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This Week in Art 3.13-3.19: Theaster Gates Axes a Painting

Last week, Season 8 artist Theaster Gates took an ax to one of his paintings at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. The sliced black canvas is entitled Flat Bush, and explores the artist’s interest in laborers’ skills, like for example, swinging an ax. The piece is one of ten in a new solo exhibition entitled The Minor Arts, on view through September 4, 2017.

In other news this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City


Washington D.C.

Minneapolis, MN

  • March 16-18, 8pm—Charles Atlas will be performing alongside fellow artists Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in Tesseract, a dance/technology hybrid performance commissioned by the Walker Art Center. [Read an interview with the artist about the project in The Art Newspaper.]

Palm Springs, CA

Los Angeles

Wiesbaden, Germany


  • On Thursday, March 16, the National Gallery in Prague opens Ai Weiwei’s Law of the Journey—the artist’s first exhibition in the Czech Republic. Featuring a 230-foot-long inflatable boat with 258 oversized refugee figures, the exhibition is described as the the artist’s “multi-layered, epic statement on the human condition,” and is on view through January 1, 2018. [Learn more on Artnet.]