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Art Fix Friday: April 8, 2022

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A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman holding a newspaper with news about World War II. She wears a coat and her short, curly hair is caught in the wind.

Little-known abstract painter Huong Dodinh has joined Pace Gallery, where she will finally be “[given] the recognition she deserves,” said Valentina Volchkova, a Geneva-based vice president at Pace.

An abstract painting features a muted, cornflower blue background atop which many perfect, thin circles, rendered in a darker blue and red, are arranged. Between and within them, delicate, sweeping, even lines are drawn in many directions in a light grey color.
Huong Dodinh, K.A. 94, 2007; Organic binders and natural pigments on canvas mounted on wood; © Huong Dodinh

The 77-year-old Paris-based artist will have her first solo museum exhibition later this month, when her works will be the subject of a survey in Venice at the Museo Correr, in tandem with the Venice Biennale. In 1953, the artist fled her native Vietnam with her family amid the First Indochina War. In tribute to the first snowfall that she witnessed as a child, Dodinh paints spare abstractions that are often rendered in muted tones.

Front-Page Femmes:

Doris Derby, a civil rights era photographer, artist, and activist, has died at age 82.

Women writers dominate the 2022 International Booker Prize shortlist, with five out of the six books in contention written by women.

The Los Angeles Times goes behind the scenes of the reopening of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego after a five-year building renovation, highlighting the fact that 40% of the works on view are by women.

The Cut interviews Cassi Namoda as she prepares for a summer exhibition in South Africa and, later this year, a multidisciplinary exhibition in Guatemala City.

ARTnews interviews Firelei Báez about her new commission at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago—a monumental recreation of her painting Untitled (Drexciya) (2020) in the museum’s atrium.

The Guardian publishes a selection of images from Kyoto’s annual photography festival, including many works from an exhibition featuring contemporary Japanese women artists.

A photograph shows two young, twin girls running on a dirt road in a sparse, cloudy landscape. They have long, blonde hair and wear identical white leggings and a sleeveless white dress with a ruffled skirt. They are captured mid-stride.
Ariko Inaoka, Eagle and Raven, on view in 10/10 Celebrating Contemporary Japanese Women Photographers at Kyotographie

Vulture profiles cultural critic Margo Jefferson on the eve of the publication of her second memoir, Constructing a Nervous System.

For the Brooklyn Rail, Ann C. Collins interviews Jennie C. Jones and Tschabalala Self interviews Faith Ringgold.

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has committed $2.5 million in grants to international organizations leading efforts to protect at-risk artists and cultural heritage in Ukraine.

For 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper interviews Laurie Anderson about her life and work.

The Los Angeles Times interviews Barbara Kruger as her traveling survey opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Evelyn C. Hankins has become the first woman head curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Shows We Want to See:

At the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Marta Pérez García: Restos-Traces addresses the increase in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic due to stay-at-home orders. The exhibition comprises 19 female torsos constructed with handmade paper and added elements such as wire, nails, metal spikes, hair, teeth, and film negative. They are paired with two works from the Phillips’s permanent collection. On view through August 28, 2022.

In a white-walled room six sculptural torsos are arranged, some hanging from an elevated rod, others standing on their own base. Two are made from black material. The others are white and differ slightly. Two seem to wear corsets, another shows spine-like ripples across the stomach. All have prominent breasts/nipples.
Marta Pérez García, Nameless, 2021–22, Handmade paper, wire, nails, metal spikes, hair, teeth, film negative; Photo by AK Blythe

At the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California, Niki and Mingei presents furniture and furnishings by artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Whether it’s a vase sporting colorful acrobatic legs or a wooden chair with gem-studded snakes, this exhibition highlights an important yet under-recognized part of Saint Phalle’s career in San Diego. On view through October 2, 2022.

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