In this week’s roundup, Jessica Stockholder’s new Chicago installation buzz, several artists’ works at SFMOMA, Pepón Osorio’s science fiction exploration, Richard Tuttle’s residency at the Getty, Laurie Anderson’s SVA commencement speech, and more.
- Jessica Stockholder‘s Color Jam will soon be completed at the intersection of State & Adams (Chicago). This outdoor installation features splashes of colored vinyl that will flood the streets and sidewalks, resolving in tight formation across the lower facades of neighboring buildings. The official opening is Tuesday June 5th, but if you live in Chicago, you can glimpse the installation action any evening over the next week. Or check out the streaming video feed.
- Richard Tuttle will be the artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute from September 2012 through June 2013. While pursuing his own research projects, the artist will have opportunities to collaborate with curatorial and conservation staff, give presentations, and participate in seminars at the Getty. The GRI will organize related public events as well a variety of lectures and conferences that will include the local academic community. The research theme for this round is color.
- Jenny Holzer has a new solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers (London). Sophisticated Devices explores ways in which Holzer makes narrative a part of visual objects, employing an innovative range of materials and presentations to confront emotions and experiences, politics and conflict. This work includes spray paint canvases, granite benches, LED works, painted signs, and cast plaques. The show is on view through July 28.
- John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Mary Heilmann, Kerry James Marshall, Robert Ryman, Julie Mehretu and Lari Pittman are featured in Contemporary Painting, 1960 to the Present: Selections from the SFMOMA Collection. In the context of media-based works in contemporary culture, the exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcases the variety of styles and strategies artists have engaged to breathe new life into painting and to explore the medium’s expansive possibilities. The exhibition runs through August 12.
- Pepón Osorio‘s work is in Who More Sci-Fi Than Us, contemporary art from the Caribbean at Kunsthal KAdE (Netherlands). This exhibition features work by a representative selection of contemporary artists from all over the Caribbean. The show focuses on a shared identity, shared history and shared socio-economic conditions: a combination of factors that has produced a certain surreal way of communicating, both in words and images. This work is on view through August 26.
- Louise Bourgeois‘s work is on view for the first time in Korea, at Kukje Gallery (Seoul). Personages showcases fourteen pieces created between the 1940s and the early 1950s that established Bourgeois as one of the most prominent sculptors after World War II. The exhibition closes June 29.
- Mark Bradford‘s With That Ass, They Won’t Look at Your Eyes is on view at the UTEP Rubin Center in El Paso, TX. The show displays Bradford’s largest painting to date, a 40 feet wide mural about the Bill of Rights. The video installation Niagara (2005) will also be on display. This exhibition runs through August 31.
- Laurie Anderson recently addressed faculty, students and their families at the School of Visual Arts 2012 Commencement Exercises. Anderson explained, “The reason I’m an artist is that it’s one of the few things that you can do in this world in which you are totally free – absolutely no one tells you what you can do and what you can’t do.”
- Bruce Nauman’s seminal work Days is coming to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London). This is a sound installation which presents a continuous stream of voices reciting the days of the week in random order. Fourteen flat panel speakers will be installed in the lower gallery, one voice emanating from each pair of speakers as the visitor passes between them. The exhibition will run June 19 – September 16.
In this week’s roundup, work by Allora & Calzadilla takes flight, William Kentridge is honored, Kalup Linzy gets rid of____, William Wegman projects Weimaraners, and more.
- Allora & Calzadilla‘s Body in Flight (Delta) is on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The exhibit begins with a full-scale wooden reproduction of an elite business-class airline seat. In lieu of a balance beam, a female gymnast uses the sculpture to perform a live, extensive routine. The work was first presented last year as part of the Venice Biennale and will run at IMA through April 22.
- William Kentridge has won this year’s prestigious Dan David Prize. The Dan David Foundation grants the $1 million prizes in three categories — past, present and future — for scientific, technological and cultural accomplishments. The prize, named after philanthropist Dan David, who died last year, is administered from Tel Aviv University.
- Kalup Linzy‘s Melody Set Me Free Episode 3 entitled Get Rid of____, is featured on actor James Franco’s website. Linzy also participated in a new Huffington Post video series entitled The Moment I Knew I Wanted to Become an Artist.
- Jenny Holzer: ENDGAME is at the Skarstedt Gallery (NYC). This exhibition features paintings by Jenny Holzer in which the artist uses redacted U.S. government documents where little text is legible. These documents became the grounds for the new paintings that allude to the Suprematist works of Kazimir Malevich. This show will run until April 7.
- Do-Ho Suh‘s Karma is on view at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park (New Orleans). This 23-foot stainless steel sculpture features a male figure surmounted by a seemingly endless chain of alter egos, rising into the sky like a silver spinal column. The string of figures is faceted like a gem stone, lending a glittering digital effect to the tower. Each iteration of the man is holding his hands over the eyes of the man who precedes him.
- Charles Atlas’s Joints 4tet for Ensemble installation is at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities in Ann Arbor. The exhibition consists of ten video monitors set on stands of varying heights. Video loops successively focus on various parts of the human body to capture Merce Cunningham’s unique style of movement, form and gesture. Ambient sounds by John Cage, Cunningham’s longtime companion and collaborator, accompany the videos. This work is on view through March 31.
- William Wegman’s latest video Flo Flow was projected onto the exterior of the Everson Museum of Art. Wegman created the two minutes and 30 seconds long video for the Urban Video Project, a multimedia public art initiative of Light Work and Syracuse University that operates several electronic exhibition sites along the Connective Corridor in Syracuse, NY. Flo Flow can be viewed from dusk to 11p.m, Thursdays through Sundays. It continues through May 27.
In this week’s roundup, Charles Atlas projects videos with numbers and grids, Rashid Johnson is honored, Sarah Sze to represent the U.S. at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Mike Kelley is honored in LA, Maya Lin re-creates nature, Jessica Stockholder will create a Chicago color jam, a Barry McGee cocktail drink in Miami (!), and more.
- Charles Atlas has a new exhibition at Luhring Augustine Project Space in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Illusion of Democracy features video installations and projections that combine mathematical and diagrammatic images with art historical precedents to create moving vistas of floating numbers and grids. This work is on view until May 20. A user-generated video posted online documents the show:
- Mark Bradford is at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through June 17 and at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts through May 27. This is Bradford‘s first major museum survey of paintings, sculptures, and multimedia works to be presented on the West Coast. The selection of works captures the development of the artist’s sensibility, from modest-sized canvases to monumental public projects, and from purely formal investigations of material to engagement with sociopolitical questions.
- Rashid Johnson had been named a winner of the 2012 David C. Driskell prize by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The prize is annually presented to an artist who is “in the beginning or middle of his or her career whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field of African-American art or art history. Continue reading »
I recently attended an event with Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, who joined Michael Rooks, the High Museum of Art’s Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, to talk about the current show KAWS: Down Time. During the conversation, KAWS took Rooks and the audience on a trip back in time, covering his progression from doing graffiti tags and pieces on walls, to billboard/bus shelter/phone booth advertisements, toys, large canvases and public works. KAWS had a early interest in urban art and communication–i.e., as a skateboarder and budding illustrator traveling the streets of Jersey City and NYC and reading the information around him as he passed through. The theme of “passing through” is often conveyed in Donnelly’s work. For example, a large sculpture from his Companion series, called Companion Passing Through, is sitting in the piazza near the entrance to the museum.
In the early years, KAWS was exploring parts of the city while receiving a mobile, visual and commercial art education. Rooks noted that the experience must have been like sensory overload. Indeed, many of the artist’s paintings are an explosion of simple visual elements that overlap and interlock on the picture plane in complex ways. Skateboarding through different neighborhoods and using different subway stops as destination points to create art enabled KAWS to learn more about graffiti in city space. Donnelly himself refers to this in the talk:
You start to think about different areas or missed areas or opportunities. You think more about the world we live in and how you can be part of it.
More recently, graffiti and street art has had a revival in popular culture and in the art world, as seen in exhibitions such as MOCA Los Angeles’s Art in the Streets (which I wrote about on the Art21 blog in April 2011), and MoMA’s Looking at Music 3.0. Events such as the Re-Bomonti Street Art Festival in Istanbul, and the work of the Boa Mistura collective in Spain show the global reach of graffiti. However, when KAWS was passing through urban neighborhoods in the 1990s, graffiti was still mostly underground. Growing up at that time, with a historical knowledge of graffiti and access to city walls and trains, had a tremendous influence on the direction KAWS took. He became a part of local and international communities of artists who were often collaborating and trading photos of their work. During the talk, the artist spoke about first wanting his graffiti to reach people in a four-block vicinity, while Rooks noted that his train pieces could also be viewed as moving exhibitions that hundreds, maybe thousands could see.
In this week’s roundup we remember Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman inverts the mirror, Eleanor Antin revisits her part work, Judy Pfaff shows smaller work, Louise Bourgeois’ writings are unveiled, Laurie Anderson performs in a room, and more.
- This week we remember Mike Kelley. The Los Angeles Times’ Culture Monster blog post, Mike Kelley: A game-changer for the art world, includes photos and a general overview of Kelley’s work over the years.
- Bruce Nauman‘s work will be on view in The Inverted Mirror: Art from the Collections of ”la Caixa” Foundation and MACBA at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In this show, the image of a mirror is a metaphor for the processes of accumulation, transfer and interference that are a fundamental part of the birth and development of all art collections. In connection with its title, the show highlights two contemporary art collections that represent the most significant tendencies and movements spanning the second half of the twentieth century to the present. The exhibition will run January 31 – September 2.
- Eleanor Antin is featured in the Los Angeles Times’ PST: Eleanor Antin revisits Before the Revolution. The article highlights a new version of Before the Revolution, a signature work that Antin first performed in 1979 at New York’s Kitchen Center for Video, Music, and Dance, playing all the parts with the aid of several nearly life-size Masonite cut-outs that she manipulated onstage.
- Judy Pfaff: Recent Work at the Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis) showcases some of Judy Pfaff’s smaller work in her first St. Louis solo exhibition since 1989. Combining several kinds of media and methods of art-making, Pfaff redefines the capacities of what art can be. A catalogue with essays by Buzz Spector and Kara Gordon accompanies the exhibit. A video of the Judy Pfaff exhibition is also online.
In this week’s first roundup of 2012, Louise Bourgeois’s art kicks off the new year in Qatar, Alfredo Jaar shows his love for African music and more.
- Alfredo Jaar presents Muxima, a film dedicated to the Angolan people and a direct result of the artist’s love for African music. The film is Jaar’s first and takes the form of five interpretations of local folk songs that have been edited into ten cantos covering the history of Angola. The film can be seen in Gallery 186 at The Art Institute of Chicago until April 15.
- Louise Bourgeois‘s art will kick off 2012 at the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). Louise Bourgeois: Conscious and Unconscious, the retrospective which is the first in the Gulf by the late American artist, will be held from January 20 to June 1 at the QMA Gallery in Katara.
- Mark Dion will create an on-site installation for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. This work will respond to the bridge as an icon, historic structure, and conceptual inspiration; objects will be fabricated to appear as though recovered from a deep sea wreck. International Orange will open on Memorial Day weekend, May 26–28, as part of the kickoff to the 75th anniversary and will remain on view to the public free of charge through October 2012.
- James Turrell and Bruce Nauman have work on view in Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. The artists each make the visitor’s experience of light and other sensory phenomena under specific conditions the focus of their work. The show includes an immersive environment by Nauman and a light piece from Turrell’s Wedgework series. This exhibition closes January 22.
- Kalup Linzy, Keltie Ferris, and Andrea Zittel contributed to Modern Painters magazine’s survey of 100 artists to watch. The list is broad, international, and distinguished by the variety of approaches represented.
- Walton Ford is featured in Whitewall magazine’s Winter issue. An excerpt from the Ford studio visit can be read online now.
- Next month a Cindy Sherman retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC will showcase more than 180 photographs that trace the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present. Highlighted in the exhibition are in-depth presentations of her key series, including Untitled Film Stills (1977–80); her ornate history portraits (1989–90); and her larger-than-life society portraits (2008) that address the experience and representation of aging in the context of contemporary obsessions with youth and status. The show will be on view February 26–June 11.
- In-Sight Evening: Doris Salcedo, a lecture by curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will examine the evolution of Doris Salcedo’s oeuvre since the 1980s, placing her chair, Untitled (2004–5), within the context of her constructed sculptures and installations, which are informed by sociopolitical circumstances in Colombia and beyond. The talk will also consider Salcedo’s work in the broader context of contemporary sculpture. The event will take place February 15, at 6pm.
In this week’s roundup Barry McGee, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari and Bruce Nauman make an impact, Laylah Ali draws inspiration from her notes, and more.
- For the Fifty Years of Bay Area Art retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) is displaying fantastic work by past SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) award winner Barry McGee (among several others), an artist who in recent years has had dramatic impact on contemporary art. A McGee video and mural is on display until April 03, 2012.
- Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari and Bruce Nauman and 54 other artists contributed 140 works for Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977 at the Art Institute of Chicago. These artists exploit the photographic image in every way possible: in books, slides, canvases, films, and room-size installations. The results liberated all the arts and made it possible for contemporary art to become a field without a medium. This exhibition is on view until March 11, 2012.
- Laylah Ali: Note Drawings showcases 39 works of art by Laylah Ali now on view at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. The artist drew inspiration from and linked drawing, language and writing found in snippets of overheard conversations, media sound bites, and her own thoughts—all of which she collected on scraps of paper. She then drew loosely-related or contrasting figures over the text, sometimes incorporating the written words in the drawing and other times obscuring them. The exhibition closes April 1, 2012.
- The Wedding (The Walker Evans Polaroid Project) With Roni Horn pairs 83 of Evans’s Polaroids of American vernacular architecture—funerary monuments, faded Victorian gingerbread cottages—with photographs from “Bird,” a body of work made by Roni Horn between 1998 and 2007. This show is at Andrea Rosen Gallery (NYC) and is on view through January 14, 2012.
- Rashid Johnson has been nominated for the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize which is given to an artist whose work represents a significant development in contemporary art. The award sets no restrictions in terms of age, gender, nationality, or medium, and the nominations may include emerging artists as well as more established individuals whose public recognition may be long overdue. The 2012 prize carries an award of $100,000.
- Watch as artist Richard Serra and Gary Garrels, SFMOMA’s Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture, go behind-the-scenes of Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective, on view at SFMOMA from October 17, 2011, to January 16, 2012.
Central Utah Art Center posted a A Mid-Opening Performance by Mariah Robertson, a video about Robertson playing with projections by parading a tabletop through the gallery space:
In this week’s roundup Do Ho Suh addresses displacement and “home,” Bruce Nauman finds inspiration in Native America, Jason Schwartzman celebrates John Baldessari, and more.
- Do Ho Suh‘s Fallen Star is under construction at The Stuart Collection, University of California San Diego. Fallen Star takes the form of a small house that has been picked up by some mysterious force, (perhaps a tornado) and “landed” on a building, seven stories up. A roof garden is part of Suh’s design and will be a place with panoramic views for small groups to gather. This can be seen as a “home” for the vast numbers of students who have left their homes to come to this huge institution, the university, which has nothing even resembling a home. A video detailing the installation process was commissioned by The Stuart Collection:
- Alfredo Jaar is one of a several participating artists whose works are on view in Being American at the School of Visual Arts’ Visual Arts Gallery (NYC). The exhibition surveys responses by visual artists to some of the most pressing social issues in America today: from recent environmental catastrophes to the pervading effects of the economic crisis; from the long shadow of 9/11 and two overseas wars to the homefront debates surrounding religious tolerance, gay marriage, capital punishment and firearms possession. This show closes December 21.
- Allora & Calzadilla’s third solo show, Vieques Videos 2003-2011, is on view at the Lisson Gallery in London. The artists contributed to the visual culture of this campaign with a long-term, multi-sited project entitled Landmark, which is informed by the following questions: “How is land differentiated from other land by the way it is marked? Who decides what is worth preserving and what should be destroyed? What are strategies for reclaiming marked land? How does one articulate an ethics and politics of land use?” This show can be seen through January 14, 2012.
- Bruce Nauman‘s Setting a Good Corner (Allegory and Metaphor), is part of a collection of modern works that are paired with Apache, Arapaho, Hopi, and Sioux art. Native American Kindred Spirits: Native American Influences on 20th Century Art at Peter Blum Soho (NYC) focuses on a single subject: how modern artists found inspiration in the American landscape and Native American arts and crafts. This work is on view through January 14, 2012.
- Drawings, an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery (Paris) introduces two new series of work by Richard Serra, July and Rifts. This is Serra’s first major drawing exhibition in Paris since 1995 and “provides a space, a place for me to go to where I can concentrate on an activity that is satisfying in and of itself,” says the artist. This work is on view until January 7, 2012.
- John Baldessari is celebrated by actor Jason Schwartzman in this video produced for Pacific Standard Time at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA):
- Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine was screened on Tuesday December 4 at Cornell University’s Willard Straight Theatre (Ithaca, NY).This documentary features extensive footage of Louise Bourgeois and was directed by art historian Amei Wallach and art documentarian Marian Cajori. It captures Bourgeois, a lifelong feminist, constructing some of her most influential installations.
- Krzysztof Wodiczko‘s works are currently on view at WORK (London). The gallery is currently showing Krzysztof Wodiczko: The Abolition of War, an exhibition that invites the public to reconsider their understanding of the impact of war on veterans who have fought (or worked as medics) in Iraq and Afghanistan. The two featured projects, The Flame and War Veteran Vehicle, bring into focus the post-traumatic condition experienced by returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Both are based on a set of interviews conducted by the artist with anonymous war veterans and their families. This show is on view until January 14, 2012.
- Keltie Ferris was interviewed for Metro Pulse during her artist-in-residence and exhibition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The exhibition is on view until December 9.
- Maya Lin spoke to a packed audience on October 24, 2011 in Mies’ S. R. Crown Hall, home of the Illinois Institute of Technology‘s College of Architecture. Lin spoke about environmental conservation and her ambitious landscape artworks. Check out this video for the full lecture.
- Paul McCarthy is currently exhibiting in London’s St James’s Park and at two Hauser & Wirth galleries. In a video posted by The Guardian, Adrian Searle discusses The King, an installation that pokes fun at ideas of self-aggrandisement and debunks the myth of the male artist as hero.
In this week’s roundup Mike Kelly navigates the Burning Man, Mark Dion reimagines the humanities, Krzysztof Wodiczko interviews anonymous war veterans, and more.
- Mike Kelley and longtime friend Michael Smith collaborated on A Voyage of Growth and Discovery at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead Quays, UK). The installation features “man-child Baby IKKI,” a character developed by Smith who navigates the infamous Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. IKKI negotiates the primal elements of fire, water, earth and wind. A six-channel video installation replaying IKKI’s “voyage” is enveloped by a fantasy environment evoking that of the festival. This work is on view through January 15.
- Mark Dion has a new site-specific installation at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities (Ann Arbor). For Waiting for the Extraordinary Dion took Michigan Chief Justice Augustus Woodward’s 1817 categories for human knowledge and invented 13 visual symbols crafted through the U-M Duderstadt Center’s high-tech three-dimensional rapid imaging technology laboratory to illustrate each category. This exhibition will continue through November 5.
- Ann Hamilton was one of ten artists selected to receive an Anonymous Was A Woman grant on October 17. The “no strings” grant of $25,000 enables women over the age of 45 to continue to grow and pursue their work. The awards are synonymous with important recognition in artists’ personal and artistic development. The grant’s name refers to a line in Virginia Wolf’s A Room of One’s Own. As the name implies, the nominators and those associated with the program are unnamed.
- Alfredo Jaar will be featured in Oregon College of Art and Craft’s (OCAC) inaugural lecture series, Connection: Intersecting Tradition and Innovation. His lecture, “It is Difficult,” provides a framework for considering the complexity of current social and cultural issues around the world. The Alfredo Jaar Connection lecture takes place on November 14 from 7:00–8:30pm at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.
- Bruce Nauman, Paul McCarthy, John Baldesssari, William Wegman and several other artists have work on view in State of Mind: New California Art 1970, the current show at the Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach). The exhibition includes Nauman’s never before exhibited Yellow Room, McCarthy’s May 1, 1971, and Baldessari’s California Map Piece. For the latter piece the artist drove the length of the state to carve letters forming the word California into the actual environment to replicate what was pictured on a map. The show closes January 22.
- Krzysztof Wodiczko has a new show called The Abolition of War at the Work Gallery (London). The two projects featured in this exhibition, The Flame and War Veteran Vehicle, bring into focus the post-traumatic condition experienced by returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Both projects are based on a set of interviews conducted by the artist with anonymous war veterans and their families, which reveal the difficulties of re-integration and the impossibility of re-connecting with their previous lives. This show is on view until January 14.
- Cai Guo-Qiang was commissioned to create monumental gunpowder drawings by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Ad Doha, Qatar for a solo exhibition opening in December. Guo-Qiang is collaborating with local volunteers to produce a series of drawings rendered by igniting gunpowder. The entire process is open for public viewing from October 22 – October 26 at Al Riwaq, the special exhibitions hall located next to the Museum of Islamic Art.
We are back with our next podcast featuring the latest in art news and reviews from Chicago and the Midwest! This month, Duncan Mackenzie, Dan Gunn, and Art21 Blog Editor Claudine Isé review Bruce Nauman’s exhibition at Donald Young Gallery and debate the merits of ArtPrize, a city-wide art contest in Grand Rapids, Mich., whose winners are determined by public vote. The stakes are high–the grand prize winner receives $250,000! This year, artist Mia Tavonatti won for her stained glass mosaic titled Crucifixion. Apologies–on the podcast, we mis-pronounced the artist’s name as meeah; the correct pronunciation is myah. We also talk up the shows and events in Chicago that we’re most looking forward to over the coming months; you’ll find links to all of them below. Thanks for listening!
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All images of Bruce Nauman’s works are copyrighted by the Artist’s Rights Society. Click here to visit the Donald Young Gallery for images and brief video clips of the Nauman video we discuss this week, Combinations Described (Chicago), 2011.
Watch this video to learn more about Mia Tavanati’s winning ArtPrize entry:
Panelist’s picks for the month of October:
Claudine: Nancy Holt: Sightlines, at the Graham Foundation, October 7-December 17, 2011.
Dan: Jonathan Baldock at Peregrine Program, October 9-November 6, 2011.