Art In America

Siebren Versteeg

What is an artist to do when more art is being produced than ever before, and billions of digital images are sent, consumed, and copied each day? Siebren Versteeg's response has been to partially automate his process. He develops software to create...

“Formal Complaint”

The works of the five artists included in “Formal Complaint” render simple forms—lines, circles, planes—in rugged construction materials. The slender steel rods of Christopher Hanrahan’s “Catalogue” series dangle mid-air, connected at acute angles by...

General Idea

Gay nightlife gave rise to the drag ball as an underground simulation of female celebrity. General Idea, the Toronto-based art collective, did something similar with its Miss General Idea pageant, though only one of the four winners of the annual...

Michaela Eichwald

The imposing painting Frank und Pflaumi haben einen Traum (Frank and Plfaumi Have a Dream, 2017) greets visitors to Michaela Eichwald’s show. It’s a playful exercise in heraldry, where slapdash execution coyly undermines the monumental scale and...

“Sputterances”

Often, a group show organized by an artist simply offers insight into the tastes and influences of its curator. “Sputterances,” with works selected by Sanya Kantarovsky, feels like something more. Certainly, the caricaturist’s line, fanciful subject...

Yuji Agematsu

For thirty years, Yuji Agematsu has been collecting garbage from the streets of New York and preserving his haul in museological displays. He bypasses the bulky stuff of Combines; each thing he takes could fit in a pocket. The subject matter could be...

Sarah Charlesworth

Sarah Charlesworth (1947–2013) treated photography as a weird science, producing perfectly toned, spectral images. "Natural Magic" (1992–93) is a series of bright, crisply colored Cibachrome prints of isolated objects that appear on stark black fields...

Haroon Mirza

Google’s DeepDream is a pattern-recognition program that trains artificially intelligent machines to see faces and objects. Images processed by DeepDream have iridescent scales shimmering and swirling over their surfaces, as doglike eyes and snouts...

Martha Friedman

A lithe male dancer deftly maneuvers a thick cluster of rubber ropes that suspend him from the ceiling of an artist’s studio. He uses the restraints to elevate himself, then drop toward the floor, where a grid of metal hooks presents an ominous risk...

“Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center”

In 1942, after learning about the order to intern Japanese citizens and Japanese-Americans living in the western US, Isamu Noguchi volunteered to live at the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona. It wasn’t just an act of solidarity; Noguchi hoped...

“Looking Back: The Eleventh White Columns Annual”

“Worst year ever” was a verdict passed down by many as 2016 drew to a close. But Anne Doran, artist and senior editor at ARTNews, has salvaged highlights of last year’s New York exhibition calendar for this edition of the White Columns Annual. First...

Johan Grimonprez

Belgian artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez assembled blue orchids (2017) from footage of interviews he conducted while working on Shadow World, a documentary about the arms trade that premiered last year. The sustained attention to two...

Sergei Eisenstein

Drawing is an intimate art, cinema an industrial one. Sergei Eisenstein obsessively practiced both. He generated ideas by sketching sets and shots, and in his leisure he made doodles that reveal a wicked erotic imagination. The latter drawings were...

Weird Main Character: Walter K. Scott’s Playlist

Canadian artist Walter K. Scott is the subject of the "First Look" column in our January issue. Wendy's Revenge, his second volume of collected comic-strips, was published by Koyama Press last November. Here, Scott introduces a compilation of videos...

Paul Kopkau

For Paul Kopkau’s first solo exhibition, Company has covered its floor with blue pile carpeting, and the prickly softness primes the viewer for the deeply, diversely textured works on the walls. Kopkau has painted brown monochromes on assemblages of...

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...

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