Art In America

Lisa Alvarado

The works in Lisa Alvarado’s “Sound Talisman” weren’t paintings in a precious, gallery-bound sense. Rendered in craft-store acrylics on layers of inexpensive polyester satin, the large mandala-like hangings are supposed to be rolled, transported, and...

Feminist Mixtape: Art and Music at Franklin Street Works

I, too, have spoken in pious tones proclaiming The Wire as the greatest work of broadcast television ever. But now celebrating my twenty-fifth year of Ann Magnuson fandom, I was well primed to change my mind in the basement of Franklin Street Works in...

Concrete Future

The Met Breuer, housed in the revamped concrete building that Marcel Breuer designed for the Whitney Museum, launched with a survey show whose “unfinished” theme chimes with the rough materiality of the modernist architectural landmark.

Coney Island Forever

The democratic multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-class hurly-burly of American leisure since the mid-1800s is reflected in a traveling museum exhibition about Coney Island. 

Suppression Architectures: An Interview with Addie Wagenknecht

An American artist based in Vienna, Austria and New York, Addie Wagenknecht, 33, engages the history of participation and the avant-garde with creative manipulations of hardware and software that ensnare audiences in their very design.

The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a screening of a documentary on artist Thornton Dial at the American Folk Art Museum; a screening of "radical sex education films" at Light Industry; raga music...

Sam Hunter, 1923-2014

Hunter, who focused on modern and contemporary art, penned over 50 books and three times that many essays, museum and gallery catalogues and articles.  

Ab-Ex Dada

At New York's Stable Gallery in 1953, Marcel Duchamp examined a wooden container studded with iron spikes and containing four loose stones.

How We See: James Turrell's Three-Museum Retrospective

In addition to major shows at New York's Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, a mammoth retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens May 26, showcasing six decades of Turrell's work, including his pioneering...

The View from Sag Harbor: Q+A with Eric Fischl

Passing through Southampton where traffic is snarled by yet another summer event, I arrive in the quieter Sag Harbor to catch up with Eric Fischl in the Arts and Crafts-style contemporary home he shares with his wife of 37 years, painter April...

Guggenheim, MFA Houston and LACMA to Show James Turrell in 2013

Three museums across the U.S. are collaborating on exhibitions of California artist James Turrell, to take place in spring 2013. A retrospective opening May 26 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, organized by Christine Y. Kim, examines Turrell's...

Christine Y Kim

After eight years as associate curator at New York's Studio Museum in Harlem, Christine Y. Kim joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as associate curator of contemporary art in September 2009. Born in Newport Beach and raised in the San...

Lillian Bassman, Pioneering Photographer, Has Died

Lillian Bassman, postwar fashion and fine art photographer, died on Feb. 13 in Manhattan, age 94. She was noted for bringing a personal touch to her images, staging shoots in a friend's apartment and other domestic settings, and putting her models...

Roving Eye: Juan Downey Returns to New York

Last week, pioneering video artist Juan Downey's work finally arrived at the Bronx Museum from Tempe, where it had been on view at the Arizona State University Art Museum. It's the first museum survey in America of the Chilean-born artist...

Roving Eye: Rothko in New Orleans

The Tony Award-winning play Red, about Mark Rothko, is currently being produced in regional theaters throughout the United States. As the former curator of the Mark Rothko Foundation, I have become something of a roadie, giving lectures on his work...

Photo Manifesto: Ai Weiwei at Asia Society

"In the face of the realities of Chinese culture as a whole, the greatest responsibility of China's intellectuals and artists is to exert every effort at any cost to help the people of China to shed the past and transform into a society of free and...

Yves Klein: Art and Alchemy

Though he presented himself—with considerable credence—as a kind of charismatic mystic, Klein made his most enduring contribution to reductive modernist abstraction.  

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