Art In America

Issues & Commentary: The Artist Formerly Known as Cherokee

Just as Rachel Dolezal's position at the NAACP did not give her a pass to misidentify herself as African American, neither should Jimmie Durham's work on behalf of Native people be confused with confirmation of his tribal affiliation.

Issues & Commentary: Jonathan Griffin Responds

The fact that I—like so many others—was oblivious to the extraordinary claims of “ethnic fraud” in Durham’s narrative raises troubling questions about who gets to write art history, about the effectiveness of our archives, and about whose voices are...

Elements from the Actual World

Jimmie Durham's wryly humorous sculptures, paintings, and drawings can be seen as the composite self-portrait of a man with a contentious relationship to all ethnic and national identifiers. 

Atlas Stavanger: Norwegian Tags

British-born artist Martyn Reed’s annual NuArt Festival has made street art a dominant force in Norway’s fourth-largest city.

Walking the Armory with Jenny Jaskey

On Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. sharp, Jenny Jaskey met me at New York’s blustery Pier 94 for the Armory Show preview. Jaskey, the director and curator of The Artist's Institute—a Hunter College-affiliated nonprofit that mounts six-month...

Jimmie Durham

Where art and nature intersect used to be a contested ground. With the familiarity of sculpture as found-object assemblage, the junction has become an undifferentiated confluence.

Venice Biennale Artist List Announced

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, head of exhibitions at New York's New Museum, "The Encyclopedic Palace" is named after a piece by self-taught Italian-American artist Marino Auriti. The work was an architectural model for an imaginary museum that was...

The Suzanne Lacy Network

At times enlisting multitudes of participants for her performances, Lacy blurs the boundary between activism and art. 

The Documenta List Is Leaked, Includes Dali

A partial list of artists being featured in dOCUMENTA (13) has been released. dOCUMENTA (13) opens to the public June 9 in Kassel, Germany, and will include over 150 artists representing 55 countries.

Jeffrey Gibson

Remember cultural hybridity? From the late '80s to the mid-'90s, it was all the rage. Work by artists such as Edgar Heap of Birds, Jimmie Durham and David Hammons (categorized as "multicultural") combined ethnic motifs with a contemporary visual...

Currents in Sculpture Circa 2011

Art in America's critics write their way through the best of 2011. We've asked leaders in the fine arts to highlight the top works in their areas of special focus. Fionn Meade is a curator and writer based in New York. He is a faculty member at the...

Jeanette Ingberman, Exit Art Founder, Has Died

Jeanette Ingberman, cofounder and executive director of the nonprofit Exit Art, died yesterday, Aug. 24, of complications from leukemia. She was 59. She and her husband, Papo Colo, founded Exit Art in 1982 in New York's SoHo as an alternative space...

Jimmie Durham Talks Teeth With Orozco

Artist Jimmie Durham once created a collaborative sculpture with Gabriel Orozco that established a tone of sacrifice and renewal which would continue in Durham work. It was years ago, in New York, and the work involved a bag of buttons and a few of...

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