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The Dependent FairSheraton Hotel160 West 25th StreetFriday, March 4, 5-9 pm Mutiny in the art fair world continues with the new fair “The Dependent,” a one evening DIY-happening presented on two floors of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Chelsea. Beyond the title (a play on the trendy “The Independent” fair launched last year), all that was made public about the fair was its handsomely designed list of exhibitors. The mystique drew a big crowd--a testament to the coolness factor of the... [more]
The Dependent FairSheraton Hotel160 West 25th StreetFriday, March 4, 5-9 pm Mutiny in the art fair world continues with the new fair “The Dependent,” a one evening DIY-happening presented on two floors of the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Chelsea. Beyond the title  (a play on the trendy “The Independent” fair launched last year), all that was made public about the fair was its handsomely designed list of exhibitors. The mystique drew a big crowd--a testament to the coolness factor of the... [more]
Essex Street MarketTra La La Juice Bar: Booth 34120 Essex Street (at Delancey Street)New York, NY 10002www.essexstreetmarket.com If you are near the Essex Street Market, don’t miss taking a moment to explore this bustling spectacle.  A local favorite vendor is the Tra La La Juice Bar, where, in addition to a rainbow of juice and smoothy options, they offer homemade soups and baked goods, including a line of irresistible cupcakes. Plus their fish sandwiches, made with the fresh fish from the... [more]
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The Tension of Objects in Space   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Katy Heinlein, Sheila Pepe, Halsey Rodman at Sue Scott Gallery January 20th, 2011 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 2/27/11
Galleries face the constant challenge:  how can one activate a sterile white box in a way that allows the art to embody its greatest potential? The idea of a temporal exhibition that changes throughout its duration is one that comes up often during curatorial brainstorming. It is poetically enticing in that it invites intuition and an increased level of exchange as well as a trust in the unknown. However, it can be unwieldy or difficult to realize effectively, and therefore hard to pull... [more]
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Reverberations that Prompt Meditation and Hand-Drawn Marks   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Andrew Deutsch, Ann Hamilton at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space January 22nd, 2011 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 2/27/11
An abstract graphite drawing hangs in a frame above a large wooden drafting desk. This mysterious composition beckons passersby into Cuchifritos gallery. Ambient sounds emanate a breathy soundtrack that envelops and draws visitors further in. This installation, “The First Line (Sounds for Drawing),” is one manifestation in a cycle of creation initiated by seasoned experimental sound artist Andrew Deutsch and preeminent multi-media artist Ann Hamilton. It results from a decade-long collaboration... [more]
Lobby Screening of David Wojnarowicz’ original A FIRE IN MY BELLYThrough January 23New Museum35 BoweryNew York, NY 10002www.newmuseum.org   While in the Lower East Side, stop by the New Museum lobby to view a very important, complete version of David Wojnarowicz’s now controversial “Fire in My Belly,” on view through January 23, 2011. Recently removed from  “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" at the National Portrait Gallery as a result of pressure on the Senate from... [more]
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The Reverse Sublime   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Saul BEcker at Horton Gallery November 19th, 2010 - December 30th, 2010
Posted 12/19/10
  “Newfoundland” is a show of beautiful and bleak works on paper by artist Saul Becker. A series of carefully rendered landscapes informed by the artist’s excursions to Northeast Canada, these works are impossible composites, depicting graphically compelling, unnatural environments that allude to science fiction influenced atmospheres and post-apocalyptic manifestations. And yet, they stem from impressions of existing places. Concerned with how nature has been compromised by human... [more]
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Through Dark Windows -- a Technicolor Vision   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jonathan Ehrenberg at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery December 11th, 2010 - January 16th, 2011
Posted 12/19/10
Through construction, craft, pantomime, camerawork, and strong literary influences, artist Jonathan Ehrenberg creates a strange, beguiling world of melancholic fantasy captured within a moving image. A Shadow As Big As A Hat, Ehrenberg’s first solo show in New York exists in almost complete blackness except for three video screens that act as illuminated windows into unfolding atmospheres. On the left wall of the gallery, two small screens are mounted as a diptych. Titled “Monument,” after... [more]
Kofoo334 Eighth Ave (between 26th and 27th Sts) New York, NY212-675-5277 If you are looking for a quick and delicious lunch to-go, and you are a fan of Korean food, don’t miss Kofoo. This adorable little shop may be the only place anywhere in the area to get real kimbob outside of Korea Town. What is kimbob, you ask? It is Korean street food- similar to sushi in appearance but filled with delectably seasoned and cooked ingredients. I highly recommend the spicy tuna kimbob or, for... [more]
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Uncertainty Sets the Stage   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Jessica Dickinson, Emily Do, Sheila Hicks, Fabienne Lasserre, Siobhan Liddell, Ree Morton, Molly Smith at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. September 10th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Posted 9/19/10
, with Jessica Dickinson, Emily Do, Sheila Hicks, Ree Morton, Fabienne Lasserre, Siobhan Liddell and Molly Smith, located in gallery 2 of Sikkema Jenkins, groups these seven artists together based on shared interest in exploration of uncertainty. The work is otherworldly,  strange,  quirky, ritualistic, elusive. There is a strong female presence without being self-righteous or overtly feminist-- the objects commune, emanating traces of myth, intuition, spirituality, and ritual craft, and... [more]
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Returning to Branches   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Glen Baldridge, Benjamin Butler at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery September 16th, 2010 - October 17th, 2010
Posted 9/19/10
      Held on the evening a vicious storm whipped through New York City, spawning the notorious tornado that felled countless trees in its path, the opening reception for was eerily timed. This autumn flavored exhibition pairs two artists who turn to trees as subject matter. One artist, Benjamin Butler, dedicates his entire body of work to compositional investigations of the tree form, while the other, Glen Baldridge, uses depictions of trees as one of many tropes contributing to an... [more]
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A Floating Respite   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Posted 7/31/10
  Frying Pan and Pier 66 MaritimeWest 26th Street and the West Side Highwaywww.fryingpan.com         If you plan to trek out to West Chelsea on the beloved isle of Manhattan this beautiful summer day, remember that the water is only a few steps away! Take your bike even, and enjoy a pleasant ride along the West Side Highway up (or down) to Pier 66 where the old Frying Pan lightship is docked. Built in 1929, this landmark ship had been reclaimed after it sunk and was left submerged in the... [more]
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A Little Glory for the Grunts   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Group Show at Marianne Boesky Gallery 24th St. July 30th, 2010 - August 27th, 2010
Posted 7/31/10
          Art handlers: the humble backbone of the art world. If you have worked in a gallery or museum, you know them well…and if you are an artist living in New York, chances are that you are one, have been one, or have dated one (or all three). Sometimes they may smell a bit too ripe, or provide you with prolonged exposure to butt cleavage, however it is impossible not to love them. These robust laborers can perform almost any task, no matter how strenuous or ridiculous because 1) they... [more]
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New Curators: A Sequel   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at P.P.O.W Gallery July 22nd, 2010 - August 20th, 2010
Posted 7/31/10
          Viewing art in August is a challenge for our sun-dazed brains. We seek the ice cream version of art: guilty pleasures that are light, fun… a little risqué? But here is an exhibition that reminds us that some substance can be good, even in this heat. Young Curators New Ideas III at PPOW is a commendable survey presenting a snapshot of current curatorial methodologies. The exhibition, the 3rd in an annual series, is divided into six micro-exhibitions organized by each curator or... [more]
  Decalogue: Films You Can Count on Two HandsA mini film festival, organized by Eve SussmanWinkleman GalleryMarch 27 – May 2, 2010       Organized by artist/filmmaker Eve Sussman, Decalogue is presented as an “exhibition as film festival.” Timed nicely to be running at the same time as the Tribeca Film Festival, Sussman infuses a bit of the film frenzy into the Chelsea gallery setting. She has selected a series of significant contemporary experimental films by ten international artists... [more]
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A Portrait of a Portrait of a Portrait   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Tamas Banovich, Jason Robert Bell, Ursula Endlicher, Yevgeniy Fiks, Kate Gilmore, Alexa Meade, Jenny Morgan, William Powhida, Chris Verene at Postmasters April 2nd, 2010 - May 8th, 2010
Posted 4/18/10
    Portraiture, one of the most time honored practices in the history of art, may go in and out of vogue, but will never lose its place as an elemental expression of the human persona. Acting as one point of entry into an endless topic, Mirror, Mirror is simply a show that brings together a diverse variety of contemporary explorations of the portrait. By no means comprehensive (and not trying to be), this is a nice collection of works across genres that are tied together by their... [more]
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Guard Your Kittens   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Kessler at Pace Prints-Chelsea April 8th, 2010 - May 1st, 2010
Posted 4/18/10
Before you visit Jon Kessler’s new works on paper show, a visual palette–cleanse is highly recommended. Wipe clean your expectations, close your eyes and blink away the art you have just seen on or near 26th street. This is not the first time the mixed media installation artist has embarked on a works on paper series, but this is the most outrageous. And by outrageous, I mean sensational. With Kessler’s work, we expect a combination of confrontation and kinetics. He has certainly managed,... [more]
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A Hummer Stage Coach, Chaotic Egg Pendulum, and Everything in Between   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at Pulse New York March 4th, 2010 - March 7th, 2010
Posted 3/7/10
One enters PULSE New York 2010 through Julian Lwin’s Stasis, a large ominous installation of analog television sets. This chorus of electronic visual static guards the passageway as a harbinger for dissonance. However, moving forward into the space, we are welcomed with a bright, well presented, relatively easy to navigate contemporary art fair. With a range of prominent galleries from cities across the US; a strong international presence; solo projects by emerging artists; and commissioned... [more]
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Holding its Own Uptown   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at The Art Show (Art Dealers Association of America) March 3rd, 2010 - March 7th, 2010
Posted 3/7/10
    After frenetically running around the Armory Show on the pier and the circus of satellite fairs, it is a surprising relief to enter The Art Show organized by the ADAA at the uptown Armory. There is a thoughtful civility to this fair that enables one to meditate on each installation, engaging in a personal conversation with the work which is quite strong overall. The fair is organized as a combination of solo and themed group exhibitions, featuring a range of known and unknown artists,... [more]
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A Miracle on 4th Street   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Posted 1/31/10
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYEProduced by: No Longer EmptyThe former Tower Records 4th Street and Broadway January 16- February 13, 2010www.nolongerempty.org     Artists: Ryan Brennan, Joe Diebes, R. Luke DuBois, Richard Garet, Invader, Josh Jordan, Meredyth Sparks, Kaz Oshiro, Naama Tsabar, Paul Villinski, Siebren Versteeg, Additional artists are part of Never Record. Curated by Manon Slome, NLE; Steven Evans, Dia Art Foundation; and Asher Remy‐Toledo, NLE. For decades Tower Records on Broadway... [more]
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Beauty Ensnared   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Afruz Amighi at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery January 21st, 2010 - February 28th, 2010
Posted 1/31/10
          There is something of a revelation in Afruz Amighi’s (born Tehran, Iran 1974) debut New York solo show at Nicelle Beauchene gallery. First of all, the exhibition is stunning, there is absolutely no question about that. Second, it is transcendent: alternating between splendor and dramatic cast shadow, the installation transports you from the white cube of a gallery into the exotic world of this artist’s creation. Cages, the most predominant spectacle in the room, is an... [more]
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Hints of Something Human   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Ana Cardoso, Anya Gallaccio, Yasue Maetake, Maria Petschnig, Tia Pulitzer, Kirstine Roepstorff, Clare Stephenson, Stacy Lynn Waddell at On Stellar Rays January 10th, 2010 - February 21st, 2010
Posted 1/31/10
      A bold and silent show, Alpha & is a captivating group exhibition of individual works presented in conversation with one another. Invited in with a proposed “exploration of the body and the body in time,” the first impression of this exhibition is somewhat unexpected in its subtle, nuanced, and overall magical atmosphere. A perusal of the gallery reveals that, although the works selected are distinctly diverse, they are somehow mysteriously connected. Each participates in a... [more]
  Grand Opening139 Norfolk StreetNew York, NYP: 646-875-8078     They say that when you meet that special someone, you hear the chime of wedding bells. Perhaps cupid will strike while sharing an inspired afternoon of art appreciation on the LES. Do you feel a hankering to exchange some spontaneous nuptials? Located halfway between Participant Inc, and Miguel Abreu Gallery, is Wedding Chapel at 139 Norfolk Street. Presented by Grand Opening, a storefront venue that changes its purpose every... [more]
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Virtues of Smoke and Mirrors   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Nancy Barton, Carol Bove, Matthew Brannon, Katarina Burin, James Lee Byars, Tony Clifton, Vaginal Davis, Michael Glass, Eileen Gray, Alisa Grifo, Harry Houdini, Andy Kaufman, Richard C. Martinez, Marco Romeny, Allison Somers, Eric Van Speights, Stefanie Victor, Jeff Weiss at Participant Inc. November 8th, 2009 - December 20th, 2009
Posted 11/28/09
Tethered to the legacy of the artist Stuart Sherman, Nothing Up My Sleeve is an impressive curatorial undertaking that connects a group of artists who employ deception as creative device. Somewhat obscure, Sherman was most known for his Spectacles-- performances using folding TV dinner tables to stage his own brand of sorcery. Resembling the theatrics of a magic show, Sherman established mysterious relationships between mundane objects and his own engagement with them, convincing the... [more]
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Contemplating the Act of Rubbing   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Scorched Earth., Max Ernst, Melanie Gilligan, Richard Hawkins, John Kelsey, Sam Lewitt, Henri Michaux at Miguel Abreu Gallery Orchard St November 22nd, 2009 - January 10th, 2010
Posted 11/28/09
Frottage: “Who does it anymore? Who really did it ever?” These questions are posed in the press release for the exhibition simply titled, Frottage. Referring to the technique of creating marks through the rubbing of objects, frottage is a French term popularized by Max Ernst, and adopted by the surrealist movement. Beginning with Ernst, and moving into artists working today, this exhibition is an intelligent meditation on a process quite easily perceived as passé. The show is organized... [more]
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