ST. LOUIS Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University “Bare Life,” which inaugurated the Kemper Museum’s newly expanded and renovated galleries, operated on several levels at once. First and foremost, this dense and multifaceted exhibition was a retrospective of Ai Weiwei’s work from the past 15 years; dozens of works in an array of media addressed themes ranging from human rights to political dissent to globalism.
The futuristic blends with the primordial in the work of British sculptor Anna Reading. Her otherworldly forms call to mind remnants of a crashed space capsule overgrown with foreign matter or submerged manmade structures that have succumbed to marine accretions.
Paula Winokur understood the power of white. Her sculptures, which resonate with dignified authority and considered focus, take porcelain to its limits and transform it beyond expectations. Organic forms built with a sense of restraint declare her resolve through thoughtful attention to detail.
Trevor King’s ceramic sculptures aim to understand utility. Over the course of his career, he has quietly but steadily been building a body of work that is autobiographical, sure in its handling, and aware of the contemporary art scene.
Desde la ciudad de Rosario, la artista plástica Carla Beretta trabaja un corpus de obra que trasciende los límites de lo bidimensional, experimentando con trabajos con una fuerte impronta del grabado y los textiles, superando los soportes tradicionales—por ejemplo la planimetría del papel—para invadir el espacio con objetos e instalaciones.
Reading Unfold This Moment, the Berlin-based critic Martin Herbert’s compact history of Carol Bove’s two-decade career, it struck me that I’ve seen a lot more of Bove’s work first-hand than I’d perhaps realized.
Lenka Clayton’s work is a network of connections based in the narrative and poetic potential embodied in objects. Each of her dynamic projects offers a tangible link to stories and geographic locations. She connects communities and individuals while offering a bit of magic, which can often be found in the smallest places.
WASHINGTON, DC Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden A crunch on the ground, wavelets in a pool, a reflection here, a cast shadow there—the effects of ambient light, air, and sound perform integral roles in Lee Ufan’s subtle drama of stone and steel, the star being space itself. For the first time in the Hirshhorn’s 45-year history, an artist has been given the 4.3-acre outdoor plaza to explore and reinvent.
Fernando Casasempere has worked with porcelain and stoneware for four decades, introducing rich textures into his surfaces. His poetic, abstract forms are partly inspired by pre-Columbian art and partly by the landscape of his native Chile.
A blanket of fine, dry snow greeted the wallers on their first morning of work in Kansas City. It was the beginning of March, and Andy Goldsworthy, with the help of a select crew led by four veteran U.K. wallers and two handfuls of local stone movers, was conjuring up his latest site-specific installation, Walking Wall, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.