Art In America

A Crack in the Mirror: On Pushwagner’s Soft City

The cult comic Soft City, which will be released in large-format hardcover on October 4th from the comics imprint of the New York Review of Books, has an origin story as strange as its creator.

Rubens Ghenov

Rubens Ghenov’s paintings employ an abstract visual language of controlled spills, color-gradient shapes, and slender lines to conjure the displays of books, objets d’art, and pictures typically found on bookcases in the offices and homes of...

“Respectability Politics”

The group show “Respectability Politics” asks how identity shapes participation in the art world and determines the parameters of acceptable behavior. Happy Ending (Onegai, Onegai, Onegai, Let Me Get What I Want), a 2016 installation by Kat JK Lee at...

Caitlin Keogh

  Caitlin Keogh’s show brings together twelve new examples of the type of paintings for which she has become known: graphic compositions, rendered with flat acrylics and bold outlines, that engage with historical representations of the female body...

Ajay Kurian

A giant bust of a muscular cartoon monkey with a spinning mechanical head, its face locked in an expression of joy so hyperbolic that it borders on menace, confronts visitors in the entryway to Ajay Kurian’s “The Dreamers.” Kurian’s sculptures are...

McDermott & McGough

McDermott & McGough's almost four-decade-long dedication to their own highly idiosyncratic personal and artistic style-dapper, Victorian, really queer-is so deep-rooted that the duo famously lived in a home with no electric light or plumbing. The...

Jessi Reaves

For this debut solo exhibition, Oregon-born, New York–based artist Jessi Reaves demonstrated her omnivorous approach to making sculptural furniture, offering viewers an assortment of pieces that incorporate materials ranging from plywood to car parts...

Astrological Weather Report: Sibyl Kempson at the Whitney

Get two rising Aquarians in a room and the conversation doesn't stop flowing. That was the case when I (sun sign Gemini) visited playwright, director and performer Sibyl Kempson (sun sign Leo) in her office at Abrons Arts Center on New York's Lower...

Rosalind Nashashibi

In Rosalind Nashashibi’s eighteen-minute video Electrical Gaza (2015), which was commissioned and originally exhibited by the UK’s Imperial War Museums and served as the centerpiece of her recent show at Murray Guy, the English-born, half-Palestinian...

Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade’s “I Rise Again, Changed but the Same,” her first exhibition at 303 Gallery, comprised an assortment of formal pairings and doppelgängers, with similar objects and materials recurring as the installation unfolded. Dead leaves that flanked...

Rodney McMillian

When I first read Ernest J. Gaines’s novel A Lesson Before Dying (1993), which is set in 1940s Cajun country, I held out hope that Grant Wiggins, the schoolteacher protagonist, would somehow free Jefferson, the young black man falsely accused of...

Heather Guertin

In Heather Guertin’s big paintings, circles swell and overlap, their soft borders visible in translucent, woolly blends. An Appearance, Blue (all works 2016) has the look and coloring of a beach ball. Vision, Indent looks jaunty with bright shades of...

Xu Zhen

The Shanghai-based Xu Zhen (b. 1977), an inveterate satirist, was bound to take on the sanctimony of Western oil-on-canvas painting sooner or later. This show includes one of his museum masterpiece copies, complete with glare from a tourist snapshot,...

Joan Semmel

Joan Semmel has been documenting her own nude body for the past four decades, but her new paintings and drawings are as sensual and bracing as was her work in the 1970s. Close-up views of body parts (arms, breasts, thighs) in canvases like Crossed...

Abigail DeVille

Abigail DeVille’s “Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See the Stars” was the Contemporary’s most ambitious and well-executed effort to date. The organization initiated a dialogue between DeVille, a New York–based artist dedicated to unearthing...

Feminist Mixtape: Art and Music at Franklin Street Works

I, too, have spoken in pious tones proclaiming The Wire as the greatest work of broadcast television ever. But now celebrating my twenty-fifth year of Ann Magnuson fandom, I was well primed to change my mind in the basement of Franklin Street Works in...

Fausto Melotti

This museum-quality overview of works by Italian artist Fausto Melotti (1901–1986) contained thirty-eight major sculptures, installations, and drawings, representing most phases of the artist’s long career. Organized by former Hammer Museum chief...

Fiction and Artifice: DIS on YouTube

New York-based collective DIS has pioneered the post-internet aesthetic on their online publishing platform, DIS Magazine. For an overview of DIS’s creative practice and community of collaborators, we have assembled a playlist of videos on our YouTube...

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