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 tonight, Feb 19, 6-8p:“«suddenly I felt the river in me»” Carolina Raquel AntichLynch Tham Gallery, 175 Rivington St., NYCfeaturing porcelain artworks and a series of canvases, the exhibition is a purview of Antich’s longtime fascination with childhood. Antich recently embraced a sculptural extension of her paintings, magnifying the delicateness and fragility of her subjects and the situations they are involved in. While the artist’s paintings often evoke an allegorical worldview, depicting children in a territory where there is no fear, a free zone full of nuances and beauty, the sculptural work brings to the fore spaces of protection and refuge, while underscoring the autistic condition of her subjects in their extreme mode of concentration.

opens tonight, Feb 19, 6-8p:

«suddenly I felt the river in me»
 Carolina Raquel Antich

Lynch Tham Gallery, 175 Rivington St., NYC


featuring porcelain artworks and a series of canvases, the exhibition is a purview of Antich’s longtime fascination with childhood. Antich recently embraced a sculptural extension of her paintings, magnifying the delicateness and fragility of her subjects and the situations they are involved in. While the artist’s paintings often evoke an allegorical worldview, depicting children in a territory where there is no fear, a free zone full of nuances and beauty, the sculptural work brings to the fore spaces of protection and refuge, while underscoring the autistic condition of her subjects in their extreme mode of concentration.

opens tomorrow, Jan 17, 6-9p:“All My Work Is Posthumous” Alex KvaresMulherin + Pollard Gallery, 187 Chrystie St., NYCUkranian born artist Kvares drawings radiate a quietness and an equally hypnotic power. In one series of works, Kvares uses an old book of graph paper, working grid by tiny grid to make what appear to be intricate maps or blueprints of some magnificent, cosmic creation. there’s a system within these beautiful works, which seems adhered to and subsequently ignored, each careful decision can be felt, as well as the hours spent creating them. Another series, like the work pictured above, feature creatures, hikers, campers drawn with his signature delicate touch. - thru Feb 16

opens tomorrow, Jan 17, 6-9p:

All My Work Is Posthumous
 Alex Kvares

Mulherin + Pollard Gallery, 187 Chrystie St., NYC

Ukranian born artist Kvares drawings radiate a quietness and an equally hypnotic power. In one series of works, Kvares uses an old book of graph paper, working grid by tiny grid to make what appear to be intricate maps or blueprints of some magnificent, cosmic creation. there’s a system within these beautiful works, which seems adhered to and subsequently ignored, each careful decision can be felt, as well as the hours spent creating them. Another series, like the work pictured above, feature creatures, hikers, campers drawn with his signature delicate touch. - thru Feb 16

artwork focus:

City of Sociopaths
 Jeffrey Beebe
 
currently on view in “Space is the Place" at:
BravinLee Programs, 526 W26th St., NYC (#211)


The Hobbit was my first introduction to fantasy, followed shortly by Lord of the Rings, and R.E. Howard’s Conan, Frank Herbert’s Dune books, H.P. Lovecraft, Piers Anthony,Terry Brooks, etc. Film hit me in a parallel fashion: Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back, Hawk the Slayer, The Sword and The Sorcerer, and that shitty 1980 Flash Gordon movie with the Queen soundtrack.  All of these things gave me a basic language, a way to analyze and categorize the world and my experiences. As I grew into adolescence—and, past that, into whatever passes for adulthood—I drifted away from these things and tried to become more “mature”. However, the language was imprinted on my brain and I always filtered my experiences through the crude ideas of good v. evil. hero v. villain, antagonist v. protagonist. I always saw myself as the protagonist in these endeavors but my low self-esteem made me a superhero without super powers.

My work didn’t really start to take shape until I allowed myself to use this specialized language, to begin to build childish parodic myths around my predictable adult experiences. Naturally, these events had to unfold in a world—a campaign setting to use the D&D vernacular—so I invented Refractoria—my imaginary autobiographical world. After that was establishing, all of the drawings came with greater ease and clarity.

- Jeffrey Beebe (jeffreybeebe.com)

continues thru Sept 5:“Traversing The Vector” Orlando ArocenaThe Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Delancey & Broome)an exhibition of hand transferred vector works on wood by artist Orlando Arocena with an array of grouped sequential panels illustrating the process behind his work. This exhibition, the premiere of The Lodge Gallery’s experimental new program, “The Gradio Initiative,” showcases Arocena’s acclaimed mastery of digitally created artworks utilizing vector as a tool in it’s purest form.

continues thru Sept 5:

Traversing The Vector
 Orlando Arocena

The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Delancey & Broome)

an exhibition of hand transferred vector works on wood by artist Orlando Arocena with an array of grouped sequential panels illustrating the process behind his work. This exhibition, the premiere of The Lodge Gallery’s experimental new program, “The Gradio Initiative,” showcases Arocena’s acclaimed mastery of digitally created artworks utilizing vector as a tool in it’s purest form.

Opens Tomorrow, Thurs, Apr 4, 6-8p: “L’Argento” Giosetta FioroniThe Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., NYCItalian artist Giosetta Fioroni’s first solo show in North America; featuring over 80 works in drawing, painting, film, theater design, and illustration, dating from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, decades during which the artist formulated a unique response to a developing commercial culture. Although many of the works are executed on canvas, drawing remains at the forefront of Fioroni’s oeuvre, and her investment in hand-rendering serves to distinguish her practice from that of her American Pop Art peers.

Opens Tomorrow, Thurs, Apr 4, 6-8p:

L’Argento
 Giosetta Fioroni

The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., NYC

Italian artist Giosetta Fioroni’s first solo show in North America; featuring over 80 works in drawing, painting, film, theater design, and illustration, dating from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, decades during which the artist formulated a unique response to a developing commercial culture. Although many of the works are executed on canvas, drawing remains at the forefront of Fioroni’s oeuvre, and her investment in hand-rendering serves to distinguish her practice from that of her American Pop Art peers.

Opens Tomorrow, Aug 25, 6-10p: LUSHKlughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYCThe Australian so-called “graffiti artist”, LUSH, will be showcasing a variety of whimsical illustrations.

Opens Tomorrow, Aug 25, 6-10p:

LUSH

Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYC

The Australian so-called “graffiti artist”, LUSH, will be showcasing a variety of whimsical illustrations.

Tonight July 26, 7-10p:

Kingbrown Magazine Launch & Exhibition Opening

Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYC

Kingbrown and Morning Breath have collaborated with curators, John Leo and Melissa McCaig-Welles to produce this exhibition of skateboard inspired artwork. The exhibition will showcase influential artists from members of the “infamous Girl/Chocolate Art Dump, pioneers in NYC graffiti, talented illustrators, animators, art stars from Australia, sculptors, and that guy living in the NY green diamond.” Artists include: Morning Breath, Andy Jenkins, Chris Cycle, Dave Kinsey, “Grotesk” aka Kimou Meyer, Stefan Marx, Kevin Lyons, Mike Giant, “Razauno”, aka Max Vogel, Greg Lamarche, Zach Malfa-Kowalski, Steve Gourlay and Ben Horton

Opens Saturday, June 30, 6-8p:

Human Nature……….Jason DeCaires Taylor

Ashes to Ashes……..Fulvio Di Piazza

Jonathan Levine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC

two solo exhibitions that imagine epic, apocalyptic visions. Photographer, sculptor and naturalist Jason DeCaires Taylor will be exhibiting haunting photos of his underwater sculptures in “Human Nature.” His life-like, stone figures appear sullen and haunting at a first glance, like petrified bodies preserved underwater in a sci-fi disaster video game. However, Taylor’s work speaks to the beauty of the cycle of life. Some of his sculptures have come to form parts of coral reefs, coexisting harmoniously with the ecosystem.

Fulvio Di Piazza’s show “Ashes to Ashes” features a series of paintings of a primordial Earth, where natural materials are anthropomorphized to form god-like heads. Volcanoes erupt and clouds of smoke billow to create animal and human shapes. Di Piazza’s dark, aggressive works invite us into a fantasy world that precedes civilization. - Hi•Fructose

Just Opened:

Maurice Sendak Retrospective

AFA, 54 Greene St., NYC

AFA’s Maurice Sendak Retrospective, which runs through Labor Day, includes nearly 50 original works by Mr. Sendak.

Opens Fri, May 25, 6-10p:”Silverlink” Jamie Brown, Dominic Corry, Will Robson-Scott & Jack Murray (ATG)Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe Street, NYC Subway: F to East Broadwaya group show featuring a collection of recent works by London-based ATG artists. Founded in 2000, ATG (Ahead’a The Game) is a diverse collective of graffiti writers, visual artists, musicians and DJ’s rooted in London sub-culture. The title of the show, ‘Silverlink’ refers to the former name of an over ground line that runs from the East to the West of London. This particular line played an integral part in the worlds of all the artists involved. The group show will showcase a mix of photography, illustration, painting, collage and sculpture. - thru June 17

Opens Fri, May 25, 6-10p:

Silverlink
 Jamie Brown, Dominic Corry, Will Robson-Scott & Jack Murray (ATG)

Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe Street, NYC
Subway: F to East Broadway

a group show featuring a collection of recent works by London-based ATG artists. Founded in 2000, ATG (Ahead’a The Game) is a diverse collective of graffiti writers, visual artists, musicians and DJ’s rooted in London sub-culture. The title of the show, ‘Silverlink’ refers to the former name of an over ground line that runs from the East to the West of London. This particular line played an integral part in the worlds of all the artists involved. The group show will showcase a mix of photography, illustration, painting, collage and sculpture. - thru June 17