Art In America

Mark Bradford

Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford went to CalArts in the '90s, but he never embraced the kind of anti-aesthetic conceptualism that is the school's signature. Instead, he found success through what he calls "social abstraction," creating dazzling...

Rainbow Brain: The Visual Poetry of Martin Wong

The revelatory retrospective of Martin Wong at the Bronx Museum focuses on his painting at the expense of his poetry. Language is all over his paintings, from graffiti to inscriptions to sentences spelled out by pudgy hands forming the letters of the...

Tauba Auerbach

In 2010, Tauba Auerbach unveiled the Auerglass, a two-person pump organ that only plays when both musicians engage the foot pedals. The formal concerns of the technologically sophisticated-looking 3-D-printed objects, glass sculptures, acrylic and...

Ry Rocklen

One way to humanize a visit to the encyclopedic, often overwhelmingly vast Metropolitan Museum of Art is to make like Ry Rocklen and create clever, DIY-style "replicas" of some of your favorite antiquities. For his exhibition "My Metropolitan," the...

“Language of the Birds: Occult in Art

It can be tricky to account for the dark arts in the white cube. Though many key modern artists were hardly shy about voicing their enthusiasm for the occult, art historians and curators, working within Enlightenment disciplines, have had a harder...

Stewart Uoo

The three wall-mounted sculptures in Stewart Uoo's "Curtain Moment" series have the dimensions and hardware of window treatments, but the frilly excess of their ornamentation evokes the sort of over-decorated theater where you might see an old...

Archibald Motley

This retrospective of African-American painter Archibald J. Motley Jr. was the first in over 20 years. Motley was one of the greatest painters associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the broad cultural movement that extended far beyond the Manhattan...

Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (b. 1939) keeps insisting that she is a painter and is even quoted in the catalogue of this retrospective as saying, in 1993, that she will die a painter. Still, when mentioned, she is usually identified as one of the most...

Street Life

The Chinese-American artist Martin Wong (1945-1999) celebrated both his cultural heritage and New York's gritty Lower East Side in paintings rife with firemen, convicts, pop icons, graffitied walls and ASL hand signs.

First Look: Sondra Perry

In a two-channel video installation in MoMA PS1's "Greater New York," Sondra Perry, a Columbia University-trained artist now in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, explores domestic rituals—some traditionally African-American, some newly...

Atlas Moscow: Refuseniks and Apparatchiks

Artists' fiercely outrageous, often politically charged public actions galvanized the Russian cultural scene in the 1990s. Today, organizations like the private V-A-C Foundation seek to alter the urban fabric—both physical and social—in subtler, more...

Between Worlds

Painter and sculptor Joaquín Torres-García left his native Uruguay for 40 years, absorbing radical new art in Europe and the U.S., before returning home in 1934 to advocate for a School of the South, a distinct Latin American movement.

Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers

In a funny way, it is often through our relationships with others that we come to know ourselves best. The collaboration of Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers, two very different artists who have been making work together for over five years, is defined...

Pattern Play: An Interview with Cheryl Donegan

In Cheryl Donegan's New Museum exhibition "Scenes + Commercials", curators Johanna Burton and Sara O'Keeffe consider the artist's video work and so much more. The show serves as the debut of Donegan's DIY fashion line called EXTRA LAYER, created...

The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: an artist talk by Tauba Auerbach at UrbanGlass; a lecture on our contemporary era of feudal post-globalism by Norman M. Klein; a program of woman musicians and...

Rachel Rose

For her solo show “Palisades,” New York-based Rachel Rose, who is currently exhibiting a video installation at the Whitney Museum, turned the Serpentine Sackler Gallery into an immersive environment dominated by constant visual and auditory...

“Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia”

The first two words of this exhibition’s snappy title seem an unlikely pairing: one is associated with the freewheeling and populist, the other with the formal and elitist. Smartly, sensitively curated by Andrew Blauvelt (the newly appointed director...

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