Art In America

Ajay Kurian

A giant bust of a muscular cartoon monkey with a spinning mechanical head, its face locked in an expression of joy so hyperbolic that it borders on menace, confronts visitors in the entryway to Ajay Kurian’s “The Dreamers.” Kurian’s sculptures are...

Fiction and Artifice: DIS on YouTube

New York-based collective DIS has pioneered the post-internet aesthetic on their online publishing platform, DIS Magazine. For an overview of DIS’s creative practice and community of collaborators, we have assembled a playlist of videos on our YouTube...

Biennials: Mixed Messages

Incorporating works from many participants in their own online community, the New York–based collective DIS has mounted a Berlin Biennale that simultaneously exploits and critiques trendy digital strategies for marketing culture.

Summer in the Artful Hamptons

Summer is short and busy in the artful Hamptons. Now more than ever, there are high-quality galleries, sophisticated museum shows, performances, temporary exhibition spaces, pop-up events, and charity benefits—all to entice visitors away from beach...

Xaviera Simmons

In Xaviera Simmons’s exhibition “CODED,” the human figure and the landscape are presented as complex territories that both invite and resist mapping. Her photographs and videos pair alluring bodies with desolate expanses of land or sea. A video cuts...

Making Noise: Mika Tajima on YouTube

New York artist Mika Tajima creates sculptures, installations, prints, and performances based on digital data that she collects. Her work often reflects the relationship between changing economic conditions and collective human emotions.

Anna Sew Hoy

Denim is everywhere in Anna Sew Hoy’s “Invisible Tattoo,” serving as a stand-in for the human body and a protective casing for vulnerable insides. Piled on the floor are various “Denim Worms” (2016), long tubular soft sculptures made of jeans in a...

All Gold Everything: Mika Tajima’s Public Art

Mika Tajima’s Meridian (Gold), 2016, resides in Hunter’s Point South Park along the southern portion of the East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. The public sculpture, which will be on view through Sept. 25, was commissioned by nearby...

Meg Webster

Meg Webster has been putting gardens in galleries for years. Her new exhibition opens with Solar Grow Room (all works 2016): four raised beds of plants and moss are bathed in pink light from overhead fixtures. The room’s walls are covered in...

Ambient Aesthetics

Monitoring commodity prices, asset values, and the digital measurement of collective happiness, 
Mika Tajima creates artworks and installations—sometimes diffuse and cloudy, sometimes violent—that reflect current socioeconomic...

Stephen Lichty

If you don’t remind yourself that the four objects (all 2016) in Stephen Lichty’s second solo exhibition are the products of human labor and experience, they might seem otherworldly. The artist produced Bowl, a three-foot-diameter floor sculpture, in...

Writing on the Wall: William Kentridge in Rome

Rome has been waiting for contemporary works of public art that can stand up to the historic city’s glorious monuments from the Renaissance and antiquity. Where the architects Richard Meier and Zaha Hadid tried, and failed in the opinion of many,...

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

It’s hard to overstate Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s influence on art since the 1990s. His extraordinary body of work—emotive, delicate, powerful—simultaneously revived and transformed the legacy of Conceptual art. Julie Ault and Roni Horn, two artists who...

“Fade In: Int. Art Gallery—Day”

The paintings and sculptures created for cinematic worlds are elements of set decoration rather than masterpieces. Yet they are nonetheless tasked with playing the role of Art and communicating nuanced ideas about class, taste, and refinement....

Post-Consumer Report: A Conversation with Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian’s work is a journey, and viewers willing to travel can make seeing it a journey, too. Three exhibitions on view at East Coast institutions comprise a tripartite midcareer retrospective for the Los Angeles-based artist. The Studio...

Hedonists and Humanists: Mapplethorpe in Los Angeles

It seems difficult to reevaluate Robert Mapplethorpe’s career today, partly because the furor over the cancellation of his first retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery in 1989 inspired such thoughtful assessments of his work then. No one will ever sum...

Michael E. Smith

Michael E. Smith’s sculptures convey a contemporary American gothic sensibility, conjuring a world of woodsheds and Walmarts and long winters when the mind can wander. His economical use of materials is matched by the deadpan descriptions of them on...

Stan Douglas

Set in Lisbon during the 1974 Carnation Revolution, which ended Portugal’s dictatorship and its colonial ambitions, Stan Douglas’s The Secret Agent is a faithful update of Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel about the machinations of terrorists and their...

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