Art In America

Decoding Images: Stuart Hawkins

In "Decoding Images," we ask an artist to walk through a single work, describing the compositional elements, production, background, and the stories and histories that emerge. In this edition, Hawins talks about Rooftop Garden (2010), currently on...

Stuart Hawkins, Rooftop Garden, 2010

Stuart Hawkins says she was never any good at drawing. Upon deciding she to be an artist in the first grade, she arranged toys and stuffed animals, even creating scenes from wrinkles in a bedsheet. Her photographs now, the most recent of which are on...

Fact Sheet: Adolf Dietrich

Adolf Dietrich (1877–1957), one of the most reknowned Swiss artists of the 20th Century, focused his work on his own surroundings, rendering rural landscapes, portraits, animals, and still lives, with an extreme amount of precision and detail, strong...

Fact Sheet: R Crumb

Cartoon artist R Crumb (b. 1943, Philadelphia)is best known for his scatalogical ink drawings for mainstream magazines like Rolling Stone to accompany the work of Hunter S Thompson, and the seminal journal he founded, Zap. So his latest project, a...

Fact Sheet: Hunter Cross

Transparency Now, Hunter Cross' debut New York solo show, was recently on view at the Abrons Art Center on the Lower East Side. It captured, the artist said, an aesthetic, "similar to what you might see under a microscope, if that microscope happened...

Fact Sheet: Jay DeFeo

Jay DeFeo (1929–1989) is best known for the her obsessively reworked, giant abstract painting, The Rose, which she completed between the years of 1958 and 1966 until it had to be removed from her home with a crane. It's a striking, sublime amount of...

Alex Hubbard on the Abstract Labor of Video

"Somebody had to do it" is the title of New York-based artist Alex Hubbard's debut exhibition—referring cleverly if deceptively to the artist's pursuit by a number of the city's galleries and the anonymous, slapstick destruction of found objects in...

Fact Sheet: Laddie John Dill

The Tim Nye-curated "Primary Atmospheres" show at David Zwirner was something of a welcome resurrection for a group of California Minimalists known as "Light and Space" artists. So welcome, in fact,  that many of the artists—James Turrell, Robert...

Irving Penn: Smaller Than Life

American artist Irving Penn (1917–2009) began his career working for Vogue as a fashion photographer, creating images with clean lines, crisp tones, and balanced compositions that garnered accolades in the worlds of art as well as fashion before...

Alex Katz on Monographs

"Most art books are like novels," said artist Alex Katz at a recent discussion of the format that records and embellishes the careers of artists, and often sits unturned on coffee tables: "I only look at them once or twice."  Nonetheless, that's...

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