This Week in Art 8.14-8.20: Marina Abramović Reunites with Partner Ulay

Still from The Story of Marina Abramovic and Ulay. Courtesy of the Louisiana Channel.

After a break up and lawsuit left their relationship in pieces, Marina Abramović and her former partner Ulay publicly reconciled recently at the Louisiana Museum in a new interview. Ulay made an unexpected appearance at a lecture Abramović gave in June, in conjunction with her first major European retrospective, The Cleaner. His appearance resulted in a new film on their relationship by the museum’s Louisiana Channel, exploring what their collaboration meant to the history of performance art.

“All the anger and all the hate” is behind them now, Abramović told the Louisiana Channel. “I think of this life that left this really beautiful work that we left behind, and this is what matters.”

Events & exhibitions

New York City

  • Thursday, August 17, 6-9:30pmNew York Close Up artist Jaimie Warren is performing a 30-minute mini-musical with over 20 collaborators as part of her solo exhibition at The Hole. One Sweet Day will be performed four times on Thursday (at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm), and in the artist’s words, “you will witness vomiting deities, epic love ballads, and multiple beheadings.” RSVP.
  • This is the last week to see Pace Prints’ Selections, featuring work by Arturo Herrera, Shepard Fairey, and Jenny Holzer among others. The exhibition closes this Friday, August 18.

East Hampton, NY

Akron, OH


  • Work by Pierre Huyghe is featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new exhibition We Are Here, opening this Saturday, August 19. A major three-part exhibition drawn from the museum’s collection, We Are Here declares that art has “the power to change the way that we see the world.” On view through April 1, 2018


  • This is the last week to see Roni Horn’s solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The first U.S. museum presentation to focus specifically on Horn’s cast glass sculpture, the exhibition closes this Sunday, August 20. [Read a review in Forbes.]

Los Angeles

  • Wednesday, August 16, 7:30pmMark Bradford is speaking with fellow artist Sharon Lockhart at the Orpheum Theatre as part of the Broad’s Un-Private Collection series. Both featured in this year’s Venice Biennale, the artists will discuss their practices’ focus on social justice. Tickets are $15.


  • Blain|Southern’s new exhibition Playground Structure takes its title from a 2008 photograph by Jeff Wall depicting climbing equipment for kids in a suburban park. Wall’s large-scale photograph is exhibited with paintings by artists Mary Heilmann and Dan Walsh among others. On view through September 16.


  • The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is currently exhibiting a comprehensive selection of work by William Kentridge at both of the museum’s venues. Coinciding with the premiere of Kentridge’s opera Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival (playing through August 27), Thick Time: Installations and Stagings includes eight large-scale multimedia installations at the Mönchsberg location, and posters, drawings, designs, models, and costumes from the artist’s work in theater at the Rupertinum location.

Kyoto, Japan

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!