This week the art world continued to be centered around Kerry James Marshall, who was just announced as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017. Seven-time NBA All-Star and African American art collector Grant Hill wrote the artist’s Time 100 tribute, in which he called Marshall “one of the most influential American artists anywhere.”
Also in Kerry James Marshall news, his 1980 painting A Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self has been credited as inspiration for the cover art of Frank Ocean’s latest single, Lens.
Also this week:
- Natalia Almada’s film Everything Else took home the Golden Gate Award New Directors Prize, the top award at last week’s San Francisco Film Festival.
- Laurie Simmons’ first feature film My Art premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film will be screening in New York City theaters through April 30.
- And finally Theaster Gates revealed his plans to add a park and a theater building to the University of Chicago’s Washington Park arts block.
Events & exhibitions
New York City
- A new solo exhibition by Cindy Sherman entitled Once Upon a Time, 1981–2011 opened last week at Mnuchin Gallery, where it will remain on view through June 10. [Read a review in New York Magazine.]
- Roni Horn has a solo exhibition opening at Hauser and Wirth on Thursday. Comprised of four new bodies of work, the exhibition is on view through July 29.
- The first ever U.S. installation of Nancy Spero’s three-dimensional sculpture Maypole: Take No Prisoners is opening Friday at Galerie Lelong. Shown alongside works on paper from The War Series that served as early inspiration for Maypole, the installation is on view through June 17.
- Raymond Pettibon has a new exhibition opening at David Zwirner on Saturday. Featuring drawings and collages by the artist, TH’ EXPLOSIYV SHOYRT T is on view through June 24.
- Pepón Osorio, currently an artist-in-residence at the Cornell Council for the Arts, is displaying his large sculptural and media installation Side by Side through May 26 as part of the CCA 2016 Biennial.
- Saturday, April 29, 2:30pm—Dia:Beacon is holding a book launch event to celebrate the release of Robert Ryman. Two of the artist’s sons, Cordy and Ethan Ryman, will be speaking with Dia deputy director and chief curator, Courtney J. Martin about the new book.
- Tuesday, April 25, 7-8:30pm—Theaster Gates will be giving the Adams-Tillim Lecture at Bennington College.
- Wednesday, April 26, 10am-12pm—Gates will also be participating in a Conversation on Art and Action as part of a symposium held by the school’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action.
- This is the last week to see Kara Walker’s Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power. The exhibition closes this Sunday, April 30 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s University Museum of Contemporary Art. [Read a review in the Boston Globe.]
- Thursday, April 27, 7pm—Tania Bruguera will be in conversation with fellow artist Nari Ward at the Institute of Contemporary Art, in conjunction with the ICA’s exhibition Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, on view through September 4.
- William Kentridge’s immersive film installation More Sweetly Play the Dance is making its North American debut at the Cincinnati Art Museum this week. The 2015 installation will be on view April 26–November 5, 2017.
- The University of Chicago is hosting a summit on April 29 and May 1 on the intersection of creative practice and human rights. Tania Bruguera is one of seven artists participating in the summit entitled What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights?, comprised of artist presentations and an open forum.
- This is the last week to see Richard Serra: Prints at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The exhibition closes this Sunday, April 30.
- Wednesday, April 26—Shana Moulton will be giving an artist talk at Spokane Falls Community College at 11:30am, and later will be hosting a screening and performance at Eastern Washington University’s Jundt Art Museum Auditorium at 6:30pm.
- Thursday, April 27, 12:00pm—Moulton will also be giving a second talk at EWU’s Art Auditorium.
- A new exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art entitled As Above, So Below features work by Wassily Kandinsky, Josiah McElheny, and Bruce Nauman among others, and is on view through August 27. [Read a review in The Irish Times.]
- Abraham Cruzvillegas’ site-specific architectural installation, The Water Trilogy 2, is on view at Le Forum through July 2.
It’s impossible to include all the incredible 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!