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New Shows at MASS MoCA

by The Staff on May 23, 2013


The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art doesn’t mess around. The museum will open four new exhibits this weekend: Guillaume Leblon, Jason Middlebrook, Joseph Montgomery and Love to Love You.

This is Paris-based sculptor Guillaume Leblon’s first solo museum show in the United States. The exhibit, which opens Sunday (May 26) and runs through April 7, 2014, “will feature a selection of works made over the last decade, in addition to two major new projects created for MASS MoCA. Leblon’s practice is characterized both by its diversity and the artist’s canny manipulation of space.”

Jason Middlebrook’s 2009 show at UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Live With Less, prompted our critic Nadine Wasserman to point out the tension in his work: “Live With Less comments on our out-of-whack relationship to nature. But Middlebrook complicates the statement by exploring aesthetics itself and by asking what constitutes beauty.” His new show at MASS MoCA, which opens Sunday (May 26) and runs through April 7, 2014, will, according to the gallery notes, feature his “recent forays into painting and will feature new works from the artist’s series of painted hardwood planks begun in 2008.”

Joseph Montgomery's One Hundred Forty Seven

New York City-based painter Joseph Montgomery will be showing a series of abstract assemblages that “vibrate with texture and movement and bursts of color amidst a mostly subdued and earthy palette.” Pictured here is his Image One Hundred Forty Seven (2011-12).

Finally, there is Love to Love You, an exhibit that “brings together artists who explore fandom as a unique opportunity for shared social experience and extreme personal obsession.” The show also opens Sunday (May 26), and will run through Jan. 5, 2014. (Now you have that awesome Donna Summer song stuck in your head.)

You can check out all these shows at MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.); for more info, visit massmoca.org or call (413) 662-2111.