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Doris Salcedo. A Flor de Piel 2011 - 2012. Image courtesy the artist and White Cube

Doris Salcedo. "A Flor de Piel," 2011 - 2012. Image courtesy the artist and White Cube.

In this week’s roundup, Doris Salcedo’s rose shroud, several Art21 artists in documenta 13, Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star, Paul McCarthy’s 30-foot ketchup bottle, and much more.

  • Doris Salcedo’s first London show since 2007 is now on view at White Cube. Doris Salcedo: Mason’s Yard includes A Flor de Piel, an enormous shroud made up of thousands of rose petals connected to each other in a suspended state and which may transform during the course of the exhibition. This work was developed as a sculpture that was about the simple but impossible task of making a flower offering to a victim of torture. The exhibition closes June 30.
  • Rashid Johnson‘s work is in An Architect’s Dream, a group exhibition in Washington, DC that focuses on the concept of arrangement and presentation as a unifying formal device. Johnson explores the nuanced transformations of black history and culture between his own family’s generations. This work continues his interest in the intellectuals and creative provocateurs of African American history.


  • Alfredo Jaar has work in You Are Now Entering_____ at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry-Londonderry, Ireland. The show addresses the visual culture of the conflict society by considering key issues of discord across multiple contentious histories and uneven geographies. The featured artists investigate the iconography of dissent by examining the aesthetic potential of the archetypical signs of antagonism: monuments, shrines, murals, flags, walls, and checkpoints. The exhibition runs through June 28.
  • Kiki Smith has a show at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College (Ohio). Kiki Smith features work that uses familiar imagery packed with metaphoric meanings; her prints and sculptures address the natural, the biological and the feminine, and the nature of identity. This work is on view through July 22.
  • Arturo Herrera‘s new collages are at the Thomas Dane Gallery (London). Arturo Herrera is a collage series that fuses drawing, painting and photography. These works are presented in serial form and include diptychs and works in four, eight, ten and twenty-eight panels. Herrera’s visual language is unique, combining a number of idioms from expressionism to pop art. The show closes July 28.
  • Judy Pfaff has a June 16 presentation at the Huntington Museum of Art (West Virginia). The event will be accompanied by an eight-week exhibition of the artist’s work. This is part of the Walter Gropius Master Artist Series that displays works that represent ceramics, photography, painting, pastel, printmaking, hand-made paper, glass, textiles, fiber, mixed-media and large-scale indoor and outdoor installations. The exhibition will run through October 7.
  • Barry McGee‘s work is in (Re)Print, a group exhibition at Hendershot Gallery (NYC). The show features familiar motifs found in prints and street work that have popularized street artists and enabled them to create a visual identity. The exhibition will evolve as the work on view changes and grows throughout the twelve-week run, creating an informal experience that offers an alternative to the typical gallery environment. This work is on view through August 15.
  • Louise Bourgeois‘ iconic Personage sculptures are on view  at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Canada). Louise Bourgeois 1911 — 2010 draws from the National Gallery’s significant holdings of Bourgeois artwork. The extraordinary sculptor had a major impact on many of the 20th century’s major art and culture movements, including surrealism, abstract expressionism, minimalism and feminism. The show runs through September 23.
  • Do-Ho Suh‘s Fallen Star is now open to the public at UC San Diego’s Stuart Collection. The house was built in the fall of 2011. Last fall it was hoisted 100 feet and attached to Jacobs Hall. It has since been furnished and accessorized. Its garden is growing: there’s a plum tree, a wisteria vine, tomatoes and more. Lights flicker on at night, there is a TV, and steam, simulating smoke, sometimes rises from the chimney.
  • Paul McCarthy installed a 30-foot-tall inflatable ketchup bottle at City Hall Park (NYC). Daddies Ketchup is part of the latest exhibition by the Public Art Fund called Common Ground. McCarthy’s giant condiment container is meant to satirize the traditional monument. The exhibition is on display through November 30.