DOWNTOWN: A View of the Lower East Side

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Dumb & Easy , 2007–2008 Oil On Linen 56 Panels, Each 18 X 18 Inches; 45.7 X 45.7 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & James Cohan Gallery Shanghai
DOWNTOWN: A View of the Lower East Side

1/F Building 1, No.1 Lane 170 Yue Yang Road
200031 Shanghai
March 8th, 2013 - May 7th, 2013
Opening: March 8th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM



James Cohan Gallery Shanghai is pleased to announce DOWNTOWN: A View of New York's Lower East Side opening on March 8. Organized in New York for the gallery’s Shanghai space, DOWNTOWN is a group exhibition featuring eight artists whose work exemplifies the alternative scene in New York City’s burgeoning Lower East Side art district. For the artists included, this exhibition marks the first time their work will be shown in China. A bi-lingual catalog of the exhibition accompanies the exhibition.

In assembling this exhibition, DOWNTOWN provides a snapshot of what is on view in eight prominent LES galleries. As the oldest neighborhood in New York City, the LES has been home to waves of immigrants from Eastern European Jews, Poles and Ukrainians to what is today the heart of New York’s Chinatown. Throughout the neighborhood, galleries can be found tucked into small storefronts, up narrow staircases, and more recently in newly-built white box spaces. Progressive gallery models are thriving; they are incubators of the most exciting emerging artwork being made today. The close-knit community of artists and art dealers attracts well-heeled crowds to this former working class neighborhood, shifting the associations of the old world to the new. In the spirit of cultural exchange, this exhibition brings the best of the LES scene to audiences in Shanghai.

DOWNTOWN was developed in collaboration with the LES galleries who represent the artists presented in the exhibition. It was curated by Jessica Lin Cox and William Pym of James Cohan Gallery, New York.

The accompanying publication traces the evolution of the idea of 'downtown' as an attitude as much as a place. An essay by the curators charts the history of the downtown art scene in New York and the parallel social and cultural contexts from the late 1960s to the present. Interspersed throughout are first-person narratives from the artists and gallerists in the show who talk about what the LES means to them. The effect for the reader is as if overhearing snippets of life lived by artists and art professionals on the scene. In keeping with the show’s theme, the publication has been designed by Project Projects, an internationally celebrated design firm as well as a grassroots member of the LES community.

上海James Cohan画廊将荣幸推出群展 《下城——下东区艺术》, 于2013年3月8日开幕。由纽约James Cohan画廊策划组织、并在上海空间展出的此次展览《下城》,为观众呈现来自美国纽约下东区——一个发展迅速的艺术区域的八位艺术家的作品。他们的作品 印证了下东区不断寻求另一种可能性的特色。此次展览是这八位参展艺术家在中国的首次展示。同时,一本双语画册也将随展览出版。

《下城》聚焦美国纽约下东区目前极为活跃的八家画廊。作为纽约最老的社区,下东区曾是东欧犹太、波兰和乌克兰移民潮的家园,直至如今纽约中国城的中心。在 这个社区中,有的画廊蜗居在窄小的店铺中,有的要顺着狭窄的楼梯摸爬上去,或是近期新建的白色箱式空间中。不断发展的画廊模式纷纷涌现,成为当下最新最令 人振奋的艺术作品的孵化器。由艺术家与艺术经纪人紧密结合而成的艺术社区吸引了大量的高端消费者簇拥前往这个曾是工人阶级的社区,连接起旧世界向新世界的 转变。本着文化交流的精神,本次展览为上海的观众带来了纽约下东区艺术的最佳现场。

本次《下城》展览由纽约James Cohan画廊的Jessica Lin Cox 和William Pym共同策划,得到了代理各参展艺术家的画廊的鼎力支持。

伴随本次展览出版的画册追溯了“下城”概念的发展,在将其定义为一个地域概念的同时也强调其作为一种态度。策展人撰文追溯了从20世纪60年代到当下纽约 下城的艺术发展状况与同时期的社会文化语境。来自参展艺术家与画廊主的第一人称叙述贯穿与点缀整本画册,为观众讲述下东区之于他们的意义,使读者仿佛无意 听到艺术家与艺术从业者们的生活片段。与展览主题相一致,画册由国际知名的设计公司Project Projects设计,而该设计公司也是下东区这一社区中的一员。