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Installation view of “Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010” at MoMA, which did not use wall texts. COURTESY MOMA

Wall Talk: Do We Even Need Museum Wall Labels?

There was a time when the labels and texts in museum shows were matter-of-fact explanations—the artist, title, date, medium, and then a few informative words from the curator. But as exhibitions have become more extravagant, provocative, and controversial, attended by … Read More


Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 Features
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Noah Horowitz, Art Basel’s Newly Minted Macher, Takes His Talents to South Beach

This past September, Noah Horowitz, clean-cut, in his mid-30s, and with a mild professorial mien, arrived on time for our interview at Cookshop, a restaurant in the heart of New York’s Chelsea art district. He unbuttoned his suit jacket, sat … Read More


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PAMM director Franklin Sirmans at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. ANGEL VALENTIN/COURTESY PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

Growing Pains: Franklin Sirmans and the Future of the Pérez Art Museum Miami

There are major streets in downtown Miami that have been effectively hollowed out by development, impossible to traverse and made useless in the name of progress. It is a city of luxury high-rises and scaffolding. On a recent trip, at … Read More


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Installation view of Opera Calling at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, 2007. COURTESY !MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK

Spy vs. Spy: Tech-Savvy Swiss Duo Bitnik Refines the Art of Espionage

‘I’ve hijacked your surveillance camera. How about a game of chess?” The words filled a closed-circuit television screen that only seconds before had shown commuters in London’s Charing Cross station. Whichever security guard read the message soon saw it replaced … Read More


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Jan Frank photographed in his Bond Street studio, July 15, 2015. ©KATHERINE MCMAHON

To Be Frank: How Old-School Artist Jan Frank Became New Again

The painter Jan Frank has a reputation as a hard-drinking, if not hard-fighting, downtown playboy. He is known for his sharp suits and smoky drawl, his alpaca coat, and his fondness for the racetrack (he names his paintings after favorite … Read More


Artists Features Reviews
Mark Manders, Room with Unfired Clay Figures, 2011–15, painted bronze, iron, wood, and offset print on paper, installation view. GENEVIEVE HANSON/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY, NEW YORK

Mystery, Eccentricity, and Gallows Humor: Matthew Weinstein on Mark Manders and H.C. Westermann

Mark Manders’s work makes a good argument for banishing the term “contemporary.” It’s a silly term. Unlike “modern,” which projected futures for a range of now-­failed ideologies and left its own archaeology, “contemporary” has no historic potentiality. I admire Manders’s indifference … Read More


Artists Features
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A Still Is a Still Is a Still . . . Still: Clyfford Still’s Replicas

Inspired by a rare opportunity to acquire iconic Clyfford Still paintings, buyers made headlines in 2011 when Sotheby’s auctioned four Still canvases for $114 million, nearly twice the combined asking price. The most expensive paintings, 1949-A-No.1 and 1947-Y-No.2, sold for … Read More


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Marina Abramović photographed at her New York City apartment on September 18. ©KATHERINE MCMAHON

‘…But We Can’t Pay You’: Performance Art and Money’s Knotty Relationship

A year ago, in a former bank in Brooklyn, RoseLee Goldberg hosted a postmodern fundraiser featuring a “special food performance” by artist Jennifer Rubell. The event was to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Performa biennial, founded in 2004 by … Read More


Artists Features
Frank Stella, redjang, 2009.  ©2015 FRANK STELLA/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK/PRIVATE COLLECTION

The Wrestler: Frank Stella Readies a Landmark Third New York Retrospective

On a sunny morning in early September, 79-year-old artist Frank Stella stood on the loading dock of his studio in upstate New York. Across the street a gigantic crane was lifting a couple of hulking wooden crates off the back … Read More


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Rachel Rose, still from Everything and More, 2015, HD video. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PILAR CORRIAS GALLERY, LONDON

More Is More and More: The Compulsive Video Collages of Rachel Rose

Revolutionary War paintings, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, cryogenics labs, crushed berries, polar bears—all of these images and more have figured in Rachel Rose’s antic videos. It’s a vast spectrum. One difference between the 28-year-old New York–based artist and most of … Read More


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Did Instagram Kill Photography’s Stars?: ICP Confronts Today’s Image Revolution

In an age when more than 880 billion photographs are taken each year—with more than 1.8 billion uploaded to the Internet every day—how can museums keep up? That is a question now facing the International Center of Photography, New York’s … Read More


Artists Features Reviews
Barnaby Furnas, First Morning, 2015.

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‘Is This for Adults?’: Matthew Weinstein on Barnaby Furnas and Mike Kelley

Virginia Woolf called George Eliot’s Middlemarch, “one of the few English novels written for grown-­up people.” Sometimes I apply this to paintings. I look at a painting show and ask myself, “Is this for adults?”Painting is a friendly medium. Most … Read More


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The Error of Margins: Vernacular Artists and the Mainstream Art World

Earlier this year Jasmin Tsou, proprietor of the downtown Manhattan gallery JTT, bought an Artforum magazine subscription for Marlon Mullen, an artist who had recently joined her stable. The magazine would be used as source material: Mullen’s acrylic paintings on … Read More


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Guys on the Edge: Ed Atkins’s Not-Quite-Human, Computer-Generated Men

They cry, they smoke, they spout poetry Read More