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, 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, John Baldessari’s artwork covers L.A. buses; Kara Walker, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carrie Mae Weems, and Mark Bradford say it loud in West Palm Beach, and lots more.
- John Baldessari‘s artwork now wraps around twelve metro buses in Los Angeles that have been redesigned to look like traditional yellow school buses. One side bears Baldessari’s saying “Learn to dream.” The other side bear the phrase in Spanish, “Aprende a soñar.” This public installation is part of the Arts Matter campaign for the nonprofit Los Angeles Fund for Public Education.
- Nancy Spero‘s work is on view at Galerie Lelong (NYC). From Victimage to Liberation: Works from the 1980s & 1990s is the first solo presentation of Spero’s work in New York since her death in 2009. It features female figures that run, dance, crawl, tumble, and strut across the gallery space. The exhibition runs through February 16.
- Kiki Smith will be the featured speaker at the annual Nasher Lecture Series presented by the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. The lecture will take place January 29 at 7:00 pm. A limited number of tickets are available.
- Kiki Smith and Dr. Alexander Nagel of the Institute of Fine Arts will engage in conversation about the medieval manuscripts in Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries, on view at The Jewish Museum (NYC). Smith and Nagel will use their individual artistic and research practices to frame the discussion. The event will take place January 17 at 6:30 pm. Tickets to the event are free with museum admission.
- Kara Walker, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Carrie Mae Weems, and Mark Bradford have work in a group exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL). Say it Loud!: Art by African and African-American Artists in the Collection features paintings, sculpture, photographs and works on paper by artists who either reside in Africa or are of African descent. All works are held in the museum’s collection, and span the 20th and 21st centuries. The show runs through March 3.
- Roni Horn‘s work is on view in Gespräche über persönliche Themen: Miroslaw Balka and Roni Horn (“Conversations About Private Themes”) at Galleria Raffaella Cortese (Milan, Italy). The double solo show features sculptures and portraits by the two women. Set up in the same room, they collide in an uncomfortable tête-à-tête. The show closes February 9.
- Louise Bourgeois, Mike Kelley, Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, and Paul McCarthy (among other artists) have work on view at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh, Scotland). From Death to Death and Other Small Tales: Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D. Daskalopoulos Collection includes many objects that have never before been seen in Scotland. The show explores the diverse ways in which 20th and 21st-century artists have approached the subject of the body. The exhibition runs through September 8.
- The Louise Bourgeois Church was commissioned in 1994 but remains a little-known pilgrimage site for lovers of the late French-American artist. Located at Couvent d’Ô (Bonnieux, France), the church houses a series of sculptures that Louise Bourgeois created specifically for that space.
- Hiroshi Sugimoto has designed Christie’s new Tokyo office. The space was unveiled in December 2012 with an exhibition of selected works by Japanese contemporary artists, as well as ancient and contemporary pieces from Sugimoto’s personal collection. In his spatial concept, Sugimoto has maintained the architectural details of the original structure and incorporated new wood and metal elements into the design.
- David Altmejd is one of the many artists included in the National Gallery of Canada’s Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012. Presented here are more than 100 recent and significant acquisitions by emerging and established artists who have been instrumental in shaping perspectives in Canadian art today. Builders is on view through February 18.
- Trenton Doyle Hancock‘s work will soon be on view at the Columbus College of Art and Design in the Canzani Center Gallery (Columbus, OH). The exhibition will run from February 4 – March 14.
In this week’s roundup Kiki Smith explores light and clarity, Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley take on Scotland, and more.
- Kiki Smith presents new work at the Barbara Gross Galerie (Munich). Moments of Clarity features art that examines the issue of sources and communication of artistic inspiration. Here, light serves as a metaphor for illumination, enlightenment, and the breath of life. The exhibition runs until January 12, 2013.
- Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Paul McCarthy, and Mike Kelley are part of a group exhibition on view at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh). From Death to Death and Other Small Tales brings together approximately 130 works from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection highlighting the significance of the body as a theme in 20th and 21st century art practices, and enables audiences to view many world-class artworks that have never before been seen in Scotland. The show closes September 8, 2013. A video about the show can be viewed here.
- Robert Adams will present his work at The Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid). Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs is considered one of the most significant and influential chroniclers of the American West. The exhibition will include nearly 300 black and white photographs made between 1965 and 2007 that present American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The exhibition will run January 16–May 20, 2013.
- Josephine Halvorson has a solo exhibition at the Galerie Nelson-Freeman (Paris). Side By Side refers to paintings the artist produced in Paris and in general. Halvorson uses a very special color palette to paint almost smooth vertical surfaces and objects such as flaps, blackboards, frescoes and steles. It seeks to create a synthesis between the pictorial and the surface of the object. The show runs through January 26.
- Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a film featuring Ai Weiwei, has been awarded the Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Award that honors the best in broadcast and digital reporting. The documentary is an intimate and compelling portrayal of an extraordinary artist on the cusp of history in China. It premieres on Independent Lens in February 2013. The trailer can be seen here.
- Mark Bradford‘s recent collaboration with Benjamin Millepied can now be viewed online via MoCAtv. The L.A. Dance Project’s Framework took place last July at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles). Bradford and Millepied performed in two 30-minute site-specific duets held in the museum’s galleries.
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.
In this week’s roundup, William Kentridge films to be shown at the New Museum, Gabriel Orozco talks at the Guggenheim, a Fred Wilson magazine feature and lecture, Laurie Simmons is honored, Ai Weiwei covers “Gangnam Style” and much more.
- William Kentridge‘s animated films will be shown at the New Museum (NYC). Felix in Exile (1994), Ubu Tells the Truth (1997), and Shadow Procession (1999), were all included in the exhibition William Kentridge, the artist’s first career survey in the United States. This special Get Weird program pairs Kentridge with Alexis Gideon, an emerging animator and songwriter. The event takes place November 2, 7pm.
- Gabriel Orozco will talk at the Guggenheim Museum (NYC). For Conversations with Contemporary Artists: Gabriel Orozco with Benjamin Buchloh the artist will talk about his practice and his work in Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms, on view from November 9, 2012–January 13, 2013. The artist talk will take place on November 13 at 6:30pm.
- Laurie Simmons was honored by the Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX). The Aurora Award is an honor given to an artist who has exhibited extraordinary originality in the fields of media and multimedia art. The event took place on October 16.
In this week’s roundup Eleanor Antin reads from her memoir, Judy Pfaff presents her work, Cai Guo-Qiang to appear at the NY Public Library, Rashid Johnson explores new typologies and more.
- Eleanor Antin will be “taking over” Art21′s Twitter account on Friday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Through posts of 140 characters or less, the artist will ”read” stanzas of a story from her memoir, Conversations with Stalin, before embarking on four New York-based performances (see below). The artist encourages audience participation throughout, and will respond to questions submitted by audience members following the live Twitter “reading.” The event will take place from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST on Twitter. Follow along with@Art21 and the hashtag #AntinCWS, ask questions, and see what else Eleanor Antin has to say.
- Eleanor Antin will also present a four-part series of readings from Conversations with Stalin, about growing up in Cold War–era New York in a dysfunctional family of first-generation Jewish immigrants. Readings will take place at these locations: October 28, 2:30pm, The Jewish Museum; October 30, 7pm, Columbia University School of the Arts; November 1, 7pm, Brooklyn Museum; and November 2, 6:30pm, Whitney Museum of American Art.
- Judy Pfaff is showing her work at Ameringer McEnery Yohe (NYC). This exhibition highlights the artist’s use of steel, glass, florescent lights, found objects, root systems of trees, paper and other materials. Her work is “ordered in the way that nature is ordered, without boundaries.” This show is on view through November 10.
- Cai Guo-Qiang will participate in a discussion and book signing for Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky at the New York Public Library. The book features a rich sampling of Cai’s diverse oeuvre, from never-before-published early works to new works commissioned for a major exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art. This event will take place October 30, 6pm–8pm. This event is free and open to the public.
- Rashid Johnson presents new work at the David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles). Coup d’état, Johnson’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, features new works in a variety of materials, in which wood, mirrored tile and wax are used as grounds for a series of mark-making strategies; as well as a series of floor-based works that use rugs as supports for further gestures. Among these are several works that represent new typologies for the artist. The show closes November 10.
In this week’s roundup Allora & Calzadilla’s ode to joy, several women artist cross divides, and more.
- Allora & Calzadilla are exhibiting a new work in Documenta 13 in Germany and their Kaldor Public Art Project will be presented in the Cowen Gallery at Melbourne’s State Library of Victoria. Stop, repair, prepare creates a relationship between the sculpture, the piano player and the piece of music and will be on view from November 16 – December 6.
- Works by Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Shahzia Sikander, and Nancy Spero are examined in G. Roger Denson’s Women’s Mythopoetic Art: Going Back to Start, Heroically. This entry is part six of a seven-part series, XX CHROMOSOCIAL: WOMEN ARTISTS CROSS THE HOMOSOCIAL DIVIDE.
- Kiki Smith was interviewed about her site-specific installation at Time Square (NYC). Chorus is a stained-glass cutout of Josephine Baker that “sits among a constellation of multicolored star sculptures in hand-blown, translucent, iridized, and modeled glass.” The work is on display until September 4 at 46th Street and 8th Avenue.
- Fred Wilson‘s E Pluribus Unum was discontinued due to elicited widespread local reaction but is still a much-debated topic. Wilson proposed to isolate and separately re-create a sole freed slave holding high a colorful flag showing all the places in the world affected by the historic dispersion of Africans. Agnes Gund recently covered this debate in Public Art and Argument for the Huffington Post.
- Mark your calendars now for Woyzeck on the Highveld, a collaboration between William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company (creators of the Tony Award winning War Horse). This production is an adaptation of German writer Georg Büchner’s famous, unfinished play of jealousy, murder, and the struggle of a common man against an uncaring society which eventually destroys him. The performances take place September 27 – 30 as part of the MCA Global Stage series. In conjunction with the performances, the exhibition MCA DNA: William Kentridge will be on view September 22 – March 17, 2013.
Fans of contemporary paper-based art are indulged with an especially fine and varied dining experience this spring and summer in New York. Groups shows at The Museum of Modern Art, The International Print Center New York, The Lower East Side Printshop, Susan Inglett Gallery, Larissa Goldston Gallery, and Christopher Henry Gallery, among others, offer opportunities to relish a wide range of outstanding examples of both editioned and unique works on paper (both of-the-moment and historical), while solo exhibitions for Richard Diebenkorn, Nicole Eisenman, Shepard Fairey, and Diane Victor showcase the exceptional talents of these four artists in the realm of prints. As Ink goes to press, three of these exhibitions have closed (Diebenkorn, Eisenman, Victor), but there is still time to experience the others (though one must move at lightning speed to catch a few of them, closing today or over the weekend).
Richard Diebenkorn: Prints 1961-1992 at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery (closed June 29), was an exceedingly rare treat of the highest order. Organized to complement a traveling exhibition of his Ocean Park series that is currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through September 23 (its final venue), this carefully curated exhibition showcased a selection of pristine impressions from the artist’s estate. The visitor was greeted with a small group of rarely-exhibited lithographs from the artist’s figurative period of the sixties (many can be seen here). Seated Woman, 1968, is among the most stunning and elegant figurative images of the Twentieth Century. The larger space of the gallery was a selection of Ocean Park Series prints, most of which were printed at Crown Point Press. In her essay for the exhibition catalogue, CPP founder and master printer Kathan Brown, who had a long and fruitful relationship with the artist, states these prints are “the most complex and subtle use of color aquaint that I know of by any artist at any time in history” – a profound statement from one who has dedicated her life to that medium. (If you missed it, a handful of the same prints are on view in the exhibition at the Corcoran.)