Weekly Roundup

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger, "Between" installation, 2010. Photo credit: Guild Hall.

This week in the roundup … Barbara Kruger gets a celebration started, Cao Fei has her eyes on a prize, Cai Guo-Qiang goes in with a bang, Raymond Pettibon is into OFF!, Maya Lin dedicates her Confluence, Laurie Anderson opens BAM and much more!

  • Barbara Kruger presents Plenty at Guild Hall through October 11. A special preview on August 13 celebrates the exhibition.  “Barbara Kruger is one of the most important artists of this century. Her work is exciting and challenging. I have wanted to work with her since I first became Curator of Guild Hall in 1990 and am delighted that the opportunity finally arrived for our schedules to coincide and work together on this amazing exhibition,” said Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Museum Director and Chief Curator.
  • The Guggenheim Museum and Hugo Boss announced the artists short-listed for The Hugo Boss Prize 2010, which will be awarded on November 4, followed by a solo exhibition for the winning artist in 2011. One of the Prize nominees, Cao Fei also had her work in the 17th Biennale of Sydney, and she was nominated for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010.
  • Cai Guo-Qian has been invited by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to make Odyssey that will adorn a new Arts of China Gallery on October 17. “Cai Quo-Qiang is a master of the poetic on a grand scale,” director of the MFA Houston Peter C. Marzio said in a statement. He added that he believes Cai’s project will foster a “dialogue between artworks from different time periods within the galleries.”
  • Ensemble BPM brings Three Tales to London including a performance by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot that will take place August 19-20. Three Tales is a video opera that “recalls events from the twentieth century as a story of technology’s growing dominance in the twentieth century, and its evolving relationship with man.”
  • A major painting by artist Elizabeth Murray is on display at Texas Gallery.  Murray’s work “shows what happens when the flashy, cartoonish quality of Pop art is combined with the material rigor of Minimalist abstraction.”
  • Laurie Anderson opens the 2010 BAM Next Wave Festival with Delusion, a “far-reaching multimedia work exploring memory, identity, and longing.” Delusion received its world premiere at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and was performed recently at Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA and at London’s Barbican Centre. Check the BAM site for show times in September and October.
  • OFF!, an L.A. punk/hardcore group, will release four EPs this fall including a limited-edition 7-inch on October 12 with artwork and an exclusive poster by Raymond Pettibon, who was famous for his work with the band Black Flag and SST Records.
  • In you happen to be in Istanbul, Turkey before September 19 check out Matthew Ritchie’s contribution to The Morning Line, a public art structure that explores the “disciplinary interplays between art, architecture, music, mathematics, cosmology, and science.” Designed by Ritchie, and built by New York architectural firm Aranda/Lasch, the structure “comprises 40 speakers as part of a multi-spatial sound system that broadcasts a series of works composed by the world’s foremost sonic artists.”
  • Montclair Art Museum will present Living for Art: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, which is comprised of 50 gifts of Minimal and Conceptual art the Museum recently received as part of the National Gallery of Art’s Fifty Works for Fifty States initiative. Artist Richard Tuttle collaborated with Herb Vogel in the creation of a work in the show, Merry Christmas, Herb & Dorothy (1989). The artists noted that “[Herb’s] eyes became part of the work,” and he spoke of the “very deep friendship and symbiosis” with Herb Vogel, who “sees the world as I do.” The exhibition opens Sept. 24, 2010 and continues until Jan. 2, 2011.
  • William Wegman’s Weimaraners are on view at the Panopticon Gallery, in the Hotel Commonwealth (Boston) now through September 7. William Wegman: Inside/Outside includes some never-before-seen works from the artist’s archives such as Untitled (Flying Dog #2), 2010, one in a series of 38 images of the photographer’s dogs flying.
  • The Goodman Gallery (Cape Town) presents Winter Show featuring William Kentridge and Kara Walker among other artists.  The exhibition is on view until August 28 and includes one of Kara Walker’s films with the artist’s “signature black-silhouette cut-out figures,” as well as a new large scale drawing and a maquette of the World on its Hind Legs, created by Kentridge in collaboration with Gerhard Marx.
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE contributed seven headless, child-sized mannequins outfitted in traditional Victorian dress as part of a new exhibit at the Ringling Museum of Art entitled Yinka Shonibare MBE: Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play. The show continues until October 24.
  • Confluence Project’s Story Circles art installation by Maya Lin will be dedicated on Aug. 27 at Sacajawea State Park, near Pasco, Washington. The artwork has “seven basalt rings that use illustrations and text to interpret the area’s cultural history.” Confluence Project is an interpretive artwork by Lin at seven sites along the Columbia River basin.


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