Art In America

David Diao

In "HongKong Boyhood," his twelfth solo show at Postmasters, painter David Diao (b. 1943) evokes a lasting sense of personal and cultural dislocation induced by early ruptures in his upbringing. At age six, he fled Communist takeover of his family...

Alma Allen

Alma Allen’s semiabstract sculptures provoke an irresistible urge to identify familiar formal corollaries. The self-taught, Joshua Tree–based artist encouraged this impulse by giving the name Not Yet Titled to all the new works in his exhibition at...

Charlotte Brooks

This smart show surveyed the work Charlotte Brooks made between 1951 and 1971, when she was the only woman photographer on staff at Look magazine, a competitor of the more popular Life.

Extralegal Threat: Rigo 23 at American University

In the sleepy first week of 2017, before many Americans had even returned to work after the holidays, a statue of American Indian Movement (AIM) cause célèbre Leonard Peltier was removed from display outside American University’s Katzen Arts Center in...

Labor Relations

For some forty years, Mierle Laderman Ukeles has striven—through artworks, performances, and manifestos—to bring greater recognition to women's domestic labor and the underappreciated services of New York City's Sanitation workers. Yet even she, the...

Causes and Effects: Decolonize This Place at Artists Space

This fall, MTL+ has transformed Artists Space Books & Talk into a vehicle for putting their strategy into practice within the context of larger movements. The residency’s title, Decolonize This Place, comes from a demonstration of the same name that...

Up Close: Buildings Seeking Art

Real estate developer John Portman's model of integrating art into self-contained architectural spaces affects even edgy galleries and funky nonprofits in Atlanta, where artists are often invited to spearhead gentrification.  

Sing the Language Electric: Fia Backström’s Scripts

Intensely collaborative, Fia Backström's writings, installations, and performances originate from her social context. By adopting personas from an amateur to a bureaucrat, she fluidly challenges prevailing institutional power dynamics within...

Antek Walczak

Antek Walczak’s pre-9/11 New York is gray: a flat, bored expanse of exploitation. He captures Paris in the same dull palette, but it’s New York, with its schizophrenic capitalism, that set the tone for Walczak’s “Films 1998–2000,” a...

Performance on the Edge: The Crossing the Line Festival

For its tenth season, the Crossing the Line festival, presented by the French Institute Alliance Française, included films, dance, and interdisciplinary pieces performed across such disparate locations as a conference room in the Henry Street...

The Social in Practice: A Conversation with Nina Simon

Engagement is a hot topic in the museum world. Buzzwords like “collaboration,” “participation,” and “inspiration” are used often across the sector, from grant applications to professional conferences. In today’s connected and fast-paced cultural...

Made in LA

The third iteration of the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA biennial—organized by the museum’s Aram Moshayedi and the Renaissance Society’s Hamza Walker—proposed a current art scene that is much more diverse, with artists whose backgrounds and practices are...

The Digitized Museum

Introducing A.i.A.’s special issue on museums and digital technology, its organizers reflect on how new electronic devices, new institutional policies and programs, and a new emphasis on access, interactivity, and feedback are altering...

Silicon Values

The New Museum has adopted the start-up incubator model for its New Inc residency program. Has it also taken on the goals and thinking of today's venture capitalists?

Viewer Positioning System

The Brooklyn Museum's ASK app lets users consult a dedicated Audience Engagement Team, while automatically supplying visitor movement and interest data to the museum through Bluetooth sensors.

Residency Report: Zackary Drucker at the Headlands

Built by the US army in 1907, the remote and beautiful Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, went from a soldiers' barracks that was active until the 1970s to an artists' residence in 1987. In this lovely, quiet environment,...

Sea Change: Katharina Grosse in the Rockaways

Early in her career as an abstract painter, German artist Katharina Grosse made a risky shift in her work. She exchanged her paintbrush for a spray gun and air compressor and moved off the canvas to paint, and wildly transform, architectural elements:...

In the Studio: Christian Jankowski

Chief curator of this summer’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—videos that parody today’s mass media formats and art...

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