Thousands of pages of writing — but not a word to read. A major retrospective opens of one of the smartest, steadiest, and most inscrutable artists of postwar Argentina.
Plus: painting the Hamptons and tapestries in the Hudson Valley, the Yokohama Triennale, a grungy occupation in Sydney, and the best small museum in Switzerland.
National Art Center and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
The largest and most significant show ever of contemporary southeast Asian art, following a years-long research project that took Japanese curators to all ten ASEAN countries. (Who knew there were studios to visit in Brunei?)
Lately we feel conflicted singing the virtues of America — but if you think we have it bad, try working for the federal government. The National Museum of American History has spent years preparing a massive new wing devoted to democratic norms and practices; the delay has given its ballot boxes and protest placards the cast of a present-day crusade.
Jewish Museum, New York
In her disdain for exhibitions, Stettheimer is a model — one easier to follow if you’ve got the cash, we concede — of artistic autonomy. Make only the art you really need to see, and if people don’t like it, shop.
Athens and Kassel
The unprecedented decision to deterritorialize Documenta is not just a bitter retort to the bureaucrats of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Brussels. It reboots Bode’s conception of the first Documenta as a civic enterprise, rooted in international calamity and committed to a better future.