Art In America

"The Lure of Paris"

Forget An American in Paris. In the 1950s, the streets of the French capital saw more political demonstrators than dancing U.S. expatriates. Yet the city's mix of established culture, an active avant-garde, racial and sexual tolerance, café society...

Mix and Match at Meditations Biennale

This year, four curators—Denise Carvalho (the Americas), Friedhelm Mennekes (Europe), Fumio Nanjo (Asia) & Tomasz Wendland each would interpret the theme "the unknown" [through Oct. 30]. The selected artists were then installed in an integrated...

The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won't Want to Miss

This week we check out Mary Weatherford's literally electric painting/neon hybrids at Brennan & Griffin, Michelle Stewart's mysterious and engaging photo grids at Leslie Tonkonow, and a well-curated show of art made by American artists based in...

Jean-Luc Moulene

In the mid-’90s, the Paris-based artist Jean-Luc Mouléne, known for his large-format, sometimes politically inflected photographs, initiated a parallel project consisting of three-dimensional “objects.” (Mouléne eschews the term “sculpture,” with its...

Brent Green

Brent Green works in the tradition of artist as mythmaker, as teller of tall tales. If Mark Twain were with us today, he would probably be engaged in endeavors comparable to Green’s films—works that focus on characters tragically consumed by their...

Melvin Edwards

This exhibition of 14 welded-metal sculptures, reflecting Melvin Edwards’s work over the last four decades, contained many pieces not previously exhibited or not shown for quite some time. The earliest examples—Chaino (1964), Five to the Bar (1973)...

Swell

The word “swell” can refer to a ridge-shaped formation that moves across the surface of a liquid or, as a slang adjective, indicate that something (or someone) is remarkably fine. Both meanings were applicable to the three-venue exhibition “Swell”...

Simon Hantai

Simon Hantaï (1922-2008) was born in Hungary and moved to France in 1948. In the early 1960s, wishing to increase the degree of both chance and objectivity in his work, he developed his signature technique of dripping, splashing or pouring color...

Reconfiguring Pop

The long overlooked role of women in Pop art is explored in "Seductive Subversion" a traveling show that encompasses the work of 65 international artists. 

Lincolon Tobier

Like many other artists who emerged during the 1990s heyday of poststructuralist semiotics and institutional critique, Lincoln Tobier, born in 1964 in New York and currently working in Los Angeles, seems to have discarded the notion of fixed meaning.

Michael Joaquin Grey

Michael Joaquin Grey (b. 1961) has been known since the early '90s for making works that reference the principles governing the growth and transformation of things living and inanimate.

Venice Preview: Liam Gillick

For over 20 years, Liam Gillick has addressed the question of how art has been used to advance a broad range of social and ideological agendas, and to subvert and exploit the material and political structures that order contemporary life.

From the Archives: Decoding O’Doherty

In our December 2007 issue, on the occasion of a traveling retrospective, critic Saul Ostrow parsed O'Doherty's oeuvre, which the artist has produced through five distinct alter egos, most notably Patrick Ireland. Ostrow argues that O’Doherty’s...

From the Archives: An Artist & His Aliases

It’s fairly common knowledge that Patrick Ireland, the artist, and Brian O'Doherty, the art critic, are one and the same person. Far less known are the story and the political stance behind this double identity, and the fact that Ireland/O'Doherty has...

From the Archives: What Is Post-Modernism?

Now that the modernist era (1848– 1969?) is over, many of us are camped around the exit of that vertiginous tunnel peering back in and reporting to each other what the passage through—squeezed by the giant muscle of historical inevitability—was like....

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