In this week’s roundup, Kara Walker exhibits in Chicago, Ann Hamilton shows new prints inspired by textile techniques, Fred Wilson receives the New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, and more:
- Kara Walker has an exhibit on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Titled Rise Up Ye Mighty Race, it includes five large framed graphite drawings and 40 small framed mixed media drawings along with cut paper silhouettes. The title of the show refers to comments made by Barack Obama in his 1995 book, Dreams from My Father, about the challenges of community organizing in Chicago. The exhibition closes August 11.
- Ann Hamilton and artist Cynthia Schira have realized a collaborative exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, KS). An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton / Cynthia Schira—which consists of room-sized, site-specific installations—makes use of digital technologies as a means of exploring the fundamental nature of cloth, and the ways museums organize and maintain material legacies. Hamilton and Schira consider the role of the hand and human practices that reveal and conceal. Their installations are on view through August 11.
- John Baldessari has work on view at Galerie Michael Janssen (Singapore). Keep It Simple. Keep It Fresh. comprises a series of collaborative works by Meg Cranston and John Baldessari where Baldessari supplied the text and Cranston supplied the color. The title of their exhibition comes from Baldessari’s 1968 text Advice to Young Artists in which he states: “Whatever you decide to do, remember to keep it simple, keep it fresh, and have some idea of what you are going to do.” In a recent joint interview, published in Trebuchet magazine, the artists provide insight into color theory, the secret of emerald green, and more. Their exhibition closes March 13.
- Human Wave: The Videotapes Of Raymond Pettibon marks the first time that Raymond Pettibon‘s feature-length videos have been shown together in the UK. Crudely shot using home video equipment, each video profiles a different radical subject drawn from the last twenty years of West Coast subculture. This work is on view at Space Studios (London) until March 17.
- Trenton Doyle Hancock will show new work later this month at the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (London). Commissioned for their space “The Box,” this unique architectural setting consists of a floating white cube set inside a black vertical opening. For this, the gallery facilitates new projects with important emerging and established artists. Hancock’s work will be presented March 16–April 27.
- Allan McCollum will present work at the MFC-Michèle Didier (Brussels, Belgium). The Book of Shapes will explore the artist’s use of shapes and forms. According to the press release, this show comes directly from The Shapes Project (2005) that was initiated by McCollum and “provides a system for producing shapes, each different, and each destined to be assigned to a single individual.” The exhibition is on view March 22–May 18.
- Fred Wilson has received the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture for his outstanding contribution to New York City’s cultural life. The Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture were created in 1976, when the Department of Cultural Affairs was founded, and given annually until 1994. Mayor Bloomberg revived the awards in 2004 to acknowledge the role the arts play in creating a vibrant and economically healthy city.
- Allora & Calzadilla are working with the Sydney Dance Company and Kaldor Public Art Projects (Australia) to create new and unique choreography for their artwork Revolving Door. This is part of Kaldor’s Public Art Project #27, entitled 13 Rooms, which “brings together 13 famous artists and more than 100 performers to present an innovative group exhibition of ‘living sculpture’ within 13 purpose-built rooms.” Revolving Door will be performed by a rotating cast of 40 local dancers over the 11 days of the exhibition. Performances take place April 11–21, 11am–7pm daily. Entrance is free to the public.
- Paul McCarthy will mount his largest United States installation to date at the Park Avenue Armory later this year. WS is a raw re-imagining of the Snow White story set in a huge artificial forest; it will appear to float like a sound stage in the armory’s cavernous drill hall.
In this week’s roundup, a one-day conference is devoted to the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE, William Kentridge shows work in Mumbai, Shana Moulton presents magic realism, and much more.
- William Kentridge‘s first solo show in Mumbai is now on view at Volte Gallery. Poems I Used to Know is comprised of large Indian ink drawings on found book pages, a film installation, flip book films, tapestry, sculpture, etchings, and photogravures. The show closes March 20. Volte has made a video of the installation:
- Shana Moulton and several internationally acclaimed contemporary artists are presenting their work at Indiana State University’s University Art Gallery (Terre Haute, IN). Lies that Tell the Truth: Magic Realism in Contemporary Art features paintings, photographs, etchings, drawings, and video that explore magic realism–a mode in literature and the visual arts that mixes representational forms with elements of fantasy. The exhibition is on view through March 22.
- LaToya Ruby Frazier will lecture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City, MO) on March 1 at 6pm. The artist will discuss her use of social documentary and portraiture to create a personal visual history of the decline of her hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania. Through photographs of her family and Braddock itself, Frazier offers an intimate exploration of the effects of deindustrialization.
- Yinka Shonibare MBE: Fabric-ation opens March 3 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield, UK). The show will spread across three of YSP’s indoor galleries and open air space, and feature over 30 works made by Shonibare between 2002–2013. Many of these works have never before been shown in the UK. Accompanying the exhibition is a one-day conference, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Material Positions, which aims to explore the history and development of Shonibare’s work in the British context since the mid 1990s, and to examine its position within the global culture of contemporary art today. Organized by the University of Huddersfield, they have posted a call for papers with a deadline of April 15. The exhibition will run through September 1.
In this week’s roundup, the Empire State travels to Rome with works by LaToya Ruby Frazier and Jeff Koons, Pierre Huyghe wins the Haftmann Prize, Laylah Ali’s Greenheads meet up in Minneapolis, several artists lecture about their work, and more.
- Shahzia Sikander ‘Parallax’ opens this week at Pilar Corrias Gallery (London). This is Sikander‘s second solo show with Pilar. The installation includes a new three-channel animation that will also be shown at the Sharjah Biennial in March 2013. Accompanying the animation are four large scale drawings and four smaller works on paper. On February 20, the gallery will present Writing with Drawing, a public conversation between the artist and Kate Macfarlane. Please RSVP as space is limited. The exhibition runs February 22–March 13.
- Maya Lin will give a talk at the Phoenix Art Museum (Arizona) as part of Contemporary Forum’s monthly lecture program, organized by the museum’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Sara Cochran. According to Cochran, it has been a priority of the museum to bring Lin to Phoenix. The event takes place on February 20.
- Laylah Ali: The Greenheads Series is now on view at the Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN). This is the first time the Greenheads series, created between 1996 and 2005, is being shown as a comprehensive body of work. Of the more than eighty gouache paintings in Ali‘s series, the exhibition presents forty-three that have been gathered from various collections. The show runs through May 12.
- Arturo Herrera has a new show opening this week at Linda Pace Foundation (San Antonio, TX). Arturo Herrera will feature works from the Foundation’s collection, and more recent works by the artist on loan from Sikkema Jenkins & Co. On February 21 at 6pm, the Foundation will present a conversation between Herrera and Artpace Executive Director Amada Cruz. The exhibition runs February 22–September 6.
- Pierre Huyghe has won this year’s Roswitha Haftmann Prize. Prizewinners are selected solely on the basis of the artistic significance and “outstanding quality” of their work, without regard to their personal circumstances (nationality, age, gender, etc). Huyghe will be fêted at an award ceremony at the Kunsthaus Zurich in May. Cindy Sherman was winner of last year’s Haftmann Prize.
- LaToya Ruby Frazier and Jeff Koons will exhibit work at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome) in the group exhibition Empire State, which explores how artists have reimagined urban life in New York City. Bringing together an intergenerational group of artists from the city’s five boroughs and suburban and exurban regions, some works on view are meditations on the city as a means of distributing power. The show runs April 23–July 21.
In this week’s roundup, models don Cindy Sherman masks, Carrie Mae Weems’s retrospective moves to Portland, Laurie Anderson presents new multimedia work, and more.
- Cindy Sherman was the inspiration for GARAGE magazine‘s fourth issue, based on the theme of mutability of modern identity. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier shot a group of models wearing masks of Sherman’s face that were created via www.thatsmyface.com.
- Carrie Mae Weems‘s 30-year retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, is on view at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon). The exhibition features some of the artist’s most groundbreaking work. At the opening lecture, Weems reflected on some of the major themes in her work, including an overarching commitment to promote justice as it relates to issues of race, gender, and class.
- Laurie Anderson’s Landfall: Scenes from My New Novel premiered at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with the equally venerated Kronos Quartet. An interview with Anderson about this new work can be found here.
- Mel Chin is one of nine artists in residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art (Charlotte, NC). Visitors can meet him at Open Studio Saturdays on February 23 and March 9. Chin’s residency with the Center ends March 26.
- Diana Al-Hadid will speak in the Pruyne Lecture Hall at Amherst College (Massachusetts) on February 21 at 4:30pm. Supported by the Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art Fund, the fund was established to provide support for an annual lecture by an artist, art writer, or art critic on some aspect of contemporary art. Al-Hadid’s lecture is free and open to the public.
- Kimsooja will represent South Korean at the 55th Biennale. The artist will work with curator Kim Seung-duk, director of international projects at France’s Le Consortium, to turn the pavilion itself into a work of art based on bottari, a recurring concept in Kimsooja’s work. According to GalleristNY (via Artinfo.com), “The artist’s concept of bottari as a self-contained world will be reflected in the transformation of the pavilion’s space–not physically with glass, metal, or wood, but with nonmaterial elements such as sound, light, and color.”
In this week’s roundup, Diana Al-Hadid explores art history, El Anatsui has his first solo exhibition in New York, Cai Guo-Qiang travels a solo show in Brazil, Charles Atlas presents two moving-image works, and more.
- Diana Al-Hadid opens this week at The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro). The exhibition highlights Al-Hadid’s use of art historical references to examine sculptural and pictorial space. The work will be on view from February 9–May 5. The artist’s talk and opening reception takes place February 8 at 6pm.
- El Anatsui‘s first solo exhibition in a New York opens this week at the Brooklyn Museum. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui features over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures. Anatsui converts found materials into new works that are at the intersection between sculpture and painting. The work combines aesthetic traditions from Ghana, Nigeria, and explores the global history of abstraction. The show runs February 8–August 4.
- Charles Atlas’ newly completed film, Exchange, will be screened at Electronic Arts Intermix (NYC). Atlas created this work from never-before-seen footage that he shot in 1978, that was only recently rediscovered by the Merce Cunningham Trust. It captures a performance by Cunningham and his company, with costumes and backdrop designed by Jasper Johns and music by David Tudor. The screening will take place February 7 at 6:30pm.
- Charles Atlas collaborated with Bloomberg SPACE and the South London Gallery to create a 360 degree video installation using original, manipulated and found footage from a variety of sources including the Bloomberg digital archives. Charles Atlas: Glacier consists of projected images that scroll across the large windows and walls of the gallery space to create an immersive environment. The show closes March 30.
In this week’s roundup, Roni Horn wins the Joan Miro International Prize, Alfredo Jaar focuses on human rights, James Turrell and Jenny Holzer explore the nature of light, and more.
- Roni Horn has been named winner of the fourth Joan Miro International Prize 2013, one of the most prestigious art awards in the world. Horn will receive the award in a ceremony to be held January 30 in Barcelona, according to the Miro Foundation. In addition to receiving the award, Horn will be featured at an exposition to be held in the summer of 2014 at the Miro Foundation in Barcelona and, later, at the CaixaForum Madrid.
- Rashid Johnson is included a group show at Galerie Guido W. Baudach (Berlin). Heinzmann Johnson Zipp juxtaposes Johnson’s and two other artists’ paintings that represent the continuation of various impulses drawn from modernism. The gallery highlights each artist as a solitary figure with his own unique, autonomous and incisive voice. The exhibition closes March 2.
- Josiah McElheny: Towards a Light Club is on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH). The exhibition features works by Josiah McElheny that explore the history of modernist utopias in a series of kaleidoscopic projections, narrative films, stunning illuminated sculptures, and humorous performances. The show runs until April 7.
- Alfredo Jaar:The Politics of Images is on view at the Ryerson Image Center (Toronto). In his works Alfredo Jaar displays covers of news magazines to analyze the lack of visibility and the visual clichés about Africa disseminated in Western culture. The artist’s most recent project on the genocide in Rwanda acts as an epilogue to The Rwanda Project, 1994-2000, a series of twenty-five artworks developed to critique the world’s indifference and inaction to this mass murder. The show closes April 14.
- James Turrell and Jenny Holzer will present their work at the Hayward Gallery (London). Light Show explores the nature of light, bringing together sculptures and installations that use light in a variety of ways. The exhibition runs January 30–April 28.
- Bruce Nauman‘s latest show will soon be at Hauser & Wirth London. Bruce Nauman / mindfuck features a rigorous selection of works from throughout Nauman’s career, with a particular emphasis on his iconic neon sculptures and installations. The work is on view from January 30–March 9.
- Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s Revolution is at the Museum Brandhorst (Munich). The exhibition presents nocturnal seascapes in large format, which captured the cycle of the moon during a longer period of time. This large-sized and extensive group of fifteen works, with which the artist has been working for a long time, will be shown to the public in Munich for the first time. This work is on view through February 10.
- Robert Adams‘ retrospective is on view at the Reina Sofia (Madrid). Robert Adams: The Place We Live, a Retrospective Selection of Photographs features nearly 300 black and white photos taken between 1964 and 2008 that depict empty highways, solitary buildings, tree stumps, half-built suburban developments, and telephone polls. The show closes May 20.
- William Kentridge‘s upcoming show, Poems I Used to Know, will be on view at the Volte Gallery (Mumbai). The show comprises large drawings done in Indian ink on pieced-together book pages, a film installation, a series of flip book films, sculptures, etchings, photogravures, and a large tapestry. The exhibition will run from February 6–March 20.
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 Fred Wilson questions museum practices, Gabriel Orozco is inspired by throwing boomerangs, and more.
- Fred Wilson has work on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH) in Fred Wilson: Works 2004 - 2011. The exhibition explores how the artist has addressed critical questions, about museum practices in particular, through his site-specific interventions done in collaboration with cultural institutions. Presented here are four different works, including The Mete of the Muse (2006) that juxtaposes contradictions that reveal the blind spots in a hegemonic understanding of culture and history; and To Die Upon a Kiss (2011), which speaks to the realization that culture is almost never homogenous and that cultural history seldom takes a linear course. This exhibition closes May 5.
- Gabriel Orozco discusses how throwing boomerangs inspired his current exhibition at the Guggenheim (NYC). Titled Asterisms, the show is a unique assemblage of photos and sculpture drawn from collecting detritus at two sites. Sandstars responds to the unique environment encountered in Isla Arena, Mexico, a wildlife reserve. Astroturf Constellation explores taxonomic classification of debris left on the playing field’s at New York City’s Pier 40. The show is on view through January 13. A new video has been posted on the Complex magazine website. Watch it here.
- Jeff Koons has been commissioned to design a new wine label for Chateau Mouton Rothschild vintage. He is the latest in a lineage of artists annually commissioned by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild. For his label, Koons has used Botticelli’s Birth of Venus as his base and added an illustration in silver ink. The design will bee seen on bottles for sale in the near future.
- Alfredo Jaar will speak at the Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO) as part of the Logan Lecture series. Jaar will discuss how his seminal projects on the working conditions of Brazilian gold miners, the detainment of Vietnamese boat people by the Hong Kong government, and the slaughter of Tutsi by Hutu death squads in Rwanda have simultaneously asserted and questioned art’s ability to raise awareness, change social norms, and advance social justice. The lecture will take place on March 20 at 7 pm in the Sharp Auditorium at the Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Doors open at 6:15 pm.
In this week’s roundup, Alfredo Jaar reconnects the dots of a collective memory, Cindy Sherman presents early work, El Anatsui showcases his pot of wisdom, and more.
- Alfredo Jaar created a memorial for the victims of the 17 years long Pinochet military rule and dictatorship. The Geometry of Conscience is installed in a plaza next to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Santiago, Chile). The installation offers an intimate opportunity for Chileans to unearth history and reconnect the dots of a still half-buried collective memory. Located underground, the exhibit is a silent three minute experience that can only be shared by ten people at once.
- Cindy Sherman: Early Works will be unveiled at the Gucci Museo (Florence, Italy). Following her graduation in 1976 Cindy Sherman, together with a group of artists, created works and organized numerous exhibitions. The show includes three bodies of work, Murder Mystery (1976), Bus Riders (1976) and Doll Clothes (1975), from these early years. The exhibition runs from January 10 until June 9, 2013.
- El Anatsui‘s third solo exhibition in a NYC gallery is on view at the Jack Shainman Gallery. Pot of Wisdom showcases the artist’s continued use of found metals and copper wire. This body of work explores new formal approaches to color, composition and line. The show closes January 19, 2013.
- El Anatsui‘s first solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum will feature over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui includes twelve recent monumental wall and floor sculptures, widely considered to represent the apex of the artist’s career. The exhibition will run February 8 – August 4, 2013.
- Bruce Nauman, Mark Bradford, and Jenny Holzer present works as part of the Tenth Anniversary Acquisitions exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas). Kingdom Day (2010) by Bradford consists of four 10-by-10-foot canvases, as an homage to the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles. Studio Mix (2010), a new video and sound installation by Nauman, is inspired by a set of finger exercises that the composer Béla Bartók wrote for children learning the piano. Holzer’s signature, kinesthetic light-emitting diode (LED) signs deliver texts in ‘Ando blue.’ These works are on view through August 18, 2013.