Art In America

The Institution as User: Museums on Social Media

On Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, the museum becomes one of many users, just like the individuals who visit it. Taking advantage of the communication opportunities offered by social media requires accepting a diminishment in status-but this, too,...

First Look: Walter K. Scott

Walter K. Scott skewers the art world—especially young artists' often self-destructive pursuit of success—through the comic-strip misadventures of his alter ego, Wendy.

Mitch Patrick

A chessboard divides space so neatly that warps or bends to its grid can induce dizziness or hazy little hallucinations. The black-and-white pattern is a recurring motif in Mitch Patrick’s exhibition “How to heal a rotten eye,” where it...

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Dineo Seshee Bopape’s installation sa ____ ke lerole, (sa lerole ke ___), 2016, is both map and terrain. A thick slab of compressed earth fills the gallery, leaving a narrow perimeter around the room’s edge to view it from, so you end up like a...

Antonio Lopez

The influential fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez (1943–1987), who was born in Puerto Rico but lived in New York and Paris, wrought his own vision of anatomy from a late twentieth-century concept of the performance of selfhood in his work for...

Jim Hodges

The twisting, florid shapes that Jim Hodges has cut into panels of mirrored glass for his installation I dreamed a world and called it Love (2016) recall the blooming vines of Art Nouveau ornament, but the lines are too hard and angular to suggest a...

Tony Feher

Tony Feher died earlier this year, so “It Didn’t Turn Out the Way I Expected” is not only a debut of a new body of work but also a memorial. It feels restrained in comparison to his retrospective exhibition, which first opened in Des Moines in 2012...

São Paulo Bienal

Curated by Jochen Volz with Gabi Ngcobo, Júlia Rebouças, Lars Bang Larsen, and Sofia Olascoaga, the thirty-second edition of the São Paulo Bienal is called “Incerteza Viva.” The English translation of the title is “Live Uncertainty,” which evokes an...

Prabhavathi Meppayil

Prabhavathi Meppayil’s work inevitably draws comparison to that of Nasreen Mohamedi. Born in 1965, the Bangalore-based artist practices a subtle, delicate form of geometric abstraction, as her late countrywoman did. But if Mohamedi made marks with an...

Liu Wei

Liu Wei’s architectural installations at Lehmann Maupin’s two Manhattan locations offer warped experiences of physical presence. In Chelsea, he has hung a series of oil paintings in various shades of gray, from matte silver to the color of dark, wet...

Terminal Velocity

Josh Kline’s dystopian installations, rife with mannequins and 3D-printed body parts, predict a future of ever greater social and economic precarity.

Tomoo Gokita

Tomoo Gokita paints with white on black, but his images don’t just look like renderings of mid-twentieth century photographic portraits. They seem rather to emerge from some dark void. In each painting, the face of at least one of the sitters is...

Sam McKinniss

Sam McKinniss’s fun and fey array of subjects—friends, celebrities, film stills, animals, and floral arrangements—has a lot in common with those of other image-collecting painters like Elizabeth Peyton and Karen Kilimnik. But McKinniss paints with a...

“Something Possible Everywhere”

In 1983, David Wojnarowicz, Mike Bidlo, and other artists started making work in Pier 34, one of the abandoned shipping facilities on New York’s West Side. Andreas Sterzing, a German photojournalist, extensively documented their activities, for a 1984...

The Digitized Museum

Introducing A.i.A.’s special issue on museums and digital technology, its organizers reflect on how new electronic devices, new institutional policies and programs, and a new emphasis on access, interactivity, and feedback are altering...

Richard Hawkins

Richard Hawkins's painted ceramic tiles look like fragmented ornaments rescued from the temple of a cult that held abjection and profanity sacred. Some are narrative scenes in pastel tones on white; Vomiting Shaman and Heroin Priest (all works 2016)...

Sergei Tcherepnin

Sound installations often have spare physical environments—bare rooms with speakers, maybe a few electronic lights—to focus the listener’s attention on the qualities of their drones and tones. But Sergei Tcherepnin includes sculptures and found...

Heather Guertin

In Heather Guertin’s big paintings, circles swell and overlap, their soft borders visible in translucent, woolly blends. An Appearance, Blue (all works 2016) has the look and coloring of a beach ball. Vision, Indent looks jaunty with bright shades of...

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