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Julie Mehretu. "Untitled," 2012. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94.

Julie Mehretu. "Untitled," 2012. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94.

In this week’s roundup, Julie Mehretu and Janine Antoni cross borders and cultures, Kiki Smith designs an outdoor fountain, Mark Bradford collaborates with Benjamin Millepied, and more.

  • Julie Mehretu‘s work is in Pothole at Salon 94 (NYC). This exhibition features work that assumes a “21st century virtual form, crossing cities and borders.” The group exhibition is an artistic dialogue based on diverse practices that have commonalities including a strong expressionist sensibility as well as an attraction to untraditional, handmade and often “low” materials. Pothole celebrates Mehretu and her colleagues and friends. The work is on view through July 6.
  • Lucas Blalock is part of a group show at Richard Telles Fine Art (Los Angeles). In Formwandler Blalock contributes photographs depicting ordinary objects that become estranged from the norm. Mixing digital images with “objective” reality, the artist wills a crease in the apparent seamlessness of lies captured by the camera. Embracing every genre, trick, or technique in the book, Blalock helps initiate a renewed shift in the materiality and space within the photographic image. This show closes August 18.
  • Kiki Smith designed an outdoor fountain for Tyra Banks’ TZONE, to be located at the Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) in New York City. The resource center will also include a commercial training kitchen, screening room, health and wellness center, art studio, planetarium, and rooftop farm. The building is set to open in January 2013 as the permanent home of the LESGC.
  • Janine Antoni and several other artists have work on view spanning two boroughs in New York City. Caribbean: Crossroads of the World has over 500 works on display including painting, sculpture, artist books, photography, video, and historical artifacts from Caribbean countries, Europe, and the U.S. Located at El Museo del Barrio (through January 6, 2013), the Queens Museum of Art (also through January 6), and the Studio Museum in Harlem (through October 21), this exhibition concludes over a decade of collaborative research on the Caribbean, its people, nations, and artistic currents.
  • Mark Bradford will soon collaborate with choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project that will make a sneak-peak debut July and August, with performances in the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA Grand Avenue). Millepied is creating a 30-minute, site-specific duet, Framework, to a narrated soundtrack by Bradford. This performance was inspired by two large Bradford paintings in MOCA’s current exhibition “The Painting Factory: Art After Warhol,” Untitled (2011) and Ghost and Stooges (2011).
  • Maya Lin was interviewed by Yale Environment 360 contributor Diane Toomey. In Maya Lin: A Memorial to A Vanishing Natural World the artist talks about the origins of her What is Missing? project, the media techniques she and her collaborators are using to draw attention to the biodiversity crisis, and the actions that give her hope that we can reverse the tide of nature’s destruction.
  • Louise BourgeoisSpider 1 is on view in the Grand Gallery on the first floor of the American Museum of Natural History. This work is part of Spiders Alive!, an exhibition that features 42,000 species of spiders from around the world. This exhibition closes December 2.


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