Cecil Balmond’s Lens, proposed as a public art work for Iowa City.

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Public Art

A new 175-foot-long mural in Iowa City has some hoping for a resurrection of public art after a disappointing “no” vote by the city council last year stalled an ill-fated work by Cecil Balmond that had been derided as a “giant egg-slicer.” [Iowa City Press-Citizen]

Here’s a survey of the art on display in the Denver International Airport, which “stands out for shunning the niceties of conventional airport décor and embracing the weird, with a focus on permanent installations.” [Hyperallergic]

The Teapot Trust, an art-therapy operation based in Scotland, is working to help victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire. [BBC]

Art will feature in some or other way in a new development in Washington, D.C., to be called The Modern at Art Place. [The Washington Post]

Shows

Gary Simmons has a show enlisting his “erasure technique” to address “race, class, and the fragmented, fleeting nature of memory” at the California African American Museum. [Los Angeles Times]

Analia Saban’s show at Sprüth Magers gallery in Los Angeles offers up a “delicious, delirious, mind-bending experience” by way of mounted pieces of fabric—or might they be something else? [Los Angeles Times]

An appreciation of the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons exhibition at the Met, with a mind toward clothes with internal tension and a design that “seems to bring the ‘cute’ aesthetic at which Japanese culture so excels to its absurd conclusion.” [The New York Review of Books]

Fans of Patek Philippe watches will have lots to ogle at the storied timepiece brand’s exhibition “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York” at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. (Evidently rock dude John Mayer is a collector?) [The New York Times]

A Terrible Incident

South African filmmaker and writer Sibahle Nkumbi was pushed down a flight of stairs and hurt by the host of an Airbnb apartment in Amsterdam while preparing for her show at the Stedelijk Museum. Racism figured into the altercation, and Nkumbi’s friend, photographer Zanele Muholi, posted video of her collapsing as a result. [Artforum]

Misc.

Transition, “The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora,” has digitized its entire archive dating back to 1961. [Hutchins Center]

“ ‘Carl Broke Something’: On Carl Andre, Ana Mendieta, and the Cult of the Male Genius.” [Los Angeles Review of Books]

Here are a couple of foundational interviews on the making of the fantastically weird English magazine The Face. [The Guardian]

Photographer Kourtney Roy stages sparse, sparing scenarios with evocative period clothes for photographs that swell with narrative. [The Guardian]