Art In America

Getting the Lead Out: Mel Chin

At a 1993 conference at New York's Dia Center for the Arts, artist Mel Chin took to the stage and pointed a rifle at the audience. The act deeply impressed Herb Tam, curator at New York's Museum of Chinese in America, when he saw a photograph of the...

Deep in the Art of Texas

Everything sprawls in Dallas, and the Nasher Sculpture Center's 10th-anniversary exhibition, "Nasher XChange," is even livelier and more capacious than a rodeo. The show is scattered over the length and breadth of the city among all socio-economic...

Miami Museum Looks South to Go Global

With a new Herzog and de Meuron-designed building and a new name, the  Pérez Art Museum Miami hopes to make that tropical city a center of the art world. Formerly known as the Miami Art Museum, the institution will be re-named in Pérez's honor when it...

Going Against the Grain: Interview with Sebastian Errazuriz

Some of those included in "Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design" blur the artist-designer distinction. A prime example is Sebastian Errazuriz, who expands the concept of furniture, blending utility, expressionism and personal...

King Herod, Master Builder, at Israel Museum

Since the 2007 discovery of Herod's tomb in the city he built and modestly named Herodium, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem has worked with archeologists and conservators to sift through the dust of massive ruins, piecing together fragments for its...

Veronese in His Element

There couldn't be a more felicitous venue in North America for the exhibition. The circus entrepreneur John Ringling (1866-1936) and his wife Mabel loved Venice and built a Venetian Gothic mansion (Ca' d'Zan, or House of John) on Sarasota Bay. In...

New Art Push at Dartmouth with Hood's Aboriginal Show

"Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art" (through March 10, 2013) showcases for the first time a massive gift to the museum representing, according to the late critic Robert Hughes, "the last...

Contemporary Canadian Art: More than Maple Syrup

Words by hockey player Wayne Gretzky, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been," could have inspired curator Denise Markonish in assembling the forward-looking exhibition "Oh, Canada," on display at MassMoCA through Apr. 1,...

Wish You Were There

When—as a Halloween prank—the painter Charles Clough installed a bright orange masonite arrow on the façade of the venerable Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, just below the neoclassical caryatids, it represented, he says, "my guerilla action,...

Sean Scully Shows New Stripes at the Chazen

With "Sean Scully Paintings and Watercolors" at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisc., through January 15, the abstract painter shows his trademark stripes and experiments with new effects. His signature strips of color recalling architectural...

A Photo Fest Takes Over Toronto

The 15th annual CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada, can't yet compete in prestige or name recognition with fairs in Madrid, Paris, Houston or Arles. But with 1.8 million attendees viewing work by 1,600 artists at 212 venues, it's the...

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