Summer 2015

Alejandro Diaz, No Shoes, No Shirt, You're Probably Rich, 2012; neon letters, transformer, acrylic panel, 21.25 x 45 inches; edition of 5
Alejandro Diaz, No Shoes, No Shirt, You’re Probably Rich, 2012; neon letters, transformer, acrylic panel, 21.25 x 45 inches; edition of 5

It’s the first day of summer.  Art Basel has concluded (we promise a post soon), but the art world can’t stop won’t stop. There is so much to see, so we outlined our top picks for summer exhibitions.

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Anish Kapoor at the Château de Versailles

Anish Kapoor, C-Curve, 2007; stainless steel; installation view at the Château de Versailles, 2015; photo courtesy of Kapoor Studio, Kamel Mennour, and Lisson Gallery, © Tadzio
Anish Kapoor, C-Curve, 2007; stainless steel; installation view at the Château de Versailles, 2015; photo courtesy of Kapoor Studio, Kamel Mennour, and Lisson Gallery, © Tadzio

From June 9 through November 1, the Château de Versailles presents an exhibition of sculptural works by Anish Kapoor. It is the eighth exhibition of contemporary works at Versailles since 2008, and coincides with the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV.

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Yoko Ono: One Woman Show

Yoko Ono's advertisement published in the Village Voice, December 2, 1971; image via Artforum
Yoko Ono’s advertisement published in the Village Voice, December 2, 1971; image via Artforum

In 1971, Yoko Ono placed ads in the Village Voice and The New York Times announcing The Museum of Modern [F]art, her one-woman show at MoMA. The 100-page exhibition catalogue included an image of Yoko Ono in MoMA’s sculpture garden with a jar of flies, which were to be released into the city and then photographed as they buzzed across New York. Continue reading “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show”

Björk at MoMA

Björk, Biophilia dress, 2011; dress by Iris van Herpen; installation view at MoMA, 2015; photo by Timothy A. Clary / Getty Images
Björk, dress from Biophilia, 2011; dress by Iris van Herpen; installation view at MoMA, 2015; photo by Timothy A. Clary / Getty Images

From March 8 through June 7, the Museum of Modern Art presents a mid-career retrospective of work by Björk. The eponymous exhibition examines the Icelandic singer’s career with a custom-built pavilion and a specially developed augmented audio guide for an immersive visitor experience. Continue reading “Björk at MoMA”

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists

Chi Peng, Sprinting Forward
Chi Peng, Sprinting Forward, 2004; chromogenic print, 47-1/4 x 91-1/2 in; © Chi Peng, courtesy of the artist; photo courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art

At the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, My Generation: Young Chinese Artists presents works by artists born in mainland China after 1976. They are products of China’s one-child policy and have grown up during a time of rapid urbanization, globalization, and cultural transition.

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Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections

Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections
Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections (installation view, Grand Rapids Art Museum), 2014; image courtesy of Anila Quayyum Agha

In Michigan’s Grand Rapids Art Museum, Anila Quayyum Agha’s Intersections is installed after being named the winner of ArtPrize 2014. The installation consists of a light source inside a laser-cut wooden cube, casting shadows that evoke Islamic sacred spaces.

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Richard Serra and Qatar

Richard Serra, East-West/West-East, Image via Qatar Museum Authority
Richard Serra, East-West/West-East, image via Qatar Museums Authority

This spring, coinciding with his first major exhibition in the Middle East, American sculptor Richard Serra launched a public art commission in Qatar entitled East-West/West-East. Serra’s large-scale assemblies of sheet metal are famously minimal and massive, and this site-specific work in Qatar is absolutely monolithic.

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Maurizio Cattelan’s La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour)

Maurizio Cattelan (b. 1960), La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour), installation view, wax, clothing, polyester resin with metallic powder, volcanic rock, carpet, glass, dimensions variable
Maurizio Cattelan, La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour), 1999; wax, clothing, polyester resin with metallic powder, volcanic rock, carpet, glass, dimensions variable; image via Christie’s

Maurizio Cattelan’s installation of La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour) is a life-sized effigy of Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteor. First exhibited in 1999 at the Kunsthalle Basel, La Nona Ora was featured at the Royal Academy in London in 2000, and also at the Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Christie’s sold the piece in 2001 for $886,000, and a second version was auctioned by Phillips, de Pury & Company in 2004 for $3 million.

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