“In this week’s roundup Kiki Smith explores interdependence, Paul McCarthy delves into expressionism, Laurie Anderson sees the future, Cindy Sherman deals with fiction/depiction, and more.
- Visionary Sugar: Works by Kiki Smith will be on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College (NY). The exhibition includes new large-scale drawings, collages, tapestries, multi-colored gilded reliefs, and metal sculpture. In this work, Kiki Smith explores the interdependence of all living things, ‘representing and embracing the vitality of an animistic, spiritually-charged universe’. The show will run February 4 – May 6.
- L.A. RAW: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy is part of the Getty Foundation’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 that traces the distinctive aesthetic of figurative expressionism from the end of World War II to the present. The Pasadena Museum of California Art show includes Paul McCarthy‘s work and demonstrates the ongoing relevance of expressionism as a primary approach to art making. This exhibition closes May 20.
- Tommy Hartung & Uri Aran reflects the two artists’ years of exchange and collaboration, revealing their parallel interests in storytelling and varied notions of desire, sentimentality, and sadness. The exhibition is accompanied by a published conversation between Hartung and Aran. This show takes place at White Flag Projects (St. Louis) and closes February 18.
- Kerry James Marshall‘s Black Night Falling: Black holes and constellations will soon be on view at the Monique Meloche Gallery (Chicago). This work is part of the gallery’s on the wall series, a rotation of projects viewed from the street through floor to ceiling windows. This series is intended to engage the community and challenge the white cube notion of viewing. Marshall’s work will be on view February 4 – May 12.
- Laurie Anderson was interviewed in the January 2012 issue of Believer magazine about her vision of art in the future. Anderson sees a future in which ‘[w]e’ll be able to be in the present more effectively’ and no longer need to make art or have museums, say five thousand years from now. Anderson raises interesting questions for artists: Will art still be made in the future? If so, what will it look like?
- John Baldessari: Class Assignments, (Optional) features student works that are responses to a series of notes/instructions provided by John Baldessari, who first used them in 1970, when he was a professor at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). The project and exhibition reflect Baldessari’s ongoing interest in pedagogical and conceptual approaches to art making. This show is at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and closes March 31.
- Cindy Sherman‘s work is on view in Blind Cut at the Marlborough Chelsea (NYC). This group exhibition spans several generations and addresses questions regarding identity, authorship, originality and reality. The work includes diverse notions of fiction and depiction and will close on February 18.
- Yinka Shonibare MBE will be exhibiting at the James Cohan Gallery (NYC) with a multi-part exhibition of new sculptures, photographs and the premiere of a new film. Shonibare’s Addio del Passato explores the concept of destiny as it relates to themes of desire, yearning, love, power and sexual repression. This exhibition will run February 16 – March 24.
- Vija Celmins, upcoming Season 6 artist Ai Weiwei, and 53 other artists have work in Lifelike, an international group exhibition at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) that features artists ‘variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ ‘authenticity’ is manufactured.’ The show will run from February 25 – May 27.
- Mark your calendars for the Barry McGee retrospective exhibition at the University of California’s Berkley Art Museum. This show will celebrate over 20 years of work from McGee. Sponsor the Andy Warhol Foundation donated $100,000 to the event, which is a testament to McGee’s work. This exhibition will run August 23 – December 9.
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(Via Art21 Blog.)