Art In America

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,...

Aïda Ruilova

A finger probes an open mouth, circling the lips and touching the teeth’s hard edges. One tooth left of center juts out, untamed by orthodontics, making the mouth look even more open by exposing an extra sliver of its blackness in the back. Aïda...

On the Edge: The Lure of Coney Island

In A.i.A.’s October issue, Jonathan Weinberg wrote about the traveling exhibition “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008,” noting that “people still come to Coney Island to escape the heat, but also in search of an ‘anti-Disney...

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...

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