Art In America

Adriana Lara

IN SEVERAL LARGE WORKS, a black-and-white image of a woman’s face appears printed on clear plastic wrapped around wood stretchers. Keyboard symbols—! % @ & *—are superimposed on her features as she poses: looking skyward as if praying; gazing at...

The Contagious Retrospective: Q+A with Bernadette Corporation

Artist collective Bernadette Corporation fuses commercial iconography with an activist attitude. Comprising three core members, Bernadette Van-Huy, John Kelsey and Antek Walczak, BC often enlists collaborators and hired professionals—such as...

Words are People: Q+A with Karl Holmqvist

Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist Karl Holmqvist uses a wide range of formats—poetry readings, installation and sculpture—to bring out the primal qualities of language. In his hands, news articles, conversation snippets, and pop lyrics form a...

Performing Is Storytelling: Q+A With Chris Kraus

Chris Kraus has a mind-bending talent for theorizing and performing femininity in the same monologue. The Los Angeles-based author and Semiotext(e) editor spent years directing independent films after training with the innovators of avant-garde...

Get Smart: Eileen Myles

"In general I think writers are not smart," wrote Myles in The Importance of Being Iceland, about coming to terms with the "fear of seeming dumb" which she felt was a pitfall of her mid-century American working class education: "They are something...

Painter as Pig, Painting as Prostitute

Describing the work of Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard, it's difficult to avoid a manic, rambling inventory of the materials and images used in his paintings and installations, which, in the case of "The Synthetic Slut: A Novel," currently on view at...

Guitars, Guns, Goo

Since the early 1980s, when she and Sonic Youth performed at art venues like White Columns in New York, Kim Gordon (and her bandmate and husband, artist Thurston Moore) has almost single-handedly represented a viable overlap of visual art and rock...

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