Author Archives: Barbara Pollack


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The Civil War in Art, Then and Now

As several museums showcase works made at the time of the conflict, contemporary artists continue to reflect on its legacy Read More


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The Exhibitions That Changed Art History

For his newest book, Bruce Altshuler selects the 25 most influential art shows from the last 40 years Read More


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Love Potions: Art and the Heart

Despite an overall reluctance among contemporary artists to deal with issues of the heart, more than a few tell great stories of romance and heartbreak Read More


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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


Profiles
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.

Wrap Artist

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


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Christian Marclay (right) performing with Otomo Yoshihide at the Japan Society in  New York.

It’s About Time

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


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

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.

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


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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.

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


Reviews
Maurizio Cattelan,  All, 2011–12,  installation view.

Where Hitler Meets JFK

Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim Read More