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Five Artists in the News: Petrit Halilaj on the Met’s Roof, Matthew Barney Is Game Ready and the Pope’s Flying Visit to the Biennale

3 min read  ·  29 Apr 2024

Matthew Barney SECONDARY (2023). Copyright Matthew Barney. Video still: Soren Nielsen, Courtesy of the artist, Gladstone Gallery, Sadie Coles HQ, Regen Projects, and Galerie Max Hetzler.

New York: Petrit Halilaj unveils his rooftop commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday, April 30. The Times previews Abetare, describing it a “tangle of dark bronze-and-steel calligraphic lines tracing silhouetted images” against the panorama of Manhattan.

Venice: The female artist-inmates, whose work is on show in their prison alongside pieces by leading artists, including Simone Fattal and Sister Corita Kent, were praised by Pope Francis, who made a flying visit to the extraordinary Biennale pavilion.

Paris: Matthew Barney will be filming and broadcasting a new video work inspired by a game of American Football during his solo show at the Fondation Cartier, which is due to open in June, FAD reports.

Vienna: Works by Otto Muehl, who was convicted of sexual abuses against minors, have led to protests at the new Vienna Actionism Museum, The Art Newspaper reports.

Profile: Andy Goldsworthy's has almost completed an epic work in the North of England, which was commissioned by telecoms tycoon David Ross. The artist has completed pieces in rural buildings that are connected by a six-mile walk, the Financial Times reports.

And in other news

Washington, DC: A climate activist who smeared paint on a showcase housing a sculpture by Edgar Degas in the National Gallery of Art has been sentenced to 60 days in prison. Joanna Smith (54) will also undertake community service, including cleaning graffiti.

"Collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos revealed that he had never seen some of the works he has donated to the Guggenheim, MCA Chicago, Tate and EMST, Athens, so he is seeing them: ‘Not only in a new light but in some cases, for the first time.’ "

- Financial Times

On this day

On April 29, 1992, five days of rioting began in Los Angeles after the acquittal of four officers of the LAPD, despite video evidence they severely beat Rodney King during an arrest. The urban devastation was a formative influence on Mark Bradford. The artist has described his neighborhood, Leimert Park, being turned into “scorched earth”.