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Art Fix Friday: January 28, 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.

Simone Leigh’s bronze sculpture Sentinel (Mami Wata) (2020–21) has been installed in Egalité Circle in New Orleans as part of the fifth edition of Prospect New Orleans. The circle, formerly known as Lee Circle, once held a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee that was removed in 2017.

A bronze sculpture features a snake wrapped around a slender female body whose form resembles a spoon. It is placed in front of the pedestal of a statue, in front of a tall white column.
Simone Leigh, Sentinel (Mami Wata), 2020–21; Photo by Alex Marks

Leigh’s work, placed on the ground in front of the pedestal of the Lee statue, aims to undo the legacies of power that the Lee statue represented. It depicts a snake wrapped around a slender female body whose form resembles a spoon.

Front-Page Femmes:

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will host a free online conversation with contemporary landscape painter Freya Grand on February 2.

Under-recognized Polish artist Katarzyna Kobro was the subject of a Google Doodle on her birthday, January 26.

Ahead of a major U.S. retrospective in 2023, the estate of painter Pacita Abad has joined Tina Kim Gallery, marking the first time Abad has ever had gallery representation.

United States Artists has announced the recipients of its 2022 fellowships, including painter Andrea Carlson, textile artist Melissa Cody, and writer Dawn Lundy Martin, among many others.

The Guardian interviews artist Noémie Goudal about her practice using deep climate history to depict our environmental future.

A Surrealist print features a mountain with melting, patchy snow that seems to be held up by solid concrete walls.
Noémie Goudal, Plongée I, 2021; Inkjet print 59 x 45 in. Photo by Noémie Goudal

The Gordon Parks Foundation has named textile artist Bisa Butler and writer/curator Nicole R. Fleetwood as 2022 fellows.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has announced the recipients of its 2022 grants, including photographer Eve Fowler, painter Joan Waltemath, and performance artist Autumn Knight, among others.

For the New Yorker, Zadie Smith examines Toni Morrison’s only short story, Recitatif (1980), in which Morrison withholds crucial details of racial identity, making the reader the subject of her experiment.

Two paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi were up for auction at the Sotheby’s Old Masters sale on Thursday. They realized the second and third highest auction prices for the artist.

Hyperallergic reviews painter Hannah Lee’s first solo show, First Language, at New York City’s Entrance gallery.

Colossal features designer Yukiko Morita’s functional, bread-based home goods, made from leftover pastries and loaves.

Shows We Want to See:

At London’s Pilar Corrias gallery, Manhaga Fu’una presents Gisela McDaniel’s latest portraits of women from Chamorro, the Indigenous community from the Marianas Islands in the northwestern Pacific. McDaniel’s paintings center sitters who have often been dismissed or ignored in hegemonic Western society. “Many of the people in the paintings have difficult but important stories that other people need to hear. They’ve been erased historically,” McDaniel told Artnet in a recent interview. On view through February 26.

A figurative painting features an older indigenous woman with short, grey hair sitting in a lush gree tropical forest. Sunlight dapples some patches of the grass. She rests one hand on her chin, while the other is set on the ground behind her. She wears a solemn expression.
Gisela McDaniel, Måmes (2021); Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London

At the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor is the first West Coast survey of the internationally renowned Swiss media artist. The exhibition surveys more than 30 years of Rist’s work, encompassing early single-channel videos; large-scale installations brimming with color and hypnotic musical scores; and sculptures that merge everyday objects, video, and decorative forms. On view through June 5.

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