Art In America

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,...

Taryn Simon

“Paperwork and the Will of Capital” is another of Taryn Simon’s deeply researched, politically weighty photographic projects. Here Simon zeroes in on the floral centerpieces present at the signing of three dozen international trade agreements,...

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...

Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri, the Italian land surveyor and photographer who died in 1992, has become much better known in the United States ever since artist Thomas Demand included his work in “La Carte d’Après Nature,” a well-received group show that traveled to...

Armory Show Cofounder Paul Morris Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

Paul Morris, who directed the Armory Show from 1994 to 2012, revisits the earliest days of the fair, when he bribed a hotel employee with Scotch, scheduled manicure appointments and, per his recollection, had no idea what he was doing.  

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...

Backstory: Peek-a-Boo

Curator Bice Curiger recalls her experience with Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss in the 1970s and ’80s, the era of their “Sausage Series,” “Rat and Bear” films and infamous anus-view sculpture Animal, shown at Sonnabend Gallery, New...

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 discussion between Uri McMillan, Lorraine O’Grady, Simone Leigh and Narcissister at the Studio Museum in Harlem; a screening of Ed Ruscha’s Premium at Hauser &...

Otto Piene

Otto Piene's retrospective "Sundew and Selected Works 1957-2014" includes several splashy installations (the title piece, a bright red inflatable created in 1970, on view for only the second time, and one of his twinkling "light ballets," projected in...

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