Opens Sun, Mar 2nd, 6-8p:
“Crosseyed and Painless”
Daniel Rios Rodriguez
Sargent’s Daughters, 179 East B’Way, NYC
Daniel Rios Rodriguez’s work combines the intensely personal with the historical in a manner both humorous and dark. The paintings begin with drawing into a thick layer of oil paint, and can include collage elements of raw canvas, linen and the scraps of old t-shirts onto the canvas. This is a means of recovery and reinstating a fresh surface, exploring the materiality and variety of textures a painting’s surface can have.
The subject matter of the work spans the immediate and classical: skulls, lemons and tall grass along a river are repeated- calling to mind the traditional vanitas pieces. The search is ongoing and the images are abundant.
- thru Mar 30
closing Feb 15:
William Holman Gallery, 65 Ludlow St., NYC (corner of Grand St)
The exhibition is centered around a trio of monumental sculptures made of discarded commercial 4 x 4 wooden beams, along with a group of intimate wall sculptures and a series of beautifully rendered large drawings in pencil.
opens Feb 12:
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, Feb 9, 6-8p:
“Last Night I Had a Glimpse of the Good Life”
Austin Eddy, Anthony Miler, Alexandria Smith
Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 103 Norfolk St., NYC
Anthony Miler’s paintings in the front room of the gallery depict otherworldly figurations with a mix of blurred neon spray paint, aggressive black brush strokes, graphite, and acrylic. “When there is a face and an expression,” Miler explains, “it’s a quick and strong way to get a visceral dialogue. And it’s not tied to artifice or something that’s academic or disconnectedly conceptual. It’s very psychological and emotive, it looks back at you.” In a similar sense, Alexandria Smith also explores childhood and glimpses of narratives in her work. Assembling mismatched patterns, floating body parts, and dream like spaces, Smith begs the viewer to question the tension between what is play, violence, and preadolescent innocence. Austin Eddy presents another take on dreamy narratives in the back of the gallery. Dapper men smoking pipes and wearing top hats, houses on wheels, and figures crying rivers are some of Eddy’s melancholic scenes of longing and loneliness. - thru Mar 9