Author Archive

The Dubai Effect

No longer just repositories for unsold work, storage facilities have now become occasional exhibition sites and, more frequently, tax-free deposit vaults for art world speculators—a growing phenomenon in Dubai and many other global centers.

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Your Face Tomorrow

Drawing on China’s superabundance of publicly available surveillance footage, Xu Bing has created an at once playful and ominous feature-length montage, spinning a fictional narrative out of “objective” documentary sources.

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Books

James McAnally on Dushko Petrovich and Roger White, eds., As Radical, as Mother, as Salad, as Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now?

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Books

David Ebony on Martin Gayford’s Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney & the London Painters; plus related titles in brief.

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Critical Eye: Art in the Age of Sexual Disruption

Last fall, a group show about rape, along with erotically charged solo exhibitions by Julie Heffernan and Sarah Lucas, challenged New York viewers to reconsider art’s relationship to both sexual expression and sexual assault.

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Sightlines

Drawing Center director Laura Hoptman tells us what’s on her mind.

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Backstory

Photographer Dawoud Bey recalls his jazz sessions with artist David Hammons and pianist Billy Taylor, encounters reflecting an interdisciplinary creative ferment fostered by the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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The Brief

Pat Steir at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; Evans-Tibbs Archive of African American Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Bill Viola and Michelangelo at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; Hood Museum of Art reopens in Hanover, N.H.; Robert Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Untitled, Art fair in San Francisco.

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Artworld

People, Awards, Obituaries

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Among Things

An artist reflects on the social and philosophical implications of Bruce Nauman’s treatment of his body as a material to be manipulated in sculpture and performance.

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