, <em><em>Modern</em></em>, <em><em>Antiques</em></em>, and <em><em>ARTnews</em></em>.<strong></strong><em></em></p> By The Editors Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /cms/app/asset/action.php?a=createImage&id=29927&size_suffix=standalone Larry Bamburg <p>A saccharine, minty scent greeted visitors to Larry Bamburg&rsquo;s solo exhibition. It emanated from three large, weighty, pastel-colored forms standing on the floor, two centrally placed so that viewers could walk around them, and one positioned to the left against the wall. These sculptures, from Bamburg&rsquo;s &ldquo;TalctoTile&rdquo; series (all works 2016), were composed by stacking four-inch-thick layers of bathroom tiles (some oriented frontally, as on a wall, and some side-on) and handmade soap.</p> By Iona Whittaker Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-larry-bamburg_1339553098.jpg_standalone.jpg Sanford Biggers <p>The historical relationship between the Western avant-garde and the art of Africa is one of objects stolen, fetishized, and aesthetically cannibalized by European modernists like Picasso and Modigliani. Paradigmatic histories of Western art attempt to keep these tensions at a low simmer; in the nine works comprising Harlem-based artist Sanford Biggers&rsquo;s exhibition &ldquo;the pasts they brought with them&rdquo; (all 2015 or 2016),<strong>&nbsp;</strong>they rise to a boil.&nbsp;</p> By Lauren DeLand Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-sanford-biggers_134731140866.jpg_standalone.jpg Everyday Cinderella: “Manus x Machina” with K8 Hardy <p>&ldquo;How many slaves did it take to make that?&rdquo; It was a Wednesday afternoon in early May, and K8 Hardy and I had just entered &ldquo;Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology&rdquo; at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (on view through Aug. 14).</p> By Julia Wolkoff Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/24/img-manus-1_122231271311.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Regina José Galindo <p>A soldier inserts his gun into the vagina of a pregnant woman and pulls the trigger. Pieces of the dead fetus fall out of her womb. The head of a man who has just been decapitated is then shoved up her vagina. Another woman&rsquo;s breasts are cut off with a knife; she is hung by her neck, bleeding out, like an animal in a slaughterhouse. A mother watches as her twelve-year-old daughter, crying out for help, is brutally gang raped by a group of soldiers on her bed.</p> By Travis Jeppesen Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-regina-jos-galindo_140032861427.jpg_standalone.jpg Lynn Umlauf <p>In the late 1970s, Lynn Umlauf was making low-relief paintings&mdash;on paper adhered to unstretched canvas&mdash;in which biomorphic&nbsp;shapes curled slightly off the wall. In the 1980s and &rsquo;90s she ran with this sculptural implication, making 3-D paintings such as acrylic-encrusted loops of galvanized wire mesh that lie or hang curled over themselves.</p> By Brooks Adams Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-lynn-umlauf_133650770704.jpg_standalone.jpg Park McArthur <p>In a recent talk at Tate Modern, New York&ndash;based artist Park McArthur recounted how Virgin Trains had given her two five-pound vouchers as compensation for a delayed journey from Glasgow caused by someone throwing themselves onto the tracks. This happened before McArthur&rsquo;s first solo exhibition in Britain, &ldquo;Poly&rdquo; at Chisenhale Gallery.</p> By Elizabeth Fullerton Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-park-mcarthur_135754248835.jpg_standalone.jpg “Language of the Birds: Occult and Art” <p>Magic makes theater of the most banal objects: a wooden board is used to contact the dead, a discarded possession becomes the conduit for a hex. One challenge for &ldquo;Language of the Birds,&rdquo; a survey of works by several dozen creators who seem to gesture toward sorcery, was showing<strong>&nbsp;</strong>such pieces in the white-box spaces of New York University&rsquo;s 80WSE gallery.</p> By Chris Randle Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-language-of-the-birds_133553261576.jpg_standalone.jpg Technically Funny: Ben Jones on Television <p>All of the art collectives Ben Jones has been involved in&mdash;most visibly Paper Radio&nbsp;with Christopher Forgues and Paper Rad with Jacob and Jessica Ciocci&mdash;have been characterized by a weird mix of punk sloppiness and obsessive attention to detail: their cartoons, drawings, and animations feature bright primary colors, geometric shapes, and characters so densely layered on the page that it&rsquo;s often difficult for the eyes to adjust.</p> By Steven Zultanski Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/18/img-ben-jones-1_112834553169.png_wide_hthumb.jpg Comics in America: A Panel at Frieze Art Fair <p>At the 2016 Frieze Art Fair in New York, Nadel and Worth joined&nbsp;<em>A.i.A.</em>&nbsp;editor Julia Wolkoff in a conversation about the intriguing complexity of comics, a format where virtuosic draftsmanship can be fostered under deadline pressure, and expressions of personal identity and political belief can meld with longstanding generic conventions.</p> By Julia Wolkoff Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/18/img-comics-in-america-2_13001244393.jpg_standalone.jpg “Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago” <p>The first work displayed in the landmark &ldquo;Monster Roster&rdquo; exhibition at the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Smart Museum of Art is Leon Golub&rsquo;s four-foot-square lacquer-on-masonite&nbsp;<em>Siamese Sphinx II</em>&nbsp;(1955). Depicting a mythological two-headed creature against an abraded, rust-colored background, it is a dark, forbidding, and&mdash;yes&mdash;monstrous painting that sets the tone for all that follows.</p> By Kyle MacMillan Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-monster-roster-1_134405983304.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Chosen Family: Gerard & Kelly at the Glass House <p>&ldquo;The family is a system of regeneration,&rdquo; chanted a group of dancers, huddled on the lawn next to Philip Johnson&rsquo;s modernist Glass House, toward the end of Gerard &amp; Kelly's <em>Modern Living</em>. Performed last weekend on the grounds of Johnson&rsquo;s estate in New Canaan, Connecticut, the 90-minute dance piece is Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly&rsquo;s most ambitious work to date on the subject of queer intimacy.</p> <p><em></em></p> By Wendy Vogel Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/17/img-gerard-kelly_170234745362.jpg_standalone.jpg Coco Fusco <p>After Fidel Castro&rsquo;s Communist government imprisoned Cuban poet Heberto Padilla in March 1971 on ambiguous charges, intellectuals around the world&mdash;many of them ardent supporters of Cuba&rsquo;s revolution&mdash;expressed their dismay in an open letter published in France&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Le Monde</em>. Cuban authorities responded by labeling these authors traitors and banning the distribution of their books on the island.</p> By David Markus Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-coco-fusco_133417981791.jpg_standalone.jpg Local Largesse: Collected in San Francisco <p>Over the weekend, Bay Area residents got a first look inside a $305-million addition to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The new ten-story building, clad with a rippling, glacier-like facade and designed by the Norwegian firm Sn&oslash;hetta, occupies a narrow urban lot adjacent to the museum&rsquo;s 1995 brick building by Swiss architect Mario Botta.&nbsp;</p> By Lindsay Pollock Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/17/img-sfmoma-3_123053208355.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Channa Horwitz <p>As a student at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, in the late 1960s, Channa Horwitz (1932&ndash;2013) developed a graphing system that she would use for over four decades, producing some fifteen hundred pieces of ephemera and finished works (with more waiting to be organized and archived). In a 1974 interview, she told the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art Journal</em>: &ldquo;I am interested in simplifying my tools in order to maximize the potential of the work.&rdquo;</p> By Jennifer S. Li Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-channa-horwitz_135208419329.jpg_standalone.jpg Jonathan Lasker <p>The thirteen oil paintings and four graphite-and-India-ink sketches in Jonathan Lasker&rsquo;s show&mdash;all made in the last three years&mdash;add up to a confident body of work. They resulted from a process that has served the artist well since the 1980s.<strong>&nbsp;</strong>He begins with a loose improvisatory sketch, and then scales it up freehand in paint.&nbsp;</p> By Charles M. Schultz Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-jonathan-lasker_133316786655.jpg_standalone.jpg Writing on the Wall: William Kentridge in Rome <p>Rome has&nbsp;been waiting for&nbsp;contemporary&nbsp;works of public art that can stand up to&nbsp;the historic city&rsquo;s glorious monuments from the Renaissance and antiquity. Where the architects Richard Meier and Zaha Hadid tried, and failed in the opinion of many, with&nbsp;their&nbsp;new freestanding buildings,&nbsp;South African artist William Kentridge has now succeeded with&nbsp;<em>Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome</em>,&nbsp;his grand frieze along the Tiber embankment, which&nbsp;debuted&nbsp;April 21 with a concert by Kentridge and composer Philip Miller, his longtime collaborator.<strong></strong><em></em></p> By Diana Ketcham Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/05/13/img-kentridge-rome-1_113434172534.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Lena Henke <p>During his long tenure, New York urban planner Robert Moses built 658 parks and playgrounds; 416 miles of roads, parkways, and expressways; and thirteen bridges. He brokered construction deals for the United Nations. He cleared slums and built new ones in their place. He is the reason the public can access Long Island&rsquo;s shoreline, and the reason that its residential areas were systematically segregated.</p> By Sam Korman Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-lena-henke_134114963603.jpg_standalone.jpg “Architecture of Life” <p>The question of what a particular museum aims to be is, today, so often preceded by the question of who&rsquo;s behind its design. The recent construction boom among major American art institutions has resulted in the same kind of name-dropping that typically accompanies an Academy Awards red carpet.</p> By Matt Sussman Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2016/04/21/img-architecture-of-life-1_135308278215.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg