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20140826071629-installation_view_gallery_914 Lucas Samaras' Offerings from a Restless Soul   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lucas Samaras at The Metropolitan Museum of Art February 24th - September 1st
Posted 8/26/14

The path to the Lucas Samaras exhibition, Offerings from a Restless Soul, at the Metropolitan Museum proved to be a fortuitous one. It led me though the Greek and Roman Galleries, filled with remnants of classical art, works that undoubtedly inspired Samaras, a Greek-born artist who came to America in 1948. Two works stayed with me as I made my way to the Samaras show: the marble head of a youth, attributed to the Greek sculptor Polykleitos, with its strong muscular face, aquiline nose, and locks of... [more]

20140824100757-sv-1-d A World's Fair tribute in a New York neighborhood mash up   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Balthus, Joseph Cornell, Daniel Gordon, Van Hanos, Robert Indiana, Ray Johnson, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Anya Kielar, Claes Oldenburg, Dushko Petrovich, James Rosenquist, Pierre Roy, Peter Saul, Johannes Vanderbeek, Stan VanDerBeek, Roger White at Rachel Uffner Gallery June 28th - August 16th
Posted 8/24/14

New York City has always been a draw for an eclectic mix of artists working across the visual and performing arts. Its underground pubs and speakeasies, expansive loft spaces, museums, sidewalks, and streets have served as creative inspiration for all kinds of movements including jazz, expressionism, Fluxus, hip-hop, and punk. Despite all of that creative energy and expression, the city has also been a beautiful breeding ground for social and cultural dissonance. While New York may not be known... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Volume 7, Issue 3: Conflicts of Interest in Public vs Private Curation, the "Miami Model"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/22/14

The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest Ryan Wong on the blurring of public and private interests, and the rise of a new brand of curator. The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not on... [more]

20140821013721-dfe5a5b72c The Art World's Intrinsic Conflict of Interest: Curating the Private Collection with the Public Trust   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/21/14

The cousin, flip side, and feeder to the museum, in today’s money-saturated world of contemporary art, is the private collection. The necessity of this relationship might be surprising to the average museum visitor, who often looks to museums as the centers of the art world. Private collections, however, shape our understanding of art history and production not only by determining which artworks are available for display and loan, but by actively applying curatorial labor towards their ca... [more]

20140805055615-benzant Younger Americans at Driscoll Babcock   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Leonardo Benzant, Michael Maxwell, Jennifer Packer, Kara Rooney, Luke Whitlatch at Driscoll Babcock June 19th - August 8th
Posted 8/5/14

Driscoll Babcock, which moved to Chelsea two years ago, is something like a stately townhouse in a row of beige suburban mansions. The gallery bills itself as the oldest in New York, and casts itself in a grand tradition of the city’s academic art. You don’t find sly, discreet conceptual gestures, nor massive, high-production-value installations. Instead, the gallery seems to look for untrendy, well-crafted works in a certain American tradition—their roster includes works from the... [more]

20140729052704-kessler_installation_shot_1 A Secret History Mapped in the Mundane   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bradford Kessler at 247365 Gallery - Manhattan June 22nd - August 24th
Posted 7/29/14

Bradford Kessler’s cut-out panels coated in a paint-like sealant called hydroflex are not quite paintings or sculptures. Neither do they seem to be of the crowd that questions the nature of painting using sculptural methods (to name a few practitioners: Jacob Kassay, Nathan Green, Lisa Sigal, and Kenji Fujita). So what are they? They are weird and maybe boring, but boring in a way that hangs out at the edge of one’s consciousness for days. They are like a child’s bed set, retired to th... [more]

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]

Hamptons Art Guide: From Performance Art to Polo Matches   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/15/14

ArtHamptons: Looking to Korea and Beyond A look at a few of the featured artists at this year's ArtHamptons, by Max Nesterak This year, ArtHamptons returns to the Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark bringing a unique focus on contemporary Korean art. Citing a growing fascination in New York with contemporary Korean art, ArtHamptons will feature fifteen Korean art galleries bringing with them over 150 artworks. Fittingly, Korean-born, New York-based multimedia artist Jayo... [more]

20140714094338-carla_groppi_after_atget__33__parc_de_saint-cloud_9__pastel_on_paper__61_x_49_inches Top Picks from ArtHamptons 2014   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Hamptons July 10th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 7/14/14

Thursday night heralded in the brigade of well-dressed fair-flockers for the opening night of ArtHamptons. A celebrity studded event—Moby sighting included—it’s no wonder these single lane country roads congested into a veritable parking lot in a matter of several short hours. This year's theme of “escapism from the everyday” is fair director Rick Friedman’s call to curate with color and levity, an appropriate agenda for collectors looking to don the walls of t... [more]

20140709014919-9 ArtHamptons: Looking to Korea and Beyond   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Hamptons July 10th - July 13th
Posted 7/9/14

This year, ArtHamptons returns to the Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Ark bringing a unique focus on contemporary Korean art. Citing a growing fascination in New York with contemporary Korean art, ArtHamptons will feature fifteen Korean art galleries bringing with them over 150 artworks. Fittingly, Korean-born, New York-based multimedia artist Jayoung Chung will open the fair with her performance, Performing with You. Developed in part during her residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center,... [more]

20140709144445-7_kansas_js_rl Light, Linen, Formica, Wax   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ryan Lauderdale, Jessica Sanders at KANSAS June 21st - August 2nd
Posted 7/9/14

In their two-person exhibition, Ryan Lauderdale and Jessica Sanders present work that takes various approaches to creating physical objects through systematic processes. What’s remarkable is how their works seem to dialogue through the diversity of the basic forms and materials each artist prefers. Lauderdale presents hard-edged, technological lamp-like wall sculptures while Sanders is showing two focused groups of paintings that use the properties of beeswax over linen. Their works are disp... [more]

20140708135722-hamp1_1 Hampton Happenings: Your Guide to Summer Art in the Hamptons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at artMRKT Hamptons July 10th - July 13th
Posted 7/8/14

It’s official! This past 4th of July celebration greeted the summer season of New York City’s art scene. Hordes of urbanites will trade in their metro cards for polo mallets as the Hamptons Art Fairs kick into full swing. Troupes of art aficionados will flock to this east-end mecca of white beaches and even whiter ensembles. The Hamptons Art Fairs are known for their trendy parties, trendier market swings, and art collectors who have a penchant for scooping up big ticket items at the d... [more]

20140705094252-1 An art festival salutes Rockaway! resilience   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marina Abromovic, Doug Aitken, Nanu Al-Hamad, Uri Aran, Kevin Beasley, Neïl Beloufa, Anna Betbeze, Huma Bhabha, Lizzi Bougatsos, Carol Bove, Pete Brady, Olaf Breuning, Loreto Caceres, Janet Cardiff, James Clar, Shezad Dawood, Rodney Dickson, Thomas Dozol, Zackary Drucker, Brandon d’Leo, Olafur Eliasson, Roe Ethridge, James Ferraro, Fred Fleischer, Ryan Foerster, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Shingo Francis, Asha Fuller, Daniel Gordon, Mike Haff, Rachel Harrison, Hugh Hayden, Camille Henrot, Jonathan Horowitz, Matt Hoyt, Donna Huanca, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Alex Israel, Justin Jay, JPW3, Gavin Kenyon, Caitlin Keogh, Terence Koh, Andrei Koschmieder, Ajay Kurian, Sadie Laska, Margaret Lee, Dominik Lejman, Jason Bailer Losh, Nancy Lupo, Marcos Lutyens, Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Gloria Maximo, Ryan McNamara, Cindy Meyers, John Miller, Tracey Moffatt, Marlie Mul, Narcissister, Georgie Nettell, Adrienne Pao, Beth Perkins, Elizabeth Peyton, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, Adam Putnam, Adrián Villar Rojas, Ugo Rondinone, Aura Rosenberg, Carly Ruggieri, Tom Sachs, Nigel Scott, Gregory Siff, Laurie Simmons, Xaviera Simmons, Keone Singlehurst, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Chai Siris, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Sally Lundburg and Keith Tallet, Stewart Uoo, Allyson Vieira, Saya Woolfalk, Amy Yao at Rockaway Beach Surf Club June 29th - September 1st
Posted 7/5/14

Last weekend Rockaway Beach’s Fort Tilden opened its gates to a crowd of art connoisseurs, local creatives, and bronzed beach goers for a day of art and activism supporting Rockaway Beach. The Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Parks Service hosted the hordes of art lovers who came to witness the opening of the site specific art installations (on view through September 1st), a free open-air performance by rock legend Patti Smith, and a Walt Whitman poetry reading by hipster heartthrob... [more]

20140702133022-land_s_end_swimming Mallrats   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Walter Robinson at LYNCH THAM May 28th - July 13th
Posted 7/2/14

With exuberance and dark wit Walter Robinson has explored America’s fascination with the seedy underbelly of urban life for more than three decades. His work has drawn from Film Noir, pop advertising, and trash literature; in the 1980s he dipped into a pool of film stills, paperback book cover art, and pinups (in that age before digital porn), in line with artists such as Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman. Unlike Longo and Salle, who made their images more distilled and sanitary... [more]

20140623163406-_dsc6865 Nick Cave Takes Us to School   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nick Cave at JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY: THE SCHOOL May 17th - September 17th
Posted 6/23/14

There are a handful of stellar institutions that one might plan to visit for a weekend away from the summer heat of New York City. The newest, and one of the most impressive is The School in Kinderhook, New York. Kinderhook is a picturesque town just north of Hudson, which itself is an established attraction for New York City dwellers looking for gourmet food, an eclectic variety of antiques, and a vibrant gallery scene. The School was converted by architect Antonio Jiménez Torrecillas f... [more]

20140610145001-hirokurata What Art Does in a Hotel Room   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mikael Kennedy, Hiro Kurata, Youngna Park, Jing Wei at Wythe Hotel May 29th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 6/10/14

Art in hotels falls into two major categories: black-and-white photographs of the city you are in, and bright reproduction watercolors of flowers, boats, or beaches. It is a tricky space: we know how austere a room of empty walls feels. At the same time, no one who stays in a hotel wants that space to be strange, challenging, surreal, or otherwise upsetting; so many of the things art often offers are antithetical to the hotel experience. So with its visual arts program, the Wythe Hotel is following i... [more]


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