Art In America

The Artist’s Sake: Christine Macel’s Venice Biennale

Christine Macel's primary intention for the fifty-seventh edition of the Venice Biennale, which she has titled "Viva Arte Viva," becomes apparent as soon as you enter the Central Pavilion in the Giardini.  

A Beckoning Angst

Living a luxurious life while depicting physical and spiritual destitution, France's Bernard Buffet was both wildly popular and, in some quarters, critically reviled. A recent exhibition in Paris presented him as a painter of surprising complexity. 

Llyn Foulkes

Llyn Foulkes’s Sprüth Magers exhibition consisted of thirty-seven mixed-medium paintings, the vast majority of them made since the Hammer Museum’s celebrated 2013 retrospective of his work.

Before Realism

In the seventeenth century, French painters Valentin de Boulogne and the Brothers Le Nain used lessons drawn from Caravaggio to initiate a closer observation of everyday scenes and characters. 

Francis Alÿs

“When the operative system of a society collapses, can art bring about an alternative way of thinking . . . ?” Francis Alÿs wrote this question on a notebook page reproduced in the brochure accompanying “Ciudad Juárez Projects,” his powerful...

Larry Walker

Since the 1960s, Larry Walker has pursued a rigorous artistic practice, often portraying human bodies and landscapes under duress. Raised in Harlem and educated in Detroit, he has lived since the 1980s in Atlanta, where he was the director of the...

Pentti Monkkonen

Before there were art schools and galleries in Los Angeles, there were murals. The tradition has a long and distinguished history, dating from the city’s eighteenth-century Hispanic founders, and it continues to thrive and evolve. LA-based artist...

Muse: Pentimenti

An émigré to New York, Russian-born painter Sanya Kantarovsky argues for the fluid openness to pictorial change that he perceives in the half-obscured surface traces left by such masters as Leonardo, Matisse, and Picasso.

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.

Writing and Non-Writing

Singapore-based Heman Chong addresses timeless epistemological questions—what do we know, and how do we know it?—through subtly conceptual, often semi-collaborative, “documentary” works.

Radek Szlaga

For this exhibition of 19 paintings, all oil on canvas, Radek Szlaga, who lives primarily in Poland, continued his investigation into the ways in which images are circulated and eventually repurposed.  Here, he examined Joseph Conrad's novella The...

Best of New York, 2015

Stuart Comer is chief curator of media and performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He recently spoke with A.i.A. about 10 of New York's most noteworthy spaces, exhibitions and projects in 2015.

Atlas Moscow: Good Neighbors

The government's rejuvenation of neighborhood exhibition spaces and the opening of the new, privately financed Garage Museum of Contemporary Art signal an updating of Russian cultural policy.

Thomas Eggerer

The figures that populate the recent paintings of the U.S.-based German artist Thomas Eggerer are engaged in activities that painting freezes and renders ambiguous or illegible. “Painting” and “figure” are here in conflict.

The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a performance by Wayne Koestenbaum at REDCAT; a screening of Wynne Greenwood's videos at 356 Mission; a program devoted to experimental cinema and landscape presented by Los...

SITE Santa Fe Celebrates 20 Years

SITE Santa Fe was founded in 1995 to present the first international art biennial in the United States, and soon after, developed a year-round schedule of programming. The art space's 20th anniversary program, "SITE: 20 Years/20 Shows," reflects its...

Jutta Koether

Jutta Koether's celebrated contribution to the 2012 Whitney Biennial was a group of paintings based on Poussin's The Four Seasons (1660-64). Her new works are also concerned with cycles of change and transformation, taking the wheel of fortune as a...

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