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Being asked to make a site-specific work can be a poisoned chalice for an artist, particularly when the site is the suite of three neo-classical Duveen galleries that form the architectural spine of Tate Britain. These vaulting, pompous spaces –named after the wily Edwardian art dealer Joseph Duveen, who paid for their columns, pediments, and polished floors –have each year been given over to a British artist to work with. Last year, Phyllida Barlow dominated the space by filling it with a forest of wooden scaffolds, suspended blocks and mountains of wooden pallets.

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The Turner Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor is currently presenting an exhibition of recent work at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. As one of the most influential sculptors of his generation, Kapoor’s work combines the formal concerns of minimalism with concerns for the material and psychical nature of both the object and the self. Known primarily for his large site-specific installations and objects that test the phenomenology of space, this exhibition features significant new work that pushes his use of materials into exciting new territories. Kapoor has shown with Regen Projects since 1992 and this marks the artist’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.

A series of monumental works feature organic, terrestrial forms made from resin and earth.

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Richard Serra’s “Bent Pipe Roll,” from 1968, is a free-standing lead pipe that lies along the floor, angles upward through a cylindrical lead roll, then leans against the wall. It rests serenely, gracefully, alone in a gallery at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield. 

Nearby, Kate Gilmore’s new, site-specific installation, “A Roll in the Way,” consists of more than 500 painted logs stacked upright on a raised white platform.

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The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, which is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, is hosting its first major solo exhibition of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Eliasson, who is widely considered one of the most influential and pioneering artists of his generation, is best known for his sculptures and large-scale installations that employ natural materials.

“Riverbed,” a radical, site-specific installation, transforms the landscape of the museum as well as the visitors’ journey through the reimagined space.

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The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) is planning to expand, Art In America reports. As part of the expansion plans the city will lend the neighboring Convent dels Àngels to the museum for an unspecified period together with the Plaça dels Angels square, which is located between the 16th century cloister and the museum.

Although MACBA has frequently used the chapel for performances and site-specific installations, by lending the additional 21,500 square foot space to the museum on a longterm basis, the city, “Reaffirms its commitment to making Barcelona one of the world capitals in contemporary art and culture,” according to its statement.

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