The Jewish Museum will show NOW, Chantal Akerman’s immersive video installation from 2015, as part of its exhibition, Scenes from the Collection. NOW, which was designed for the Venice Biennale in 2015, was created so its audience would experience “fear, war, flight, imminent disaster through the entanglement of the soundtracks in space.”
Akerman’s installation unfolds on five suspended screens while two projections on the ground make it move and vibrate. The setup dislocates the space between art and cinema, and proposes a montage architecture that engages the visitor in nomadism typical of Akerman who sees in landscapes “… the idea that the earth we possess is always a sign of barbarism and bloodshed.”
Scenes from the Collection opens Jan. 21, with a private opening on Jan 17 from 6:30 - 8 pm.
Thomas Struth’s series on the Middle East is on view in its entirety for the first time. The series of eighteen photographs of Israel and Palestine taken between 2009 and 2014 depicts places and people throughout the region, encompassing street views, sites of technological research, and family portraits. Photographing within the political climates of East Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Ramallah, Al-Khalil/Hebron, Nazareth, and Negev, Struth conveys vivid and emotional narratives of place.
Tacita Dean’s 16mm film ‘Day for Night,’ which features the still life paintings in Giorgio Morandi’s studio, will be presented at The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis from January 16 until May 13, 2018. The work is presented alongside Manetti Shrem’s major exhibition of early works by Wayne Thiebaud. Morandi was a major influence on Thiebaud during this early phase of his career as a painter. “Amidst his objects, which still held the aura of their depiction, I came at last to a decision as to how I could treat them. I filmed them singly, one by one, centered in my frame, and did as Morandi would never have done: made their composition random,” said Dean.
Amar Kanwar’s The Lightning Testimonies 2007 will be on display in the Tanks at Tate Modern from 18 December. The eight-screen film installation confronts violence by questioning the use of sexual brutality in times of political conflict.
As an artist and filmmaker, Kanwar tries to understand experiences of trauma and survival. Rather than representing people as victims, his work emphasises the possibility of resistance. The brutal split that created India and Pakistan in 1947 is the starting point for a layered exploration of women’s experiences in disputed terrains across South Asia. Going beyond documentary approaches, Kanwar’s reflective commentary examines the capacity for unspeakable horror alongside the resilience and dignity of those who suffer, and those who protest.
ACMI presents Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Studies on the Ecology of Drama, a four-screen projected installation on view from 5 December, 2017 to 25 February, 2018. Filmed in the Finnish countryside, a 'human actor' guides us through a series of thoughtful yet playful visual exercises. Using animation and visual effects, we're invited us to consider the way cinema contributes to understanding our place in the natural world. Featuring a juniper tree, a common swift, a horse, a butterfly and a group of acrobats, the work encourages us to imagine how the moving image can be used to explore the experience of non-human beings in this time of ecological crisis.
The first Okayama Art Summit Executive Committee meeting made the decision on November 13, 2017 to hold Okayama Art Summit 2019, the second iteration of the large-scale international art exhibition from September 27 - November 24, 2019.
Pierre Huyghe, a participant of the Okayama Art Summit 2016, has been appointed artistic director. The exhibition will be produced by Ishikawa Foundation’s president, Yasuharu Ishikawa.
Tacita Dean will premiere one of her new 16 mm films, “Ear on a Worm,” on the occasion of the exhibition “Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything” - a truly multidisciplinary show combining visual art, virtual reality, installations, performances, music and writing, in homage to the late Leonard Cohen.
The Saint Louis Museum of Art presents Thomas Struth: Nature and Politics, a photographic exploration of industrial and scientific research spaces featuring 35 large-scale works created within the past decade.
With monumental scale and vivid color, Struth investigates the complexities of sites where human knowledge, ambition, and imagination are advanced. Technological subjects are interspersed with other recent work including images ranging in the whimsical, like Disneyland, to the grim, like the landscape of Israel’s West Bank.
Conceived as a live performance and performed over four nights at the 2014 Sydney Biennale, Tacita Dean’s film “Event For a Stage” features Stephen Dillane giving a roving, layered monologue that includes segments of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Heinrich von Kleist’s On the Marionette Theatre, and seemingly-autobiographical-though-possibly-invented reminiscences by the actor. Dean used two 16mm cameras as part of the performance, and weaved together the resulting film into a mesmerizing 50-minute work that, like many of her projects, seems to fold time back on itself. Event For a Stage is presented at Metrograph in collaboration with Marian Goodman Gallery and 601Artspace, and in conjunction with “I Can’t Tell You Because I Can’t Tell You,” an exhibition curated by Gabriela Vainsencher, currently on view at 601Artspace.
SMAK presents Gerhard Richter: About Painting, an exhibition that draws on motifs from the artist’s early work. The analysis of these motifs in the exhibit illuminates the notion that visual features Richter constant in his oeuvre were already present in his earliest paintings.
The exhibition coincides with the artist’s 85th birthday.
On the occasion of their 110th anniversary, the Japan Society presents Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise. This show explores one of the earliest encounters between Japan and the West in the 16th century, through the eyes of Hiroshi Sugimoto. Charting the journey of four Japanese Catholic-converted boys, Sugimoto’s new monumental photographs navigate themes of hybridity and cultural exchange, marrying visual traditions from Japanese and Western art. Follow in the footsteps of the four boys and Sugimoto’s own journey in encountering this lost narrative of cross-cultural fusion.
In November, Sugimoto will present a new Noh play at the Japan Society, to coincide with the exhibit.
The Pérez Art Museum presents Steve McQueen's video installation End Credits, in which he pays homage to the African American singer, actor, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976). An anti-imperialist committed to fighting inequality, Robeson was watched in the 1950s and blacklisted by the FBI—the organization that kept an extensive archive on the Civil Rights leader and mass media performer. During the McCarthy era, the FBI compiled thousands of pages on Robeson, now a public archive which McQueen used to create this video.
This work shows the significantly censored pages read by male and female voices. McQueen creates a compelling visual composition that brings forth the perverse nature of politically driven discrimination and persecution.
Anri Sala has created an innovative new installation of sculpture and sound for the 33rd Kaldor Public Art Project, which has been developed over three years ahead of its world-premiere in Sydney. The Last Resort is co-presented with Art & About Sydney.
Sala’s project will transform the Observatory Hill Rotunda, a site with expansive views from the most elevated point in the city. Audiences will be invited to step beneath a gravity-defying ensemble of custom-built drums, to experience their rhythmic, live response to a contemporary interpretation of a Mozart Concerto.
For "The Last Resort," Sala has reimagined Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major a seminal piece from the Western canon and a musical expression of the European Enlightenment. Mozart’s score is upended, as if it were a message in a bottle carried from Europe across the ocean to Australia, affected by wind and waves. This abstraction of the score’s structure expresses the way shifts of location, time and perspective alter meaning.
The Odawara Art Foundation and the Enoura Observatory, founded and architecturally designed by Hiroshi Sugimoto, are now accessible to the public. According to Sugimoto, the mission of the Odawara Art Foundation is to convey "the essence of Japanese culture to a wider audience."
With stunning views and observatory points over the Bay of Sagami, the foundation estate features includes exhibition space, stages for performance, a tea ceremony room, a restored temple gate from the Muromachi Period (c. 1338-1573).
The Foundation and the Observatory, located in the city of Odawara, are accessible from Tokyo by Shinkansen (high-speed railway line) or on several local train lines.
The Hasselblad Foundation is pleased to announce that Rineke Dijkstra is the recipient of the 2017 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. The award ceremony took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on October 9, 2017. A symposium was held on October 10 in honor of the artist, followed by the opening of an exhibition of her work at the Hasselblad Center, which coincides with the launch of the corresponding catalogue, WO MEN.
Rineke Dijkstra. Hasselblad Center, Göteborg Museum of Art, Götaplatsen, Gothenburg, Sweden
"The Sovereign Forest" initiates a creative response to our understanding of crime, politics, human rights and ecology.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila is one of the artists participating in the 21st Biennale of Sydney.
The exhibition will revisit the Biennale’s rich history through a close examination of its Archive, drawing on 45 years of art and encounters.
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of Rineke Dijkstra. Titled The One and the Many, it is the first specific presentation of Dijkstra's artwork in a Scandinavian context.
The first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America (BienalSur) launches this September across 30 cities in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Aníbal Jozami, the director of the biennial, said that the inaugural edition aims to “establish a lasting institution that fosters cultural exchange and integration between countries.”
One of the most anticipated works in the show, to be displayed at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, is a new video installation by the French artist Christian Boltanski called “Misterios,” comprising sound and visuals recorded by the sea in Bahía Bustamante, in Chubut, Patagonia, during the whales’ annual breeding season.
Château La Coste presents an exhibition by Giuseppe Penone, titled Des Corps de Pierre, that will open this autumn in the recently constructed gallery pavilion by Renzo Piano.
Considering Piano’s design, the approach, and the surrounding landscape, Penone has carefully selected works that will be presented both inside and outside the gallery, creating an overall dialogue between his artwork, architecture, and nature. Works on paper, large scale bronze and marble works, and the delicate replication of a single grain of sand are included in a context that brings a poignant resonance to Penone’s interest in questions of nature and identity in today's industrialized society.