The Art Institute of Chicago has inaugurated a newly commissioned installation, Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!, made by American artist Kara Walker, who is known for her use of simple black cut-paper silhouettes to explore provocative themes. With her shadowy figures, reminiscent of popular 19th-century cartoon characters, Walker tells stories that recall such atrocities as slavery or violence against woman. Also on view are five of Walker’s large graphite drawings and 40 smaller mix-media works.
Gallery 293, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, until 11 August 2013.
Glenn Ligon: interview
Glenn Ligon, who was born in 1960, is famed for his thought-provoking works, which combine text, silkscreen painting, neon and video, and explore themes of identity, racism, sexuality and civil rights. Ligon spoke to Studio International before the opening of his exhibition.
Meschac Gaba: Exchange Market
This exhibition of new work by Meschac Gaba marks his first solo show in the US. Exchange is central both physically and metaphorically within the show: trading between Africa and the western world with cultural exchange is a core theme of Gaba’s work. He lived between the Netherlands and Benin, experiencing conflicts directly.
Frieze New York 2014
Light rain, heavy traffic and impossibly long queues to access transport marked the Frieze Art Fair’s third iteration on remote Randall’s Island. So did inflation: from last year, bus fares rose from $3 to $7, the number of galleries to 192, the artists to more than 2,300, the show space to 250,000 sq feet, and the catalogue and parking to a hefty $40 each.
The Life and Death of Marina Abramović
Marina Abramović, a master of performance art, in collaboration with theatre director Robert Wilson, with musical arrangements and composition by Antony, and outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe and the rest of the cast, packed the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street for the US premiere of The Life and Death of Marina Abramović.
Kara Walker: interview
At the opening of Kara Walker's first UK exhibition, we spoke to her about her work, which is a dark and, at times, sinister, exploration of race, gender, sexuality and violence in American history and society.