Art In America

Overview: The National Exhibition

Both the Whitney Biennial and the Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art opened in March. The Biennial is old: the current iteration is its seventy-second. The Triennial, which closed in May, was in its first edition.

Autumn Knight

Autumn Knight, originally from Houston and lately based in New York, is best known for her charged performance works.

Terry Fox

The exhibition “Elemental Gestures” at the Kunstmuseum Bern charted the development of Terry Fox’s oeuvre over the course of his career in the United States and Europe, bringing together an extensive selection of his videos, sculptures, drawings, and...

(Un)Controlled Violence: A Chris Burden Documentary

Chris Burden liked to walk around with the barrel of a loaded Uzi tucked between his butt cheeks. He proudly describes this habit in a 1981 performance clip included in Burden, a new biopic on the artist most famous for risky body performances that...

Atlas Dubai: Art Without America

President Trump's seven-nation travel ban has had a chilling effect on Dubai's relations with the West, leaving the US's status as a “global” art center more questionable than ever.

Poems Without Words

With a 1975 series of stacked-line compositions, the painter David Reed began to garner recognition from critics and peers alike. Now those legendary works from his first solo exhibition are on view again, raising intriguing questions about cultural...

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...

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