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Credit: Jessica Stockholder. "Story of Angle #3," 2013. Graphite and colored pencil on paper. 11" x 14". Courtesy the artist and Barbara Edwards Contemporary.

Jessica Stockholder. “Story of Angle #3,” 2013. Graphite and colored pencil on paper. 11 x 14 in. Courtesy the artist and Barbara Edwards Contemporary.

In this week’s roundup Jessica Stockholder explores drawing in multiple dimensions, Richard Serra presents early experiments with nontraditional materials, James Turrell delves into light, and much more.

  • Jessica Stockholder has a solo exhibition at Barbara Edwards Contemporary (Toronto, Ontario). Jessica Stockholder explores the realm of two-dimensional composition and three-dimensional space, through the layering of color, found object and text. In the drawings included in this exhibition, the artist develops her own hieroglyph as a way of reading images. The show runs through June 8.
  • Mika Rottenberg‘s new exhibition Sneeze to Squeeze features a series of works that together reveal an imaginative world full of surreal scenarios and claustrophobic settings. The exhibition is view at at Magasin 3 (Stockholm, Sweden) through June 2.
  • Mike Kelley: Eternity is a Long Time is on view at HangarBicocca (Milan, Italy). The exhibition features Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (A Domestic Scene) and Runway for Interactive DJ Event, two installations that constitute a fundamental turning point in Kelley‘s research, and the dawn of what was to be the late artists’s most prolific creative period. The show closes August 9.
  • Richard Serra: Early Work is up at David Zwirner (New York, NY). Dating from 1966 to 1971, the works on view, drawn from museum and private collections, represent the beginning of Serra‘s experiments with nontraditional materials, such as vulcanized rubber, neon, lead, and steel. Also featured is a program of the artist’s films from the same period. The exhibition runs through June 15.
  • Laurie Anderson’s From the Air is at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, MI). The installation consists of a clay sculpture with projected video that features a miniature version of Laurie Anderson telling a story, seated with her dog, Lolabelle. The exhibition builds from Lolabelle’s realization during a walk to the beach that she is prey for a group of turkey vultures. The work is on view through August 11.

  • El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa is also at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor. This major retrospective of Anatsui‘s was organized by the Museum for African Art and includes approximately sixty works drawn from public and private collections worldwide. The show closes May 5.
  • James Turrell Perspectives, up at The Academy Art Museum (Easton, MD), features a new installation titled St. Elmo’s Light alongside many other works never before on public view. The exhibition highlights Turrell‘s fascination with both the mechanics of visual perception and the metaphysics of light. These works introduce recurring themes related to geologic time and the artist’s efforts to give viewers a direct experience with the cosmos. The show closes July 7.
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE: FABRIC–ATION at Yorkshire Sculpture Park features over 30 vibrant works made by Shonibare between 2002–2013. The film below documents the exhibition which runs through September 1.

  • Lari Pittman: A Decorated Chronology will soon be on view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (MO). This is Pittman‘s first solo U.S. museum exhibition in nearly twenty years. The exhibition is the first comprehensive presentation of Pittman’s work in the Midwest. The show will run May 24-August 11.
  • Kerry James Marshall is also showing work at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. For their “Front Room” series Marshall will create a new, multidimensional, site-specific installation. Opening on May 24, the project was scheduled to coincide with the debut of the Museum’s East Building expansion, where one of Marshall’s most significant works, Watts 1963 (1995), will be on view.