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Few artists have had as much of an impact on representational painting as Judith Linhares. For the years between MarciaTucker’s “Bad” Painting (1978) at the New Museum and Linhares’s inclusion in Frieze by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in 2018, she was a painter well-known by other figurative painters and the generations of students she taught at the School of Visual Arts, but her gallery representation didn’t properly reflect her influence.

These university museum leaders are bridging cultural chasms through elaborate and generative work with their students.

52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by Lucy R. Lippard and presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., in 1971. Opening on June 6, 2022, 52 Artists will showcase work by the artists included in the original 1971 exhibition, alongside a new roster of twenty-six female identifying or nonbinary emerging artists, tracking the evolution of feminist art practices over the past five decades. 

Want to see new art in New York this weekend? Start on the Upper East Side with Evelyn Statsinger’s enthralling paintings at Gray New York. Then head to Chelsea for a rare chance to see Michaël Borremans’s work at David Zwirner.- And don’t miss Tommy Malekoff’s indelible video images shot in the Everglades.

“Basquiat is not just an artist; for a lot of the people out there, he’s a religion,” one dealer said. But Wednesday there were plenty of newcomers to watch.

In the past few years, Tribeca has seen a resurgence as New York galleries depart districts like Chelsea and the Lower East Side for new digs, making this neighborhood one of the go-to spots for art in the city. A heady brew of art enterprises has formed as a result: relatively young art spaces now exist side-by-side with Tribeca veterans like Postmasters Gallery and apexart, and edgy shows by artists on the rise can be found just blocks from ones by more established talent.

One couple is helping Atlanta’s High Museum of Art to fill gaps and correct biases in its collection.

From Genesis P-Orridge at Pioneer Works to Louise Bourgeois at the Met, our pick of the best exhibitions in the city this week

Women inhabit their bodies on their own terms in Judith Linhares’s paintings, rendered in the color-loaded, wet-into-wet strokes of the artist’s signature wide brush.

Last year, the Ford Foundation and Mellon Foundation, two of the country’s largest philanthropic funders in the arts, joined forces to establish the Latinx Artist Fellowship, which will support the work of 75 Latinx artists at various stages in their careers over a five-year period.

What makes an image queer? What constitutes a queer history? Ryan Patrick Krueger’s debut solo exhibition, “On Longing,” invoked these questions and explored what’s at stake in their answers through five works (all 2022) that contain and reframe vernacular photographs of coupled men between whom some form of affection can be discerned.

Alive with personified creatures and borrowed symbols, Astrid Terrazas’s canvases function like tarot cards, hazy assemblages of meanings that orbit an iconic core. 

The artist, who fled the violence of the civil war in El Salvador as a child, incorporates ritual gongs into his sculptures, on view in the show “Tierra Blanca Joven,” at the Brooklyn Museum.

Guadalupe Maravilla's practice and resulting artworks centre mostly on healing as an individual and societal tool to overcome trauma, drawing from his background as a child of war and experiences as a cancer survivor to build spaces focused on communal care and healing across generations.

Fixing a set of emerald-green and darkly mesmerizing eyes on the camera for a 2022 video in this exhibition, Tiamat Legion Medusa, the titular subject of the piece, asserts, “I don’t want to die looking like a human.”

It was terrifying, but there was so much beauty and magic.

That's how the artist Guadalupe Maravilla describes much of his life. And it could also be said for his work — looming sculptures and haunting sound art — exhibitions of which are currently being shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

Hew Locke discusses his grand commission for Tate Britain, a poetic work of sculpture examining colonial legacy, global finance and the human bodies at the end of the paper trail

The Salvadoran artist talks to Aruna D’Souza about retracing his childhood migration through Central America and Mexico, collectively healing trauma and performing in the dark

The annual Gallery Weekend Berlin is opening this week at some 50 galleries.

New York Art Week, which runs May 5th through 12th, is the latest evolution in the city’s always mercurial art fair scene. In the past, major fairs have spawned numerous satellite events, and organizations across the city have tried to capitalize on the monied collectors who flock here for the marquee events. New York Art Week is a unique endeavor in that it’s the first attempt to bring together many of these actors under one banner with a focused mission.

In memory of Stephanie, and in honor of Alejandro.

 

The book Gay Propaganda, edited by Masha Gessen, was published in January of 2014, on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and right before the invasion of Crimea. It collects personal accounts of LGBTQ+ life in Russia in response to the laws criminalizing public discussions of homosexuality and banning LGBTQ+ couples from adopting children. Every speech that Putin currently makes justifying the new invasion of Ukraine has railed against "so called gender freedoms," equating basic human dignity to a decadent luxury such as oysters or foie gras.

A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum showcases the work of multidisciplinary artist Guadalupe Maravilla, the first contemporary Central American artist to have a solo show at the Museum. 

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation embarks on its first book with artists like Claudia Rankine, Mel Chin, Mierle Laderman Ukeles supplying words and curator Anjuli Nanda leading the charge.

Carolee Schneemann created some of the most famous works of performance art of the twentieth century – including the genuinely iconic 'Interior Scroll' - and is long overdue a proper celebration.

In October 1981, the artist David Wojnarowicz, then 27, went to the countryside with his new friend and eventual lover, the photographer Peter Hujar. While there, he caught a snake. This fact is perfectly mundane, but it is rendered breathtaking at PPOW Gallery where you can read about the trip in Wojnarowicz’s handwritten postcard to his then-lover Jean-Pierre Delage and then look up from the glass case where the postcard lies to see a Hujar photo of the event: Wojnarowicz, shirtless in black and white, staring straight into the lens, exposing his two big front teeth in a smile while the snake hangs from his hand like an upside-down “J.”

El artista salvadoreño Guadalupe Maravilla ha convertido dos salas del museo Henie Onstad de Oslo en un manifiesto a favor de los poderes curativos del arte. Sound Botánica, su primera gran exposición individual en Europa, explora cómo la pintura o la instalación pueden enfrentarse a la enfermedad y el trauma, al tiempo que revisten el centro expositivo de un aura espiritual.

I tend to treat painting as a personal folktale journal, and that helps keep me interested. I like to story tell what’s happening in my life in a non-direct way–casting a light haze on the actual happenings of my life and community within invented or fantastical worlds. The intent is to create different stages of consciousness, a dreamlike fluidity that connects past and present. Similar to a dream, the meaning is understood only if looked at peripherally. 

In his work, Danh Vo proposes that you don’t necessarily have to have made an object in order to call it your own. The very typewriter that the Unabomber used to pen his manifestos was included in his 2018 Guggenheim Museum retrospective, as was a chair used by a member of the Kennedy administration. Neither of these objects would have been out of place in a history museum. In Vo’s hands, however, they become art.

Over 40 donors supported the climate action led by Galleries Commit and Art to Acres, which will see nearly 200,000 acres preserved

The fair’s ninth chapter comes after a two-year hiatus and boasts an ambitious programming throughout the city

The artist's new Tate Britain Commission is a blazingly ambitious cavalcade of humanity, melding past and present, joy and pain

Guyanese-British artist will create four sculptures that draw on the New York museum's collection

If there was one phrase uttered more than any other at Thursday’s opening of EXPO Chicago, it was “great energy.” The art, the booths, and most of all the fair itself were suffused with it, according to both gallerists and visitors. That attitude might not be surprising considering this is the first time the event has returned to the city’s Navy Pier since fall 2019—both 2020 and 2021 in-person events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the artists, Tiamat Legion Medusa, is transforming into a dragon.

The Guyanese-British artist will create four sculptures shaped into whole and fragmented trophies that reference historical works in the museum’s collection.

Guadalupe Maravilla’s sculptures at the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA explore the trauma caused by war, migration and family separation.

Plus, a new show at PPOW explores David Wojnarowicz’s first love, and Philadelphia Museum of Art workers stage a rally.

In the new issue of Elephant, writer Precious Adesina meets the British artist Hew Locke, whose work has long challenged viewers to look and think again about the world that surrounds them.

A show at PPOW gallery explores the artist and author’s first significant relationship, with Jean Pierre Delage, which liberated him emotionally and changed him artistically.

Hew Locke’s new installation at Tate Britain shows 150 full-sized figures on a journey through history

A new exhibition at New York’s PPOW Gallery displays David Wojnarowicz’s letters to his former lover Jean Pierre – here, his biographer Cynthia Carr talks about his tender, furious artistic legacy

A new large-scale installation by Hew Locke, "The Procession" features nearly 150 life-sized figures outfitted in hand-made garments and masks. 

In a major new commission for the Tate museum group in London, the British-Guyanese artist returns to the themes of empire and postcolonial reckoning that have fascinated him throughout his career.

David Wojnarowicz’s final home was on the corner of Second Avenue and Twelfth Street on the Lower East Side. He moved in after the prior tenant, his mentor and former lover Peter Hujar, died of AIDS. A few months later, in 1988, David was diagnosed with AIDS himself; he’d die in the Second Avenue apartment four years later at the age of thirty-seven.

The Procession, installed in the Duveen Galleries, references the museum's historic links to the sugar industry and slavery

Plus, solo shows for Stan Squirewell, Rebecca Ward, Madjeen Isaac, and more.

Ambitious, accomplished and fascinating, this incredible piece features 150 figures in masks and hand-sewn costumes journeying through Tate Britain

New work evokes ideas of pilgrimage, migration, trade, carnival, protest and social celebrations

There’s a post-colonial, anti-capitalist carnival happening at Tate Britain. And if that doesn’t sound like much fun, that’s because it isn’t. It’s serious.

Locke’s new work The Procession is a coming together of ideas he’s been exploring for nearly 30 years - and now people are talking about them

Tate Britain today unveiled The Procession, a major new installation by artist Hew Locke, the latest in the gallery’s ongoing series of annual commissions. Locke has taken over Tate Britain’s monumental Duveen Galleries with almost 150 life-sized figures – staging a powerful, unsettling and fantastical procession. Intricately hand-made, and bold in its use of colour, this extraordinary installation assembles a myriad of images and materials. It is Locke’s most ambitious project to date, bringing together themes he has explored throughout his career.

Brooklyn-based tapestry artist Erin M. Riley has been weaving pieces that speak on issues faced by women for over ten years. Her work addresses dark themes, raising awareness and promoting recovery for those who have faced issues including violence, self-harm, objectification, or are struggling with their sexuality. Many of her tapestries are based on personal experience, imagery that she has plucked directly from her camera roll, or photos she has come across online.

Curator Michael Rooks advocates for love not war in new exhibition.

The notion of stories, bodies, and selves that change incrementally and radically as they repeat pervades the mesmerizing world of Glaessner’s Phantom Tail.

‘Collectors’ journeys into the homes of fledgling and seasoned art buyers from across the globe. The ongoing series offers an intimate spotlight on a range of personal collections from hobbyist ephemera to blue-chip artworks — all the while dissecting an individual’s specific taste, at-home curation and purchase trajectory.

NB: Can you share the origin of your name, Daze?
Daze: The origin story is funny and typical. It's very important to choose a name that will define you as you continue on; a name that no one else has at the same time. 

The air is thick, you’re drifting through a hazy, uncertain world, and visibility is not on your side. Obscure humanlike figures move intentionally slow through abstract pools of color and light. You make out a hand, a fingernail, a toe, but the rest is unclear. Impossibly long limbs wrap you in a warm embrace, and you feel, perhaps for the first time, safe. There are no power structures, no capitalism, no gender, just primitive reflections of emotional states. As you saunter through psychological landscapes, these spirits guide you, divorce you from your mortality, and regenerate you in their making—one free of humanity, of guilt, and most of all, free of pain.

“The feelings that I want to convey … I don’t always have the words to describe,” explains painter Elizabeth Glaessner amidst the large, beautifully painted and somewhat mysterious canvases that make up her solo show at the P·P·O·W gallery in Lower Manhattan.

Plus, check out the latest edition of our Artnet Talks and see works by Brazilian artist Amelia Toledo.

A biographical detail about this Brooklyn-based artist sheds light on both the mythological anatomies and the amniotic quality of her bewitching new paintings: Glaessner was born with a protruding tailbone. In her current show, “Phantom Tail,” supernatural creatures—a deliquescent sphinx, a spidery humanoid in a turquoise pool—occupy worlds that are alternately smoldering and coolly luminescent. 

UK-based sculptor Clementine Keith-Roach revisits the world of mythology to give shape to her sculptures as a means to reconstruct the narratives of past, present and future.

As debate over controversial monuments rages on, new project will be part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival culture programme linked to the Commonwealth Games

From a series of mesmerizing paintings by up-and-coming star Elizabeth Glaessner to Peter Moore's fascinating documentation of New York's performance art, these exhibitions are not to be missed

Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including Kia LaBeija, Tenet, Hassan Sharif, and more.

Martha Wilson – Journals collects the most representative pages of performance artist Martha Wilson’s diaries between 1965 and 1983. In 2018 art dealer and publisher Michèle Didier asked Wilson if she could find in her diaries when she decided to become an artist and begin Franklin Furnace (the artist-run space and archive dedicated to artists’ publishing and performance initiated in New York in 1976).

As the rise of abstraction swept through the Western art world in the early 20th century, so, too, did a turn towards spirituality. Within the context of prevailing art movements, such as Realism and Impressionism, as well as materialistic philosophies and values, artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevich, and František Kupka yearned for meaning beyond reality, and ushered in the rise of abstraction. These pioneers of abstract art sought inspiration from spiritualism and theosophy, a synthesis of world religions, sciences, philosophy, and color theory. And while these male artists are renowned as the pioneers of abstract art, their female counterparts have, until recently, gone overlooked and underrecognized in the art-historical canon. 

Art Basel has announced the 289 galleries that will take part in its upcoming edition in the Swiss city, which is scheduled to run June 16 to June 19, with preview days on June 14 and June 15.

P·P·O·W is pleased to present Elizabeth Glaessner’s third exhibition with the gallery, Phantom Tail. Siphoning inspiration from an evolving pool of art historical, mythological, and cultural references, and inspired by symbolist painters such as Edvard Munch, Glaessner conjures a surreal universe of hypnotic landscapes populated by androgynous doppelgangers, sphinxes, fiends, mirages, and more. Throughout the exhibition, Glaessner’s paintings act as portals, shepherding us into a world unmoored by virtue or vice where all manner of myths coexist without predetermined moral resolution.

Bodies surged toward the front doors of LAGO, whose opening bash had just reached capacity. The crowd pleaded desperately to security guards for entry. Someone began pushing and faces flattened against glass. Everyone was on the list, but no one could get in. The more intrepid guests circled around the back of the pavilion, toward the dark, brackish lake. Security guards rushed to pull us off planters. Through the windows, a golden pendulum by Artur Lescher and a James Turrell window, radiating neon pink, seemed unperturbed by the invading horde—or, for that matter, the steady throb of Tulum house on the dance floor.

These makers are finding beauty and strangeness in the everyday, producing winking renderings of prawns, ashtrays and more.

As their joint show opens in London, American artist Laurie Simmons tells us about the New York studio she shared with the late artist Jimmy DeSana, and why his work “becomes more extraordinary” with time

Guadalupe Maravilla’s “Planeta Abuelx” at Socrates Sculpture Park provided a welcome respite for pandemic times. Offering a space for meditation, healing, and recovery, the project reflected Maravilla’s engagement with mutual aid and therapy, focusing on the ways that art can sustain, restore, and provide solace. A cancer survivor and immigrant who escaped El Salvador’s bloody civil war, Maravilla understands the nature of trauma. These experiences, along with childhood memories, rituals, and traditional medicine, form the basis of his practice and its recuperative and communal purpose.

Participating institutions include the Brooklyn Museum, the Gropius Bau in Berlin, and the Museum of Art and Photography in Bengaluru, India.

Arguably Latin America’s most important art fair, Zona Maco has been on hiatus as the country, and the world, weathered the pandemic, staging its last edition in February 2020. And since the pandemic is still not over, the fair made the necessary adjustments to ensure visitor safety. Aisles between booths were significantly widened, and masks were required—attendees for the most part were good about wearing them. A general sense of weariness toward international travel seemed to dampen attendance at the fair, which felt somewhat lower than years past, despite Zona Maco scheduling its date a week before Frieze Los Angeles. (Their overlap had kept exhibitors and visitors from visiting in the past.)

Plus, a bodily autonomy workshop at the Queens Museum and the latest show from up-and-coming painter Lucia Love.

His paintings at the contemporary gallery PPOW are a bridge to his train-tagging days and a paean to Bronx street life.

In the summer of 2019, Hew Locke and Indra Khanna, his wife, were my personal guides through the streets of Brixton. As we meandered the labyrinth of market stalls, we discussed a range of topics: migration, diaspora and community, gentrification, navigating the global art market, and the Caribbean. This outing came on the heels of Hew’s exhibition in Birmingham, England, in which such works as The Tourists (2015) and The Nameless (2010) were exhibited. The Tourists—presented as a haunting video installation—was an intervention that took place aboard the battlecruiser HMS Belfast, and that was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, London.

Perrotin’s current New York group exhibition “Late Night Enterprise” sheds light on the dimmed corners of nighttime social dynamics, from clubs, bedrooms, and shops to computer screens, where the moon’s mauve-colored veil reveals more than it hides. In the featured artists’ works, we see temples of the night that are backdrops for vagabonds to retreat, shelter, and thrive: homes for chosen families to bond; hubs for minds to converse; and nooks for pleasure seekers to play. In addition to portraying club culture as a platform of performativity and reverie, the exhibition steps into moments of nightlife, when time and reason operate on alternative rhythms. The waning of sunlight, as the curatorial premise suggests, exposes possibilities of self-fashioning, introspection, commerce, and pleasure.

Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including Ulysses Jenkins, EJ Hill, Carlos Almaraz, and more.

P·P·O·W has big plans for Astrid Terrazas, whose multimedia paintings and illustrated ceramics, will be presented at a solo show and Zsonamaco fair in 2022

She is the director of PPOW, a venerable art gallery in TriBeCa co-founded by her mother in 1983.

Visual art that nobody sees is like a tree falling in a forest that nobody hears. That makes for a great Zen koan. But it doesn’t make an impact. Art’s an experience, not an idea. Sarasota Art Museum’s curators know that – and strive to put art in front of human eyeballs. 

On view this month in New York, P·P·O·W has compiled a body of new works by Christopher “Daze” Ellis, the longtime graffiti writer and painter who came up among a new generation of taggers who began their work during the late 1970’s, and who would be among those who earned early recognition by the New York gallery scene during the 1980’s. Combining a selection of significant works from the 1980s and early 1990s with a series of new paintings and sculptures, Give It All You Got chronicles a lifelong dedication to portraying the lifeforce of New York City and commemorating those who were a part of what it once was.

The Independent art fair has announced 66 galleries that will participate in its forthcoming edition in New York, scheduled to take over Lower Manhattan’s Spring Studios May 5–8.

Chris DAZE Ellis' paintings seem to be born out a dream. His trainyards, subways and graffiti history are seeped into each work, but the way he executes it reminds us of how we deal with our own memories. Some works are crystal clear landscapes of a NYC of the past, while some are blurred with very little figurative representation coming from beneath the spray. It's as if DAZE is remembering some parts of his past with an utter clarity, and some of his past life is fading away. The result is a stunning new show, Give It All You Got, on view now at PPOW in NYC. 

Four artists featured in a major London exhibition about Britain and the Caribbean reflect on identity, the art world and living through changing times.

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter institutional collections worldwide

Guyanese-British sculptor Hew Locke is the latest artist to take on Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries, the huge central aisle of the museum. It's a daunting space, but he's sure to fill it with his signature gold-drenched, super colourful, critical plays on colonial aesthetics. 

From live music to glass sculpture, game-changing performances to fitness podcasts… our writers on cultural treats to light up the months ahead

Domenick Ammirati on the New Museum’s 2021 Triennial, Greater New York 2021 at MoMA PS1, and Rosemary Mayer at Swiss Institute

These acquisitions may be a good barometer to track the success that Latinx art (used here to describe artists based in the United States, primarily but not limited to those born here or having arrived as children, with a heritage to Latin America and the Caribbean) is currently having within the art world. The fight for recognition has been ongoing since it was initiated in the late 1960s by artists, activists, and curators, and right now presents what some might call a moment for Latinx art. 

As 2021 comes to a close, we’re taking the time to look back on the shows in the U.S. and around the world that we feel had the greatest impact. Like the year before, this year was again marked by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But it had many more bright spots. Thanks to the vaccine, we saw the return of in-person shows, fairs, biennales, and events. Artists took the tumultuous times head-on, continuing to make work, sometimes addressing it directly, sometimes not. Curators took on subjects that ranged from themes like grief, connection, and even clay. There was joy, sadness, a celebration of humanity. Whether looking to the past, present, or future, we found ourselves once again communing with art, artists, and the thing that moves us most of all, beauty.

As the city reopened, the art world saw legacy-changing donations for the Met and the Brooklyn Museum, and a seismic shift in Tribeca’s gallery scene.

From accounts of loss and grief to stories of hope and humour, these are our favourite entries in our regular series of personal encounters with art from 2021

It’s not every day you find yourself standing between two paintings of trolls waving at one another, but that’s exactly what you would have found in Robin F. Williams’s recent show, “Out Lookers,” at P·P·O·W Gallery in New York. Challenging how women are often depicted as scapegoats or untrustworthy figures in popular culture, the artist’s larger-than-life ghosts, witches and supernatural beings bear important messages about social justice, sustainability and issues facing women throughout history. A climate activist and founding member of the environmentalist group Artists Commit, Williams speaks about sustainability in the art industry and the importance of embracing time off.

Documentary filmmaker Chris McKim was looking for something that would make him feel good six months into the Trump Administration and he wanted to make a difference. While he was aware of downtown New York City queer artist and activist David Wojnarowicz, it wasn’t until he started diving into the artist’s work that McKim realized there was an urgent story to be told.

Jessica Stoller redefines feminism in her work, playing on both the grotesque and the surreal within her practice. She uses her ceramic sculpture to explore and subvert idealist forms of beauty. Her work encourages the viewer to question cultural notions surrounding body image, gender, and femininity. Stoller was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1981. She received her BFA at the College for Creative Studies (2004) and her MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, (2006). Stoller’s work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian, among others. Solo shows have been mounted at P·P·O·W, (New York) and The Clay Studio (Philadelphia). Group exhibitions have been shown at the Foundation Bernardaud (France) and the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw (Georgia). 

Patrick Sun has made it his personal and professional mission to support LGBTQIA+ artists. As the founder of Sunpride Foundation, he’s led the nonprofit’s efforts to create awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community in Asia through art. One of its biggest projects to date was organizing a pair of institutional exhibitions dedicated to queer themes, titled “Spectrosynthesis,” which took place in Taipei and Bangkok in 2017 and 2019, respectively. And since the 1980s, Sun has been building an impressive collection of works by influential LGBTQIA+ artists such as David Wojnarowicz, Shu Lea Cheang, Sunil Gupta, Wu Tsang, Danh Vō, and Samson Young, among many others. Now a member of the M+ Council for New Art, Sun has carved a place for himself as a major patron of LGBTQIA+ art. Here, he shares insights on his approach to collecting.

My paintings are fluid in both material and content. Shifting between water-based pigments and oils, I pour paint onto the surface and work wet-into-wet to create a psychological space where amorphous forms and figures merge with each other and their environment. 

A diverse range of highlights from this year's fair 

Trends and Sightings at The Big Fair Miami Beach

Chris Sharp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the Los Angeles and New York-based artist Aaron Gilbert.

After a tumultuous 2020 that involved the beginnings of a pandemic and worldwide upheaval, the art world began to slowly go back to a form of normal in 2021. Along with that shift came a number of developments that brought art-making in new and unexpected developments. There was the rise of a new medium, and there was the return of performance art. There were artworks that spoke to a continued reckoning with systemic racism, and there were powerful pieces that offered forms of healing in a time when illness was prevalent. There was no shortage of creativity on display. The list below, featuring 15 works that defined this year, attests to that.

A day on the beach at Untitled, American Express X Artsy popup show and a benefit auction for Planned Parenthood

Art lovers tell us what they’ve bought and why

This year’s releases, augmented by movies postponed from last year, offer exceptional artistry amid the industry’s commercial difficulties.

Sex, spirituality, love, and loss – for artist, writer, and activist David Wojnarowicz these were the main subjects of the art he created from the 1970s to the early 1990s when he died of AIDS.

The Brooklyn-based Cuban-American painter talks to us about the spirituality ever-present in his work.

As queer art becomes more mainstream, a group of young talents finds itself at the center of a larger cultural conversation.

Carlos Motta has disguised himself in many ways, including as a naked Christ tied upside down on the cross and as a feral faun in nature.

Though she works with yarn, figurative artist Erin M. Riley tends to use the word painterly to describe her process. Turning to tapestry wasn’t a conceptual decision for her, but one made because she liked how she could use yarn to bring color into her art. Over Zoom from her Brooklyn studio, she says, “It’s like my paint; it’s how I learned to develop my images.”

Antiquity was full of stories that fueled the imagination of artists to the present day. Mythological tales bring classical stories of human courage, a fight for justice, love, cowardice, trickery, and duplicity that are persistent markers of human destiny. 

The internet allows us to discover, select and combine the spiritual traditions that suit us best. In a new exhibition, artists are exploring the connections between ancient beliefs and futuristic systems.

This past September, the state of Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion ban currently in effect in the United States. The law, Senate Bill 8, prohibits abortions as early as six weeks into the pregnancy—a time period in which most women are unware they are even pregnant. The state’s sweeping legislation also makes no exceptions for people who are victims of rape or incest. The bill is part of a national agenda to end access to abortion across the U.S., including the landmark case Roe v. Wade, which the Supreme Court could possibly overturn—triggering bans in 26 states to go into effect within months.

Linhares is one of the 13 artists in the Adult Contemporary exhibit Futurephilia, currently on view at Main Street Gallery

Plus, shows from Robin F. Williams, Chris Oh, and more.

Here are the works that caught our eye at the newly-returned and much-loved New York fair.

These nuanced, feverishly intellectual shows will carry you into the enriching fall and winter months.

Presented by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) benefitting the Henry Street Settlement, the 2021 edition of The Art Show welcomes over 70 galleries, and will dedicate over half of the fair to solo artist exhibitions. The Art Show incorporates a range of in-person and virtual programming, including access to ADAA galleries and discussions with industry leaders, curators, and artists. 

The large-scale arrival of new and veteran dealers has given the neighborhood its first unifying theme in 60 years. Here are three walks with our critics, a springboard to explore.

A new exhibition, Kindred Solidarities, offers a perspective on how LGBTQ+ people have rewritten traditional ideas of family

The poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum gives ekphrastic interpretations to works by the late proto-punk and queer photographer Jimmy DeSana.

Robin F. Williams’ latest solo show Out Lookers at P·P·O·W teeters between dream and nightmare. It’s unnerving and off-putting with witches, ghosts and trolls whose eyes burn like balls of fire. At the same time, it’s exciting, inviting and challenges us to embrace discomfort. Even the accompanying catalogue by Carmen Maria Machado starts out with a degree of unease: “Come Here. Come Here. Do you believe in ghosts? It doesn’t matter. They believe in you.” Out Lookers plays upon this discomfort and invites the viewer to enter Williams’ supernatural world full of subtle references to urban legends, climate change and horror films. Reframing the way in which women are portrayed in popular culture as scapegoats or mistrusted characters, Williams’ figures are powerful, larger than life and waiting to stare right back at the viewer.

No matter how she evolves as a painter, you can recognize a Robin F Williams work right off the bat. It's a gift of talent. If you were to look at her works from a decade ago to now, they have morphed and transformed in so many different directions and yet there is a core that remains the same. There is a challenge of body, of selfhood, of something otherworldly in all of us. Her newest body of work, Out Lookers, is on view now at PPOW Gallery through November 13, 2021. 

For its first in-person edition since 2019, Art Basel Miami Beach will bring 254 exhibitors—roughly the same amount of galleries as in pre-pandemic years. The fair will return to its traditional home of the Miami Beach Convention Center, and run from December 2–4, with two preview days on November 30 and December 1.

The creative, protective, expressive human hand may be the subject of the oldest fiurative depiction of art in history. 

And just like that, almost as if there was no global pandemic that crippled the world for the past year and a half, Art Basel returned to the Swiss city where it started over 50 years ago, bringing together 272 premier galleries from 33 countries and territories.

After a summer of “dopamine dressing,” some locals are rethinking their uniform.

Plus, the last days for Deborah Brown at Anna Zorina.

Latest News in Black Art features news updates and developments in the world of art and related culture

At Christie’s London, ‘Bold Black British’ (1 – 21 October) is a meeting point of artists working across disciplines and generations. We speak to curator Aindrea Emelife about spotlighting the Black Britons shaping the creative landscape

Art that confronts abuse toward women.

Sales at the world’s most prestigious art fair are doing just fine, even with only a handful of collectors making the transatlantic trek.

From Cynthia Daignault’s new body of work at Kasmin Gallery, New York, to Monika Baer’s first Swiss institutional show in 30 years at Kunsthalle Bern, these are must-see painting shows this season

In August 2020, a Pew Research Center poll discovered that just three percent of the Hispanic population in the United States identifies as Latinx. The director of race and ethnicity research Mark Lopez explained that their rejection of the word had nothing to do with its inclusive framework, but rather its the limited means to describe the population as a whole. The outcome, he said, “reflects the diversity of the nation’s Hispanic population, and the Hispanic population of the U.S. thinks of itself in many different ways.”

The marquee art fair was one of the last major New York events before Covid-19 hit the city; now it’s back in a sparkling new venue.

DAVID WOJNAROWICZ, CLOSE TO THE KNIVES: A MEMOIR OF DISINTEGRATION (VINTAGE, 1991) 
As a fan of Wojnarowicz’s visual art, I was stunned to discover how beautiful his writing is. 

At Socrates Sculpture Park, Guadalupe Maravilla transforms works of art into therapeutic instruments.

Who better to practice healing than the sick, who have likely experimented relentlessly, and who manage their own bodies every day? The El Salvador–born, New York–based artist Guadalupe Maravilla has channeled his experience with cancer and migration into a healing-focused practice.

In the tradition of Gustave Courbet’s scandalous pussy painting “L’origine du Monde” (1866), MO.CO., the contemporary center in Montpellier, presented a raw and unfiltered exhibition featuring works of two important American feminist artists, the now iconic Marilyn Minter and Betty Tompkins. The exhibitions titled respectively Marylin Minter: ALL WET and Betty Tompkins: RAW MATERIAL, are unique and groundbreaking, offering both artists their first solo exhibition within a French institution.  

OneRepublic architect Ryan Tedder is among those at the absolute pinnacle of pop/rock singer/songwriters. You can tell it just from the company he keeps — McCartney, Taylor Swift, Adele. From his many collaborative adventures, he tells the best story I've ever heard in music.

“I want it to feel as though these women are getting the last laugh,” artist Robin Francesca Williams explains about the toothy grins in her atmospheric portraits. With much of her work, Williams aims to show how women have been mistrusted, scapegoated, and demonized, but also to expose the expectation of their moral superiority, that they must kindly demonstrate purity and unconditional love on behalf of mankind. 

The London-based dealer of four decades is downsizing and having a 200-lot sale of contemporary art, Modern furniture, ethnographic art and antiquities

Artists from Imogen Cunningham and Sebastião Salgado to Peo Michie and Lena Chen have had their works banned from the platform, despite Instagram’s ostensibly art-friendly guidelines.

Artists from Imogen Cunningham and Sebastião Salgado to Peo Michie and Lena Chen have had their works banned from the platform, despite Instagram’s ostensibly art-friendly guidelines.

The artist is unafraid to be bold and subversive, shocking the art world with her sexually explicit closeup paintings. Now, Tompkins brings the modern context of the #MeToo movement into her work, as well as taking her "Fuck Paintings" series to France, the country that first censored her.

In 1984, eight-year-old Guadalupe Maravilla left his family and joined a group of other children fleeing their homes in El Salvador. The Central American country was in the midst of a brutal civil war, a profoundly traumatic experience that’s left an indelible impact on the artist and one that guides his broad, multi-disciplinary practice to this day.

The picture frame has a long history of underappreciation. For centuries, collectors and museums treated frames as afterthoughts to the artworks they contained, swapping them out according to changing tastes or to match their immediate surroundings. The New York frame dealer Eli Wilner recounted that even in the 1980s, major galleries gave him their unwanted antique frames for free.

The new series Migrant Futures is aimed at pushing forward our thinking and action about immigration and borders.

In recent years, we’ve witnessed renewed momentum surrounding spirituality in the art world. At museums, late artists who dove deeply into mysticism and religion are gaining posthumous attention.

In Cape Cod, exhibition ‘Tidal Motion’ explores the legacy of artist David Wojnarowicz. Though the artist’s life was cut short by HIV/AIDs in 1992, his work continues to inspire a generation of contemporary artists

Groeningemuseum presents the solo exhibition ‘Lemon Drizzle’ by Belgian artist Sanam Khatibi, showcasing works that illustrate an exotic, sumptuously detailed world.

David Wojnarowicz's Overdue Provincetown Debut

A video installation by Wu Tsang with Beverly Glenn-Copeland is part of a series of shows with a shared political charge, a taste of what can be.

Like almost every other woman in the world, Zuzanna Ciolek grew up receiving the message that women needed to look a certain way, and act a certain way, in order to be worthy of love.

Though it’s tempting to hole up inside to escape the summer heat, meaningful art makes a sunny jaunt worth the trip. Crafted with the intention to provoke thought and help us catch our collective breath, temporary art installations by Sam Durant, Melvin Edwards, Mimi Lien, Guadalupe Maravilla and Sam Moyer installed across Manhattan and Queens this season are both grounding and impactful. 

P·P·O·W presents Ann Agee’s third solo exhibition “Madonnas and Hand Warmers” through July 23 2021.

What makes a passion for pottery? Kate Finnigan meets six female ceramicists with a unique vision.

Funky and elegant by turn, Ann Agee’s ceramic Madonnas testify to an imagination run wild.

Fifty years after they broke onto the scene with their bold representations of female pleasure, two American feminist pioneers are finally honored with their first solo shows in France. 

When I started working in the museum’s Arts of Asia department a year ago, I was thrilled to care for an expansive collection that connects with my cultural heritage and the place of my birth for the first time in my career.

Two of the country’s largest philanthropic organizations have joined forces for a new initiative that aims to bring visibility to Latinx art in the United States.

Three L.A. artists are among 15 people receiving $50,000 each as the inaugural winners of the newly established Latinx Artist Fellowship, a program administered by the U.S. Latinx Art Forum with support from the Andrew W. Mellon and Ford foundations.

Over the past six years, Travis has placed 18 of the 20 galleries currently located in Tribeca’s rows of ornate, cast iron–clad buildings, primarily concentrated to the consecutive Lispenard, Walker, White, and Franklin Streets, between Broadway and Church Street. 

From camper van photography to ceramic bananas, here is this month’s must-see art.

The Ford Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will give 75 artists $50,000 each.

We had the opportunity to sit down, albeit virtually, with Pete Scantland, the founder and CEO of the advertising company Orange Barrel Media, and Columbus-based contemporary art collector. Over the past four years, Scantland has amassed quite an impressive collection of some of the most sought after names in the art industry today. 

As part of a collaboration with Art21, hear news-making artists describe their inspirations in their own words.

Explore the tarot cards of The Met’s Watson Library

Since finding in tapestry weaving her unique way of self-expression, Brooklyn-based artist Erin M. Riley has been presenting to the world intimate yet relatable pieces that perfectly expose the reality and feelings of a society stuck between the physical and virtual worlds.

New York artist Betty Tompkins has never been shy about making a statement. Through large, monochrome paintings and text art, her photo-realistic works portray raw sexual acts through a feminist lens.

These spaces nudge you toward unexpected art surprises and offer vistas of healing and history.

From gonzo road trips to resurrected concert docs, religious horror to cultural cringe-comedy — our picks for the halfway-point highlights of our moviegoing year

Tompkins unflinchingly looks at how female bodies are displayed, disciplined, and offered up to men.

Anticipated exhibitions in sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography looking at feminism, art history, glamour and nature; an IRL art fair; a talk on making artists books; sound art in the park; a fundraiser for fire-devastated local artists; more than one 80s flashback; and an arts-inspired pop-up in historic architecture.

Trevon Latin, Raúl de Nieves, and other artists are uplifting traditional craft techniques for a new era.

In 2002, Betty Tompkins showed her ‘Fuck Paintings’ to acclaim in New York – but when she began to paint these large-scale, photorealist close-ups of pornographic imagery in the late 1960s, they were widely rejected, and by feminists and conservatives alike.

“Realizing that I have nothing left to lose in my actions I let my hands become weapons, my teeth become weapons, every bone and muscle and fiber and ounce of blood become weapons, and I feel prepared for the rest of my life.” 

The Last Downtown Gallery
The Last Downtown Gallery
The New York Times Style Magazine June 16, 2021

PPOW has been a fixture of New York’s art world for nearly four decades, managing not only to survive but also to stay ahead of the curve.

For her third solo show at PPOW, Ann Agee offers works from the fictional “Agee Manufacturing Company”—all handmade ceramic wares that speak to the history of industrial production and factory labor.

What’s the latest neighborhood offering affordable rents and decent foot traffic to young and emerging galleries? TriBeCa, one of the most expensive ZIP codes in the country.

The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is poised to become a contemporary art destination for years to come.

In “The Consensual Reality of Healing Fantasies,” an exhibition of tapestries by the fiber artist Erin M. Riley current open at PPOW Gallery in New York through June 12, the scars of childhood trauma are laid bare.

Riley’s work positions front and center everyday images of women’s lived experiences, unapologetically centering traumas often swept out of sight.

Martin Wong, one of the most distinct documentarians of New York City, loved underdogs. In his art, he portrayed loud people hanging in dank stairwells, graffiti artists who worked in the dark, and men who lost, especially those who had lost big, with years of their lives in the state prison system. 

It was Frieze Week 2021 when Erin Riley’s second solo exhibition with P·P·O·W Gallery, “The Consensual Reality of Healing Fantasies,” opened on May 7. I had been seeing the tapestries in full and in detail throughout 2020 on my Instagram screen. But as with any of Riley’s work, her skill and mastery of composing large scale in striking detail can only truly be appreciated when seen in person.

Joan Semmel’s unabashed self-portraits; Erin M. Riley’s handwoven tapestries; and Kathleen Ryan’s “bad fruit” sculptures.

June is reopening month for New York City! With the weather warming up, the city has lots of outdoor art premiering in fun destinations to check out.

Pure magic is what I thought when I first encountered Joe Houston’s paintings.

PPOW Gallery // May 07, 2021 - June 05, 2021

Here's what dealers say they sold.

When I first encountered Wong’s work at his posthumous Bronx Museum retrospective in 2015, I was enthralled by his tender, lonely visions of multicultural cityscapes; his hunger for beautiful, dangerous men; and his flagrant displays of desire.

As of May 22nd there is an additional Rive Droite art museum in Paris called La Bourse de Commerce that shows selections of François Pinault’s contemporary art collection. Works in the collection rotate around within a circular Belle Époque building that formerly served as the commodities exchange building.

After months of online viewing room (OVR) teasers, the anticipation for the hybrid 2021 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong turned into palpable excitement as fairgoers slowly trickled into the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday, a local public holiday, for the first of the fair’s VIP entry slots

Visiting galleries were required to quarantine, and many have found help for their booths from local players.

On my way to P·P·O·W’s new storefront gallery in Chinatown, coming out of the Canal Street J/Z subway, I walked past an imposing gray building that I later learned was the Manhattan Detention Complex. Known as “The Tombs,” it housed several hundred inmates before closing in November 2020. 

MAY 19 WAS A HISTORIC DAY IN FRANCE. After six months of Covid-19 lockdown, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, and museums finally reopened to the public. In Paris, a hub for fine dining and fine art, this major step toward normalcy was feted like a national holiday as institutions including the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, and Musée d’Art Moderne welcomed back visitors. Adding to the excitement, the city will gain a brand-new shrine to contemporary art on May 22: François Pinault’s collection at the Bourse de Commerce.

 

After her mother died, writer and curator Tess Charnley used the artist’s images of Peter Hujar at the moment of his death to chart a course through loss.

Chiffon Thomas, a Chicago interdisciplinary artist, tells Vacant Mag’s editor-in-chief, Lui Val, about identity, the insane past year, and how it is like to navigate through the scene as young artists.

Plus, check out shows including artists such as Dominique Fung, Erin M. Riley, Arghavan Khosravi, Josie Love Roebuck, and others.

Like all autobiographies, artists’ memoirs require two ingredients: a compelling life story and the ability to put it to paper. For lots of people, though, it seems counterintuitive that a visual artist would pick up a pen. This is nonsense, of course. Many artists can write, even if people are surprised when they do. As proof that artists are often accomplished at it, we present our choices for the best artists’ memoirs, ranging from scandalous to epic.

What does it mean to live in a utopia of our own design? How can opposing ideas or bodies occupy the same space, where binary qualities are bound together to create a translation of form that is whole and yet wholly singular?

After a successful solo exhibition at PPOW gallery, the Brooklyn-based artist is gearing up for an exhibition at Galerie Maria Bernheim in Zurich this summer

Kitaoji Rosanjin’s graceful pottery; a dual show of Martin Wong and Aaron Gilbert paintings; the group exhibition “Latinx Abstract”; and Hou Zichao’s pixelized landscapes.

Art created during a crisis can be a powerful catharsis for both artist and audience. Chinese American Martin Wong (1946-1999) once said, “Everything I paint is within four blocks of where I live.”

As part of the gallery’s current show of works by contemporary Brooklyn painter Aaron Gilbert and the late artist Martin Wong, P.P.O.W. is hosting a Zoom talk with Gilbert, scholar and curator Rich Blint, and graffiti artist Chris Daze Ellis, a close friend of Wong’s.

The latest exhibition at the Tribeca gallery P.P.O.W. juxtaposes the work of the Brooklyn-based artist Aaron Gilbert and the late Chinese American painter Martin Wong. This intergenerational dialogue focuses on two artists whose work chronicles a continuum of life within a city under siege.

Sparking an intergenerational dialogue, this exhibition focuses on two artists whose practices amplify the societal pressures of both their private lives and the New York communities they inhabit.

In this new exhibit, the late artist Martin Wong's works will be paired with Aaron Gilbert’s ongoing series.

Gerald Lovell’s portraits are layered: his subjects’ faces are encrusted with thick globs of paint, which sharply contrast with the rest of his works’ flatly rendered surroundings. These emphatically painted pieces make seemingly mundane scenes - like a man eating at a diner or a woman sitting in a chair - feel special, like they’re worth looking at twice.

Chronicles of the life in New York within the last 40 years.

Today, April 9, Chiffon Thomas debuts their solo show at Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Using techniques ranging across hand embroidered mixed media painting, collage, drawing, and sculpture, Thomas examines issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Identifying as a non-binary queer person of color, Thomas’ works examine the difficulties faced by defining one’s identity in contemporary society.

Only around 30 dealers from outside the region will participate in this year's event.

Healing, and self-care in general, is a major industry right now — at the beginning of 2021, the self care industry was valued at $450 billion. But Guadalupe Maravilla doesn’t believe that healing comes from downloading an app or paying a shaman $1,000 to cleanse your energy. Instead, he says, real healing comes from being kind to others, helping those in need and giving back to the community — not just once in a while, but every day. Healing, for Maravilla personally, expresses itself in art.

How galleries in New York made it through one of the darkest years on record is a story of quick pivots and adaptations, and an acknowledgment that—pandemic or no pandemic—the fundamental way that galleries function in the high-flying art world was due for a change.

It could come in handy that Chris McKim was profiling an artist ahead of his time in “Wojnarowicz,” even when that would mean a little bit of a wait for his film. 

“There are cycles in a curatorial life,” says Ashley James, the new associate curator of contemporary art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. One morning, she may start her day by showing up to the museum and installing a show, but in between exhibitions, a lot of the job is just handling emails and trying to find time to read.

“Artists on Our Radar” is a monthly series produced collaboratively by Artsy’s Editorial and Curatorial teams. Utilizing our art expertise and access to Artsy data, each month, we highlight five artists who have our attention. To make our selections, we’ve determined which artists made an impact this past month through new gallery representation, exhibitions, auctions, art fairs, or fresh works on Artsy.

P.P.O.W. Gallery // April 02, 2021 - May 01, 2021

Think you've streamed everything? Try one of these new art films.

Wojnarowicz: F**k You F*ggot F**ker is a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer, and activist David Wojnarowicz. As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and waged war against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at the age of 37.

The director makes inspired use of the late artist’s own extensive video and audio, photography, ephemera, and journals

Fleeing civil war in his native El Salvador, Maravilla arrived in the U.S., in 1984, as an unaccompanied eight-year-old. Some thirty years later, the Brooklyn-based artist was diagnosed with and survived colon cancer. He channels both of these experiences in his impressive début at the P.P.O.W. gallery’s handsome new space, in Tribeca.

what are these anthropo­morphic creatures, the toxic palette, and the orgiastic tableaux telling us? is it a psychedelic eden or a bad trip, stories of survivalism or genderless sexuality?

Chris McKim’s documentary weaves striking archival materials into a biographical tapestry commemorating an ’80s New York art-scene maverick.

Artist biographies tend to be genteel affairs, full of tweedy academics serenely explaining the subject’s importance in terms suitable for classroom viewing, where the slow camera pans over canvases set to classical music will inevitably lull at least half the students to sleep. (Art documentaries do a lot to keep kids from ever getting interested in art.) As one might surmise from its title, “Wojnarowicz: F--- You F-ggot F---er,” is in no danger of being shown in schools any time soon, which is in some ways a shame.

In the pandemic's wake, galleries in hard-hit Manhattan are rethinking their priorities, diversifying with destination pop-ups or recommitting to their neighborhoods

Chris McKim's "F**k You F*ggot F**ker" is a fittingly angry tribute to a polarizing yet vital artist, and a portrait of AIDS in America.

Good vibrations: the artist offers up his assemblages and sound baths.

Drawing deeply on the artist’s archival materials, Chris McKim’s documentary considers the New York art scene of the nineteen-eighties and the politicized ravages of AIDS.

A documentary on the artist David Wojnarowicz shows the ways that the rebel was a prophet, and honors him appropriately.

Wojnarowicz features selections from hundreds of hours of personal recordings the artist left behind after his 1992 death.

The queer artist set New York’s 1980s art scene aflame. In a new movie, friends like Nan Goldin and Fran Lebowitz reflect on his impact.

As a new book is released exploring the modern, smartphone-facilitated phenomenon of 'sending nudes', Holly Williams reflects on the lineage of naked self-representation it continues.

With COVID-19 vaccinations ramping up and the official start of spring just around the corner, it seems a natural time to cautiously ease back into “normal” public life or something more closely resembling it. Longer days and fairer weather also, of course, means more time spent outside with sculpture gardens, open-air art spaces, and museum grounds offering an ideal bridge between indoor gallery-going and reconnecting with the great outdoors during a season of renewal and rebirth.

non-profit arts organization the billboard collective presents the seventh iteration of its public billboard exhibition opening on april 5 and taking over the streets of los angeles. featuring the work of 30 emerging and established artists, the project turns billboard advertising spaces into open-air art exhibitions. this year’s show includes works from guest artists ramiro gomez, phung huynh, narsiso martinez, and calida rawness.

Shinichi Sawada’s ceramic creatures; Sophie Larrimore and Jerry the Marble Faun’s two-person show; and Guadalupe Maravilla’s devotional paintings.

The gift introduces a number of artists into the collection, including Robert Gober and David Wojnarowicz.

Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month.

Produced under the artist’s supervision, this version of Parts of a Body House Book raises fascinating questions about what it means to reproduce something originally so handmade.

A Woman’s Right to Pleasure is a new compendium celebrating female erotic art. We meet its contributors, including the photographer who turned her vagina into a camera

A new Mint Gallery exhibition illustrates this artist’s unique skill in rendering the human figure.

With theatrical exhibition regaining some life as New York City theaters open up at a limited capacity this month, the spring and summer will be an interesting time for the film industry.

Maravilla was part of the first wave of unaccompanied, undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War. While Maravilla emigrated at the age of eight, he became a U.S. citizen at the age of 26. Yet it was not until his recovery from colon cancer in 2013 that he felt the urgency to speak out about the struggles so many undocumented immigrants and their families face.

The Atlanta-based artist Gerald Lovell began painting at the age of 22 after discovering that a formal arts degree in graphic design wasn't for him. Several years later, after some encouragement from friends in the city's budding arts scene and a little help from YouTube, Lovell recently opened his first solo show in New York City. 

When we think of queer photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz or Andy Warhol come to mind. But rarely do we think of women. Men have traditionally been given museum solo shows.

Chiffon Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist whose works range from mixed-media painting and collage to drawing and sculpture.

Commemorating what would have been the artist’s 71st birthday this month, Blind Magazine looks back at the life and times of an underground art radical.

Sculptor Clementine Keith-Roach, who creates terracotta vessels featuring limbs, breasts, and other human body parts, has joined the New York–based gallery P.P.O.W.

Betty Tompkins and Martha Wilson are two figures who blazed the trail feminist art—they played the field with the likes of Judy Chicago, Carolee Schneeman and Hannah Wilke, all of whom rattled the international art world with conversations that continue to this today. For a special project at Los Angeles’s Felix Art Fair, curator William J. Simmons has organized a multi-generational group exhibition—“Cruel Optimism”—in which Tompkins and Wilson feature prominently. The two spoke to Cultured about their paths through the art world and what it’s like to show alongside a younger generation of artists who are carrying the torch today.

The artist discusses the process of engaging with maternity — and the rise of ‘boob pottery’

Chanel Chiffon Thomas’ self-portrait, “Colossians 3:9” shows the artist as a split being. Thomas strikes a stately pose, arms akimbo, staring straight at the viewer, as if daring you to meet their eye. 

Chanel Chiffon Thomas’s exhibition at Goldfinch, “Fractured Reality,” featured eight bold assemblages in which thick sinews of embroidery are joined with found fabric, painted canvas, and other mediums to create portraits and genre scenes.

The American painter renders flamboyant still-lifes and fantastic scenes of a mythic all-women realm with the same loaded-brush force.

From Vincent Fecteau’s killer cats to Aki Sasamoto’s barroom tricks, a selection of exhibitions not to miss.

Uncompromising female artists dominate in the top booths at this annual fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

Walking into Chicago’s Goldfinch Projects gallery space, a cluster of paintings greet and orient viewers in the interior of a Black family’s home: an infant sleeping on the chest of a resting father, a smiling mother and her two children, a little Black boy and his father seated at the kitchen table. The paintings are distinctive for their carefully weaved fibers and fabrics, each of which contributes a unique tactility to the work.

Linhares has become a pioneer who paved the way for a generation of women artists to develop their own alternative worlds.

Like her 17th century literary forebears, Judith Linhares is a raconteuse. She draws from mythology and fairy tales—especially fairy tales—but she rarely uses themes that, as she says, “are actually known... It’s really important for me to make everything up.” 

Nari Ward has his first-ever survey at a New York museum and Judith Linhares brings her feminist paintings to P·P·O·W.

An early proponent of feminism, Martha Wilson has been exploring female identity in patriarchal society since the early 1970s.
 

We speak to Clementine Keith-Roach, whose nipple vases are on show in London now, about anthropomorphising pottery to explore the female identity

In his staged, gel-lit nudes, Jimmy DeSana explored the body as object.

Despite the rise to prominence of so-called good postmodern artists like Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman, however, there are still plenty of photographers being rediscovered today. One of them is Jimmy DeSana, who died in 1990 at the age of 40 from AIDS-related causes.

Fully exploiting a photograph’s potential to be both fact and fiction, DeSana's works delve into the vagaries of the human heart and the human psyche, taking us with them.