Weekly Roundup

Allora & Calzadilla.  THE STATE: The Coming Insurrection

Allora & Calzadilla. "THE STATE: The Coming Insurrection," 2011. Installation view. Photo courtesy Traffic gallery.

In this week’s roundup Allora & Calzadilla explore causes of discontent, Paul McCarthy channels aggression, the Red Hot Chili Peppers pay homage to Raymond Pettibon, Laurie Anderson is sampled, and more.

  • Allora & Calzadilla and other artists are in a group exhibition in Dubai which takes its title from the book The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee. The show is a continuation of THE STATE, a sociohistorical journal and forum.  The exhibition is a response to the causes of discontent, namely mass injustice, corruption and greed in our societies and the world at large. It is not a call to arms but an attempt to get people thinking about the global transmutation that surrounds them.  This work is on view until December 31.
  • Paul McCarthy‘s work is on view at Hauser & Wirth (NYC).  The exhibition features a new series, The Dwarves, the Forests, inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  This show includes bronzes, a massive wood carving, and landscape maquettes featured on both floors of the gallery. These figures reflect McCarthy’s fascination with the aggression and hard work that goes into the sculptural process with evidence of cracks and lumps and slop, that suggest to McCarthy the struggles of artists in creating abstract work.  The show closes on December 17.
  • Doris Salcedo‘s Plegaria Muda (Silent Prayer) is on view at Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon).  The artist has transformed the exhibition hall into a kind of hybrid forest-cemetery made by one-hundred and sixty-two sculptures that create a nonlinear trajectory, with clearings in one place and impassable in others.  The exhibition runs until January 22, 2012.  A video featuring Salcedo at Gulbenkian is also online:


  • Arturo Herrera is participating in a new project at the Museum of Art (Fort Lauderdale) that includes one of four wall paintings for the Museum façade, to be completed by the end of November 2011, further defining the Museum as a dynamic center for the arts. This outdoor mural project will physically define a new signature urban space that will visibly and literally extend the cultural life of the Museum into the city.


  • Raymond Pettibon inspired the latest music video by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Monarchy of Roses, directed by Marc Klasfeld, was inspired by Pettibon in its swirling, jagged stop motion animations of primarily inky lines on a white background.


  • Laurie Anderson’s classic 1981 art-pop and performance piece ‘O Superman’ has been sampled on a new track on The Big Pink’s “Hit The Ground (Superman).”  Click HERE to listen to the new song.


  • A traveling Cindy Sherman retrospective is on the way: That’s me – That’s not me: Early Works by Cindy Sherman at the Vertikale Galerie will show approximately 50 of Sherman’s works, which SAMMLUNG VERBUND has acquired continuously since its founding in 2004.  Also, a major retrospective is planned at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2012, which will travel to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Dallas Museum of Art.