Art In America

Sam Messer

The painstaking process evident in Denis the Pirate, a stop-motion collaboration between artist Sam Messer and writer Denis Johnson animated with over 1,000 hand-colored etchings and drawings, starkly contrasts with the silliness of its improvised...

Helen Johnson and Kate Newby

There's a shared desire between these two artists from Oceania—Brooklyn-based New Zealander Kate Newby and Melbourne-based Helen Johnson—to fracture and reconfigure the stuff of everyday life. The centerpiece of Newby's sculptural installation, in the...

The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a screening and debate about Palestinian and Native American struggles for autonomy; a performance of classical Indian music in a new installation in the Dia...

Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art

“Speaking of People: EbonyJet and Contemporary Art,” at the Studio Museum in Harlem, registered the importance of these magazines not simply as archives of representations of race, but as materials with which so many African-Americans worked to make...

From the Archives: Renzo Piano’s Menil Collection

A.i.A.'s May issue focuses on the Whitney Museum of American Art as it inaugurates its new building, designed by Renzo Piano, in New York's Meatpacking District. We've delved into our archives to revisit an article by architectural historian Reyner...

Cruising the Waterfront

Painter and art historian Jonathan Weinberg remembers the crumbling Hudson River piers of the 1970s and '80s, a zone of gay cruising and maverick art projects, predating today's gentrification and new Whitney.

Rashid Johnson

Checkering the walls of the first gallery of American artist Rashid Johnson’s exhibition “Smile” were multiple prints of a 1950 photograph by Elliott Erwitt, showing a young black boy grinning as he holds a pistol to his head.

John Waters

The changes in John Waters's creative life, of course, reflect a radically shifted gay cultural climate.

Unveiling the Unhouse

An essay by architecture historian Reyner Banham for Art in America’s April 1965 issue overturned mainstream narratives of modernism and predicted the shape of things to come.  

Blackness in Abstraction

Through the art of Adam Pendleton, the author argues for an open-ended space in which the terms of historical Conceptualism have shifted.  

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

For MoMA's first contemporary painting survey in recent memory, curator Laura Hoptman pulled together work by 17 artists, most of whom work with various abstract formal vocabularies ranging from the expressionistic to the starkly minimal. Each artist...

Forever Young or New Zombies? MoMA on Painting Today

As its paradoxical title cautions, an upcoming survey of contemporary painting at New York's Museum of Modern Art, "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World," is full of contradictions.

Toward an Egalitarian ArtPrize

ArtPrize is changing. Touted as the contemporary art world's largest open-call, public-vote cash competition, ArtPrize is no longer a hyper-local celebration of hyper-realist art. Now in its sixth year, the festival is acting more like an...

Design in Flux

Change your life and get a job—this was the startling advice that Fluxus founder George Maciunas gave his fellow artists in 1964. But what did he really mean?    

Missed Connections: Jan Frank and John Chamberlain

A show currently on view at New York gallery Nahmad Contemporary (through July 26) demonstrates that John Chamberlain's painted-metal sculptures can connect with the medium of drawing, via juxtaposition with works by Jan Frank.

All Black Everything: Soulages Museum Opens in South of France

The French are no strangers to strikes. So few took notice, on the morning of May 30, when a group of angry farmers in the southern village of Rodez capitalized on the presence of president François Hollande—down from Paris to inaugurate a new...

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