Art In America

Nancy Shaver

Part quirky collection of found objects, part curated group show, Nancy Shaver’s installation “Dress the Form” at Derek Eller’s new Lower East Side gallery (he moved from Chelsea in May) is time-consuming in the best possible way. The space is...

Terence Koh

It’s clear from the sidewalk that something unusual is going on at Andrew Edlin Gallery. There’s a metal contraption decorated with a rainbow sticker (solar panels, it turns out), with tubes running into the gallery. Inside, as you progress from the...

Mary Ellen Mark

  This exhibition is not a hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold story. Mary Ellen Mark, who died last year, is known for her long-running documentation of troubled people existing on the fringes of society. She first met Tiny (Erin Blackwell) when the latter...

Alicja Kwade

Returning to the western end of 21st Street after a three-year sojourn to a temporary gallery a few blocks north, 303 filled its soaring 2,000-square-foot main exhibition space with elegant, exacting new sculptures by Berlin-based Alicja Kwade. The...

Carmen Herrera

It’s difficult not to be delighted, and a little bit awed, by Carmen Herrera’s (very) late-in-life artistic success. Now 101 years old, the Cuban artist studied in Paris as a teenager and spent a few years there after the war, and has been living and...

Jessi Reaves

  It may feel illicit to do so in an art gallery, but you can touch—and sit on—Jessi Reaves’s new furniture sculptures. Some appear to have been turned inside out—take, for example, the couch made of dull yellow upholstery foam strapped to a wood...

“Munch and Expressionism”

Alone on a wall in a narrow, blue-painted room on the Neue’s third floor hangs a pastel copy of Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Other walls sport drawings, paintings and prints by Expressionists—Erich Heckel, Egon Shiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Emil Nolde, Max...

Damon Zucconi

Thumbing through one of Damon Zucconi’s altered books is similar to reading in a foreign language you once knew well, but can now only fumble through. Zucconi wrote a computer program to regurgitate pre-existing texts, only with each word very...

Ellsworth Kelly

Although Ellsworth Kelly, who died at age ninety-two in December, insisted that the black-and-white photographs he took were not studies for his hard-edge paintings or Minimalist sculptures, it’s hard not to see echoes of the oddly shaped windows,...

Taryn Simon

“Paperwork and the Will of Capital” is another of Taryn Simon’s deeply researched, politically weighty photographic projects. Here Simon zeroes in on the floral centerpieces present at the signing of three dozen international trade agreements,...

Luigi Ghirri

Luigi Ghirri, the Italian land surveyor and photographer who died in 1992, has become much better known in the United States ever since artist Thomas Demand included his work in “La Carte d’Après Nature,” a well-received group show that traveled to...

Armory Show Cofounder Paul Morris Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane

Paul Morris, who directed the Armory Show from 1994 to 2012, revisits the earliest days of the fair, when he bribed a hotel employee with Scotch, scheduled manicure appointments and, per his recollection, had no idea what he was doing.  

Backstory: Peek-a-Boo

Curator Bice Curiger recalls her experience with Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss in the 1970s and ’80s, the era of their “Sausage Series,” “Rat and Bear” films and infamous anus-view sculpture Animal, shown at Sonnabend Gallery, New...

Otto Piene

Otto Piene's retrospective "Sundew and Selected Works 1957-2014" includes several splashy installations (the title piece, a bright red inflatable created in 1970, on view for only the second time, and one of his twinkling "light ballets," projected in...

Mernet Larsen

The title of Mernet Larsen’s show, “Things People Do,” is as deadpan as her blocky, vertigo-inducing paintings. Larsen, based in Tampa, Fla., has been painting and teaching for decades, but her work has only begun popping up in New York and Los...

Ry Rocklen

One way to humanize a visit to the encyclopedic, often overwhelmingly vast Metropolitan Museum of Art is to make like Ry Rocklen and create clever, DIY-style "replicas" of some of your favorite antiquities. For his exhibition "My Metropolitan," the...

Puppies and Proselytizing: Jeff Koons in Bilbao

"You're probably the only person, aside from me and Jeff, who has seen the show at all three venues," Scott Rothkopf said when I told him that I caught Jeff Koons's retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York last fall, the Centre Pompidou in...

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