Art In America

John Outterbridge

Octogenarian John Outterbridge, who had a distinguished career in arts administration at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum) and the Watts Towers Arts Center, is best known for his poignant assemblages that meld reminders of American...

Evan Holloway

It is possible to argue—and, indeed, I heard it argued while visiting this exhibition—that Evan Holloway belongs to the first generation of artists in Los Angeles that did not look outside of California, to New York or to Europe, to define their work,...

Putting Mapplethorpe in his Place

Twenty-six years ago, Robert Mapplethorpe’s BDSM photographs were successfully defended in court as elegantly rigorous artworks that transcend their maverick origins. But did that normalizing rationale sacrifice more personal and artistic liberty than...

More than Minimalism: The Algorithmic Turn at the Kitchen

"From Minimalism into Algorithm," an ambitious program at the Kitchen unfolding over the 2015-16 season, considers the roles of seriality, speculation and networked communication in art from the 1960s to the present. A slate of performances and...

Rachel Rose

For her solo show “Palisades,” New York-based Rachel Rose, who is currently exhibiting a video installation at the Whitney Museum, turned the Serpentine Sackler Gallery into an immersive environment dominated by constant visual and auditory...

Maureen Gallace

In comparison with numerous nearby exhibitions featuring sizable, attention-grabbing works, Maureen Gallace’s show of 12 small, oil-on-panel landscapes and seascapes was a refreshing, deeply compelling anomaly.

Lookout Highlights of 2015

Every Thursday, A.i.A. editors compile The Lookout, a series of microreviews of compelling exhibitions on view in New York. As a complement to our popular Best of 2015 series, contributed by art luminaries in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,...

“The Tiny Picture Show”

While a large canvas can prove immersive, the thumbnail-sized can also engross, as demonstrated by "The Tiny Picture Show" at Pavel Zoubok. Over 60 intimately scaled collage and assemblage works by modern and contemporary artists encompass a range of...

“Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957”

The deeply researched exhibition “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, co-organized by Helen Molesworth and Ruth Erickson, gives a measure of clarity to a cultural force long felt if never...

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...

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