Art In America

Punk and Hippie

The Paper Radio duo of Benjamin Jones and Christopher Forgues, with their DIY aesthetic and countercultural convictions—sometimes aggressive, sometimes mellow—helped transform alternative comics in the first years of the twenty-first...

In the Studio: Dara Birnbaum

With a long-awaited installation opening this month in Paris, pioneer video artist Dara Birnbaum discusses radical changes in technology and mass-media strategies, her own collaborative editing process, and her ongoing drive to meld personal and...

Mechanical Glamour

As the Met’s Costume Institute opens an exhibition about the interplay between handmade and mass-produced fashion, Leonardo da Vinci’s sketch for a sequin-making machine evokes a longer historical view of the topic.

Alex Bag

“Why buy art when you can buy the artist?” wonders Leroy LeLoup, the main character in Alex Bag’s The Van (Redux)*, 2015. LeLoup, played by Bag’s brother Damien, first appeared in Bag’s 2001 video Untitled (The Van). He is an art dealer whose MO is to...

Philip Guston

How many artists working today haven’t looked to Philip Guston (1913–1980) for inspiration? Late in his career, the consummate Abstract Expressionist abandoned abstraction for figuration (which he had engaged with early on, employed by the WPA), the...

Lionel Maunz

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad,” wrote poet Philip Larkin in the first line of his 1971 poem “This Be The Verse.” Lionel Maunz’s fourth show at Bureau, “Fealty,” featuring sculpture and large graphite drawings, dives deeply into the muck of this...

Taca Sui

Classic Eastern themes—the enormity of historical time, the passing of all physical things, the importance of transmitting culture from generation to generation—pervade the photographs of thirty-two-year-old Chinese artist Taca Sui. A graduate of the...

Jessi Reaves

  It may feel illicit to do so in an art gallery, but you can touch—and sit on—Jessi Reaves’s new furniture sculptures. Some appear to have been turned inside out—take, for example, the couch made of dull yellow upholstery foam strapped to a wood...

Mernet Larsen

Mernet Larsen makes precise, quirky paintings depicting the seemingly unpromising banalities of everyday, middle-class life. Faculty meetings, drinks at a café, a family snack, reading in bed: all are enacted by boxy figures seen in reverse...

Cameron Rowland

Cameron Rowland’s work combines research and strategic contractual agreements with the presentation of objects selected for their socially illuminating value. His exhibition at Artists Space, “91020000,” comprised a selection of new works (all 2016)...

String Theory: C. Spencer Yeh on YouTube

C. Spencer Yeh modestly describes himself as an “uncoordinated and tone-deaf” musician, but that hasn’t lessened the demand for his performances at high-profile art venues. Over the next few weeks, he will present vocal abstractions, violin...

Post-Consumer Report: A Conversation with Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian’s work is a journey, and viewers willing to travel can make seeing it a journey, too. Three exhibitions on view at East Coast institutions comprise a tripartite midcareer retrospective for the Los Angeles-based artist. The Studio...

Robert Melee

Robert Melee transforms cheap suburban decor into strange, riotous glamour. In the past he has accomplished this through room-size installations incorporating faux wood and marble; plastic shower curtains slickly painted and draped over refrigerator...

Maggie Lee

Hamsters only live for two or three years. Childhood is almost as brief, and when you look back on it as an adult you see yourself as someone else, a smaller body with another life that ended long ago. Maggie Lee’s new work is suffused with melancholy...

Omer Fast

“The light at the end of the tunnel is just another tunnel,” says the drone operator character in Omer Fast’s video 5000 Feet Is the Best (2011), and it might be the structuring logic not only of the work as a whole but also of the two other videos in...

Shirley Jaffe

Speaking to critic Raphael Rubinstein, American abstract painter Shirley Jaffe likened her work to a “general congestion of events.” Her suggestion of a visual traffic jam is handsomely borne out in a selection of nineteen works on paper currently on...

“Munch and Expressionism”

Alone on a wall in a narrow, blue-painted room on the Neue’s third floor hangs a pastel copy of Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Other walls sport drawings, paintings and prints by Expressionists—Erich Heckel, Egon Shiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Emil Nolde, Max...

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Some historians trace the role of the politically active artist to French Revolution-era painter Jacques-Louis David, a turbulent figure who signed the death warrants of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. But there are different kinds of...

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