Some curious creatures have arrived in City Hall Park, although they look pretty miserable about it. Olaf Breuning’s “The Humans,” with its loop of anthropomorphic figures showing a story of humans evolving from fish to fisher king, has each whimsical figure sporting a deep frown upon their marble faces. While they’re definitely the most charming highlight of the new Lightness of Being Public Art Fund sculpture exhibition, there are 11 artists with playful art to discover elsewhere around the park.
There’s nothing quite as garishly monolithic as last year’s giant ketchup bottle by Paul McCarthy, which is for the best as if you’re going to have an exhibition all about whimsy and playing with perception, some subtlety is appreciated. However, when I stopped by for a morning visit I didn’t encounter the “big-bellied clown with a larger than life presence” that will “stand-in for a modern day shaman” ostensibly being brought in by Ugo Rondinone, so if you stop by on a Friday afternoon I have no guarantees about that.
As for what’s installed through December, there are some distorted objects, like Alicja Kwade’s Raleigh bicycle that had all of its parts dissembled, bent, and then reassembled in a circle; Cristian Andersen’s stack of found objects cast in metal topped by some hats; David Shrigley has left a steel cast of his own flip-flops by the fountain as if he’s jumped in for a swim; and James Angus’ warped copy of a John Deere tractor, the photograph of which actually makes me a little nauseous. None of it is too conceptual, the closest being the late Franz West’s small forest of looming pastel carrot shapes, and while the title references Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, it has definitely cut the dark “unbearable” part that refers to vacuity of being so light. Here’s a photographic tour of Lightness of Being, from sculpture aiming to play with your mind to sculpture that just wants to play.
Lightness of Being is in City Hall Park (Between Broadway, Park Row and Chambers streets, Lower Manhattan) through December 13.
The Association of Art Museum Directors announced a shift in its longstanding policy, which restricted the use of funds from sales of art to new acquisitions only.
Martín Mobarak may have broken Mexican law, but he burned the proof.
Artists reflect on histories of oppressive power structures in Brazil in this exhibition at the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including the Maya Codex of Mexico at the Getty, Beatrice Wood, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and more.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including Xaviera Simmons, Cristina Iglesias, Mire Lee, and more.
With explosions of color and materiality, Cave has his own enigmatic ways to funnel the funk through histories of adversity.
Kapwani Kiwanga invites viewers to look with only the quiet glow of natural light seeping in through the skylights, illuminating a nuanced way of seeing race.
Funding options at UB include full-tuition scholarships for MFA students, the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program, and additional opportunities for MA students.
This week, Godard’s anti-imperialism, in defense of “bad” curating, an inexplicable statue, criminalizing culture wars, and more.
I inserted the text from five press releases into DALL-E and this is what it churned out.
As protests rage across the country following the death of Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, Iranian and Kurdish artists are creating work in support of freedom.