In this week’s roundup Cao Fei’s work travels to Maine, Erin Shirreff wins Canada’s largest photography prize, Mark Bradford discusses Robert Rauschenberg in Los Angeles, and more.
- Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists presents work by eight exemplary women artists—including Cao Fei—who have shaped the panorama of contemporary art, both within China and internationally. The show is at Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME) and closes December 22.
- Erin Shirreff has won the 2013 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s largest photography prize. Shirreff was selected by public vote and will receive $50,000. A record number of votes—more than 25,000—were cast during the ten-week voting period, which closed on November 5. Runners-up include LaToya Ruby Frazier who will receive a $5,000 stipend dedicated to the research, creation, and production of new work. Both artists will receive six to eight-week fully-funded residencies in Canada, to commence early next year.
- William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time—jointly acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)—is on view at the Met. The five-channel video installation is a thirty-minute meditation on time and space, the complex legacies of colonialism and industry, and the artist’s own intellectual life. Closes May 11, 2014.
- Ann Hamilton’s exhibition a reading, an exhibition gathering video installation, works on paper and sculptural objects is on view at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR). This collection of works comes from her more than twenty-year engagement with the relationship between reading and writing, text and textile. Closes January 11, 2014.
- Maya Lin’s sculpture, Silver Missouri, inspired by the Missouri River, will be permanently installed in the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) on November 15. The installation, crafted from recycled silver, is one in a series of works exploring water conservation.
- Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth will open at the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia) on November 23. His first solo exhibition in Australia, Cai will premiere Heritage (2013), an installation of ninety-nine life-like replicas of animals from around the world, and Eucalyptus (2013) comprising an enormous gum tree that extends along the central gallery. Closes May 11, 2014.
- Mark Bradford and author/professor Katy Siegel will discuss the work of Robert Rauschenberg, dubbed “artist-citizen” in 1976 for his dedication to philanthropy and focus on social issues in his art. Influenced by Rauschenberg, Bradford continues his engagement with the South Central Los Angeles community. The Un-Private Collection talk will take place at the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts (Los Angeles, CA) on November 23 at 2pm.
- Marina Abramovic Institute will host a twenty-four hour reading from 2pm on November 23 until 2pm on November 24 at Basilica, Hudson (NY). Participants will read from Walter Moers’s 2004 fantasy novel The City of Dreaming Books, which tells of a mythical young dragon-like creature who must track down the author of the perfect story, which he has inherited from his late grandfather.