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This Week in Art: 2.22-2.28

Our Weekly Roundups here on the Magazine began as a way to share updates on the work of Art21 artists being exhibited around the world. Then in 2014, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center took the reins on the Magazine’s roundups, and wrote their own articles on art world happenings in the series, The Walker Curates the News. Now, we’re updating our weekly posts to share art-related stories and trends, work on view by Art21 artists, and exhibitions, lectures, and art events happening here where we’re based in New York City.

  • met-logoArt lovers everywhere are abuzz about the Metropolitan Museum’s new logo, launched ahead of the opening of the new Breuer building in March. So far, the condensed square of six red letters has been called everything from a “typographic bus crash” to “Times New Rotten,” and improved versions have already started popping up on social media. Wired gave the logo’s designers a chance to respond, and reminded us that the Whitney’s thin diagonal “W” received a similar backlash before finding approval.
  • NASA is bringing art to an asteroid, offering to take any form of creative expression along for the ride. Artworks tagged #WeTheExplorers on Twitter and Instagram before March 20th will be considered to accompany a new spaceship, OSIRIS-REx, on a trip to study the astroid Bennu in September.
  • In international news, the organizers of German art fairs Art Cologne and Cologne Fine Art have written an open letter against new legislation proposed in Germany that, if approved, would severely disrupt the nation’s art market. The new law would require that all artworks seventy years or older, or valued over €300,000, undergo a government appraisal process before they can leave the country.
  • And in lighter news, Shia Leboeuf spent twenty-four hours in an elevator at Oxford University this weekend for his latest performance piece, a stunt that received even more attention after he punched a student in the face because he was asked to.

Work on view by Art21 artists

  • Tim Hawkinson has a new solo show opening at Pace called Counterclockwise, which includes mechanized sculptures created over the course of more than twenty years. The opening reception is this Thursday, February 25th from 6-8pm, and the exhibition will be on view until April 23rd.
  • On Friday, Glenn Ligon’s What We Said The Last Time opens at Luhring Augustine in Chelsea, alongside a curatorial project by the artist called Entanglements. Both exhibitions will be on view until April 2nd.
  • Mark Dion’s new exhibition, The Library for the Birds of New York and Other Marvels is opening on Thursday at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and includes twenty-two actual birds living among books, images and objects that reflect on how birds have been used metaphorically in art history, science, and popular culture.

Events & exhibitions in NYC

  • Monday, February 22nd — Cooper Union is hosting a free public lecture on design and typography titled “Learning from Letraset” by the type director at Monotype, Dan Rhatigan.
  • Wednesday, February 24th — From 10am on Wednesday until 6pm on Sunday, the renowned pianist Sarah Cahill will be performing Mamoru Fujieda’s composition series, Patterns of Plants at the Noguchi Museum in Queens.
  • Friday, February 26th — Art galleries in downtown Brooklyn are staying open late from 6-8pm for Beat Nite, and BRIC is hosting an official after party from 8-10pm.
  • Saturday, February 27th — David Zwirner is hosting a guided tour and book signing for the upcoming Michael Riedel show before the opening reception from 6-8pm on Saturday night. The tour begins at 11:30am on Saturday and will be led by the artist along with curator and new Art21 executive director, Tina Kukielski.
  • Sunday, February 28th —
    • At 2pm artist Matthew Jensen will walk viewers through his exhibition The Wonder Under, currently installed at 99 Plymouth in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
    • On the last day of his solo show at the Queens Museum, Zhang Hongtu will be leading a walkthrough of the exhibition followed by a Q&A with the curator, Luchia Meihua Lee, from 2-4pm.

Last chance! Exhibitions closing this week