Art In America

Choose Your China: Three Pavilions in Venice

Since 1972, the United States has maintained the “One China” pretense that Taiwan and Hong Kong are not culturally or politically distinct from Mainland China. But no such fiction prevails at the Venice Biennale.

Ken Okiishi

Whether layering references to different eras within a single work or organizing pseudo-retrospective exhibitions, Ken Okiishi often folds the past into the present.

Performance: Time Out

The enduring legacy of Tehching Hsieh, who will represent Taiwan at the Venice Biennale this year, rests on five grueling yearlong performances that he completed in New York between 1978 and 1986.

Cinema: Film Brut

Wang Bing’s long-duration films scrutinize life on the economic margins of his native China.

Kurt Schwitters

This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of Dada, and so it seems fitting that Galerie Gmurzynska, which is situated on the same block as the original Cabaret Voltaire, held an exhibition dedicated to Kurt Schwitters, one of the movement’s...

Ghost Cinema

The supernatural is utterly natural in the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who brings experimental techniques to bear on the intermingling of myth and daily life in provincial Thailand.

Ellen Cantor

Occupying two floors of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, this exhibition encompasses works on paper, including porn photo collages, as well as films both short and long. It is the second part of an exhibition that began, with somewhat different content, at...

Murder on Prince: An Art-World Crime Story

Amanda Oliver, wife of high-tech mogul and art collector Philip Oliver, has been shot dead in the couple’s Prince Street loft. So begins SoHo Sins (Hard Case Crime, 2016), the newly released crime novel by Richard Vine, managing editor...

Do Tough Guys Art?: An Interview with Richard Vine

July 19 marked the release of SoHo Sins, an art world murder mystery by Richard Vine, managing editor of A.i.A. Here, artist and fellow novelist Travis Jeppesen interrogates the author on his motives, the origins of the tale, and the seamy...

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.

Regina José Galindo

A soldier inserts his gun into the vagina of a pregnant woman and pulls the trigger. Pieces of the dead fetus fall out of her womb. The head of a man who has just been decapitated is then shoved up her vagina. Another woman’s breasts are cut off with...

“Rum, Sodomy and the Lash”

“Rum, sodomy, and the lash” is an aggressive exhibition, as suggested by its title, which was taken from a quote often (mistakenly?) attributed to Winston Churchill as a characterization of the naval tradition. In the mid-1980s, the Pogues would adapt...

Qiu Shihua

From a distance, they look like white monochromes—if anything at all. Quite often, they suggest raw canvas, without even a layer of gesso. When you get a bit closer, however, and allow your eyes to rest upon them for half a minute, a full minute,...

In the Studio: Tania Bruguera

At her house in Havana, the activist artist reflects on her conscience-pricking performances, her anticapitalist convictions, her concerns for Cuba's future—and her many run-ins with the secret police.

Reading Capital in Venice

Touring the Biennale, a fictional critic muses on the contradictions between the show's socially conscious theme and its wealth-and-fame realities.

In the Studio: Jaanus Samma

In the last few years, Estonia's Jaanus Samma (b. 1982) has emerged as one of the most widely recognized artists of Baltic Europe, primarily for his queer themes and interventionist methods rather than any particular medium or style.

Richard Tuttle

An accounting of the visible world and the invisible world: this is one definition of art offered by Richard Tuttle. 

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