If you’ve visited Bard College in the past few years, perhaps you saw the dreamy, moon-shaped pond installed by Olafur Eliasson at the school’s north end. Viewers walk a bridge covered in sprials of steel to reach an island surrounded by trees in the work, titled The Parliament of Reality, the Icelandic artist’s first public installation in the U.S. There’s also Bard Enter, Lawrence Weiner’s geometric arrangement of stainless steel set into a concrete walkway leading to the Hessel Museum. The institution also mounted the first American survey of Brazilian artist Tunga, who’s known for his often-unsettling installations, photographs, and videos (in one piece, Braided Snakes, the artist and his assistants physically weave together live hibernating snakes and film them slowly waking up, only to slither into the surrounding grass).
These are just a few of the twenty-five artists whose work will be on view in Painting in Space, a star-studded group exhibition at Luhring Augustine’s Chelsea outpost that benefits Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies. In honor of its twentieth anniversary, the showcase exists to support the Next Decade Campaign, a fundraising arm of CCS Bard that aims to continue its legacy of ground-breaking graduate programs for curatorial study and contemporary art research. Work by heavyweights like Martin Creed, Liam Gillick, Sarah Morris, Mark di Suvero, and Rachel Whiteread will be up for grabs, with all gallery proceeds going straight to CCS Bard.
Painting in Space is on view at Luhring Augustine from June 22 until August 17.