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Do Ho Suh. "Karma," 2012. Courtesy Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art.

Do Ho Suh. “Karma,” 2012. Courtesy Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art.

In this week’s roundup, a new Do-Ho Suh sculpture rises in New Orleans, Ursula von Rydingsvard talks about woodwork, Ai Weiwei pays homage to Pablo Neruda, William Wegman creates an animated GIF, and much more.

  • Do-Ho Suh’s Karma, a twenty-three-foot-tall monumental stainless steel sculpture, recently made a 1,300 mile trip from the Polich Tallix fine art foundry in New York to the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana. The piece consists of 98 cast and metal sintered figures, each figure descending in size from the bottom to the top. Now part of the museum’s permanent collection, Karma is installed in their Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden.
  • Beryl Korot: Text and Commentary is on view at the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK). The exhibition features Beryl Korot‘s groundbreaking work Text and Commentary (1976-7) comprised of weavings, videos, and paper-based scores. When first shown in 1977, Text and Commentary “moved the video medium beyond the television’s frame and into art installation.” Closes June 9.

  • Ai Weiwei unveiled a 900-square-meter mural dedicated to poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. Titled A Pablo (To Pablo), it runs along a wall of Parque Cultural Ex-Cárcel in Valparaíso, a prison turned park located in the Chilean port where Neruda lived. Read more about the painting over at Art Daily.
  • Louise Bourgeois‘s Crouching Spider sculpture is on yearlong loan from the artist’s estate to Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH). Part of the campus-wide initiative Year of the Arts, the piece is installed at Maffei Arts Plaza, in front of the new Black Family Visual Arts Center.
  • Barry McGee‘s first mid-career survey opens at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA) on April 6. Simply titled Barry McGee, the show will feature over 30 works, including rarely seen early works on paper; reassembled works from key installations; a tower of video pieces; a massive three-dimensional cluster of drawings; paintings and photographs. Closes September 2.
  • Charles Atlas has been specially commissioned by Frieze New York for this year’s program of sound works. Atlas and the collective New Humans will extend a previous collaboration into “a new aural experience” of “electronically fractured vocals…the soundtrack and backdrop for urban island life.” Frieze New York 2013 takes place May 10-13 on Randall’s Island (NYC).
  • William Wegman has created his first ever animated GIF. Go to the artist’s blog to watch his sleeping puppy spin hypnotically in a bowl.