21c Museum Hotel, a boutique hotel-cum-museum that opened its first location in 2006, in Louisville, Ky., has now come to Bentonville, Ark. The spacious, minimalist structure is designed by New York-based Deborah Berke Partners and is a stone's throw from the center of the small Arkansas town put on the national art map in 2011 by the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Read More
Beijing-based artist Liu Ye is in New York to finish painting his ultra-refined nine-part Bamboo Bamboo Broadway in situ at Sperone Westwater for his show of the same name [opens Sept. 6]. The title riffs on a Mondrian favorite, Broadway Boogie-Woogie (1942-43), signaling a blend of Chinese imagery (bamboo) and Western modernism (grids).
"Streaming Spirits" is the evocative title of a show of new prints by Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond organized by curator Crista Cloutier at Galerie Pfriem at the Savannah College of Art and Design's Lacoste, France, campus [through Sept. 1]. The exhibition, loosely based on Victorian "ghost" photography (in which spirits were putatively captured on film), is only fitfully vested in the supernatural; the artists are more concerned with human energy. Incidentally, Lacoste is the site of the chateau of the Marquis de Sade (now owned by Pierre Cardin), where ghosts are believed to linger. Hammond was raised Catholic and says she still believes in spirits and saints. "I am always interested in people who believe in illusions since as artists, we are illusionists," she told A.i.A.
Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the only Australian museum dedicated solely to contemporary art, will re-open Mar. 29, inaugurating a weeklong celebration.
The architect, Sydney-born Sam Marshall of Architect Marshall, oversaw the $56 million, 18-month makeover. His most visible addition to the imposing 1952 Art Deco Maritime Services Board Building, home to the MCA since 1990, is a new five-story structure with a striking geometric façade of interlocking brown, black and white blocks clad in glass reinforced concrete panels that alternate with the transparent planes of its windows.
2012, aluminum, wood, sublimation print on polyester and concrete, 71 3/4 by 122 1/2 by 135 inches overall. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New Yor