Kara Walker
Figa
DESTE FOUNDATION PROJECT SPACE
Kara Walker: Figa
DESTE Foundation Project Space
Slaughterhouse, Hydra Island
June 20 - September 30, 2017

Every summer since 2009, DESTE has invited an artist or group of artists to develop an exhibition in the Foundation’s Project Space, a former slaughterhouse on the island of Hydra. This year, DESTE’s Project Space will feature a site-specific exhibition by Kara Walker, conceived in a dialogic relationship with both the original elements of this unique exhibition space and with the landscape which surrounds it.

The project will transport Figa, the left hand of the sphinx-like monument of the A Subtlety installation made with polystyrene and sugar, from its “new world” location at the Domino Sugar Factory in New York to Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization. For more information, click here.



Kara Walker
Kara Walkers Next Act
New York Magazine
At the time of the debut of her most recent public-art project, which was also her first public-art project, Kara Walker would clandestinely ride her bike from her home in Fort Greene to the then-defunct Williamsburg Domino Sugar factory, in which her massive sculpture was housed. The sugar Sphinx was raised in the summer of 2014; crowds as big as 10,000 people gathered to visually consume, and to Instagram, the monumental sculpture. Back then, Walker had dyed the top of her cropped Afro blonde, and her vague purpose in visiting Domino, she tells me, involved evaluating the people who had come to evaluate her work: She wanted to see how the moment of encounter with the colossus could change their faces. But Walker’s presence disturbed things, she says — as soon as viewers noticed, their eyes turned from the idol onto her, then they flocked in her direction. She was slightly exhausted by that, she says, still seeming a bit surprised. “I don’t know, I thought maybe people would be focused on the white-but-black gigantic labia!”

For the full article, click here.


Photo: Ari Marcopoulos


Kay Rosen
2017 GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION FELLOW

Sikkema Jenkins & Co. congratulates Kay Rosen on being named a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, an award that recognizes individuals who have "demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Trained in languages and linguistics, Kay Rosen realized early in her academic career that what interested her most about language had to be expressed visually, so in the 1970’s she started over as an artist, exploring the intersection of meaning and structure in language through pictorial means: color, materials, scale, composition, typography, and graphic design. She loves the physical act of painting and drawing, but doesn’t disagree with those who describe her work as sculptural, because she perceives letters as objects and bodies; architectural, because of her texts’ strong connections to the space of a wall, canvas, or page; poetic, because of her intuitive approach to language; and athletic, because of language’s performative potential.

Rosen’s paintings, drawings, editions, collages, installations, and videos have been presented in solo and group exhibitions and public projects in museums, institutions, and galleries nationally and internationally for forty years. H is for House, a solo exhibition of Rosen's work is currently on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, through September 4, 2017.

Previous awards include three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, SJ Weiler Fund Award, and the Artist Award for a Distinguished Body of Work from the College Art Association. Rosen grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and lives in Gary, Indiana, with some time spent in New York City. She was on the faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty-four years.

For more about the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Fellowship, click here. Details on Kay Rosen's solo exhibition at The Aldrich are available here.



Gray Matters
Wexner Center for the Arts
Gray Matters
Wexner Center for the Arts
at The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street
Columbus Ohio 43210
May 20 - July 30, 2017

This spring, see the vibrant world between black and white. Join us for Gray Matters, a multifaceted survey of 37 contemporary women artists who have explored the practice of grisaille—the French term for working in shades of gray. Ranging from emerging to well-established, these artists challenge an all-too-simplistic notion of colorless “neutrality” as they reveal the variegated spectrum of black, white, gray, and everything in between. For more information, click here.

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Tauba Auerbach • Carol Bove • Gisele Camargo • Vija Celmins • Bethany Collins • Marsha Cottrell • Tacita Dean • Tara Donovan • Marlene Dumas • Michelle Grabner • Josephine Halvorson • Mona Hatoum • Roni Horn • Cristina Iglesias • Jennie C. Jones • Toba Khedoori • Laura Lisbon • Suzanne McClelland • Julie Mehretu • Katie Paterson • Joyce Pensato • Amalia Pica • Mary Reid Kelley • Michal Rovner • Nancy Rubins • Arlene ShechetErin Shirreff • Amy Sillman • Xaviera Simmons • Diane Simpson • Lorna Simpson • Avery Singer • Michelle Stuart • Mickalene Thomas • Kara Walker • Rachel Whiteread • Carmen Winant

Image: Erin Shirreff, Drop (no. 14), 2015, hot-rolled, cold-rolled, and Cor-ten steel, 117.25 x 214.5 x 34 inches (297.8 x 544.8 x 86.4 cm)


Trisha Brown
1936-2017
Today we remember the life and enduring legacy of Trisha Brown who died on March 18th in San Antonio, Texas after a lengthy illness.

Trisha Brown was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington. She graduated from Mills College in 1958, studied with Anna Halprin and taught at Reed College in Portland before moving to New York City in 1961, where she became a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater. In 1970, she co-founded the dance collective Grand Union and formed the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

While best known for her career as an avant-garde dancer and choreographer with over 100 dance works to her credit, Brown consistently sought to integrate the visual arts with her performance practice. She collaborated with artists on set and costume designs for her performances, including the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, but for many years she produced her own body of work, primarily in the form of drawings, that meld the art of dance and the visual arts.

In 2008, the Walker Art Center organized a major survey exhibition of Brown’s drawings. Curated by Peter Eleey, Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing traveled to the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland and Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon.

Brown is survived by her son, Adam Brown, his wife Erin, her four grandchildren – and by her brother Gordon Brown and sister Louisa Brown. Her husband, artist Burt Barr, died on November 7, 2016.

Image: © Marc Ginot


Jennie C. Jones
THE PERLMUTTER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE AWARD
ROSE ART MUSEUM AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. congratulates Jennie C. Jones, recipient of the 2017 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award!

For her Perlmutter residency, Jones will create new work in response to the rich cultural history of the Rose Art Museum and of Brandeis, engaging the university community in the creation of a score inspired by Louise Nevelson’s 1967 retrospective exhibition at the Rose. On April 29, this score will be interpreted and performed by Brandeis student and faculty musicians, who will present it in the Rose galleries during the campus-wide Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts. Jones will give a talk about her work and her planned residency project at Brandeis University on March 22 at 5:30pm. For more information about the event, click here.



Leonardo Drew
CAM Raleigh
Work by Leonardo Drew
CAM Raleigh
409 W Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
March 2 - June 11, 2017

CAM Raleigh presents a new installation by artist Leonardo Drew. For more information, click here.



Vik Muniz
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey
Vik Muniz
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey
Zuazua y Jardón S/N, Centro
Monterrey, N.L.
Mexico, 64000
March 10 - June 11, 2017

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey presents the retrospective of renowned contemporary artist Vik Muniz (Sao Paolo, Brazil 1961), one of the most important, innovative and creative visionaries of our time, who has turned his work into the sort of art that plays with the illusions of the spectator: classic paintings and photographs of images created by combining a pop attitude in regards to the theme, with a pictorial point of view in terms of the unconventional processes and materials used, including sugar, tomato sauce, diamonds, magazine clippings, chocolate sauce, dust, garbage, and more recently, individual grains of sand and bacterial organisms, thus carefully creating 3D images before photographing them with his camera. For more information, click here.

Image: Vik Muniz, Marat (Sebastião), from Pictures of Garbage, 2008, digital c-print


Kay Rosen
H Is for House
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Kay Rosen: H Is for House
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
March 5 - September 4, 2017

H Is for House is Kay Rosen’s first solo museum exhibition in the northeast in almost twenty years. This exhibition premieres a series of new works, all painted in black and white, which the artist has completed since 2015. For more information, click here.

In conjunction with the opening of H Is for House, Rosen discusses her career and the new exhibition on The Modern Art Notes Podcast. To listen to the podcast, click here.


Image: Head Over Heels, 2015-16, acrylic gouache on paper, 22.5 x 15 inches (57.2 x 38.1 cm).


Sheila Hicks
Venice Biennale
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to announce that Sheila Hicks will be participating in the Venice Biennale Arte 2017. For more information, click here.

Image: Sheila Hicks, Mighty Mathilde and Her Consort, 2016
Installation view: Glasgow International, 2016
Photo: Muchael Brzezinski



Jan Henle
The Poetics of Place
The Met Collection
The Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from The Met Collection
Gallery 851 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028
December 12, 2016 - May 28, 2017

This installation of contemporary photography from The Met collection surveys the diverse ways in which contemporary artists have photographed landscape and the built world over the last half century. The exhibition opens with works from the late 1960s and early 1970s by artists in America and Europe who brought the lessons of Minimal and Conceptual art to bear on views of nature both raw and acculturated. Also included are a series of unique Polaroid prints made by Walker Evans in Hale County—the setting for his famous 1930s photographs of Alabama sharecroppers—near the end of his life, and work by Jan Henle. For more information, click here.


Image: Jan Henle, La Jibarita IV, 1991–94, silver dye bleach print, 194.3 x 204.5 cm (76 1/2 x 80 1/2 in.).


Deana Lawson
Whitney Biennial 2017
Whitney Biennial 2017
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
Mar 17–June 11, 2017


The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design. For more information, click here.

Image: Deana Lawson, Nicole, 2016, inkjet print, 43 x 54.25 inches (109.2 x 137.8 cm)


Burt Barr
1938-2016
We remember the life and legacy of Burt Barr who died on Monday, November 7th.
 
Burt Barr (1938-2016) was known for his use of traditional cinematic techniques to create simple but humorous videos. Characterized by minimal processes and presentations, use of the single take, 4:3 aspect ratio, and slow fade-ins and fade-outs, Barr’s work was the antithesis of most other contemporary video art. His works often punned, both verbally and visually, on conventions of filmmaking with videos like Slo Mo (1996), featuring a turtle moving in slow motion, and The Long Dissolve (1998), which shows an ice cube slowly dissolving in a glass dish.
 
Burt Barr began making videos in the mid-1980s. These early works were shown at film festivals in Montreal, Berlin, Toronto, San Sebastian, Melbourne, and Rotterdam, as well as on PBS. In 1993 he made the transition to the installation works that have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide including solo presentations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul.
 
From early in his career, Barr worked with personalities of the art-world, many of them actors in various roles. Included in this group are Clarissa Dalrymple, Klaus Kertess, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Trisha Brown (his wife), Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Murray, Cecily Brown, Billy Sullivan, Jessica Craig-Martin, Nessia Pope, Stephen Mueller, Carroll Dunham, Teresita Fernandez, Tim Davis, Ester Partegas, and “downtown” performers such as Willem DaFoe, Diane Madden, Lance Gries, Stephen Petronio, Jodi Melnick, Stanford Makishi, Jimena Paz, Roz LeBlanc, Mindy Myers, and Judith Sanchez-Ruiz. Working with these artists formed yet another dimension to the work – that of documentation of the art community during a particular time in New York City.
 
Barr was the recipient of grants from The Andrea Frank Foundation (1999), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1998), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1996), The Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities (1984), WGBH/WNET (1987), Brooklyn Arts Council (1989), the National Endowment for the Arts (1983,1985,1988,1989,1993), the New York State Council on the Arts (1986,1989,1996), and The American Film Institute (1992).
 
Barr served as an Instructor of Film and Video Projects at the Pratt Institute, an Instructor of Creative Projects at New York University, and was a Visiting Artist at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He lectured at Cornell University, Ohio University, Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, the Museum of Modern Art, Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, CAPC Musée in Bordeaux, Anthology Film Archives, and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.
 
Barr was born in 1938 in Lewiston, Maine. He lived in New York and is survived by his wife, the dancer and choreographer Trisha Brown; his step-son, Adam Brown; and Adam's family.


Arlene Shechet
From Here On Now
The Phillips Collection
Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
October 20, 2016 - May 7, 2017

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition’s title also tweaks the familiar phrase “from here on out” to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction. For more information, click here.

Image: Arlene Shechet, Seeing Asteroids, 2016, glazed ceramic, steel, 72 x 22 x 19 inches (182.9 x 55.9 x 48.3 cm)


Kay Rosen
The I-71 Project
Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati | Columbus Museum of Art
Kay Rosen
BLURRED, 2004/2014
Installed on I-71 East, visible right before the Smith Rd. exit
GPS location 39.1526361,-84.4421198

The I-71 Project unites two major art institutions across Ohio—the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and Columbus Museum of Art—to present art on billboards (and other road signage) that both mimics and critiques the theater of red-versus-blue politics during the U.S. presidential campaign. I-71 extends from artist Anne Thompson’s celebrated Missouri-based I-70 Sign Show, which was recognized nationally for presenting billboard-based works by internationally acclaimed artists.

Starting September 1st, Thompson’s project “travels” from Missouri to Ohio to engage the literal and symbolic landscape of a key battleground state during an extraordinary election. I-71 features work by Lisa Anne Auerbach and Glenn Ligon alongside that of three artists brought from the Missouri Sign Show—Mel Bochner, Ryan McGinness, and Kay Rosen. During the run-up to Election Day, a variety of billboard-based artworks will appear in stages in the downtown areas of Cincinnati and Columbus and along the Interstate corridor that connects the two cities. For more information, click here.



Tony Feher
1956-2016
We remember the life of Tony Feher who passed away on Friday, June 24th after a battle with cancer.
 
Tony Feher defined a unique place in contemporary art by creating elegant and poetic sculptures and installations using familiar, everyday objects. Pairing an original sense of humor and wit with a controlled minimalist aesthetic, Feher accentuated and exploited the physical characteristics of his chosen material - form, color, texture and weight - to alter our understanding and appreciation these simple objects, thus also altering our world view.
 
Tony was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1956, and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, with early stops in Florida and Virginia. He received a BA from The University of Texas, and resided in New York City. Tony had a long history with Sikkema Jenkins & Co., presenting his first solo exhibition in New York at the gallery – then called Wooster Gardens – in 1993. He went on to exhibit his work widely in over 40 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. In 2012, an in-depth retrospective organized by Claudia Schmuckli premiered at the Des Moines Art Center before traveling to the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston; the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; and Akron Art Museum. His work can be found in important international public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Image: Copyright Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, courtesy Hiram Butler Gallery

 



Arturo Herrera
Tate Modern
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to announce Arturo Herrera's new wall painting for the Tate Modern's Kitchen & Bar. For this commission, Herrera uses a combination of large solid shapes to ‘reflect the energy of Tate Modern as a fluid space where things are never static. The colours, dark and light blue bring an alert calmness to the space while being expansive and open-ended… The colour blue also brings to mind both water and sky and that is distinctly evident at Tate Modern with the River Thames in front of the building and the open sky all around.’ (Arturo Herrera writing in May 2016)

For more information, click here.

Image: Arturo Herrera, Half-time, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Joe Humphrys, Tate Photography © Tate 2016


Arlene Shechet
Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection
The Frick Collection
Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection
The Frick Collection
1 E 70th St
New York, NY 10021

May 24, 2016 - May 28, 2017

The Frick will present a year-long exhibition exploring the complex history of making, collecting, and displaying porcelain. Included are 130 pieces produced by the renowned Royal Meissen manufactory, which led the ceramic industry in Europe, both scientifically and artistically, during the early to mid-eighteenth century. Most of the works date from 1720 to 1745 and were selected by New York−based sculptor Arlene Shechet from the promised gift of Henry H. Arnhold. Ten works in the exhibition are Shechet’s own sculptures — exuberant porcelain she made during a series of residencies at the Meissen manufactory in 2012 and 2013. Designed by Shechet, the exhibition avoids the typical chronological or thematic order of most porcelain installations in favor of a personal and imaginative approach that creates an intriguing dialogue between the historical and the contemporary, from then to now. For more information, click here.

Image: Arlene Shechet, Dancing Girl with Two Right Feet, 2012, Meissen porcelain with gold, 6.625 x 10.625 inches (17 x 27 cm), Unique.


Arlene Shechet
The Artist Project
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Artist Project is an online series in which the Metropolitan Museum of Art give artists an opportunity to respond to their encyclopedic collection. In this episode, Arlene Shechet reflects on a bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer.

"When an artist is in love with the piece that communicates very well over time. So thousands of years later, we’re still feeling it."