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 Jan 14:“PRINTS: FLAVIN, JUDD, SANDBACK” Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Fred SandbackDavid Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYCan exhibition of prints by Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Fred Sandback. While predominantly known for their three dimensional works, drawing and printmaking were valued techniques that each of these artists engaged with throughout their careers. The mechanical and collaborative components inherent to the process of printmaking had clear correlations to their shared Minimal aesthetic, and it proved to be an additional medium for these artists to express their understanding of space and material. Executed between 1961 and 1994, the selection of prints on view will offer additional insight into each of artist’s unique sculptural practices, attitudes, and concerns. - thru Mar 1

opens Jan 14:

PRINTS: FLAVIN, JUDD, SANDBACK
 Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Fred Sandback

David Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYC

an exhibition of prints by Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Fred Sandback. While predominantly known for their three dimensional works, drawing and printmaking were valued techniques that each of these artists engaged with throughout their careers. The mechanical and collaborative components inherent to the process of printmaking had clear correlations to their shared Minimal aesthetic, and it proved to be an additional medium for these artists to express their understanding of space and material. Executed between 1961 and 1994, the selection of prints on view will offer additional insight into each of artist’s unique sculptural practices, attitudes, and concerns. - thru Mar 1

thru Dec 21:“I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” Yayoi KusamaDavid Zwirner Gallery, 519, 525 and 533 W 19th St., NYCSpanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street), this exhibition features twenty-seven new large-scale paintings. Other highlights include the presentation of a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Also exhibited is the artist’s video installation, entitled Manhattan Suicide Addict, that draws its title from her first semi-autobiographical novel published in 1978.

thru Dec 21:

I Who Have Arrived In Heaven
 Yayoi Kusama

David Zwirner Gallery, 519, 525 and 533 W 19th St., NYC

Spanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street), this exhibition features twenty-seven new large-scale paintings. Other highlights include the presentation of a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Also exhibited is the artist’s video installation, entitled Manhattan Suicide Addict, that draws its title from her first semi-autobiographical novel published in 1978.

opens Tue, Sept 10, 6-8p:“Works from 1963-2011” John McCracken  David Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYCDrawn primarily from public and private collections, the exhibition will include both well-known and lesser-seen examples of McCracken’s production from the early 1960s up through his death in 2011. In addition to presenting a range of the artist’s sculptures, a number of his paintings and sketches will be on view in an effort to fully contextualize and demonstrate the wide-ranging breadth of his practice. - thru Oct 19

opens Tue, Sept 10, 6-8p:

“Works from 1963-2011”
 John McCracken  

David Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYC

Drawn primarily from public and private collections, the exhibition will include both well-known and lesser-seen examples of McCracken’s production from the early 1960s up through his death in 2011. In addition to presenting a range of the artist’s sculptures, a number of his paintings and sketches will be on view in an effort to fully contextualize and demonstrate the wide-ranging breadth of his practice. - thru Oct 19

Just Opened:

Folk Devil
 curated by Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal

David Zwirner, 519, 525 & 533 W19th St., NYC

Folk Devil presents a comment on the tendency to create artificial connections between a group of individuals, while it also contains a self-referential statement on the yearly summer shows held at many art galleries under various umbrella themes.

The exhibition’s title is a reference to sociologist Stanley Cohen’s description of the British media’s hostile reaction towards deviant youth groups in the 1960s, and embodies a deep-rooted fear of subcultures and the morally aberrant.

Artists: Lynn Chadwick, Spartacus Chetwynd, Marlene Dumas, Nikolas Gambaroff, Brian Griffiths, Roger Hiorns, Ryan McGinley, Oscar Murillo, Mike Nelson, Eddie Peake, Jason Rhoades, Steven Shearer, Oscar Tuazon, Sophie von Hellermann, Franz West, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

thru June 29:“Works on Paper 1976-1977” PalermoDavid Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYCDrawn from museum and private collections, this exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Palermo Archive on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the artist’s birth (in 1943 in Leipzig, Germany). The majority of the works on view were executed in New York, where (Blinky) Palermo lived and worked from 1973 until the spring of 1976. The artist died in February 1977. Executed at the end of the artist’s brief career, Palermo’s works on paper from 1976-1977 suggest a kind of summation of his artistic practice: not only do they exemplify his ongoing experimentation with the symbolic and formal possibilities of composition and space, but they also convey his understanding of color as a system of signs.

thru June 29:

Works on Paper 1976-1977
 Palermo

David Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYC

Drawn from museum and private collections, this exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Palermo Archive on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the artist’s birth (in 1943 in Leipzig, Germany). The majority of the works on view were executed in New York, where (Blinky) Palermo lived and worked from 1973 until the spring of 1976. The artist died in February 1977. Executed at the end of the artist’s brief career, Palermo’s works on paper from 1976-1977 suggest a kind of summation of his artistic practice: not only do they exemplify his ongoing experimentation with the symbolic and formal possibilities of composition and space, but they also convey his understanding of color as a system of signs.

Opens Tonight, 6-8p: “Above and Below” Gordon Matta-ClarkDavid Zwirner Gallery, 519 W19th St., NYCan exhibition of late works by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), focusing in particular on his activities as a filmmaker. Curated by Jessamyn Fiore, the show features the artist’s explorations in subterranean New York and Paris alongside building cuts and projects involving aerial elevation. - thru May 4

Opens Tonight, 6-8p:

Above and Below
 Gordon Matta-Clark

David Zwirner Gallery, 519 W19th St., NYC

an exhibition of late works by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), focusing in particular on his activities as a filmmaker. Curated by Jessamyn Fiore, the show features the artist’s explorations in subterranean New York and Paris alongside building cuts and projects involving aerial elevation. - thru May 4

Just Opened: “REEL-UNREEL” Francis AlÿsDavid Zwirner Gallery, 525 W19th St., NYCnew paintings and the 20-minute film, REEL-UNREEL, by Francis Alÿs. The artist was recently part of dOCUMENTA 13 and subject of a major survey at Tate Modern – where it was called the museum’s “finest show to date by a living artist” by Richard Dorment of The Telegraph - and the Museum of Modern Art and PS 1 here in New York. - thru Feb 9

Just Opened:

REEL-UNREEL
 Francis Alÿs

David Zwirner Gallery, 525 W19th St., NYC

new paintings and the 20-minute film, REEL-UNREEL, by Francis Alÿs. The artist was recently part of dOCUMENTA 13 and subject of a major survey at Tate Modern – where it was called the museum’s “finest show to date by a living artist” by Richard Dorment of The Telegraph - and the Museum of Modern Art and PS 1 here in New York. - thru Feb 9

Opens Tonight, July 11, 6-8p: “People Who Work Here” curated by Rawson ProjectsDavid Zwirner Gallery, 525 W29th St., NYCthe show bridges the emerging and established gallery scenes, two sides of the art world that are commonly thought of as isolated from one another. In turn, it plays on notions of inside and outside, art and work, center and periphery, while at the same time testifying to the interconnectedness of the New York art world and the relationships that exist between new and established artists and galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan.Participating artists present work across a broad spectrum of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. They include Cy Amundson, Justin Davis Anderson, Ben Berlow, Josh Brown, Aidan Sofia Earle, Joel Fennell, Brent Harada, Sam Martineau, Chris Medina, Dave Miko, Clive Murphy, Liz Nielsen, David Ording, Justin Phillipson, Ramon Silva, and Aengus Woods with John Holten. - Aug 10

Opens Tonight, July 11, 6-8p:

People Who Work Here
 curated by Rawson Projects

David Zwirner Gallery, 525 W29th St., NYC

the show bridges the emerging and established gallery scenes, two sides of the art world that are commonly thought of as isolated from one another. In turn, it plays on notions of inside and outside, art and work, center and periphery, while at the same time testifying to the interconnectedness of the New York art world and the relationships that exist between new and established artists and galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Participating artists present work across a broad spectrum of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. They include Cy Amundson, Justin Davis Anderson, Ben Berlow, Josh Brown, Aidan Sofia Earle, Joel Fennell, Brent Harada, Sam Martineau, Chris Medina, Dave Miko, Clive Murphy, Liz Nielsen, David Ording, Justin Phillipson, Ramon Silva, and Aengus Woods with John Holten. - Aug 10

Opens Tonight, May 4, 6-8p:”Black Paintings” Yan Pei-MingDavid Zwirner Gallery, 519 W19th St., NYCThe paintings in this exhibition relate to events in the recent and distant past. In a departure from previous work by the artist, they extend beyond the depiction of a singular subject to reference broad historical issues and, in the process, the gap that exists between the events and their visualization. - thru June 23

Opens Tonight, May 4, 6-8p:

Black Paintings
 Yan Pei-Ming

David Zwirner Gallery, 519 W19th St., NYC

The paintings in this exhibition relate to events in the recent and distant past. In a departure from previous work by the artist, they extend beyond the depiction of a singular subject to reference broad historical issues and, in the process, the gap that exists between the events and their visualization. - thru June 23

Opens Tonight, May 4, 6-8p:Alice Neel : Late Portraits & Still LifesDavid Zwirner, 533 W19th St., NYCWith a practice spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, Alice Neel (1900-1984) is widely regarded as one of the greatest figurative painters of the twentieth century. Based in New York City, Neel chose her subjects from her family, friends, and a broad variety of locals: writers, poets, artists, students, textile salesmen, psychologists, cabaret singers, and homeless bohemians. Her eccentric selection was thus also a portrayal of, and dialogue with, the city in which she lived. Through her forthright and at times humorous touch, her work engaged with ongoing political and social issues, including gender, racial inequality, and labor struggles. This exhibition includes portraits and still lifes made between 1964 and 1983, the last two decades of Neel’s life.   - thru June 23

Opens Tonight, May 4, 6-8p:

Alice Neel : Late Portraits & Still Lifes

David Zwirner, 533 W19th St., NYC

With a practice spanning the 1920s to the 1980s, Alice Neel (1900-1984) is widely regarded as one of the greatest figurative painters of the twentieth century. Based in New York City, Neel chose her subjects from her family, friends, and a broad variety of locals: writers, poets, artists, students, textile salesmen, psychologists, cabaret singers, and homeless bohemians. Her eccentric selection was thus also a portrayal of, and dialogue with, the city in which she lived. Through her forthright and at times humorous touch, her work engaged with ongoing political and social issues, including gender, racial inequality, and labor struggles. This exhibition includes portraits and still lifes made between 1964 and 1983, the last two decades of Neel’s life.   - thru June 23