Art In America

Leslie Hewitt

On view in Leslie Hewitt’s recent exhibition at SculptureCenter, an untitled 2012 installation consists of white metal sheets that have been dog-eared or otherwise folded. The sheet-metal sculptures—some standing upright, some laid on the ground with...

Motion Detectors: Will Rawls and Edgar Arceneaux at Performa 15

In the mildewed basement of the West Village artist housing complex Westbeth, Will Rawls ran the perimeter of the makeshift stage, mapping an open rectangular space amid paint-peeled columns and an industrial ladder. With each loop, his breath...

“When the Curtain Never Comes Down”

Among the crucial insights of the American Folk Art Museum’s exhibition “When the Curtain Never Comes Down” is that the performative impulse was vital to self-taught (or “outsider”) artists long before it emerged in contemporary art in the...

Hito Steyerl

Despite the image of a calm, sparkling ocean that recurs in Hito Steyerl’s film Liquidity, Inc. (2014), existential and fiscal precarity are not concealed in the work. 

Keith Hennessy

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...

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