Art In America

“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...

Peter Shelton

Peter Shelton’s sculpture has made deviously and delightfully clear for more than 30 years that physical space is, inevita- bly, also psychical space. We occupy our small domains and move about according to a host of internalized assumptions about...

Sensory Remix

“Pacific Standard Time” includes rarely mounted installations by the Southern California masters of light, space and surface. 

Joe Goode

For "Pacific Standard Time," the Getty-organized, season-long initiative, museums throughout Southern California largely staged thematic overviews. Meanwhile, dozens of galleries have fleshed out the storyline with shows focusing on individual...

Michael C. McMillen

The Box of All Knowledge sat on a pedestal at the entrance to the galleries displaying Michael C. McMillen’s 40-year retrospective, and in its quiet deviousness, it set the tone for what followed. A small, pale blue trunk, scuffed, nicked and sealed...

Friedrich Schroder-Sonnenstern

In 1949, at age 57, Friedrich Schroder-Sonnenstern reinvented himself as an artist after more than 40 years spent in and out of psychiatric hospitals, prisons and penal camps, and a profitable run as a naturopathic healer, fortune teller and...

Patricia Patterson

Patricia Patterson's first retrospective, filling all 9,000 square feet of this museum, encapsulates a career nearly singular in its focus but expansive-exhilaratingly so-in its emotional range and sense of formal adventure. In 1960, as a young art...

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