Ralph Lemon

  • Kevin Beasley

    I met Kevin Beasley in 2011; he was a graduate student at Yale University and I was a visiting critic. In his studio I remember amorphous objects and pieces of clothing subsumed in foam and resin, scattered about the floor and mounted to the walls. Tucked into one corner on a cluttered plywood table were two Technics SL-1200 turntables. I asked about them. He played a file called “I Want My Spot Back”—a haunting composition sampling a cappella recordings from late hip-hop artists such as Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Big L, and Guru.

  • the best of 2016

    TO TAKE STOCK OF THE PAST YEAR, ARTFORUM ASKED AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF ARTISTS TO SELECT A SINGLE IMAGE, EXHIBITION, OR EVENT THAT MOST MEMORABLY CAPTURED THEIR EYE IN 2016.

    ALEX HUBBARD

    Rodin’s The Thinker, 1880–81, after a bomb planted by the Weather Underground exploded on March 24, 1970, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo: C. D. Moore.

    ANNE COLLIER

    Portrait of Hilton Als by Catherine Opie, wrapped in bubble plastic, as it appeared in “James Baldwin/Jim Brown and the Children,” curated by Als for the Artist’s Institute, New York, June 14.

    SLAVS AND TATARS

    A disposable, self-administering