Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

El Anatsui, Brooklyn Museum

The first solo exhibition in a New York museum by the globally renowned contemporary artist El Anatsui, this show will feature over 30 works in metal and wood that transform appropriated objects into site-specific sculptures. Anatsui converts found materials into a new type of media that lies between sculpture and painting, combining aesthetic traditions from his birth country, Ghana; his home in Nsukka, Nigeria; and the global history of abstraction.

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Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Six Years, Lucy R. Lippard

This exhibition is devoted to examining the defining impact Lucy R. Lippard’s groundbreaking book Six Years had on the emergent Conceptual art movement. Published in 1973, Six Years simultaneously catalogued and described the development of conceptual art practices in the late sixties and early seventies, and is now widely considered an essential reference work for the period.

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Eva Hesse: Spectres 1960, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

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In the four decades since her untimely death at age thirty-four, Eva Hesse (1936–1970) has become internationally renowned for the sculptural assemblages she made beginning in the mid-1960s. Eva Hesse Spectres 1960 presents for the first time a group of nineteen oil paintings created when Hesse was just twenty-four years old. Composed of two bodies of work, the Spectres paintings present a young painter establishing her own creative identity.

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Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum, by Nick Stillman

Early critical returns on the Brooklyn Museum’s Open House: Working in Brooklyn have been middling to scathing, with most negative reviews questioning the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink curatorial strategy. Open House is gleefully and maybe willfully disorganized, reflecting the vast ethnic, social, economic, and artistic diversity of the borough. But (and I’m not the first to say it) by positioning the show as the ultimate exercise in inclusiveness, curators Charlotta Kotik and Tumelo Mosaka weatherproof it from critical […]

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