Art in America - Most Recent The most recent items from Art in America. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:42:31 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Alex Chaves <p>The surfaces shine. Maybe it&rsquo;s sweat. Perhaps the walls, the floors, the chairs and anything that surrounds the figures present in Alex Chaves&rsquo;s latest body of oils are perspiring with the labor of becoming abstract.&nbsp;</p> By Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-chaves_112131813791.jpg_standalone.jpg Rebecca Shore <p>Geometric abstraction boasts a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century and such artists as Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian. Despite scores of countervailing movements and upheavals in the art world since, abstraction has endured, enjoying periodic bursts of renewed interest among artists.&nbsp;One of the latest to breathe new life into this venerable tradition is Chicagoan Rebecca Shore.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Kyle MacMillan Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-shore_110654829083.jpg_standalone.jpg Barbara Kasten <p>The ground floor galleries of the Institute of Contemporary Art currently house &ldquo;Stages,&rdquo; the first and sorely overdue survey of Barbara Kasten&rsquo;s photography-based, multi-medium practice.&nbsp;</p> By Serena Qiu Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-kasten_113459749867.jpg_standalone.jpg Mike Nelson <p>Weather-beaten swinging doors open onto&nbsp;<em>Gang of Seven</em>&nbsp;(2013), an installation comprising dozens of assemblage sculptures created by British artist Mike Nelson.&nbsp;</p> By Antonia Pocock Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-nelson_105825555049.jpg_standalone.jpg Caroline Bergvall <p>Ethereal text-based silkscreens suspended by nautical rope, an understated graphic wall painting and a long row of small framed india ink drawings made up the core visual environment of poet, performer and visual artist Caroline Bergvall&rsquo;s exhibition &ldquo;DRIFT&rdquo; at Callicoon Fine Arts (her first show in the United States).&nbsp;</p> By Kaegan Sparks Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-bergvall_110328876710.jpg_standalone.jpg Keith Hennessy <p>In times of social unrest our only recourse, however frivolous it may seem, is to re-ground ourselves in a rhetoric of intimacy. We are momentarily reassured by something tactile, concrete, or at least the knowledge that an affective process still exists. But, as Keith Hennessy, on his knees and dressed in a fuzzy bear suit, repeated &ldquo;I love the way you feel&rdquo; into a voice-distortion box onstage during his solo performance&nbsp;<em>Bear/Skin</em>, the words&rsquo; political promise seemed to dissolve as much as the resulting garbled feedback.</p> By Abbe Schriber Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-hennessy_110107340180.jpg_standalone.jpg Nancy Graves <p>The exhibition, organized with the Nancy Graves Foundation, focused on the years 1969 to 1982 from a prolific career that was cut short when the artist died of cancer in 1995 at age 54. The show included sculpture and film but foregrounded drawings and paintings, the latter melding Pop colors with geological and cosmological data.</p> By Eric Sutphin Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-graves_113239463193.jpg_standalone.jpg Ryan McNamara <p>Galleries are where performance art goes to die. Ryan McNamara knows this, and does what he can to animate his work&rsquo;s remains.&nbsp;</p> By Brian Droitcour Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-mcnamara_112627496748.jpg_standalone.jpg Lucy Skaer <p>&ldquo;None of the ways that I represent things are straightforward,&rdquo; Lucy Skaer has said of her work. Indeed, Skaer&rsquo;s two concurrent New York exhibitions contained prints, sculptures and installations&mdash;often rich with earthy, hand-wrought materials&mdash;that reminded viewers that images and objects are inherently contingent, their meanings dependent on context and their forms on essential physical properties.</p> By Austin Considine Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-skaer_112702287209.jpg_standalone.jpg Joachim Koester <p>What if, despite its surface appearance of messy complexity, life was actually governed by precise machinery? One gets a sense of what this could look like from watching Joachim Koester&rsquo;s videos and films, installed in multiple rooms at Greene Naftali Gallery.</p> By Edward Epstein Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-koester_11173750074.jpg_standalone.jpg What’s that Smell in the Kitchen? Art’s Olfactory Turn <p>In Anicka Yi's solo exhibition at the Kitchen in Chelsea, the laboratory functions as high theater, complete with a pungent stench. Yi is not alone in her olfactory preoccupations.</p> By Wendy Vogel Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/07/img-yi3_144211963352.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook <p>Rasdjarmrearnsook&rsquo;s background is in printmaking and sculpture, but in the late 1990s she began making videos and films, including her internationally acclaimed works featuring corpses.&nbsp;</p> By Gregory Volk Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-rasdjarmrearnsook_111931980091.jpg_standalone.jpg Memphis Group <p>Faces break into smiles encountering the far-out furniture of the Memphis Group, the Italian design collective officially active between 1981 and 1986.&nbsp;</p> By Becky Brown Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-memphis-group_112733458887.jpg_standalone.jpg After Glenn Beck’s Blast, a Conversation with Mary Walling Blackburn <p>Two weeks ago, Dallas- and New York-based artist Mary Walling Blackburn's self-described pro-choice children's book <em>Sister Apple Sister Pig </em>(<a href="">available online via e-flux</a>)<em> </em>was denounced by conservative pundit Glenn Beck on his program. <em>A.i.A. </em>spoke with Walling Blackburn about the book and the repercussions of her Glenn Beck appearance.</p> By Wendy Vogel Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Devin Troy Strother <p>Are African-American fine artists today free from pressures to perform in specifically (but &ldquo;acceptably&rdquo;) &ldquo;black&rdquo; ways, as determined by a mostly white audience? According to the critique implicit in Devin Troy Strother&rsquo;s impressive exhibition of new paintings and sculptures (all 2014), the answer is no.&nbsp;</p> By Austin Considine Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-strother_112511174345.jpg_standalone.jpg Inaugural Assembly for National United States Artists Organization <p>Last week in Chicago, United States Artists (USA), an organization that has distributed close to $20 million to over 400 people in nine disciplines since 2006, held its first annual Artists Assembly.</p> By Cathy Lebowitz Fri, 03 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/03/img-united-states-artists-assembly-1_155459512937.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg On Kawara <p>From 1966 until shortly before his death in 2014, On Kawara&rsquo;s artistic life was anchored by the simple labor of painting the dates of the days he lived through. A selection of roughly 150 of these paintings forms the backbone of &ldquo;On Kawara&mdash;Silence,&rdquo; the artist&rsquo;s first comprehensive retrospective.</p> By David Markus Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/04/02/img-kawara_105916277631.jpg_standalone.jpg Théâtre de la Mode <p>A New York artist finds himself mysteriously drawn to a remote museum in the Columbia River Gorge, home to a collection of haute couture dolls from WWII-era Paris.</p> By Nick Mauss Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Man of Letters <p>Author and installation artist Paul Chan, winner of this year's Hugo Boss Prize, launched his maverick publishing venture Badlands Unlimited to expore the nature of the book, the disruptive roles of pornography and genre fiction, and the tangled interrelationship of print and digital media.</p> By Brian Droitcour Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/26/img-chan1_154037634015.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg First Look: Rhonda Holberton <p>The California-based artist creates installations and "products" that reveal the insidiousness of U.S. military experimentation.&nbsp;</p> By Ceci Moss Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/26/img-holberton-_160800654015.jpg_standalone.jpg Digital Sculptor <p>Since 2009, Yugoslavia-born video and internet artist Aleksandra Domanović has increasingly used her new-media skills to produce tech-savvy sculptural installations involving stacked paper, huge acrylic scrims and sci-fi prostheses.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Kirsty Bell Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Farewell to Nature <p>Artists such as Germany's Christoph Keller, Argentina's Eduardo Navarro as well as Guillermo Faivovich and Nicol&aacute;s Goldberg, and Brazil's Daniel Steegmann Mangran&eacute; employ high-tech means&mdash;including microphotography and virtual reality&mdash;to radically alter viewers' engagement with the natural world.</p> By Sarah Demeuse Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 From the Archives: Kehinde Wiley’s 2005 Brooklyn Museum Debut <p>Over the past 15 years, painter Kehinde Wiley has become internationally known for his works combining realistic renderings of contemporary African-Americans and motifs from European portraiture. For <em>A.i.A.</em>&rsquo;s April 2005 issue, art historian, curator and author Sarah Lewis&mdash;then a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Modern Art&mdash;wrote a feature on Wiley entitled "De(i)fying the Masters."</p> By Sarah Lewis Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/31/img-kehinde-wiley-1_135808558621.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Ann Cathrin November Høibo <p>Ann Cathrin November H&oslash;ibo, an idiosyncratic and refreshingly eccentric young Norwegian, is garnering international attention for her offbeat sculptures and paintings utilizing weaving, fabric, dangling string and cords, rubber bands, various found objects and spare, intense color.&nbsp;</p> By Gregory Volk Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-hibo_174212967250.jpg_standalone.jpg Oliver Laric <p>Laric has excavated moments of transformation found in what the gallery describes as &ldquo;over 100 years of animated film and videos.&rdquo;</p> By Hannah Black Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-laric_174139988918.jpg_standalone.jpg Art + Practice Pairs Art with Social Change in Los Angeles <p>Art + Practice is a nonprofit founded by artist Mark Bradford, collector and philanthropist Eileen Harris Norton, and activist Allan DiCastro. Its mission is unique and multipronged, with a stated mandate to promote contemporary art and provide services and support to foster youth.</p> By Jennifer S. Li Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/27/img-art-practice-1_104138170019.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Marvin Gaye Chetwynd <p>For her second solo exhibition at Massimo De Carlo, Chetwynd created a typically colorful and exuberant atmosphere.&nbsp;</p> By Federico Florian Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-chetwynd_173948880370.jpg_standalone.jpg Kochi-Muziris Biennale <p>Under the direction of artist Jitish Kallat (b. 1974), the&nbsp;Kochi-Muziris Biennale&nbsp;brings together some 90 individual artists and groups, nearly half from India and the rest from 29 other countries</p> By Ryan Holmberg Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-kochi-muziris-biennale_174030530085.jpg_standalone.jpg Shinro Ohtake <p>Ohtake (b. 1955) was the first of Japan&rsquo;s neo-Pop artists on the international art scene in the early 1980s. Many argue he might even be the most important.</p> By Prajna Desai Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-ohtake_173827249177.jpg_standalone.jpg Candida Höfer <p>Candida H&ouml;fer (b. 1944) had her first gallery exhibition in 1975. Since then, the erstwhile student of Bernd Becher has gained recognition as one of the most important photographers of her generation, best known for complex interior photographs of public spaces devoid of people.</p> By Aoife Rosenmeyer Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-hfer_173904966364.jpg_standalone.jpg Amy Adler <p>For the past seven years, Amy Adler has taken time off from exhibiting to attend film school at the University of Southern California, where she earned an MFA in 2011, and to make two short films,&nbsp;<em>Ready for Love&nbsp;</em>(2009) and&nbsp;<em>Mein Schloss</em>&nbsp;(2012), both of which deal with sexual and autobiographical anxieties.&nbsp;</p> By Michael Duncan Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-adler_173618836915.jpg_standalone.jpg Vera Frenkel <p>Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1938, Vera Frenkel is a seminal&nbsp;Canadian artist known for her use of fictitious personas in multidisciplinary projects that indicate gaps in the historical record.</p> By Milena Tomic Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-frenkel_173752832122.jpg_standalone.jpg Nam June Paik <p>Nam June Paik has been described as the "father of video art," but the medium-specific moniker obscures his broader fascination with how technologies alter our bodies and our perceptions.</p> By William S. Smith Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/10/img-paik_17275416187.jpg_standalone.jpg Luke Diiorio <p>New York-based artist Luke Diiorio&rsquo;s latest solo show addressed a gamut of issues grappled with in art since modernism: singularity versus repetition; representation versus abstraction; and the limitations of the canvas.&nbsp;</p> By Jennifer S. Li Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-diiorio_17365088873.jpg_standalone.jpg Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Detroit Year Explored in DIA Show <p>Just over four months after the Detroit Institute of Arts was officially rescued from the threat of liquidation due to citywide bankruptcy, the museum opened a show of works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. This first major exhibition since the settlement is a victory for the city Kahlo and Rivera once called home.</p> By Austin Considine Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/23/img-dia-kahlo-rivera-3_105842292928.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Susanna Bluhm <p>Seattle-based artist Susanna Bluhm&rsquo;s new oil paintings portray abstracted landscapes based on photographs of Yosemite National Park.</p> By Matthew Kangas Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-bluhm_173457819870.jpg_standalone.jpg Asher Hartman <p>Asher Hartman&rsquo;s rambunctious theater piece&nbsp;<em>Purple Electric Play!&nbsp;</em>(<em>PEP!</em>), 2014, bounces between the thematic purples of protest, prose and psychedelics.</p> By Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-hartman_173537760054.jpg_standalone.jpg A Perfectly Basel Hong Kong <p>"Same Old, Brand New" read Chinese artist Cao Fei's projection on Hong Kong's 1,600-foot International Commerce Centre last Saturday evening. Capping the second preview day of the 2015 Art Basel Hong Kong fair (Mar. 15-17), the spectacle deftly reflected the art world's current state of affairs.</p> By Richard Vine Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/20/img-art-basel-hk-2015-cao-fei_162226442908.jpg_wide_hthumb.jpg Anne Collier <p>The Los Angeles-born, New York-based artist Anne Collier takes on today's fast-paced digital paradigm and its implications, indirectly if not directly, in nearly 40 black-and-white and color photographs.</p> By Kyle MacMillan Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/10/img-collier_161732757387.jpg_standalone.jpg Margarita Cabrera <p>Fourteen life-size desert plants constructed from sections of dark green U.S. Border Patrol uniforms were casually arrayed in terra-cotta pots on the gallery floor for El Paso artist Margarita Cabrera&rsquo;s recent exhibition.&nbsp;</p> By Frances Colpitt Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100 /files/2015/03/12/img-cabrera_173415270782.jpg_standalone.jpg