previews

  • Anish Kapoor, Past, Present, Future, 2006, mixed media, 11' 4“ x 29' 2 1/2” x 14' 7 1/4".

    Anish Kapoor

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
    25 Harbor Shore Drive
    May 30–September 7, 2008

    Curated by Nicholas Baume

    Anish Kapoor's sculptures draw on broad references: nineteenth-century Indian architecture, Turner sunsets, Minimalism, viscera. It has been fifteen years since his last US museum survey, and the ICA's flexible, high-ceilinged galleries promise the right fit for his increasingly monumental work. The venue will be stripped of its interior walls, in order to accommodate thirteen of Kapoor's large works, dating from 1979 to 2007, most making their US debut. The exhibition will feature Kapoor's signature pieces in pigment, mirror, and wax, including two selections from his series “1000 Names,” 1979–80 (an early, bloodred conical structure and a grouping of five forms), and Past, Present, Future, 2006, a large-scale red-wax installation. The catalogue, with essays by Nicholas Baume, Indian art specialist Partha Mitter, and Art Institute of Chicago sculpture chair Mary Jane Jacob, should offer appropriately diverse takes on Kapoor's canon to date.

  • Chantal Akerman, From the East, 1993, still from a color film in 35 mm, 107 minutes.

    Chantal Akerman

    MIT List Visual Arts Center
    20 Ames Street E15
    May 2–July 6, 2008

    Miami Art Museum
    101 West Flagler Street
    October 10, 2008–January 25, 2009

    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
    3750 Washington Blvd.
    May 8–August 2, 2009

    Curated by Terrie Sultan

    While her fiction films have become steadily more conventional since the 1980s, Chantal Akerman has continued to employ the minimalist style she developed in her outstanding work of the '60s and '70s in a series of formally rigorous documentaries, beginning with From the East (1993). The film is also the basis of a video installation, From the East: Bordering on Fiction, 1995, which demonstrates that Akerman's unique spatiotemporal sensibility translates well to the gallery. This exhibition, which debuted at Houston's Blaffer Gallery in January, presents a welcome opportunity to see this brilliant installation along with Akerman's three subsequent documentaries and Women of Antwerp in November, 2007. The catalogue contains an essay on each exhibited work. Travels to the Miami Art Museum, Oct. 10, 2008–Jan. 25, 2009; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 8–Aug. 2, 2009.