Art In America

“Blackness in Abstraction”

Last year, researchers at Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery examined Malevich’s Black Square (1915) with an X-ray. Beneath the surface layers of paint they found some Cubist compositions, as well as a faint inscription in the artist’s hand: “Negroes battling...

From the A.i.A. Archives: Representing Race

In our September 2011 issue, art historian Sue Taylor tackled the subject of Malvina Hoffman's infamous Field Museum bronzes in a book review of Marianne Kinkel's Races of Mankind: The Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman.

Skowhegan School Unveils Permanent Manhattan Outpost

Almost 70 years after its foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture has secured a permanent home in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. The new 5,000-square-foot space provides the school with programming and event space, storage space...

Swann Offers African-American Modern and Contemporary

"These small, dancing, calligraphic figures make Lewis's paintings highly desirable, and we've never seen a painting this large from the '50s with such a concentration of them," department head Nigel Freeman said, speaking with A.i.A. by phone last...

Schoonmaker Named Chief Curator at Duke’s Nasher Museum

Trevor Schoonmaker has been named to the newly created position of chief curator at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, N.C. He also remains the museum's founding curator of contemporary art, a position he has held since 2006. Schoonmaker...

National Academy Announces 2013 Academicians

The National Academy Museum & School has announced its newly elected members for 2013, a group of artists and architects chosen for their significant contributions to contemporary American art and architecture.

The Museum Is a School: Colby Museum of Art

As Colby College, in Waterville, Me., turns 200 this year, the ColbyMuseum of Art also celebrates becoming the largest museum in the stateand unveils a major gift of American art.

Kara Walker Artwork Censored at Newark Library

An artwork by Kara Walker on loan from a private collection to the Newark Public Library has shocked some library employees and was, from late November until today, hidden from view under a cloth.

Races of Mankind: The Sculptures of Malvina Hoffman

With studios in New York and Paris, a band of assistants, gold medals and other distinctions, sculptor Malvina Hoffman (1885[?]-1966) was at the height of her career when, at a dinner party in Chicago in 1929, she importuned Stanley Field for work. He...

Having a Ball in Brooklyn

Some 600 people were in attendance at the first annual Brooklyn Artists Ball, held Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Museum. Dumbo-based Situ Studio wrapped the Great Hall's columns with white fabric and fitted them with narrow white benches. Perched on...

Tsunami Africa

The author wonders if, in abandoning its earlier focus on crafts and now tackling the African diaspora in a rambling exhibition, the Museum of Arts and Design has overstepped its mission.

Kiki Smith in Her Natural Habitat

Opening a Kiki Smith exhibition at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art seems like the obvious choice for the Brooklyn Museum, being as the artist is the reigning queen of feminist art in America. On Thursday night, Smith accepted yet...

Cape Town Rises: CAPE 09

Cape Town's biennial, now in its second incarnation, is attempting to address some of these local deficiencies and disparitiesin a particular domain of the very privileged, and in this country, the almost exclusively white: contemporary art.

From the Archives: De(i)fying the Masters

Over the past 15 years, painter Kehinde Wiley has become internationally known for his works combining realistic renderings of contemporary African-Americans and motifs from European portraiture. For A.i.A.’s April 2005 issue, art historian, curator...

From the Archives: Reading Ruscha

All through the sixties when large scale signaled "art," when painting and sculpture with macho insistence got bigger and bigger and even the domain of the personal was admired for size (Andy Warhol's retinue), Edward Ruscha continued to produce,...

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