Weekly Roundup


John Baldessari “1+1=1,” 2013. Courtesy of the artist and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture.

In this week’s roundup John Baldessari plays serious games, Cao Fei presents a zombie movie set, Laurie Simmons explores identity and desire on the Internet, and more.

  • John Baldessari spoke with Julie Belcove of Financial Times magazine about “the serious games he plays.” Belcove’s profile of the artist mentions his upcoming exhibition, 1+1=1at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, where nearly 40 works will be shown together for the first time. On view September 21-November 24.
  • Barry McGee has work on view at the gallery Cheim & Read. McGee’s clusters of framed drawings and hand-painted wood panels accompany loose stacks of embellished surfboards, fetish-like wooden objects, and specially made furniture. This is McGee’s first solo show in New York City in nearly a decade. Closes October 26.
  • Rashid Johnson also has work on view at Monique Meloche Gallery. For Remembering D.B. Cooper, Johnson transforms the space into a shelf work that showcases his signature materials—plants, black wax, books, albums, and shea butter—to explore the notion of escapism. Continues through January 4, 2014.
  • Raymond Pettibon is showing work at David Zwirner (New York, NY). To Wit presents new drawings and collages unified by bold visual elements and fragments from American society that have been distilled into images, which incorporate texts of varying length, from one word to several paragraphs. On view through October 26.
  • Cao Fei‘s project Haze and Fog—a zombie movie set in modern China—will be at Eastside Projects (Birmingham, UK) from September 21 to November 16. This commissioned project “explores how the collective consciousness of people living in the time of what the artist calls ‘magical metropolises’ emerges from seemingly tedious, mundane, day-to-day life.” Eastside Projects Director Gavin Wade and the artist Cao Fei will informally introduce Haze and Fog on September 19 at 6.30pm.
  • Laurie Simmons will have work on view at Gallery Met (New York, NY) from September 24 to January 15, 2014. Simmons is showing four original photographs in conjunction with Nico Muhly’s opera, Two Boys, which explores identity and desire in the shadowy world of the Internet.


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