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]
An art festival salutes Rockaway! resilience by Allyson Parker 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, 2014 - September 1st, 2014
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Friezer Burn: Frieze, ArtExpo, and the paradox of taste
When artist and veteran Frieze visitor Darren Jones attended ArtExpo last month he found a parallel art world with its own culture and convictions.
Depending on one’s relationship to art fairs such as Frieze, the social and professional rituals associated with attending them can cause fevered excitement, or make the blood run, well, cold. Visit often enough and those galleries and artists that have been admitted to this carefully guarded system reveal the p... [more]
Al's Grand Hotel and Public Fiction Bring LA Hospitality to Randall's Island
Who wants to spend the night in an art fair? By Allison Kuo
A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of Al’s Grand Hotel, a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art f... [more]
A lucky few attendees of this year’s Frieze New York Art Fair will be spending the night on Randall’s Island as a part of Frieze Projects’ re-staging of Al’s Grand Hotel, a work from 1971 in which the LA artist Allen Ruppersberg ran a fully functioning hotel out of a converted home on the Sunset Strip. This is the first, and maybe only time for the art fair to keep overnight guests, and in order to do so they have arranged for a dedicated bathroom and shower, extra securit... [more]
Depending on one’s relationship to art fairs such as Frieze, the social and professional rituals associated with attending them can cause fevered excitement, or make the blood run, well, cold. Visit often enough and those galleries and artists that have been admitted to this carefully guarded system reveal the political hierarchies of this particular art world. While each fair has its own approach, thousands of works, and new artists each year, the perennial experience can be one of creeping... [more]
PULSE Art Fair is getting a makeover this year as it welcomes contemporary art market vet Helen Toomer. Toomer is known for her former Lower East Side gallery Toomer Labdza (now closed), her role at the helm of the Collective Design Fair, and her development of international lifestyle blog Artlog. The newly appointed Director will be shaking things up as PULSE enters its 10th year on the scene. We spoke with Toomer to get the inside scoop on what’s on the docket this year for PULSE NYC. ... [more]
This weekend the art circus comes to New York City. On Friday the annual Frieze Art Fair opens on Randall’s Island for four festive days along with a smorgasbord of satellite fairs scattered throughout the city. Trying to see everything almost always means you’ll remember next to nothing, which is certainly a bummer when the circus leaves town. But with a good strategy and the trusty guide we’ve assembled you should be able to navigate the madness, catch some interesting p... [more]