Art In America

Diet Coke: Matthew Brandt’s Subtly Dionysian L.A.

It's hard to miss the disclaimer at the bottom of the press release for Matthew Brandt's exhibition "Velvet and Bubble Wrap," at M+B Gallery in West Hollywood (through Jan. 18, 2014). "Some artworks in this exhibition contain trace amounts of...

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Forrest Nash of Contemporary Art Daily reveals the workings of his tastemaker website. 

Swimming Upstream, McCaffrey Fine Art Expands to Chelsea

Even as rising rents drive Chelsea galleries to eye real estate in other parts of Manhattan, the Upper East Side gallery McCaffrey Fine Art is expanding into 9,000 square feet at 508 West 26th Street. The expansion will include space on the first...

Robert Pruitt

Houston-based Robert Pruitt's drawings, on crinkly brown butcher paper, some of which is hand-dyed, depict mostly young women attired in a mix of stylish street wear (track jackets, graphic tees, tight dresses) and perplexing headgear. In one...

Leonardo DiCaprio and Christie's Aim to Save the Planet

Leonardo DiCaprio and Christie's New York raised $38.8 million at an auction last night to benefit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Along the way, auction records were set for no fewer than 13 artists among the 33 in the sale.

Shepard Fairey Sentenced for Destroying Documents

The US District Court in Manhattan fined Shepard Fairey $25,000 and sentenced him to two years of probation and 300 hours of community service this morning for tampering with evidence related to his 2009 copyright suit. Fairey pleaded guilty to one...

A Kinder, Gentler Art World When Galleries Share?

Amid the gossip of this artist leaving that gallery, or that dealer snatching away this hot young artist, a kinder, gentler trend has quietly emerged. Galleries are jointly representing or mounting exhibitions of a single artist Currently, works by...

Phillips Hedges Bets With High Reserves

A contemporary sale studded with works by Cy Twombly, Damien Hirst and Cindy Sherman tallied $71.3 million last night at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York. The sale, held in the company's Midtown auction room, launched the second week of big...

Jack Early

Those who heard the most recent State of the Union address may recall tales of plucky small-business owners demonstrating an American proclivity for self-reinvention. Had President Obama looked for the same theme in the arts, he might have...

Trash, Treasure: Nate Lowman's Selective Memory

New York artist Nate Lowman's iconophilic paintings, sculpture and bricolage have a story of cultural alienation to tell. "I love language, and I love the failure of language," Lowman told A.i.A. "To me, a drop of oil paint or a xerographic dot are...

Roving Eye: Lost Shermans, Lost Flowers

On Sunday I flew to New York to meet with artist Deborah Kass, so that we could make the final selection of works to be included in her mid-career retrospective that will launch at the Warhol next spring. The show will include a full range of Kass's...

And the AICA Awards Go To...

Their awards may not have the glitz of Rob Pruitt's Art Awards, but the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) has stamina. It has presented annual prizes for over 25 years, and just announced the 2010 winners. While...

Blips for VIPs: Technical Woes Plague Online Fair

If The Social Network, the Facebook flick, taught America one lesson, it was that a successful web site shall not crash. Given Art in America's weekend test-run of the VIP Art Fair, the world's first online art fair, let's call this one a beta.

Rob Pruitt

Building upon the Anabaptist principle of adult rather than infant baptism, the Amish have a tradition known as Rumspringa. The practice offers Amish teenagers a pivotal choice—put bluntly, either you’re in or you’re out—following a period of...

Rob Pruitt, Super-Sized

Many in the art world will tell you that this is still not the time for a grand gesture. Evidently artist Rob Pruitt and his gallerist Gavin Brown did not get that message. This fall, our favorite bad-boy neo-pop artist continues to create his...

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