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Mike Kelley: 1954-2012. Kandor 10 A (Grotto) at Gagosian Gallery (2011).  Photo courtesy Fredrik Nilsen, Gagosian Gallery.

Mike Kelley: 1954-2012. Kandor 10 A (Grotto) at Gagosian Gallery (2011). Photo courtesy Fredrik Nilsen, Gagosian Gallery.

In this week’s roundup we remember Mike Kelley,  Bruce Nauman inverts the mirror, Eleanor Antin revisits her part work, Judy Pfaff shows smaller work, Louise Bourgeois’ writings are unveiled, Laurie Anderson performs in a room, and more.

  • Bruce Nauman‘s work will be on view in The Inverted Mirror: Art from the Collections of ”la Caixa” Foundation and MACBA at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In this show, the image of a mirror is a metaphor for the processes of accumulation, transfer and interference that are a fundamental part of the birth and development of all art collections. In connection with its title, the show highlights two contemporary art collections that represent the most significant tendencies and movements spanning the second half of the twentieth century to the present.  The exhibition will run January 31 – September 2.
  • Eleanor Antin is featured in the Los Angeles Times’ PST: Eleanor Antin revisits Before the Revolution.  The article highlights a new version of Before the Revolution, a signature work that Antin first performed in 1979 at New York’s Kitchen Center for Video, Music, and Dance, playing all the parts with the aid of several nearly life-size Masonite cut-outs that she manipulated onstage.
  • Judy Pfaff: Recent Work at the Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis) showcases some of Judy Pfaff’s smaller work in her first St. Louis solo exhibition since 1989.  Combining several kinds of media and methods of art-making, Pfaff redefines the capacities of what art can be. A catalogue with essays by Buzz Spector and Kara Gordon accompanies the exhibit. A video of the Judy Pfaff exhibition is also online.


  • Louise Bourgeois‘ psychoanalytic writings will be unveiled at the Freud Museum in London.  Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed will feature original documents from the artist’s recently discovered psychoanalytic writings, as well as drawings and sculptures. It will be displayed in the London home of the founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Following its mounting in Latin America, the exhibition has been re-imagined for the unique setting of the Freud Museum, previously discussed as a venue by Louise Bourgeois before her death.  This work will be on view March 8 – May 12.
  • Laylah Ali’s ink drawings are on display in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery in Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center (Hanover, NH).  Ali, an art professor at Williams College, has arranged 20 pieces from her Typology series, which she completed between 2005 and 2007, for exhibition through March 4.
  • Kara Walker‘s work is part of a group exhibition of the MAXXI Arte collection and represents a continuation of the exploration of the history of recent Italian art through a thematic reading of the museum’s permanent collection.  The protagonist of this re-interpretation is the outsider Marisa Merz, a key figure in Italian art whose artistic career remains crucial to an understanding of the developments within Italian art of recent years.  The exhibition closes January 6, 2013.
  • Kalup Linzy is one of 10 artists whose works are on view in Magical Visions: Ten Contemporary African American Artists at the University of Delaware’s Mechanical Hall Gallery.  The show brings together the work of artists who have pioneered significant changes in media including assemblage, fiber, painting, photography, printmaking, quilt making, sculpture, and video with performance. Through their own magical visions, these artists give birth to works that challenge traditions and open new vistas.  The show closes June 29.
  • Laurie Anderson is among several artists set to perform live in Sounds from a Room, Artangel’s year long  program of international musicians taking up residence and then performing live from A Room for London, a one-bedroom architectural installation perched on top of Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the River Thames. Anderson will become resident in March, exploring the city and its secrets to produce a new sound piece.
  • Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86 offers 200 Raymond Pettibon designs, which range from flyers advertising L.A.’s underground punk bands to homemade ‘zines, stickers, 45 and LP covers and posters advertising new releases by the likes of Black Flag, which was founded by Pettibon’s brother, Greg Ginn.  This work is featured in the University (UMass Lowell, MA) Gallery in McGauvran Hall through Feb. 17.
  • William Kentridge‘s animations are on view at at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (Ductac), as part of Mine – A Selection of Films by South African Artists.  The show brings together South African artists working in video; the show’s title embraces both meanings of “mine,” referring not only to deep level mining, but also to the concept of personal ownership. The works featured have been chosen for their diversity, yet “despite their obvious differences each piece sees the artist make reference to himself or herself in the artwork.”
  • Keltie Ferris is one of four artists featured in Open Windows at the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA).  Representing distinct and varied approaches to painting from abstraction to realism, these artists’ works will be set in counterpoint to modernist paintings chosen by Carroll Dunham from the Addison’s permanent collection.  The show reveals sometimes surprising affinities, influences, and contrasts among and between the 21st century works and mid-20th century paintings, opening windows on new possibilities and fresh ways of seeing.  The show closes April 8.