David Zwirner Explores Artist Ray Johnson’s Queer Identity in “WHAT A DUMP”

Curator Jarrett Earnest presents a nuanced portrait of the obsessive mail art pioneer

American conceptual artist Ray Johnson pioneered the mail art movement from its inception in 1943, through its explosive critical reception in the ’60s, and until his death in 1995. Most people with an interest in contemporary art know this. With Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP, on now at David Zwirner, curator Jarrett Earnest sidesteps the textbook facets of the figure and explores his obsessions and …

“Kusama: Cosmic Nature” at The New York Botanical Garden

Imaginative large-scale art set among seasonal floral displays

Amidst the rising number of digital-art theme parks and museums dedicated to sensory stimulation, those of us who attend exhibitions often ask: is this experience for Instagram or for me? A walk through The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) for their resplendent celebration of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, will certainly yield a gallery of exciting photos, but that’s far from the exhibit’s point. …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Cairo's mummy parade, VR-created claymation furniture, the importance of "third places" and more in our look around the web

Watch the New York Academy of Art’s Tribeca Ball Program To accompany the annual sale of work by hundreds of emerging artists at their beloved spring benefit known as the Tribeca Ball, the New York Academy of Art compiled a star-studded program that includes a tribute to fine artist Eric Fischl, as well as thoughtful advice to art students. Traditionally held among the academy’s halls …