Author Archives: Barbara Pollack


What a Dump!

Garbage and garbage pickers are the subjects of Vik Muniz's work. Read More


The Other Americans

Photographer Justine Kurland takes her camera on the road across the country to capture communes, hobos, and other subcultures that are often off the radar. Read More

French-Algerian artist Kader Attia's aluminum-foil Ghost, 2007. ©2009 KADER ATTIA/COURTESY SAATCHI GALLERY, LONDON

Making an Impact

The work of artists from Arab and North African countries is thriving, complex, and increasingly visible on the international scene. Read More


Whitney Biennial

A review of "2010". Read More


Taking Center Stage

Looking for new ways to interpret familiar works—and attract new audiences to see them—opera companies are hiring artists to transform classic productions into multimedia spectacles. Read More


Clothes Connections

Shinique Smith transforms piles of garments destined for export into eye– and thought–provoking installations. Read More


Hope, Glory, Manet, and McDonald’s

Wang Qingsong's elaborate, often parodic staged photographs riff on everything from art history to corporate logos to Communist propaganda. Read More

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Competing Shows Weigh on Sales at Shanghai Contemporary Fair

Now in its second year, the ShContemporary art fair attracted an international array of galleries, all of them installed in spacious booths in the cavernous, Soviet-designed Shanghai Exhibition Center Sept. 10–13. Read More


The Chinese Art Explosion

As works by Chinese artists fetch multimillion-dollar prices, the international art world is waking to the power of the Asian market. China has spawned hundreds of new galleries, 1,600 auction houses, art fairs, and growing numbers of contemporary-art collectors, while accusations surface that some are engaging in widespread speculation. Read More

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Inaugural Hong Kong Fair: ‘Major Players and Blue-Chip Works’

The city’s first international art fair, ART HK 08, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 14-18, attracted major players and blue-chip works of Western and Asian contemporary art, leading to high results by the end of the fair. Read More


Making 1,200 Museums Bloom

China, where the term “curator” did not exist ten years ago, is in the midst of a museum boom. But its fledgling institutions face many challenges—not least establishing an infrastructure for cultural activities, raising funds, battling bureaucracy, and challenging censorship. Read More

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High Demand Fuels Buying Frenzy at Art Basel Miami and Spinoff Fairs

With more than 40,000 visitors and 100 museum delegations in attendance, Art Basel Miami Beach boasted another year of superlative success. A need for crowd control was the only basis for complaint as collectors streamed into the Miami Beach Convention Center at noon on Dec. 7 and packed the hall for the next three days. Read More


Moonlight Sonata

For many artists, a day job is not just a way of keeping body and soul together—it also feeds and sustains their creative work. Read More

Beijing, 1997, by Rong Rong, who is often described as the black-and-white Nan Goldin. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND CHAMBERS FINE ART

Chinese Photography: Beyond Stereotypes

With the introduction of digital photography and high-tech printing facilities in China in the 1990s, a new generation of artists immediately embraced photo-based media as the perfect means for expressing the changes taking place around them. Read More