Author Archives: Barbara A. MacAdam

Aaliyah Colon, Manhattanville, 2A, 0103, from Project Lives. PUBLISHED BY POWERHOUSEBOOKS/©AALIYAH COLON

Bringing It Home: For ‘Project Lives,’ Public-Housing Residents Pick Up Cameras

Ever wonder whether kids see the same things we do when looking around their environment? From their diminutive physical vantage point and their experiential one as well, things must look different.Well, George Carrano, Chelsea Davis, and Jonathan Fisher wanted to … Read More

2015 Venice Biennale
Ursula Von Rydingsvard in Yorkshire sculpture park.KATHERINE MCMAHON/ARTNEWS

The Top of the Tree: Ursula von Rydingsvard in Venice

Context matters: proof is looking at Ursula von Rydingsvard’s sculptures in the Giardino della Marinaressa. Set in this small park, the mostly cedar works could have grown in the garden like a native species, so comfortable are they in the … Read More

2015 Venice Biennale Features
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, from here to ear (detail), 1999–ongoing; 5 Gibson Les Paul guitars, 5 Gibson SG bass guitars, 5 pedal effect processors, 8-channel amp, speakers, nests, cables; dimensions variable. Installation view, 'FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot,' Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 2014. WALTER SILVER/©CÉLESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT/COURTESY PAULA COOPER GALLERY, NEW YORK AND PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

French Pavilion Artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot Teaches the World to Sing

In late February, while in the throes of preparing his project for the 56th Venice Biennale, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was just as purposefully going about daily life at his home in the South of France. As we spoke via hiccuping cellphones, … Read More

Juergen Teller, Vivienne Westwood No. 1, London 2009, 2012, C-print, 72" x 108".COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LEHMANN MAUPIN, NEW YORK AND HONG KONG

“Future Seasons Past” at Lehmann Maupin

Chelsea and Lower East Side, New York Read More

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1985, paint, vinyl, and wood on board, 51" x 81¼" x 7½".©2015 ESTATE OF LOUISE NEVELSON/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/COURTESY PACE GALLERY

Louise Nevelson at Pace

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Armory Week 2015

Some Monsters Loom Large at the Armory Show

At the Fredericks & Freiser booth, dark and striking were paintings by Mark Thomas Gibson, a Yale School of Art grad and Kara Walker’s studio assistant. One painting, Searchlight, blares the words in all caps: “Some Monsters Loom Large.” The lettering is … Read More

Thomas Houseago, Moun Room, 2013–14, Tuf-Cal, hemp, and iron rebar, 36' x 45'6" x 12', installation view. GENEVIEVE HANSON/©THOMAS HOUSEAGO/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND HAUSER & WIRTH

Thomas Houseago at Hauser & Wirth

Sculptor Thomas Houseago created an object/environment that could be construed as all things to many people. Called Moun Room (2013–14), the installation was a huge cubistic maze divided into three chambers. Visitors could walk, climb, and crawl through it, sit … Read More

Alexander Ross, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas,  60" x 50". COURTESY THE ARTIST AND DAVID NOLAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

Alexander Ross at David Nolan

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Hirschhorn on Art21.COURTESY ART21

‘A Tribute to Susan’: Art21 Premieres Seventh Season, Following the Passing of Its Founder

Last week, PBS presented the first episode of the seventh season of the Peabody Award–winning series Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. Produced and directed by Susan Sollins, who died suddenly this month, the shows, which are being broadcast … Read More


Peter Regli at KARMA

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Toni Ross and Jean Pagliuso at The Drawing Room

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Mark Reynolds: Rational Art About Irrational Numbers

Mark Reynolds makes kaleidoscopic drawings that explore ratios, musical chords, and space itself Read More

James Lee Byars, The World Flag, 1991, gold lamé, 161" x 85" x 6". MoMA PS1.COURTESY MICHAEL WERNER GALLERY, NEW YORK AND LONDON

James Lee Byars at MoMA PS1 and Michael Werner

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Patricia Cronin’s Memorial to a Marriage at Woodlawn Cemetery. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Woodlawn Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary on Display

An exhibition at Columbia’s Wallach Gallery showcases the graveyard’s art Read More