Art In America

Squeegee Master Gerhard Richter Revealed in New Documentary

"It's pointless to talk about painting," says Gerhard Richter, partway through Gerhard Richter Painting, a poignant new documentary. Cologne-based filmmaker Corinna Belz's feature-length portrait of one of the world's most celebrated and ...

Portugal Looks Downtown

What exactly do we call Portugal Arte, the month-long show of contemporary art in and around Lisbon that opened this past weekend? It's casually being described as a biennial, although there's neither a unifying theme nor a guarantee that it will be...

McDermott and McGough Compromise With the Past

Some people worry that art is stuck in the past—McDermott & McGough wouldn't have it any other way. For three decades, the artist duo have immersed themselves for years at a time in bygone eras: renovating a Gilded Age apartment, say, or an...

Tricks on the Brain?

For L.A.-based street artist Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash, art is "simple" and the key to curating an exhibition is "Bring, bring, bring." The art world refuses to take him seriously, but the Frenchman tries not to let that get to him. It's...

Kehinde Wiley Sticks a Fork in Art Basel

On Sunday night, as Miami Basel's last lights were winking out, Kehinde Wiley was bopping around the back yard of the Shore Club in a floral-print suit, grinning, smoking, and greeting guests. He was hosting his annual closing-night fish fry.

The Tenor of Julius Shulman

Without photos, even a perfect work of architecture can feel incomplete: it's a mute poet, a star without her close-up. Visual Acoustics, a new documentary about the late Julius Shulman, shows how one photographer not only captured and popularized but...

National Healing

Last night's National Arts Awards decorated a wide range of the creative world's heavy hitters. Ed Ruscha, Salman Rushdie, Robert Redford, and arts patrons Sidney Harman and Bank of America's Anne Finucane got kudos for their contributions to a sector...

Stealing the Show: Albert Barnes

The soundtrack of the new, muckraking art-world documentary The Art of the Steal, which screens tonight at the New York Film Festival, is laced with plot-thickening compositions by Philip Glass. The real background noise, though, is the clamor of...

Best in the Studio: The Art of Sam Francis

In The Painter Sam Francis, a documentary that opens today at Anthology Film Archives, there's footage of this major Abstract Expressionist at work in his studio and at rest in his backyard. Painting by instinct, seemingly pouring himself onto the...

Con Artist: The Story of Mark Kostabi

What are we to make of it then when Kostabi tells filmmaker Michael Sladek in “Con Artist,” Sladek’s new documentary about him, that he’s uncomfortable with the film’s title?

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