Art In America

Creativity and Commerce

The relationship between creativity and commerce has always been vexed—perhaps never more so than today.

Sue Scott and Meulensteen Galleries Will Shutter

Two New York galleries—Sue Scott Gallery on the Lower East Side and Meulensteen Gallery in Chelsea—will close later this summer. Yesterday, Sue Scott Gallery at 1 Rivington Street announced that the current shows, "Eli Gabriel Halpern:  Do It...

Can Art Change Lives

It’s rare these days to find critics squaring off for a no-holds-barred match over matters of principle. So it was exhilarating to see Claire Bishop and Grant Kester butt heads in the spring of 2006 over the issue of participatory art.

Martha Wilson

“At 50,” George Orwell declared, “everyone has the face he deserves.” Plastic surgery and Botox notwithstanding, age leaves its imprint, a fact that continues to impact women in our culture more powerfully than men. In this hilarious and pointed...

David Wojnarowicz

This selection of works from 1979 to '90 by David Wojnarowicz, which included paintings, photographs, sculpture and video, was put together by P.P.O.W. co-owners Wendy Olsoff and Penny Pilkington, who were the artist's gallerists during his brief...

Ai Weiwei Still Detained, Rears Heads in NY

While Ai Weiwei continues to be held incommunicado by Chinese authorities, his Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was inaugurated yesterday in the basin of the Pulitzer Fountain, situated in front of the Plaza Hotel at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue in...

Luis Camnitzer

Though there are hints in this exhibition of the darker issues that have frequently populated Luis Camnitzer’s work—among them torture, colonialism and abuse of power—this show presents a surprisingly lighthearted take on this underappreciated...

Leslie Thornton

On the surface, the works in this exhibition appeared to be a celebration of technology. The heart of the show involved the digital transformations of short clips of wildlife footage into kaleidoscopic patterns. However, it was hard not to apply a...

Stephen G Rhodes

The press release for this exhibition consists of an annotated excerpt from a text by 18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant. Deliberately translated poorly by the artist, the text is almost nonsensical, recalling those literal Google translations....

Stuart Hawkins

If it sounds too good to be true, it is. This dour cliché, recited in mellifluous tones by the narrator of Stuart Hawkins's droll video Broken Welcome (2011), has become the mantra of our recent world-wide economic debacle.

Ilene Segalove

In droll collages and low-budget videos produced mostly in the 1970s and '80s, and recently on view at Andrea Rosen, Ilene Segalove reflects on her Beverly Hills childhood. As presented here, her early years were shaped by a proximity to Hollywood...

Luis Camnitzer

Though there are hints in this exhibition of the darker issues that have frequently populated Luis Camnitzer's work—among them torture, colonialism and abuse of power—this show presents a surprisingly lighthearted take on this underappreciated Latin...

Feng Mengbo

With his 80-foot-long digital wall installation The Long March: Restart, Feng Mengbo amends Karl Marx's famous dictum: here history repeats itself not as farce but as kitsch. Feng disavows the label Political Pop, bestowed on those members of...

Roxy Paine

Connecting with art professionals and general audiences alike, Paine creates nature-based sculptures that evoke titanic forces and Emersonian themes. 

Shoja Azari

Since Warhol, art’s flirtations with popular imagery have often been associated with entertainment and consumerism. If politi­cal at all, they take the form of commodity critiques that accept a global capitalist system as a given. So it is bracing...

The Warhol of Our Minds

Sotheby’s sale in November of Andy Warhol’s 1962 painting 200 One Dollar Bills, for $43.7 million, was a signal not only that the art market is roaring back but that fascination with Warhol has never gone away.

Magdalena Abakanowicz

Like discarded husks, Magdalena Abakanowicz’s representations of the human form always seem used up, dried out and left as refuse. The Polish sculptor is well known for her hollow burlap, bronze and plaster effigies, presented as fragments of the...

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