The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has acquired their first performance art piece, Tino Sehgal’s “This You” (2006). “This You” will become a part of the museum’s permanent collection and will debut on Labor Day Weekend, with a group of DC-based musicians. Sehgal describes each piece in this work as a “constructed situation” and the performers as “interpreters.” The performance will consist of one solo woman singer who randomly selects a visitor, singing a song chosen just for them. An “interpreter,” or singer, will be performing any time the museum is open. For the first presentation, interpreters will include Tattiana Aqeel, Erin Frisby, Arielle Goodman, Briona Jackson, Sadie Leigh, Christiana Vandermale, Jahnel Daliya Slowikowski, and Lara Supan.
Ruby City, the new name for the Linda Pace Foundation’s Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, announced that it has acquired Gillian Wearing’s photograph “Me as an Artist in 1984” (2014) from Regen Projects. The photograph depicts Wearing in her studio with a flesh-toned mask over her face, surrounded by her own artwork. Wearing uses silicon prosthetics in her work to reconstruct family photographs, in which she transforms herself into different family members and younger versions of herself “as a way of drawing a physical connection between herself and others with whom she shares a genetic link,” according to the Linda Pace Foundation. This is the first work by Wearing to join the Linda Pace Foundation’s permanent collection. [via email announcement]
The University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia has acquired the late sculptor May Barrie’s maquette, “Winged Bull” (1969), through the creative arts alumna Jules McCue. The maquette was created as a model of a sculpture that is currently on display at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Liverpool. It was originally acquired by a friend of Barrie’s, Roberta Bell-Allen. Through her friendship with McCue, she arranged to have the piece donated to the UOW Art Collection. Amanda Lawson, Senior Professor and Director of the UOW Art Collection said of the donation, “The ‘Winged Bull’ maquette is a special piece that captures the working process of a major artist of the region.” Barrie is known for her granite and stone sculptures, which she continued to work on well into her 90s. Another Barrie sculpture, “Viva Solaris” (1976) is currently on display on UOW’s McKinnon Lawn.
Heritage Auctions’s sale of Comics & Comic Art in Dallas brought in a total of $6,670,739 on August 2–4. The sale’s top lot, Frank Frazetta’s “Escape on Venus” (1972) painting, sold for $660,000. The painting was used as the cover image for the 1974 re-issue of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s novel Escape on Venus.
Christie’s Close to Home: Christie’s Staff Art Show in New York brought in a total of $39,625 on August 2. The sale’s top lot, Nicholas Eveleigh’s “Blue Number 2 (After Calder)” (2018), sold for $3,750.
Arriving amid increased anti-Asian racism and continuing discourse about the inhumanity of its prison system, this documentary is a strong historical gut punch.
A “show within a show” at the Whitney Biennial pays homage to the visual and literary art of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, whose life was cut short through an act of brutal violence.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Social media persona Sad Beige Werner Herzog presents a seemingly endless array of sniffling tots stuffed into gray, brown, and tan knits.
A new Bronx location for the Universal Hip Hop Museum is set to open its doors in 2024.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
Researchers at the University of South Florida have created a tool that can potentially help hone human concentration through the creation of art with only the power of the mind.
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.