New and recent work on view by David Altmejd, Maya Lin, Judy Pfaff, and additional ART21-featured artists, included in this week’s roundup.
Exhibition pushes the boundaries of the human face
Faces—an exhibition of work by David Altmejd—is on view at Modern Art (London, UK) through February 14. This solo exhibition presents new sculptures by Altmejd that feature grotesque and surreal human faces using materials such as metals, paints, plasters, clays, foams, and gels.
Challenging viewers to see the environment in new ways
Maya Lin: A History of Water is on view through May 10 at the Orlando Museum of Art (Orlando, FL). This exhibition brings together sculptures, drawings, and large-scale installations, as well as the artist’s multimedia memorial to the earth’s vanishing biodiversity and habitats. These works resonate with Maya Lin’s “deep regard for the natural world, while revealing a creative practice that is informed by close observation, research and scientific data.”
Art with an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink attitude
Work by Judy Pfaff is on view at York College Galleries (York, PA) through February 24. Somewhere Before highlights exuberant, sprawling sculptures and installations that weave landscape, architecture, and color into a tense yet organic whole. Pfaff says, “The finished piece always feels like evidence to me—summations of what I’ve been thinking about.”
A creative and interactive platform for participation
Oliver Herring is coming to the Visual Arts Center at Washington Pavilion (Sioux Falls, SD) as part of Spit, Tear, Talk: Triggering Human Interaction. Partnering with the VAC, Herring will host one of his famous TASK parties and facilitate an exhibition of his work. The goal is to introduce the Sioux Falls community to a “different way of looking at art, to be part of its creation, and to work on—or deconstruct—something together.” Runs February 13–June 7.
Art examines fear, death, motherhood, sexuality and love
ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets is on view at Southampton City Art Gallery (Southhampton, UK) through April 18. The exhibition presents works that reveal how Louise Bourgeois “explores the mystery and beauty of human emotions,” through recurring motifs such as spirals, spiders, and the human form.
Using historical documentation to create art
Work by Kara Walker is on view at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art (Sedalia, MO). Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) includes 15 lithographs and screenprints from the artist’s 2005 series of the same name. Each of the prints were enlarged, using offset lithography, then overlaid with Walker’s characteristic silhouetted figures rendered with solid black silkscreen. On view through May 31.