Art In America

“Take It or Leave It”

Large-scale historical shows, when done in a certain way, can be intellectual steamrollers. 

Jimmie Durham

Where art and nature intersect used to be a contested ground. With the familiarity of sculpture as found-object assemblage, the junction has become an undifferentiated confluence.

Sofia Hultén

The films and sculptures of the Swedish artist Sofia Hultén are so invested in the syntax of linear narrative—in which one event logically proceeds from another—that her art at first resembles a parody of early Conceptual art's obsession with the...

Sarah Lucas

In the late 1980s, British sculpture became facetious as it became populist. It was not so much the broad strokes of YBA art, with its grandiose themes of violence, sexuality and mortality, that accounted for this, but more the way artists resorted...

Andy Hope 1930

Andy Hope 1930's art posits a gray area between cultures one would have assumed were incompatible: German 20th-century figurative painting—from Beckmann to Kippenberger to André Butzer, a tradition of soured irony embodied by lumpen, angular...

Inside the Art Bars

Bars have been as essential to the New York art world as its galleries and museums. Eleven artists reflect on the downtown institutions where creative inspiration could flow as freely as the drinks.  

John Stezaker

Since the 1960s, artists taking photography as their medium have often found it limited by a lack of material specificity, and have attempted to redress this imbalance by stressing the medium's substantiality over its ability to generate illusion....

Jordan Baseman

Whereas commercial feature films encourage the viewer's suspension of disbelief, photographic and filmic art—at least since the Conceptualism of the 1960s—has been intent on frustrating our ability to succumb to illusion. 

Daniel Sinsel

Photography and film are conventionally considered to be the contemporary visual media of the erotic.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss

As in science fiction, futurism is inevitably superseded, and projection succumbs to retrospection. The art of Peter Fischli and David Weiss is poised on the cusp of this transition.

Karl Holmqvist

Karl Holmqvist's first exhibition at Galerie Neu suggested that poetry's "impoverishment" may be a critical remove from which to contemplate art's relation to the market.

Ryan McLaughlin

Among painting genres, one most definitively affected by photography is still life.

Darren Almond

When Darren Almond emerged in the late 1990s at the tail end of the YBA generation, his empirical approach ran counter to the constellations of found-object signifiers his elder contemporaries’ works were based upon.

Ian Kiaer

There is a painterly esthetic of the abject—it might be called pathetic formalism—which emerged at the end of the 1990s.

Frank Auerbach

Most young painters seem able only to reflect on their inability to do what Frank Auerbach does: construct equivalents of observed reality which do not seem naive, oblivious, obsolescent or reactionary.

John Divola

Some 40 years ago, photography-and particularly color photography-was predominantly an amateur documentary tool, an artisanal underling to painting's full art status

David Salle

Back in the 1980s, the paintings of David Salle were the essence of hip postmodernism, flagrantly offending any lingering proponents of a modernist era who would have insisted that the creation of an image should be synony­mous with the authentic...

Christo Plans World’s Largest Artwork

Resembling a flat-topped pyramid with a rectangular base, The Mastaba takes its name and shape from a type of tomb used by ancient Egyptian nobles. Projected to cost $340 million, the sculpture will be built in the Al Gharbia region's Liwa Oasis,...

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