Tang Recommends

Tang Recommends gathers online stories from other institutions about Tang artists. This is our way of supporting museum and gallery colleagues, and highlighting features on some of our favorite artists.
Artist Kara Walker, a dark-skinned woman, sits in front of a painting depicting several figures.
Kara Walker, 2019. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; photograph: Ari Marcopoulos.

Read Kara Walker’s thoughts on the current lockdown situations for those reading in the future, part of Frieze’s series of essays on the topic.

Kara Walker’s work has been exhibited at the Tang on a multitude of occasions: the solo exhibition Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress in 2003, Twice Drawn, Part 1 and Twice Drawn, Part 2, both in 2006, Eye Rhymes in 2010, Hope and Anger — The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond in 2014, Dismantling the House in 2015, We Will Control the Vertical in 2016, Birthing Bodies in 2017, When and Where I Enter in 2018, the 2019 exhibitions Like Sugar and Beauty and Bite, and the upcoming show Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond. Her work is also a part of the Tang Collection.

A group portrait of famous black artists
Image courtesy of Wayne Lawrence

The New York Times wrote about a trio of black-owned galleries in the 1960’s and 70’s, and how they launched the careers of many important black artists, including Dawoud Bey and Fred Wilson.

Dawoud Bey was a part of Give a damn., which was on view at the Tang in 2018. He also has work in the Tang Collection.

Fred Wilson’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at the Tang, including Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations 1979-2000 in 2002, Affinity Atlas in 2015, and Other Side: Art, Object, Self in 2017. You can also view his work in the Tang Collection.

A sculpture made of wood pieces stacked on top of each other, with two hollowed out round pieces as the focal points of the work
Double Oculus by Arlene Shechet (2019)

Susanne Vielmetter joins Arlene Shechet as they speak about what it’s like for the artist to create work during the pandemic.

Arlene Shechet was featured at the Tang in the 2009 exhibition Opener 18: Arlene Shechet — Blow By Blow.

An image of a postcard featuring Bartolo di Fredi's Adorazione dei Magi, with an image of the back of the postcard below, featuring a letter from artist Sol LeWitt to his mother
Courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt

In tribute to Italy during the pandemic, the estate of Sol LeWitt has shared a collection of Italian postcards from the artist to his mother.

Sol LeWitt’s #1202 Scribbles: Volumes is a featured part of the Tang Atrium. His work has been also been shown at the museum in the exhibitions From Pop to Now: Selections from from the Sonnabend Collection in 2002, Twice Drawn, Part 2 in 2006, and I was a double in 2014.

The process of the creation of #1202 Scribbles: Volumes is a central part of the current Hyde Cabinet 7: The Wall Is Prepared.

An image of an exterior wall and bench painted in a continuous abstract design, with backpacks hanging off of it
Now I’m going to tell you everything by Sarah Cain (2017)

Watch a conversation between Susanne Vielmetter and artist Sarah Cain, as they talk about how the pandemic has changed her artistic practice.

Sarah Cain’s work was shown at the Tang as part of the 2014 exhibition I was a double and will have a solo exhibition at the museum in 2021 entitled Opener 33: Sarah Cain — Enter the Center.

An image of a woman, artist Liz Collins, sitting in front of an abstract painting
Artist Liz Collins

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Liz Collins’ workspace, courtesy of the Female Design Council.

Liz Collins has been featured in the Tang exhibitions Dance/Draw in 2012, Liz Collins: Energy Field in 2015, and the student-curated exhibition Birthing Bodies in 2017.

Photo by Tim Davis

Tim Davis offers a playlist for an imaginary post-COVID-19 project called Healing Blimps.

Opener 31: Tim Davis— When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas) was on view at the Tang in 2018. Davis was also featured in Elevator Music 29: Tim Davis — Unphotographable in 2015.

Hear Lari Pittman speak about his work in conversation with Laura Hoptman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, from Lehmann Maupin Gallery.

Lari Pittman was featured in the 2018 Tang exhibition Give a damn. and also has work in the Tang Collection.

An image of a group of people posing for a staged photograph
Photo by Collier Schorr

Read about Nicole Eisenman, Eileen Myles, Elizabeth Streb, Mickalene Thomas and queer identity in a recent New York Times article.

Nicole Eisenman was exhibited in the solo show Opener 17: Nicole Eisenman — The Way We Weren’t in 2009 and also has work featured in the Tang Collection.

Eileen Myles’ writing will be featured in the upcoming exhibition catalogue for Energy In All Directions, opening in the fall of 2020.

Elizabeth Streb’s dance company was featured in the exhibition Streb Action at the Tang in 2019.

Mickalene Thomas has been featured at the Tang in multiple exhibitions, including the student-curated exhibitions Africa Pop Studio in 2017, New Ms. Thang in 2019, and will also be featured in the upcoming exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond in the fall of this year. Thomas’ work also resides in the Tang Collection.

A colorful painting of abstracted fish
Credit Shahzia Sikander

Watch Shahzia Sikander paint alongside her son in their New York City apartment.

Sikander has been featured at the Tang in two solo exhibitions: Opener 6: Shahzia Sikander — Nemesis in 2004 and Shahzia Sikander in 2015, presented in conjunction with Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century.

An image of an artist's studio, featuring brightly colored abstract paintings in the background and a collection of brushes and paints in the foreground
Carrie Moyer Studio

Read about how Carrie Moyer is dealing with the ongoing pandemic and how it is shaping her artistic practice.

Moyer has been exhibited at the Tang on numerous occasions, including About Painting in 2004, The Jewel Thief in 2010, the solo exhibition Opener 24: Carrie Moyer — Pirate Jenny in 2013, Dismantling the House in 2015, Serious Sparkle in 2019, and in the upcoming exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond in 2020.

Moyer is also featured in the Tang Collection, both her solo work and as part of Dyke Action Machine!

A painted image of a man in a red shirt sitting in a chair with a pink background. A cowboy hat sits next to the man
Jose by John Sonsini (2020)

Listen to a conversation between Susanne Vielmetter and John Sonsini, reflecting on the pandemic and creativity during this time.

Sonsini has been featured in the Tang exhibitions Twice Drawn 1 and Twice Drawn 2, both in 2006, and We Will Control the Vertical in 2016.

An image of two people, bodies partially obscured by a black curtain. One figure is laying on the floor in front of a wooden box, the other figure is perched on top of the box. A camera on a tripod is in from of the figures, facing the viewer
A conversation around pictures (0X5A2615) by Paul Mpagi Sepuya (2019)

As part of Vielmetter Los Angeles’ ongoing Garden Conversations series, hear artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya in conversation with Susanne Vielmetter.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s work is featured in the Tang Collection.

An image of the artist, looking into his studio from outside. There is a landscape painting on a chair outside.
Photo of Josh Dorman

Koplin del Rio Gallery has been interviewing artists in their homes and their latest edition features Skidmore alum Josh Dorman ‘88.

Dorman was featured in Alumni Invitational 3 at the Tang in 2011.

Drawing of large figure wearing a t-shirt with the words "relationshlep" on the front, being led by the hand by a smaller figure; a volcano erupts in the background
Image courtesy of Nicole Eisenman

Harper’s Bazaar explored how the art world is aiding in the fight against COVID-19, featuring Amy Sillman and Nicole Eisenman.

Amy Sillman has been featured in a number of Tang exhibitions, including About Painting in 2004, Dance/Draw in 2012, and the solo exhibition Opener 15: Amy Sillman — Third Person Singular in 2009.

Nicole Eisenman’s work was on view at the Tang in 2009 in the exhibition Opener 17: Nicole Eisenman — The Way We Weren’t. You can also view some of her work in the Tang Collection.

Image of homes, backyards, and above-ground pools as seen through a thick overlay of tree branches
Tim Davis posted this photograph on Instagram with the caption, ‘What is beyond the thickets? Is there a beyond the thickets? Is thickets all there is? #upstateeventhorizon

The New York Times recently profiled some of the world’s most prolific photographers on what they are taking pictures of during quarantine, featuring some familiar Tang artists.

Opener 31: Tim Davis— When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas) was on view at the Tang in 2018. Davis was also featured in Elevator Music 29: Tim Davis — Unphotographable in 2015. Stephen Shore’s work was exhibited as part of This Place in 2018. Catherine Opie was featured in Give a damn. in 2018, as well as the upcoming exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond. You can also view Opie’s work in the Tang Collection.

Image of four equally spaced brass, sousaphone, and trombone bells standing on end in a row
Terry Adkins Last Trumpet, 1995, Brass and sousaphone and trombone bells, Four parts; Each 216 × 24 × 24 inches (548.6 × 61 × 61 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of David Booth; and gift of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Thompson (by exchange), © 2019 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

Pulitzer Arts Foundation is currently featuring the exhibition Terry Adkins: Resounding and have added a curated Spotify playlist and recommended reading list as part of the exhibition page. Adkins was featured at the Tang in the 2012 exhibition Terry Adkins Recital.

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