This Week in Art 8.28-9.3: Trevor Paglen and Ai Weiwei Projects Hit Kickstarter

A rendering of one piece in Ai Weiwei’s multipart Public Art Fund project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors at Washington Square Park. Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio / Frahm & Frahm.

Just in time for the eclipse, and coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Voyager space probe launch, last week Kickstarter announced a new series of campaigns called Projects of Earth—two of which feature new work by Art21 artists. Already launched is Ai Weiwei’s Public Art Fund installation series, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, which will bring fence-inspired sculptural works to multiple sites around New York City in October.

Launching soon is a project by Trevor Paglen in collaboration with the Nevada Museum of Art. Paglen is currently working with aerospace engineers to develop and launch Orbital Reflector, a reflective sculpture that will be visible in the night sky—the first satellite to exist purely as an artistic gesture.

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City



  • Whitechapel Gallery’s current group exhibition features the work of 30 artists and photographers including Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Jeff Wall. Entitled A Handful of Dust, the show closes Sunday, September 3.

Lille, France

  • This is also the last week to see Capital Africa, a group exhibition featuring work by El Anatsui at the cultural center, Gare of Lille-Saint-Sauveur. Presented by lille3000, the show closes on Sunday.


  • Ai Weiwei’s new film on the refugee crisis, Human Flow, is premiering this week at the 74th Venice Film Festival. It’s screening twice on Friday, September 1.

Tuscany, Italy