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20150627041030-cf8jlg-uoaevyf5 Coney Island's Art Walls: Conversation or Spectacle?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

Lying somewhere on the spectrum between an amusement park and seaside resort, Coney Island attracts tourists with its boardwalk, rides, and more. But the visiting spectator might not know so much about the residential community of nearly 60,000 people who live within this area. Hoping to add a cultural currency to the historic tourist spot, this summer Coney Art Walls presents more than 20 temporary walls painted by artists like Miss Van, Lady Pink, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Futura, and artist-in-residence Marie R... [more]

20150626173459-40613901_fl05-00966 Andy Warhol's Portrait of Gay Underground Culture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/26/15

In celebration of Pride week, Christie's ran a special Warhol auction this week, making some 100 photographs and drawings available to purchase. Beyond the price tags, the works, many in the public eye for the first time, draw a passionate portrait of the underground LGBT scene of the '70s and '80s that was so much a part of the artist's life. They are a historical archive, charting a defining era of sexuality and social politics in American cities like San Francisco and New York City. Though t... [more]

20150619105848-ookie_canvas_i_detail Faith Holland's Cum "Paintings" Aren't Your Usual Cum Paintings   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Faith Holland at TRANSFER June 13th - July 11th
Posted 6/19/15

First, apologies for the puns to come. It’s difficult to talk about sexuality and eroticism without making a bad pun or two. Sexuality has seemingly always been a site of discomfort in our culture: through it, we are laid naked and bare, both literally and via the fetishes that express the darkest sublimations of gendered relations. The advent of a communication tool and platform for largely consequence-free expression—the internet—has greatly affected the role pornography and se... [more]

20150610114156-rasheedinstallationshot4 Activating the Archive: Kameelah Rasheed Untidies History   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/10/15

“You’re going to get me started on a rant,” Kameelah Janan Rasheed says in between laughs as I begin to ask her about America’s obsession with neat and tidy histories. “America loves a linear history and a linear history wants us to think about things as discrete events. We should instead be thinking about history as sets of logic and systems that preserve power.” It is a week before the opening of Rasheed’s latest solo exhibition, Future Perfect/indices & marginali... [more]

20150604123556-install_1 Physical Graffiti: War and Paint Collide in Leon Golub: Riot   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Leon Golub at Hauser & Wirth 69th Street New York May 11th - June 20th
Posted 6/4/15

I think of myself as a kind of reporter; I report on the nature of certain events. I think of art as a report on civilization at a certain time. —Leon Golub Leon Golub: Riot at Hauser & Wirth, in New York, presents a long overdue opportunity to see Golub’s paintings gathered together from several different bodies of work spanning a four-decade period. Showing Napalm I (1969) and Riot V (1987), Vietnam-era paintings, and several fine examples from his late Mercenaries series, this exhi... [more]

20150527155056-jacoblawrence_migrationseries_panel388 The Immigrant Song   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Jacob Lawrence at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) April 3rd - September 7th
Posted 5/27/15

One of the most startling impressions that one takes away from seeing the reunited Migration Series at the Museum of Modern Art is how current the paintings still feel—in a way that Céline still does, or Christopher Isherwood, or John Steinbeck, documentors of a very specific moment of transition, faithfully recording sensitive observations. Jacob Lawrence’s cycle of 60 paintings on the subject of the Great Migration, during which 6 million African Americans ultimately left t... [more]

20150519232321-jr7706_15 On Troll Caves and Rose Gardens: Jon Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Keren Cytter, Jon Rafman at Feuer Mesler May 10th - June 14th
Posted 5/19/15

In Jon Rafman’s 2013 film, Still Life (Betamale), we watch furries and hentai sourced from the deep web while a flat voiceover delivers a speech about leaving one world to enter another. It’s the promise virtual realities offer us: escapism. This idea is at the center of Grand Tour, the inaugural two-person show featuring new works from Rafman and Keren Cytter at Feuer/Mesler, one of two new Lower East Side galleries founded this year by Zach Feuer and Untitled director Joel Mesler (the sec... [more]

20150423160016-f8087533d7391ff7f2767e5edc601485 Chronicles of a Fleeting Culture   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Tina Barney at Paul Kasmin Gallery - 10th Ave May 7th - June 20th
Posted 5/19/15

Famed for her portrayal of the upper class in New York, New England, and Long Island, Tina Barney’s work is an ethnographic study of the bourgeoisie. The eleven works on view in this retrospective are snapshots from a play where if one stares long enough, one might hear the muffled dialogue of Barney’s subjects travel through time. With shots capturing characters in mid-motion, such as The Reception (1985), the viewer is pulled into the scene right before a significant event is about to o... [more]

20150515160947-20150514222113-img_2778web Dreaming in Daylight: Creative Time in Central Park   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Spencer Finch, Alicia Framis, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Nina Katchadourian, Ragnar Kjartansson, David Levine, Karyn Olivier, Lauri Stallings at Central Park's North End May 15th - June 20th
Posted 5/15/15

If you happen upon a couple in 1920s garb having a heated discussion about love on a park bench in Central Park, don’t worry, you didn’t fall asleep watching Netflix. If you spot a pastel solar-powered ice cream truck handing out soft-serves that tastes like sunshine, you’re not hallucinating. If you happen upon an Icelandic sailboat revolving around an island on the Harlem Meer while a brass band plays a haunting melody, no, you haven’t died and gone to Valhalla. Creat... [more]

20150515124918-vern_blosum_late_work_01 Specter of Strategy: Vern Blosum’s Late Work   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Vern Blosum at Essex Street May 10th - June 21st
Posted 5/15/15

It deserves attention that with Frieze Week underway in New York, Essex Street would open an exhibition of an anonymous artist. Late Work by Vern Blosum—a pseudonymous painter associated with the Pop Art movement, though never officially canonized—features the only work produced by the artist since his appearance in exhibitions from 1961–64. This work, which was shown again to the public in 2013 after being rediscovered by gallerist Maxwell Graham, among a few others, is familia... [more]

20150515002447-ruby-onyinyechi-amanze Top 10 Picks at 1:54 Fair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Pioneer Works May 15th - May 17th
Posted 5/14/15

Opening Friday, May 15, 1:54 is the latest addition to New York's Frieze Week satellite circuit. Dedicated to contemporary African Art, 1:54 (the name references the number of countries that constitute the African continent) has already run two editions in London. By bringing together 16 galleries engaged in the field the fair takes a cultural stand within the art market, an important way to redress the balance of previously neglected and underrepresented regions. Of 16 galleries to present at the... [more]

20150515142405-instagr #FriezeNY: The #Instagrammies 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/13/15

We all like to be a bitch once in a while. After all, gossip, as many historians will tell you, is one of the things that binds our society together and ensures our survival... plus, the art world just makes it a little too easy for us to make fun. If you're fed up with reading about the fair, here's our visual round-up of what's been going down on Randall's Island: from fashion misadventures to absurd aspirational art, here are the 2015 Instagrammies, selected from what you've all been posting... [more]

20150513142957-screen_shot_2015-05-13_at_10 Frieze Week 2015 Fair Guide: the Essentials   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/12/15

Frieze Week 2015 unveils a packed and fairly new line up of fairs and exhibitions. This year three exciting newcomers enter the Frieze fold, while just as many depart from the May satellite roster (gone, relocated, rebranded, or rescheduled are Pulse, Cutlog, The Downtown Fair, and The Outsider Art Fair). Despite fewer fairs than Armory Week (which still feels like yesterday, no?), Frieze Week requires just as much planning and perhaps even more legwork: the main event is a ferry or bus ride up... [more]

20150512193849-20150512192116-kris_lemsalu_test_photos_7_web Frieze Frolic: 4 Hours in a Giant Turtle Shell Listening to Hip Hop   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Mathis Altmann, Martha Araújo, Anna-Sophie Berger, Than Hussein Clark, Lital Lev Cohen, Liu Ding, Cécile B. Evans, Zachary Leener, Kris Lemsalu, Dashiell Manley, Alexandra Navratil, Georgie Nettell, Walter Pfeiffer, Philomene Pirecki, Charlotte Prodger, Eric Sidner, Lucy Stein, Ken Tisa, Sergio Zevallos at Frieze New York May 14th - May 17th
Posted 5/12/15

Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu is no stranger to the art of keeping things weird—which is exactly what Frieze NY needs this week. Lemsalu, who is based in Berlin, has created everything from phantom sleeping bags to skirts made of playing cards (fit for the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland”). But her secret talent is actually ceramics, an overlooked material in contemporary art pratice. Rather than inhabiting a Do Not Touch world, Lemsalu's gives her sculptures her own fan... [more]

20150511223827-img_9444 An Insider's Tip for Outsider Art: Lonnie Holley at Frieze Focus   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/11/15

Lonnie Holley can find layers of history and meaning in the simplest of things, often ones that have been discarded by the rest of us. His sculptures, direct descendants of the oldest forms of African American sculpture, are constructed by combining objects into narrative artworks that commemorate places, people, and events. Most of Holley’s works are additionally given clever and sometimes long-winded titles like: Climbing to Paint Your Pane, You Forgot to Give Me Power, or Keeping It Freezing: The... [more]

20150511224340-1_-_frieze__2013__paul_mccarthy__2048x1365__copy Art Fairs Aren't Evil, They're Just Boring (Most of the Time)   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 5/11/15

Art fairs are evil—or so I’ve heard. They are not the devil incarnate come to steal your children, per se, just the dollar incarnate come to swallow your art. The criticism usually goes something like this: capitalism corrupts art by turning it into a common commodity and (more importantly) depriving it of its critical capacity as a consequence. Because if you are part of a system, you cannot objectively critique or reject that system. You become complicit by default. Can you beli... [more]


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