Tag Archives: John Currin

Pictures at an Exhibition
Saul Levine, AS IS IS, 1991, Super 8 film transferred to video. COURTESY ALTMAN SIEGEL

‘As Is Is’ at Altman Siegel

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.Today’s show: “As Is Is” is on view at Altman Siegel in San Francisco through June 27, 2015. It features work by George Condo, Saul Levine, John Currin, and many more, … Read More

Artists Q&A

‘I’m Certainly Not an Idealist’: A Talk with John Currin

John Currin’s show at Gagosian Beverly Hills runs through April 11. His last solo show was at Gagosian Paris in 2013 Read More

Reviews Web Exclusive

Barack & Michelle, Tristan & Isolde, Irony Not Included

Do Elizabeth Peyton’s shows at Gavin Brown and Michael Werner signal a new tendency toward anti-cynicism? Read More


Split Decisions: When Critics Change Their Minds

What makes art critics revise their opinions? Some mind-changing critics explain Read More

Mickalene Thomas, Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2011 (top), a riff on Courbet’s sleeping women.

Double Exposure

In paintings, photography, sculpture, and performance, artists are summoning the age-old distinction between naked and nude to comment on gender roles, sexual politics, stereotypes, and more Read More

Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy exemplify comic grossness in their multimedia piece Caribbean Pirates, 2005.

When Bad Is Good

Artworks that mimic soft porn, showcase embalmed animals, mock the Pope, and otherwise offend propriety are filling auctions, museums, and galleries. Is there anything left to be upset about? Read More


The Cindy Sherman Effect

By inventing her own genre, Cindy Sherman has influenced the way generations of artists think about photography, portraiture, narrative, and identity Read More


How Far Is Too Far?

Contemporary artists have made work depicting graphic sexual acts, damaging property, injuring their own bodies, or paying others to alter theirs. But when does art cross the line from avant-garde to unacceptable?. Read More


Are You Looking at Prices or Art?

Experts discuss how market appreciation is affecting art appreciation. Read More


Slides and Prejudice

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

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