Art In America

Rematerializing Photography

Five Americans––Christopher Colville, Klea McKenna, Matthew Brandt, Farrah Karapetian, and Chris McCaw––are among a sizable contingent of artists who produce striking aesthetic effects with photographic methods that are deliberately slow, antiquated,...

Christina Forrer

Christina Forrer’s weavings are as engrossing on the level of the individual stitch and strand as they are jolting pictorially and thematically. Idiosyncrasies of the hand ally with order imposed by the loom, and sweetness is spiked with strife.

Jeni Spota C.

The texture of Jeni Spota C.’s paintings verges on outrageous. Impasto barely begins to describe the gooey slabs and thick crusts, the insistent materiality. For all of their surface intensity, however, the paintings never devolve into artifacts of...

Joel Otterson

If the impulse driving Joel Otterson’s work could be reduced to an aphorism on a stitched sampler—a form that, in fact, inspires him—it might read: “Domestic does not necessarily mean domesticated.” Otterson gravitates toward materials and methods...

Alison Rossiter

Mostly from 2014 or ’15, Alison Rossiter’s 50-plus works at Yossi Milo pay homage to the rich idiosyncrasies of photographic papers across history, and restore a sanctity to the photograph as object. 

Ben Jackel

Physical might converges with formal presence and technical prowess in Jackel’s elegant, richly complicated work.

“Thread Lines”

Discovering that the Drawing Center's SoHo building was originally designed to house a loom factory, Anne Wilson has staged a performance for "Thread Lines" that turns the site itself into a loom. 

Elias Hansen

Elias Hansen is a 21st-century Morandi of the backwoods—a ponderer and scavenger whose meditations on a limited array of objects read as a sort of private poetry.

Kim Rugg

Matter is neither created nor destroyed in Kim Rugg's work, but surgically, strategically repurposed.

Lucia Koch

Brazilian artist Lucia Koch's first solo appearance in the U.S. was coyly titled "(a small show with a lot of space in it)."

Ruth Asawa, 1926-2013

In a 2007 A.i.A. article, Leah Ollman wrote "her status in the Bay Area, where she has lived since 1949 and been active in arts education and civic arts initiatives, and where she has made several prominently placed works of public art, verges on...

Kathy Butterly

The 15 small clay sculptures in this exhilarating show were lined up on three platforms like contestants in a misfit beauty pageant, each entrant flaunting what might elsewhere be considered indignities: bulges, protrusions, pooling fluids.

Joyce Campbell

Photography’s dual functions—to re-present what the eye sees and also to suggest what it cannot—merge in Joyce Campbell’s quietly forceful recent work. Born in New Zealand and based in Auckland and Los Angeles, Campbell showed two series here, side...

Zarina Hashmi

Zarina Hashmi's first retrospective was as revelatory as it was stir­ring, a thoroughly compelling introduction to nearly five decades of visual poetry. Born in Aligarh, India, in 1937, Zarina, who goes by her first name, lived in Paris in the...

Alison Saar

Alison Saar has recently added cast and blown glass to her already broad repertory of historically charged, richly tactile materials-coal, tar, wood, rope, antlers, ceiling tin, old tools.

Kathleen Henderson

The intensity of Kathleen Henderson’s line invests her drawings with a curious urgency. Nothing momentous or incendiary appears to be happening in the recent works—unlike previous examples, which conjure the physical and psychological dimensions of...

L.A. Raw

"A bloody and bony parcel bearing the imprint of trouble" was how Rico Lebrun referred, in a 1963 interview, to the human figure shaped by circumstances of his day. Lebrun's painting Buchenwald Cart (1956), loaded with ashen limbs, his 1960 ink...

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