Tomorrow the Getty is releasing a graphic novel on the life of Graciela Iturbide entitled Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. A mix of an art book, biography and graphic novel, the new book features the artist’s photographs alongside illustrated versions. “The book is very experimental because we’re trying to be art historical and factual and contextual,” the book’s illustrator Zeke Peña told Remezcla, “but we’re also trying to speak in her language, speak about the experience of her work and her unique process.”
Also this week:
- Collier Schorr scrawled and underlined the word “NO” over a 1966 film still for an Instagram post that called out the systemic abuse by those in power in creative industries. Posted in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the artist and fashion photographer wrote, “This fantasy is OVER.”
- On Tuesday Ai Weiwei was prevented from boarding a flight from New York to São Paulo after airline staff claimed his Brazilian visa had expired. Ai was allowed to travel the following day after the Brazilian consulate confirmed his visa was valid, but not before the entire ordeal was documented on the artist’s Instagram.
- Tomorrow Glenn Ligon will be presented with the Archives of American Art Medal by fellow artist Byron Kim at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art Annual Benefit.
Events & exhibitions
New York City
- A new exhibition of Liz Magor’s work is opening Friday at Andrew Kreps Gallery. Entitled Previously…, the show will be up through December 22.
- This is the last week to see William Wegman’s Dressed and Undressed at Sperone Westwater. The exhibition closes this Saturday, October 28. [Read a review in the Brooklyn Rail.]
- Saturday is also the last day to see RYB: Mary Heilmann Paintings, 1975—78 at Craig F. Starr Gallery.
- Thomas Hirschhorn’s new solo exhibition DE-PIXELATION opens Saturday at Gladstone Gallery where it’ll be on view through December 22.
- Gagosian’s LA Invitational features Los Angeles-based artists, among them Mike Kelley and Jeff Wall. The exhibition opens Thursday and will be on view through December 16.
- Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at 5pm—Maya Lin is speaking at Bard College twice this week as part of the school’s Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities. Tonight’s lecture is entitled “An Evening with Maya Lin: at the Intersection of Art and Architecture,” her talk on Tuesday will be “Topologies: Process & Projects.”
- Thursday, October 26 at 6:30pm—The artistic director of Creative Time, Nato Thompson, is leading a panel conversation with artists Laurie Jo Reynolds, Pedro Reyes and Paul Ramírez Jonas at the Hirshhorn. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn, the talk is titled “In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent (Part I).”
- Tuesday, October 24 from 6-8pm—LaToya Ruby Frazier giving a visiting artist lecture at the University of Florida’s College of the Arts.
- A new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art pairs the work of artists Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons. Entitled Heaven and Earth, the exhibition will be on view through 2019.
- Wednesday, October 25 at 6pm—Abraham Cruzvillegas is giving a talk at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The artist will be speaking about a new series of work, The Water Trilogy, which focuses on water in urban contexts, specifically dealing with the issues of pollution and water shortage.
- This is the last week to see Shahzia Sikander’s solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, A Journey to the Great Unknown, which closes this Sunday.
- On Thursday a new exhibition by John Baldessari is opening at Sprüth Magers, where it will be on view through December 9.
- The 2017 Canadian Biennial opened last week at the National Gallery of Canada and includes work by nine Art21 roster artists: Mark Bradford, Nick Cave, Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Mika Rottenberg, Collier Schorr, and Kiki Smith. Comprised of new acquisitions, the biennial exhibition will be on view through March 18, 2018.
- On Thursday the Imperial War Museum is opening Age of Terror: Art since 9/11—the UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The exhibition features work by more than 40 artists, including Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Omer Fast, Julie Mehretu, and Trevor Paglen.
- Cai Guo-Qiang’s solo exhibition at the Prado, The Spirit of Painting, opens Wednesday. Featuring the artist’s signature burnt gunpowder pieces, the works were created in dialogue with masterworks by Velázquez, Goya and El Greco in the museum’s collection, during the artist’s residency in the Hall of Realms.
- This is the last week to see Paul McCarthy’s exhibition of new work, Cut Up and Silicone, Female Idol, WS, at Kukje Gallery. The show closes Sunday, October 29.
- A solo new exhibition staged as part of an ongoing series at Faurschou Foundation entitled Virtual Reality Art will feature the work of Paul McCarthy starting Sunday, October 29 through November 24.
- The National Gallery of Australia’s new exhibition Hyper Real features uncanny figures both physical and digital. The show includes work by Cao Fei and Paul McCarthy among others, and is on view through February 18, 2018. [Read a review in the Guardian.]