Art In America

Elephant Dung Redux: Chris Ofili’s Gorgeous Provocations

Visitors to "Chris Ofili: Night and Day" at New York's New Museum should be prepared for a mild public stir over the return to Gotham of a painting so controversial that it once led to mayoral threats of withdrawal of a museum's public funds, and,...

Manifesta 10 Will Stay in Russia, Declare Piotrovsky and König

The organizers of the roving European contemporary art biennial Manifesta announced today that they will hold their 10th exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia, as planned, despite calls for them to relocate. The exhibition will be held at the...

55th Venice Biennale

Twenty years ago, "Cardinal Points of Art" was the theme of the 45th Venice Biennale, and the compass was its symbol.

Kasper Konig Will Curate Manifesta 10

The announcement comes amid international outrage at a law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, that bans "propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships" but is generally seen as a means to persecute homosexuals and quash Russia's nascent...

Maria Lassnig’s Body Awareness

Lassnig's paintings constitute a sort of autobiography, an attempt to render her inner states on canvas; as such, the selection of works featured in Gioni's exhibition are less portraits than wrenching excavations, united by their empty white...

Reading the Palace

This year's director of the Venice Biennale, Massimiliano Gioni, has titled the main exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace:" in other words, a Museum of Everything. Indeed, the grandiosity of the concept could have easily concealed a too-vague means of...

"Ghosts in the Machine"

This thought-provoking show, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, starts with the premise of industrialized society's dream that machinery could reflect humanity and be a positive force. Along the way, the machine acquires a mind of its own, leading to some...

The Backstory of the Venice Biennale's Encyclopedic Palace

Most people in the art world scratched their heads when the title of Massimiliano Gioni's exhibition for the 55th Venice Biennale was announced in March. "The Encyclopedic Palace" takes its name from an 11-foot-tall architectural model built in the...

Crossing Over: An Interview with Ron Nagle

"This is my big crossover," Ron Nagle told A.I.A. on the phone from his studio in San Francisco last week. The threshold to which the artist was referring is the 55th Venice Biennale-specifically Massimiliano Gioni's exhibition, "The Encyclopedic...

Museum of Everything Brings Carlo Zinelli to Venice

An Italian artist who grew up a mere 70 miles from Venice may be one of the unanticipated stars of this year's Biennale. Little known outside of Europe, Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974) will have his Venice debut thanks to the Museum of Everything (MoE),...

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star

In 1993, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd president of the United States, the World Wide Web was less than two years old and the U.S. economy, including the art market, was still suffering the effects of the stock market crash of 1987.

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