William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance is an immersive, multisensory experience, combining drawing, filmmaking, and animation with a spirited soundtrack, the celebrated work runs the length of the galleries, engaging visitors in a brass band–led danse macabre (or medieval “dance of death”) that speaks to issues around life, mortality, migration, and displacement. The installation features the eight-channel projection and sculptural components, including school chairs for visitors to sit in and large megaphones through which part of the soundtrack is played.
More Sweetly Play the Dance is fourteen minutes long and plays on a continuous loop.
Marian Goodman Gallery would like to congratulate Anri Sala and the Belgium architecture firm 51N4E on winning the European Prize for Urban Public Space for their redesign of Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania.⠀
Anri Sala once said of designing the space: ‘If I were to imagine public space as a movie, it would be one without script or cast. Its stagecraft would be exclusively intended to prompt the audience’s actions to take charge of the narrative. The camera movements would direct everyone’s gaze back to themselves.’ ⠀ ⠀
Skanderbeg Square, with its large pedestrian space, ties the city's architecture to the overall landscape. The 40,000 square meter plaza (9 acres) includes water fountains, trees and an esplanade created using only local materials.⠀ ⠀
A Foucault pendulum created by Gerhard Richter has been installed in the dome of a deconsecrated Catholic church in Münster and is open to the public.
Richter, who attended the inauguration ceremony on Sunday, June 17th, says that he is fascinated by the history of Foucault’s pendulum and has long wanted to create his own. Richter wants his installation to provide a backdrop for concerts, lectures, readings and similar events.
For more details, please visit theartnewspaper.com.
Marian Goodman Gallery is pleased to present “Exomind (Deep Water),” a recent work by Pierre Huyghe at this year’s Art Basel Parcours section at the Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft garden in Basel.
A beehive grows on the head of a female figure, pollinating the surroundings.
Pierre Huyghe's exhibitions are complex systems in which interdependent agents, biotic and abiotic, real and symbolic are self-organizing, co-evolve in a dynamic and unstable mesh.
In Documenta 13, Huyghe presented Untilled (2011-2012), a live construct ecosystem. Within it, lying in the mud of a compost, a statue with the head covered by a beehive was a part of a wider set of operations occurring without control and under their own conditions.
In Exomind (2017), Huyghe’s latest project, among the living entities inhabiting a sandy hill in the forest of Dazaifu, Japan, the beehive covering the head of a new female statue, as an exo-mind in endless formation, is growing by pollinating other living symbols. It constantly modifies itself in this transitory, porous, entangled environment in permanent variations.
Location: Erste Kirche Christi, Picassoplatz 2
Since 2017, Thomas Struth has worked at the Leibniz Institute for Zoological and Wildlife Research in Berlin, following researchers in biology and veterinary medicine in their study of wildlife diversity and conservation. Struth’s most recent work, Animals, represents a pictorial shift in his oeuvre. Drawing on his visual research into scientific and medical environments, as well as the history of memento mori, his project sensitively captures animals following their moment of surrender. Struth’s subjects appear suspended between life and death. In their beauty, dignity, and poignancy the animals bear a reminder of the transience of life. Presented in Basel’s First Church of Christ, Scientist, the portraits intermingle with the ever-changing utility of the modernist building.
In tandem with the exhibition, Struth has curated a program of live music in collaboration with guitarist Frank Bungarten. At Struth’s invitation a variety of contemporary solo works will be presented.
Monday, June 11
7:30 pm: Walter Fähndrich, viola – Viola II & VII
Thursday, June 14
noon: Thierry Mechler, organ - Improvisations
Saturday, June 16
noon: Maurizio Grandinetti, acoustic guitar – Music by chance - Music by numbers
7 pm: Maurizio Grandinetti, e-guitar – ECHEOS, Where signals melt
9:30 pm: Walter Fähndrich, viola – Viola II & Viola VII
Holland Festival presents a double-screen version of End Credits by Steve McQueen, in which the artist 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 political activist and international icon. 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.
McQueen will also be present on Sunday, June 10 at 3:30 pm to speak about Paul Robeson. In this conversation with David Dibosa, curator and researcher at the Chelsea College of Arts in London, McQueen delves deeper into the work and legacy of the legendary figure.
"Discrepancias with C.P. Leonor Antunes” at Museo Tamayo is the first large-scale solo exhibition project that the museum is dedicating to the artist. For her exhibition at the Museo Tamayo, the artist presents art that works in conjunction with the architecture of the building. The works and installations that make up the show reflect Antunes' interest in materials such as leather, wood, metal and natural fibers, which respond to their concern to generate encounters and formal dislocations between the ideas of modernity and the memory of the manual production, which triggers a particular relationship between body, context, space and matter.
The vast scope of this exhibition, titled "Lifetime," presents a deeply visual and emotional experience, beginning in darkness and culminating in light and redemption. Christian Boltanski returns to the Israel Museum for the third time to display works created over the last 40 years, which includes early artworks to recent pieces created especially for this exhibition.
Taking its title from Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise," the exhibition presents new and existing work in various media from a range of Irish and international artists.
"And still, like dust, I rise" includes Dara Birnbaum’s groundbreaking 1979 video Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman.
Appropriating imagery from the 1970s TV series Wonder Woman, Birnbaum isolates and repeats the moment of the "real" woman's symbolic transformation into super-hero.
Curator Vivienne Dick is an experimental filmmaker, currently based in Dublin. Recent screenings and exhibitions include 93% Stardust at IMMA.
Milwaukee Downtown will be showing Richard Deacon’s “Big Time” in a free public outdoor group exhibition, "Sculpture Milwaukee." Last year's exhibition included the work of Tony Cragg.
There will be a screening of Lothar Baumgarten's 1978 film, "Der Ursprung der Nacht (Amazonas Kosmos)" at the IHME festival in Helsinki, Finland. The 2018 edition of IHME is dedicated to non-human species.
The screening will be at Cinema Korjaamo Kino from 4 – 5:30 p.m. For more information please visit ihmefestival.fi.
Tony Cragg brings his large-scale sculpture to Park Avenue this summer.
Tony Cragg's Monumental Sculptures can be seen in the following locations from now through October 31, 2018:
Mean Average, 2013, Park Avenue at East 52nd Street
Elliptical Column, 2012, Park Avenue at East 57th Street
Runner (gebogen), 2017, Park Avenue at East 67th Street
Hammerhead, 2017, Park Avenue at East 72nd Street
Tommy, 2013, Park Avenue at East 79th Street
"Human Nature" features characteristic examples from each period of the artist’s forty-year career. In doing so, the exhibition reveals how Cragg has reinterpreted and transformed aspects of sculpture such as content, mass, negative space, material, color, and scale.
In the newly opened galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts, Tacita Dean will explore “landscape” in its broadest sense: intimate collections of natural found objects, a mountainous blackboard drawing and a series of cloudscapes in chalk on slate created especially for these spaces will draw you into Dean’s vision. The highlight of the exhibition will be a major new, experimental 35mm film, Antigone, shown as two simultaneous cinemascope projections.
This is one of three distinct exhibitions to form an unprecedented collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Each show focuses on a genre central to the shaping of the institutions’ collections – LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE – and looks at them through the contemporary prism of Tacita Dean’s artistic practice.
Following a tradition of site-specific projects created since 2015, the museum has invited Danh Vo for a new commission. Vo has conceived a large-scale sculptural project underlying once again his ability to articulate personal and collective histories, while bringing together a network of partners sharing skills and assets for the sake of a common production.
Eija-Liisa Ahtila has selected seven monumental works that provide a selective retrospective of her oeuvre. In her earlier works she has dealt with the unsettling human dramas at the center of personal relationships. The recent works have widened the focus from people onto their environment, departing from a biopolitical perspective.
Join Thomas Struth and Tobia Bezzola as they interrogate Struth’s photographic subjects, technique and influences. Whilst people are conspicuously absent from his street sense of 1970s Düsseldorf, New York and Paris, his renowned images of museums and family portraits are crowded with people. Investigate how Struth’s photographs reveal the cultural, historical and psychological intricacies of looking which permeate through contemporary culture.
Museo Reina Sofía presents “Breathing Spell,” Nairy Baghramian’s first solo show in Spain, at Palacio de Cristal.
The sculptures and installations of Nairy Baghramian revise inherited forms and concepts as they address notions such as functionality, abstraction and feminism. With a clear reference to art history and modern architecture, notably Minimalism and Surrealism, the artist calls into question the strain that exists between aspects such as function and ornament, industry and craft, among others. Her sculptures, made of steel, resin, silicone, and leather, often assume organic forms where visible protuberances and recesses in human physiology and subjectivity, as well as interior design and decorative objects, resound.
Giuseppe Penone presents his extensive new exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Underground Gallery. Works drawn from the past five decades of Penone’s career, including many never shown in the UK, trace his evolving and thoughtful consideration of humanity’s intimate relationship with the natural world. His poetic practice addresses themes around the body, nature, time, touch and memory, played out across different materials from stone, acacia thorns and graphite, to thousands of laurel leaves.
Julie Mehretu is one of 42 artists who has donated works to support the Studio Museum and its renovation. Juile Mehretu's "Conjured Parts (Dresden)," 2017, will be sold at Sothebys's evening auction of contemporary art on May 16 in New York. Mehretu has strong ties to the museum, and was a former artist in residence. ⠀
The sale’s proceeds will support the construction of the Studio Museum’s new building on 125th Street, the first space specifically developed to meet the institution’s needs.
Auction begins at 7 pm next Wednesday. For more details visit sothebys.com.