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20140722161442-fma_286 In Field and Studio, Florian Maier-Aichen Charts Murky Terrain   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Florian Maier-Aichen at 303 Gallery June 5th - August 1st
Posted 7/22/14

Florian Maier-Aichen’s recent show at 303 Gallery—his fourth to date—splits into two distinct sets of photographs. One series is landscape oriented; the other is markedly abstract. Almost all of the photographs are printed on a large scale, the average size being roughly equivalent to the face of a vending machine. This may be the primary characteristic of these works; because they are large—and from a distance appear full of detail—one is naturally compelled to look... [more]

20140318153929-lassnig_woman_laocoon_1976_oil_on_canvas “Infinite Personality”   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Maria Lassnig at MoMA PS1 March 9th - September 7th
Posted 3/18/14

Maria Lassnig’s brushy oil paintings could work as an antidote to the malady of self-consciousness. They are so potently focused on the body—particularly Lassnig’s body—that they pull you completely out of your own head and take you straight into her’s, which is not often a comfortable place to be. The tremendous exhibition of her work at MoMA P.S. 1 spans her seven-decade career and includes a quartet of films and a room of watercolors in addition to the spread of oil p... [more]

20140308155356-wilmer_wilson_connorsmith Buzzing Solo Booths: Report from the Armory Show, Volta, and SCOPE   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/8/14

Crowd instincts kick in at art fairs and curiosity can be a big draw. The first thing I saw walking into Volta, known for its one-artist-per-gallery policy, was an arc of bodies at the last booth of the aisle. Wilmer Wilson IV was performing and his audience was rapt. Phones and tablets were out, capturing him as he inflated brown paper bags, tied them off with twine and roped them to his naked body. You could hear the paper pop with his breath and the snip of his scissors when he cut lengths of twi... [more]

20140307151612-leonard_photo In Conversation: First Impressions of the 2014 Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen, Ei Arakawa, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Triple Canopy, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sarah Charlesworth, Yve Laris Cohen, Public Collectors, Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rhys Ernst, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Malik Gaines, Gaylen Gerber, Jeff Gibson, Jade Gordon, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Tony Greene, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, David Hammons, Matt Hanner, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, susan howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Critical Practices Inc., Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Sensory Ethnography Lab, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Tony Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., Taisha Paggett, Charlemagne Palestine, Véréna Paravel, Jessie Mott & Steve Reinke, David Robbins, Carissa Rodriguez, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Alexandro Segade, Allan Sekula, semiotext(e), Trevor Shimizu, Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck, A.L. Steiner, Catherine Sullivan, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Alex Waterman, Donelle Woolford, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung at Whitney Museum of American Art March 7th 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/14

ArtSlant editors Natalie Hegert, Joel Kuennen, and Charlie Schultz met up at Agra, an Indian restaurant on Lexington Avenue, to discuss the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, its surprises, best in show, and disappointments. They touch on trends and themes of scale, archives, lists, dongs, and objectness—parsing the line between artwork and artifact. Charlie Schultz: I guess I’ll start by saying I found this year’s iteration of the [Whitney] Biennial to be far less crowded than in... [more]

20140305151100-1_bertrand_gilling_gallery_-gal-gillig_ayline_olukman_the-curtain-2011 On the Changing Culture of the Art Fair: SCOPE's Katelijne De Backer Pulls Back the Curtains   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SCOPE New York March 6th - March 9th
Posted 3/5/14

It's undeniable that the proliferation, expansion and emboldening of the art fair is a distinct characteristic of our contemporary art world. The art fair industry over the last decade has grown exponentially, becoming a crucial part of the art landscape, developing from mere trade shows into elaborate events and necessary meeting grounds for art professionals. Charlie Schultz talks with Katelijne De Backer, the Director of Exhibitor Relations for SCOPE about the evolution of art fairs, her tenure as director of the Armory Show,... [more]

A Form Between Forms: An Interview with Celia Gerard  
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1/19/14

New York, Jan. 2014 - Celia Gerard is an artist for whom two sticks of charcoal, a bit of white paint, and a strong sheet of paper is plenty of material. “Line Quality” could be her mantra, and looking at her works one can see why. Gerard’s abstract compositions are built on geometric foundations of linear marks that may be subtle or bold but are always decisive. While her solo exhibition, “Lost at Sea,” was being hung, ArtSlant editor Charlie Schultz paid Gerard a visit to discuss her newe... [more]

20131228180843-goldstein_untitled__1982_acrylic_on_canvas_84_x_144_inches Top Ten Exhibitions in New York, 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/28/13

It’s the end of 2013, time for relaxation and reflection. There was a lot of great art to experience in New York this year; here is a selection of some of our favorite shows. —Charlie Schultz "Where is Jack Goldstein?” at Venus Over Manhattan “As technologic fires rain down in the brightly spotlit paintings, and the world appears to end in both the trajectory of a missile and a planetary eclipse, love is lost, remembered, mourned, and renewed in lingering strains. Golds... [more]

20131206183452-toz_installation_2 Looking to Brazil   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Brazil ArtFair December 4th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 12/6/13

The way the gallerist Lourdina Jean Rabieh describes it the Brazilian art world is heating up. Because the art market and the greater economy are interlinked, the number of galleries and museums taking root in major cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has grown significantly as the economy has flourished. There may not be an art district, like Chelsea in New York, but there are well over one hundred galleries in São Paulo, Rabieh muses, before offering the boom in contempo... [more]

20131202045802-hj5a2684 High-Octane Art Fare for Miami Art Week   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ron Arad, Joshua Callaghan, César, Dan Colen, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jacob Kassay, Nate Lowman, Servane Mary, Olivier Mosset, Virginia Overton, Richard Phillips, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Salvatore Scarpitta, Kenny Scharf, Franz West at 1111 Lincoln Road December 4th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 12/2/13

Cars have been a fascination for artists since they sputtered onto the road. They are cultural objects, gleaming social markers, symbolic vessels of all that is modernity. Usually, there are one or two “art cars” in Miami, but in all the years I’ve made the rounds the most memorable was easily Pimp Juice, the fully customized Cadillac low-rider Jeffrey Deitch parked in front of Art Basel back in 2007. It was tricked out by the Chicago-based Puerto-Rican artist Dzine and it was... [more]

20131120182720-cline03 A painted miasma of carnivalesque Americana   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Michael Cline at Horton Gallery October 23rd, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 11/13/13

Michael Cline’s current exhibition, Corporation Pudding, presents a painted miasma of carnivalesque Americana. In six sumptuous oil paintings and a trio of elegant collages, this Florida born artist whips up one bizarre scenario after the next. Each painting is packed like a suitcase busting at the seams with repeating motifs: house plants, 2x4s, eyeballs, ears and fingers, pages torn from comics, clamp lamps, electrical cords, magazine adverts. Incredibly, Cline’s organized all thi... [more]

20130910165724-burtynsky_water Fall Preview: Photography in New York City   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/10/13

The quantity, caliber and diversity of photography exhibitions in New York City this fall is remarkable. For students of the medium a curriculum could be developed and if I were tasked with building the syllabus I would start with the youngest generation and click backwards. Geographically speaking, that would mean beginning in the Lower East Side, passing through Chelsea and a few uptown galleries, before concluding at the Metropolitan Museum. Is it coincidence that the exhibitions become increasi... [more]

20130430141605-linder_blue_sink__2012_ Doing the Dishes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joan Linder at Mixed Greens Gallery April 25th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013
Posted 4/30/13

When Joan Linder draws something she tends to do it with such intensity that the image on the page makes a monument out of whatever her subject may be. For her fifth solo show at Mixed Greens Linder’s subject is her kitchen sink: a standard double-bowl fixture in stainless steel with a single-headed faucet that has a pullout spray option and a drying rack in one bowl. She’s depicted it three different ways in eleven new works that collectively invest this sink with the status of an icon. In these... [more]

20130308051959-dodge_gallery_811507_hr From the Vernissage Floor: Armory Week in 48 Hours   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/8/13

In the last forty-eight hours I’ve walked through six fairs, looked over the presentations of more than 350 galleries, and seen the work of more than 1000 artists. If pressed to put an adjective to the experience, I’d choose enthusiastic, because when you attend these sorts of events in the first few days of the run everyone is pretty hopeful. Everyone smiles, and if you can keep your tradeshow cynicism at bay, you can soak up some of the excitement and be energized. The trick is to not take eve... [more]

20121216065319-huang_yong_ping_circus_2012 No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Exhibition   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Huang Yong Ping at Gladstone Gallery - 21st St. November 13th, 2012 - January 19th, 2013
Posted 12/16/12

The Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping has drawn the scorn of humane societies for his use of animals in artworks considered to be cruel and disrespectful to the lives of the creatures involved. No such controversy will arise from Circus; all the animals are dead and stuffed. Notable connections remain, however, such as the ploy of the spectacle as a critique of entertainment and religion. Huang Yong Ping’s work seems to suggest that life is a succession of cages and stages one navigates as best one can... [more]

20121205104455-martha_rosler__meta-monumental_garage_sale___photo_by_shannon_darrough Destruction, Distress, and Disaster in NYC   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/5/12

An enormous American flag hangs in the MoMA’s atrium above Martha Rosler’s buzzing installation, "Meta-Monumental Garage Sale." Its stillness seems at odds with the commotion on the floor below where visitors rummage through stacks of records, videos, old books and magazines, piles of sweaters, and tables crowded with knick-knacks and old plates. Perhaps the flag is meant as a reminder that America is a consumer society, and that in such a nation to shop is to do one’s patriotic duty. Where the mone... [more]

20121109172143-___2007__in_mt RxArt: Healing and Hope in Hospitals   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/9/12

For the most part art in hospitals is an afterthought, if anyone even gives it a thought at all. Motivational posters and kitschy bucolic scenes of anthropomorphized wild animals seem to be the standard. This does not appear to be the result of any kind of study that has proven such things enhance the healing process, rather it seems the consequence of institutions with no budget for anything better and willing to take what they can get. Fortunately this epidemic of cheesy décor is being attended... [more]

20121004140431-glasshouse_ivy_castellanos Art at All Hours: Artist-Run Spaces in Brooklyn   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/4/12

It is Friday night and the commercial galleries have all closed. Naturally, one might say, but such a simple fact points to a more profound stipulation: that most of the art one can visit in a city as a sleepless as the Big Apple has a curfew. Like a patient in a hospital, art has viewing hours. This sociological constraint unwittingly links the art object with every other saleable commodity in town. It’s hard to say whether a work of art would strike one differently at noon than it might at midni... [more]

20120911104048-janelle September Bonanza   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/11/12

The first Thursday of September marks the opening of the fall season for many art galleries. It’s a celebration not of the art, per se, but of the community that supports it and this year’s mood was vivacious. The night was cool with a light breeze drifting in off the Hudson, and through some coincidence of scheduling Fashion’s Night Out, a very similar sort of celebratory fete in the name of fashion rather than art, was also going on in Chelsea. The crowds mixed and overflowed from gallery to sidew... [more]

20120820115642-nichols-marker Young Curators / New Ideas IV   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sterling Allen, Ben Alper, Pan Aterson, Amy Beecher, A.K. Burns, Darren Coffield, Jillian Conrad, Adam Curtis, Teresa Henriquez, Peter Hobbs, Brookhart Jonquil, Jerry KEARNS, Jen Kennedy, Ryan Lauderdale, Liz Linden, C.J. Matherne, Hugo McCloud, Matt Nichols, Miranda Pissarides, Erik Blinderman & Lisa Rave, Josh Reames, Prem Sahib, Judith Shimer, Adam Parker Smith, Kasper Sonne, Jeni Spota, Jeffrey Vallance, Julia Weist at Meulensteen June 7th, 2012 - August 24th, 2012
Posted 8/20/12

Youth and newness are the totems of this exhibition and it feels that way. An excitement like an electric current runs through the arrangements of artworks, which seem to function as conceptual experiments or curatorial prototypes. The exhibition is built on a somewhat peculiar precedent; a dozen aspiring curators were each allotted a section of the gallery to mount individual micro-shows. Most chose to work with two or three artists; in all there are twenty-nine artists represented by an abund... [more]

20120806163033-cam45_full Transformers   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yuji Agematsu, Harold Ancart, Cameron, Ariel Dill, Jimmie Durham, Sam Falls, Amy Granat, Matt Hoyt, Patrick Jackson, Gyan Panchal, Sophie Stone at Nicole Klagsbrun June 21st, 2012 - August 10th, 2012
Posted 8/6/12

If this show had a motion it would be centripetal, and the energy generator would be the lithesome red-headed vixen Cameron Parsons (1922-1995), poet, mystic, actress, artist, whose ink drawings are like observations of other dimensions. Curators Amanda Friedman and Taylor Trabulus picked up on the exploratory impulse in Cameron’s practice and looked for connections in the contemporary landscape. The ten artists they chose may not be oriented to the same occult-compass that guided Cameron, but each... [more]

Interview with Mariam Ghani  
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8/4/12

Kassel, June 2012 – Mariam Ghani’s research-based projects explore the socio-political histories of specific places, and often respond directly to the site upon which she works and exhibits. For Documenta 13, Ghani collaborated with a team to create the multichannel film, A Brief History of Collapses, which is based on and filmed within Kassel’s Museum Fridericianum and the Dar ul-Aman Palace in Kabul. In addition she produced Afghanistan: A Lexicon, with her father for Documenta's 100 Notes, 100... [more]

20120607210740-jeremy_olson Non-Intimate Encounters: Bushwick Open Studios   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/7/12

There is no skirting the intimacy of a studio visit. Even if you’re not in a one-to-one situation, you’re still in the private space of a person for whom that environment is charged in a very unique way. You’re conscious of this immediately, or, just as likely, you’re overwhelmed and distracted by the plethora of tools and studio detritus that give the place character and always correspond with the idiosyncrasies of the artist. As I thumb through the pile of cards I collected, the fact that no... [more]

20120601012618-lowe1 MFA Thesis Shows: Columbia & Parsons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/1/12

The crucial factor that distinguishes the graduate thesis exhibition from any other group show is this: the participants know one another’s work intimately. Such nearness has interesting consequences for an audience whose familiarity with the artists is most likely naught. We encounter a panoply of individualism built out of the communal urge to develop personal visions, and within this we find sophisticated webs of thought worked out amidst issues that have been felt deeply, be they political, social,... [more]

20120502170741-tracey_moffatt__first_jobs__housekeeper__1975 Fair-a-thon: The Experience of Way Too Much   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/2/12

Art Critic’s Warning: an experience of Way Too Much may result in the mental and visual impairment known as “art-malaise,” or “A.M.” Symptoms include eyestrain, inability to concentrate, short-term memory loss, stiffening of major muscle groups, emotional exhaustion, and general indifference. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are at the highest risk. I used to think the proper way to experience an exhibition of art was slowly, moving at a stroller’s pace and pausing frequent... [more]

20120407101422-cl7707 Christiane Löhr   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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CHRISTIANE LÖHR at Jason McCoy Gallery March 9th, 2012 - April 20th, 2012
Posted 4/7/12

There are times I feel I’ve forgotten most of what I’ve seen; and there are moments when art works I never expected to remember—never tried to recall—assert themselves with a lucidity so precise and sudden as to merit, even demand, extended consideration. The German artist Christiane Löhr makes work that, for me, falls into this latter rank. Two years ago I came across one of her sculptures for the first time at the Museum of Art and Design. I didn’t know it was Löhr’s work, but when I stepped... [more]

20120407100228-13054yang4_nl0 A creeping feeling of familiarity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yang Fudong at Marian Goodman Gallery March 28th, 2012 - April 28th, 2012
Posted 4/7/12

Yang Fudong is making the boundary between painting and film seem about as sturdy and secure as an old split rail fence in an open field with a tornado whipping on the horizon. Both of his two new short pieces on view at Goodman’s gallery are presented entirely in shades black as ink and silvery white, as a traditional Chinese painting would be. No character in either film speaks; communication is achieved in glances and gestures, while narrative arcs build out of suggested and implied relation... [more]

20120331181655-hu-xiaoyuanwoodnewmuseum12xs The Overlooked and the Unmentionables   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shaina Anand, Tuan Andrew, Minam Apang, Invisible Borders, CAMP, Julia Dault, Jonathas de Andrade, Rita Ponce de León, Abigail DeVille, House of Natural Fiber, The Propeller Group, Phunam Thúc Hà, Iman Issa, Hassan Khan, Kit Lee, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matthew Lucero, José Antonio Vega Macotela, Cinthia Marcelle, Dave McKenzie, Public Movement, Nicolás Paris, Bona Park, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Pratchaya Phinthong, Amalia Pica, Adrián Villar Rojas, Gabriel Sierra, Mounira Al Solh, Ashok Sukumaran, Rayyane Tabet, Pilvi Takala, Slavs and Tatars, Mariana Telleria, Wu Tsang, Danh Võ, Hu Xiaoyuan, Dana Yahalomi, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Ala Younis at New Museum February 15th, 2012 - April 22nd, 2012
Posted 3/31/12

By now both the New Museum’s Triennial and the Whitney Museum’s biennial have been open long enough for the critical voices of the popular press and blogosphere to have weighed in on the virtues and shortcomings of these highly anticipated exhibitions. I’ve been to both, though rather than add another idiosyncratic opinion to the heavily populated mix I decided to take a cue from the nature of the exhibition itself, and survey the critics. The nature of my looking wasn’t qualitative; I wasn’t too co... [more]

20120305114011-armoryartsspeced201222323 Armory Week: Green Collars, Scholars & Dollars   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/5/12

Can an art fair be a site not only for commerce but also critical engagement? Can it include some of today’s most relevant, interesting, and ambitious artists and thinkers? Dr. Horowitz thinks so, and he’s made it his mission as the Armory Show’s newly hired Managing Director to prove it’s not just possible; it’s doable. As a patron of scores of art fairs who has never had the purchasing power to do more than look, I am hopeful. In his book, “The Art of the Deal,” Dr. Horowitz describes art fair... [more]

20120130093955-catch-as-catch-can_evite-1 Double Tornado   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jene Highstein, Lawrence Weiner at Bowery Poetry Club January 11th, 2012 - February 29th, 2012
Posted 1/30/12

“Catch as Catch Can” is a mustard-yellow print as big as a billboard currently pasted on to the Elizabeth Murray Art Wall. In black block capitals that titular phrase occupies the print’s central space in a stencil font. Beneath it arcs a black band that loops once over itself, while whips of line that take the shape of sketchy tornado drawings bookend the phrase on both sides. When the exhibition ends the print will be torn down. This piece was produced collaboratively between Lawrence Weiner and... [more]

20120130092922-roomeastinstall-6-900x600 Rising Ruins   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ethan Breckenridge, David Brooks, Zipora Fried, Emily Henretta, Wyatt Kahn, Zak Kitnick, Erik Lindman, David Scanavino, Erin Shirreff, Nick van Woert at Room East January 8th, 2012 - March 4th, 2012
Posted 1/30/12

“Ruins in Reverse” is the inaugurating exhibition of this nascent gallery, and it’s well organized. Ten artists, each represented by a single work, share two small floors. Repurposed materials abound. No art is older than 2009 and the three newest works were made (or at least completed) in the first week of January. What’s well demonstrated here is the skill of reconfiguration, the ability to manipulate an object or a series of objects in such a way that they maintain a piece of their original... [more]

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