This week was a big one for Art21-featured women artists! Season 7’s Tania Bruguera was announced as a recipient of this year’s Anonymous was a Woman Award, and Season 5 artist Carrie Mae Weems was selected by the Watermill Center as a 2017 recipient of the Inga Maren Otto Fellowship. Season 6’s Lynda Benglis was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. In non-award news:
- Doris Saledeco covered all of Bogotá’s central Plaza de Bolívar in 2,350 pieces of white cloth—a symbol of death shrouds honoring the tens of thousands killed in the decades-long Colombian conflict.
- A six-story abstract painting by Barry McGee was unveiled last week as the first installation in Sites Unseen, an “art scavenger hunt” bringing murals to Yerba Buena alleyways in San Francisco.
- And a digital version of Ai Weiwei’s infamous middle finger was projected as a symbol of freedom of expression onto five iconic London buildings as a part of a campaign to liberate political prisoners.
Events & exhibitions
- October 22 | 7:30-9:30pm—A new exhibition at the International Print Center New York titled Black Pulp! (on view through December 3) features work by Kara Walker and others alongside historical artists and writers like W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neal Hurston. On Saturday the center is hosting a free panel discussion titled “Strategic Existence: Satire, Comics, and Authorship” with exhibiting artists Trenton Doyle Hancock and Laylah Ali, and Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse’s Ariell Johnson.
- James Turrell’s site-specific installation Meeting opened to the public last week at MoMA PS1 following three years of restoration. [See Scott Lynch’s photos of the refurbished work on Gothamist.]
- CAMBRIDGE, MA—Season 8 Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux has a new exhibition open at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Written in Smoke and Fire will be on view through January 2017.
- WASHINGTON D.C.—A new exhibition of sculptures by Arlene Shechet is opening this Thursday, October 20 at The Phillips Collection. Titled From Here On Now, the exhibition is a part of the collection’s Intersections series—contemporary art projects that explore crossroads between old and new traditions. On view through May 2017.
- WASHINGTON D.C. | October 23, 2pm—Also in the nation’s capital this week, National Gallery of Art curator Molly Donovan is giving a talk on the recently reopened exhibition In the Tower: Barbara Kruger after nearly three years of renovation. In the Tower is on view through January 22, 2017. [Read a review in Crave.]
- SAN FRANCISCO—This is the last week to see Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Remains to Be Seen at Fraenkel Gallery. The show closes this Saturday, October 22. [Read a review in SF Weekly.]
Around the world
- LONDON—The South London Gallery recently opened their new permanent garden, created over the past two years by Gabriel Orozco. Learn more in Wallpaper*.
- BRUSSELS—Paul McCarthy’s White Snow & Coach Stage Stage Coach, Spinoffs is ending its run at Xavier Hufkens this week. The exhibition closes this Saturday, October 22. [Read a review in Artinfo.]