This week we take a look at news exclusively about Art21 artists—the projects they’re working on, where their work is on view, and what’s being said by and about them.
- Marina Abramovic is spending today at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in Peloponnese, Greece, filming scenes for a documentary on the life of legendary 20th century Greek-American soprano Maria Callas.
- Laurie Anderson performed for a canine audience on “The Late Show” last week, ahead of the release of her documentary Heart of a Dog on HBO April 25th, about the deaths of her mother, her husband, Lou Reed, and her rat terrier Lolabelle.
- William Kentridge is creating an 1,800-foot mural along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome entirely in reverse graffiti—a process in which a temporary mural is made by cleaning away the dirt of a design’s negative space. (There’s four days left in a Kickstarter raising funds for the project.)
- Gothamist takes readers inside Mark Dion’s exhibition at Tanya Bonakder Gallery, The Library for the Birds of New York, on view till April 16th.
- Jerry Gorovoy, Louise Bourgeois’ friend and assistant for 30 years, shares his lifetime of working with the artist.
- Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot will be the first resident artists at Tania Bruguera‘s Institute of Artivism. The proposed Cuban institute and online platform is still $30,000 from its goal with 1o days to go on the artist’s Kickstarter campaign.
- Cai Guo-Qiang was named an “Asia Arts Game Changer” at an awards gala that opened this year’s Art Basel Hong Kong.
“I don’t think I make political work… I’m interested in doubt, which can puncture blind idealism.”
- Barbara Kruger talks with New York Magazine about the thought processes behind her new mural commissioned for the High Line: “I don’t think I make political work… I’m interested in doubt, which can puncture blind idealism.”
- Do Ho Suh speaks with The Art Newspaper about his exhibitions in San Diego and Cincinnati (details below).
- Laurie Anderson discusses her work as the guest director of this year’s Brighton Festival (May 7-29th) and her film Heart of a Dog with the Guardian.
- Cai Guo-Qiang takes stock of contemporary Chinese art in an interview with The Art Newspaper.
- Shahzia Sikander describes her multicultural past in an article for the LA Times.
Events & exhibitions
- William Wegman‘s solo exhibition Postcard Paintings is on view until April 23rd at Sperone Westwater. [Read a review on Wallpaper.]
- Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection, a group show at the MoMA featuring Thomas Hirschhorn, Cai Guo-Qiang, Alfredo Jaar, and Kara Walker is closing this Thursday, March 31st.
- The first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. by Cao Fei is opening this Sunday, April 3rd at MoMA PS1.
- Passage, a solo exhibition of new work by Do Ho Suh is on view at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center until September 11th.
- 30 Americans at The Cincinnati Art Museum is on view until August 28th and features the work of eight Art21 artists: Mark Bradford, Leonardo Drew, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker, and Carrie Mae Weems.
- MIAMI — Kalup Linzy‘s Kqueens Soul And Their Lullabies is on view at Vanity Projects until May 3rd.
- SAN DIEGO — Another solo exhibition by Do Ho Suh, this one a mid-career survey, is on view at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego until July 4th. The artist will also be present for two screenings of his film Fallen Star: Finding Home, at UC San Diego on Tuesday, April 5th.
- LOS ANGELES — Catherine Opie’s O Portfolio is displayed in its entirety at LACMA through September 5th as a complement to Robert Mapplethorpe’s X, on view as part of the exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at the Getty Museum. [Read a review in Out Magazine.]
Around the world
- HONG KONG — Shahzia Sikander: Apparatus of Power is on view at the Asia Society’s Hong Kong Center until July 9th. [Read a review in the South China Morning Post.]
- DOHA, QATAR— An exhibition of work by 15 contemporary Chinese artists, curated by Cai Guo-Qiang, is on view at the Qatar Museums’ QM Gallery Al Riwaq until July 16th. [See installation photos on designboom.]
- MOSCOW — Rashid Johnson’s Within Our Gates on view at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art until August 31st.
- JOHANNESBURG — Glenn Ligon‘s 2014 neon installation Untitled (Bruise/Blues) is on view at the Stevenson Gallery until April 15th. [Read a review on Times LIVE.]
- KENT, UK — Yinka Shonibare MBE‘s latest commissions End of Empire and The British Library are on view at Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery until October 30th.
- OTTAWA — Kiki Smith is speaking at the National Gallery of Canada this Thursday, March 31st as the first speaker in this year’s Contemporary Conversations lecture series. An exhibition of work by Smith and her father, Tony Smith, is on view at the National Gallery of Canada until April 24th.