Art In America

Beverly Semmes

Beverly Semmes became known in the 1990s for overscale dresses that cascade down the wall and flow into the room.

Stan Douglas

History and place have long been muses for Canadian artist Stan Douglas, whose peripatetic, time-traveling work includes film, video, photography and installations. 

Ingrid Calame

Ingrid Calame's luscious, seemingly abstract paintings and drawings incorporate tracings of gritty urban surfaces made on-site, among them graffiti and stains around the Los Angeles River, tire tracks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and cracked...

New Anselm Kiefer Building Opens at MASS MoCA

Formerly displayed on a Connecticut waterfront estate, a major work by Anselm Kiefer is now on view at a Massachusetts museum, where it will remain for over a decade.

Venice Biennale Journeys: Kjartansson and Strachan

At the 55th Venice Biennale, two neighboring projects in the Arsenale, one by Iceland's Ragnar Kjartansson and one by Tavares Strachan, from the Bahamas—idiosyncratic and adventurous artists, hailing from small island nations far from the art...

Ragnar Kjartansson

Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson's nine-screen installation The Visitors (2012) is a pop-music video in extremis, breaking every protocol for the genre.

Olafur Eliasson

With its stark beauty, raw geologic power and captivating natural phenomena, Iceland has long been both subject and muse for Olafur Eliasson, whose parents are Icelandic, although he was born and raised in Copenhagen.

Susan Philipsz

Franz Schreker (1878-1934), the Austrian composer, conductor, professor and director of the Musikhochschule in Berlin, was a major cultural figure in the pre-Nazi era.

Richard Tuttle

In her catalogue essay accompanying Richard Tuttle's 2005 exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, curator Madeleine Grynsztejn locates Tuttle, with his spare works, simple materials and "mystic" inclinations, as part of "the tradition...

Expanded Poetry with Tan Lin

Last week, a standing room-only crowd experienced a delightfully idiosyncratic poetry reading by poet, author and video artist Tan Lin. He didn't recite the texts—combinations of composed lines, bibliographic citations, and all manner of snippets...

Shoplifter's Hairiest Situation Yet

You won't find Kanekalon, a synthetic fiber commonly used in artificial hair, on many checklists—which is just part of the reason it's the chief material in New York-based Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir's site-specific Nervescape,...

dOCUMENTA (13): Books, Afghanistan and Both

One of the excellent things about dOCUMENTA (13) is how the curator, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, laces the exhibition with multiple themes and enthusiasms, which makes for eventful and compelling viewing. She is like a conductor before a symphony...

Art on the Tracks at dOCUMENTA

Since 1991 Kassel's Hauptbahnhof is no longer an important hub, or even the city's "main station"; that was the year when Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe opened a couple miles away, connecting the city with high-speed trains. The Hauptbahnhof is still in...

A Walk in the dOCUMENTA Park

Throughout its history, documenta has at times featured artworks in the sprawling Karlsaue Park, just down the hill from the Fridericianum and outside the Orangerie, but never on the scale and magnitude that occurs with dOCUMENTA (13). One of...

Letters from Documenta

This 13th version of the mighty documenta-this year it's dOCUMENTA (13)- held every five years in the relatively small township of Kassel, Germany, begins with a gentle but pronounced wind. As you enter the Fridericianum, historically the exhibition's...

James Benning

Immersive experiences in nature have long had a special allure in the American tradition, offering the promise of freedom; a simpler, unfettered life; psychological invigoration and spiritual illumination. "In the woods, we return to reason and...

Ricarda Roggan

There is a significant backstory to the captivating new large-format color photographs in Ricarda Roggan's recent exhibition "Set/Reset." While traveling in Cyprus, Roggan stumbled upon some defunct, dust-covered arcade games in a burned-down bar.

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