Art In America

Ronald Lockett

The assemblage paintings and sculptural objects of Ronald Lockett (1965–1998) often depict animals or figures, constructed of found tin and wood, nails, paint, and sealing compound. With titles like Civil Rights MarchersHiroshimaVerge of...

A.R. Penck

German artist A.R. Penck’s paintings from the late 1960s and ’70s, which display stick figures and rudimentary markings, are today widely regarded as emblems of postwar existential angst and Cold War discontent. 

Asger Jorn

The best-known works by Danish artist Asger Jorn (1914–1973) are eccentric, quasi-abstract paintings featuring wildly distorted faces, figures, and animals executed with feverish brushwork in acid colors. A founding member of the short-lived but...

Fausto Melotti

This museum-quality overview of works by Italian artist Fausto Melotti (1901–1986) contained thirty-eight major sculptures, installations, and drawings, representing most phases of the artist’s long career. Organized by former Hammer Museum chief...

A Dialogue with Nature: Dennis Oppenheim at Storm King

“Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio,” this summer’s major exhibition at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, focuses solely on the artist’s unique engagement with the land. While not a full-scale retrospective, it examines how his...

A Tribute to Tunga (1952-2016)

Inspired by Hellenistic poetry and medieval alchemy, Brazilian artist Tunga created sculptures, installations, and performances over the past three decades that made him one of Brazil’s best known and most influential artists. He had been ill for the...

Otto Piene

While works by German-born Otto Piene (1928–2014), a pioneer of process art, have been on view lately in gallery and museum shows devoted to the Zero group, the short-lived avant-garde movement he cofounded in Germany in the late 1950s, Sperone...

Lari Pittman

With the intensity and drive of a visionary, Los Angeles painter Lari Pittman has been honing a forceful and idiosyncratic approach to picture-making for more than three decades. His quasi-abstract imagery often harbors acerbic commentary addressing...

Enrico Baj

Italian artist Enrico Baj (pronounced buy) made his New York debut in 1960, when Marcel Duchamp and André Breton included his work in "Surrealist Intrusion in the Enchanter's Domain," a group exhibition at D'Arcy Galleries.

Max Ernst

A Dada pioneer and one of the most influential Surrealist painters, Max Ernst was not well recognized as a sculptor until late in his career, in the 1960s. Ernst (1891-1976) contributed to 20th-century painting a formidable array of technical...

Gianni Piacentino

This recent mini survey of Italian artist Gianni Piacentino (b. 1945), a rather renegade member of the original Arte Povera group, featured nine major works spanning nearly five decades, from 1965 to 2013. The show was a pared-down version of a 2013...

Josiah McElheny

Josiah McElheny has never been content with his widely acknowledged status as a master craftsman in the medium of glass. His approach has been consistently that of an experimental sculptor and installation artist. In “Josiah McElheny: Paintings,” he...

Martin Wong’s Legacy on View in the Bronx

A sprawling and dazzling survey of paintings by Martin Wong opened yesterday at the Bronx Museum. The first—and long overdue—retrospective of the artist's work since his untimely death from AIDS-related causes in 1999, at age 53, the show features...

Jack Pierson

A basic appreciation of abstract painting might begin with allowing oneself to be seduced by the formal elements of composition—color, shape, line and texture. To be actually moved by such work, emotionally pulled in, one has to be accepting of—if not...

Mary Weatherford

A selection of eight sprawling paint-and-neon-light canvases by Mary Weatherford was an inspired choice for inaugurating this Lower East Side gallery’s cavernous new satellite space in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Matthew Barney in La La Land

The subject of a major museum exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as a gallery show of new works at Regen Projects, New York-based artist Matthew Barney is a formidable presence in southern California at the moment.

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