Art In America

Investigative Activity: An Interview with Joshua Abelow

Before we met in person, I met Joshua Abelow by reading his online diary, Art Blog Art Blog. I learned about his art viewing habits through the daily, sometimes hourly posts, featuring canonical, obscure, and emerging artists (myself included). He...

To Have and to Know: Camille Henrot’s Elephant Child

Camille Henrot wants to look at everything. Then she wants to catalogue, systematize, and place it all into a context of her own labyrinthine design. She knows it’s an unhealthy compulsion, but she does it anyway, feeling conflicted all the while.

Less Like Art: Seth Price as Author

For a moment, Seth Price dropped out of the art world. In the summer of 2013, he stopped producing new work, laid off his assistants, canceled his upcoming exhibitions, and requested that online magazines remove articles written about him. He did all...

String Theory: C. Spencer Yeh on YouTube

C. Spencer Yeh modestly describes himself as an “uncoordinated and tone-deaf” musician, but that hasn’t lessened the demand for his performances at high-profile art venues. Over the next few weeks, he will present vocal abstractions, violin...

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....

In the Studio: Carroll Dunham

The New York painter, known for his biomorphic abstractions and broadly comic nude-figure scenes, discusses his early devotion to the linear Conceptualism of figures like Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin and Dorothea Rockburne; his appreciative openness to...

In the Studio: Richard Aldrich

With paintings currently in a group show at New York's MoMA, Richard Aldrich discusses literature, music, therapy and his own earlier artworks—all elements in his instinctive, self-reverential, constantly evolving creative process.

In the Studio: Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle began showing his work in the mid-'60s, at the age of 24, and quickly became a significant contributor in an art scene that included artists as diverse as Robert Smithson and Agnes Martin. While some of Tuttle's early, spare work builds...

Rirkrit Tiravanija Lights Stockhausen at the Armory

The music, a 70-minute excerpt of the late composer's 29-hour opera "Licht," was intended to be performed in a specially designed chamber with octophonic (8-channel) sound. Tiravanija conceived of a circular stage with a lunar surface to include...

Beauty and the Bees: Q+A with Wolfgang Laib

Though trained as a doctor, Laib changed his direction after medical school and began creating his now iconic "milkstones," slabs of polished marble with a thin layer of fresh milk sitting atop their surfaces. His work emits a subtle spiritual...

Olaf Breuning is Home Again

Like the Swiss-born Breuning, the buffoon is a scruffy, sandy-haired New Yorker around 40 years of age with a penchant for masks and face paint. He's obsessed with the culture around him. In the first film of the trilogy, Home (2004), he holes up in a...

Kids' Stuff, Adult Matters: Q+A with Charlie White

Artist Charlie White is consumed by the phenomenon of the consumerist teenager, particularly the female, who has, since the 1970s, been the prime target for advertising. In "The Sun and Other Stars," his two-person show with photographer Katy...

End of the Marathon: Tom Sachs at the Park Avenue Armory

June 16, 2012: Visiting the Park Avenue Armory, I discover that Tom Sachs's installation "Space Program: Mars" is up for just one more day. During the past month, Sachs has given three space flight demonstrations, held public breakfasts with Mars...

At Migrating Forms, Who's Afraid of the Avant-Garde?

A woman in a flowery dress takes the stage and tells us about Ed Halter, who is presenting at Anthology Film Archives as part of the fourth Migrating Forms festival of moving images. He's a critic, curator, runs the Light Industry, a venue for art...

Harry Dodge, Masked-Unmasked

I'm at the Harry Dodge screening at The Kitchen. The first video starts. Onscreen, someone wears a mask with a cube affixed to its forehead. There's no telling if it's a man or a woman, but the mask suggests the ugliness of a dude, and the...

Llyn Foulkes in the Studio

Speaking out for process, skill and intellectual depth, the veteran painter and musician offers a tough-love alternative to today's artistic values. 

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