Issue sep 11 —

The legacy of Dutch-born painter Willem de Kooning loomed large as we readied this issue. The prospect of his major retrospective opening later this month at MoMA rallied our attention to painting. While de Kooning straddled the line between abstraction and figuration, the artists in these pages propel painting beyond the easel, into realms of performance, sculpture and object-making. Early on we approached David Reed, who began cooling down the gestures of Ab-Ex in the ’70s and moved on to his own transcendent vision. He quickly agreed to write a long-simmering memoir of his student days under Milton Resnick’s tutelage.

Women artists are in the forefront of current painterly explorations. One of Katharina Grosse’s bravura installations at MASS MoCA, for which she donned white coveralls and wielded a spray-paint gun like a Hollywood action hero, was the irresistible choice for the cover. Meanwhile, interviewed in her Brooklyn studio, Carrie Moyer talks about pouring paint and sprinkling glitter, informed by decades of feminist activism. Since it’s impossible in a painting issue to escape Picasso, we’ve included an article that makes a surprising connection to the 1920s filmmaker Jean Painlevé and his underwater dreamscapes.

While preserving the best of Art in America’s DNA, we continue making updates. With this issue, we introduce new sections and flourishes. First Look features an emerging artist. Mixed Media presents concise and lively news. Muse provides a new forum for artists to consider unlikely sources of inspiration. Sightlines allows curators, collectors and others to share the objects and ideas currently figuring prominently in their worlds. In Backstory, we resurrect an archival photo with a tale to tell.

As we finished working on our tribute to de Kooning and all things painterly, two giants of 20th-century painting exited the scene. Cy Twombly and Lucian Freud had a transformative impact on the field and all art forms. Like de Kooning, they leave artistic legacies that are sure to live on in unforeseen ways.

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    Art World Exhibitions Critical Eye Sightlines Back Story Muse Books First Look Departures
    Editor In Chief –
    Lindsay Pollock
    Design Director –
    Katharine C. Wodell
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Our Take —

Art in America started in 1913 when there seemed to be a glaring gap in the American cultural scene for a contemporary art magazine that, unlike many contemporaneous art lovers, would no longer look back to the ‘old country’ for guidance on visual culture.

Ironically, the name might now be somewhat misleading. For, if its early years were an exercise in stating the validity of homegrown American contemporary art, then it has evolved a lot over the years. Its initial raison d’etre was entirely accomplished a long time ago and, these days, it is a magazine that focuses on the international art scene as much as on homegrown product.

With highly knowledgeable and respected contributors, Art in America is a magazine that is trusted by those who are serious about art. Whilst the content is certainly meaty, as a number of key observers have noted of late, it is also an increasingly readable magazine; informative without being too pretentious. This, together with its specific American perspective –in one sense it is the only serious-but-accessible USA art title offering the right balance between text and image with a notable circulation-  puts it in a special league of art magazines beloved of the upper echelons of the international art world.

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