In this week’s roundup Gabriel Orozco paints with vectors, Florian Maier Aichen explores new forms of photography, Cindy Sherman is honored, several artists contribute calls to action and explore environmental sustainability, and much more.
- Gabriel Orozco‘s first solo exhibition to follow his recently completed retrospective is on view at Marian Goodman Gallery (NYC). Gabriel Orozco: Corplegados and Particles includes a series of large format drawings and paintings that use shapes inserted with axels to explore behaviors of form and construction. Orozco utilizes vector and raster computer graphics to deconstruct, divide, and open up the images as a data structure based on a grid, but divided in dots. This work is on view until October 15.
- Florian Maier Aichen at Baronian_Francey (Brussels) is Florian Maier Aichen‘s third show at this venue. The artist continues his practice of picking apart and expanding notions of photographic representation. Works utilizing practices of photography, painting and drawing in equal measure have allowed the artist to explore image-making in pursuit of a new form of ideal photographic document. The exhibition closes October 29.
- John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Eleanor Antin and others were invited to submit personal calls to action expressing political or social concerns which will be worn on T-shirts for Trespass, a parade through the Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles, on October 2. Trespass continues into Monday evening, October 3 with a celebration featuring interactive and musical performances by progressive artists to benefit nonprofit West of Rome.
- Ann Hamilton will discuss The State of the MFA as part of the Sculpture X symposium at the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) in Ohio. With “spatial awareness” as a recurring theme, more than 80 sculptors affiliated with colleges and universities in the region submitted pieces to the “Sculpture X” website and gallery. Hamilton’s keynote will take place on October 15.
- Cindy Sherman will be honored by The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art in October. She will receive an Archives of American Art Medal at the organization’s annual benefit. The Archives is the world’s preeminent resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America. The event will take place October 25.
- Robert Adams and several other artists examine issues related to water use, mining, nuclear testing and its effects as part of The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. A large number of the photos are of the American West, taken post-1970s to the present, and drawn from the museum’s 1,000-piece photography collection. The exhibition is on view until January 8, 2012.
- Julie Mehretu‘s work is featured in a traveling show, Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu, at Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center gallery. Mehretu is best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, which layer maps, urban planning grids and architectural renderings with abstract markings and bright shapes of color. This is the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of prints produced by the artist thus far in her career. The exhibition closes December 11.
- Collier Schorr, Matthew Barney, Paul Pfeiffer and others are also at Wesleyan University, as part of the traveling exhibition Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. These works explore the male athlete, a subject that has been overlooked by scholars until fairly recently, after a critical mass of art addressing this subject grew large enough to allow for such an exploration. This work is on view until October 23.
- Andrea Zittel‘s new and ongoing work is on view at Regen Projects II in Los Angeles. Zittel’s show will be presented at the same time as the Getty Museum’s multi-institution initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A 1945-1980 about the Los Angeles art scene. The artist’s unique and unusual practice embraces the social and personal spheres engaging sculpture, textile, design, and painting. Her Regen Projects II exhibition consists of four bodies of work and closes on October 29.
- Kiki Smith‘s I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith at the Tang Teaching Museum (Saratoga Springs, NY) is a traveling exhibit that features the first comprehensive look at the role of photography in the artist’s work. It includes over 5,000 snapshots, over 100 large-scale photographs, including source photos alongside the sculptures inspired by them as well as prints, artist’s books and videos. This show is open until December 30.
- Maya Lin will soon lecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology on “design for a living world.” The artist will discuss her contributions to The Nature Conservancy’s global effort to turn raw sustainable materials into works of art and has designed a piece that’s part of a show at The Field Museum. The artist’s talk will take place on October 24, at 6 pm.
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