Art In America

Anouk Kruithof

Between the normalization of “alternative facts” and the speed with which false information spreads through social media, evidence doesn’t seem to count for much these days. Anouk Kruithof’s “#Evidence,” the Dutch artist’s first solo exhibition in the...

Libby Black

Bay Area artist Libby Black’s signature sculptures re-create commodities, frequently luxury goods, using materials like paper, hot glue, and acrylic paint. She places these to-scale renderings of books, magazines, handbags, and shoes in still-life...

“Architecture of Life”

The question of what a particular museum aims to be is, today, so often preceded by the question of who’s behind its design. The recent construction boom among major American art institutions has resulted in the same kind of name-dropping that...

G.H. Rothe

Sex can be an experience of coming undone, of being in a body that is slipping out of the controlling forces normally exerted upon it, consciously or otherwise. Aging is also an experience of bodily undoing, of recalibrating sensation and sentience...

Maria Guzmán Capron

Cyndi Lauper’s 1984 hit “She Bop” became infamous when the Parent Music Resource Center included it on its “Filthy Fifteen” list of sexually explicit pop songs, for its not-so-veiled lyrical allusions to masturbation (“go south,” “the danger zone” and...

The Whitney Biennial List Is Out

The New York Observer has leaked the list of artists selected by curators Elisabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders for the 2012 Whitney Biennial. The list mixes emerging and emerged talent and features relatively few on-trend artists (Kai Althoff, Moyra...

Margaret Harrison

However indebted to the practices frequently associated with feminist art of the ’70s, or sympathetic to feminism’s critique of gender and power, “feminist” art today tends to be described as such in passing, and with a decidedly softer punch. With...

“San Francisco Plays Itself”

San Francisco has never been camera shy. Its reputation as perhaps the most photogenic of American cities has been confirmed by the endless representation of its most famous sites and unique topography in popular films, postcards and vacation photos....

Jennie Ottinger

Jennie Ottinger’s exhibition “Ibid” reminded me of a Gahan Wilson cartoon in which a painter, busy representing two bare trees as if they were crawling with monstrous bugs and snakes, explains with a devilish grin to an onlooking child, “I paint what...

Curt McDowell

In his accompanying note to the exhibition “an uneven dozen broken hearts,” underground filmmaker George Kuchar writes of his friend, former student, sometime lover, and collaborator on the 1975 cult favorite Thundercrack!, the lateCurt McDowell:...

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