Art In America

Bodies in the Expanded Field: Animation at the Hirshhorn

“I am the mouth that produces waves,” intones a disembodied pair of lips, half-submerged in a rippling lagoon. “My words are the vibrations that produce waves of pressure and displacement.” When visitors enter the basement galleries of the Hirshhorn...

Rainbow Brain: The Visual Poetry of Martin Wong

The revelatory retrospective of Martin Wong at the Bronx Museum focuses on his painting at the expense of his poetry. Language is all over his paintings, from graffiti to inscriptions to sentences spelled out by pudgy hands forming the letters of the...

Stewart Uoo

The three wall-mounted sculptures in Stewart Uoo's "Curtain Moment" series have the dimensions and hardware of window treatments, but the frilly excess of their ornamentation evokes the sort of over-decorated theater where you might see an old...

Atlas Moscow: Refuseniks and Apparatchiks

Artists' fiercely outrageous, often politically charged public actions galvanized the Russian cultural scene in the 1990s. Today, organizations like the private V-A-C Foundation seek to alter the urban fabric—both physical and social—in subtler, more...

The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: an artist talk by Tauba Auerbach at UrbanGlass; a lecture on our contemporary era of feudal post-globalism by Norman M. Klein; a program of woman musicians and...

Lisa Oppenheim

"Landscape" and "portrait" are genres of painting, or orientations of a digital camera that optimize the organization of data in image files. The terms’ mashup in the title of Lisa Oppenheim’s series “Landscape Portraits” (2016) suggests a confusion...

Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

There was more art to see than I’d expected when I arrived at the 6th Moscow Biennale five days into its 10-day run. Bart de Baere, director of Antwerp’s Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, had spoken openly about the constraints he faced as the biennial’s...

Jérôme Bel and Performa 15’s Light Touch

Jérôme Bel's Ballet (New York) is a cute little piece. For his Performa 15 commission, the French conceptual choreographer cast 13 dancers and asked them to interpret a handful of genres.

Atlas Moscow: Good Neighbors

The government's rejuvenation of neighborhood exhibition spaces and the opening of the new, privately financed Garage Museum of Contemporary Art signal an updating of Russian cultural policy.

Pavilion Problems

What is there in the history of the Venice Biennale—or in its current procedures—that dampens the quality of so many national displays?

Stages of Laughter 2 - Amy Sillman

Artists Aki Sasamoto, Amy Sillman and Martine Syms along with comedian Kate Berlant reflect on the pleasures and perils of their unorthodox modes of "performance."

Cruising and Beyond

One of the features spotlighting the Whitney Museum's new site in A.i.A.'s May issue is "Cruising the Waterfront," in which artist and writer Jonathan Weinberg considers the history of art and activism in the Meatpacking District in the 1970s and...

Ryan McNamara

Galleries are where performance art goes to die. Ryan McNamara knows this, and does what he can to animate his work’s remains. 

Man of Letters

Author and installation artist Paul Chan, winner of this year's Hugo Boss Prize, launched his maverick publishing venture Badlands Unlimited to expore the nature of the book, the disruptive roles of pornography and genre fiction, and the tangled...

The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this weekend: a reading of a new dictionary by Women Inc.; a poetry reading in conjunction with a Robert Barry exhibition; a discussion on post-Internet art process with...

Reading and Rumor: The Problem with Kenneth Goldsmith

At Interrupt 3, a conference on poetry and digital media at Brown University in Providence, Kenneth Goldsmith read the autopsy of Michael Brown, the teenager who was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014.

Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson

Easternsports (2014) is a collaborative installation by Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson with two and a half hours of atmospheric video on four channels, and a disjointed essay-poem of tens of thousands of words running through the subtitles.

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