Art In America

Theory and Matter

In the early 1970s, the French group Supports/Surfaces produced some of the era's most radical art in a seemingly unlikely medium. Today, their unstretched, semi-sculptural paintings speak to a whole new generation.

From A.i.A.’s Koons Archive: Documenta of the Dog

In the run-up to Jeff Koons's first New York museum solo, opening this month at the Whitney Museum of American Art (June 27-Oct. 19), A.i.A. offers some of our writers' observations on the artist from the archives. Here, an excerpt from Peter...

Inside Frieze New York with Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner—artist, professor, long-time Chicagoan and, most notably these days, one of three curators of the current Whitney Biennial—has a philosophical take on the burgeoning art fair circuit.

Timeline: 100 Years of Art in America

Over the past century, Art in America has developed from a small specialized journal to a major voice in the rapidly changing contemporary art world. To celebrate the magazine's 100-year anniversary, we look back at the milestones that helped define...

High Style, Clear Form, Sharp Edge

Embracing myriad forms of experimental art and criticism in the 1970s and ’80s, Scott Burton brought a precise yet idiosyncratic intelligence to every project he undertook.

Neo-Expressionism Not Remembered

In the early 1980s, Art in America hosted a debate on emerging Neo-Expressionist art. Now, after three contentious decades, history seems to have declared a winner. But don’t be too sure.

Artnet Magazine Remembered at Haunch of Venison

Amidst heavy rains at the end of a muggy day in New York, dozens of art scribes gathered at Chelsea's Haunch of Venison gallery to honor Artnet.com's magazine. The German company, which provides a popular art market database, abruptly discontinued...

Walking the Independent With Richard Flood

Dozens of people were waiting outside at noon, when the doors opened for the preview of the third Independent art fair at the old Dia:Chelsea building on West 22nd Street. A.i.A. visited the fair with Richard Flood, director of special projects and...

Stranger in America: Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon’s shrewd syntheses of late modernist forms and highly personal appropriations from black literature and culture make for a stirring midcareer retrospective at the Whitney.

Conceiving Counter-Soviet Art

IN 1975, THE MOSCOW duo Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid collaborated on the performance Where Is the Line Between Us? with theAmerican conceptual artist and critic Douglas Davis. In a documentary montage, the Russian pair and Davis (photographed in...

An Object of Beauty

A long time ago, I wanted to write a review of an artist nobody had heard of, whose work was on view at a gallery nobody was familiar with. Phil Leider, then the intimidating editor of Artforum, told me, “I’ll run a review of a known artist in an...

Livin' Le Vide Loco

The museum’s ground floor presented only an entwining couple moving slowly through a sequence of upright and recumbent poses. You might have recognized a brief tableau vivant of Klimt’s mosaic kiss or Brancusi’s stone kiss, or detected in the...

Lives of the Artists and Let's See

During the third quarter of the 20th century, the New Yorker—characterized by intellectual assurance, cultural breadth and refreshing clarity—played a central role in defining late modern taste. Affiliated writers such as Whitney Balliett, Arlene...

Links Out: January 27

This week MoMA purchased the aerial rights that will allow it to build the proposed Jean Nouvel-designed tower, for $14.5 million. That might sounds like a lot (as Christie's reports 24% decline in sales from last year), until you consider the $150...

Tonight: Much Ado About Gabriel Orozco

The tightly edited survey of Gabriel Orozco's major works, on view at MoMA, is an exercise in calculated futility made to illustrate the artist's oft-repeated aim to frustrate, "the expectations of the one who waits to be amazed." What beauty one may...

Venice Preview: Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman, the 67-year-old American artist who was selected early last year to be the U.S. artist-representative at the Biennale, has spent his entire career trying to bridge the gap between the received wisdom concerning Art and what an artist...

Conceptualizing Craft

Books on theory are rarely urgent reading foranyone but other theorists. The exception iswhen the field they cover happens to be in crisis.Then they are voraciously consumed in a search fora solution to whatever ails the field. For that reason, two...

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