VENICE Fondaco Marcello There is a commentary on the interconnectedness of community, but also on our internalized fragmentations, our duplicitous natures. We might know of Janus, the two-faced god, but these deities have multiple faces, features that slip and merge unrelentingly into one another.
NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT New Britain Museum of American Art Viewers first absorb Jennifer Wen Ma’s An Inward Sea (on view through October 24, 2021) as a lyrical, room-filling composition of waves set under a full moon. But that initial response quickly shifts, as synchronized sound and mechanized elements intensify with charged momentum.
For more than 20 years, Bonnie Collura has pursued a sculptural agenda that incorporates wildly diverse materials and processes while also drawing on a wide array of references—everything from the pop cultural worlds of cartoons and movies like Star Wars to highbrow texts such as Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Tracey Emin shot to fame when My Bed (1998) was shown at London’s Tate Gallery in 1999 as one of the shortlisted works for the Turner Prize. The sheets marked with bodily secretions, the used condoms, and the menstrual-stained underwear sent critics into an uproar, and a media furor ensued.
VANCOUVER Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia I don’t always find the switch between “anthropological” and “art” objects dissonant, but “Playing with Fire” cast a raking light on those problematic distinctions.
Focalizando en la investigación de proyectos que establecen vínculos entre los elementos constitutivos, con especial atención en la luz y el color para componer el eje del relato de sus obras, el artista plantea instalaciones donde la escultura es un recurso para explorar la relación establecida entre el espacio y los objetos.
Bijl tackles a vast array of subjects through his interventions, ranging from entertainment and fashion to illness, politics, utopias, and ideals, as well as a considerable emotional spectrum, veering from melancholy, dread, and boredom to hilarity.
ARBROATH, SCOTLAND Hospitalfield A small cartoon boy stands on a sketchy sculpture of a reclining figure, while a girl reaches out to touch the figure’s head. A man, presumably dad, looks on—not at his actively curious children but at the flattened approximation of a Henry Moore.
Over the course of a remarkable career, Argentinian artist Luciana Lamothe has developed interactive installations of monumental proportions in which architecture, design, and structural tension lead viewers on dynamic journeys that reflect on material stability.
WEST BRETTON, WAKEFIELD, U.K. Yorkshire Sculpture Park “Breaking the Mould” features the work of 50 postwar female sculptors—from early examples by Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Karin Jonzen, and Rosemary Young to recent pieces by Phyllida Barlow, Holly Hendry, Jessie Flood-Paddock, and Grace Schwindt—all selected from the Arts Council Collection, which holds around 250 sculptures by more than 150 women.