Art In America

Hands Over Head: An Interview with Jack Pierson

Jack Pierson's show at New York's Cheim & Read, "onthisisland" (through Aug. 29), combines candy-colored compositions of oil, paint, sand and wax on canvas with subtle graphite drawings and beautifully lush watercolors. Pierson spoke to A.i.A. about...

James “Son Ford” Thomas

"We all end up in the clay." This stark truth, spoken by seminal Delta Blues musician and self-taught artist John "Son Ford" Thomas (1926-1993) on his time working as a gravedigger in Mississippi, is powerfully conveyed in this exhibition of small...

From the Archives: Art After Stonewall

In remembrance of the Stonewall Riots that took place on June 26, 1969, catalyzing the modern LGBTQ movement, Holland Cotter spoke to 12 queer artists for our June 1994 issue.

William Pope.L

William Pope.L’s powerful exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Contemporary subtly replaces passive viewing with multisensory experience. The show teems with possibilities for heightened sensation—smell, touch, vision and hearing—and...

Sharjah Biennial

Feeling out of place, I found myself marching through the streets of Sharjah with hundreds of others—artists, curators, critics and students—who had come for the opening weekend of the ambitious biennial in this tiny emirate bordering Dubai.

Joachim Koester

What if, despite its surface appearance of messy complexity, life was actually governed by precise machinery? One gets a sense of what this could look like from watching Joachim Koester’s videos and films, installed in multiple rooms at Greene Naftali...

The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a discussion about statistically minded feminist activism at LACMA; a lecture on William Pope.L's work at MOCA; a performance by Rafa Esparza at an undisclosed...

Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik has been described as the "father of video art," but the medium-specific moniker obscures his broader fascination with how technologies alter our bodies and our perceptions.

“Zero Tolerance”

Organized by Klaus Biesenbach and Margaret Aldredge, "Zero Tolerance" brings together an international ensemble of artists who investigate conflicts of freedom and control by documenting protests, demonstrations, civil disobedience and other...

John Baldessari

With "Movie Scripts/Art" at Marian Goodman Gallery, John Baldessari created a world of unsteady narratives with a series of large diptychs. 

Independent or Bust: Braving March Blizzards with Paul Ha

Paul Ha arrived at the Independent (Mar. 5-8) straight from Penn Station, ready to see what kind of work the fair's 50-plus international galleries brought to snowy Chelsea. "I come to art fairs with two goals in mind," he said: "To scout new...

Whose Name Was Writ in Water

Robert Gober's recent retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art prompts expansive reflections on the legacy of the readymade, the nature of obscenity and the poetics of plumbing.     

Ken Okiishi

American artist Ken Okiishi’s second solo show at Mathew, “Eggleston und Andere, ‘reality bites,’ made numerous art historical references while at the same time attempting to free itself from them. 

Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam examines the social and aesthetic dimensions of human bodies, often by pushing the physical limits of his own. 

Inventing Pop Abstraction

Uniting firmly outlined forms and bold colors, American painter Nicholas Krushenick created a new nonobjective vocabulary in the 1960s.    

The Breath of Life

Long an icon of feminism and sexual liberation, the artist now finds artistic counsel, erotic pleasure and spiritual sustenance in her many kissing cats.

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