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 Feb 12:

The Neighbors
 Paweł Althamer

New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC


On view on the Fourth, Third, and Second Floor galleries of New Museum, this will be the first US museum exhibition devoted to the work of Paweł Althamer. Since the early 1990s, Althamer (b. 1967 Warsaw, Poland) has established a unique artistic practice and is admired for his expanded approach to sculptural representation and his experimental models of social collaboration. Althamer is predominantly known for figurative sculptures of himself, his family, and various other individuals within his community. The exhibition will include a new presentation of the artist’s work Draftsmen’s Congress, originally presented at the 7th Berlin Biennial (2012). Over the course of the exhibition, the blank white space of the New Museum’s Fourth Floor gallery will be transformed through the gradual accumulation of drawings and paintings by Museum visitors and more than seventy invited community organizations. Althamer will also activate the exhibition through a sculptural workshop in which the artist and his collaborators will produce new works during the course of the show. For the duration of the exhibition, visitors bringing new or gently used men’s coats to the New Museum will receive free entry. All the coats will be donated to the Bowery Mission.

opens tonight, Sun, Jan 19, 6-8p:JOMAR STATKUNGaris & Hahn Gallery, 263 Bowery, NYCAn exhibition of Jomar Statkun’s complete work to date. The collection will be installed in the gallery’s downstairs space, leaving the upstairs empty until work is introduced through weekly “decorations” that will slowly transform the main space. Through participation and performance, visitors will be invited to the basement “Public Viewing Room” to interact with the artist as well as look at, examine, and handle the works of art. - thru Feb 23

opens tonight, Sun, Jan 19, 6-8p:

JOMAR STATKUN

Garis & Hahn Gallery, 263 Bowery, NYC

An exhibition of Jomar Statkun’s complete work to date. The collection will be installed in the gallery’s downstairs space, leaving the upstairs empty until work is introduced through weekly “decorations” that will slowly transform the main space. Through participation and performance, visitors will be invited to the basement “Public Viewing Room” to interact with the artist as well as look at, examine, and handle the works of art. - thru Feb 23

opens tomorrow, Jan 9, 6-8p:

Thread Paintings and Larvae Paintings
 Emil Lukas
 
Sperone Westwater Gallery, 257 Bowery, NYC

Lukas’ distinctive use of everyday organic materials, such as thread, silk, or larvae, and his innovative techniques create intricate works, the accumulation of lines characterizes Lukas’ works — materials do not exist independently, but are layered and stratified.  His process is one in which creation and composition occur simultaneously. - thru Feb 22

closing soon, ends Jan 12:

Extreme Measures
 Chris Burden
 
New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC

Spanning a forty-year career and moving across mediums, “Extreme Measures” presents a selection of Burden’s work focused on weights and measures, boundaries and constraints, where physical and moral limits are called into question.

“As an artist, [Burden] was fast out of the gate, establishing his reputation with a series of exquisitely simple, often incendiary performances from 1971 to 1977. Many lasted only a few seconds, others for up to three weeks. But they tested will, discipline and endurance, sometimes to the point of real danger…  Few people saw Mr. Burden’s performances, but no matter: the best of them could be reduced to a vivid sentence or two that, once heard, stuck in the mind. By the mid-1970s, they formed a familiar litany of indelible acts and documentary photographs. After 54 performances, Mr. Burden succumbed to performance art’s primary occupational hazard: It was too grueling. He had always considered his performances sculptures, and now he turned to making sculptures that he saw as performances: feats or demonstrations that delved more deeply into reality with forms other than his body. His art-world visibility shrank because his efforts could no longer be distilled to an unforgettable sentence or two. They had to be experienced directly, which is what the New Museum’s spacious exhibition is all about.” - Roberta Smith, New York Times

opens tonight, Jan 1, 6-9p:JIM JOE The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCThe show will be open to the public regular hours beginning January 1st; however, the exhibition will expand one day at a time in a line around the gallery, and will culminate in the closing party on January 31st. The show’s title and presentation are engaged with the rigidity of the calendar month and the flexibility of images and motifs. Both the content of his work and the structure of this particular calendric show seek to question and subvert the knee-jerk expectations placed on both artist and gallery, in the same way he/she questioned what graffiti could be. JIM JOE makes paintings that embrace traditional media but then inverts them, using marks to erase a surface that simultaneously make a figure. Prefab art history stamps are used to make a work on paper, symbols are ordered illogically or rendered crudely to look at the shapes that make the symbol. From crap dragged in off the street to fine raw linens and oil sticks, the works in the exhibition will appear sequentially but not necessarily create narrative or even relationships. They will act upon themselves, one after the other, in a way that denies even the artist the full spectrum of the show until it is completed on the last day of the month. - thru Jan 31

opens tonight, Jan 1, 6-9p:

JIM JOE
 
The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

The show will be open to the public regular hours beginning January 1st; however, the exhibition will expand one day at a time in a line around the gallery, and will culminate in the closing party on January 31st. The show’s title and presentation are engaged with the rigidity of the calendar month and the flexibility of images and motifs. Both the content of his work and the structure of this particular calendric show seek to question and subvert the knee-jerk expectations placed on both artist and gallery, in the same way he/she questioned what graffiti could be. JIM JOE makes paintings that embrace traditional media but then inverts them, using marks to erase a surface that simultaneously make a figure. Prefab art history stamps are used to make a work on paper, symbols are ordered illogically or rendered crudely to look at the shapes that make the symbol. From crap dragged in off the street to fine raw linens and oil sticks, the works in the exhibition will appear sequentially but not necessarily create narrative or even relationships. They will act upon themselves, one after the other, in a way that denies even the artist the full spectrum of the show until it is completed on the last day of the month. - thru Jan 31

opens tonight, Jan 1, 6-9p:“Hot Chicks” Adam Green The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCan exhibition of new drawings that “explore the female form in unexpected ways, using oil crayons and an assortment of pencils and pens… Bordering on architecture or furniture design, the works are only recognizable as female as each has at least one boob; though most have way, way too many boobs… Green’s unconscious has a somewhat 8-bit sensibility. The bodies are often composed of proliferating blocks, with some including too many eye blocks, too many aforementioned boob blocks, too many mouth blocks, etc. It is as though the image inventory chip to his Nintendo cartridge was functioning properly, however the programming chip that assorted, organized and placed the blocks was malfunctioning.” - thru Jan 31

opens tonight, Jan 1, 6-9p:

Hot Chicks
 Adam Green
 

The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

an exhibition of new drawings that “explore the female form in unexpected ways, using oil crayons and an assortment of pencils and pens… Bordering on architecture or furniture design, the works are only recognizable as female as each has at least one boob; though most have way, way too many boobs… Green’s unconscious has a somewhat 8-bit sensibility. The bodies are often composed of proliferating blocks, with some including too many eye blocks, too many aforementioned boob blocks, too many mouth blocks, etc. It is as though the image inventory chip to his Nintendo cartridge was functioning properly, however the programming chip that assorted, organized and placed the blocks was malfunctioning.” - thru Jan 31

just opened:“The Black Box” Stefan BondellThe Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCThe Black Box is conceived as an exhibition about the secrets paintings can contain. Like the black box of an airplane or the expression as applied to covert ops, insider trading or government surveillance, New York artist Stefan Bondell considers this installation as his own black box, where his concerns and opinions are thrashed out in each of the paintings. Four ten-by-ten-foot paintings are installed in the room, each a deep black gouache and oil on canvas, and through the suggestion of shapes in each work, a narrative emerges. The floor of the gallery has been covered with over a million dollars of shredded US currency. - thru Dec 28

just opened:

The Black Box
 Stefan Bondell

The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

The Black Box is conceived as an exhibition about the secrets paintings can contain. Like the black box of an airplane or the expression as applied to covert ops, insider trading or government surveillance, New York artist Stefan Bondell considers this installation as his own black box, where his concerns and opinions are thrashed out in each of the paintings. Four ten-by-ten-foot paintings are installed in the room, each a deep black gouache and oil on canvas, and through the suggestion of shapes in each work, a narrative emerges. The floor of the gallery has been covered with over a million dollars of shredded US currency.
- thru Dec 28

opens Tonight, Wed, Nov 13, 7-9p: Valérie Blass presented by Parisian LaundryThe Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCThis exhibition kicks off the new Hole initiative where the Gallery 3 space will be used intermittently to showcase top young galleries from cities outside of New York and around the world as they present solo exhibitions of their gallery artists. Valérie Blass presents new sculptures and photographs that explore intersections between three-dimensional object and image. Her works shift our recognition through assemblage and theatrical staging. Like the black curtain that conceals a backstage, Blass provides hints at mechanisms of interchangeability.

opens Tonight, Wed, Nov 13, 7-9p:

 Valérie Blass
 presented by Parisian Laundry

The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

This exhibition kicks off the new Hole initiative where the Gallery 3 space will be used intermittently to showcase top young galleries from cities outside of New York and around the world as they present solo exhibitions of their gallery artists. Valérie Blass presents new sculptures and photographs that explore intersections between three-dimensional object and image. Her works shift our recognition through assemblage and theatrical staging. Like the black curtain that conceals a backstage, Blass provides hints at mechanisms of interchangeability.

opens Nov 5:“AREA” curated by Jeffrey Deitch with Serge Becker,  Eric Goode, Jennifer Goode and Glenn O’BrienThe Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC“The nightclub that captivated New York’s Downtown art scene returns after 30 years… The fabled nightclub opened its doors in September 1983 and virtually overnight it became the nexus of the downtown scene in New York City.  It was the place where people went to see and be seen.  It was the brainchild of four young guys from California—Eric Goode, Shawn Hausman, Christopher Goode and Darius Azari.  Their vision was to create an art project on a monumental scale.  Every five or six weeks they gutted the enormous space at 157 Hudson Street and transformed it into a spectacularly realized theme: Suburbia, Natural History, Gnarly, Art and Fashion, to name a few. Opening at The Hole on November 5th, AREA 1983-1987 presents the art and concepts that made the club, including works created for AREA by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbra Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Leroy Neiman, Larry Rivers, Maripol, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Survival Research Labs and many more, alongside rare ephemera and new works inspired by the club from artists including Tom Sachs, Steve Powers and Todd James, Misaki Kawai and Ben Jones.  Dozens of photographs, many never before exhibited, document the New York of the 80’s at its most exotic.”

opens Nov 5:

AREA
 curated by Jeffrey Deitch with Serge Becker,
 Eric Goode, Jennifer Goode and Glenn O’Brien

The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

“The nightclub that captivated New York’s Downtown art scene returns after 30 years… The fabled nightclub opened its doors in September 1983 and virtually overnight it became the nexus of the downtown scene in New York City.  It was the place where people went to see and be seen.  It was the brainchild of four young guys from California—Eric Goode, Shawn Hausman, Christopher Goode and Darius Azari.  Their vision was to create an art project on a monumental scale.  Every five or six weeks they gutted the enormous space at 157 Hudson Street and transformed it into a spectacularly realized theme: Suburbia, Natural History, Gnarly, Art and Fashion, to name a few.
 
Opening at The Hole on November 5th, AREA 1983-1987 presents the art and concepts that made the club, including works created for AREA by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbra Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Leroy Neiman, Larry Rivers, Maripol, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Survival Research Labs and many more, alongside rare ephemera and new works inspired by the club from artists including Tom Sachs, Steve Powers and Todd James, Misaki Kawai and Ben Jones.  Dozens of photographs, many never before exhibited, document the New York of the 80’s at its most exotic.”

recently opened:“Nenuphar” Terry AdkinsSalon 94 (2 locations), 243 Bowery & 1 Freeman Alley, NYCWith his first New York gallery solo show in ten years, Adkins presents Nenuphar, a recital that treats the legacies of George Washington Carver (1864-1943) and Yves Klein (1928-1962), focusing on unfamiliar aspects of both men. Adkins is an interdisciplinary artist and musician known for engaging with historical narratives, often reinventing and reintroducing biographies through installation based experiences called ”recitals”. His approach to art making is similar to that of a composer, and his installations are conceived as scores that punctuate and demarcate space, creating interplay among pieces in different media. - thru Jan 11

recently opened:

Nenuphar
 Terry Adkins

Salon 94 (2 locations), 243 Bowery & 1 Freeman Alley, NYC

With his first New York gallery solo show in ten years, Adkins presents Nenuphar, a recital that treats the legacies of George Washington Carver (1864-1943) and Yves Klein (1928-1962), focusing on unfamiliar aspects of both men. Adkins is an interdisciplinary artist and musician known for engaging with historical narratives, often reinventing and reintroducing biographies through installation based experiences called ”recitals”. His approach to art making is similar to that of a composer, and his installations are conceived as scores that punctuate and demarcate space, creating interplay among pieces in different media. - thru Jan 11