Art In America

Hannah Ryggen

This retrospective of 42 tapestries, many of which are mural-size and narrative, by Swedish-born Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen (1898-1970) is revelatory, summarizing her ability to use the warm, tactile medium of weaving to create affecting critiques...

Roger Brown

This exhibition of Roger Brown’s “Political Paintings” covers the crises that plagued the U.S. from 1983-1991, ranging from the savings and loan scandal to the collapse of the Soviet Union to the Gulf War.

Total Service Artists

In an era of shrinking professional support, many artists are making self-sufficiency, self-evaluation and self-promotion integral parts of their artistic identity and their oeuvre. 

Larry Johnson

Virtually all of Larry Johnson’s works are photographs. And while that might be well known in the U.S., where he’s relatively established, it probably came as something of a revelation for audiences in London, where his work is seen more often in...

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 panel discussion about all-woman art shows; a screening of a hobo graffiti art documentary; a talk on race and performance by Fred Moten as part of FIAF's...

Elaine Lustig Cohen

It is more than likely that you have seen Elaine Lustig Cohen’s designs for buildings, interiors, books or exhibitions. Stopping on a street corner, you might have lingered over a stack of New Directions paperbacks whose California-hued Constructivist...

Facts, Figures, Afterthoughts

The Museum of Modern Art's Pablo Picasso retrospective of 1980 attracted over a million visitors, putting an unprecedented strain on the museum's finances, physical plant and staff. In A.i.A.'s December 1980 issue, dedicated to Picasso, Roberta...

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...

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