In this week’s roundup, Mel Chin commemorates 9-11, Hiroshi Sugimoto creates art with lightning, Mike Kelley delves into Superman, Oliver Herring throws art parties, Kiki Smith creates with paper, and much more.
- Mel Chin‘s 9-11/9-11, which premiered in New York and Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 11, 2007, is part of an exhibition at the Louisville Visual Art Association (Kentucky). The film follows the family and intimate relationships of a small circle of people involved in the attacks in New York, as well as others touched on that same date in 1973, when a presidential coup led to the violent rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet.
- Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s selections from the Lightning Fields series are currently on view at the Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland). Lightning Fields is a series of dramatic photographs produced through violent electrical discharges on photographic film. The images suggest a range of associations, from lightning flashes to strange forms of primordial life. The show closes on September 25.
- Barry McGee participated in Art & About Sydney 2011, a project that aims to transform the Australian city into a canvas, or a living gallery. As part of the Laneway Art program McGee joins a select group of artists and created an “evocative work that teeters between the free spirit of graffiti, the random energy of the urbane and the pure intent of controlled artistry.” This work is on view from September 23 – January 31, 2012, and is free to the public.
- Art by Vija Celmins, Allan McCollum, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, and Eleanor Antin are part of the Getty Center’s online archive, Pacific Standard Time. This collection provides materials about hipsters and happenings at venues in postwar Los Angeles, and documents where all the action took place through images and first-hand accounts from the artists.
- Pieces by Louise Bourgeois and Andrea Zittel are featured in Contemporary Works from the Permanent Collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum (California). This exhibition includes Prototype for A-Z Cool Chamber by Zittel and Spider II by Bourgeois. The show is ongoing.
- John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith and more are occupying all three floors of the Fisher Landau Center for Art in Long Island City, NY. The Center has extended LEGACY: Selections from Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art, through Sunday, October 9, 2011.
- Kiki Smith is co-curating and has work represented in Papertails at NYU Steinhardt’s 80WSE Galleries (NYC). The exhibition includes examples that range from printmaking and collage to photography, painting, and sculpture. The show will open Sept. 14 for a special viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. and remains on view during regular gallery hours through November 5.
- Mike Kelley‘s Exploded Fortress of Solitude is currently on view at the Gagosian Gallery (London). The Kandors series, which Kelley initiated in 1999, are sculptural depictions of Superman’s birthplace Kandor. Selecting 20 examples from the myriad two-dimensional renderings of the famous fictional city, Kelley has created three-dimensional Kandors and variant works. This exhibition closes on October 22.
- Oliver Herring is traveling the U.S. throwing parties involving a game called TASK, a straightforward activity with very few rules. Its open-ended, participatory structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment. Herring is throwing a new party on October 21 at Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
- Susan Rothenberg has new work on view at Sperone Westwater (NYC). The exhibition features 13 paintings, including one of a raven perched on a tree branch and a large profile of a head outlined in grey and black. The artist mines the tactility of her medium to extract emotional truths about perception, memory and the human condition. The show closes on October 29.
- Sally Mann‘s Proud Flesh is on view at Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta, GA). Using the human body as her main subject, Mann’s photography explores familial and spousal relationships. This exhibition is on view until October 29.
- To mark her 100th birthday, the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland is featuring an homage to Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition represents a concentrated selection from the artist’s collection and addresses its key themes: an involvement with other artists, a concern with her own biography, and the translation of emotions into objects of art. This exhibition is on view until August 1, 2012.
In this week’s roundup, Jeff Koons and Vija Celmins make room for artists, Mark Bradford inspires Chicago youth, and more.
- Jeff Koons‘s artwork is currently on view at ARTIST ROOMS (UK). This exhibit brings together a works by Koons on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (UK) and offers visitors the chance to explore some of the artist’s most important and iconic series. The show closes on July 3.
- Vija Celmins‘s artwork will soon be on view in an exhibition sponsored by ARTIST ROOMS, launched as part of this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival (UK). The exhibition will be held at Gracefield Arts Centre (Gallery 2), Dumfries from May 21 – July 30. This special event offers visitors the chance to see 24 artworks including one new piece never seen in the UK before.
- Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman are part of Musee Rodin’s Works in Progress, Rodin and the Ambassadors, which examines the way in which Rodin’s work is perceived and strives to show not only how his sculpture developed but also how it was and continues to be reinterpreted. The exhibition compares 100 or so works by Rodin with 30 modern and contemporary works post-1945. The exhibition is on view May 6 – September 4.
- Laurie Anderson’s Delusion, a 90-minute, multimedia solo piece, will run September 27 – October 2 at the Paramount Theatre. This performance is part of ArtsEmerson’s 2011-12 season.
- Mark Bradford will soon be view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA). This exhibition is a survey of Mark Bradford’s work from 2000 to 2010. The 35 works on show include paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos. The exhibition opens on May 26.
- The Mark Bradford Project connects Bradford with different Chicago communities to interact around the creative process. For the past year, Bradford has served as a catalyst for community activities, including connecting students from the Lindblom Math and Science Academy, as well as teenagers in Digital Youth Network’s YOUmedia Chicago program at the Harold Washington Library. For more information, check out The Mark Bradford Project blog.
- From May 26 to June 2, the MCA presents (Re)Connect, an off-site art exhibition created by high school-aged students in Chicago. The exhibition includes art inspired by Mark Bradford‘s work and his practice. (Re)Connect will soon be on view at the Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery and a free, public opening will be held Wednesday, May 25, 4:30-6:30 pm.
In this week’s roundup, Vija Celmins explores the desert, sea and stars, Laurie Anderson and Carrie Mae Weems explore vinyl record culture, Mark Dion explores oceanography, and more.
- Vija Celmins explores moving ocean surfaces, sparse desert landscapes, and vast starry skies in Vija Celmins. Desert, Sea, and Stars at the Museum Ludwig in Köln, Germany. The artist begins with black-and-white photographs on which the artist instills with new life as she reimagines them into a new medium. The show closes July 17.
- Laurie Anderson and Carrie Mae Weems are part of The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, sound work, video, and performance, The Record combines contemporary art with outsider art, audio with visual, and fine art with popular culture. The exhibition is on view at the ICA Boston through September 5.
- Mark Dion‘s Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas is a continuation of his investigations as a naturalist, archaeologist, and traveler. The artist explores the collections of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco to create the largest ever curiosity cabinet of the sea and exhibits. At the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM), Dion presents a major intervention and a selection of artists at Villa Paloma, one of the NMNM’s exhibition spaces. OCEANOMANIA will be on view concurrently at the Oceanographic Museum and at Villa Paloma through September 30.
Last Saturday, March 19—the day that the US began air strikes in Libya—I passed an anti-war demonstration while driving to LACMA to see Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. It was a few minutes before I realized that it was also the anniversary of the war in Iraq and these protests had been organized across the country on March 19 for the past eight years. I almost considered canceling my obligations for the day to indulge my political leanings and join the throngs of protestors.
I rationalized my decision to continue with my day as planned, telling myself that I would be showing solidarity by visiting Celmins’s show. Each of the 20-odd pieces in the exhibition capture moments of either horrific destruction or potential destruction—frozen first by photography, and then re-captured by Celmins’ careful hand. The intersection of art and politics is rarely successful, and often artists who attempt it fall into the realm of didacticism and propaganda, or worse, aestheticizing violence. But Celmins’s images of conflict and destruction, painted during the Vietnam War, avoid these pitfalls while retaining their own kind of force and power.
In this week’s roundup, Oliver Herring brings senior citizens center stage, Cindy Sherman shows us her favorites, Matthew Ritchie celebrates MIT’s anniversary, Susan Rothenberg straddles divide,s and more.
- Oliver Herring‘s Seniors: Center Stage, made its American debut at Goddard House in Wocerster (MA). This short art video film was shot at three retirement communities and documents the artist working with a segment of the population that is often overlooked in contemporary art. The film was created for the Aichi Triennale, in Nagoya, Japan, last year.
- Cindy Sherman: Works from Friends of the Bruce Museum features works, drawn from ten local, private collections in Greenwich (CT) and the surrounding communities of Cindy Sherman herself. The exhibit is comprised of 30 artworks, including large-scale black-and-white and color photographs, and features the artist’s favored themes. The show closes April 23.
- John Feodorov will be a part of Portland State University’s MFA Lecture Series. These free public art lectures take place almost every Monday night of the school year. Feodorov’s lecture will be on February 14.
- Mark Dion visited Portland State University to research the concept of museum. As a result of this activity an exhibition is scheduled to open on May 14, 2010 as part of the Open Engagement conference in Portland, OR.
- Matthew Ritchie is part of MIT’s 150th anniversary celebration, a three-month festival that showcases groundbreaking projects. A forum moderated by Professor Caroline A. Jones explored MIT’s artistic culture in the late 1960s, when concepts like cybernetics, systems theory and artificial intelligence were reverberating throughout the art world. Ritchie, a contributor to MIT’s public art collection, was a panelist.
- Susan Rothenberg debuts at Miami Art Museum in Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place, an exhibition that straddles the “divide between the figurative and abstract with works depicting animals and humans rendered from odd perspectives, often in midstride.” This selection of 25 canvases spans Rothenberg’s 35-year career. The exhibition is on view until March 6.
- Vija Celmins: Prints and Works on Paper is at the Senior & Shopmaker Gallery (NY). The exhibition features prints by Vija Celmins such as Star Field, a luminous night sky dense with stars; Amerique, an illusionist recreation of an antique map in color aquatint; and Web 5, a filmy mezzotint of a spider web. This exhibition closes March 26.
In this week’s roundup, William Kentridge receives the Kyoto Prize! Louise Bourgeois, Jeff Koons, Mike Kelley, and Paul McCarthy have childish things on exhibition and more!
- William Kentridge has been awarded the 2010 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, becoming the first African recipient of Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. The awards are Japan’s equivalent of the Nobel awards and the prizes honor “significant contributions to the betterment of humankind.” Kentridge was given the award for his insights into and reflections on human nature through his art.
- Jeff Koons, Mike Kelley, Louise Bourgeois, and Paul McCarthy all have work in Childish Things at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. This exhibition focuses on a very specific moment in the post-dada/surrealist take-up of toys and early childhood as themes in art. This exhibition is on view until January 23, 2011.
- Richard Tuttle: Triumphs at the Dublin City Gallery is a site-specific exhibition and collaboration with Richard Tuttle. The show presents recent drawings and a context which is provided by the selection of earlier work—an overlapping triumph which further illuminates the artist’s processes and current work. This exhibition is on view until April 10, 2011.
In this week’s roundup, Mark Bradford repurposes South L.A. urban detritus, Allora & Calzadilla perform at MoMA, Raymond Pettibon goes hard in the paint, artists have a couple of firsts, and much more.
- Mark Bradford: Alphabet features new work relating to an ongoing poster project in which Mark Bradford repurposes messages from advertisements his finds in South L.A. as social commentary. This exhibition is currently on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem until March 13, 2011.
- William Wegman and Fay: Polaroids 1987 – 1995 is now on view at the Senior & Shopmaker Gallery. This show features the photography of William Wegman and includes an e-catalog for online viewing. This exhibition closes on December 24.
- An exhibition preview of the work of Vija Celmins will be on display as part of the Menil Collection on November 18. Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-66 explores a specific time frame and subject matter of the artist’s work and will uncover groundwork that helped build her career. This exhibition is on view from November 19, 2010 – February 20, 2011.
- Miami Art Museum presents Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place, the artist’s first museum show in over a decade and the first exhibition in South Florida. The exhibition features the work of Susan Rothenberg, including work ranging from her early horse paintings of the mid-1970s to more recent pieces. This show is on view until March 6, 2011.
In this week’s roundup Elizabeth Murray lands, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and Jessica Stockholder speak, Mark Bradford and Paul McCarthy highlight L.A., and more.
- Don’t forget to mark your calendars to view William Kentridge: Anything is Possible about the life and work of South African artist William Kentridge on October 21! Check your local PBS listings for times.
- A Nancy Spero retrospective will soon be at the Centre Pompidou (Paris). The exhibition will feature her monumental masterpiece Azur and is on view October 13 – January 10, 2011.
- Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle highlights his recent work about natural and constructed phenomena, including climate change as part of a lecture on Tuesday, October 12 at the Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design. The event is 6pm – 7pm and admission is free.
- Mark Bradford has a solo exhibition at the White Cube Hoxton Square (UK) which features the artist’s painting, collage, sculpture, film, and performance. The Pistol That Whistles explores ever-changing conditions and spontaneous networks in urban societies, e.g. Los Angeles. The exhibit is on view October 13 – November 13, 2010.
Printmaking is a vital and significant aspect of contemporary art, yet there is currently very little discussion or media coverage of this medium in the press. When Art on Paper announced that it would cease publication earlier this year, a world of artists, professionals, aficionados, occasional perusers and curious newcomers were left with no dedicated source for information on contemporary prints. While this column cannot begin to fill such a void, I hope it will provide a starting point for discussion and exploration.
My love of prints began over 15 years ago, when I was an undergraduate studio major at the University of Iowa. Since then, I’ve changed focus a few times from being an artist to a museum curator, auction-house specialist, independent curator, and appraiser, but prints have always remained central to my professional work. (For a thorough and enjoyable nuts-and-bolts tour of various printmaking methods, visit MoMA’s interactive flash feature, “What Is a Print?“)
Championing printmaking can sometimes feel like being a Red Sox fan, pre-2004 World Series title, but like that team, I think it’s due for a big comeback. A European tradition that flourished in postwar America due to a handful of groundbreaking workshops, printmaking seems to have lost some of the momentum it once enjoyed. Aside from the occasional super-edition, such as Ellen Gallagher’s DeLuxe, few prints were able to attract serious interest in the over-hyped art world of the past decade.
Personal bias aside, this is a great time to spotlight prints for a number of reasons. Many artists are creating them because they enjoy the process and are under less pressure to focus their energy on big-ticket works. Likewise, collectors are more open to prints in the current economy because they are a more affordable art form. Finally, we have entered a period in which many of the aforementioned printmaking workshops that revolutionized fine printing in the United States in the ‘60s and ‘70s have been or will be celebrating their fiftieth anniversaries [first among these, Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) celebrated its fiftieth three years ago and will be featured in a future post].
This year is Tamarind Institute’s birthday. As with all birthdays, this passage of time is something of a shock but the milestone affords an opportunity to look back at what was originally accomplished, review the productive decades in between, and explore new directions in printmaking. Founded in 1960 in Los Angeles by June Wayne, the institute relocated to Albuquerque in 1970 to become part of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Tamarind’s mission is to promote and maintain a high level of fine art lithography through training new master printers, collaborating with contemporary artists to print and publish new editions, and disseminating information and research on the medium.
A tribute to a great artist, a series of German faces, a big film of tiny things, some drawing restraint, and a bunch more in this week’s roundup:
- The Emilio and Annabianca Vedova Foundation in Venice was preparing an exhibition of works by Season 1 artist Louise Bourgeois when they received news of her death last week. The exhibition — the last in which Bourgeois was actively involved — now serves as a tribute to her life and work. Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works mostly comprises montages, collages and assemblages made of pieces of her own clothes and linen. Some fabrics in the show belonged to members of Bourgeois’s family including her mother. These works are, according to the Foundation, “a reincarnation of the past and of [Bourgeois's] childhood, as well as a testimony to her relationship with memory.” Bourgeois explained what drove her to create these works: “I make drawings to suppress the unspeakable. The unspeakable is not a problem for me. It’s even the beginning of the work. It’s the reason for the work; the motivation of the work is to destroy the unspeakable. Clothing is also an exercise of memory. It makes me explore the past: how did I feel when I wore that? They are like signposts in the search of the past.” The fabric pieces are shown together with Bourgeois’s large steel sculpture Crouching Spider (2003), a recurring motif in her work. Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works is curated by Germano Celant in collaboration with Jerry Gorovoy of the Louise Bourgeois Studio. The exhibition is on view through September 19.
- Works by Bourgeois (Season 1), and Jeff Koons (Season 5) are included in the exhibition 200 Artworks 25 Years: Artists’ Editions for Parkett, on view at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI). Organized by STPI with the cooperation of Parkett Publishers and Ikkan Sanada, the show fills five rooms with artists‘ sketches, letters and other material documenting collaborations between artists and Parkett. The rooms have been designed to evoke the feeling of different living spaces: a Studio, a Playroom, a Wardrobe, a City, and a Garden. In addition, a Reading room encourages viewers to browse Parkett‘s recent volumes and its page art projects. 200 Artworks 25 Years closes July 17.
- Friedman Benda Gallery in New York is showing works by Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman (both Season 1), and Janine Antoni (Season 2), among others, in the group exhibition Other Than Beauty. The show focuses on post-war and emerging artists, whose practices have “established new paradigms of art-making” and “disregarded the primacy of formal and aesthetic beauty.” Via the press release, “By pushing the boundaries of meaning and form, these artists have, over time, expanded our ideas of what beauty can be.” The gallery has juxtaposed works from these early artists with those from younger generations including Sterling Ruby, and Chitra Ganesh, who also “challenge our expectations and expand the lexicon of both art and beauty.” The exhibition closes July 30.
- On June 11 and 13, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will host the New York premiere of Tiny Furniture, an award winning film by Lena Dunham, daughter of Season 4 artist Laurie Simmons and painter Carroll Dunham. The film concerns the character Aura, who returns home from her Midwest liberal arts college to her artist family’s Tribeca loft with nothing to show but a film studies degree, a failed relationship, and a total lack of direction. Taking a job as a hostess at a restaurant, she falls into relationships with two self-centered men while struggling to define herself. According to BAM/IFC Films, “Dunham’s razor-sharp dialogue drips with caustic wit, perfectly calibrated to both cut and provoke laughter in this incisive examination of post-college ennui and self-actualization…” Lena Dunham writes, directs, and stars in Tiny Furniture. Simmons also makes an appearance in the film. The first screening will be held inside BAM Rose Cinemas. The second (presented in collaboration with Rooftop Films) will take place outdoors.
- Going to the World Cup or already there? See works by Kara Walker (Season 2), Jenny Holzer (Season 4) and William Kentridge, and Yinka Shonibare MBE (both Season 5) in the exhibition and event series In Context. Organized by Goodman Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, CulturesFrance, the French Institute of South Africa, the City of Johannesburg, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Galleria Continua, the British Council, the Apartheid Museum, the Kirsh Foundation, and Nirox Foundation, In Context brings together works by international and South African artists “who share a rigorous commitment to the dynamics and tensions of place, in reference to the African continent and its varied and complex iterations, and to South Africa in particular.”
- The 13th edition of PHotoEspaña 2010, an international festival for photography in Madrid, includes a show of approximately 60 photographs and 3 videos by Collier Schorr (Season 2) from her series German Faces. This series is described as “a photographic imaginarium that mixes documentary with fiction, where the German landscape is a map of her own story, both imagined and inherited. Combining the roles of photographer, anthropologist and researcher, [Schorr] narrates the tales of a place and time determined by memory, nationalism, war, emigration and family.” German Faces (which has been in progress for the past twenty years) is on view at PHotoEspaña through June 25.
- Through September 10, works by Robert Adams (Season 4), Mary Heilmann, and John Baldessari (both Season 5) are on view in the group exhibition On the Road at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas. The exhibition takes its title from a book by American poet and novelist Jack Kerouac, which recounts his road trips across the United States in the late 1940s. On the Road investigates the mythology of the American motoring adventure as it began to develop in the early 1920s, with the advent of immense expansions of the highway system, particularly in the West of the country. The first part of the exhibition presents artists whose images and works have long been associated with the exploration of the West by way of the automobile. The second part is the result of a recent two-week excursion through Texas by the curator, during which a number of artifacts and documents were collected for display. Read an interview with the curator in Selectism.
- On June 12, Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland will open Prayer Sheet With the Wound and the Nail, an exhibition related to the Drawing Restraint series by Matthew Barney (Season 2). Curated by Neville Wakefield (MOMA PS1), the show includes 16 sculptures, drawings, videos, and a “Drawing Restraint Archive” of videos recently acquired by the Laurenz Foundation. According to SLAMXHYPE, these artworks will be juxtaposed with 15th and 16th century prints to, says Wakefield, “draw parallels, not only with the trials and tribulations of mark-making, but with Christian iconography and Matthew’s representation of the body in extremes.” Prayer Sheet With the Wound and the Nail will close October 3.
- A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, a collaborative project by Mike Kelley (Season 3) and Michael Smith, made a splash in Los Angeles with nearly 1,000 people attending the opening. Read the LA Times article.
- The BMW art car created by Jeff Koons (Season 5) has finally been unveiled. Read reports from the New York Times, New York Observer, Wall Street Journal, Nitrobahn, Motor Trend, and Wired.
- Vija Celmins (Season 2) talks to Phong Bui of the Brooklyn Rail about her current exhibition at David McKee Gallery.
- The Warholian has created a video about the Oakland Museum of California installation by Barry McGee (Season 1).
- The Art Newspaper has an update on the legal battle between James Turrell (Season 1) and art dealer Michael Hue-Williams.
- An LA Weekly reviewer calls work by Tim Hawkinson (Season 2) now on view at Blum + Poe “funny funny funny.”
- Variations and Improvisations, a solo exhibition of works by Robert Ryman (Season 4) on view at the Phillips Collection, is reviewed in the Washington Post.
- Design Folio has images of the individual works and installation by Hiroshi Sugimoto (Season 3) for the 17th Bienniale of Sydney.
- Laurie Anderson (Season 1) and Lou Reed presented their highly anticipated “dog concert” at the Sydney Opera House and, according to The Baltimore Sun animal blog, it received “two paws up.”