Art In America

“Rituals of Rented Island”

The 1970s was a notoriously unruly decade for art in New York. As the city fell into economic decline, derelict SoHo lofts came alive with diffuse artistic practices that defied categorization, melding dance, theater, performance and music into a...

Anti-Oedipus: Pope.L’s “Cage Unrequited”

Patriarchy and fathers are neither synonymous nor mutually exclusive; confronting either is difficult. Pope.L (who has recently dropped "William" from his moniker) addressed both in Cage Unrequited, staged recently at New York's Clemente Soto Vélez...

Samantha Thomas

Abstract painting's meteoric rise to the sine qua non of modern art history was less linear than erratic, a trajectory aptly charted earlier this year in MoMA's "Inventing Abstraction."

Going Viral: Ryan McNamara’s MEƎM

Ryan McNamara's Performa 13 commission, MEƎM: A Story Ballet About the Internet (Nov. 8-12 at New York's Connelly Theater), delivered a fantastical array of choreography culled from YouTube videos, set to a throbbing, addictive soundtrack of...

Kōji Enokura

The work of Japanese artist Kōji Enokura comprises a veritable taxonomy of stains. Enokura's first solo exhibition in North America featured two bodies of work: documentation of ephemeral "interventions" from the early 1970s, when he was affiliated...

My Barbarian

In My Barbarian's recent exhibition, as on the analyst's couch, all roads pointed to one source: the mother. For "Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse," the Los Angeles-based collective—Malik Gaines,...

Contingent Views: Dance at the Kitchen

Dance and Process is one of the Kitchen's longest-running programs. Inaugurated in 1995, the series alloys the familiar artist's residency with the promise of structured feedback, pairing a group of emerging artists with an established choreographer....

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