Author Archives: Barbara Pollack

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Japan’s Postwar Art Wave

Museum and gallery shows on Mono-ha, Gutai, and other avant-garde movements in Japan from the ’50s onward are shedding new light on an era previously unknown to the West Read More

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Diana Al-Hadid Makes a Sculpture

The birth of a multi-hued Venus
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Fred Wilson Creates an Installation

A basic vocabulary of painted flags and blown glass becomes an evocative meditation on color and race Read More

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Mainland China’s Mega-Collectors

A new generation of entrepreneurs is snapping up works by international contemporary art stars to amass major and sometimes museum-worthy collections. But the recent arrests of several art-world figures have buyers worried about government scrutiny Read More

Lin Tianmiao’s Badges, 2009, installed in the OCT Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai. As a child, she helped her mother wind balls of thread.
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Wrap Artist

Binding, winding, and knotting, China’s Lin Tianmiao creates vivid installations shimmering with emotion Read More

Christian Marclay (right) performing with Otomo Yoshihide at the Japan Society in  New York.
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It’s About Time

The huge success of ‘The Clock’ brings new attention to other parts of Christian Marclay’s career Read More

Cai Guo-Qiang’s Black Ceremony, 2011, commissioned by Mathaf:  Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.
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Under Destruction

Playing on the pervasiveness of images of destruction and devastation in the news and in Hollywood movies, artists are making works that range from violent to chillingly disquieting
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A viewer contemplates Democracy is our goal, but the country must remain stable, installed at Beijing’s Long March Space, 2010. The title is a famous quote from former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.
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Risky Business

Spoofing capitalism, the art market, and China’s image abroad, Xu Zhen has developed parallel careers as artist, entrepreneur, and activist Read More

Walker’s Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees), 2006, triptych, digital print with silkscreened white, milk, and dark chocolate on canvas, based on a 1963 photograph of a civil-rights demonstrator in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Copy Rights

As digital tools transform the way artists find and rework images, the concept of what is fair use—legally as well as artistically—is becoming more complicated  Read More

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All Dressed Up

As more and more art museums showcase high fashion, their staffs are grappling with strategies for presenting it, funding it, and connecting it to their missions Read More

Maurizio Cattelan,  All, 2011–12,  installation view.
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Where Hitler Meets JFK

Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim Read More

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CHINA The Next Generation

China’s younger artists are introspective, sophisticated, and hyper-aware of their identity in a globalized world Read More

An Xiao's The Artist Is Kinda Present, 2010, a performance in which the artist had conversations with gallerygoers over Twitter.  JOANIE SAN CHIRICO
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The Social Revolution

Today’s Facebook comments are tomorrow’s artworks as artists harness social technology to comment on how our new connectivity is changing our culture. Read More

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Qi Baishi Painting Fetches Record $65M at Beijing Auction House

China Guardian Auction House, the second largest in mainland China, sold a 1946 triptych by Chinese modern painter Qi Baishi (1864-1957) for 425.5 RMB ($65 million), a record for a modern work of Chinese art. Read More