Art In America

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...

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.

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