Painting Black Existence Into History

When the filmmaker Christine Turner got a call from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) asking whether she’d be willing to make a film about the painters Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, she didn’t hesitate to say yes. She’d followed the work of both artists for several years, once even going to see … Read more

Can an Artists’ Collective in Africa Repair a Colonial Legacy?

As is the case with many social-practice projects, she went on, judging Martens’s work in Lusanga on aesthetic terms can feel impossible: there is real money circulating, and people’s livelihoods are at stake. “What does one get by saying they are an artist?” she asked. “Funding, primarily, but also freedom.” An academic would need approval … Read more

Fault Lines in America and Ukraine

“Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott,” a clamorous retrospective at the New Museum, goats to be enjoyed by practically everyone who sees it, though some may be nagged by inklings that they shouldn’t. For more than three decades, until he was slowed by health ailments in the two-thousands—he died in 2009, at … Read more

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen & Vivian Campbell Guitar Rig Rundown Gear Tour

Nearly 40 years after pyromaniaPhil Collen and Vivian Campbell are still setting the world afire with their hot-rod gear. It’s been eight years since Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen met with PG while they were on the band’s arena-filling odyssey in 2014. Now they’re on the aptly titled Stadium Tour, playing packed mega-venues … Read more

Our Favorite Songs of Summer 2022

Vanessa Wheeler joins us in naming the tracks we’re currently playing “on repeat.” Plus, our latest musical obsessions! Q: What’s your “on repeat” song/album right now and what drew you to it? Vanessa Wheeler — VAVÁ Photo by Derrick K. Lee THE: I’ve been listening to the Tycho remix of MUNA and the Knocks’ song, … Read more

What Makes for a Successful Studio Visit? 4 Veteran Art Professionals Offer Real, Actionable Advice for Young Artists

This fall, Theaster Gates is opening a major survey of his work at the New Museum. Gary Carrion-Murayari, who is co-curating it, says the show will basically take over the entire institution. But planning the exhibition is not how the curator got acquainted with Gates’s work. He was introduced to it during a visit to … Read more

Nervous About Buying Art Online? You Can Rent It Instead. Here’s What It Costs and How It Works

One of the biggest hurdles galleries have had to overcome when selling work online is collectors’ hesitance to part with large sums of cash before seeing a work IRL. Even in person, buyers can usually only guess at how an artwork might look on their wall. Mio Asatani experienced this problem first hand when, moving … Read more

A Frequently Misunderstood American Master

In town with some summer hours to spare? Visit “Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe,” the overdue retrospective of a remarkable Yanktonai Dakota painter, who died in 1983, at the age of sixty-eight. The show graces the always enthralling New York branch of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, housed in the … Read more

Overlooked Female Masters Are Getting Pride of Place at London’s Masterpiece Fair. Here Are a Few of Their Stories

With its multidisciplinary focus on art, design, furniture and jewelry from antiquity to the present day, Masterpiece, the London art fair opening this week (June 30–July 6), is best seen in the flesh. Returning for the first time since 2019, the fair is an ideal place to make new discoveries, and this year some of … Read more