Art In America

Marcia Hafif

For several decades, California-born artist Marcia Hafif has generally been known in Europe as a practitioner of ascetic monochrome painting. Her recent exhibition at the Kunsthaus Baselland, which surveyed her career from 1968 to 2009, revealed the...

Clare Goodwin

In recent years, she seems to have gained a certain confidence that has allowed her to experiment with figuration and with messier techniques than those seen in her prior work.  


Artists have historically used action as a medium to create fleeting and expressive works, to disrupt typical social behaviors, and as a direct form of protest. 

Molecular Sculpture

Following a path blazed by Duchamp, a host of current artists are using scents, atmospheric conditions, and microorganisms to create a new, multisensory rapport between viewers and artworks.

Hernan Bas

Nearly all of Hernan Bas’s paintings are populated by thin, young men with an aloof air.

The Truth is Difficult to Find: A Conversation with Maja Bajevic

Informed by experiences of life in different cities, French-Bosnian artist Maja Bajevic engages with the foundational concepts of modern society, such as gender roles, religious dogma, and the free market, and how these concepts play out in everyday life.

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...

Mark Dion

Mark Dion has been creating works that mimic the vitrines and dioramas in natural history museums since the mid-1980s, often as a humorous means of critiquing established ways of gathering, organizing, and sharing knowledge of the world. 

Douglas Gordon

The Scottish artist Douglas Gordon is drawn to iconic figures. With 24 Hour Psycho (1993), for instance, he paid homage to Hitchcock, radically slowing down the director’s 1960 film.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Since the British-Ghanaian artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977) completed her studies at the Royal Academy Schools in London in 2003, her reputation as a talented painter of fictional portraits (she does not use models) has steadily grown.

Phyllida Barlow

Phyllida Barlow’s exhibition “Demo” augurs well for her presentation in the British pavilion at this summer’s Venice Biennale. One part of “Demo” is dominated by a multifarious structure that fills three adjoining galleries of the...

Lin May Saeed

Lin May Saeed (b. 1973) is as much an animal rights advocate as an artist. Despite the progressive perspectives put forth by scholars like Donna Haraway in her book Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (2003), empathy...

Guillaume Pilet

The central character in the exhibition “An Atlas of Dramas” by Lausanne-based Guillaume Pilet (b. 1984) greeted the visitor with open arms. Formed from lumpy grayish polyurethane foam, and just short of six feet high, the cartoonish figure...

Vlassis Caniaris

Vlassis Caniaris was born in Athens in 1928 and died there in 2011. He lived through dramatic moments in Greek history, including, most notably, the 1967–74 military junta. He studied in his home city before spending time in Rome in the late 1950s,...

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...

Ulla von Brandenburg

German artist Ulla von Brandenburg’s work investigates theatrical devices, finding form in performance, film, installation, sculpture, and paintings (on canvas and on the wall). Her exhibition “Manchmal Ja, Manchmal Nein” (Sometimes Yes, Sometimes...

Adrian Paci

Albanian artist Adrian Paci (b. 1967) immigrated to Italy in 1997, and his works are frequently inspired by histories of displacement, his own and that of others. His videos in particular generate strong metaphors for the trauma that results from...

Where the Barbarians Are: A Conversation with Koyo Kouoh

It has been a busy year for Koyo Kouoh, and any respite seems inconceivable for the Senegal-based curator. Kouoh and I spoke as she was making final preparations for EVA International: Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. She is the curator of the...

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