This was an award-filled week for Art21 roster artists. On Wednesday, Mika Tajima was announced as one of two winners of the 2017 New York Artadia Award. And on Thursday, Do Ho Suh was named the 2017 winner of the $275,000 Ho-Am Prize for the Arts, which honors Koreans who have made significant contributions to the fields of science, engineering, medicine, community service, and the arts. Season 5 artist Kimsooja won the award in 2015.
Also this week:
- On President Trump’s 100th day in office, artists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey launched a new series of work printed on limited-edition skateboards. The collection is sold through The Skateroom, a social entrepreneurship initiative that uses funds from its skateboard sales to support at-risk youth.
- A recent New York Times feature on Mark Bradford has received pushback from the artist, who says the publication’s photos of his unfinished installation for the Venice Biennale were not approved for use.
- A new gallery opened on Dover Street in London, with its inaugural exhibition featuring work by Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Ryman, and Richard Serra among others. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac occupies a five-story eighteenth century mansion with over 16,000 square feet of gallery space.
- Sotheby’s is holding its first-ever auction of modern and contemporary African art next week, which will feature work by more than 60 artists from 14 countries, including El Anatsui, Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), and William Kentridge.
Events & exhibitions
New York City
- A new exhibition of work by Joan Jonas entitled what is found in the windowless is on view at Gavin Brown through June 10.
- Thursday, May 4, 6-8pm—Kalup Linzy will be performing a selection of songs at the 8th Floor’s exhibition, The Intersectional Self.
- Saturday, May 6, 7:30pm—Amref Health Africa is hosting an Art Ball honoring El Anatsui who will be presented with this year’s Rees Visionary Award at the event.
- Also on Saturday, a new exhibition of work by Robert Mangold is opening at Pace, where is will remain on view through June 17. The opening reception will be held Friday, May 5, 6-8pm.
- An exhibition on Minerva Cuevas’ nonprofit, Mejor Vida Corp (featured in Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century), is on view at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery through May 20. [Read a review in the Seattle Weekly.]
Beverly Hills, CA
- An exhibition of new and recent work by Jeff Koons, featuring his Gazing Ball series, Celebration sculptures, and Ballerinas, is on view at Gagosian through June 10.