This Week in Art 10.23-10.29: New Graphic Novel Chronicles the Life of Graciela Iturbide

© J. Paul Getty Trust Text © Isabel Quintero Illustrations © Zeke Peña Photographs © Graciela Iturbide. Courtesy of Getty Publications

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

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

  • 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.”

Washington D.C.

  • 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).”

Gainesville, FL


  • 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.

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Ottawa, Ontario



  • 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.



Parkes, Australia

  • 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.]