Art In America

Liz Glynn

Objects, Italo Calvino observed, have a mysterious power. Drop a detailed description of an object into a wayward, boring story, and the narrative comes to life. 

Michael E. Smith

It is possible to summarize what Michael E. Smith does in a single statement: he puts odd objects in odd places.

Michael Wang

Before writing this review, I did the requisite Googling, looking up the three historical objects referenced in Michael Wang's show "Global Tone": a sculpture of a bison commissioned by Hermann Göring, a Hiroshima memorial by Isamu Noguchi and a gown...

Frances Stark

"What is it that an artist does when he is left alone in his studio?" Bruce Nauman famously asked. "My conclusion was that if I was an artist and I was in the studio, then everything I was doing in the studio should be art. . . . From that point...

Jeffrey Gibson

Remember cultural hybridity? From the late '80s to the mid-'90s, it was all the rage. Work by artists such as Edgar Heap of Birds, Jimmie Durham and David Hammons (categorized as "multicultural") combined ethnic motifs with a contemporary visual...

Demand's Mirror

Thomas Demand's photo essays rely on hand-built paper replicas of controversial sites stripped bare of identifiers. 

Photography Objet Manque

Creating sculptures and installations to be photographed and then dismantled, some contemporary artists put a fresh spin on the notion of photographic truth.

Andy Coolquitt

Just inside the door during Andy Coolquitt’s recent show, a rolled-up length of foam offered a comfortable seat. Leaning against the walls, as if ready to be picked up and used, were a broom handle, a table leg and some wooden slats. Stretching...

Lil Picard

“Is there something inherently stimulating in the poetry called ‘minor,’” John Ashbery once asked, “something it can do for us when major poetry can only wring its hands?” This question came to mind as I was perusing the videos, sculptures and...

Johannes Vanderbeek

For his second solo at Zach Feuer, titled “Another Time Man,” New York-based artist Johannes VanDerBeek divided the gallery into three sections, filling them with ad hoc, slightly manic assemblages that, according to the poetic (and lengthy) press...

Valerie Hegarty

Valerie Hegarty is known for work that gently ribs art historical precedent. About five years ago, she was making irreverent hybrids of painting and sculpture: a framed landscape resembling Bierstadt, for example, sprouting fake leaves and branches.

Jimmy Raskin

Jimmy Raskin’s lush work may capitalize on a liberal use of glitter and eye-popping colors, but it was a struggle to make sense of the conceptual underpinnings of his recent exhibition. One gathered from the single-spaced, three-page-long press...

Hannah Wilke

Hannah Wilke (1940-1993) is best known for her performative work: the “Starification Object Series,” begun in 1974, in which she photographed herself with vaginal-shaped pieces of chewed gum stuck to various parts of her body; Through the Large Glass,...

David Adamo

David Adamo’s solo show of 13 sculptures and one painting conjured either an artist’s studio or the isolated cave of a mystic. A knee-high barrier built of stones extended from the gallery’s entrance through its long hallway before trailing off...

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