Weekly Roundup

Marina Abramović. The Artist Is Present (2012). Courtesy Show of Force LLC and Mudpuppy Flims Inc. Photo by Marco Anelli © 2010.

Marina Abramović. The Artist Is Present (2012). Courtesy Show of Force LLC and Mudpuppy Flims Inc. Photo by Marco Anelli © 2010.

In this week’s roundup a Marina Abramović documentary national roll-out, Barry McGee in Fast Company, Fred Wilson and Kiki Smith explore color and glass, and more.

  • Marina Abramović is the subject of a new film, The Artist Is Present, that opened last week at the the Film Forum in NYC and Nuart Theater in West Los Angeles. The feature-length documentary follows the artist as she prepares for the retrospective of her work at MoMA in NYC. The national roll-out of the film is soon to come.


  • Barry McGee is featured in Fast Company’s Co-Create column. The article notes McGee’s current show at the Prism Gallery in West Hollywood, CA and an upcoming retrospective at the Berkeley Museum of Art August 23 – December 9. The centerpiece of the Prism exhibition is a patchwork of framed paintings, drawings, and photographs that bulge out from the gallery wall like a slow wave. This exhibition is on view through June 30.
  • Alfredo Jaar is in a new exhibition at Haus Der Kunst (Munich). Image Counter Image presents artistic positions that focus on the critical analysis of violent conflicts in the media, beginning with the First Gulf War of 1990-1991 to September 11, 2001, and ending with the events of the Arab Spring of 2011. Jaar compiled a collection of Newsweek covers to demonstrate the hierarchy of news and indirectly questions the agendas and responsibilities of journalists. The exhibition closes September 16.
  • Fred Wilson and Kiki Smith have pieces on view at the Toledo Museum of Art. Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 showcases studio glass created during the past half-century, spotlighting pivotal work by artists working in the medium. The exhibition focuses on the “role of color—from the conceptual to the political to the metaphoric—in artistic expression.” Fred Wilson designed an 8½-foot black Iago’s Mirror with intricate detail. Kiki Smith designed Frogs which was cast from a single mold. This show runs through September 9.
  • In the Studio with Hiroshi Sugimoto is featured by the New York Times Style Magazine as part of its coverage of the artist’s collaboration with Hermès. Twenty of Hiroshi Sugimoto‘s abstract color studies have been translated into silk scarves in signed, limited editions of seven each: “Couleurs de L’Ombre is a moving tribute to the lowly Polaroid, which faces imminent extinction.”
  • Carrie Mae Weems‘s recent collaboration with jazz pianist Geri Allen was featured in the New York Times. Slow Fade to Black is a multimedia show that premiered last Friday at Celebrate Brooklyn!, the Prospect Park summer festival of performing arts and film. Weems’s images (on three giant screens) were put together to original music by Allen. The show was among the festival’s 32 mostly free events.