Weekly Roundup

Hiroshi Sugimoto. "The Last Supper: Acts of God" (detail), 1999/2012. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto. The Last Supper: Acts of God (detail), 1999/2012. Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. © Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibits water-damaged photographs, Robert Mangold paints enclosed voids, Kara Walker dips her hands in sugar, and more in this week’s roundup.

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God opens at Fraenkel Gallery (San Francisco, CA) on May 1. This will be the first U.S. presentation of Sugimoto’s The Last Supper: Acts of God (1999/2012), a 24-foot, five-panel photograph that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. According to the press release, “Sugimoto chose to retain the dramatic marks, colorations and ripples…” The artist says, “I can only be grateful to the storm for putting my work through a half-millennium’s worth of stresses in so short a time.” Acts of God closes July 3.
  • Sugimoto has received the inaugural Isamu Noguchi Award, which recognizes people who share Noguchi’s commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange. On May 13, Motohide Yoshikawa, Ambassador of Japan to the United Nations, will present the award during a ceremony at the Noguchi Museum’s annual spring benefit in New York City.
  • Robert Mangold has a solo exhibition at Pace Gallery (New York, NY). The artist continues his work with an enclosed void seen in the Ring Paintings he exhibited at Pace in 2011, and his Frame Paintings of the early 1980s. Closes May 3. Read the New York Times review.
  • Pierre Huyghe’s film The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) is on view at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Described as “hypnotic” and “unclassifiable,” Huyghe’s film investigates behaviors that occur at the border between verisimilitude and theatricality. Closes August 31.
  • Works by Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee are included in the group show Energy That Is All Around at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery (New York, NY). The exhibition offers visitors a look at the unique aesthetics of street art from San Francisco during the late 1990s, focusing on rare pieces by artists who were a part of the Mission School movement. Closes July 12.
  • Yinka Shonibare: The British Library opens at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (Brighton, UK) on May 3. In this site-specific installation Shonibare “explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement, and refuge.” Read more about this installation in Shonibare’s interview with Mark Sheerin for theartsdesk.com.