Art World Abstracts: Hayward Gallery Mounts a Cold War Missile, and More!

Artist Richard Wentworth has mounted a Cold-War era missile on top of the Hayward Gallery's terraces for the exhibition "History Is Now." (Photo by Philip Toscano/PA Wire)

Artist Richard Wentworth has mounted a Cold-War era missile on top of the Hayward Gallery’s terraces for the exhibition “History Is Now.” (Photo by Philip Toscano/PA Wire)

A six-ton decommissioned Cold War-era Bloodhound missile and launcher have been installed on the terraces of the Hayward Gallery in London for its “History Is Now” exhibition, a show exploring Britain in the years following WWII. Artist Richard Wentworth originally thought he would only show old newsreel of the British-designed missile’s firing tests but, along with Hayward curator Cliff Lauson, felt nothing could be more powerful than the real thing. [Guardian]

Michael Chow, the art world’s celebrated restaurateur, is having his first exhibition in Mainland China. Mr. Chow, who was trained at Central St. Martins in London before launching his restaurants, has finally returned to making his own artwork and put together a tribute to his father Zhou Xinfang, a famous Beijing Opera star who died in 1975. “Voice for My Father” is on view at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art through March 22. [New York Times]

Best known for his eye-popping soundsuits, artist Nick Cave is organizing a parade in Shreveport, Louisiana. With the aid of a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council has tapped Mr. Cave for a residency with Shreveport Common, during which he’ll recruit local artists and performers for a “highly costumed, highly choreographed parade.” [Art Newspaper]

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a gift of paintings from museum patron Helen Tyson Madeira. Works by Cézanne, Manet, Pissarro, Morisot, and two portraits by Marcel Duchamp donated by Yolande Candel, daughter of the artist’s friend Gustave Candel. The works are all expected to go on view in the museum’s galleries. [Artforum]

New York’s LGBTQ nonprofit the Center is finally relaunch after renovations that began to its West Village building in 2013. A special exhibition of artworks commissioned for the organization in 1989 will go on view in “Once Upon a Time and Now,” with pieces by artists like Glenn Ligon, Robert Storr, and Deborah Kass. The Center has nabbed Met associate curator Ian Alteveer to work on the show. [Vogue]

Photographer Laurie Joliet captured fairgoers on the West Coast over the weekend at Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Paramount Ranch, and Printed Matter’s L.A. Art Book Fair. Based on her shots, T Magazine felt there was enough evidence to declare a trend: Grunge is in. Check out the slideshow to see how the Sunshine State’s art worlders have appropriated the throwback look. [T Magazine]

Art World Abstracts: Hayward Gallery Mounts a Cold War Missile, and More!