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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, 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]

20140603103541-img_8100 Daniel Arnold and the Dogs of the Moscow Subway   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/3/14

When I first sat down to write, I felt an uncomfortable compulsion to defend the work of photographer Daniel Arnold against comments posted on his Instagram. Three weeks later, after his one-day sale reported on by Forbes, there's much more to defend. It's anathema to me to have to defend art. With no inherent purpose, art exists outside of both defense and recrimination. Besides, to defend art is to give credence to the accusations levelled against it, and in the case of Arnold, the accusations and a... [more]

20140526115905-moma_jjd708_untitled Fade Away and Radiate   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jasper Johns at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) March 15th - September 1st
Posted 5/26/14

Keep everything on the surface, even with the knowledge that the surface fades and can’t be held together forever—take advantage before the expiration date appears in the nearing distance. Bret Easton Ellis, Imperial Bedrooms During this test you will be shown a series of inkblot images. Look at each inkblot for a moment then select the appropriate response(s). At the end of the test your responses will be analyzed and scored, and a summary of the test evaluation will be presented to... [more]

20140522162222-k [VIDEO] Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 / Retrospective at Dia Beacon   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Carl Andre at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries May 5th - March 2nd, 2015
Posted 5/22/14

Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010 at Dia Beacon is the first retrospective to consider the full spectrum of Carl Andre’s art. The exhibition is grouped into three parts: sculpture, poetry, and Carl Andre’s unclassifiable productions, from the enigmatic assemblages known as Dada Forgeries to his wide-ranging ephemera. In this video, Yasmil Raymond (Curator, Dia Art Foundation) provides us with an introduction to the exhibition and Carl Andre’s work. Carl Andre: S... [more]

20140520183931-38804_02 Stones without Moss: Ken Price at Matthew Marks   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ken Price at Matthew Marks Gallery - 526 W. 22nd St. May 9th - June 28th
Posted 5/20/14

Ken Price passed away weeks before his first retrospective opened at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012. Last year, it travelled to the Metropolitan Museum, while a show of his works on paper opened at Drawing Center. For New York, the two exhibitions were an overdue exposure. Price didn’t fit neatly into its narrative of contemporary art: his sculptures are concerned with the materiality of surfaces, color (bright ones!), shape (both organic and geometric), the play of light, and a wh... [more]

20140513065555-jonathansmith_stream8 Vistas Beautiful and Sublime   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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JONATHAN SMITH at The Curator Gallery April 24th - May 24th
Posted 5/13/14

As I approach the exhibition at The Curator Gallery and peer through the front wall of glass, the art inside reminds me of a modernist painter. Maybe someone who began their career as a Clyfford Still fan and has now pushed their palette past complex chromatic correlations to a more condensed and minimalist black and white expression. To my surprise they are not paintings at all, but nine color photographs captured in large format through the lens of a view camera, all created in 2013. They sho... [more]


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