This Week in Art 10.16-10.22: Trevor Paglen Named 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Trevor Pagan, 2017 MacArthur Fellow. Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Last Wednesday the MacArthur Foundation announced artist Trevor Paglen as a 2017 fellow. Paglen joins the ranks of fellow Art21 roster artists Natalia Almada, Janine Antoni, Ida Applebroog, Mark Bradford, Vija Celmins, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Alfredo Jaar, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Kerry James Marshall and more who have been awarded “genius grants” since the program began in 1981.

Also this week:

  • Thirty artists have donated works to a charity auction at Sotheby’s, aimed at raising funds for the families of the Grenfell Tower fire. The artists who have donated include Anish Kapoor and Yinka Shonibare MBE, and the sales are expected to raise as much as £1 million.*
  • Rizzoli is releasing a new book by Chris Ware tomorrow, October 17. Entitled Monograph, the comic book autobiography “charts the art and literary world’s increasing tolerance for the language of the empathetic doodle.” Read a review of the forthcoming book in the Guardian.

*On Tuesday Sotheby’s announced that the auction nearly doubled expectations and raised over £1.9 million, or roughly $2.5 million.

Events & exhibitions

New York City

  • This Thursday, October 19, New York Close Up artist Josephine Halvorson is opening a solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. As I Went Walking is comprised of recent paintings and works on paper and will be on view through November 22.
  • On Friday an exhibition of work by Hiroshi Sugimoto is opening at the Japan Society. Gates of Paradise will be on view through January 7, 2018.

Washington D.C.

Gainesville, FL


  • A new exhibition opening this Sunday at the Dallas Museum of Art showcases the work of 24 pioneering film and video artists. Truth: 24 frames per second will feature both Mark Bradford and Omer Fast, and will remain on view through January 28, 2018.


St. Paul, MN

  • Thursday, October 19 at 7pm—Hosted as part of Public Art Saint Paul’s 30th anniversary celebration, Mel Chin is giving a free public lecture entitled “Revival Field Revisited” at the University of St. Thomas’ O’Shaughnessy Education Center.

Ann Arbor, MI

Toledo, OH

Jonesboro, AR


Los Angeles

Puebla, Mexico

São Paulo

  • This is also the last week to see Pedro Reyes’ solo exhibition at Luisa Strina. An unseen series of sculptures in stone, concrete, bronze, and forged iron, the show closes this Saturday, October 21.

Gaiole in Chianti, Italy

Leuven, Belgium

  • Omer Fast’s first solo exhibition in Belgium opened last week at Stuk Leuven. Appendix includes the artist’s 3D film August (2016) and Looking Pretty for God (After G.W) (2008), and is on view through December 13.

Karachi, Pakistan

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  • On Wednesday ATHR gallery is opening the group exhibition We Are Not Alone, which features work by El Anatsui and will be open until November 16.