Art In America

“Language of the Birds: Occult in Art

It can be tricky to account for the dark arts in the white cube. Though many key modern artists were hardly shy about voicing their enthusiasm for the occult, art historians and curators, working within Enlightenment disciplines, have had a harder...

Between Worlds

Painter and sculptor Joaquín Torres-García left his native Uruguay for 40 years, absorbing radical new art in Europe and the U.S., before returning home in 1934 to advocate for a School of the South, a distinct Latin American movement.

Pattern Play: An Interview with Cheryl Donegan

In Cheryl Donegan's New Museum exhibition "Scenes + Commercials", curators Johanna Burton and Sara O'Keeffe consider the artist's video work and so much more. The show serves as the debut of Donegan's DIY fashion line called EXTRA LAYER, created...

“Looking Back: The 10th White Columns Annual”

Over the past decade, the art world's calendar has expanded into a far-flung 365-day-a-year whirlwind of openings, talks, performances, fairs and their attendant parties. That's why the locally specific White Columns Annual, a roundup of art seen over...

Joan Linder

Joan Linder’s exhibition “Project Sunshine” centered on the notorious environmental disaster, one of the worst in U.S. history, known as Love Canal. Conceived by the 19th-century industrialist William T. Love, Love Canal was supposed to be a “model...

Genius in a Box

A midcentury creative dynamo, first at Marvel Comics and then at DC Comics, Jack Kirby brought to life a host of fantastic characters—Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, the Avengers—that have now become global icons.

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...

Lonnie Holley

Simply stated, Lonnie Holley’s exhibition at the Halsey soared. The approximately 40 sculptures were selected from the collection of William S. Arnett and the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which Arnett founded, as well as the...

Overview: Back to Nature

Alan Sonfist’s Time Landscape (1965-ongoing) returned to full bloom this past summer. The public artwork looked fresh in a season of exhibitions around New York teeming with organic matter.

“Bring Your Own Body”

Titled after an unpublished manuscript by intersex activist Lynn Harris, this group show presents work by self-identified transgender artists alongside archival materials, complicating narratives often assigned to gender-nonconforming people....

From the Archives: Stella Since 1970

Leading up to A.i.A. cover artist Frank Stella's retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Oct. 30-Feb. 7, 2016), we present Philip Leider's survey of Stella's paintings from the 1970s, originally published in our March/April 1978 issue.

William Christenberry

For over 50 years, the Washington, D.C.-based artist William Christenberry has focused his attention on the American South, specifically the landscape of rural Hale County, Ala., near to where he was born. He is best known as a photographer, and an...

In the Studio: Lisa Yuskavage

Praised and reviled for the gender politics implicit in her work, Lisa Yuskavage ignores controversy to speark of her intense commitment to the formal practice and enlightening history of painting. 

Checking in on the Cape Town Art Scene

When asked why he thought there may be a surge of interest in contemporary African art in the past year, Joost Bosland, a director of the Cape Town branch of Stevenson, the largest contemporary gallery in South Africa, winced. "I'm not sure if...

“The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding”

“Though the production structures of television originate the television discourse,” Stuart Hall once argued, “they do not constitute a closed system. They draw topics, treatments, agendas, events, personnel, images of the audience, ‘definitions of...

Facts, Figures, Afterthoughts

The Museum of Modern Art's Pablo Picasso retrospective of 1980 attracted over a million visitors, putting an unprecedented strain on the museum's finances, physical plant and staff. In A.i.A.'s December 1980 issue, dedicated to Picasso, Roberta...

Overview: Between the High and the Low

Overview is a new review column in which writers survey multiple exhibitions or other projects. This month’s edition covers the shows “International Pop,” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; “Revolution of the Eye,” at the Jewish Museum, New York;...

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