New York Peter Freeman Gallery Mel Bochner, who is best known for his theoretical notations and use of basic materials such as stones, masking tape, walnuts, glass shards, burnt matches, and chalk, began his career using mathematically derived determinants as a means to articulate a playful, albeit rigorous analysis of sculpture.
Toronto Christopher Cutts Gallery Ed Zelenak’s recent show, “Divining the Frontiers,” marked a new departure in his work with a grid-like series of tin on copperplate pieces. These sculptures are incredibly distant from Zelenak’s monumental Pop Minimalist fiberglass works such as Traffic (1968–69) or his bronze sculptures, which build a volumetric feeling of space out
Raleigh and Penland, North Carolina North Carolina Museum of Art and Penland School of Crafts The premise of “0 to 60” sounded too big for one show. The sprawling effort, which incorporated time arts and time as subject matter, was aggressively inclusive, featuring 32 artists famous and obscure.
East Marion, New York Martos Gallery There’s no sign. An address painted on a rock marks a narrow driveway leading to Jason Metcalf’s “historical” plaque commemorating ancient red-haired giants who may never have lived here. Beyond lies the combined summer home/gallery of Chelsea art dealer Jose Martos, artist Servane Mary, and their three-year-old son.
Boston Boston Sculptors Gallery at the Christian Science Plaza When a group of artists working in various styles installs a site-specific show, uniformity is not guaranteed, nor even likely. Boston Sculptors’ summer installation, the first large-scale public art display in this city in living memory, set out to reflect its surroundings.
San Francisco Fort Mason artMRKT is small in comparison to most art fairs, but it is in a much more interesting place. The third edition was held at Fort Mason, right on the Bay, with the salt water, wind, and fog creating a special, San Francisco kind of atmosphere outside the venue.
Broward County, Florida While Miami has attracted international attention for its art scene over the past decade, its neighbor to the north, Broward County, has been quietly expanding its collection of public sculpture. Broward encompasses several cities, including Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Davie; like Miami, it benefits from considerable tourism.
Los Angeles Los Angeles County Museum of Art James Turrell’s ongoing exploration of light as art is grounded in the phenomenological even as it touches on the philosophical. Immanence comes quickly to mind because the consistency or quiddity of his work is keyed to the viewer’s act of perceiving and because light also alludes to
New York Clocktower Gallery When I arrived in New York in late 1975, straight from an MFA program in sculpture, I recall seeing Jene Highstein’s forms and not knowing exactly what to make of them. They played a prominent role in various exhibitions at the alternative spaces where sculpture was being shown at the time,
Los Angeles Nye + Brown Gallery After a trip to West Africa, installational light artist Johannes Girardoni was sharply reminded of the extent to which algorithms for digital identity have influenced how we read our environment and relate to one another.