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See this now: “Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp” at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Marcel Duchamp, "The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even", ("The Large Glass") (1915–23),

No other museum in the world could have staged this exhibition. Only the Philadelphia Museum of Art has the Arensberg Collection – including its extensive Duchamp holdings (“the largest and most significant collection of works by Marcel Duchamp” in the […]

See this now: “Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” at Seattle Art Museum

An exhibition of women’s art? In 2012? Isn’t that just the slightest bit … well, anachronistic? Perhaps not: as I write this a Republican presidential ticket that intends to reverse women’s rights to the pre-feminist dark ages is vying neck-and-neck with President Obama, so perhaps the simple statement, “Hey, there are great women […]

On the fingers of one hand: Catherine J. Morris introduces Brooklyn Museum’s Lucy Lippard exhibition

The front cover – and full title – of Lucy Lippard's epochal "Six Years: the dematerialization of the art object …" (1973)

Nowadays it’s difficult to imagine the modernist mood that existed among artists during the early 1970s. Back then I was still a surly Fine Art student at Leeds University in England and […]

See this now (before the show closes!) – Rodney Graham’s “Green Cinematograph” in “Canadian Humourist” at Vancouver Art Gallery

Rodney Graham, or perhaps not

Rodney Graham’s fabulous show Canadian Humourist is obviously something of a sideshow for many visitors to Vancouver Art Gallery (where it’s showing through September 30). The star attraction there just now is Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters – The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. In fact, to promote that show […]

“Thrilling and completely gratifying.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (Photo: Susan Alzner)

Carolee Schneemann was one of the first artists I met when I arrived in the United States in 1979. I was 25 years old, and I am ashamed to admit I knew little about feminist art in those days, or about Ms Schneemann herself. As I have told […]

“What I want to do as an artist is make things that really challenge me.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Laurel Nakadate

Laurel Nakadate

You can hardly miss Laurel Nakadate these days. Her ten-year retrospective Only the Lonely has been at MoMA P.S.1. since January (through August 8), she has a solo show 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears at Leslie Tonkonow Art Projects (through June 25), she was Modern Painters’ cover-girl for April, and published […]

“I think of myself as an artist with a conscience.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Nick Cave.

Nick Cave, "Soundsuit" (2008) Private Collection, New York (Photo: James Prinz) Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

I can’t think of another artist who occupies quite the same position as Nick Cave. Some parts sculptor, some parts couturier, some (large) part performance artist, an obsessive collector of domestic detritus and – it transpires […]

“I think it’s hilarious!” Robert Ayers in conversation with Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli

One of the most enjoyable artist interviews I ever did back in my old ARTINFO days was a piece I did with Fred Tomaselli in 2006. It’s as short as any of those ARTINFO articles, and deals in most detail with technical matters, but in re-reading it, it occurs to me that […]

See this now: Alfred Leslie’s “The Second Two-Panel Horizontal” (1958) in “Abstract Expressionist New York” at MoMA

Alfred Leslie, “The Second Two-Panel Horizontal” (1958)

First, here’s a bit of advice for anyone out there who thinks that yet another abstract expressionist show, especially one drawn exclusively from MoMA’s permanent collection, really can’t be very interesting.

You’re wrong.

“Abstract Expressionist New York” is not only one of the most enjoyable shows you’re […]

“Almost political by accident.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Kara Walker.

Kara Walker (Photo: Jaya Howey)

Kara Walker makes some of the most unsettling and thought-provoking art that you’ll see anywhere these days. Her principal subject is power and its abuses, most often approached in terms of racial, sexual, or physical subjugation. She draws upon history and literature, and upon habit, preconception, and aspiration, to […]