Even though the objects on view are all made with modern-day industrial materials such as concrete and metal, walking into "All industrious people," an exhibition by Justin Matherly at New York's Paula Cooper Gallery (through Apr. 27), feels something like entering a show charting an archaeological dig at an ancient site. Consisting of seven inkjet monoprints and one monumental concrete sculpture mounted upon a gaggle of metal walkers, the show largely derives its inspiration from Nemrud Dagi in Turkey, an excavated temple-tomb devoted to King Antiochus I, a Hellenistic emperor who ruled in the third century B.C. Read More
Israeli-born, Berlin-based artist Yael Bartana makes her New York solo debut at Petzel gallery tonight, giving New York audiences their first extended opportunity to view her Polish video trilogy, And Europe Will Be Stunned. The eponymous show will be on view through May 4. Read More
For more than 30 years, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner have devoted themselves to the singular passion of art collecting—separately at first, and for the last two decades as one of the international art world's preeminent couples. Their forthcoming book, Collecting Art for Love, Money and More (Phaidon, Apr. 9), was a long time coming. It is the first they've authored, together or separately, and it testifies to their combined decades of experience.
The exhibition "Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design," at New York's Museum of Arts and Design (through Sept. 15), features almost 90 objects and installations, by 57 international artists and designers, that reveal new approaches to wood as a material. Among the artists are figures like Ai Weiwei, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Martin Puryear; designers with work on view include Ian Spencer and Cairn Young from Yard Sale Project, and Joseph Walsh.
The most recent project by the central artist of the so-called "relational aesthetics" movement, Rirkrit Tiravanija, is a staging at New York's Park Avenue Armory of "Oktophonie," a performance of electronic music by the singular, often controversial German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (through Mar. 27). The music, a 70-minute excerpt of the late composer's 29-hour opera "Licht," was intended to be performed in a specially designed chamber with octophonic (8-channel) sound. Tiravanija conceived of a circular stage with a lunar surface to include both the audience and the performers, all-white smocks to be worn by all attendees, and a light show that approximates an eclipse. Read More
Two slide carousels, 80 slides each, approx. 9-minute loop. Courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts, New York.