Weekly Roundup

Lari Pittman, Untitled #1.

Lari Pittman, "Untitled #1," 2010 © Regen Projects.

In this week’s roundup, Lari Pittman takes over L.A., Trenton Doyle Hancock issues a call to color, Tim Hawkinson explores sustainability, Cao Fei exhibits in Poland, and more!

  • Centre Pompidou (Paris) presents the work of Gabriel Orozco. “The artist moves freely between disciplines, making art in the fields of sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. Orozco is known for his interest in the everyday object as art and his works often lie in the space between reality and artistic creation.” The work will be on display in Paris from September 15 – January 3 and it will conclude its circuit at the Tate Modern London from January 19 – April 25.

  • Lari Pittman takes over both Regen Projects and Regen Projects II in Los Angeles this month for two shows that will showcase 100 of his works on paper that highlight “a cacophony of color, the blending of figuration and abstraction, an intricate and multi-faceted surface, and an expansive and oscillating image field.”  The exhibitions are on view September 11 – October 23, 2010.

  • Cao Fei is one of several artists whose work is being presented as part of Fokus Lodz Biennale 2010 (Poland).  The main exhibition is entitled From Liberty Square to the Independence Square and additional exhibits will take place in a public square, in several locations along a major throughway from September 9 – October 10.

  • Trenton Doyle Hancock issues a call to color by encouraging visitors to bring their own morsels of color – in the form of plastic bottle caps – and drop them into his new site specific, immersive installation, A Better Promise at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.  “Nine large-scale earthbound vitrines have been placed on the floor in front of the hand sculpture. On the face of each of these nine containers, there is a teardrop cut-out where plastic bottle caps can be deposited by color. Visitors are encouraged to bring plastic bottle caps ranging in all shapes and sizes from detergent bottles, to clear water bottles to the black and white caps from drink bottles.”

  • Fabian & Claude Walter Galerie (Zurich) presents several large-format prints by Richard Serra.  “Though his prints are less well known than his steel sculptures, Richard Serra manages to translate the weight and monumentality of his three-dimensional work onto paper. The powerful interplay of statics and dynamics, of balance and proportion that characterizes Serra’s steel plate objects, determines also the artist’s graphic work, albeit in a reduced and compacted form that reaches beyond the confines of the paper.”
  • The Department of Art, Art History, & Design at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to present a visiting artist lecture by Michael Ray Charles on Thursday, September 9, in the Annenberg Auditorium at the Snite Museum of Art.  This event is free and open to the public.

  • Sustainability is the current theme of the Montalvo Arts Center multidisciplinary thematic arts program, Natural and Creative Capital, and the latest exhibit, Human Nature, will give visitors an opportunity to “take a look at sustainability and what it means in a whole new way.”  The exhibit will feature work by Tim Hawkinson, among other artists.  The exhibit runs August 27-October 17.

  • The First International Triennial of Caribbean Art is opening at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo and it will focus on art and the environment. According to the organizers, a large amount of artists will come from English, French, Spanish, and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries as well as from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Central America, including Pepón Osorio.  The festival runs September 1 – October 24.

  • Barbara Kruger will be unveiling her work on a new construction site in New York.  The Whitney Museum of Art has announced Kruger’s new installation that is described as a “textual, historical look” at the neighborhood surrounding the Meatpacking District, where The Whitney is expanding its site.  “Because I’ve spent so many years in lower Manhattan, the streets are rife with remembrance,” Kruger said of the inspiration behind the piece. “So I’ve tried to mark the site with a gathering of words about history, value, and the pleasures and pains of social life.”

  • The Wooster Collective has announced TRESPASS: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, a new art book that will hit stores around the world this month.  “Using the act of trespassing as a narrative thread to bring together a very disparate group of artists, we set out to find visual documentation of ephemeral acts of public art that in many cases had no known photos.”  Barry McGee is among the four generations of artists featured in the book.  There are plans for a series of launch events including one in New York on September 28.
  • The world’s biggest water screen will make its debut during the upcoming New Year’s Eve countdown celebration at Taipei’s Tachia Riverside Park.  The work is described by creative director Lin Keh-hua as the “largest-scale New Year’s celebration ever to be held in Taiwan.”  Cai Guo Qiang and other artists from different parts of the world have been invited to contribute their ideas to the program.