Major KAWS Survey at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Major KAWS Survey at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Sunday, January 22, 2017

KAWS: WHERE THE END STARTS is a major survey exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974) organized by Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth curator Andrea Karnes in close collaboration with the artist. Featuring key paintings, sculptures, drawings, toys, and street art interventions, this exhibition examines KAWS’s prolific career in depth, revealing critical aspects of his formal, conceptual, and collaborative developments over the last twenty years.

Spanning the worlds of graffiti, pop art, and consumer culture, KAWS’s bodies of work are highly charged, each conveying his underlying wit, irreverence, and affection for our times, as well as his agility as an artist. He has primarily looked to and appropriated from pop-culture animations (including The Smurfs, The Simpsons, SpongeBob, Hanna-Barbera, and Peanuts) to form his artistic vocabulary for his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Now well known for his larger-than-life sculptures and hard-edge paintings that emphasize line and color, KAWS’s cast of hybrid cartoon/human characters, with similarities to popular cartoon figures and logos like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man, are perhaps the strongest examples of his exploration of humanity. These figures have amicable names—Chum, Companion, Accomplice—and express and provoke an array of human emotions, from sad, overwhelmed, pathetic, and weary, to shy. They reflect feelings and situations we can empathize with in presentations that are balanced with humor, heartening in their cartoon aesthetic.

On view in Fort Worth, Texas, October 20, 2016 through January 22, 2017, and traveling to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China, March through August 2017.

James Turrell, “Meeting” (1980-86)
James Turrell's Skyspace "Meeting" Reopens at MoMA PS1

James Turrell’s celebrated Skyspace Meeting is reopening at MoMA PS1 on Saturday, October 8 after a three-year renovation. Meeting is a site-specific installation that invites viewers to gaze upwards toward an unobstructed view of the sky. The renovation incorporates a new program of LED lights created by the artist, which change to contrast with the darkening sky.

According to The New York Times, "Mr. Turrell said that 'Meeting' was a turning point in both his career and the history of PS1. Klaus Biesenbach, the museum’s director, said that the piece begot a wave of skyspaces, has become “more and more revered” over time and continues to influence artists.

'It is still a very radical statement,' Mr. Biesenbach said. 'It shocks you.'"

A key representative of the “Light and Space” movement centered in Los Angeles during the 1960s, James Turrell creates works of art that consist primarily of light, exploring fundamental questions about the nature of human perception by rendering tangible the act of vision.

Shahzia Sikander, "Portrait of the Artist" (2016)
Shahzia Sikander Honored at RISD

Pace Prints collaborator Shahzia Sikander is the 2016 Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. The program includes the annual Gail Silver Memorial Lecture and conversations with Ayad Akhtar, Rick Lowe and Julie Mehretu. In 2016, Sikander collaborated on an etching project with Ayad Akhtar, who wrote the introductory text Breath of Miraj for the artist's Portrait of the Artist suite, published by Pace Editions, Inc.

The lecture will take place Wednesday, October 19, 6-8pm at the Metcalf Auditorium.

"Elements I" (2016), Monoprint, 28 5/8 x 28 5/8 inches
Dan Walsh in The Paris Review Daily

Dan Walsh's newest edition, Axis and suite of monoprints, Elements were featured on The Paris Review's blog The Daily. In the post, Dan Piepenbring writes, "Dan Walsh’s exhibition 'Prints and Multiples' is at Pace Prints, in New York, through October 22. 'I always regarded the space in a painting as the soul of a painting,' he told the Daily in 2011. 'I’m working to find a space I can interact with on a day-to-day basis, something neutral and malleable: one of the goals of minimalism was to experience qualities of materials, forms, colors and remove psychological space.'"

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #368. First Drawn by: Jo Watanabe and others.
A Celebration of LeWitt at Paula Cooper
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Saturday, October 22, 2016

On view at Paula Cooper Gallery is a sweeping celebration of Sol LeWitt’s prolific career in all public locations of the gallery. The exhibitions include monumental wall drawings in India ink and Styrofoam; enumerative, encyclopedic studies in photography; tectonic open structures and oblique complex forms; as well as prints and works on paper.

At 534 West 21st Street is the outstanding Wall Drawing #368 (1982), first drawing by former Pace Editions printer Jo Watanabe. Diverging from his early austere minimalist aesthetic, the vigorous broad stripes of the work create a seductive, vibrating expanse. Installed in the front gallery space are two Styrofoam wall drawings from 1993, constructed from irregular polystyrene fragments. The works’ asperous edges reverberate in juxtaposition to the sharp angles and sleek planes of LeWitt’s Complex Form #65 (1989), also on view.

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