Art In America

Stephen Vitiello

Stephen Vitiello’s show “More Songs About Buildings and Bells” drew on two earlier projects by the musician and sound artist, both made in New York. In the gallery’s front room, five wall-mounted speakers emitted a composition of bell...

TRIIIBE

What immediately strikes the viewer about the art collective TRIIIBE is the appearance of its members: Alicia, Kelly and Sara Casilio—the subjects and architects of photographs taken by collaborator Cary Wolinsky—are identical triplets. TRIIIBE formed...

Gene Beery

Within Gene Beery’s conceptual language-based paintings, there always seems to be some kind of joke—and not always one that the viewer is in on. Among the pieces included in the artist’s 50-year retrospective was Note (1970), in which the words...

Miguel Aguirre

Peruvian-born, Barcelona-based painter Miguel Aguirre has spent the past 20 years painting images taken from the world news. For his recent solo show “Gone with the wind . . . ,” however, he turned his attention to Hollywood fictions. Of the...

New Representation: Stefania Bortolami

After five years on 510 West 25th Street, Stefania Bortolami has packed up her eponymous gallery and moved a few blocks south. Bortolami Gallery inaugurated its new space on West 20th last week with "Redressing," open through November 6. The...

Conquering Cartoons: David Shrigley

There's the sense that David Shrigley's work has conquered each possible exhibition surface at Anton Kern, inside and out. Shrigley has made several small bronze sculptures, including rings, hooks, a bell and a pointing hand. (This last one includes a...

Adam Fuss Teaches Morality

It's a history that's likely unknown to those who grew up with it as Chutes and Ladders: The game Snakes and Ladders began as a Jain morality-teaching tool in 16th Century India. Snakes and ladders on the checkered board represented the bad and good...

The Serious Joke: The Objects of Jay Heikes

For the past five years, Jay Heikes' work has revolved around one big joke. In the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the artist showed stills from a video that showed him as a stand-up comic, puppet in hand, telling a joke about a pirate and its obstinate...

Birds and Beans

For two years, multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird and aritst Ian Schneller have been planning a "sonic arboretum" of different-sized horns. "The horns kind of evolved from being more this Victrola aesthetic to more a plant-like shape, some sort of...

Nate Lowman Does It for the Kids

Lowman's new installation, "Stay in School," is about education, good, bad, and lacking. And as part of NYU's Steinhardt School, 80WSE Windows overlooks the student-heavy Washington Square Park. Lowman depicts young people for young people.

Basquiat: Behind the Interview

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, out in select theaters today in New York, draws on before-unseen footage of filmmaker Tamra Davis in conversation with the artist. The documentary also revisits what was once thought to be the only existing...

Making Your Market: Baibakov's Moscow Project

Russian art center owner and heiress Maria Baibakova is racking up frequent flier miles these days, not that she needs them. (Her father is mining oligarch Oleg Baibakov.) The 24-year-old founder of Baibakov Art Projects says she sees similarities...

What Can't He Do?

Early in this interview, Franco and I are sitting in one of the plywood houses, watching the tail-end of an imagined romance between Star Trek's Captain Kirk and Spock (Kirk Slash Spock), which segues into more abstract nature scenes and a sequel to...

Above Ground Film

Tonight at Anthology Film Archives in New York, Migrating Forms—the art-meets-cinema form born from the former New York Underground Film Festival—returns for its second annual year. Migrating Forms opens with Kevin Jerome Everson's Erie (2010), a...

A Case of Need?

New York Gallery Week kicks off tomorrow, Friday, May 7. It's actually more of a long weekend: the inaugural NYGW features a series of events and solo show openings at participating galleries, from May 7 to May 10. Look for exhibitions and artist...

Weathering the Storm

To celebrate its fiftieth year, this weekend Storm King Art Center opens a pair of exhibitions that take a look forward and a look back. In the last century, Storm King has evolved from what was first envisioned as a regional museum of Hudson Valley...

Idolize What You Eat

At the Brooklyn Ball last night, even before guests saw the Bruce Nauman-inspired take on cheese- part of food artist Jennifer Rubell's multi-part feast for the night—they likely smelled it. During cocktail hour, hanging sculptures cast from Rubell's...

Reminding Us Not to Be Silent

Upon being introduced to Nancy Spero's work, "one quickly realizes this is an artist that attracts attention and commentary where it wasn't always so," wrote Jon Bird, a long-time scholar of her work and that of her husband and collaborator Leon...

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