Art In America

Agnes Denes

Smashing an animal skull with a femur bone, an ape in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey enacts a critical moment in human evolution: the discovery of a tool instantly giving way to a deadly will to power.

Michael Asher, 1943-2012

"Few artists have had a larger role than Michael Asher in establishing Conceptual art within both art schools and museums," Kirsten Swenson wrote in Art in America in a May 2008 article ("If Walls Could Speak") about Asher's installation at the...

Will Fowler

It is often noted that painting doesn't reproduce well-that, in this age of virtual viewing, painting, more than other mediums, insists on being seen in the flesh. Indeed, some of today's strongest painting demands physical presence as a...

Land Art for the Media Age

A current museum survey of Land art challenges the established definition of the 1960s and '70s movement. 

M.K. Guth

Among the megaresorts that line the Las Vegas strip, gambling is increasingly being recast as just one of a dozen forms of entertainment and culture. Now, slot machines and blackjack tables are something to navigate on the way to celebrity...

Geoffrey Farmer

Geoffrey Farmer's recent exhibition at REDCAT evoked some of the messier, more perverse doings of the 1960s and '70s. The title, "Let's Make the Water Turn Black" (perhaps a reference to excretion or to overusing a bong), was borrowed from a 1968...

David Hammons

David Hammons finds art where it lives and inserts himself as participant and provocateur. In 2007, that happened to be at L&M Arts, a gallery specializing in secondary market sales of 20th-century masters located in an Upper East Side townhouse.

John Andolsek

Painting rarely gets more darkly political—or more fun and devastating at once—than in John Andolsek’s recent exhibition “Black Tie, White Noise.” Comprising works from the last eight years, the show carried visual echoes of the early days of...

Mika Rottenberg

Grinding industrial machinery and sweat­ing bodies merge in a bizarre assembly line in Mika Rottenberg’s new video Squeeze (2010). The 20-minute piece runs on a loop, shifting between documentary footage of female factory workers in India producing...

Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovi´c’s “The Artist Is Present,” the Museum of Modern Art’s first performance-art retrospective, heralds the discipline’s arrival as mainstream museum fare. It is something of an uncomfortable fit. The genre’s long marginalization...

Wolfgang Tillmans

For the past 20 years, the German artist Wolfgang Tillmans has captured in snapshotlike photographs random glimpses of people, places and things ranging from Dubai guest-worker housing shot from an airplane window to a man bathing in the Ganges,...

China Adams

Modernism’s alchemical transubstantiation of trash into treasure was performed as early as a century ago, with the “invention” of papier collé by Braque and Picasso, and of the readymade by Duchamp, but it never grows old. China Adams’s recent...

Sharon Lockhart

“Lunch Break,”an exhibition of photographs and films by Sharon Lockhart, portrays workers and working life at the Bath Iron Works, a military contractor in Maine that builds Navy destroyers. One group of large, glossy color prints (all works 2008)...

Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video

The compact survey “Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video” brings together five artists working individually and two collaborative duos, all of them 30-something women. Despite gender and generational uniformity, these artists could...

Be My Mirror

Still reluctant to call himself an artist, Dan Graham ran a gallery and wrote criticism before he made his first, now legendary, Conceptual works; widely popular mirror-glass pavilions followed. A traveling exhibition surveys his career. 

Catherine Borg

The city’s remorseless self-destruction and relentless rebuilding is the subject of an untitled exhibition of recent work by Catherine Borg, a Bay Area native who arrived in Las Vegas in 2004 after five years in New York.

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