previews

  • Carl Andre

    Whitechapel Gallery
    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
    July 7–August 27, 2000

    In Britain, Carl Andre's work has been both reviled and revered. On the one hand, the Tate Gallery's 1976 acquisition of Andre's Equivalent VIII (The Bricks) was greeted with tabloid outrage; on the other, the Whitechapel honored the artist with a full-scale survey but two short years later. Substantial displays followed at the Saatchi Gallery in 1985 and at Oxford's Museum of Modern Art in 1996. Now Whitechapel programming head Judith Nesbitt will close the circle with the most ambitious British effort to date: thirty works from 1965 to the present, early documentary photos by Hollis Frampton, and the artist's poetry. Andre's art is well suited to this extended, extensive treatment: Only then does its rich diversity really become apparent.

  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres

    Serpentine Galleries
    Kensington Gardens
    June 1–July 16, 2000

    Turning thirty can be traumatic; to celebrate, the Serpentine is throwing a Felix Gonzalez-Torres retrospective. Strategically selective rather than encyclopedic, chief curator Lisa Corrin's exhibition accounts for both architectural and social geographies, emphasizing the public nature of the late artist's work. Billboards will mix it up with his signature unlimited-edition candy spills, stacks, and light pieces in the gallery and at satellite sites throughout the city, including a local hospital, the London Underground, and, more festively, Finsbury Park during Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The show's centerpiece is a textual self-portrait stenciled around the upper walls of the Serpentine's Great Dome, where a go-go dancer in a silver bikini will perform on a platform.