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

recommended, recently opened:

Supports/Surfaces
 André-Pierre Arnal, Pierre Buraglio, Louis Cane,
 Mark Devade, Daniel Dezeuze, Noël Dolla, Jean-Michel Meurice,
 Bernard Pagés, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Patrick Saytour, Claude Viallat.

Canada Gallery, 333 Broome St., NYC

the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States of this under-recognized French art movement. Supports/Surfaces was a loose confederation of about 15 artists mostly from the south of France (Nimes, St. Etienne, Nice, Etc.) who made work marked by an interest in materiality, expansive ideas of what a painting could be and often a lyrical use of bright color. There is no manifesto, but the writings and ideas of Freud, Marx, Clement Greenberg, Michael Fried and Chairman Mao were tossed together along with a deep interest in Matisse, another artist associated with the south of France. Everyday items used as art materials were as radical then as they are commonplace now. Witness the dishrags of Dola, the painted sunshade umbrellas of Viallat, the lathe constructions of Dezeuze or Saytour’s bolt of raw fabric in the seminal piece “Deployed”. Supports/Surfaces artists may or may not have been the first to pick up such materials, but what they did with them formally is the key to what sets the group apart from say Arte Povera in Italy or the more famous French group BMPT. In their hands there was a coupling of base material, the format of painting and the poetics of unprogrammatic form and color that simultaneously questioned and reaffirmed painting. Presented with Galerie Bernard Ceysson. thru July 20

read Sharon Butler’s comprehensive review & essay at Two Coats

pictured:
Pierre Buraglio, Montage, 1981, Mixed media on canvas
Mark Devade, Untitled, 1967, Ink on canvas

closing soon (Aug 9):

Anne-Lise Coste

Eleven Rivington, 195 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Rivington and Stanton)

a solo exhibition of recent work by French artist Anne-Lise Coste featuring new paintings executed primarily in spray-painted acrylic. In the main gallery, an immersive series of 12 black and white canvases based on details of Picasso’s Guernica breaks down the highly complex and visually dense painting into singular appropriated and abstracted scenes. In the smaller second space of the gallery is a display of a new series of text-based works and abstract paintings. Anne-Lise Coste was born 1973 in Marseille, France and currently lives and works in New York.

upcoming, Sept 25, 2013:“Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations” BalthusThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., NYC (at 82nd St)explores the origins and permutations of the French artist’s focus on felines and the dark side of childhood. Balthus’s lifelong fascination with adolescence resulted in his most iconic works: girls on the threshold of puberty, hovering between innocence and knowledge. In these pictures, Balthus mingles intuition into his young sitters’ psyches with an erotic undercurrent and forbidding austerity, making them some of the most powerful depictions of childhood and adolescence committed to canvas. Often included in these scenes are enigmatic cats, possible stand-ins for the artist himself. The exhibition focuses on the early decades of the artist’s career, from the mid-1930s to the 1950s, and features approximately 35 paintings, as well as 40 ink drawings for the book Mitsou that were created in 1919, when Balthus was 11 years old—thought to be lost, these drawings have never before been on public display.

upcoming, Sept 25, 2013:

Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations
 Balthus

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., NYC (at 82nd St)

explores the origins and permutations of the French artist’s focus on felines and the dark side of childhood. Balthus’s lifelong fascination with adolescence resulted in his most iconic works: girls on the threshold of puberty, hovering between innocence and knowledge. In these pictures, Balthus mingles intuition into his young sitters’ psyches with an erotic undercurrent and forbidding austerity, making them some of the most powerful depictions of childhood and adolescence committed to canvas. Often included in these scenes are enigmatic cats, possible stand-ins for the artist himself. The exhibition focuses on the early decades of the artist’s career, from the mid-1930s to the 1950s, and features approximately 35 paintings, as well as 40 ink drawings for the book Mitsou that were created in 1919, when Balthus was 11 years old—thought to be lost, these drawings have never before been on public display.

Happy birthday to Paul Gauguin, born today in 1848.pictured: Gauguin’s “The Seed of the Areoi” (1892)via MoMA’s Permanent Collection

Happy birthday to Paul Gauguin, born today in 1848.

pictured: Gauguin’s “The Seed of the Areoi” (1892)
via MoMA’s Permanent Collection

Continues thru Sept 23:

Edouard Vuillard: “A Painter and His Muses" 1890-1940

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., NYC (@ 92nd St.)
Admission $7.50+, Saturdays Free, Closed Wednesdays

Featuring some fifty key artworks in various media, this exhibition offers a fresh view of the French artist Edouard Vuillard’s career, from the vanguard 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits. The presentation focuses on the inspiration provided by friends and patrons whose support became inseparable from the artist’s achievement.

Opens Tonight, Apr 29, 6-8p:”Artists and Other Frenchmen” portrait prints from Nanteuil to VillonPocket Utopia, 191 Henry St., NYC (bt Clinton and Jefferson)Spanning more than three centuries of French printmaking, the exhibition assembles portraits of subjects as diverse as François I, the French king and patron of Leonardo da Vinci, and Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” as a shy six-year-old boy, to a whole parade of painters, sculptors, and engravers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.  - thru May 25

Opens Tonight, Apr 29, 6-8p:

Artists and Other Frenchmen
 portrait prints from Nanteuil to Villon

Pocket Utopia, 191 Henry St., NYC (bt Clinton and Jefferson)

Spanning more than three centuries of French printmaking, the exhibition assembles portraits of subjects as diverse as François I, the French king and patron of Leonardo da Vinci, and Louis XIV, the “Sun King,” as a shy six-year-old boy, to a whole parade of painters, sculptors, and engravers of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.  - thru May 25

Opens Thurs, Apr 19, 6-8p: Niki de Saint PhalleVicky David Gallery, 522 W23rd St., NYCan exhibition of artworks by the French-American sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle, a key figure of the New Realism movement. Fascinated with primitive arts and legendary myths, she reinvests them by giving them a raw but poetic tone. Nature and animal kingdom are omnipresent in her work. - thru June 30

Opens Thurs, Apr 19, 6-8p:

 Niki de Saint Phalle

Vicky David Gallery, 522 W23rd St., NYC

an exhibition of artworks by the French-American sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle, a key figure of the New Realism movement. Fascinated with primitive arts and legendary myths, she reinvests them by giving them a raw but poetic tone. Nature and animal kingdom are omnipresent in her work. - thru June 30

Wednesday, Mar 28:Pocket Utopia Grand Re-Opening Reception 6-8p191 Henry St., NYC (bt Clinton & Jefferson)Mar 28: Donald Steele : “The Queen and I" one night exhibition of royal photographs by playwright Donald SteelePocket Utopia will officially reopen on April 29th with the exhibition “Portraits of Artists: 18th Century French Engravings" (in collaboration with C. G. Boerner)

Wednesday, Mar 28:

Pocket Utopia Grand Re-Opening Reception 6-8p
191 Henry St., NYC (bt Clinton & Jefferson)

Mar 28: Donald Steele : “The Queen and I"
one night exhibition of royal photographs by playwright Donald Steele

Pocket Utopia will officially reopen on April 29th with the exhibition “Portraits of Artists: 18th Century French Engravings" (in collaboration with C. G. Boerner)

Opens Tonight, Mar 15, 6-8p:”Needleworks” Sophie DelaporteHPGRP Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (2W)a French fashion photographer whose images have appeared in publications such as Italian Vogue, Japanese Vogue, and i-D magazine, Delaporte has been interested in using fine art photography as a canvas in which to transform and reinvent images. Originally using her own fashion photographs, which she re-staged and re-took at their original locations to create a mise-en-scène, Delaporte eventually began appropriating images from other sources. In “Needleworks” she sawed apart pornographic images, and then “sutured” them back together with thread and fabric. She then photographed the resulting collages, which she blew up on a monumental scale. She will display both the original collages in shadow boxes, and the large-scale images. - thru Mar 31

Opens Tonight, Mar 15, 6-8p:

Needleworks
 Sophie Delaporte

HPGRP Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (2W)

a French fashion photographer whose images have appeared in publications such as Italian Vogue, Japanese Vogue, and i-D magazine, Delaporte has been interested in using fine art photography as a canvas in which to transform and reinvent images. Originally using her own fashion photographs, which she re-staged and re-took at their original locations to create a mise-en-scène, Delaporte eventually began appropriating images from other sources. In “Needleworks” she sawed apart pornographic images, and then “sutured” them back together with thread and fabric. She then photographed the resulting collages, which she blew up on a monumental scale. She will display both the original collages in shadow boxes, and the large-scale images. - thru Mar 31

Tonight, Mar 4, Performances at 4pm & 6pm:”The Small Circus / Le Petit Cirque” Laurent BigotThe Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY (F or G to Bergen St.)
"Le Petit Cirque [The Small Circus] is a complex sound object object made of wood, plastic, strings, springs and fragility. A mere breath can set it vibrating. Twelve small microphones draw resources from its interior. Le Petit Cirque is a circus. Its handling is perilous, the danger of falling ever-present. In the same way that theater can be musical, Le Petit Cirque is a “circus of sound.“ It is also a theater of objects."free admission / donations welcome

Tonight, Mar 4, Performances at 4pm & 6pm:

The Small Circus / Le Petit Cirque
 Laurent Bigot

The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY (F or G to Bergen St.)


"Le Petit Cirque [The Small Circus] is a complex sound object object made of wood, plastic, strings, springs and fragility. A mere breath can set it vibrating. Twelve small microphones draw resources from its interior. Le Petit Cirque is a circus. Its handling is perilous, the danger of falling ever-present. In the same way that theater can be musical, Le Petit Cirque is a “circus of sound.“ It is also a theater of objects."

free admission / donations welcome