Art In America

Tomoaki Ishihara

Tomoaki Ishihara has been an important, cutting-edge artist since the 1980s.

Gutai: Splendid Playground

The burst of energy that was Gutai, far from being an isolated Japanese phenomenon following World War II, was akin to Happenings in the U.S. and to Informel, CoBrA and other experimental movements in Europe.

Kathy Butterly Wins Smithsonian Award

Born in 1963 in Amityville, N.Y., Butterly received her BFA from Moore College in Philadelphia and her MFA from the University of California, Davis. This is the first time the award has been granted to an artist working in ceramics; previous ...

Beyond Cute

This book was written for me-or those like me who wish they better knew the ins and outs of the Japanese art world of the last 20 years.

Chihiro Minato

This show was a superb dialogue between art and site. The gallery, at the Chohouin Buddhist temple in one of Tokyo's old neighborhoods, is an experience in itself. It is entered through a low door that requires bowing; next is a hallway paved with...

Noriyuki Haraguchi

While this was not Noriyuki Haraguchi's first New York show, he's little known here, which is not the case in Japan. He was one of the students involved in the important Mono-ha movement in the late '60s and early '70s and has exhibited regularly...

Elegance and Flamboyance at the Armory: Walking SOFA

 Much of the buzz at the opening night of the 15th edition of the SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art) fair on Thursday, April 19, was in praise of the exhibition design by New York architect David Ling. Giving the historic Park Avenue Armory...

Sharon Louden

In creating a new installation for the reopening last fall of the enlarged Weis- man Art Museum (WAM), artist Sharon Louden was commissioned to take inspiration from the WAM building itself, Frank Gehry’s 1993 warm-up for Bilbao, with its...

Yuriko Yamaguchi

Yuriko Yamaguchi’s wall relief Energy gives a searing impression. It suggests a red-hot sun seen from afar or an ember seen up close. A slightly flattened red-and-black circle 10 feet across, it is made up of clumps of resin, which on examination look...

KalliopI Lemos

The work of London-based Greek sculptor Kalliopi Lemos is the subject of a three-part decade survey organized by Maria Maragou, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete and curator of the Greek pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. The...

Natural Encounters: Lee Ufan at the Guggenheim

Days before the opening of his painting and sculpture retrospective at the Guggenheim, as visitors watched from a few feet away, Lee Ufan squatted on a square-ish sheet of glass laid atop a steel plate of the same size and put his arms around a...

Allyson Strafella

From across the room, Allyson Strafella’s drawings look like simple abstract color blocks, somewhere between Milton Avery and Ellsworth Kelly. But what her drawings are really about is paper and repeated actions. Using a typewriter and carbon paper...

Koo Jeong A

A first-time visitor to Dia’s temporary exhibition venue at the Hispanic Society might wonder about the organization’s choice of such a lopsided, pillar-interrupted space. How contrary that the apparent entry into the galleries—a glass door...

Maki Tamura

Maki Tamura’s recent exhibition at James Harris was both lovely and disconcerting. On the walls, Victorian-style wallpaper featured wreaths and medallions, some painted in with animals or human figures. Domestic pleasantness, however, was undercut...

Odili Donald Odita

Eight large-scale paintings on canvas and walls (all 2010), and an earlier piece on Plexiglas, comprised Odili Donald Odita's second solo at Jack Shainman. All nine are showstoppers. Odita continues his angular abstraction and chromatic infusions...

Two Schools of French Jewels

Two French jewelry companies—each, family firms over 100 years old—are currently displaying  historic examples of their wares  in New York museum exhibitions. Van Cleef & Arpels has filled the Cooper-Hewitt's main-floor galleries with diamonds, rubies...

Betty Woodman

"Front/Back," Betty Woodman's first show at Salon 94 in New York, features her signature ceramic forms-vividly painted cylinders with irregularly cut, flat slabs attached as eccentric "handles" or as a concealing frontal plane—and displays the...

Craig Kauffman

The two circular wall sculptures from Craig Kauffman’s “Donut” series, shown in Danese’s smaller gallery during this exhibition of his late work, were from 2001, but they provided the kind of zing moment that has characterized the experience of his...

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