Art In America

“Fritto Misto”

Frying has a homogenizing effect: it makes both plants and animals soft and oily, and both take on the flavor and crunch and sandy look of the crispy batter that coats them. The summer group show can homogenize, too, by saturating artworks with a...

Bruce Conner

“Bruce Conner: It’s All True” is a generous tour of through the work of one of the most fascinating figures of postwar American art. Working at the fringes of the institutional art world, Conner was constantly in pursuit of new modes of expressing the...

“Blackness in Abstraction”

Last year, researchers at Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery examined Malevich’s Black Square (1915) with an X-ray. Beneath the surface layers of paint they found some Cubist compositions, as well as a faint inscription in the artist’s hand: “Negroes battling...

Raul de Nieves

Raul de Nieves’s “El Rio” is a raucous sanctuary gathering new works and old ones dating back to 2007—drawings and paintings, two- and three-dimensional assemblages, beaded ceremonial robes, and rock gardens where colorful, artificial geodes...

Bunny Rogers

Bunny Rogers creates quirky, sentimental environments where the openings in the backs of plastic chairs look like weepy eyes, and a wine-damp mop becomes a prostrate mourner. She doesn’t anthropomorphize objects so much as remind us that feeling is...

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman’s work has always been about time. She exaggerates photography’s tension between past and present tense, between the vague memory of something you might have seen and what you’re seeing now, between the image’s subjunctive of what...

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

The German Romantic poet Heinrich von Kleist wrote that the marionette has a grace that humans can never attain, since it performs without self-doubt. But Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller manage to make their puppets approximate awareness. In The...

Thornton Dial

This exhibition, a selection of canvases spanning three decades, is the first presentation of Thornton Dial’s work since he died earlier this year. The self-taught artist made assemblages with scrap materials he found at his job as a metalworker. The...

Coming Up Roses: Alex Da Corte at MASS MoCA

Alex Da Corte adapts his work to the environments where he exhibits it, developing total installations that respond to the spirit and space of the venue. For “Free Roses,” his first museum survey, the Philadelphia-based artist has absorbed the...

Maggie Lee

Hamsters only live for two or three years. Childhood is almost as brief, and when you look back on it as an adult you see yourself as someone else, a smaller body with another life that ended long ago. Maggie Lee’s new work is suffused with melancholy...

David Hammons

An exhibition of David Hammons’s work spanning five decades most generously features his modified readymades. Perhaps it’s because Mnuchin Gallery makes such an effective foil for them. More than a white cube ever could, the Upper East Side townhouse,...

Cao Fei

Cao Fei’s videos run on hopeless fantasies and unfulfilled promises, showing social arrangements that mirror our own globalized economy of schemes and dreams. Her mid-career retrospective at PS1 features dystopian works whose characters seem to have...

T.J. Wilcox

T.J. Wilcox’s last appearance in New York was “In the Air,” a 2013–14 exhibition at the Whitney Museum that featured a stunning, 360-degree panoramic screen that turned Manhattan’s skyline into a circular world unto itself. His imagination remains at...

David Claerbout

David Claerbout installs scrims to angle out from the wall so that his digital projections fall across them like afternoon sunlight slanting through a window. The placement prompts viewers to actively walk around the images as they observe them, the...

Peter Fischli David Weiss

Fischli and Weiss have always let objects do as they will, appreciating inanimate things for their inhuman strangeness rather than abusing their mute plasticity to make them conform to an alien artistic concept. For “How to Work Better,” their...

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya Kabakov is a bad painter. Emilia, whose support for her husband’s art has earned her equal billing for two decades, doesn’t paint at all. But they keep filling galleries with paintings, as they recently did at Pace, where they presented “The Two...

Karen Kilimnik

In her new paintings and collages, Karen Kilimnik shuffles settings and characters, borrowing theatrical backdrops—or making her own in water-soluble oils—and then rearranging figures on them. Seen as a sequence, the works bring to mind Colorforms,...

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