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Weekly Roundup

Martha Colburn

Martha Colburn, "Triumph of the Wild (Part I + Part II), 2008–2009," 2011. © Martha Colburn, Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

In this week’s roundup, Martha Colburn animates war, Jeff Koons and William Wegman are in the dog days of summer, and much more.

  • Martha Colburn presents the topic of war through animation.  The Saint Louis Art Museum presents Martha Colburn: Triumph of the Wild, a New Media Series installation by Colburn. The 10-minute animated film (2008-09) presents the history of American war from Bunker Hill to Baghdad through shifting moments of horror and destruction.  This work is on view through September 5.
  • Jeff Koons and William Wegman have work in Dog Days of Summer, which continues Laumeier Sculpture Park’s on-going investigation of the ‘archaeology of place.’  Videos by Wegman will be screened Sunday-Friday evenings until August 31.  The exhibition closes October 2.
  • Pierre Huyghe received a commission to create an aquarium and accompanying “live ecosystem” as part of Frieze 2011 (UK).  The Fair recently released information about the artist commissions for the October event. Viewers can look forward to a range of creative projects, include Huyghe’s.  The fair takes place October 13-16.
  • Mariah Robertson is now on view at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and it is Robertson’s first solo exhibition in the UK and includes recent and new work.  Robertson uses the photographic image and exposes objects directly onto the paper, bypassing the camera lens.  Collaging disparate elements onto irregularly cut photographic paper, Robertson layers them into a single composition to create what she terms an ‘impossible’ image.  This exhibition runs until October 30.

  • Laurie Anderson will participate in a public conversation with Fiona Kearney, Director of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery on the final day of this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland).  The event will take place on Sunday, June 26 at 3 pm.