previews

  • “Allan Kaprow: Other Ways”

    Fundació Antoni Tàpies
    Aragó 255
    March 6 - May 30

    Curated by Soledad Gutiérrez and Laurence Rassel

    In Kaprow’s words, actions are not “re-performed” but “reinvented,” and choreography is communicated not by “score” but as “recipe”—that is, as instructions for how to “cook” a work. Kaprow designed this culinary metaphor to evoke the everyday action of “just doing.” In this career-spanning show, however, expect to sample some of the artist’s best molecular cuisine, which, spread across sites throughout Barcelona and elsewhere in Spain, is set to include ten to twenty major works, including the reinvention of Kaprow’s signal piece from 1959, 18 Happenings in 6 Parts, piloted by Dora García, Spain’s chosen artist for the Fifty-Fourth Venice Biennale; Sweet Wall, a line of cinder blocks, “mortared” with bread and jam, first constructed in West Berlin in 1970, to be remade here by artist and educator Oriol Fontdevila; and 1967’s Fluids, a work conceived in Los Angeles involving structures built of rapidly melting blocks of ice, served up this spring by experimental video artist Nader Koochaki.