Art In America

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...

David Humphrey

In a baker's dozen of large new acrylic paintings, David Humphrey continues to combine figural imagery and rich abstract passages. His figures, human or animal, are sometimes mysterious—does Sidewalk depict a greeting or a mugging?—sometimes sweet, as...

The Agenda: This Week in New York

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: Jeff Koons in conversation with Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg at the SVA Theatre; a conversation about period styles with Eric Hu, Lisa Naftolin and Susan...

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.

Missed Connections: Jan Frank and John Chamberlain

A show currently on view at New York gallery Nahmad Contemporary (through July 26) demonstrates that John Chamberlain's painted-metal sculptures can connect with the medium of drawing, via juxtaposition with works by Jan Frank.

Lane Hagood

Visitors to Lane Hagood's recent show had to pass between two literary references in the gallery's front space before getting to the artist's six new paintings (all 2014).

Polke’s Plentitude

The Sigmar Polke retrospective currently at New York's MoMA offers an invigorating assessment of a complicated and elusive career.    

Lori Ellison

In their intimate dimensions (generally 8½ by 11 inches or a fraction of an inch larger), unassuming materials (the majority of images in this show were made in ballpoint pen on pages from ruled notebooks) and intense, almost devotional attention to...

Bruce Pearson

Whether by coincidence or zeitgeist, throughout the fall of 2013, New York was full of writerly art: Christopher Wool's Guggenheim Museum survey; the Drawing Center's "Drawing Time, Reading Time" exhibition and a related show in the Drawing Room of...

Playing the Game: An Interview with Jomar Statkun

Fans of Jomar Statkun's work might want to make repeated visits to his first New York solo show "Project 0014," at Garis & Hahn gallery on Bowery. The exhibition (Jan. 19-Feb. 23) is divided into five "presentations," ranging from a day devoted to...

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