Art In America

McDermott & McGough

McDermott & McGough's almost four-decade-long dedication to their own highly idiosyncratic personal and artistic style-dapper, Victorian, really queer-is so deep-rooted that the duo famously lived in a home with no electric light or plumbing. The...

Joan Semmel

Joan Semmel has been documenting her own nude body for the past four decades, but her new paintings and drawings are as sensual and bracing as was her work in the 1970s. Close-up views of body parts (arms, breasts, thighs) in canvases like Crossed...

Nancy Shaver

Part quirky collection of found objects, part curated group show, Nancy Shaver’s installation “Dress the Form” at Derek Eller’s new Lower East Side gallery (he moved from Chelsea in May) is time-consuming in the best possible way. The space is...

Terence Koh

It’s clear from the sidewalk that something unusual is going on at Andrew Edlin Gallery. There’s a metal contraption decorated with a rainbow sticker (solar panels, it turns out), with tubes running into the gallery. Inside, as you progress from the...

Daily Reading: Artist Ebooks from Badlands Unlimited

Badlands Unlimited has a stated interest in publishing “books in an expanded field.” The press’s idea of an expanded field can be understood literally, and even modestly, as encompassing anything that could potentially be defined as a book. It’s not a...

Mary Ellen Mark

  This exhibition is not a hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold story. Mary Ellen Mark, who died last year, is known for her long-running documentation of troubled people existing on the fringes of society. She first met Tiny (Erin Blackwell) when the latter...

John Miller

John Miller (b. 1954) is a quintessential 1990s artist. The ’90s aesthetic might be described as cerebralism disguised as effortlessness—pastiche-riddled fashion, indie culture occupying a space between the mainstream and the avant-garde, hybridity...

Ambient Aesthetics

Monitoring commodity prices, asset values, and the digital measurement of collective happiness, 
Mika Tajima creates artworks and installations—sometimes diffuse and cloudy, sometimes violent—that reflect current socioeconomic...

Alicja Kwade

Returning to the western end of 21st Street after a three-year sojourn to a temporary gallery a few blocks north, 303 filled its soaring 2,000-square-foot main exhibition space with elegant, exacting new sculptures by Berlin-based Alicja Kwade. The...

Writing on the Wall: William Kentridge in Rome

Rome has been waiting for contemporary works of public art that can stand up to the historic city’s glorious monuments from the Renaissance and antiquity. Where the architects Richard Meier and Zaha Hadid tried, and failed in the opinion of many,...

Carmen Herrera

It’s difficult not to be delighted, and a little bit awed, by Carmen Herrera’s (very) late-in-life artistic success. Now 101 years old, the Cuban artist studied in Paris as a teenager and spent a few years there after the war, and has been living and...

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

The German Romantic poet Heinrich von Kleist wrote that the marionette has a grace that humans can never attain, since it performs without self-doubt. But Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller manage to make their puppets approximate awareness. In The...

Jessi Reaves

  It may feel illicit to do so in an art gallery, but you can touch—and sit on—Jessi Reaves’s new furniture sculptures. Some appear to have been turned inside out—take, for example, the couch made of dull yellow upholstery foam strapped to a wood...

“Munch and Expressionism”

Alone on a wall in a narrow, blue-painted room on the Neue’s third floor hangs a pastel copy of Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Other walls sport drawings, paintings and prints by Expressionists—Erich Heckel, Egon Shiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Emil Nolde, Max...

Damon Zucconi

Thumbing through one of Damon Zucconi’s altered books is similar to reading in a foreign language you once knew well, but can now only fumble through. Zucconi wrote a computer program to regurgitate pre-existing texts, only with each word very...

Ellsworth Kelly

Although Ellsworth Kelly, who died at age ninety-two in December, insisted that the black-and-white photographs he took were not studies for his hard-edge paintings or Minimalist sculptures, it’s hard not to see echoes of the oddly shaped windows,...

Asia Pacific Triennial

At a time when the international art market is rife with excess and the major biennials serve, increasingly, as a covert validation process for the world’s most powerful galleries, serious viewers sometimes look to more peripheral global roundups for...

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