Art In America

Istanbul Biennial Launches in an Uneasy City

The preview week of this year's Istanbul Biennial, "Mom, am I Barbarian?" (through Oct. 20), was a subdued affair. Many of Istanbul's art spaces and museums chose to forgo the customary opening receptions and parties. The extended protests in the...

The Poetry of Protest: An Interview with Fulya Erdemci

The 13th Istanbul Biennial, titled "Mom, Am I Barbarian?" (Sept. 14-Oct. 20) aims to examine the public domain as a political forum. A statement released by the organizers in January said that the exhibition would highlight art projects that "activate...

Censorship, Defacement of Artworks Continue

Two recent incidents, one involving riots and another involving Twitter, continued a global spate of censorship and defacement of art due to cultural and religious sensitivities. These developments follow on the heels of the vandalizing of a...

Title Forthcoming: Q+A With Jens Hoffmann and Adriano Pedrosa

Jens Hoffmann and Adriano Pedrosa, co-curators of the upcoming Istanbul Biennial, have refused to give a descriptive title to their exhibition, opting instead for "Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial)." The show is structured as five group shows...

Indirect Signs: Q+A with Fia Backstrom

Taking equal inspiration from critical studies and Twitter, Fia Backström's work engages methods of display to raise large questions about form, politics and rhetorics. Through short, cryptic poems printed on aluminum, the artist's current exhibition...

Rigo 23 and Emory Douglas Speak Out

Emory Douglas and Rigo 23 are two artists of two successive generations of association with Black Power, who uncompromisingly advocate social and political change through their work. They both live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have known each...

Report From Venice: The Wrap

No matter how frantically you try to make it through the Venice Biennale, the list always proves too long, and your time in Venice too short. For the benefit of Biennial visitors who have yet to draft their travel itineraries, I'll mention a few...

Report From Venice: Day 4

For this year's Venice Biennale, the renovation of the Arsenale buildings has been extended to an area just across the little manmade pond called the Darsene Grande to include the spacious warehouses referred to as the Novissimo Arsenale.

Report From Venice: Day 3

The Venice Biennial's central exhibition, its 77 national pavilion exhibitions, and its dozens of ancillary exhibitions (or "collateral projects") are accompanied by an equally copious number of events, performances and conversations that unfold...

Report From Venice: Day 2

One of the most memorable works displayed in Robert Storr's exhibition for the 52nd Venice Bennale was a double-headed fountain sculpture by artist Bruce Nauman.

Report From Venice: Day 1

Curator Daniel Birnbaum's exhibition Fare Mondi/Making Worlds forms the centerpiece of the 53rd International Venice Biennial, which brings together 90 chosen artists who lend narrative or representational forms to their own imagined worlds.

Adel Abdessemed: Rio

Adel Abdessemed’s solo exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery, Rio, is a sprawling one. Ambitious in scope, it takes up all of the gallery’s cavernous rooms and contains more than a dozen pieces that don’t necessarily add up to a cohesive...

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