Installation view of "Electronic Superhighway (2016 – 1966)" at the Whitechapel Gallery. STEPHEN WHITE

To Take a Computer as an Apprentice: A Look at When Art Met Technology at LACMA, in 1971

With so many shows about art and the Internet lately, it’s hard to remember a time when it was unexpected that artists would ever rely on machinery and electronics, but, in 1971, when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened … Read More


Double Positive: Carter Ratcliff on Robert Ryman’s Meditative Monochromes, in 1971

In honor of a survey of his paintings at the Dia Art Foundation in New York, below is a 1971 essay about Robert Ryman’s white-on-white paintings. Written by Carter Ratcliff, the essay questions how Ryman’s work can be categorized. Are … Read More

Eduardo Mac Entyre, Seis Formas en Dos Circunferencias (Six Forms in Two Circumferences), 1966, oil on canvas. (Click to enlarge.) COLLECTION OAS AMA | ART MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS

‘Op Is Out-of-Town Art’: Thomas B. Hess on MoMA’s Show ‘The Responsive Eye,’ in 1965

This February marks the 50th anniversary of MoMA’s 1965 show “The Responsive Eye,” the exhibition that formalized Op art as a movement, albeit a short-lived one. Curated by William Seitz, the show caused a media frenzy—mainstream publications covered the show’s … Read More

Artists Retrospective
Catherine Opie, The Shoe Closet, from the '700 Nimes Road Portfolio,' 2010–11, pigment print. ©CATHERINE OPIE/COURTESY REGEN PROJECTS, LOS ANGELES AND LEHMANN MAUPIN, NEW YORK AND HONG KONG

L.A. Story: Catherine Opie on Her Controversial Photographs of Los Angeles Subcultures, in 1998

In honor of her two shows at Lehmann Maupin and her show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles opening this weekend, below is a profile of Catherine Opie from the September 1998 issue of ARTnews. —The Editors“L.A. Story” By Suzanne MuchnicFrom the … Read More

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Glenn Ligon
Live, 2014, seven channel video. Installation view at Regen Projects, Los Angeles, 2015. ©GLENN LIGON/COURTESY THE ARTIST, LUHRING AUGUSTINE, NEW YORK, AND REGEN PROJECTS, LOS ANGELES/PHOTO: JOSHUA WHITE

The Writing on the Wall: Glenn Ligon on Borrowing Text to Expose American Racism, in 2011

Below, in honor of Glenn Ligon’s show at Luhring Augustine’s Bushwick space, which opens today, is Hilarie M. Sheets’s profile of Ligon from ARTnews’s April 2011 issue. (A second show of Ligon’s work opens at the gallery’s Chelsea space in … Read More

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‘A Tenacious Contributor of Ideas’: David Bowie on His Publishing Company, in 1998

David Bowie, the beloved musician who died yesterday at age 69, is best known for his unabashedly weird pop music, but a little-known piece of the British singer’s biography is that he also tried his hand at art-book publishing. (Another … Read More

Jean Dubuffet, Paysage aux argus, 1955, collage with butterfly. ©PROLITTERIS, ZURICH. COLLECTION FONDATION DUBUFFET, PARIS

‘I Am Convinced Art Has Much to Do with Madness’: Jean Dubuffet Paints a Picture, in 1952

Much to the horror of the art-world elite in 1950s France, Jean Dubuffet’s work had a tendency to look like it was made by an amateur. His paintings, which have chunky surfaces that look either like vomit or shit, feature … Read More

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Ellsworth Kelly, Yellow Relief over Black, 2013, oil on canvas, two joined panels. ©ELLSWORTH KELLY/COURTESY MATTHEW MARKS GALLERY

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

William Rubin’s 1963 piece on Ellsworth Kelly was first published online on June 19, 2015. To mark Kelly’s death yesterday, at the age of 92, it has been republished. —The EditorsWith four shows at Matthew Marks Gallery, Ellsworth Kelly is having one of the … Read More

Gustave Caillebotte, A Game of Bezique, 1881, oil on canvas.

‘A Matchless Recorder of the Parisian Scene’: John Russell on Gustave Caillebotte, in 1966

Below, in honor of the Kimbell Art Museum’s show “Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye,” which Phyllis Tuchman reviewed for these pages last week, is a review of a 1966 show of Caillebotte’s work at Wildenstein Art Gallery, in London. Written … Read More

Alexander Calder, Triple Gong, ca. 1948, brass, sheet metal, wire, and paint. CALDER FOUNDATION, NEW YORK/ART RESOURCE, NEW YORK/©ARTIST RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK AND DACS, LONDON

‘An Engineer of Beauty’: Alexander Calder on His Mobiles and the Later Stages of His Career, in 1973

Alexander Calder (1898–1976), whose career spanned more than half a century, continued to reinvent himself well into the later decades of his life. His work was always about motion, literally and figuratively, as the Tate Modern’s show “Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture” makes clear—his … Read More

Norman Lewis, Untitled (Procession), ca. 1960, watercolor, ink, crayon, graphite on paper. ©ESTATE OF NORMAN W. LEWIS/COURTESY OF MICHAEL ROSENFELD GALERY, LLC, NEW YORK, NY

‘Why Spiral?’: Norman Lewis, Romare Bearden, and Others on the ‘Contradictions Facing Them in Modern America,’ in 1966

In the September 1966 issue of ARTnews, Jeanne Siegel published a roundtable among the 14 members of Spiral, the American-American artist collective, in which they discussed, as the magazine put it, “the contradictions facing them in modern America.” The group, which included Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, … Read More

PH-268, 1955 (left) and PH-921, 1955–74 (right) at the “Repeat/Recreate: Clyfford Still’s ‘Replicas’ ” exhibition.

‘Art Is a Force for Life, Not Death’: Clyfford Still on the Power of Painting, in 1976

A little-known part of Clyfford Still’s oeuvre are his “replicas”—near-identical copies of his past works. Currently the subject of a show at the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, the “replicas,” the Abstract Expressionist said, were ways of working through ideas so … Read More

Wifredo Lam, Untitled (La Brousse), 1958, mixed media on paper pasted on canvas. COURTESY GALERIE GMURSZYNSKA/©ADAGP, PARIS 2015

‘All Art Is Tragedy’: Wifredo Lam Paints a Picture, in 1950

Wifredo Lam, who was born in Cuba in 1902, was one of the very few artists from beyond the borders of the American and European art worlds to become a genuine star in those locales in the middle part of the 20th century. Lam’s work had … Read More

November 27, 1915

Retrospective: Knoedler & Co. Hires a Female Art Dealer in 1915

And other excerpts from our coverage 100, 75, 50, and 25 years ago Read More