Art In America

“Black Pulp!”

The desire to self-present is often a political one, a reaction against others’ feckless stereotypes. In “Black Pulp!,” curators William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, both artists, have assembled a remarkable collection of printed matter—much on...

Keegan Monaghan

The interminably nosy among us felt right at home in “You decide to take a walk,” Keegan Monaghan’s solo debut at On Stellar Rays. The show’s title work, the lone sculpture, stood in the center of the gallery surrounded by five paintings (all works...

Tschabalala Self

The eight new paintings in “Gut Feelings,” Tschabalala Self’s second solo exhibition at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, portray black women in compositions of acrylic paint, fabric, paper, and fragments of older canvases. Several of the collaged works are...

Kerry James Marshall

Some thirty years ago, Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) decided to create paintings predominantly featuring black figures as a corrective to the white canon. Marshall stayed the course, and this traveling retrospective, which features eighty works...

Matthew Chambers

In his book On Fire (Paper Monument, 2016), Jonathan Griffin interviews ten unlucky artists whose studios burned down, asking what effects the disaster had on their practices. Los Angeles–based Matthew Chambers is one of Griffin’s subjects. He lost...

Peter Shire

Dozens of bright, asymmetrical sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Peter Shire crowd three low white tables in “A Survey of Ceramics: 1970s to the Present” at Derek Eller, making a strong case for a revival of kitschy ’80s aesthetics. An original...

Caitlin Keogh

  Caitlin Keogh’s show brings together twelve new examples of the type of paintings for which she has become known: graphic compositions, rendered with flat acrylics and bold outlines, that engage with historical representations of the female body...

“Goulding the Lolly”

This group show is curated by artist Brian Belott, who asked twenty-four artists to respond to the work of masters from Giotto to Courbet. The results are at times reverent: Alex Chaves’s color-blocked, floral still life is a vivid tribute to Matisse....

“Objecty”

The paintings and sculptures by twelve artists included in the breezy summer group show “Objecty” all possess a handmade quality, and embrace materiality and color. Intimately scaled works seem like everyday scenes or objects but manifest complex...

“Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000”

“Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934–2000” articulates a refreshingly inclusionary capitalist history of art. Organized at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, the traveling exhibition looks at how...

Sadie Benning

The “Green God” in the title of Sadie Benning’s two-pronged exhibition of new works at Callicoon Fine Arts and Mary Boone Gallery appears, at Callicoon, as a gap-toothed, tongue wagging caricature in the painting of the same name. The works in the...

Kirk Mangus

Demonically grinning heads star in the first New York show of American ceramicist Kirk Mangus (1952-2013). The works draw from East Asian traditions, in both technique and form, though the carnivalesque results are anything but traditional. Green...

Everyday Cinderella: “Manus x Machina” with K8 Hardy

“How many slaves did it take to make that?” It was a Wednesday afternoon in early May, and K8 Hardy and I had just entered “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (on view through Aug....

Comics in America: A Panel at Frieze Art Fair

At the 2016 Frieze Art Fair in New York, Nadel and Worth joined A.i.A. editor Julia Wolkoff in a conversation about the intriguing complexity of comics, a format where virtuosic draftsmanship can be fostered under deadline pressure, and expressions of...

Sigmar Polke

It seems that nothing was off-limits for the German artist Sigmar Polke (1941–2010), whose relentless experimentation with materials and forms yielded a prodigious output of eccentric, wildly varying works in all mediums. This selection of thirty...

Heidi Hahn

The women who inhabit the nine vibrant, introspective paintings (all 2015 or 2016) in Heidi Hahn’s exhibition “Bent Idle” embody an array of emotions, their demeanors both infectious and startling. In I Had a Dream of Being Seen and It Looked Like...

Philip Guston

How many artists working today haven’t looked to Philip Guston (1913–1980) for inspiration? Late in his career, the consummate Abstract Expressionist abandoned abstraction for figuration (which he had engaged with early on, employed by the WPA), the...

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Some historians trace the role of the politically active artist to French Revolution-era painter Jacques-Louis David, a turbulent figure who signed the death warrants of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. But there are different kinds of...

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