Fall Arts Preview
Several of the shows we’ve recommended this past year are on tour and definitely worth catching as they travel the globe: we caught Roy Lichtenstein’s massive solo survey at the Tate and it’s currently on view at the Centre Pompidou, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s blockbuster look at David Bowie’s cultural significance will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario in September, and Mike Kelley’s timely retrospective which we saw at the newly renovated Stedelijk will hit MoMA PS1 in October. But here are some shows opening soon that look promising and have us excited for the fall season:
Janet Cardiff: The Forty Part Motet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Fuentidueña Chapel, The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY
September 10–December 8, 2013
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Cloisters–the branch of the Met devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe–the Museum has planned a series of exhibitions that highlight the unique architecture of this New York City landmark. In its first presentation of contemporary art, The Cloisters will be installing a multi-channel sound installation by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff. Cardiff, along with her frequent collaborator George Bures Miller, is no stranger to exhibiting her work in unconventional locations, having presented The Murder of Crows at the Armory last year to great acclaim. This upcoming exhibition will pair Cardiff’s work, The Forty Part Motet, largely considered her most ambitious project as a solo artist, with the Romanesque architecture of the Fuentidueña Chapel which promises to create an extremely unique auditory and visual experience. The forty speakers, which continuously play an 11-minute reworking of a Motet by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis, will be placed in an oval to create a sculptural installation that engulfs the viewer in a visceral, bodily experience.
New Photography 2013
September 14, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Museum of Modern Art: 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Living in Vancouver, a city where photography looms large, it’s always interesting to think of new directions for the medium. While MoMA is typically lauded for its blockbuster solo presentations, this fall it’s presenting New Photography 2013 a smaller meditation on the work of eight contemporary international artists all working with the medium, and expanding its possibilities. Bringing together the work of Adam Broomberg (South African, b. 1970), Oliver Chanarin (British, b. 1971), Brendan Fowler (American, b. 1978), Annette Kelm (German, b. 1975), Lisa Oppenheim (American, b. 1975), Anna Ostoya (Polish, b. 1978), Josephine Pryde (British, b. 1967) and Eileen Quinlan’s (American, b. 1972), New Photography 2013 celebrates the difference between these artists as they challenge the concerns that have dominated photographic practices practically from its conception to contemporary times: the tension between abstraction and representation, documentary vs. conceptual problems, individual authorship while working with mechanical reproduction, and analogue and digital processes. Working with photography but also with artist books, sculpture, photomontage and performance, these artists underscore the limitless possibilities of the media.
Lawrence Weiner: Written on the Wind
September 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Stedelijk Museum: Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
The newly renovated Stedelijk is well worth a visit–its architecture and permanent collection are reason enough–but this fall, the museum will be presenting Lawrence Weiner: Written on the Wind, the first major exhibition focusing on the artist’s drawings. This father figure of conceptual art, known for his text-based pieces in which language is used as a sculptural material, will present almost 300 of his drawings, highlighting the process which underpins his entire practice. Spanning work produced over more than half a century, Written on the Wind includes not only finished works on paper but also more informal examples such as cartoons, notebooks and sketches, sure to offer an intimate insight into his working process. The show itself is installed in an architectural installation designed by the artist in the Stedelijk’s expansive lower-level gallery in its new wing.
Nice. Luc Tuymans
September 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The Menil Collection: 1533 Sul Ross Houston, Texas 77006
Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is one of the most important painters working today and we would love to see more of his work in person. Using a restrained palette and typically working on a modest scale, his canvases take on politically charged events with unsettling results. Tuymans’ figurative imagery is often derived from photographs and film stills and the blurred brushstrokes and faded hues he employs reinforce his exploration of history and memory. Nice. Luc Tuymans will bring together approximately 30 paintings by the artist ranging from his earliest mature work, G. Dam, 1978, to recently completed canvases. Tuymans’ has always questioned representation and the originality of painting through his practice and his work in the genre of portraiture is one particularly well-suited to skepticism regarding representation since portraits are typically ripe with tension between what to reveal and what to conceal. The Menil has tailored this show to their venue by supplementing Tuymans’ paintings with a wide range of portraits from their rich permanent collection.
October 24, 2013 – February 16, 2014
Walker Art Center: 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
With so many exhibitions taking place in contemporary and commercial spaces around the world, sometimes it feels like there is a paucity of original ideas, which is why this upcoming exhibition at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center immediately caught our eye. 9 Artists–while featuring a number of well- known artists working today including Liam Gillack, Yael Bartana and Bjarne Melgaard–addresses the malleable and oscillating role of the artist in contemporary society. Although the work of these nine artists has rarely been considered in tandem, the exhibition will reveal how they each mine their own unique backgrounds as subject matter for their work. Curated by the Walker’s Bartholomew Ryan, 9 Artists will feature more than 40 works that collectively examine notions of the artistic identity in our ever-changing, increasingly connected world.