Last week Omer Fast’s 2011 film 5,000 Feet Is the Best, exploring a drone operator’s experience of remote destruction, was acquired by the UK’s Towner Gallery and Imperial War Museum. Meanwhile Season 2 artist Martin Puryear is being honored with the Yaddo Artist Medal, and Season 5 artist Julie Mehretu won the Skowhegan Medal of Painting. And in more good news, Tania Bruguera’s Kickstarter for the Institute of Artivism is fully funded with three days to go!
- David Altmejd‘s sculptures can be seen scattered on the cover of Yeasayer’s latest album, in a unique collaboration between sight and sound. [Read an interview with the band’s co-lead vocalist Chris Keating on The Creators Project.]
- German designer and 3D artist Moritz Reichartz brings Ai Weiwei‘s Stools into virtual reality.
- Mark Bradford collaborated with Grammy-winning jazz composer Robert Glasper to create the self-playing piano Apollo/Still Shining for a new series of commissions by Steinway that pairs visual artists with composers.
- Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus, a new book of Raymond Pettibon‘s satirical work was just released by David Zwirner Books. [Read a review on PBS Newshour.]
- And finally, John Baldessari helps explain conceptual art on Artsy: “Conceptual art wasn’t about art that had a concept, but about interrogating the concept of art.”
“Conceptual art wasn’t about art that had a concept, but about interrogating the concept of art.”
Events & exhibitions
- Maya Lin is speaking at the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building this Wednesday, April 6th from 7-9pm. Learn what books are in the artist’s own library on the New York Post.
- Cao Fei’s retrospective at MoMA PS1 opened yesterday and will remain on view till the end of August. [Read a review in the New York Times.]
- Stan Douglas’ film installation The Secret Agent is premiering in the U.S. at David Zwirner, where it will be on view until April 30th.
- A solo show featuring three films by Omer Fast is on view at James Cohan’s Chelsea gallery until May 7th.
- Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA, an exhibition featuring work by Paul McCarthy, Sarah Sze, and Do Ho Suh is on view until July 11th.
- The inaugural show of Sprüth Magers’s new Los Angeles gallery space, John Baldessari, is closing this Saturday, April 9th.
- DALLAS — SOLILOQUY, a solo show by Trenton Doyle Hancock is opening this week at The Public Trust. A reception for the artist is being held on Saturday, April 16th. (Hancock is also included alongside Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Mark Bradford in an exhibition on view till September at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston titled Statements: African American Art from the Museum’s Collection.)
- SAN FRANCISCO — Garden Variety, a solo exhibition of work by Tim Hawkinson opened last week at Hosfelt Gallery. [Read a review in the SF Chronicle.]
- LARAMIE, WYOMING — The Getty Research Institute’s Rebecca Peabody is giving a keynote address at the University of Wyoming this Wednesday, April 6th titled “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power.”
- STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA — The first comprehensive survey of Richard Tuttle‘s prints is on view at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art until May 7th.
Around the world
- WUZHEN, CHINA — The international contemporary art exhibition Art Wuzhen opened last week with work by Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, and a site-specific installation by Ann Hamilton: Again, Still, Yet. The exhibition will run through June 26th.
- GATESHEAD, UK — Present Continuous, an exhibition featuring four films by Omer Fast, is on view at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art until June 26th. [Read a review on Chronicle Live.]
It’s impossible to include all the fantastic exhibitions and art events happening this week in a single post. If there’s something you feel should have been included in today’s roundup, leave a comment below!