Art In America

Overview: The National Exhibition

Both the Whitney Biennial and the Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art opened in March. The Biennial is old: the current iteration is its seventy-second. The Triennial, which closed in May, was in its first edition.

“A Surrealist Banquet”

The table is set with silverware compressed into blocks by César. The décor includes a still life of a bouquet by Balthus and a towering centerpiece of painted bronze breasts by Hans Bellmer. The main courses include a meatball speared on a fork by...

Sharjah Biennial

Biennial themes are often underdeveloped, amounting to little more than mood-setting phrases that give a poetic gloss to eclectic displays of artwork.

“Commercial Break”

The huge digital billboards wrapping the architecture of Times Square form what marketing experts call a "brandscape."

Susan Hiller

"Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists," Sol LeWitt famously wrote. But few conceptual artists have delved into mysticism with as much intelligence and historical perspective as Susan Hiller. Her third eye-opening exhibition at...

Nancy Spero

"It's horrific," Nancy Spero (1926–2009) told an interviewer with "Art21," "trying to show the insanity and brutality of war." She was speaking about Maypole: Take No Prisoners, her installation for the 2007 Venice Biennale that has been re-created at...

Soshiro Matsubara

An atmosphere of decadence and sensuality can easily encourage ponderous meditations on death. With “Sleeves of Desire II,” his first solo show in New York, Soshiro Matsubara has gone with a light touch, cultivating an environment informed by...

“Outlaw Glass”

For a man of culture and taste, choosing a bong can be a tricky task. The range of options can feel limited: water pipes weighted down with tired psychedelia or sterile cylinders emblazoned with bro graphics. The premise of this exhibition of...

Poems Without Words

With a 1975 series of stacked-line compositions, the painter David Reed began to garner recognition from critics and peers alike. Now those legendary works from his first solo exhibition are on view again, raising intriguing questions about cultural...

Robert Breer

Everything in this concise overview of Robert Breer’s career feels alive, or at least animated. Breer (1926–2011) created abstract paintings until the early 1950s, when he turned to film, a “medium that permitted mixing,” as he told P. Adams Sitney,...

Sascha Braunig

The wireframe bodies in Sascha Braunig’s latest paintings can be as sinuous as string figures or as rigid as metal grills. They inhabit illusionistic spaces defined by the deceptively simple gradients or environments warped by bold, Op-Art patterns....

Harvey Quaytman

Harvey Quaytman's paintings of the 1980s and '90s, a tight selection of which are on view here, bring the visual rhetoric associated with transcendent abstraction down to earth. Quaytman (1937–2002) is known for works from the 1960s and '70s that...

Vija Celmins

To walk into Vija Celmins’s solo exhibition, her first in seven years, is to enter a world in gray. Detailed paintings of choppy seas and night skies thick with stars—her major subjects since the 1980s—feel immersive even at relatively modest scales...

Mary Beth Edelson

Patriarchal Piss (1973), on view as part of Mary Beth Edelson’s solo show “The Devil Giving Birth to the Patriarchy,” is a hand-painted photograph of the artist standing nude on a sand dune in North Carolina. Severed (male) heads hang from her biceps,...

Diego Perrone

Glass is a material long associated with illumination, enlightenment, and the divine. The cast glass sculptures featured in Italian artist Diego Perrone’s exhibition “Self Portraits” hold out the promise of personal revelation. Elegantly displayed on...

Group Exhibition

Murray Guy, a Chelsea art gallery that is closing after an eighteen-year run next month, offered an education in challenging art. The program skewed toward conceptually driven photography and film; the gallery was often filled with the sound of a 16mm...

Liz Glynn

Auguste Rodin willed the contents of his studio, including the right to cast his sculptures posthumously, to the French state, which has established precise guidelines for how these works should be produced and distributed to cultural institutions...

Overview: Immerse Yourself

Only a handful of movie theaters around the country are equipped to screen Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walkas acclaimed director Ang Lee intended it to be seen. Centering on an Iraq War hero’s ambivalence about participating in a souped-up patriotic...

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