Art In America

The Body Politic: A Conversation with Elizabeth Jaeger

In the last few years, Elizabeth Jaeger has moved away from figuration to more stylized sculptural forms that only suggest the female body, thus literalizing objectification in order to subvert misogynistic associations obliquely and profoundly.

Stephanie Smith on Mark Dion

"We need Mark's artful mix of science, nerdiness, creative obsession, wonder, and humor right now."

Artists First: Around Skulptur Projekte Münster

Skulptur Projekte Münster has changed quite radically since its initial incarnation. It's much more eclectic, encompassing sculpture but also performance, sound art, video, and other mediums. Yet it remains focused on artists, and committed to...

Rematerializing Photography

Five Americans––Christopher Colville, Klea McKenna, Matthew Brandt, Farrah Karapetian, and Chris McCaw––are among a sizable contingent of artists who produce striking aesthetic effects with photographic methods that are deliberately slow, antiquated,...

Overview: The National Exhibition

Both the Whitney Biennial and the Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art opened in March. The Biennial is old: the current iteration is its seventy-second. The Triennial, which closed in May, was in its first edition.

Peter Hujar

“Much of the New York that mattered to Hujar,” read one of this exhibition’s wall texts, “was to be found only after sundown.”

“All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace”

A quiet, placid atmosphere filled the rooms of the group show “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace.” The sculptures, installations, and video projections on view evoked a present tense where technology has imbued every aspect of human life,...

“A Surrealist Banquet”

The table is set with silverware compressed into blocks by César. The décor includes a still life of a bouquet by Balthus and a towering centerpiece of painted bronze breasts by Hans Bellmer. The main courses include a meatball speared on a fork by...

Sharjah Biennial

Biennial themes are often underdeveloped, amounting to little more than mood-setting phrases that give a poetic gloss to eclectic displays of artwork.

“Commercial Break”

The huge digital billboards wrapping the architecture of Times Square form what marketing experts call a "brandscape."

Susan Hiller

"Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists," Sol LeWitt famously wrote. But few conceptual artists have delved into mysticism with as much intelligence and historical perspective as Susan Hiller. Her third eye-opening exhibition at...

Nancy Spero

"It's horrific," Nancy Spero (1926–2009) told an interviewer with "Art21," "trying to show the insanity and brutality of war." She was speaking about Maypole: Take No Prisoners, her installation for the 2007 Venice Biennale that has been re-created at...

(Un)Controlled Violence: A Chris Burden Documentary

Chris Burden liked to walk around with the barrel of a loaded Uzi tucked between his butt cheeks. He proudly describes this habit in a 1981 performance clip included in Burden, a new biopic on the artist most famous for risky body performances that...

Soshiro Matsubara

An atmosphere of decadence and sensuality can easily encourage ponderous meditations on death. With “Sleeves of Desire II,” his first solo show in New York, Soshiro Matsubara has gone with a light touch, cultivating an environment informed by...

“Outlaw Glass”

For a man of culture and taste, choosing a bong can be a tricky task. The range of options can feel limited: water pipes weighted down with tired psychedelia or sterile cylinders emblazoned with bro graphics. The premise of this exhibition of...

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