A viewer contemplates Democracy is our goal, but the country must remain stable, installed at Beijing’s Long March Space, 2010. The title is a famous quote from former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.
Profiles

Risky Business

Spoofing capitalism, the art market, and China’s image abroad, Xu Zhen has developed parallel careers as artist, entrepreneur, and activist Read More

Visitors waiting to ride down Carsten Höller’s 102-foot slide last year at the New Museum in New York; riders on Höller’s Mirror Carousel, 2005; Singing Canaries Mobile, 2009.
Trends

How to Keep Museum-goers Happy

As visitors crowd into blockbusters at rates of more than 800 people per hour, museums are working behind the scenes to keep guests patient, informed, and calm Read More

Walker’s Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees), 2006, triptych, digital print with silkscreened white, milk, and dark chocolate on canvas, based on a 1963 photograph of a civil-rights demonstrator in Birmingham, Alabama.
Trends

Copy Rights

As digital tools transform the way artists find and rework images, the concept of what is fair use—legally as well as artistically—is becoming more complicated  Read More

Robert Wilson’s rendition of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera  Der Freischütz, performed in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 2009,  with costumes by Viktor & Rolf.
Profiles

Wilson’s World

Celebrating Robert Wilson’s birthday with essays, interviews, a frog, and a sharkshin shoe Read More

The Fool,  a self-portrait  by Francesco Clemente.
Looking at Art

Playing the Fool

Francesco Clemente takes on the Tarot card, using friends Brice Marden, Philip Glass, Diane von Furstenberg–and himself— as models Read More

Installation  view of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled (free/still), 2011–12, at the Museum  of Modern Art in New York.
Features

Curry Up!

Following Rirkrit Tiravanija’s recipe for success
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British curator Sheena Wagstaff has been hired to expand the venerable museum’s contemporary-art programming
News

Bringing the Met Up to Date

British curator Sheena Wagstaff has been hired to expand the venerable museum’s contemporary-art programming Read More

Esther Hamerman, Polish Village, ca. 1950s.
Looking at Art

All in the Family

An exhibition pairs artworks by New York painter Nicole Eisenman and her great-grandmother, Esther Hamerman, a Polish-born folk artist Read More

Paul Hazelton’s Death Duster, 2011, made from a synthetic-fiber duster and collected dust.
News

Mite Makes Right

Soot, sand, dust, and smoke are things that museums typically try to avoid, but these substances are the latest subject in a series of materials-focused shows at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Read More