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When Claes Oldenburg installed The Store in a ground floor space on New York’s Lower East Side in 1961, stocking it with “consumer goods” made of cheap materials roughly crafted to resemble inventory, he began the confounding of art and commerce that became the essence of Pop. The Store and other of Oldenburg’s groundbreaking ’60s installations are the subject of a major exhibition touring Europe and the U.S. The work couldn’t be more current—or prescient. Oldenburg’s use of lowly, impoverished materials, his works’ modest scale and overtly hand-made esthetic, would feel right at home today in small galleries and studios across Bushwick, Culver City and Wynwood.

On view this month at New York’s Matthew Marks Gallery, Demand’s photographs convey a sense of anxiety about the state of our world. Angst-laden, as well, are the videos, installations and photographs of the Swedish-born artist Klara Lidén. Her recent exhibition at Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York featured a room crammed with dried-out Christmas trees that she salvaged from city streets after the holidays. Like Demand and Oldenburg, Lidén marshals humble materials to interrogate the failings of contemporary culture.

Finally, there’s Carol Bove; we have featured a detail of one of her elegant, minimal sculptures on the cover. Brian Sholis visited the artist in her Red Hook studio, where they discussed her recent move into outdoor, site-specific installation. Her attitude toward found objects represents an alternative sensibility, keenly attuned to place and time, reflecting the potent diversity of art in America.

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    Editor In Chief –
    Lindsay Pollock
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    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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