Barry McGee travels with his mid-career survey, Laurie Anderson collaborates with the Kronos Quartet, Kalup Linzy premieres a feature film, Ann Hamilton re-installs phora, and lots more in this week’s roundup.
- Barry McGee‘s mid-career survey is now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA). Barry McGee provides visitors with an opportunity to explore two decades of the artist’s work that mixes and matches elements of sign painting, comics, and “hobo art.” The exhibition closes September 2. WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, caught up with McGee during his installation at ICA; listen to the interview here.
- Andrea Zittel was also interviewed by WBUR following her Hamill Lecture at Boston University. In the article “Efficiency Expert“ the artist discusses her “ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.”
- Ann Hamilton’s 2005 multi-room installation, phora, has been re-installed in the Grand Foyer at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State (Buffalo, NY). The work grew out of Hamilton’s intimate digital recordings of mouths in large medieval relief panels at Stockholm’s Museum of National Antiquities. Hamilton then altered, enlarged, and printed the images. The SUNY iteration of phora displays 102 of the original 176 images. The installation closes July 28.
- Marina Abramović‘s Luminosity (1997) will be restaged for the “living sculpture” exhibition 13 Rooms at Kaldor Public Art Projects (Sydney, Australia). In this unforgettable piece, a performer, bathed in light, straddles a bicycle seat mounted high up on the gallery wall. Both physically and mentally demanding, Abramović explains, “It’s really a work about loneliness, about pain and about spiritual elevation; about luminosity and the transcendental quality of the human being in general.” 13 Rooms continues through April 21.
In this week’s roundup, Lynda Benglis manipulates metal, Julie Mehretu and Matthew Ritchie explore diagrams, Shahzia Sikander flows poetic, and more.
- Lynda Benglis‘s work is on view at the Locks Gallery (Philadelphia, PA). Everything Flows features, among other works, the artist’s Pleat pieces. For these, Benglis manipulated fragments of folded mesh and sprayed them with liquid metal. The results are ”buoyantly, ebulliently, kinetically fluid-like giant, festively crinkled, artlessly tied bows undergoing their various twists, turns and knots,” writes art historian Anna Chave in her accompanying essay. The exhibition closes June 15.
- Matthew Ritchie has organized a group show for Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York, NY). The Temptation of the Diagram explores the diagram as an essential mode of artistic practice, and expands on themes that Ritchie studied during his residency at the Getty Research Institute (2012) and recently at Columbia University. Works by Julie Mehretu are included in the show, which closes April 27.
- Shahzia Sikander was commissioned by curator Yuko Hasegawa to create site specific work for the 2013 Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates). Poetry is a key theme across Sikander’s contributions, including a moving image installation and public performance. The Biennal closes May 13.
- Focus: Barry McGee, now on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Forth Worth, TX), focuses on McGee‘s development since the early 1990s. Organized by curator Andrea Karnes, she will be in conversation with McGee on April 23 at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition closes June 2.
- Cindy Sherman‘s retrospective exhibition has traveled to the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX). Cindy Sherman traces the artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present, and features 160 photographs from her various bodies of work. The exhibition closes June 9.
- Cindy Sherman, William Wegman, and Kalup Linzy all have work on view in the two-part exhibition Serious Laughs: Art, Politics, Humor at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (Kingston, NY). By transforming the theater into a gallery space, the UPAC calls attention to their “role as the arts anchor of the City of Kingston.” The first installment of the exhibition is already on display at the Kingston Public Library. The second installment opens at the UPAC on April 20 and runs through May 12.
- Trenton Doyle Hancock will lecture at the San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA) on April 15 at 7:30pm. Hancock will address his transformation of traditional elements such as color, language, and pattern into characters and subplots. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is recommended.
- Maya Lin recently gave a talk at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH). In anticipation of her presentation, the Wexner released a new video about Lin’s important project Groundswell (1993). Watch below.
“That’s immediately how I gauge how healthy a city is—by the amount of tags. It’s in direct competition with advertising.”
Filmed in 2012, this new Exclusive follows artist Barry McGee through his self-titled retrospective exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). McGee, who became interested in tagging while growing up in San Francisco, describes the excitement of putting up new tags and the rush of getting away with it. Alongside his ongoing and intimate involvement with street culture, McGee has maintained an active studio practice, which he describes as being “completely different.” These two disparate ways of making—and showing—work meet in Barry McGee, which has traveled to the East Coast and opens today at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston.
Prominently featured in the BAM/PFA exhibition were animatronic mannequins that appeared to be tagging different areas of the museum’s concrete walls. In one instance, the figures were stacked on each other’s shoulders, suggesting the great lengths required when McGee and his friends sought to reach high up the sides of buildings and freeway overpasses. But these sculptures, McGee explains, are meant to illustrate something more real—an act that can only truly exist outside.
In this week’s roundup, a new Do-Ho Suh sculpture rises in New Orleans, Ursula von Rydingsvard talks about woodwork, Ai Weiwei pays homage to Pablo Neruda, William Wegman creates an animated GIF, and much more.
- Do-Ho Suh’s Karma, a twenty-three-foot-tall monumental stainless steel sculpture, recently made a 1,300 mile trip from the Polich Tallix fine art foundry in New York to the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana. The piece consists of 98 cast and metal sintered figures, each figure descending in size from the bottom to the top. Now part of the museum’s permanent collection, Karma is installed in their Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden.
- Beryl Korot: Text and Commentary is on view at the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK). The exhibition features Beryl Korot‘s groundbreaking work Text and Commentary (1976-7) comprised of weavings, videos, and paper-based scores. When first shown in 1977, Text and Commentary “moved the video medium beyond the television’s frame and into art installation.” Closes June 9.
- Ursula von Rydingsvard‘s Woodcuts is being presented in conjunction with Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design at the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC). The show opens tomorrow and closes September 15. A video featuring von Rydingsvard follows.
- Ai Weiwei unveiled a 900-square-meter mural dedicated to poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. Titled A Pablo (To Pablo), it runs along a wall of Parque Cultural Ex-Cárcel in Valparaíso, a prison turned park located in the Chilean port where Neruda lived. Read more about the painting over at Art Daily.
- John Baldessari, Rashid Johnson, and Mike Kelley were recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. Baldessari was one of six ”luminaries” asked to weigh in on the topic of color for the monthly feature The Columnists. Johnson was interviewed for the “The Art of Inspiration,” an article about his upcoming curatorial project Hard-Edge Paintings 1963-1966. And Kelley is the focus of “The Escape Artist,” an account of his ”extraordinary life” and “troubled last days.”
- Louise Bourgeois‘s Crouching Spider sculpture is on yearlong loan from the artist’s estate to Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). Part of the campus-wide initiative Year of the Arts, the piece is installed at Maffei Arts Plaza, in front of the new Black Family Visual Arts Center.
- Barry McGee‘s first mid-career survey opens at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA) on April 6. Simply titled Barry McGee, the show will feature over 30 works, including rarely seen early works on paper; reassembled works from key installations; a tower of video pieces; a massive three-dimensional cluster of drawings; paintings and photographs. Closes September 2.
- Charles Atlas has been specially commissioned by Frieze New York for this year’s program of sound works. Atlas and the collective New Humans will extend a previous collaboration into “a new aural experience” of “electronically fractured vocals…the soundtrack and backdrop for urban island life.” Frieze New York 2013 takes place May 10-13 on Randall’s Island (NYC).
- William Wegman has created his first ever animated GIF. Go to the artist’s blog to watch his sleeping puppy spin hypnotically in a bowl.
In this week’s roundup, assume vivid astro focus brightens up the Armory Show, Barbara Kruger talks to Interview, Mel Chin has a major retrospective, Eddie Martinez and Rashid Johnson open new exhibitions, and more.
- assume vivid astro focus, working with The Suzanne Geiss Company, presented brand new works at The Armory Show (NYC) this past weekend. alter visions after fatalities comprised two paintings, wallpaper, and a neon piece. The installation was included in Armory Focus, a section inside the art fair curated by Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum.
- Mel Chin has a major retrospective exhibition up at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The title Mel Chin: Rematch refers to Chin’s continual process of self reevaluation. The exhibition will include approximately 75 works in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and video, as well as documentation of collective interventions and public works. The show is designed to reflect the artist’s artistic methodology and conceptual approach. Rematch is on view through May 25.
- Eddie Martinez‘s second solo exhibition at The Journal (Brooklyn, NY) is now on view. Eddie Martinez: Matador features abstract paintings based on a “loosely fixed” cast of characters. According to the press release, Martinez created various shapes that ”point toward something familiar without ever pointing directly at anything particular: the red slab, the yellow column, the black spade, and floating cube of deep blue.” The show closes April 28.
- Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, and Laurie Reid have collaborated and created new work for an exhibition at their alma mater, City College of San Francisco. “By working and exhibiting together, they hope to highlight the imperative need for low-cost public arts education.” (Almost) Free Formed: Celebrating Old Days and Hoping for New Times at CCSF is on view through March 20.
- Rashid Johnson has a new solo exhibition at Ballroom Marfa (Marfa, Texas). New Growth features newly commissioned work, including video and a large-scale sculpture produced during the artist’s stay in Marfa. The exhibition begins with the question, “What would happen if Sun Ra, George Washington Carver, and Robert Smithson started a community together in the desert?” Johnson’s work is on view through July 7.
- Barbara Kruger was recently featured in Interview magazine. In candid conversation, she discusses her early days at Condé Nast, her eventual transition out of advertising, and her long-lasting art career. The piece provides interesting insight into the development of Kruger’s artistic practice.
- Marina Abramović is working with architects to design the Marina Abramović Institute for the Preservation of Performing Art (Hudson, NY). According to The Artery, “Abramović aims to convert a theater-turned-public-tennis-court into a showcase for her signature style of long-form ’durational,’ physically and emotionally wrenching performance art.”
- Ai Weiwei is the subject of a new play that will premiere at the Hampstead Theatre (London). Written by British playwright Howard Brenton, the title of the play, #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, refers to the artist’s Twitter handle. Ai is a regular user of the social networking platform, and has repeatedly run into trouble with Chinese officials because of his online activism. #aiww is scheduled to run April 11–May 18.
In this week’s roundup, Ai Weiwei’s work is part of the celebration of the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, Trenton Doyle Hancock wins the Greenfield Prize, several artists participate in group shows and lectures, and much more.
- Ai Weiwei‘s work was projected on the facade of the Newseum (Washington, D.C.) during Presidential Inauguration weekend. The outdoor installation included Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn and quotations about freedom.
- Trenton Doyle Hancock has won the 2013 Greenfield Prize from the Hermitage Artist Retreat. The Greenfield Prize rotates among theater, visual art, and music disciplines. Hancock will have two years to produce a work of art to be exhibited at the Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, FL).
- Robert Ryman is in a group show at the Wade Wilson Gallery (Houston, TX). The Illusion of the Precise is an exploration of the conversation between the language of line and the language of space, and the emotive and aesthetic responses the dialogue elicits. The exhibition brings a curated selection of works from each artist to explore their breadth of possibility. The show closes February 2.
- Pierre Huyghe‘s work is part of a group show at the Istanbul Modern (Turkey). Modernity? Perspectives from France and Turkey looks into the phenomenon of modernity and the confrontation of artists with the modernity project, which is still valid today. The exhibition runs through May 16.
- William Wegman: The Traveler will be at the Westport Arts Center (Westport, CT). The exhibition will feature a collection of postcard paintings, drawings, Polaroids, and video, illustrating William Wegman’s work with found images. Works date from the mid-1980s to the present with new paintings on view for the first time. This show continues through March 24. An opening reception will be held on January 25 at 6:30 pm; it is free and open to the public.
- Shana Moulton, Charles Atlas, Diana Al-Hadid, and Carrie Mae Weems will lecture as part of the Spring 2013 School of Art Lecture Series at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburg, PA). Moulton will speak on February 5, Atlas on February 12, Al-Hadid on February 26, and Weems on March 26. All lectures will take place at 5pm in the CMU Kresge Theater.
In this week’s roundup El Anatsui’s recycled abstraction, Josiah McElheny’s abstract body, Julie Mehretu’s explores drawing as abstraction, and more.
- El Anatsui‘s complex tapestry-like sculpture is on view in the Bloch Lobby at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO). Dusasa I debuted at the 2007 Venice Biennale and entered the museum’s collection in early 2008. To construct the piece, Anatsui collected thousands of recycled aluminum liquor-bottle tops and the strips that were tied together using fine copper wire. The title comes from two Ewe words, du and sasa, meaning a fusion of disparate elements on a monumental scale.
- Josiah McElheny‘s new work is on display at White Cube (London). Interactions of the Abstract Body presents a large and varied body of work that looks at how fashion and modernism have intersected and influenced each other through the common language of the body. The gallery features transparent glass reliefs that are partly reflective. Viewers and performers peer into and become reflected in these forms, so that bodies and implied bodies will multiply, creating a complex, intangible sense of space. The exhibition runs through January 12, 2013.
- Julie Mehretu and other artists have work on view at Tate Liverpool. Tracing the Century presents work based on the human body and the inner self, opening up the conversation between figuration and abstraction that characterized art in the 20th century. A sequence of works on paper by Paul Cézanne, Paul Klee, Richard Hamilton, Lee Bontecou and Mehretu proposes drawing as a means of conjuring imaginary worldscapes. This work is on view until January 20, 2013.
- James Turrell leads the way in a collaborative project between Pace London and Cuadro Fine Art (Dubai). The Substance of Light features iconic works by Turrell and other pioneers of the Light and Space movement, which emerged in the United States in the 1960s. Show highlights include the seven reflective holograms made by Turrell between 2006 and 2008, based on his seminal Projection Pieces from the 1960s. The show closes January 6, 2013.
- Allora & Calzadilla celebrate the launch by Kaldor Public Art Projects of Project#26: Allora & Calzadilla’s Stop, Repair, Prepare at the State Library of Victoria (Australia). Their presented works integrate sound, performance and sculpture to create a captivating new experience for audiences. The exhibition runs through December 6. Videos of the artists in preparation for the show can be seen online via ArtInfo.
- Barry McGee‘s conversation with Chris Johanson marks the first time the two artists have gotten together in 12 years. This discussion can be read in its entirety at Paper Magazine.
- Charles Atlas‘s collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons includes a performance of Hope There’s Someone and various conversations featured in the film Turning. A preview can be viewed online.
In this week’s roundup, Trenton Doyle Hancock’s work is featured in the magazine Beautiful/Decay, Cindy Sherman is at the Walker Art Center, El Anatsui is in the U.S., Mel Chin asks for “fundreds,” and more.
- Trenton Doyle Hancock‘s …And Then It All Came Back To Me is at the James Cohan Gallery (NYC). The solo exhibition consists of new paintings that expand on metaphysical interpretations of the artist’s dreams, the invented symbolic language that has long been a hallmark of Hancock’s work, and most notably on the idea of self-portraiture as an exploration of the artist-as-archetype. The show closes December 22.
- Charles Atlas‘s film, Turning, recently premiered at DOC NYC. Part performance film and part backstage portrait, the film is a collaboration between Atlas and singer/musician Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons). It blends Atlas’ visuals, Antony’s music, and interviews with thirteen women (some of whom are transgendered), who perform themselves on a revolving platform while being filmed for “live portraits.” Read an article about this film here.
- Cindy Sherman is at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis). The show features 160 photographs by Cindy Sherman and traces the artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. It covers dominant themes such as artifice and fiction; cinema and performance; gender and class; horror and the grotesque; and myth, carnival, and fairy tale. The exhibition is on view through February 17, 2013.
- Mel Chin, currently an Artist in Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art, will speak in McKnight Hall on the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus on November 29 at 12:30 pm. His talk, For a Few Dollars More, will address a variety of recent work and the value and intentions behind them. Admission to the talk is free; the donation of one “fundred” is requested.
In this week’s roundup William Kentridge’s collaborative video, John Baldessari’s double life of objects, Allan McCollum’s perfect couples and more.
- Louise Bourgeois, Topiary: The Art of Improving Nature is on view at the Fayetteville University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center. The show celebrates Louise Bourgeois’ Topiary, a portfolio comprised of nine large-scale copper plate etchings. The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to display this portfolio in its entirety. The exhibition runs through December 13.
- William Kentridge: I am not me, the horse is not mine is on view at the Tate Modern (London). William Kentridge‘s eight-channel video installation is projected simultaneously across the gallery walls, each film is played on a continuous loop to create an immersive audio-visual environment, which resists the establishment of a single narrative. This work is on view until January 20, 2013.
- John Baldessari has work on view at the Marian Goodman Gallery (NYC). Double Play presents all new work by Baldessari, including a series of paintings on canvas that aim “to make the unimportant important.” Song titles from the likes of Tom Waits mingle with the visual fragments Baldessari pulls from sources ranging from the 18th to the 20th century, prompting exploration of the objects’ double life. This show closes November 21.
- Richard Serra is on view at the Gagosian Gallery (NYC). In addition to Richard Serra‘s new show, a drawing catalogue is available here. The exhibition closes December 22.
- Allan McCollum‘s The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples is on view at the Barbara Krakow Gallery (Boston). In this show McCollum has expanded the scale of his interest in the complexity of social relationships to objects by initiating an excursion into picturing tens of billions of unique shapes, and imagining the task of creating singular unique objects that could be distributed to each person on the planet. This show in on view through November 24.
- Barry McGee talks about his creative process via MOCA TV. The online channel enlisted filmmaker Alex Kopps to document McGee’s installation of his mid-career retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The show closes December 9.
In this week’s roundup Andrea Zittel receives an award, Krzysztof Wodiczko projects Abraham Lincoln, James Turrell installs a new Skyspace, and more.
- Andrea Zittel has been awarded the 2012 Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts. The award is bestowed “for outstanding achievements in the field of architecture and the arts that conform to Frederick Kiesler’s experimental, innovative conceptions and his theory of correlated arts” and will be presented by the Vienna City Councillor for Cultural Affairs, Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, on November 15 at the New Museum in New York.
- Andrea Zittel, as part of the Kiesler Prize, is presenting work at Mariahilfer Straße (Vienna). Andrea Zittel: Artist-Architect underlines the decision of the jury in 2012 who selected the artist primarily for her experimental and innovative work that has extended the dialogue of contemporary art and ideas. In the spirit of Frederick Kiesler, her work is both intellectual and yet deals with real life situations and occurrences. The show runs through December 1, 2013.
- Carrie Mae Weems‘ The Obama Project (2012) can be viewed online:
- Krzysztof Wodiczko‘s video projection onto the Abraham Lincoln statue in New York’s Union Square will run for a full month, from November 8-December 9. Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection, co-presented by More Art and the Polish Cultural Institute, will feature the sounds and images of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans projected onto the 142-year-old Lincoln statue.