Steve MᶜQueen will invite all Year 3 primary school classes in London to be photographed for a Tate Britain installation. The project will potentially include 115,000 children across London’s 2,410 primary schools; each photo will include the children and their teachers.
In bringing together so many of these class photos from a single year, the work will embody the diversity of the city in which the artist grew up, as well as the potential of the next generation who will shape London’s future.
Co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art, Julie Mehretu (working title) is a mid-career survey that will unite approximately 30 paintings with 32 works on paper dating from 1996 to the present by Julie Mehretu.
The first-ever comprehensive retrospective of Mehretu’s career, it covers over two decades of her examination of history, colonialism, capitalism, geopolitics, war, global uprising, diaspora, and displacement through the artistic strategies of abstraction, architecture, landscape, movement, and, most recently, figuration. Mehretu’s play with scale, as evident in her intimate drawings and large canvases and complex techniques in printmaking, will be explored in depth.
During FIAC this year, the Palais d’Iéna – the French economic, social and environmental Council (CESE) has invited Giuseppe Penone to exhibit his work in its great hypostyle hall. For his first exhibition in Paris since 2013, organized in collaboration with Marian Goodman Gallery, the artist is presenting his monumental work "Matrice di Linfa" accompanied by two new sculptures created especially for the exhibition. In the making of "Matrice di Linfa" Penone intervened in the natural development of a fir tree by removing eighty rings of its growth. This work is emblematic of the CESE’s commitment to the environment and celebrates the 80th anniversary of Auguste Perret's architectural masterpiece.
Pierre Huyghe, the Artistic Director of this year’s Okayama Art Summit, has titled the program “IF THE SNAKE,” promising to challenge visitors to rethink what constitutes art exhibitions.
The participating artists are: Tarek Atoui, Matthew Barney, Etienne Chambaud, Paul Chan, Ian Cheng, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, John Gerrard, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Glass Bead , Elizabeth Hénaff, Eva L'Hoest, Fernando Ortega, Sean Raspet, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Pamela Rosenkranz, Tino Sehgal and Mika Tajima.
‘IF THE SNAKE’ is a living entity, through which navigate heterogeneous things, chemical and algorithmic processes, as well as different intelligent life forms. The inherent dynamic characteristics of the worlds, proposed by the artists, and the conditions of their co-presence, endlessly grow particular modes of uncertain and unpredictable continuity.
This exhibition presents an early episode in the artistic life of Francesca Woodman (1958-81). Featuring over 40 unique, vintage prints, as well as notes, letters, postcards, and other ephemera related to the artist’s burgeoning career, this exhibition details Woodman’s creative coming-of-age primarily during the years 1975-79. Introducing this material for the first time, the exhibition is drawn from the personal collection of George Lange, a long-time friend and classmate of Woodman’s at Rhode Island School of Design.
Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation details how the artist came into her creative voice and her singular approach to photography at a notably young age. This exhibition demonstrates Woodman’s virtuosity in formation—the creative impulses that yielded a distinctive voice, and also a more nuanced understanding of the context in which she worked and which is featured so prominently in her photographs from this time. Ranging from portraits in her studio/apartment in college to self-portraits in the bucolic Colorado landscape in which she was raised, these works capture Woodman’s hallmark approach to art-making: enigmatic, rigorous, and poignant, all at once. The exhibition will also include select photographs of Woodman made by George Lange during this period. Taken together, Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation will offer a nuanced and in-depth study of this formative period in the development of this most adept artist.
The Centre Pompidou will screen Lothar Baumgarten’s seminal film “Origin of the Night: (Amazon Cosmos)” on September 18 at 7 pm. Shot between 1973 and 1977, the film is based on a Tupi Indian myth about the origin of the night, and depicts a landscape passing from night into day, back into night. According to Baumgarten, binary oppositions such as inside and outside, day and night, the new and ancient world, myth and travel, nature and culture are present in the film. “The structure of the images is as multilayered as the levels of a tropical forest and its myths, its smells and sounds."
Kistefos, Northern Europe's largest sculpture park for contemporary art, will now have a new museum space designed by Bjarke Ingels Group BIG.
The museum, titled The Twist, will feature a work by Giuseppe Penone that was designed with the new building in mind. Penone's site-specific work, a two-tree sculpture in which one tree carries the other, will be over 12 meters (about 40 feet) in height and will overlook the river and the forest.
Blenheim Art Foundation will host a solo exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan at Blenheim Palace this autumn. This is Cattelan’s first and most significant solo exhibition in the United Kingdom in twenty years and will feature new works specially made for the show. The new works will be joined by a number of his most iconic pieces as part of a themed selection displayed throughout the 18th century Palace, engaging with Blenheim’s history and unique setting.
The exhibition will notably feature America (2016), a solid 18-Karat gold toilet which will be installed inside the Palace, adjacent to Sir Winston Churchill’s birth room. As a fully functioning toilet, visitors will be welcome to use it during their visit and experience a rare individual encounter with one of contemporary art’s most famous works.
Update: the work, America, has been stolen. Read more in The New York Times.
The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) by Pierre Huyghe will play on a continuous loop in the FIAF Gallery during the Crossing the Line Festival in New York. The Host and the Cloud is set in a former ethnographic museum outside of Paris and centers on three separate days – Day of the Dead, Valentine’s Day and May Day. The work moves through the gallery rooms to investigate the nature of ritual as various proceedings come into focus, including a legal trial, a dance, a hypnosis session, and a coronation, among others.
William Kentridge has created Waiting for the Sybil for the Teatro Constanzi in Rome, Italy, half a century after, and in response to, Alexander Calder’s Work in Progress. Having both been made for the same stage (where Kentridge also presented Alban Berg’s Lulu in 2017), these two theatrical commissions will be performed after one another each night. Kentridge premised his “dialogue with Calder” on fragmented, floating pages and the Cumaean Sibyl, and collaborated on this new work with the musician/singer/dance company director Nhlanhla Mahlangu and the composer Kyle Shepherd.
The Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois hosts Dara Birnbaum for a lecture and dinner in September. Birnbaum has been invited to lecture on her installations that juxtapose imagery from multiple sources utilizing large-scale photographs, sculptural and architectural elements to comment on contemporary issues of art and television.
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To celebrate 50 years of public art projects in Australia, Kaldor Public Art Projects will present a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Making Art Public will include a reprisal of Tino Sehgal's This is so contemporary, which was presented as a Kaldor Public Art Project in 2014.
A substantial Kentridge survey has been envisaged as an extended, symbiotic project hosted concurrently over two Cape Town venues: “Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings to Work” at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and “Why Should I Hesitate? Sculpture” at Norval Foundation. The exhibitions and their synchronous publications will explore the full gamut of materials with which Kentridge has engaged across the past three decades, as well as featuring newly commissioned pieces.
On July 12 and 13, the Los Angeles Music Center premieres The Dante Project (Inferno), the first part of a new collaborative project between Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and conductor-composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed, commissioned by the London Royal Opera House and set to premiere in its entirety next May 2020.
As Dante’s poem, this new project in three parts is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. On this occasion, an award-winning team of artists collaborates for the first time to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.
In anticipation of the Los Angeles Music Center premiere, an artist talk between Tacita Dean and Wayne McGregor will take place at the Hammer Museum, on July 2nd at 7:30 PM.
That which we do not remember, an exhibition curated by the artist himself at the Art Gallery of South Australia, traces the arc of Kentridge’s thirty-year career and draws connections between the myriad aspects of his work including drawing, collage, stop-motion animation, performance, theatre, tapestry and sculpture.
“LAWRENCE WEINER. ATTACHED BY EBB & FLOW” is a sculptural installation based on the English, Italian and Sardinian languages inspired by and referring to the inexorable force of the tides of Sardinia. It is Weiner’s first project in Sardinia at the Museo Nivola.
The Rat Hole Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, presents a suite of new paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Orozco made in both Mexico and Japan. Preoccupied with forms of nature and motifs found in the physical world, Orozco deploys his geometric language of circles and rotations to investigate the relationships between sculpture and painting, object and image, and movement and spatial form.
Nan Goldin is one of the recipients of the Ruth Baumgarte Art Award. Since 2014, the Art Foundation Ruth Baumgarte has annually awarded an artist working figuratively in remembrance of Ruth Baumgarte’s life and œuvre. The awards ceremony will take place next week at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover.
For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Nairy Baghramian will display works from her Maintainers series, recent sculptures that combine aluminum casts, colored wax and lacquer painted braces with cork. The resolute materiality of each independent element is seemingly contradicted by the tentative physical relationships between them, which suggest the possibility of continuous rearrangement.
Alongside the Maintainers Baghramian will also present a new work that will be displayed for the first time at The Hepworth Wakefield developing ideas explored in the Maintainers works.
The Fosun Foundation in Shanghai presents ‘Push the Door Softly and Walk In, Or Just Stay Standing Where You Are,’ a cinematic video installation by Yang Fudong. Through experimental video techniques and an interactive approach with the viewer, Fudong explores and reflect on the psychological state of humanity when facing the mysterious and unknown.