Rose B. Simpson | ICA Boston

Rose B. Simpson: Legacies

August 9, 2022 – January 29, 2023

The art work of Rose B. Simpson (b. 1983 in Santa Clara Pueblo, NM) encompasses ceramic sculpture, metal work, performance, installation, writing, and automobile design, offering poignant reflections on the human condition. Her ceramic figurative sculptures, which range from intimately scaled works to monumental standing figures, express complex emotional and psychological states, spirituality, women’s strength, and post-apocalyptic visions of the world. Simpson is part of a multigenerational, matrilineal lineage of artists working with clay. She combines processes of producing clay pottery in practice since the 6th century with innovative techniques and materials, connecting tradition and knowledge of her own place in the world today. For Legacies, Simpson’s signature themes and approaches to working with clay are brought together in a focused open floor plan presentation of her ceramic sculptures, including individual figures, pairs, and groupings, and new works made for the exhibition.

Learn more here.

John Houck | The Ford Family Foundation

John Houck was selected by a jury of five arts professionals as a 2022 Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. Houck will receive a $35,000 unrestricted award and will join 46 peers selected over the past 12 years as Hallie Ford Fellows.

Clare Rojas | Artsy

Clare Rojas’s Mesmerizing Paintings Weave Tales of Chaos and Serenity
Written by Alexxa Gotthardt
July 26, 2022
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Claudia Wieser | Sculpture in the City

Sculpture in the City is an annual sculpture park that uses the urban realm as a rotating gallery space. Explore the 20 artworks in the 11th Edition, on display in the City of London’s financial district from 22 June 2022 until spring 2023.

Included in the 11th Edition, Wieser’s site specific wallwork for The Leadenhall Building weaves various narratives—fictive, biographical, historical—into a backdrop that functions like a stage, encouraging the viewer to consider his or her place in time at the center of a great human drama that unfolds recurrently and relentlessly.

Situated in the City of London, whose history goes back to the Roman Empire, the arc is spanned from the ancient past to the present day.

Collaged together from her vast archive, the combination of textures, architecture elements, representatives of the past and the present, the layer of real people passing by automatically becomes part of the image cycle.

Year: 2022

Andrea Bowers | Los Angeles Times

Andrea Bowers’ activist art has long been a conduit for hope — and still is today
Written by Catherine Womack
July 8, 2022
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Rose B. Simpson | Joan Mitchell Foundation

In the Studio: Rose B. Simpson
Interview and editing by Jenny Gill
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Rose B. Simpson | Princeton University Art@Bainbridge

Rose B. Simpson: Witness

Saturday, July 23, 2022 – Sunday, September 11, 2022

 

The sculptural figures in Rose B. Simpson’s installation Witness invite visitors to reflect on fundamental aspects of being human—as sentient, reactive, and impactful. Her works encourage direct interaction in order to explore such common human experiences as the effects of insomnia, tropes of gender identity, or the impact of microaggressions. Traces of such experiences attach to the sculptures’ bodies or heads, where humans absorb and process information, while their accoutrements and upright posture, with heads held high, confirm the dignity of individuals who accept these experiences. The sculptures seek empathetic responses from those who witness them; they look back at us, demanding introspection and acknowledgment of our actions. Simultaneously, Simpson’s slap-slab clay construction method preserves impressions of her hands and fingerprints; she accepts these imperfections as inevitable. The resulting works are—like all people—the sum of their experiences.

Hernan Bas & Zadie Xa | Art Agenda

Hernan Bas & Zadie Xa’s “House Spirits”
Written by Danica Sachs
June 28, 2022
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Rose B. Simpson | Williams College Museum of Art

Counterculture: Rose B. Simpson and Monique Tyndall in Conversation

Sunday, June 19, 2022
11:00 am
 – 12:00 pm

Join artist Rose B. Simpson in conversation with Monique Tyndall, Director of Cultural Affairs, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, at the Williams College Museum of Art.

Together, they will discuss Simpson’s Counterculture, a monumental public sculpture on view at Field Farm—The Trustees’ 2022 Art & the Landscape commission—as well as the enduring presence and engagement of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians on their homelands, and in relationship to this project.

This conversation is free and open to all, and is co-sponsored by The Trustees, Forge Project, and Williams College Museum of Art. Registration is encouraged but not required. Sign up via The Trustees website here.

Rose B. Simpson | The New York Times

Rose B. Simpson Thinks in Clay
By Jori Finkel
June 16, 2022
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Isaac Julien | ARTnews

Pioneering Filmmaker and Artist Isaac Julien Knighted By Queen of England
By Alex Greenberger
June 2, 2022
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Rose B. Simpson | Trustees

Rose B. Simpson: “Counterculture”

June 18 – November 30, 2022
The Guest House at Field Farm
544 Sloan Road
Williamstown, MA 01267

Counterculture open this June at Field Farm in Williamstown.

The exhibition will be installed along the horizon line of a Field Farm meadows that is visible from Sloan Road. The sculptural artwork consists of twelve cast-concrete figures supported by steel-gauge wireframes that stand approximately nine feet tall. The figures are covered with a dry concrete spray, adorned with ceramic and found objects, and include steel-posts rooted into the ground with cement.

Simpson’s most ambitious work to date, Counterculture honors generations of marginalized people and cultures whose voices have been too often silenced by colonization. The figures look West across a post-apocalyptic vista, the vast homelands from which native peoples were forcibly removed. The artist imagines the figures as watchful presences, reminders that history and the natural world perpetually observe humanity. With hollow eyes that catch the morning sunlight, the feminine-bodied forms also suggest that Mother Earth shows us the way—that respect for the land and its original inhabitants are the honorable way forward.

Judy Chicago | The New York Times

In Dishes and Dolls, a Foundation of Feminist Art
Written by Laurel Graeber
April 27, 2022
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Sadie Barnette | Mousse

The Keepers: Sadie Barnette and Ja’Tovia Garry in Conversation with Erin Christovale
April 29, 2022
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Andrea Bowers | Art Agenda

Andrea Bowers’s “Can the world mend in this body?”
Written by Brian Karl
April 6, 2022
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Jessica Silverman | KQED

How Bay Area Art Galleries Are Confronting Their Role in the Climate Crisis
By Suzanne L’Heureux
March 30, 2022
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Martha Friedman | Princeton Art Museum Art@Bainbridge

Martha Friedman is a sculptor whose multimedia practice incorporates choreography, printmaking, drawing, cast and poured rubber, mold-blown glass, plaster, wax, and concrete into works that encompass her interdisciplinary interests.

Body Matters presents two new series of sculptures by the artist, a Princeton University faculty member. Friedman draws inspiration from the sculptural traditions of ancient Egyptian mummification, Greco-Roman portrait busts, nineteenth-century public monuments, and drawings of the brain structure and nerves by the early-twentieth-century neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal. In bringing together these influences, Friedman mines the space between visceral and intellectual experiences of the body to consider the ways in which our physical forms shape our understanding of being human and our desire to transcend those limits. Body Matters is curated by Mitra M. Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Woody De Othello | Juxtapoz

Woody De Othello: Flash of the Spirit
Written by Kristin Farr
March 15, 2022
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Woody De Othello | The New York Times Style Magazine

Artist Questionnaire: Woody De Othello’s Extraordinary Monuments to the Mundane
Written by Anna Furman
March 17, 2022
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Woody De Othello | Frieze

Woody De Othello: The Emotion of Everyday Objects
Written by Frieze Los Angeles
February 20, 2022
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Rashaad Newsome | The New York Times

Rashaad Newsome Pulls Out All the Stops
Written by Martha Schwendener
February 24, 2022
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Rashaad Newsome | Bloomberg

Assembly is an Ambitious, Joyful Collage of Black Art and Voguing
Written by Brian Schaefer
February 19, 2022
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Isaac Julien | Contemporary &

Isaac Julien Receives Goslar Kaiserring 2022
Written by Contemporary&
February 1, 2022
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Woody De Othello | The New York Times

“Whitney Biennial Picks 63 Artists to Take Stock of Now”
Written by Siddhartha Mitter
January 25, 2022
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Jessica Silverman | The Art Newspaper

San Francisco’s Fog art fair returns with rapid sales of tangible works and rising interest in the digital
Written by Leora Lutz
January 21, 2022
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Judy Chicago | W Magazine

Judy Chicago Confronts Her Younger Self
Written by Andrea Whittle
January 21, 2022
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Sadie Barnette | Hyperallergic

The Necessary Art of Lesiure
Written by Luke Williams
January 4, 2022
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Sadie Barnette | The New York Times Style Magazine

A Daughter’s Reclamation of Her Father’s Past
Written by Anna Furman
December 31, 2021
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