Josiah McElheny

Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015)

Josiah McElheny on Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015)

April 2016

CERTAIN ARTISTS TEACH. Every time I encounter a painting by Ellsworth Kelly, I learn this lesson again: A painting is not just an image, or even an object; it can also be a kind of architecture. I’ve always felt a compulsion to look closely… READ ON

PASSAGES

the Best of 2015

THE ARTISTS' ARTISTS

December 2015

TO TAKE STOCK OF THE PAST YEAR, ARTFORUM ASKED AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF ARTISTS TO SELECT A SINGLE IMAGE, EXHIBITION, OR EVENT THAT MOST MEMORABLY CAPTURED THEIR EYE IN 2015.  YUJI AGEMATSU Silicone snake, West 42nd and Broadway, New York,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2015 [TOC]

“Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia"

September 2014

Curated by Adam Lerner Every band I have ever known has had at least one artist in its entourage; somebody has to make the posters and the album covers. For Devo, an absurdist punk-rock band formed in 1972 whose members were influenced by… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Josiah McElheny

September 2014

LIFEBOAT  JEFF KOONS is like Alfred Hitchcock. Deeply invested in entertaining us with their personal obsessions, both the filmmaker and the artist have gone to great lengths to produce visual gratification. But underneath such diversions … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]

Josiah McElheny

November 2013

IN 2011, a modest space in Venice designed by the celebrated architect Carlo Scarpa was designated a public monument and museum. It was an unlikely candidate for elevation to canonical status: A street-level commercial showroom on San Marco… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2013 [TOC]

Oscar Niemeyer

PASSAGES

May 2013

JOSIAH McELHENY  There is no form without politics, just as there is no form without context; one finds the politics in the way form is embedded in its context. —Martin Beck  SINCE THE END OF THE GERMAN REVOLUTION IN 1923—the failure of… READ ON

IN PRINT May 2013 [TOC]

“Hilma Af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction”

January 2013

Curated by Iris Müller-Westermann A few of us may still remember the 1989 exhibition “Secret Pictures by Hilma af Klint” at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; the title is still apt. Much of the artist’s work has been carefully… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Josef Albers's Interaction of Color

BOOKS

April 2010

Josef Albers, Interaction of Color: New Complete Edition (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009). 269 pages, 2 vols.  THE LAVISH NEW EDITION of Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color, first published in 1963, arrives in two cloth-covered … READ ON

IN PRINT April 2010 [TOC]

READYMADE RESISTANCE: ART AND THE FORMS OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

October 2007

Whether by faking, borrowing, or stealing, artists today commonly produce works of art that employ the vocabulary of industry. This is not surprising if one considers the extent to which the broader contemporary language of form derives from… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2007 [TOC]

Josef Hoffmann

DESIGN

February 2007

TODAY DESIGN RULES. The notion of a designed world, a designed home, a designed life has penetrated deep into consumer consciousness through reality TV shows, magazines, and huge stores dedicated to the concept. Architects and the product … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2007 [TOC]