Doris Salcedo knows well art's inability to effect social change. Her sculptures and installations, as powerful as they are, will not change the course of history in her native Colombia, end wars, or stop the drain of everyday violence.
When we think of Poland, our associations are not altogether positive. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow has been attempting to provide the world with some newer, alternative images -- the work of active and internationally-attuned Polish artists.
Anselm Kiefer's new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery is a monochromatic forest with walls of flaking, mud-encrusted canvases that transports us into a world at times foreboding, at others, shamanic and mystical.
Victoria Bartlett's designs have a quiet subtlety and like the clothes themselves, an asymmetric view of the world that challenges conventional standards of what is sexy especially in regard to undergarments.
"Through the Grapevine: Streams of Transit in Southern California's Great Pass" explores the stretch of land, from the far edge of Los Angeles to the Central Valley, that serves as an artery for the transit of goods and people,