Bill Arning

  • “General Idea: Broken Time”

    Whether staging satiric beauty pageants to crown a “Miss General Idea,” covering art and punk rock in their great magazine FILE (1972–89), or lambasting the mass media’s stereotypical treatment of artists (most memorably in their 1984 video Shut the Fuck Up), Canadian collective General Idea challenged authority and queered heteronormative identity with a blend of humor, eroticism, and expertly styled artifice. The trio—AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal—were active from 1969 to 1994, when Partz and Zontal died of AIDS-related illnesses. In the

  • passages May 13, 2014

    Sturtevant (1924–2014)

    AS I MOURN the passing of the most provocative artist that I have been privileged to work with, Sturtevant, I would like to consider all the ways her vision has shaped the field of art as we know it. I first encountered Sturtevant when I was still a teenager; visiting a friend’s parent’s house I saw what I believed to be Warhol and Lichtenstein paintings, and I told my hosts as much. Being precocious and proud of my art knowledge, the identification of these works was, in my eyes, a momentous achievement. When my friend’s father, the critic Douglas Davis said, “Oh no kid, those are paintings of

  • New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Venice, Turin, Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Stockholm, Liverpool, London, Brisbane

    MAKING MISCHIEF: DADA INVADES NEW YORK

    This fall, Dada finally gets its due as a stateside movement. Curated by Dada scholar Francis M. Naumann with staffer Beth Venn, the WHITNEY’s show will include Duchamp’s Bride Stripped Bare. . . , as well as more than 200 objects by American and European artists associated with the movement on this side of the Atlantic. Along with the usual suspects—Francis Picabia, Man Ray, and, lately, Florine Stettheimer—you’ll also get to see works like Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s Portrait of Marcel Duchamp (feathers and a champagne glass) and a partial