Art In America

Stars and Students at the Havana Biennale

The star power at the 11th Havana Biennale is palpable. With some 180 artists from 45 countries drawing visitors from as far afield as New York's MoMA and the Tate Modern, the month-long, city-spanning festival which was founded in 1984, and runs...

Christian Jankowski Makes His Own Personal Jesus

Last Wednesday, some 300 people—including a "confused but thrilled" Catholic newspaper reporter who vowed to return with her congregation—packed into London's Lisson Gallery to view Christian Jankowski's latest project "Casting Jesus" [through Oct....

Claes Oldenburg Paints Philadelphia Red

 Philadelphia is especially a city of brotherly love when it comes to supporting artists working in public sculpture. Since 1959, the city's Percent for Art Ordinance has provided revenue for 300 public projects. Claes Oldenburg recently received a...

Outside the Box: Judd on Judd

Donald Judd's life and legacy get the celluloid treatment on Saturday, the final day of an exhibition of his work at David Zwirner. Marfa Voices, co-directed by his actor-director-artist daughter Rainer Judd and Karen Bernstein, is a series of...

Ross Bleckner: The Times of Our Lives

"I've been a news junkie forever," Ross Bleckner told A.i.A., when we spoke about his book My Life in the New York Times, released last month by Edgewise. A second volume, A3: Our Lives in the New York Times, comes out July 31. These two volumes put...

The Kids Are All Right? The Paintings of Nir Hod

"This is the first time I've considered myself a painter," says Israeli-born, New York-based artist Nir Hod, leaning against the kitchen counter in his Meatpacking District studio. "Before, I always considered myself a storyteller or image producer,...

LA Gets More Street Art from Fairey

For months L.A. MoCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibition has been a source of hype and controversy, but it's not the only street-focused show worth seeing this month. Opening tomorrow night at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects, "Art, Access &...

AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs, On Butt Plugs, Magic

Last night at Dashwood Books in New York, Canadian-born conceptual artists AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs launched their book Invocation of the Queer Spirits, which sums up recent years of performance. The two met at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada,...

Bomb, Memory: Q+A With Jose Parla

You couldn't miss the opening of José Parla's solo show at Bryce Wolkowitz last week if you tried. The Miami-born, Brooklyn-based artist hired two street drummers he met on the subway to beat their paint buckets outside the former graffiti writer's...

The Zabludowicz Clan Takes Times Square

In the summer of 1980, the Bronx-based collective CoLab and some 50 artists—including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch—infiltrated a derelict massage parlor at 41st Street and 7th Avenue and put up the...

Amir Baradaran Gives Tourists a Reason to Photograph Famous Art

As of yesterday, users of Frenchising Mona Lisa, an Augmented Reality (AR) smart phone application, can take Amir Baradaran's conceptual art anywhere. Focusing their camera phones on the eternally mysterious Da Vinci painting—the original in the...

Blips for VIPs: Technical Woes Plague Online Fair

If The Social Network, the Facebook flick, taught America one lesson, it was that a successful web site shall not crash. Given Art in America's weekend test-run of the VIP Art Fair, the world's first online art fair, let's call this one a beta.

The World Catches Up to Kenny Scharf

"I'm not a kid anymore, and it's kind of funny to have someone in their fifties running around spray-painting walls-but it's fun, I like to do it," says Kenny Scharf. He's not the only one. After putting up a mural on the Goldman Properties wall at...

New Documentary Goes Into the Woodmans

Francesca Woodman's 1981 suicide at the age of 22 conferred on the artist and her haunting black-and-white self-portraits a cult status that resonates today. And while the tragedy introduced the work to a popular audience, but colors comprehensive...

Prohibition Recognizes Value: Roberto Cuoghi

However critics might seek to define Roberto Cuoghi—from "living sculpture" to anecdotal poet—the Italian mixed media artist's work  almost exclusively explores the permeable boundaries of the self. This exploration, according to the Modena-born...

Vik Muniz's Trash Pick Up

Chocolate syrup. Diamonds. Sugar. Toy soldiers. Cotton. Wire. Thread. Jelly. Peanut butter. These are just some of the materials Vik Muniz has used over the years to create (or recreate) the iconography he uses for his inimitable photographs....

Behind the Glass: PC Valmorbida

Speculation about speculation isn't entirely beyond the purview of this 23-year-old Aussie transplant, whose steel-and-glass Prism Gallery on the Sunset Strip has put on some of the more innovative and unpredictable shows to hit Los Angeles since it...

Track Mentality

In 1975, the French racecar driver Hervé Poulain commissioned his friend Alexander Calder to paint the BMW 3.0 CSL he was set to drive that year at  the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Though Poulain didn't finish, 35 years later the Bavarian...

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