Art Fix Friday: July 16, 2021

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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.

At the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, New York, two new works by Sarah Sze rupture the natural landscape. The permanent, site-specific sculpture Fallen Sky (2021) uses mirrored stainless steel to refract the Hudson Valley’s rolling hills. Accompanying it is Fifth Season (2021), the artist’s entropic indoor collage installation, on view through November 8. Fallen Sky is Storm King’s first permanent commission since Maya Lin’s Storm King Wavefield was completed in 2008.

A wide-angle photograph of a lush hillside. Nestled in the grass, large, wavy pieces of polished steel mirror images of the surrounding vegetation, blue sky, and puffy white clouds. A woman with a long braid and baseball cap circumambulates the sculpture. In the background, other sculptures dot the rolling hills.
Installation view of Sarah Sze: Fallen Sky at the Storm King Art Center, 2021; Photo by Nick Knight

“The relationship of the human to landscape is this age-old exploration of artists,” Sze stated in a recent interview, “but both works I’ve made are much more about how the landscape is fragile, it’s in flux, and our relationship to it is fractured.”

Front-Page Femmes

For the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program, a multi-venue exhibition in Chicago showcases works by 29 “genius grant” artists, including Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Nicole Eisenman.

At the Baltimore Museum of Art, a forthcoming exhibition developed with art historian Lowery Stokes Sims, invites security guards to be guest curators.

April Freely, poet, essayist, and director of the Fire Island Artist Residency, has died.

The New York Times profiles Emmanuelle Polack, the Louvre’s art sleuth who heads the museum’s efforts to return stolen works.

As Faith Ringgold’s survey exhibition continues at the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, CBS News interviews the artist on refusing to bow to convention.

For frieze, Edna Bonhomme interviews curator and editor Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz about how art can help us understand health, illness, and mortality.

ARTnews spotlights six queer figurative painters who reimagine intimacy.

Cultured interviews painter Tiffanie Delune about her experience as a bi-cultural, mixed-race woman and how she translates her identity into her works.

A painting on a vertical canvas hangs from the ceiling of a light-filled room. Abstract women, the largest of whom has a flower for a head, are painted in teal, purple, and indigo. The women appear to swim up and down the canvas, which is decorated with marine plants and other oceanic imagery.
Tiffanie Delune, What I Learned From The Seas, 2020; Acrylic, oil pastel, mixed papers, metallic net, and embroidery thread on linen; Courtesy of the artist and Ed Cross Fine Art, London

Danyelle Means is the first Indigenous executive director of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.

Pose star Mj Rodriguez is the first trans woman to be nominated for a lead acting Emmy.

Pop singer Halsey unveiled new album artwork in a video filmed inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Artnet performed an art historical analysis of the video.

London’s National Gallery has appointed New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf to lead its major renovation.

Art21 interviews sculptor Phyllida Barlow about her eclectic approach to artmaking.

The Art Newspaper interviews Kasra Farahani, production designer of the TV series Loki, on the Modernist inspirations behind the show’s visuals.

Vogue goes inside Kennedy Yanko’s studio, where the artist fuses thick layers of dried paint and repurposed metals to create surreal sculptures.

Shows We Want to See

At New York’s Sargent’s Daughters gallery, Out of Body is Victoria Dugger’s first solo exhibition. Exploring the frictions of bodies and accessible space, Dugger, who is disabled, creates overflowing paintings and soft sculptures adorned with pearls, sparkles, and colorful braids. Hyperallergic recently reviewed the show. On view through July 24, 2021.

An installation photograph of abstract sculptures and paintings in a sparse gallery. Four small and two large colorful paintings hang on the walls. Four anthropomorphic soft sculptures are each seated on garden chairs, and their lanky and lumpy limbs are adorned with pearls, sparkles, colorful braids, and ribbons. A sculpture of a flower rests in the middle of the floor.
Installation view of Victoria Dugger: Out of Body at Sargent’s Daughters, New York, 2021; Courtesy of the artist and Sargent’s Daughters

In San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Dana King’s Monumental Reckoning comprises 350 sculptures representing the first Africans sold into slavery in 1619. Each of the statues is subtly unique: The statues’ hairs were braided either by King, her friends, or friends of friends. “Everyone braided the way they grew up braiding,” said the artist. On view through June 20, 2023.

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