Wilson’s installation challenges not just outwardly violent historical figures but subtle colonial aesthetics still embedded in the city’s more liberal public monuments.
New LaGuardia Terminal Will Feature Art by Six New York Artists
Long disdained by travelers, the airport will feature new, site-specific artworks as part of an $8 billion refurbishment project.
The Many Afterlives and Expressions of the African Diaspora
To commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first slave ships in the United States, a recent exhibition at the Allen Memorial Art Museum explores Paul Gilroy’s concept of the “Black Atlantic.”
Gauging the Potential of Abstraction at Art Basel Miami Beach
Questions of privilege aside, the range of abstract works reminded me how artists are providing nuanced ways of thinking about identity that move beyond exclusion/inclusion binaries.
What Happened When Fred Wilson Dug Beneath a Museum’s Floorboards
The book Mining the Museum: An Installation by Fred Wilson published in 1994 has particular insights that go beyond institutional critique and into our individual complicities that are crucial to consider now.
Racism and Erasure in Fred Wilson’s Unearthed Histories
Wilson’s explicit reference to Africa expands the global network through which both cultural influences and African bodies were transmitted.
Florida’s Love for Shiny Glass Art Takes a Surprisingly Political Turn
In a city where decorative glass art is embarrassingly popular, Glasstress at the Boca Raton Museum of Art highlights sociopolitical subjects.
Fred Wilson Strips Culture Down to Black and White
The exhibition Black to the Powers of Ten at Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum showcases the artist’s extensive examination of black identity and labor.
Fred Wilson Teaches Us How to Pay Attention
In the artist’s intervention at Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum, white and black bodies suggest a deeper, racialized meaning.
Soylent, a Donkey, and Even Some Good Art: A Frieze New York Diary
1pm: The press preview for Frieze New York 2016 on Randall’s Island begins! Or so they say. I am power walking out the door of my office in Williamsburg.
From Black Performance to Stuff on a Shelf, a Visit to Five Shows in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — It’s summer in the USA, and that means it’s group-show season on both coasts.
Contemporary Artists Create a New Kind of Order at the Barnes Foundation
PHILADELPHIA — It’s an illuminating mental exercise to ponder: what if Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the pharmaceutical tycoon and physician who assembled an unmatched collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings in Philadelphia, was actually an installation artist before his time?