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Jimmy DeSana

Jimmy DeSana, who died at 40 of AIDs, was one of a generation of artist-photographers—among them Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin and DeSana's close friend Laurie Simmons—who came of age in the 1970s in New York, Buffalo and Boston.

Reading the Palace

This year's director of the Venice Biennale, Massimiliano Gioni, has titled the main exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace:" in other words, a Museum of Everything. Indeed, the grandiosity of the concept could have easily concealed a too-vague means of...

Venice Biennale Artist List Announced

Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, head of exhibitions at New York's New Museum, "The Encyclopedic Palace" is named after a piece by self-taught Italian-American artist Marino Auriti. The work was an architectural model for an imaginary museum that was...

Andy Kaufman, Artist?

Next month, New York's Maccarone Gallery opens "On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman" (Jan. 12-Feb. 16), an exhibition organized by artist Jonathan Berger. Screenings and events will also take place at East Village gallery Participant Inc. and at...

Art Advisors Make Major Gift to Whitney and Pompidou

A cache of more than 800 works of art, including pieces by major figures from Jenny Holzer and Jeff Koons to Eija-Liisa Ahtila, has been promised to the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou, the museums have announced.

A London Stalwart Freshens Up

This fall saw the unveiling of a major redesign for the Arts Club of London. Founded in 1863 by, among others, novelists Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, and once frequented by such prominent figures as Oscar Wilde and Auguste Rodin, the Arts...

The Deconstructive Impulse

“The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure Signs ofPower, 1973-1991,” organized by Helaine Posner and NancyPrincenthal for the Neuberger Museum, is a highly entertainingand groundbreaking exhibition that should ...

Witnessing for Women

If there is one central conclusion to be drawn from the recent array of books and catalogues on contemporary women artists, it is that there exists no such thing as women’s art, or even feminist art. Indeed, as many feminist scholars, critics and...

Ilene Segalove

In droll collages and low-budget videos produced mostly in the 1970s and '80s, and recently on view at Andrea Rosen, Ilene Segalove reflects on her Beverly Hills childhood. As presented here, her early years were shaped by a proximity to Hollywood...

Simmons to Make Splash on Salon 94 Bowery Wall

The Bowery location has about 2,000 square feet, so, inspired by 42nd Street, Salon94 will carve out another exhibition space: the street. A key architectural feature of the new space is an exterior LCD video wall, measuring 6-by-10 feet and featuring...

The Last Year in Exhibitions, Photography and Beyond

Art in America's critics write their way through the best of 2011. We've asked leaders in the fine arts to highlight the top shows in their areas of special focus. Matthew S. Witkovsky is the Richard and Ellen Sandor Curator of Photography at the...

Greater New York

"Greater New York," the quinquennial roundup of mainly emerging artists who live and work in the city, is currently in its third edition at P.S.1. The curators-Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield and Connie Butler-cut the number of participants by...

Re-Generating the 80s

A caveat given me by David Salle before seeing, Your History is Not Our History, the show of work from the 1980s he co-organized with Richard Phillips: "Journalism creates generalizations, and generalizations are  (generally) the enemy of art." Which,...

Lena Dunham's Open House

Filmmaker Lena Dunham treads the turbid shallows of post-college fallout. In her latest, Tiny Furniture, the artist turns the camera on herself and her immediate family. Dunham favors a sort of hybrid of allegory and docudrama, evidenced in her...

Xing Danwen

First docoumenting and then reflecting in more personal terms the prodigious recent changes in Chinese culture, Xing has shifted from reportage to constructed imagery. 

Laurie Simmons and Marvin Heiferman

An artist and a writer/curator who have known each other since the 1970s share retropective thoughts on the radical changes in art-making, and viewing, with which they were both crucially involved. 

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