Art In America

Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974

A young Ed Ruscha appears on the cover of Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 (Prestel), pointing at the dirt on the side of the road that stretches beyond him to distant, sun-baked hills. The volume was published in conjunction with the recently...

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art

  Accompanying an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum on view through Sept. 2, Ancestral Modern celebrates the gift of Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi's collection to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). This marks the first substantial gift of ...

Gordon Moore

It's tricky to mix abstraction and illusionism. The abstract painter's fealty to materials and process is fundamentally different from the mimetic painter's goal of naturalistic depiction. Some years ago, Gordon Moore found a language that merges...

Michael Scott

Intermittently since 1989, the New York painter Michael Scott has made black-and-white line paintings in enamel on large honeycomb aluminum panels. Intensely optical, each consists of one or more fields of slender, straight-edged stripes of equal...

Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons

Known to her classmates at Georgia State College for Women as "the cartoon girl," Flannery O'Connor provided satirical illustrations GSCW's student newspaper, The Colonnade, and other school publications while earning a social sciences degree and...

Lucian Freud Portraits

Since the vast majority of Lucian Freud's paintings are portraits, Sarah Howgate enjoyed broad purview while selecting work for the Freud survey now at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and scheduled to travel in July to the Modern Art Museum...

Ross Knight

Five works dated this year or last consti- tuted the sixth solo exhibition at Team for the midcareer New York-based sculptor Ross Knight. Consisting of dissimilar components conjoined in curious, arresting configurations, they are primarily...

Kienholz: The Signs of the times

A handsomely produced volume would contradict the spirit of Kienholz: The Signs of the Times. From the book's cover, which features an incomprehensible detail of a poorly photographed sculpture and "KIENHOLZ" stamped in gold; to gratuitously...

Nick Mauss

It seems that Nick Mauss loves drawing so much he wants to totally fuck with it. The 32-year-old Cooper Union grad, who is included in this year’s Whitney Biennial, has been showing internationally for a decade, starting with a group exhibition at...

Draw it with your eyes closed: the art of the art assignment

The contemporary art journal Paper Monument has published a delightful, useful book titled Draw it with your eyes closed: the art of the art assignment. The publication's editors, Dushko Petrovich and Roger White, asked a wide selection of art...

Richard Pousette-Dart

As a young painter in New York in the 1940s, Richard Pousette-Dart found himself among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, though arguably he was not of them. Variously influenced by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Paul Manship and John Graham,...

Robert Heinecken

More than a decade before Douglas Crimp's 1977 "Pictures" identified the appropriationist strategies of a generation, Robert Heinecken (1931- 2006) set aside his camera and turned to preexisting media imagery, particularly "the influx of printed...

Alighiero e Boetti

In the forthcoming monograph Alighiero e Boetti (Yale University Press), Tate Modern curator Mark Godfrey argues for the importance of the Italian polymath, who died in 1994 at the age of 53. Boetti's widely varied production and arcane processes...

Untitled Photographs

Discontinuity is one of the few constants among the 78 images in Untitled Photographs by Tim Barber, recently published by OHWOW. The artist's first monograph includes black-and-white and color work spanning the past 15 years and varies—wildly and...

12 Notable Books of 2011

Art in America's critics write their way through the best of 2011. We've asked leaders in the fine arts to highlight the top works in their areas of special focus. Stephen Maine is a Brooklyn-based painter, critic, curator and teacher, and a...

Twice Drawn: Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Context

After long production delays, the catalogue related to "Twice Drawn: Modern and Contemporary Drawings in Context," a wide-ranging two-part exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College in 2006, was finally published earlier this month....

Time Machines

Particle physicists' quest to replicate the hypothetical Higgs boson has never looked as promising as it does this week. And it probably has never looked as good as it does in Stanley Greenberg: Time Machines, just published by Hirmer. Having...

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