This Week in Art 5.29-6.4: “Big Bling” Comes to Philadelphia

Martin Puryear’s Big Bling, during the installation process last week in Philadelphia. Photo via the Association for Public Art on Instagram.

Originally on view last year in New York’s Madison Square Park, Martin Puryear’s 40-foot sculpture Big Bling was just installed in Philadelphia. Thanks to a collaboration between Philadelphia’s Association for Public Art and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Big Bling will be on view in Fairmount Park for the next six months. A free public celebration of the piece is being held next Thursday, June 8.

Also in art news this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City

  • Friday, June 2, 7:30pm—National Sawdust is hosting an evening with Carrie Mae Weems. Entitled “Gentle on my Mind,” the event will use narratives, photographs and video to reveal the role that music has played in shaping the artist’s life and work. [Tickets: $35.]

New Haven, CT


Omaha, NE

Los Angeles


Turin, Italy

  • Hiroshi Sugimoto revisited his fascination with theatrical spaces in a new photo series depicting historical Italian theaters. The new works are on view in the exhibition Le Notti Bianche at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo until October 1, 2017.

Maastricht, Netherlands

Malmö, Sweden

  • Liz Magic Laser’s work has been included in the group exhibition Subjektiv, which explores the relationships between art, politics, and subjectivity. Featuring a selection of recent work by nine artists, the exhibition opens this Saturday at Malmö Konsthal and will remain on view through September 10.

Aarhus, Denmark

  • Katharina Grosse’s work is featured in the upcoming ARoS Triennial, opening Saturday. Entitled The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times, the exhibition will “thematize man’s coexistence with and view on nature,” and is on view at the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, June 3–July 30.

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!