Art In America

Michael Armitage

Armitage critiques not only exoticist tropes of Western artists but also social mores and beliefs prevalent within Africa. 

“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”

“Soul of a Nation” demonstrates different ways black artists from across the United States contended with issues of identity and representation and the role of art in a society pervaded with racism.

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst’s exhibition “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” is like a vast art theme park, a journey into a fantasy world in which myriad mythologies and cultures collide. 

In the Studio: Ryan Gander

With current shows in five countries, British artist Ryan Gander talks about his extremely diverse output—encompassing sculptures, paintings, installations, building interiors, sneaker designs, essays, and more—in light of his proclivity for oddly...

Lubaina Himid

Zanzibar-born British artist, curator, and writer Lubaina Himid has been an important voice on issues of race, gender, identity, and representation in Britain for the past thirty years.

Robert Rauschenberg

“I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” Robert Rauschenberg said in 1964.

James Ensor

Born in 1860 to a British father and Flemish mother, Ensor lived in the Belgian seaside town of Ostend for most of his life, apart from the three years he spent at the fine art academy in Brussels. This rootedness to Ostend, a resort popular in the...

Francis Alÿs

“When the operative system of a society collapses, can art bring about an alternative way of thinking . . . ?” Francis Alÿs wrote this question on a notebook page reproduced in the brochure accompanying “Ciudad Juárez Projects,” his powerful...

Etel Adnan

At the entrance to Etel Adnan’s survey exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, “The Weight of the World,” were three large-scale tapestries from 2015 and 2016 depicting natural themes in joyful splashes of color—the sea at low tide, an autumn forest,...

Park McArthur

In a recent talk at Tate Modern, New York–based artist Park McArthur recounted how Virgin Trains had given her two five-pound vouchers as compensation for a delayed journey from Glasgow caused by someone throwing themselves onto the tracks. This...

John Akomfrah

Ghana-born British filmmaker John Akomfrah garnered international acclaim with his haunting film Vertigo Sea(2015), one of the highlights of last year’s Venice Biennale. Through a rich lattice of references ranging fromMoby-Dick to the slave trade,...

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