• John Baldessari's "Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts), 1973" is a seminal work in the history of conceptual art. This series of photographs encapsulates Baldessari's witty and thoughtful approach to art-making, challenging traditional notions of artistic creation, process, and the role of chance in art.
  • Danh Vo's "We the People" is a monumental art project that deconstructs and recontextualizes one of the most iconic symbols of freedom and democracy-the Statue of Liberty. This project, which began in 2011, involves the meticulous recreation of the statue in its original scale but fragmented into approximately 250 pieces. These pieces are scattered across the globe, exhibited in various locations, each carrying with them a piece of the statue's history, symbolism, and the artist's intent to provoke thought about national identity, freedom, and the narratives we build around iconic symbols.
  • "Hell from the Shell" features a modified version of Shell's iconic logo. Instead of the familiar yellow and red shell symbol, GOIN transforms it into an image of destruction and environmental harm. The shell often appears cracked or leaking oil, with dark, polluted colors replacing the usual bright hues. Sometimes, the image includes additional elements such as dead fish, oil-soaked birds, or skulls, emphasizing the death and destruction associated with oil spills and environmental neglect.
  • Ugo Rondinone is a Swiss-born artist known for his multidisciplinary approach to art. His "Human Nature" series, which features monumental stone figures, exemplifies Rondinone's exploration of human existence, nature, and the essence of being. Through these primitive yet powerful sculptures, Rondinone delves into the fundamental aspects of humanity, utilizing raw materials and simple forms to evoke a deep, emotional response.
  • Archival material associated with the 1989 Whitney Biennial Cover. (c) Christopher Wool
    Archival material associated with the 1989 Whitney Biennial Cover. (c) Christopher Wool

    The 1989 Whitney Biennial is remembered for its bold engagement with the pressing social and political issues of the late 1980s. This period was marked by widespread activism and cultural upheaval, with artists responding to the AIDS crisis, racial tensions, and the ongoing struggles for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. The Biennial became a platform for artists to voice their concerns and challenge viewers to confront uncomfortable realities.

  • Tankstelle Martin Bormann

    A Convergence of Art, History, and Commercialism in Martin Kippenberger’s Work
    Martin Kippenberger, a key figure in post-war German art, often intertwined life and art in a manner that provoked and challenged. One of his more provocative ventures was the purchase and renaming of a real gas station in Brazil to "Tankstelle Martin Bormann" in 1991. This essay delves into this unique artwork, exploring its implications within the broader themes of Kippenberger's oeuvre, particularly his complex relationship with Germany's historical memory and identity.
  • Revisiting “The Radiant Child”

    The Legacies of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Judy Rifka
    In 1981, Rene Ricard published "The Radiant Child" in Artforum, an article that was poised to solidify the burgeoning stardom of Jean-Michel Basquiat, while it simultaneously wove in other vibrant threads of the art tapestry of the time, including the underrecognized Judy Rifka. This review revisits Ricard's influential article, unpacking its impact on Basquiat's meteoric rise and advocating for a reevaluation of Rifka's contributions to the art world.
  • Korean Art

    A Journey Through Time
    Korean art, rich in tradition and history, offers a vivid illustration of Korea's cultural evolution over the millennia. From ancient relics to contemporary masterpieces, each piece carries the echoes of social and political changes, providing insights into the lives and beliefs of the Korean people. This essay explores Korean art's significance, tracing its journey from prehistoric times through various historical periods, and highlights the major themes and influences that have shaped it.
  • In the heart of Transylvania, Romania, a new artistic movement has risen to prominence in the early 21st century. Known as the Cluj School, this group of artists is characterized by their distinctive blend of classical painting techniques and contemporary themes. The movement originates from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca, a city that has become a cultural hub in Eastern Europe.
  • The Times Square Show

    The beginning of the "Downtown Scene"
    The Times Square Show was a pivotal event in the history of contemporary art, often regarded as a groundbreaking exhibition that marked the emergence of a new wave of avant-garde artists in the early 1980s.
  • Black Mountain College, founded in 1933 and closed in 1957, was an experimental liberal arts college in North Carolina, USA. Its progressive pedagogical model and emphasis on creative arts made it a unique and influential institution in the history of American education and the arts.