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Openings and Events This Week
Writing Home: Esther McCoy and the Language of American Modern Design Book Launch
Artists Space: Books and Talks (55 Walker Street)
Thursday, June 28 at 7pm
This launch for East of Borneo Books’ Writing Home: Esther McCoy and the Language of American Modern Design will feature a film screening and panel discussion with Alexandra Lange, Susan Morgan, and Andrew Spence.
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue)
Opens Friday, June 29
This comprehensive mid-career survey features over 70 color photographs and five video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. Rineke Dijkstra is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan
MoMA P.S.1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue)
Opens Sunday, July 1
This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement.
Closing This Week
Dan Flavin: Drawing The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue) This first retrospective of Dan Flavin’s drawings will include over one hundred sheets representing every phase of his career: early abstract expressionist watercolors of the 1950s, studies for light installations, portraits and landscape sketches, and pastels of sailboats from the 1980s. In addition, the exhibition will feature nearly fifty works from Flavin’s personal collection of drawings, including nineteenth-century American landscapes by Hudson River School artists, Japanese drawings, and twentieth-century works by artists such as Piet Mondrian, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt. On view through July 1, 2012.
Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language
MoMA (11 West 53rd Street)
A group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond. The work that these artists create belongs to a distinguished history of poem/objects, and concrete language experiments that dates to the beginnings of modernism, and includes both the Dada and Futurist moments as well as the recrudescence of Neo-Dada in the late 1950s, and international literary movements like concrete and sound poetry in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
Constructs, Abrasions, Melons and Cucumbers: Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal
Bortolami Gallery (520 West 20th Street)
The exhibition aims to underline the artists’ contrasting ways of “mis”-leading the audience’s first reading of their work. Though forty-two years apart in age, both artists are interested in challenging the potential of their chosen mediums: Kasten presents complex sculpture as photography; Beal incorporates architectural elements into sculptural works, as well as transforming natural objects into humorous constructs. On view through August 3, 2012.
Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street) The Neue Galerie is joining in the international celebration of the 150th birthday of Austrian Modernist Gustav Klimt by mounting a large-scale exhibition of major paintings, drawings, and never-before-seen photographs. The show coincides with several Viennese museum exhibitions, including shows at the Albertina, Belvedere, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Leopold Museum, and Wien Museum, each shining a spotlight on different aspects of the artist’s work and life. On view through August 27, 2012.
Kiki Smith’s “Chorus” at The Last Lot, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency/bfanyc.com