Gold leaf, honey, tar, blood, wax, flowers, leeches, pheasants, arrows: such are the materials used by Seattle-based experimental theater company Saint Genet, whose new work Paradisiacal Rites opens at Seattle performance space On The Boards this week. The company returned in early May from Krems, Austria, where the piece made its lauded debut at the Donau Arts Festival. The show combines dance, installation and original music, typical of past work such as The Dorothy K-a piece Robert Wilson included in his "Works and Process" series at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2011. Read More
In the latest development in an ongoing conflict, students at New York's Cooper Union have occupied the office of school president Jamshed Bharucha for a full week. They have vowed to continue their protest until Bharucha steps down. "It's very evident that he does not believe in the mission of the school," second-year art student Angus Buchanan-Smith told A.i.A. during a visit this week to the East Village college.
With an ever-growing number of galleries scattered around New York, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Where to begin? Here at A.i.A., we are always on the hunt for thought-provoking, clever and memorable shows that stand out in a crowded field. Below is a selection of current shows our team of editors can't stop talking about.
This week we check out Michele Abeles's photos at 47 Canal, geometric abstractions and sculptural tableaux by Elizabeth Neel at Sikkema Jenkins and Gedi Sibony's bare-bones assemblages at Greene Naftali. Read More
Christie's contemporary art sale last night achieved the highest total in auction history at $495 million. Records were set for Pollock, Lichtenstein, Basquiat, Manzoni, Tuymans, Cornell, Hofmann, Guston, Noland, Mehretu, Serra and Ruth Asawa in a two-hour sale in a buzzing, packed room in which 94 percent of artworks offered found buyers among an exceptionally active field of telephone and in-room bidders. Read More
Expo Chicago has announced the participating galleries for the second annual International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art (Sept. 19-22) at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. Expo Chicago president and director Tony Karman revealed the list of 120 galleries, hailing from 16 countries and 35 cities globally. Read More
Currently on view in the group show "Redux" at New York's Cristin Tierney Gallery (through Feb. 4) are two works by Joe Fig, both related to his 200