Art In America

Las Vegas Revisited

Artist, writer, and former A.i.A. editor Brian O'Doherty visits the Neon Museum in a now transformed Las Vegas, searching for the great roadside signs he lauded in a 1972 article.    

“The Bush Have Ears: Leonard Daley and Ras Dizzy”

Works by the late artists Ras Dizzy (1932–2008) and Leonard Daley (1930–2006) boldly exemplify what it means to be products of a culture's philosophy while acknowledging its varied nuances. Born in Jamaica in the 1930s, when Rastafarianism was on the...

Pentti Monkkonen

Before there were art schools and galleries in Los Angeles, there were murals. The tradition has a long and distinguished history, dating from the city’s eighteenth-century Hispanic founders, and it continues to thrive and evolve. LA-based artist...

Made in LA

The third iteration of the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA biennial—organized by the museum’s Aram Moshayedi and the Renaissance Society’s Hamza Walker—proposed a current art scene that is much more diverse, with artists whose backgrounds and practices are...

Concrete Future

The Met Breuer, housed in the revamped concrete building that Marcel Breuer designed for the Whitney Museum, launched with a survey show whose “unfinished” theme chimes with the rough materiality of the modernist architectural landmark.

Through Color

An African-American woman who turned to painting full-time at age sixty-nine, Alma Thomas faced many professional barriers—and overcame them all with her colorful mosaiclike abstractions.

Armory Show Cofounder Paul Morris Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

Paul Morris, who directed the Armory Show from 1994 to 2012, revisits the earliest days of the fair, when he bribed a hotel employee with Scotch, scheduled manicure appointments and, per his recollection, had no idea what he was doing.  

The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a dance piece choreographed by niv Acosta on the theme of Afrofuturism; a screening of Argentinian director Benjamín Naishtat's film El Movimiento; a panel...

Rebecca Morris

In their visual convolutions, the compelling canvases in Rebecca Morris’s exhibition “Rose Cut” allude to the title, which she adopted from the rose-like, multifaceted style of diamond that appears in her engagement ring. The show smacked of a campy...

Lines of Thought

Examining Agnes Martin's traveling retrospective, her recent biographer considers how the formal and spiritual universals the painter sought arose out of the personal conditions she suppressed.

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.

Coney Island Forever

The democratic multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-class hurly-burly of American leisure since the mid-1800s is reflected in a traveling museum exhibition about Coney Island. 

“No Vacancies”

Lisa Williamson is at least 40 years younger than the other artists in the atmospheric group show "No Vacancies," but her sculptures and collages don't appear out of sync. The Los Angeles-based artist, born in 1977, is represented by three white...

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, better known simply as Monir, has long believed in the transcendental possibilities of mirrors.

The Breuer Effect

In 1966, A.i.A. devoted four articles in its September-October issue to the then-new Whitney Museum designed by Marcel Breuer. Architectural historian Timothy M. Rohan discusses the views of our writers, who characterized the massive building as a...

John Armleder

Inappropriately enough, in the 1980s, John Armleder was briefly associated with the Neo-Geo movement. The geometric idiom in painting is chiefly a means of closing down the arbitrariness of subjective decision-making, whereas Armleder has always been...

Alma Thomas

Though she was the first African-American woman to receive a solo exhibition at an American museum—at the Whitney, in 1972—the abstract painter Alma Thomas (1891-1978) is underknown today. "Moving Heaven & Earth," her second solo show at Rosenfeld,...

Memphis Group

Faces break into smiles encountering the far-out furniture of the Memphis Group, the Italian design collective officially active between 1981 and 1986. 

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