Things have their own power and agency in the artist’s installation and humans are part of a complex world of life forms and materials.
Tamara Kostianovsky Envisions a Whimsical Slaughterhouse
The animal carcass sculptures are gruesome yet their materials — the artist’s own discarded clothing — lend them some gentleness.
Imagining Our Climate Future
Speculations about climate change by an array of artists feel eerily probable, if not already real.
The Trouble with Capitalist Utopias
Maybe a sense of belonging is a thing of the past, a sign of privilege.
Art for a Time of Uncertainty
Jude Tallichet’s art is a reminder that, although our world has changed, something weird and wonderful may await us on the other side.
Searching for Humor in America’s Machismo Freefall
Laugh Back’s comedic timing is so regrettably tardy that its punchlines about Trumpism and American masculinity fail to land.
On May 5, Attend Smack Mellon’s 2018 Kentucky Derby Party and Art Auction
For more than 20 years, Smack Mellon has supported emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new and ambitious work.
Best of 2017: Our Top 15 Brooklyn Art Shows
From project spaces off the beaten track to nonprofits in Dumbo, galleries in Bushwick, and the Brooklyn Museum, there was so much strong work in the borough this year.
Over Rice, a Conversation About Race at Smack Mellon
On August 3, Dominique Duroseau will host the participatory performance “Rap on Race with Rice,” which revolves around one activity: separating black and white rice.
Artistic Responses to the Systemic Inequalities in US Education
For this Smack Mellon exhibition, artists were given textual prompts regarding education, particularly how it relates to the historical struggles for social equity and justice.
Considering the Environmental Damage Done by Art Fairs
Built with the collected detritus of art fairs, The Fair Housing Project illustrates just how much good material is thrown away once the tents fall.
How to Tell the Difference Between Propaganda and Art
At a round-table discussion at Smack Mellon gallery, convened on July 27 by Hyperallergic and the gallery, the issue of the distinction between propaganda and art was in focus.