Dana Schutz, Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009. Oil on canvas, 45 x 48 in.
One of America’s most imaginative painters, Dana Schutz is celebrated in a new monograph covering 10 years of her fantastical works. Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, which was published by the Neuberger Museum of Art and Prestel in 2011, explores the artist’s vibrant palette and expressive brushwork, with which she brings imaginary self-eaters and cannibalizing characters to life in her allegorical canvases. Creepy and comical, its pages are filled with headless dogs and decomposing figures that become metaphors for the human condition and subjects for the reinvention of art.
Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, 2010. Gold-plated bronze, dimensions vary. Installation view at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 West 27 Street. Photo by Cari Vuong. Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery
Don’t miss the final chance to see Ai Weiwei’s striking exhibition of gold zodiac heads on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s new West 27th Street space (formerly the Bungalow 8 nightclub) through Friday, December 23. Set in a sleek, 2500-square-foot, sky-lit gallery, designed by architect Markus Dochantschi of studioMDA, the 12 golden sculptures of the Chinese zodiac animals re-interpret the symbolic figures that encircled a water-clock fountain at the 19th century Chinese imperial retreat Yuanming Yuan, the Garden of Perfect Brightness, which was looted and destroyed by British troops during the Second Opium War.
Pieter Hugo, Yakubu Al Hasan, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 2009, Courtesy Michael Stevenson, Cape Town and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
A dump site for digital technology, Africa’s notorious Agbogbloshie Market is a toxic wasteland where Europe’s outdated computers are scavenged for spare parts and torched to recycle precious materials. The surreal site in Ghana’s capital city of Accra has been burdened with tribal rivalries, drug problems, and child trafficking, while receiving repeated warnings from international agencies about massive emissions of noxious fumes, threatening the pickers, and poisonous chemicals, seeping into the soil.