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...

Surreal Cairo

In Egypt during World War II, a large group of artists embraced the international Surrealist movement, creating locally inflected artworks and manifestos fully abreast of Western aesthetics and theory.

Pace of Change: Amy Sillman at the Drawing Center

Amy Sillman's exhibition "After Metamorphoses," currently on view at New York's Drawing Center, unites painterly processes and digital techniques to attend to transformations both mythical and decidedly real. The exhibition consists of an animation of...

Nahum Tevet

Although I have long been a fervent admirer of Nahum Tevet, until the recent exhibition “Nahum Tevet: Works on Glass 1972–1975” at Hunter College’s Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, I knew of the work in question only through some tantalizing but...

Berry Horton

In order to forestall harassment from local authorities, Redbud posted a sign in the gallery window reading notice: erotic material during its recent show of work by little-known Chicago artist Berry Horton (1917–1987). This notice might have seemed...

Varieties of Reclamation

Rosalyn Drexler has managed, over the past sixty years, to produce innovative paintings and sculptures that deftly combine pop images with cool formalist devices.

Raphael Rubinstein on Jackson Mac Low

As part of the Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists (A.i.A.'s August issue), we preview the 2016-17 season of museum exhibitions worldwide. In addition to offering their own top picks, our editors asked select artists, curators and...

Open Book: “The Miraculous” at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

How can an art institution display or curate past performance or ephemeral art and preserve the work’s intent? How can a curator help to record and share the effects and meaning of an ephemeral work without stripping away the power that comes from its...

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.

Shirley Jaffe

Speaking to critic Raphael Rubinstein, American abstract painter Shirley Jaffe likened her work to a “general congestion of events.” Her suggestion of a visual traffic jam is handsomely borne out in a selection of nineteen works on paper currently on...

Burn Book: On Fire by Jonathan Griffin

Ross Simonini reviews Jonathan Griffin's recent publication On Fire. Fires are real, not just mythological, and this brief, frank document about fires in artists’ studios suggests not the slightest hint of transcendent meaning behind such disasters....

“The Silo”

Poet and critic (and A.i.A. contributing editor) Raphael Rubinstein's blog The Silo, conceived as a "personal, revisionist 'dictionary' of contemporary art," comes to life in this exhibition of works by 29 artists at Garth Greenan. (Rubinstein's blog...

Total Service Artists

In an era of shrinking professional support, many artists are making self-sufficiency, self-evaluation and self-promotion integral parts of their artistic identity and their oeuvre. 

Christopher Cascio

On the less-to-more scale of art-making, Christopher Cascio scores at the far end of the “more” side. Like Arman, Allen Ruppersberg and Barton Lidice Beneš, he is an incessant accumulator who builds his works and exhibitions from various ongoing...

The Accidental Abstractionist

Admired by many young artists today, the endlessly inventive German painter Albert Oehlen combines formal diversity with superb technical skills.

Jeremy DePrez

At a moment when many shows consist of neatly delimited bodies of work in which the artist has tweaked a process or a style to produce a group of paintings that have only minor variations, it was refreshing to walk into a gallery where there were four...

The Hole Truth

During the 1970s, Howardena Pindell developed a unique method for creating a textured, memory-laden painting surface by adopting the simple hole punch as an artistic tool, creating distinctive abstractions inspired in part by African...

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