Weekly Roundup

Allora & Calzadilla.  Track and Field, 2011.

Allora & Calzadilla, "Track and Field," 2011. Photo courtesy of Todd Heisler/The New York Times.

In this week’s roundup, Allora & Calzadilla are firsts in Venice, Barbara Kruger wraps a room, Chris Rock praises Michael Ray Charles, and much more.

  • Allora & Calzadilla are installing Track and Field, a 52-ton military tank turned upside down and topped with a treadmill and an Olympic runner.  This work, along with five other new projects will be incorporated into Gloria, an exhibition that will occupy the American pavilion at this summer’s Venice Biennale.  They are the first artists representing the U.S. at the Biennale who work in Puerto Rico, incorporating performance as an artist collaborative.  The exhibition will run from June 4 – November 27.
  • Barbara Kruger has a solo exhibition at L&M Arts (Los Angeles).  The exhibition consists of a multi-channel video installation running 13 minutes, a room “wrap,” exterior wall projection, and room filled with smaller-sized text pieces on panel, the legendary conceptual artist provided a multitude of options to receive her messages and ideas.  The show closes July 9.


  • Constantin Brancusi & Richard Serra is on view at The Fondation Beyeler (Switzerland).  The exhibition consists of 40 Brancusi sculptures juxtaposed with an ensemble of 10 sculptures and a range of works on paper by Richard Serra. These reflect the development of his idea of sculpture over the past forty years, in a form never before seen in Switzerland.  The show closes August 21.

  • Raymond Pettibon is in the three-person exhibition, Blankness Is Not A Void, at Marc Jancou Contemporary (New York City).   The show encourages viewers to re-evaluate American “low” culture by considering the commonalities among these particular artists’ chosen content and use of materials.  The exhibition closes June 4.
  • Comedian Chris Rock has named Michael Ray Charles his favorite artist based on Charles’s exploration of the legacy of historic stereotypes related to Americans of African descent.