Art In America

Backstory: Peek-a-Boo

Curator Bice Curiger recalls her experience with Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss in the 1970s and ’80s, the era of their “Sausage Series,” “Rat and Bear” films and infamous anus-view sculpture Animal, shown at Sonnabend Gallery, New...

Opus Posthumous

Irreverent to the end, Franz West was instrumental in conceiving a major retrospective that opened after his death.

12 Notable Books of 2011

Art in America's critics write their way through the best of 2011. We've asked leaders in the fine arts to highlight the top works in their areas of special focus. Stephen Maine is a Brooklyn-based painter, critic, curator and teacher, and a...

The Two Sides of the Arsenale

The grandiose, the edgy, the obvious and the arcane commingle in the vast Arsenale exhibition at this year's Venice Biennale. Curator Bice Curiger's title, "ILLUMInations," not so subtly suggests a loose interplay of the dual themes of nationalism and...

Everything Is Illuminated: Your Guide to the Biennale

The Venice Biennale is once again upon us, inaugurating the summer art-travel season, with its seemingly endless parade of official exhibitions, unofficial exhibitions, brunches, lunches, champagne brunches, champagne lunches, dinners, after-parties...

Questions for Sigmar Polke

Raphael Rubinstein reflects on what he would have asked the elusive German artist, Sigmar Polke, who died on June 10.

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