CINEMA NOTES, 07/15/13
All About Air Conditioning
Is there any place better to beat the heat than the cool darkness of a movie theater? Yes, we know we talked about movies al fresco not long ago, but that was before the heat wave. Now, we want our art ice-cold. There are a plethora of fabulous art movie theaters in New York. Here are a few to try:
It’s worth the trek to Williamsburg to enjoy dinner & a movie–all at the same time. Check out the themed cocktails: The Clara Bow and Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blanc Mini are currently featured.
Now Playing: Frances Ha, Before Midnight, The Bling Ring, and Byzantium. Oh, and Goodfellas starts at midnight on July 19th & 20th.
136 Metropolitan Ave
C’mon–where else in the country can you watch Dazed and Confused in a fabulous vintage theater during prime time?
Now Playing: Dazed & Confused, The East, I’m So Excited, Much Ado About Nothing
143 East Houston Street
Often overlooked, the Paris is a gem of a theater, and its fare tends toward the arty.
Now Playing: Unfinished Song
The Paris Theater
4 West 58th Street
Gallery Notes, 07/01/2013
Movies Al Fresco
Was there ever a drive-in theater in New York City? Staten Island, perhaps?
In any case, it is safe to say that most New Yorkers have never known the pleasure of hooking up the speaker to the car door and leaning back on the auto upholstery as a giant screen flickers on with tonight’s feature. No matter. We take our outdoor movie-going seriously, and here are four venues to prove it.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: DJs at 6p, movies at sundown
What’s Showing: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (July 11), Enter the Dragon (July 18)
Food: Luke’s Lobster, No. 7 Sub, Blue Marble Ice Cream
Good to Know: Syfy sponsors this summer series, and this year’s theme is Movies with a View, featuring movies set in cities around the world. You can check out the stars with members of the Astronomers Association of New York, who will be on hand.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St.
Bryant Park (Midtown Manhattan)
When: Stake your claim at 5p, movies at sundown
What’s Showing: Frenzy (July 1), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (July 8), Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (July 15), The African Queen (July 22)
Food: Bring a picnic (our suggestion: head to the food market at Grand Central and assemble a mini-feast)
Good to Know: In its 21st season so, um, let’s just say the word is out.
Sixth Avenue between 40th & 42nd Sts.
McCarran Park (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
When: gates open 5p, music at 6p, movies at sundown
What’s Showing: Can’t Hardly Wait (July 10), PeeWee’s Big Adventure (July 17)
Food: food trucks, of course
Good to Know: Movies are all from the 80s and 90s and should be viewed with irony appropriate to the venue (although, to be fair, Williamsburg may be entering its post-ironic phase)
Bedford Ave. at N. 12th St.
Lavender Lake (Brooklyn)
When: movies at sunset, every Tuesday & Wednesday
What’s Showing: past features have included North by Northwest and Rocky
Food: Pate & pork chops, served on-site.
Good to Know: Lavender Lake has made a splash as one of the best bars and backyards in Gowanus.
383 Carroll St. (between Bond & Nevins)
Gallery Notes, 06/15/2013
This month, Jeff Koons. Everywhere.
Jeff Koons at Gagosian
Photo by Rob McKeever, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Ranging from Greek Antiquities to more recent culture (viz Hulk, pictured), begin your Koons-a-rama experience at the Gagosian. Closes July 3.
555 West 24th St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Jeff Koons at Zwirner
Apparently Koons is spreading the love. Gazing Ball closes June 29.
525 West 19th St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
NYC, c. 1985
We’re suckers for anything that tells a story about the city. This group show, which closes July 3, includes photographers like Janette Beckman, Nan Goldin, and Mark Morrisroe and their photos from (you guessed it) 1985. No Jeff Koons here, by the way.
521-531 West 25th St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 06/01/2013
BOS is the BOSS
While we are ordinarily partial to galleries and studios in Chelsea, this week is all about art in Brooklyn. Open any publication this weekend: Bushwick Open Studios is everywhere.
But really it is in Bushwick, where, according to our friends at Hyperallergic, 604 studios, shows and events will take place over a few short days. Hyperallergic has a dandy guide to help you navigate, and Arts in Bushwick has one-upped them with this comprehensive website featuring (ahem) 627 shows. (For those planning on an extended tour, there is, of course, an iOS app.)
Gallery Notes, 05/15/13
500+ exhibitors showing the latest designs in furnishings. If you are not in the trade, you may visit on one day only: Tuesday, May 21. Tickets are $60.
Jacob Javits Center
11th Avenue (38th St.)
If it’s summer, it must be Shakespeare. In the Park, that is. The season kicks off May 28 with The Comedy of Errors. Free, but you need tickets (instructions on website below). Bring a picnic.
Shakespeare in the Park
Delacorte Theater, Central Park
125 West 18th St. (between 5th & 6th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 05/01/2013
Hard not to notice that it is pleasant to be out of doors. Make the most of being right here in Chelsea’s gallery district by exercising a bit of shoe leather.
Passport to the Arts
The New Yorker has rounded up a full complement of art, entertainment, and culinary delights to entertain you for all of Saturday, May 4th. Organize your day around “Passport to the Arts,” which involves an actual passport of sorts. As you make your way around the Soho and Chelsea art worlds, your passport will be adorned with cool stamps designed by real live artists for each gallery you visit on the tour.
Apparently something unusual happens at the McKittrick Hotel , too.
The day wraps up at Hudson Studios with a party & silent auction.
$55 each or two for $99
Passport to Pulse
Gallery Notes, 04/15/2013
Your Spring Concert Guide
Spring has got us rubbing our eyes and coming out of hibernation, and what better way to celebrate than with live music? Here are the best upcoming downtown shows for your listening pleasure. Buy your tickets now.
Cold War Kids
The Cold War Kids have been around for a while, but if you haven’t seen them live, you should. Their passionate and raw rock will inspire a lot of jumping, while slower, verging-on-eerie songs like “Pregnant” will give you chills. Saturday, April 13th at 6 p.m. ($25)
Reason To See Them: “Something Is Not Right With Me”
125 East 11th St. (between 3rd & 4th Ave)
Get ready to fall into a trance and figure your whole life out while experiencing an intense non-drug-induced body high at the Memory Tapes show. Dayve Hawk’s layering of funereal melodies with electronic and dance beats makes for a gratifying, all-encompassing experience. Sunday, April 14th at 9:30 p.m. ($12).
Reason To See Them: “Bicycle”
217 E. Houston St. (between 1st Ave. & Avenue A)
Phosphorescent seems fitting as singer-songwriter Matthew Houck’s chosen epithet. His folksy, somber-yet-uplifting tunes and engaging stage presence might make you see fireworks. Thursday April 18th at 8 p.m. ($15)
Reason To See Them: “Wolves”
6 Delancey St. (between Chrystie St. & the Bowery)
The Thermals were the perfect post-pop-punk soundtrack to my angsty teenage years, and trust me when I say nothing has changed. Go see these lo-fi heavy rockers to indulge your inner irreverent, head-banging rebel. Tuesday and Wednesday May 28th & 29th at 8 p.m. ($16)
Reason To See Them: “No Culture Icons”
6 Delancey St. (between Chrystie St. & the Bowery)
The Antlers. Oh, The Antlers. “Hospice” is a concept album about a hospice worker and his love for his dying patient, and if that doesn’t melt your heart then the vocals will. The piercing effect of their music can be summed up in Peter Silbermann’s multiple-octave jump in “Epilogue.” Wednesday, June 12th at 8 p.m., ($20)
Reason To See Them: The entire “Hospice” album, but especially “Epilogue”
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker (between Thompson & Sullivan)
Gallery Notes, 04/01/2013
Cool Tools for Art Fools
Take advantage of warmer temps and hit the art trail. If you are the planning-ahead type, check out these apps and websites that offer a great way to plan a day of artful joy right here in the neighborhood.
Art Cards has a straightforward interface that makes it easy to select exhibition destinations from a comprehensive list. Users can navigate by neighborhood and select from a list of events & openings or a list of ongoing shows. Selections move to the user’s personal list, which can be exported to a printable map or an email.
This is a great site for creating a hit list of galleries you want to be sure to see.
- easy to share selections with a friend via email
- also works in San Francisco, Berlin, Miami, London, & L.A.
- not much to help guide selections other than an “editors pick” signifier
Chelsea Gallery Map
Chelsea Gallery Map also has a side-by-side interface, but in this case the site pairs an interactive map with a list of galleries and their current exhibitions. Navigation occurs in two ways:
- If you want to focus your art tour on, say, a single block, hover over the colored squares signifying galleries on the map side of the screen and basic details of each gallery will appear.
- Click on a gallery on the other side of the screen and the location is highlighted on the map side, pointing you to your destination.
Chelsea Gallery Map is quite useful if you are new to Chelsea and want to scout a few gallery stops within a fairly circumscribed area.
- mousing over a bird’s eye view of a dense block of galleries
- design of the exhibition list is tired and cluttered
NY Art Beat
The NY Art Beat app is available for both iOS and Android and is super handy both for planning and for on-the-go. Users can navigate by geography—down to specific blocks in Chelsea, media (create your own ceramics-only art tour), and “smart lists,” which include obvious categories like “Closing Soon” and less obvious ones like “For Kids Too.”
- well, a mobile app is awfully handy
- reviews and other content integrated into site (but not app)
- a bit more editorial (e.g., ten best shows to see now) would be awesome, but we are not really complaining—this is a solid app
Gallery Notes, 3/01/2013
ARTS & CULTURE
Lots of worthy exhibitions this week. But what caught our eye were the stark images in these two shows.
Nicolai Howalt & Trine Sondergaard
Denmark is hot right now. A warm New York welcome, then, to Nicolai Howalt & Trine Sondergaard, artists who work together and separately, both with photography as their primary medium.
Images from their best-known joint project, How to Hunt, are massive time-lapse landscapes of Danish hunting grounds. Boxers, pictured above, shows before-and-after photos of young boys at the moment of their first fight. Most of the images (even the joint project Dying Birds) have a documentary feel that only heightens the feeling of melancholy. Go on a sunny day so you can lighten your mood afterward.
Through April 13.
Bruce Silverstein Gallery
535 West 24th St.
Silke Schoner’s paintings are fascinating because of what’s not there. Her use of white space intensifies the focus on a particular moment or slice of landscape. With noisy backgrounds and foregrounds cut away, we look more intently at what remains.
Through March 10.
555 West 25th Street
Gallery Notes, 2/15/2013
One Block, 3 Must-See Shows. Really.
555 w. 24 St.
NY NY 10011
212 741 1111
Through April 6
This is the blockbuster must see show, a museum-quality retrospective in the biggest blue chip gallery on the block. Jean-Michel Basquiat was 28 when he died but he produced a massive body of work. Did it live up to the hype over the last 30 years? The answer is a resounding YES, as this show demonstrates. The colors, the primitive use of graffiti, the images that reference Charlie Parker, Cassius Clay, Sugar Ray Robinson, all look just as fresh as they did when they first started making waves and seeing this many pieces in one show is a real treat. The work is acerbic, witty, angry and ultimately beautiful. Warning: Thursday nights are packed. Last week the line snaked half way up the block. See it on a weekday afternoon if possible.
Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
531 W. 24 St.
NY NY 10011
212 206 9100
Through March 16
In a beautifully decaying 200-year-old upstate farmhouse, this Icelandic artist assembled a group of 9 musicians to collaborate on an emotional and moving piece of music based on ABBA’s last album, The Visitors. Each musician is shot in one room and shown on 9 different screens in the gallery but held together by the soundtrack. It’s a highly-styled video performance piece that runs the emotional gamut from melancholy to pure joy. I stayed for the full 53 minutes and left with a feeling of pure pleasure, an exhilarating sensation that most theater, art or performance rarely achieves.
Marco Brambilla: CREATION (megaplex)
532 W. 24th St.
212 243 3335
Through Feb 23
If you’ve seen Kanye West’s “Power” video, you’ll recognize Brambilla’s touch. If you don’t, get ready for a spectacular visual treat. As soon as you put on the 3D glasses and sit down, you’ll feel like you fell down the rabbit hole. Assembled from hundreds of film clips, Creation [megaplex] is a swirling spiral that somehow encompasses the creation of the universe, the big bang, the id of every Hollywood animator, plus cameos from Julie Andrews, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey. Impossible to explain but compelling to watch. And don’t worry: If the words “video installation” scare you, rest assured there’s nothing pretentious about Creation. It’s beautiful fun that leaves you scratching your head, asking, “How’d he do that?”
Gallery Notes, 02/01/2013
Visiting New York in early February? Brace yourself for an onslaught of fashion–you will feel the vibe right here in the hotel. That’s right—it’s Fashion Week.
The most anticipated shows this year: Thom Brown, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander Wang. Needless to say, shows are invitation-only.
If you are not on the invite list, you will have to get creative. Best way to guarantee your brush with real fashionistas: head north to Lincoln Center, blanketed not with snow but with tents. It is just the spot to people-watch (indeed, you may fight for space with fashion bloggers), and do a little Instagram scavenger hunting for
· The Highest Heel
· The Thinnest Model
· The Most Outrageous Outfit
· The Most Outre Eyewear
While you are in the Lincoln Center neighborhood, consider taking in a performance. Michael Mayer’s Rigoletto, set in Vegas, has some buzz and if your timing is right, you can catch a free film. For additional offerings, click the link below.
Columbus Avenue between 65th & 68th Streets
Gallery Notes, 1/15/2013
In a city where big competes with big, a dose of small can be refreshing. Below, a collection of tktk
Airswimming is a tiny play: a cast of two, in a theater of modest proportions, and a topic that is easily swept under the rug. It is about two forgotten women, locked up for decades in an asylum in England for transgressions including an out-of-wedlock birth. Dora and Persephone use alter egos, Dorph and Porph, to manage the sadness and solitude.
January 9 – February 3.
Irish Repertory Theater
132 West 22nd St.
Fashion & Technology
Among the city’s splendid small museums is the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and fashion lovers rave about the Museum’s deep focus on particular topics (Shoes, for example, opens in February). Admission is free.
The museum also has a terrific trove of online collections.
through May 8
The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th St.
Gallery Notes, 1/1/2013
ARTS & CULTURE
New Year’s Resolutions
What to see in Chelsea this month? Here is a list of upcoming exhibitions that are worth adding to your list of resolutions.
McDermott & McGough: Suspicious of rooms without music or atmosphere
Nothing like a new year to spur a meditation on the nature of time. If you are the visual artist team McDermott & McGough, however, you have already spent a lifetime on the topic. For the fifteen years beginning in 1980, both artists dressed and lived as if it were 1910, and their world consisted of detachable collars, candlelight, and 19th century photographic techniques.
McDermott & McGough have now fast-forwarded forty or fifty years. Their new exhibition at Cheim & Read, McDermott & McGough: Suspicious of rooms without music or atmosphere, captures flashes of deep emotion from movie stills of the late 50s and early 60s. Many of the works juxtapose multiple images, prompting the viewer to puzzle out the connections in a moment of high drama.
January 17 – February 23.
Cheim & Read
547 West 25th St.
David Shrigley: Signs
David Shrigley is a deadpan observer of the mundane, and he turns his talent for wordplay to an exploration of the semiotics of signs in a new exhibition at the Anton Kern Gallery. This is serious art but, yes, you are allowed to laugh.
January 10 – February 16
Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
Marina Zurkow: Necrocracy
No, it is not about zombies. The dead things hanging over Zurkow’s Necrocracy are long-gone microorganisms that became oil. Zurkow’s exploration of the petrochemical industry ranges from animations that reference issues like fracking to a set of soft sculptures made of Tyvek (yes, it’s oil-derived) that feature images (The Petroleum Manga) of everyday objects made from petroleum.
January 10 – February 16
529 West 20th Street
Gallery Notes, 12/15/2012
Art Takes a Holiday
There is something kind of awesome about visiting museums in the city in the holiday limbo between Christmas and New Year’s. Yes, it is crowded, but the vibe is a rare one, relaxed and convivial and delighted. Those cooped up with relatives are happy for an escape, out-of-towners are reminded of the glory of New York, and the city’s long-timers remember some of the reasons they moved here (or stayed here) in the first place.
We will return to our observations of Chelsea galleries in the New Year.
Pop Goes the Whitney
If your holiday season has been bursting with material bounty, head for the Whitney, where you can meditate on how blasé you have become about ordinary objects and images.
Richard Artschwager spent part of his career as a furniture-maker, and his sculpture (Description of Table) calls attention to how easy it is to take for granted objects we see every day. Artschwager’s paintings of buildings being demolished convey a similar message: after all, don’t we all ignore the buildings we pass every day until they are gone?
If you need more perspective about the impact of the ordinary, Pop Art is a great big smack on the head. The Whitney has two Pop exhibitions, Sinister Pop and Dark and Deadpan: Pop in TV and the Movies, and they both explore the darker side of commercial and pop-culture images.
Feminism at the New Museum
Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos explores the German artist’s work over decades, including her “knitting” sculptures from the 80s that paired the domestic with other disciplines and, for a time at least, grouped her with artists focused on feminist issues. A goodly portion of the exhibition, however, is devoted to “individuals not normally recognized as professional artists,” including artists whose work in botany and zoology went largely unrecognized and with whom, presumably, Trockel feels some connection.
Speaking of feminism, don’t miss Judith Bernstein: Hard if your plans include the New. Bernstein makes being an artist look awfully fun, what with her bold and graffiti-esque pokes at machismo.
The New Museum
Moving Pictures at MOMA
Wow, there is so much going on at the Museum of Modern Art that you could spend the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s and never leave the building. If forced to prioritize, though, here are a few picks, both focused on the moving image:
Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets. Uh, right. This is a big retrospective of the Quay Brothers, who have been making indecipherable films since the early 70s. The surreal has a starring role here: watch this for a creepy-but-gorgeous sample. Surely Tim Burton is a fan.
Goldfinger: Design of an Iconic Film Title. Design aficionados will cheer the news that a film title sequence has been made part of MOMA’s collection. James Bond fans will love seeing the opener that defined the franchise’s look for the next 40 years. Film fans will appreciate the inventiveness of projecting iconic movie snippets onto the body of a provocatively posed female figure. Good times all around.
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Gallery Notes, 12/01/2012
ARTS & CULTURE
Your correspondent almost always writes about galleries in this blog¾after all, some of the world’s most notable art is on display just steps from the hotel’s front door. But since there is a bit of a lull this time of year as the art world heads to Miami Basel, let’s spend a moment on another art form: books.
More than 192 Books
This superb book shop feels more like the private library of someone with great taste in literature. It’s light and airy with big windows and floor to ceiling shelves lined with books, yet it never feels overwhelming. There’s a kids’ table in one corner, plus a great photo and design section.
192 Books reflects the reading taste of its owners, gallery owner Paula Cooper and her husband, Holt editor Jack Macrae. The large selection of art books and literature in translation is also excellent. Occasional exhibitions and a fine reading series complete the bill.
This season, look for gorgeous books from Penguin. This major publisher seems to be on a mission: making the book worth buying for the cover alone. Penguin has paired noted artists like tktk with classic title Alice in Wonderland, and Penguin’s new editions of other classics may make you want to chuck your Kindle.
190 Tenth Ave (between 21st & 22nd Sts.)
Print that Matters
Printed Matter has appeared in this blog before, but it is worthy of another mention for the holidays. From the lofty to the bizarre, Printed Matter’s selection of art books could contain your gift for the difficult person on your list. Featured now: a Jenny Holzer wood postcard (“The Beginning of the War Will Be Secret”) for $5.
195 Tenth Ave (between 21st & 22nd Sts.)
Gallery Notes, 11/15/2012
Back in Action
There are still far too many galleries with signs like these. The Hotel Americano is helping to support the relief effort. Details below.
Cocktails for Good
Paul Kasmin Gallery, Artspace.com, and the Hotel Americano have organized a cocktail party this Friday to benefit the Art Dealers Association of America Relief Fund. The party will be at the hotel, and you can learn more and RSVP here .
Also on offer to benefit the fund are limited edition prints based on William N. Copley’s Think (Flag). The prints are $200 on Artspace.com, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the fund.
The Hotel Americano
518 West 27th Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Robert Kushner: New Paintings, New Collages
Bravo for openings of new exhibitions—we will never take them for granted again. Cue Robert Kushner, whose paintings take cues from centuries of ornamentation. Certain works looks like a merger of traditional Japanese painting and William Morris, with a smattering of Klimt—and it flows together seamlessly.
Through January 3.
D.C. Moore Gallery
535 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 11/01/2012
In the aftermath of Sandy, many galleries and theaters looked like the square above. The city that never sleeps was forced into slumber.
As the neighborhood wakes up, we recommend visiting these nearby exhibitions, many in galleries that were closed for days.
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
Well, the title seems timely, doesn’t it, in a neighborhood wracked by Sandy? Artist Nathan Ritterpusch’s paintings depict raw emotion in the middle of mod California-ized settings. Most of the subjects are women, and scenarios that could appear melodramatic are reined in by their stark expressions of desolation and lurid sorrow.
The exhibition is the first in a series entitled The Brunette, The Blonde, and Their Mistress. Through November 8.
547 West 27th Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
CORED: Paintings by Catherine Tafur
News junkies may be intrigued by Catherine Tafur’s interpretations of current events. She puts a surreal spin on events that felt, at the time, truly surreal. Her paintings also point out the archetypes that help us explain traumatic events to ourselves.
Through November 24.
548 West 28th Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 10/15/12
Serial Killers, Up Close and Personal
Do Ted Bundy, the Zodiac Killer, and Jack the Ripper ring a bell? If you like your culture extra frightening this time of year, visit “Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House” on the Lower East Side. It brings serial killers to life, thanks to the efforts of a team of set designers, directors, artists, and actors.
First stop is a Serial Killer Gallery filled with media coverage and memorabilia about some of the grisliest murders in history. With historical context in place, visitors move on to a series of re-enacted scenes in settings elaborately designed to depict the settings where the killings took place.
The production runs through November 3rd. Tickets are $30 online, $35 at the door.
Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House
Clemente Solo Velez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey Sts.)
Ha Ha Ha! You’re Killing Me!
If you like your spookiness with a side of laughter, improve shop National Comedy Theater puts on a Halloween Spooktacular on the weekend before the big day. Described as Friday the 13th-meets-Whose Line is it Anyway, you may die laughing.
Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, 7:30 and 9:45p, $15.
National Comedy Theater
347 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
Gallery Notes, 10/01/12
Gallery Notes, 09/15/12
Hello and welcome to history. Our take on the new crop of shows this week is that they are brimming with the past, no matter how modern the look. Read on for details of a few new and noteworthy shows.
Stephen Powers: A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures
Stephen Powers’ work is a collision of verbal and visual puns, with a debt owed to the modern rebus. But the puns could ring hollow without some quirky delivery, and Powers’ retro style, reminiscent of 1960s outdoor signage and indoor board games, sets the mood.
Joshua Liner Gallery
548 West 28th Street
Asuka Ohsawa: Space Invaders: Genesis
Beautiful mashups from outer space? According to the press release, Ohsawa is deeply interested in anime and manga. But we are equally intrigued with the way she draws on traditional Japanese painting and tells stories that draw on the imagery of Indian mythology.
Nancy Margolis Gallery
523 West 25th Street
Ella Costan Toth: Recent Paintings
Toth’s portraits show iconic stars from the 1950s and 1960s adorned with borrowed finery: a vinyl veil for bride Ronnie Spector, a Cleopatra headdress for James Dean.
303 10th Avenue
Gallery Notes, 09/01/12
Climbing out of the heat of August—the slowest month in the gallery world—Chelsea is gearing up for a big, art-filled fall. Below, some shows we’re excited for, all opening this week on September 6th. Go forth! Drink wine! See art!
Carolanna Parlato: Behind the Sun
Big, bright, color-streaked abstracts from American painter Carolanna Parlato. Runs from September 6th – October 6th
Elizabeth Harris Gallery
529 West 20th St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Zuckerman explores wrestlers in her latest series – painting in aggressive, action-packed strokes. Runs from September 6th – October 20th.
535 West 22nd St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
The Feverish Library
A star-studded group show celebrating and exploring “the book” in all forms, curated by Matthew Higgs. Runs from September 6th – October 20th.
537 West 22nd St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Michelle Stuart: Palimpsests
Michelle Stuart uses the term “palimpsest” (“something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form”) as a jumping off point for her series of photographic works. Runs from September 6th – October 27th.
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects
535 West 22nd (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Heeseung Chung: Residency Artist 2012
Sharp and haunting portraits focusing on isolated limbs – arms, legs, hands, heads – from 2012 Doosan Gallery resident Heeseung Chung. Runs from September 6th – October 6th.
Doosan Gallery New York
533 West 25th St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 08/15/12
Being the dead of August, we decided to take a break from galleries (many of which are on holiday) and instead investigate three world-class summer shows definitely worth your while.
The Whitney Museum: Yayoi Kusama
Born in Japan in 1929, Yayoi Kusama has been creating mesmerizing art for over 60 years. Best known for her bold, obsessively rendered dot paintings and her engulfing installations, her Whitney retrospective doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’ve been following her for years, know her from her recent Louis Vuitton collab, or have just been transfixed by her red-wigged face flying around NYC busses, Kusama’s show is a treat. Closes September 30, 2012
The Whitney Museum
945 Madison Ave. (at 75th st.)
Guggenheim: Rineke Dijkstra
Famous for her Renaissance-esque painterly portraits of teenagers on beaches around the world, Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra’s retrospective at the Guggenheim explores 20 years of her portrait work – in both photography and video. Teenagers are only one species representing her pivotal fascination: people in transition. Her large stills throb with emotion as she documents these transient faces: a soldier during his first two years of service, a young asylum seeker as she grows up in her adopted country, women in the hospital directly after giving birth. Be sure to watch all of her (slightly lesser well known) video work. It is stellar. Closes on October 8, 2012
The Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th st.)
The Met (on the roof): Tomas Saraceno, Cloud City
The roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is always a treat – an island floating among treetops in Central Park with a direct view of midtown’s skyline. But, Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City makes the trip up even more worthwhile. Interested in the meeting of art, architecture, and science, Saraceno invites visitors to enter his reflective organic honeycomb of interconnected modules, and explore the view anew, in a completely innovative way. (Note: get a special timed ticket at the door when you enter the museum.) Closes November 4, 2012
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St.)
Gallery Notes, 08/01/12
205 10th Ave. (at 22nd St.)
Haunch of Venison
550 W. 21st St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
535 W. 22nd (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 07/15/12
Closes August 3, 2012
525 West 21st St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Closes on August 24, 2012
511 West 22nd St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 07/01/12
520 West 24th St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Albrecht Schnider: Melancholia on the Verge
524 West 24th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
Great Photographs: Scape
Hasted Kraeutler Gallery
537 West 24th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 06/15/12
Richard Avedon: Murals and Portraits
522 W. 21st St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
40 Owls: Distinct Ethnic Magical Tales
Lisa Kereszi: The Party’s Over
Closes July 6, 2012
535 W. 22nd St. (btwn. 10th and 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 06/01/12
Lawrence Schiller: Marilyn & Me
As part of the current Marilyn mania on the 50th anniversary of her death, Schiller’s exhibition presents a series of photographs from his upcoming book Marilyn & Me a memoir about the time he spent with the actress when he was a young photographer on the rise. The images, like Marilyn, feel both glamorous and fragile, but the strength of her vision can be seen in her red pencil edits and Schiller’s description of how she directed the shoots. Bonus: portraits in the back room include other sexy sirens – Clint Eastwood, Barbara Streisand, and Robert Redford.
Closes June 30, 2012
Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23rd St. (between 10th & 11th)
Brent Green: To Many Men Strange Fates are Given
The Andrew Edlin Gallery
134 10th Avenue
James Danziger Gallery
527 West 23rd St. (between 10th and 11th)
Gallery Notes, 05/15/12
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
Closes on June 16, 2012.
Shepard Fairey: Harmony & Discord
Closes June 16, 2012.
521 West 26th St., 3rd Floor (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Julia Fullerton-Batten: Persona
Closes June 30, 2012.
521 West 26th St., 5th Floor (btwn. 10th and 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 04/15/12
Marilyn Henrion: Complexity
530 West 25th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
William Bailey: New Paintings
541 West 25th St. (btwn. 10th and 11th Aves.)
Group Show: Joseph Adolphe, Beth Carter, Quentin Garel, Michael De Kok, Tony Soulie
535 West 25th St. (btwn. 10th and 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 04/01/12
Willard Boepple: New Sculpture
138 Tenth Avenue
Alan Rath: Skinetics
505 West 24th (between 10th & 11th)
Printed Matter, Inc.
Gallery Notes, 03/15/12
Andy Warhol: Photographer
527 West 23rd Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Paul Graham: The Present
545 West 22nd Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Olivo Barbieri: The Dolomites Project
535 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Aves.)
GALLERY NOTES, 03/09/12 ERIKA HARRSCH: INVERTED SKY
Erika Harrsch’s solo show transforms ArtGate Gallery into a laboratory for thought on the joys and challenges that emerge from the intertwining of our lives in one global community. The thought-provoking installations, kites, entomological boxes, and paintings of Inverted Sky create a weave of intersecting perspectives: lives of individuals in nature, scientific calculation, commerce and trade, and questions of global ethics.
The exhibition invites the spectator to reflect, as the animated fluttering of paper butterflies in the installation Cashcube beckon viewers inside to witness species of currency butterflies. Some of these monetized butterflies are pinned etymologically as extinct specimens ready for inspection. Others migrate across paintings, sometimes freely and unpredictably, at other times suffering from the effects of economic choices on the natural environment. Harrsch invites us to consider how our lives are enmeshed in relations of interdependency.
Gallery Notes, 03/01/12
Alec Soth: Broken Manual
528 West 29th Street (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
David LaChapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers
527 West 29th Street (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Happenings: New York, 1958-1963
537 West 22nd Street (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 02/15/12
Taylor Mead: Fairy Tale Poems
Joyce Pensato: Batman Returns
537 West 22nd Street
Gallery Notes, 02/01/12
A group show presenting the work of five diverse photographers exhibiting in New York for the first time. From British Chris Levine’s futuristic lenticular portrait of Queen Elizabeth, to Dutch duo Scheltens and Abbenes depth defying floral cut outs, to Czech Tereza Vlckova’s riveting series “Two” portraying real and digitally manipulated twins, it’s a hodgepodge of the finest sort. Closes February 25th, 2012
527 West 23rd Street (between 10th & 11th Aves.)
Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986 – 2011
522 W 21st St. (between 10th & 11th)
and 555 West 24th Street (between 10th & 11th)
Bertien van Manen: Let’s Sit Down Before We Go
Gallery Notes, 01/15/12
Weegee: Naked City & Vivian Maier
Both close February 25, 2012.
521 W. 23rd St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Joel Sternfeld: First Pictures
531 W. 24th St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Peter Liversidge: Where We Begin
Closes January 28, 2012.
Sean Kelly Gallery
528 W. 29th St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 01/01/12
The Fantastic Four.
These four galleries were some of the original galleries established in West Chelsea in the 80′s, helping to make the neighborhood the art mecca that it is today.
Matthew Marks Gallery
522 West 22nd Street
Marks was a wunderkind who organized his first show at the age of 20. All grown up now, his gallery represents artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Nan Goldin, and Brice Marden. Upcoming Exhibitions.
Paula Cooper Gallery
534 West 21st Street
Paula Cooper, a pioneer in both Soho (1968) and Chelsea (1996), represents Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt among many others. And don’t miss the bookstore she owns with her husband, Jack Macrae: 192 Books (192 Tenth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets). Upcoming Exhibitions.
Barbara Gladstone Gallery
515 West 24th Street
530 West 21st Street
Gladstone’s 24th Street gallery was designed by Selldorf Architects. Coming January 13 to the 24th Street location: photographer Shirin Neshat’s exhibition, The Book of Kings. Gladstone also represents Anish Kapoor and Matthew Barney, several of whose movies she has produced. Upcoming Exhibitions.
519 West 24th Street
Founded in 1980 by Janelle Reiring and Helene Winer. Moved to Chelsea from Soho in 1995. Opened with an exhibition of photographs by Louise Lawler. Upcoming exhibitions.
Gallery Notes, 12/15/11
525 West 22nd St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Fort at Lime Point
520 W. 23rd St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 12/1/11
Carsten Höller. Birds and Mushrooms.
In “three suites” of photogravure etchings, Belge artist Carsten Höller explores – yes, you guessed it – birds and mushrooms. The small room has a 19th-century parlor vibe, with Alice in Wonderland mushrooms that quiver in a way that feels 3D, and bird portraits that have a Civil War daguerreotype feel.
Taken from Höller’s own experiments in cross-breeding canaries, the feathered personalities stare at the camera like aging aristocrats – skinny old men, women in furs, sleepy generals. Our verdict: A beautiful, muted series. Closes December 23, 2011.
534 W. 22nd St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Bill Jacobson. Into the Loving Nowhere (1989 till now)
Jacobson’s earliest included portraits were made in the midst of the AIDS crisis, and even black and white and blurred, they throb with pain and loss. Jacobson’s landscapes are equally powerful impressions that seem to expand and contract as we fall into them.
Newer works from his Place (Series) are much more angular and less fluid, but provide a great counterpoint. And, as an unrelated bonus treat, three Maira Kalmans sit tucked away in a side room for fans of her New York Times visual essays. Closes December 10, 2011.
Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22nd St., 6th Fl. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Matthew Brannon. Gentleman’s Relish.
A three-room, three-act, noir detective “play” told through paintings, sculptures, silkscreen and letterpress prints – Brannon’s Gentleman’s Relish is an off-kilter, immersive narrative experience (think Thomas Demand meets Twin Peaks meets 1940s powder room).
Tiny, delicate portraits of strange objects – a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, a green hanger, a syringe, a Sade CD – punctuate large floral pattern paintings and propped up doors that read things like “Adults Only” and “Police Station.” Just wait until Act Three, “Where the play we thought we were watching is over and we realize we’re watching something very different.” Closes December 17, 2011.
Casey Kaplan Gallery
525 W. 21st St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 11/15/11
AJ Fosik. Time Kills All Gods.
Eight eyes, four tongues, bared teeth — AJ Fosik’s brightly-colored sculptures explode from the wall in a flurry of wooden scales and horns. With a big online following, Portland-based Fosik’s work is all over the web, but seeing it in person is something else. Part Tlingit totem pole, part Hindu deity, Fosik’s creations are the neon rock stars of the talisman world. Final week! Closes Saturday, November 19th.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 W. 20th St., 9th Fl. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Nan Goldin. Scopophilia.
Known for her color-saturated portraits of young artists, punks, and drug addicts in 1970s and 80s New York, Nan Goldin’s latest show juxtaposes over 400 of her photographs against sculptures and paintings from the Louvre. Organized around themes of love and desire, the echoes of rosebud lips, lounging nudes, and longing expressions are at times uncanny. Through December 23rd.
Images: NAN GOLDIN, Amanda, NYC, 1996, Archival pigment print, 30 x 30 inches, and Jeune orpheline au cimetière, Delacroix, 2011, Archival pigment print, 20 x 15 inches. (Photo courtesy of the artist and the Matthew Marks Gallery.)
Matthew Marks Gallery
523 W. 24 St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Various. Uncommon Threads: A Survey of Contemporary Quilts.
Quilting: not just for grandmas anymore. On view at Kathryn Markel are the blanket wonders of 10 ladies and 1 man, ranging from environmentally charged pieces (see below) to sheer aesthetic beauties, like this larger-than-life, snowflake-kissed piece from Paula Nadlestern. If you were planning to learn how to knit this holiday season, here’s some instant inspiration. November 17 – December 17.
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts
529 W. 20th St., #6W (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Gallery Notes, 11/1/11
Sarah Braman. Yours.
Americanos, meet Americana, up close and personal. What could be more weirdly American than a big chunk of camper? Braman dissects a scavenged recreational vehicle, combining the results with other materials in a way that emphasizes the true camper-ness of the original object. Through December 3.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 W. 26th St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
May Stevens. One Plus Or Minus One.
We find May Stevens’ depictions of Rosa Luxembourg remarkably timely. Luxemburg was an anti-war Marxist who led dissent in early 20th-century Germany. While the nature of Luxemburg’s causes have less resonance today, the form of her protest– occupying offices, calling for strikes–echoes throughout the globe. Through December 22.
Mary Ryan Gallery
527 W. 26th St. (btwn. 10th & 11th Aves.)
Boo Ritson. All Aboard.
Vividly attired, latex-coated subjects.
Bravin Lee Programs
526 W. 26th St., #211
Art Event: Mika Rottenberg and Marilyn Minter
Stop by the New York Public Library’s Artist Dialogues Series and listen in on a conversation between video artist Mika Rottenberg and her friend and fellow teacher Marilyn Minter. Wednesday, November 9, 6–8pm.
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