Seven Shows to See Around the World
1. "I Love You" at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aros Allé 2, Århus, Denmark, through September 12, arospresse.dk
Romance in all its disparate permutations is on display here, from enigmatic sex-swing installations by Monica Bonvicini to Damien Hirst butterfly hearts, Araki bondage snaps, and Nina Bermans shockingly affecting documentary photos of a disfigured Marine.
2. "Site Exercises" at Susan Hobbs Gallery, 137 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Canada, through August 21, susanhobbs.com
This sparse but elegantly curated group show brings together work from six artists, juxtaposing oddities (mirrors, books, wire signs) to make unique assemblages. Patrick Howlett paints with watercolor directly on the gallery wall, Minimalist sculpture connects floor to ceiling, and multimedia artist Didier Courbot sticks to simple drawings.
3. Children’s Art Commission by Jack and Dinos Chapman at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, through October 31, whitechapelgallery.org
Two artists known for unwaveringly provocative work suddenly mellow out, presenting a series of fairy-tale-based etchings suitable for youngsters. We hope it’s more palatable than "F**cking Hell," their gut-churning, miniature tour of violence and Nazism.
4. "In Dialogue with Carr" at Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, through January 3, 2011, vanartgallery.bc.ca
Emily Carr may have painted forests, but don’t expect "happy little trees" — her scenes thrum with energy and bright, firy oranges. This show combines her work from the first half of the 20th century with that of British Columbia heavyweights like artist and author Douglas Coupland, Evan Lee, Liz Magor, and Marianne Nicolson.
5. Gary Hume, "Bird in a Fishtank," at Sprüth Magers, Oranienburger Straße 18, Berlin, Germany, through August 21, spruethmagers.com
British artist Gary Hume celebrates his new gallery in Berlin with a solo show of work on paper, paintings on aluminum, and marble sculpture. While some of the titles ("The C***," "The S**t") may sound like shock art, the finished work is comparatively quiet, beautiful, and gentle.
6. Carol Bove, Sterling Ruby, and Dana Schutz at Andrea Rosen, 525 West 24th Street, New York through August 20, andrearosengallery.com
Ruby’s massive "Pyramid Club" turns paper and collage into an almost talismanic idol, and his 2008 sculpture, "Consolidator," looks like a monumental statue from a forgotten cartoon world. Bove’s elegant, minimal Plexi-and-sheet-metal structures are like ghostly elevators that you’ll want to walk around (and inside, though please don’t). And Schutz, of course, is a painter who’s already earned canonization, though her three pieces here are slightly underwhelming.
7. "Painting in Process" at Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, through October 10, ekm.ee
This well-stocked group show of relative unknowns — to Americans, at least — is enlivened by a painting installation from Brussels-based Merike Estna. The artist’s stated intent was to examine both the female nude and landscape; the result is saucy, hilarious, and probably not safe for children (unlike the new work by the Chapmans).