Art In America

Philip Guston

How many artists working today haven’t looked to Philip Guston (1913–1980) for inspiration? Late in his career, the consummate Abstract Expressionist abandoned abstraction for figuration (which he had engaged with early on, employed by the WPA), the...

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. 

Facts, Figures, Afterthoughts

The Museum of Modern Art's Pablo Picasso retrospective of 1980 attracted over a million visitors, putting an unprecedented strain on the museum's finances, physical plant and staff. In A.i.A.'s December 1980 issue, dedicated to Picasso, Roberta...

Your Art Fair Antidote: The Guerrilla Girls Turn 30

This month, the Guerrilla Girls turn 30. The masked feminist avengers celebrate their birthday with new campaigns, street actions and an exhibition through May 17 at Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side, where they will host a party tonight.

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: a discussion of Matisse's cut-outs at the Museum of Modern Art; a panel on zombie formalism at the School of Visual Arts; a discussion of the 1994 Whitney Museum...

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: Rituals of Consumption

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, Roberta Smith's feature...

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...

Jay-Z Serenades the Art World

The track proclaims the rapper's desire for glitzy art along with other gratifications of the senses: "I just want a Picasso, in my casa / No, my castle / I'm a hassa, no I'm an asshole / I'm never satisfied, can't knock my hustle / I want a...

Museum of Everything Brings Carlo Zinelli to Venice

An Italian artist who grew up a mere 70 miles from Venice may be one of the unanticipated stars of this year's Biennale. Little known outside of Europe, Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974) will have his Venice debut thanks to the Museum of Everything (MoE),...

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.

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...

Hennessy Youngman Brews Damien Hirst Take-Down

Just in time for the rollout of "Hirst à Gogo," as Roberta Smith dubbed it in today's New York Times, another art-world muckety-muck has weighed in on the Damien Hirst "Spot Painting" extravaganza taking place at all 11 Gagosian venues worldwide....

Britain Selects Ofili, Riley for Olympic Posters

Twelve British artists have been selected to create posters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and no, Damien Hirst is not one of them. Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary...

Hide/Seek Protest in New York

"Ants in my pants, fire in my belly," chanted critic Jerry Saltz, with an estimated 500 artists, curators, activists, and gay and lesbian supporters on Sunday afternoon. The collective chant voiced response to the removal of a truncated version of the...

Starry Night on the Lower East Side

Kiki Smith is nearing the completion of a stained-glass window commissioned for the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Designed with architect Deborah Gans, the 16-foot-diameter window will occupy the eastern wall, 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...

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