Author Archives: Linda Yablonsky


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Taking It to the Limits

Marina Abramović’s performances, feats of endurance involving self-denial and even self-mutilation, are so influential that MoMA has asked 35 artists to re-create them for an upcoming retrospective—and so provocative that it is building a separate entrance for the show. Read More


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You Had to Be There

More and more artworks exist not as objects but as ephemeral events—a conversation, a thunderclap, a slow-motion kiss—that insist viewers take part. Read More


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Hollywood’s New Wave

More and more artists are directing feature films with large casts, big budgets, and elaborate story lines involving everything from intellectual werewolves to Polish cowboys. Read More


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Slides and Prejudice

The controversy around painting from photographs continues as new generations and new image-making technologies keep the debate alive. Read More


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Why Small Is BIG

From Tom Friedman’s eraser shavings to Rob de Mar’s minuscule waterfall to Adia Millett’s tabletop dollhouses, intimately scaled sculptures are making a large impact. Read More


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Grosse uses painting to create her own kind of space. The site-specific Double Floor Painting, 2004, was installed at Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik in Odense, Denmark. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND CHRISTOPHER GRIMES GALLERY, SANTA MONICA

What Makes a Painting a Painting?

It used to be simple: wet paint on a flat surface. No more. Today painting can include photography, digital prints, sculpture, and a host of other materials—but not necessarily paint. Read More


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John Wesley’s comic-book esthetic, as in Aer Lingus, 2002, appeals to younger artists. COURTESY FREDERICKS FREISER GALLERY, NEW YORK

What’s So Funny About Contemporary Art?

Artists are finding inspiration in gags, slapstick, clowns, comics, and stand-up comedy. The results are sometimes satirical, sometimes ludicrous, and sometimes ‘so funny you could cry’. Read More


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Kiki Seror’s digital animation-with-sound DVD Fly-By Mission 2000: Invisible Invaders, 2000. COURTESY I-20, NEW YORK

How Far Can You Go?

With male nudes in full display, pornography a common source material, and explicit imagery the norm in galleries and museums, sex in art has become fun, disturbing, raunchy—even cerebral. Read More


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Maurizio Cattelan’s self-mocking La rivoluzione siamo noi  (We Are the Revolution), 2000. COURTESY MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK

To Thine Own Selves Be True

Role-playing is rampant today, with artists picturing themselves as impersonators, cross-dressers, evil twins, and exhibitionists—all to throw traditional ideas about identity up for grabs . Read More


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Harlem: A New Renaissance

Harlem: A New Renaissance. A New Renaissance Read More