nyc art scene

a carefully curated calendar & cumulative catalog of new york city's most interesting art exhibitions and events. hand picked by Arthur Seen & Team

Opens Sept 9, Sunday 12-2p:”Beautiful Evidence” Thomas AllenFoley Gallery, 97 Allen St, NYC (new L.E.S. location)This exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural show in it’s new location (after 8 years in Chelsea, the gallery will re-open in NYC’s Lower East Side). Thomas Allen on Allen Street. Get it?Allen’s signature use of cutting and repurposing book illustrations has not vanished.  Instead of the pulp fiction genre, Allen plays with 50’s era versions of clean cut youths and domesticated moms. His unmistakable talent for creating the illusion of 3D in photography with his deft cuts and crimps, establishes a magical world in which a boy and girl play tag creating their own kind of electricity, a milkman makes a very special delivery in space, young toughs play marbles with the solar system and a mother busily sews her own version of “string theory.” - thru Oct 14

Opens Sept 9, Sunday 12-2p:

Beautiful Evidence
 Thomas Allen

Foley Gallery, 97 Allen St, NYC (new L.E.S. location)

This exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural show in it’s new location (after 8 years in Chelsea, the gallery will re-open in NYC’s Lower East Side). Thomas Allen on Allen Street. Get it?

Allen’s signature use of cutting and repurposing book illustrations has not vanished.  Instead of the pulp fiction genre, Allen plays with 50’s era versions of clean cut youths and domesticated moms. His unmistakable talent for creating the illusion of 3D in photography with his deft cuts and crimps, establishes a magical world in which a boy and girl play tag creating their own kind of electricity, a milkman makes a very special delivery in space, young toughs play marbles with the solar system and a mother busily sews her own version of “string theory.” - thru Oct 14

Opens Tomorrow, Feb 9, 6-8p:

Happenings: New York, 1958–1963

Pace Gallery, 534 W25th St., NYC

The first exhibition to document the origins and historical development of the transient, yet pivotal “Happenings” movement from its inception in 1958 through 1963. The experimental performances forever changed the definition of art and the possibilities for what it could be. The show captures more than thirty of the original Happenings and the contributions of the main participants—Jim Dine, Simone Forti, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, Carolee Schneemann, and Robert Whitman. It brings together for the first time more than 300 photographs by five photographers who witnessed and documented the performances, as well as artworks, rare film footage, and original ephemera. - thur Mar 17