Art In America

Poems Without Words

With a 1975 series of stacked-line compositions, the painter David Reed began to garner recognition from critics and peers alike. Now those legendary works from his first solo exhibition are on view again, raising intriguing questions about cultural...

LIFE: ★★★½

Following a 1963 debut in New York, pioneer text painter Gene Beery took up a semi-reclusive life in central California. Idiosyncratic and ever productive, he has become a seminal figure for many young artists.

Trust Lust

Art collector and self-taught painter William N. Copley translated his love of Surrealism into bright, cartoonish canvases devoted to everyday objects and scenes of good-natured raunch.

The Sight of Her

Charlotte Moorman, long known as the “Topless Cellist” of 1960s-’70s performance art, is finally receiving critical and curatorial recognition for her accomplishments as a musician, performer, cultural organizer and avant-garde...

Pavilion Problems

What is there in the history of the Venice Biennale—or in its current procedures—that dampens the quality of so many national displays?

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

As sculptor, performance artist, editor and writer, Scott Burton had a memorable impact on both the art of his day and the critical thrust of A.i.A.

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'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, whose midcareer retrospective is currently at the Whitney Museum in New York, frequently uses text-laden paintings, prints and other works to probe America's troubled racial psychology.

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...

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.