Retrospective


Artists Retrospective

The New Razzle-Dazzle: El Anatsui on His ‘Gem’-Encrusted Tapestries, in 2008

With five decades of El Anatsui’s work on view at Jack Shainman Gallery’s The School, in upstate New York, we turn back to June 2008, when Barbara Pollack profiled the Ghanaian-born artist for ARTnews. Anatsui, who won the Golden Lion … Read More


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Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot, 2013, stainless steel, neon tube. COURTESY THE ARTIST/©MONA HATOUM AND GALERIE MAX HETZLER, BERLIN AND PARIS/PHOTO: JÖRG VON BRUCHHAUSEN

Making the Ordinary Anything But: Mona Hatoum on Her Unnerving Sculptures, in 2005

With two Mona Hatoum shows happening this year (one currently on view at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, the second coming to the ICA Boston next week), we turn back to May 2005, when Pernilla Holmes profiled the Lebanese-born artist … Read More


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Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han-Dynasty Urn, 1995, C-prints. ©THE ARTIST

‘It Is Impossible to Simplify My Feelings About China’: Ai Weiwei on His Controversial Art, in 2006

With Ai Weiwei having recently received his passport after Chinese authorities held it for four years, we turn back to the October 2006 issue of ARTnews, in which Barbara Pollack spoke to the artist about his politically charged work. In China, Ai … Read More


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Agnes Martin, Untitled 1977, watercolor and graphite on paper. COURTESY PACE GALLERY/ ©2015 AGNES MARTIN/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

‘What We Make, Is What We Feel’: Agnes Martin on Her Meditative Practice, in 1976

Between a Tate Modern retrospective and a Nancy Princenthal biography, Agnes Martin has become one of the year’s most talked-about artists. In honor of the Tate show and Princenthal’s book, we turn back to our September 1976 issue, for which … Read More


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July 17, 1915

Retrospective: Francis Bacon’s Body Language

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Roger Brown, Landscape with Dollar Sign, 1991, oil on canvas. COURTESY DC MOORE GALLERY, NEW YORK

The American Futurist Nightmare: How Roger Brown Scared and Confounded Critics in the ’70s

Roger Brown has long been considered an important figure in the Chicago art scene, but it wasn’t until the past few years—nearly two decades after his death, at age 56, of AIDS–related causes—that his work became well-known in New York. … Read More


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E.L. Doctorow. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The Balthus Connection: What E.L. Doctorow, Jessica Chastain’s Film Debut, and a Painting Have in Common

In honor of E.L. Doctorow, who passed away at the age of 84 yesterday, we turn back to ARTnews’s May 2007 issue, in which Hilarie M. Sheets spoke with the writer about a film adaptation of his short story “Jolene: … Read More


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Joan Mitchell, Rivière, 1990, oil on canvas. ©ESTATE OF JOAN MITCHELL, COLLECTION OF JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION

An Expressionist in Paris: John Ashbery on Joan Mitchell, in 1965

In honor of the Kunsthaus Bregenz’s Joan Mitchell retrospective, which opens tomorrow in that Austrian city, we turn back to April 1965, when John Ashbery wrote about the work the American painter was making in Paris. At that time, Ashbery, … Read More


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Frank Stella, Gran Cairo, 1962, alkyd on canvas. WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, NEW YORK; PURCHASE FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF ART 63.34/©2014 FRANK STELLA/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

‘What You See Is What You See’: Donald Judd and Frank Stella on the End of Painting, in 1966

Frank Stella and Donald Judd are both having moments right now. There’s an exhibition of Stella’s paintings and drawings at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, in Basel, and on October 30, Stella will have a retrospective that will open at the Whitney Museum … Read More


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Charles Ray, Sleeping Woman, 2012, solid stainless steel. ©THE ARTIST/COURTESY MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

Raw Metal, Vulnerable Humans: Charles Ray on His Poetic Sculptures, in 1987

Charles Ray is known for his eerily naturalistic sculptures of cars, plants, and humans, 19 of which are currently on view in “Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014,” at the Art Institute of Chicago. In honor of that show, we turn back … Read More


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Michael Heizer, Altar 2 installation view, 2015, weathering steel, coated with polyurethane. ©THE ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERT MCKEEVER/COURTESY GAGOSIAN GALLERY

‘There’s No Understanding of My Work’: Michael Heizer on His Monumental Art, in 1977

Michael Heizer is known for a body of work that relies on the beauty of his natural materials (rocks, dirt, land itself) and that often verges on near-comical grandiosity with its size and themes. With his latest show, “Altars,” at … Read More


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Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks Gallery. ©ELLSWORTH KELLY/COURTESY MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

Converting Painting into Sculpture: William Rubin on Ellsworth Kelly’s Signature Style, in 1963

With four shows at Matthew Marks Gallery, Ellsworth Kelly is having one of the most exciting moments in his career at age 92. These shows find Kelly continuing his interest in blurring the line between painting and sculpture. His colorful … Read More


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June 12, 1915.

Retrospective: The Unveiling of the Sistine Chapel Restoration

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Before the Museum of Modern (F)art: On Yoko Ono’s First New York Show, in 1961

In honor of the Museum of Modern Art’s “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971,” we turn back to Ono’s first exhibition ever, held at AG Gallery, which was run by George Maciunas and Almus Salcius, in New York, in July … Read More