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

opening reception Tonight, Nov 21, 7-9p:“Destroy Yourself” Maria Chavez, Robert Deeds, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Michael Dominick, Aaron King, Wyatt NashKunsthalle Galapagos, 16 Main St., Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO)group exhibition of art with destructive tendencies. brings together artists who employ destruction as a means to create. Whether through physical acts, building work only to demolish it, or finding inspiration in the broken, misused or thrown away, the work by these artists celebrate the act of destroying and uses destruction as a vehicle to create art. - thru Dec 29

opening reception Tonight, Nov 21, 7-9p:

Destroy Yourself
 Maria Chavez, Robert Deeds, Heather Dewey-Hagborg,
 Michael Dominick, Aaron King, Wyatt Nash

Kunsthalle Galapagos, 16 Main St., Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO)

group exhibition of art with destructive tendencies. brings together artists who employ destruction as a means to create. Whether through physical acts, building work only to demolish it, or finding inspiration in the broken, misused or thrown away, the work by these artists celebrate the act of destroying and uses destruction as a vehicle to create art. - thru Dec 29

Closes Nov 30:

Wayne Thiebaud : A Retrospective

Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th St., NYC (bt Madison & 5th Ave.)

the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper and prints spanning the length of the artist’s career from the mid 1950s to today. Best known for painting everyday objects from gumball machines to bakeshop windows, Thiebaud uses tactile brushwork, saturated colors and luminous light for a range of subjects he describes as “people, places and things.” Although associated with Pop art of the 1960s, Thiebaud depicts subjects that reflect a nostalgia and reverence for American culture that sets him apart from the stark commercialism of Warhol and his contemporaries.

Opens Tonight, Oct 10, 6-8p: “Ready For Their Stones” Juan HinojosaAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)Hinojosa’s interest in religious figures is merged with a fascination for fantasy, consumer culture and comic book characters. As Saints are revered for their dedication to God and their desire for goodness in the face of evil, so too are the superheroes that Hinojosa deems worthy of worship. - thru Nov 10

Opens Tonight, Oct 10, 6-8p:

Ready For Their Stones
 Juan Hinojosa

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)

Hinojosa’s interest in religious figures is merged with a fascination for fantasy, consumer culture and comic book characters. As Saints are revered for their dedication to God and their desire for goodness in the face of evil, so too are the superheroes that Hinojosa deems worthy of worship. - thru Nov 10

Opens Wed, Oct 10, 6-8p: “Fiend in the Void” Casey Jex SmithAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)in this solo exhibition of works on paper and sculpture, Smith has decided to pursue two of the most controversial subjects of our time: religion and politics. As a practicing Mormon, Smith’s interest in religion, and inclusion of it as a subject matter in his work, has been ongoing. This election cycle of 2012 has brought Mormonism to the front of the world stage as Mitt Romney runs for election as President of the United States of America. Smith, instead of retreating into a safe corner and remaining silent about his relationship with his church and the increasing interest surrounding it, has come out with all guns blazing. - thru Nov 10

Opens Wed, Oct 10, 6-8p:

Fiend in the Void
 Casey Jex Smith

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)

in this solo exhibition of works on paper and sculpture, Smith has decided to pursue two of the most controversial subjects of our time: religion and politics. As a practicing Mormon, Smith’s interest in religion, and inclusion of it as a subject matter in his work, has been ongoing. This election cycle of 2012 has brought Mormonism to the front of the world stage as Mitt Romney runs for election as President of the United States of America. Smith, instead of retreating into a safe corner and remaining silent about his relationship with his church and the increasing interest surrounding it, has come out with all guns blazing. - thru Nov 10

Opens Today, Oct 4, 6-8p: Ahmed AlsoudaniHaunch of Venison, 550 W21st St., NYCIn this new series of paintings Alsoudani continues his complex exploration of conflict and its aftermath, but in a departure from his usual subject matter focuses on the individual impulses behind worldwide violence. He shines a spotlight on corruption, “Before, I was more interested in capturing the moment of chaos, but in this new body of work I hope to go beyond that, to highlight that people are at the root of violence,” explained Alsoudani. Untitled (2012), a large-scale canvas depicting a poker table surrounded by body parts clad in bits of uniform with signifiers like military epaulets alluding to dictatorial violence and the destructive nature of oppressive leadership. - thru Nov 3

Opens Today, Oct 4, 6-8p:

Ahmed Alsoudani

Haunch of Venison, 550 W21st St., NYC

In this new series of paintings Alsoudani continues his complex exploration of conflict and its aftermath, but in a departure from his usual subject matter focuses on the individual impulses behind worldwide violence. He shines a spotlight on corruption, “Before, I was more interested in capturing the moment of chaos, but in this new body of work I hope to go beyond that, to highlight that people are at the root of violence,” explained Alsoudani. Untitled (2012), a large-scale canvas depicting a poker table surrounded by body parts clad in bits of uniform with signifiers like military epaulets alluding to dictatorial violence and the destructive nature of oppressive leadership. - thru Nov 3

Continues Thru Nov 3: "A Solo Exhibition" Brian Hubble & Kirsten StoltmannSUGAR, 449 Troutman St., Brooklyn, NY (#3-5, bell #21)A Solo Exhibition pours concrete over the SUGAR platform. Utilizing all areas of viable space to render a perspective this installation embraces both the focal and vanishing points defined by two artists.

Continues Thru Nov 3:

"A Solo Exhibition"
 Brian Hubble & Kirsten Stoltmann

SUGAR, 449 Troutman St., Brooklyn, NY (#3-5, bell #21)

A Solo Exhibition pours concrete over the SUGAR platform. Utilizing all areas of viable space to render a perspective this installation embraces both the focal and vanishing points defined by two artists.

Opens Oct 13, 4-7p: “stone” Akio SuzukiAVA (Audio Visual Arts), 34 E. 1st St., NYC (at 2nd Ave)Legendary Japanese sound artist presents new and old works along with an extensive performance. Suzuki’s work hasn’t been presented in New York since his show at the Japan House in 1983. For his show at AVA, Suzuki will present a series of silent objects that invite viewers to imagine their sounds. Works on paper will be on display in addition to a sculpture / instrument made out of Japanese bamboo. A free performance will take place at the opening of the show, on October 13th, at 4pm. Location: Vacant lot across the street from AVA. - thru Nov 11

Opens Oct 13, 4-7p:

stone
 Akio Suzuki

AVA (Audio Visual Arts), 34 E. 1st St., NYC (at 2nd Ave)

Legendary Japanese sound artist presents new and old works along with an extensive performance. Suzuki’s work hasn’t been presented in New York since his show at the Japan House in 1983. For his show at AVA, Suzuki will present a series of silent objects that invite viewers to imagine their sounds. Works on paper will be on display in addition to a sculpture / instrument made out of Japanese bamboo. A free performance will take place at the opening of the show, on October 13th, at 4pm. Location: Vacant lot across the street from AVA. - thru Nov 11

Opens Sept 7th, 6-9pm:“Because of Construction” Alberto BoreaY Gallery, 165 Orchard St., NYCPeruvian artist Alberto Borea depicts the poetics of the objects as the primary point of access. For this exhibition, Borea employs the formal qualities of objects such as, Native American pottery, construction tools, immigration cards among others to continue to investigate the materiality of the “residues of civilization,” and by that the changes in society.  - thru Oct 7

Opens Sept 7th, 6-9pm:

Because of Construction
 Alberto Borea

Y Gallery
, 165 Orchard St., NYC

Peruvian artist Alberto Borea depicts the poetics of the objects as the primary point of access. For this exhibition, Borea employs the formal qualities of objects such as, Native American pottery, construction tools, immigration cards among others to continue to investigate the materiality of the “residues of civilization,” and by that the changes in society.  - thru Oct 7

Opens Sept 9, Sunday 12-2p:”Beautiful Evidence” Thomas AllenFoley Gallery, 97 Allen St, NYC (new L.E.S. location)This exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural show in it’s new location (after 8 years in Chelsea, the gallery will re-open in NYC’s Lower East Side). Thomas Allen on Allen Street. Get it?Allen’s signature use of cutting and repurposing book illustrations has not vanished.  Instead of the pulp fiction genre, Allen plays with 50’s era versions of clean cut youths and domesticated moms. His unmistakable talent for creating the illusion of 3D in photography with his deft cuts and crimps, establishes a magical world in which a boy and girl play tag creating their own kind of electricity, a milkman makes a very special delivery in space, young toughs play marbles with the solar system and a mother busily sews her own version of “string theory.” - thru Oct 14

Opens Sept 9, Sunday 12-2p:

Beautiful Evidence
 Thomas Allen

Foley Gallery, 97 Allen St, NYC (new L.E.S. location)

This exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural show in it’s new location (after 8 years in Chelsea, the gallery will re-open in NYC’s Lower East Side). Thomas Allen on Allen Street. Get it?

Allen’s signature use of cutting and repurposing book illustrations has not vanished.  Instead of the pulp fiction genre, Allen plays with 50’s era versions of clean cut youths and domesticated moms. His unmistakable talent for creating the illusion of 3D in photography with his deft cuts and crimps, establishes a magical world in which a boy and girl play tag creating their own kind of electricity, a milkman makes a very special delivery in space, young toughs play marbles with the solar system and a mother busily sews her own version of “string theory.” - thru Oct 14

Just Opened “Cut Up”artists: Myles Bennett, Susan Bricker, Andrea Burgay, Steven Charles, Paul D’Agostino, Jackie Hoving, Ken Kocses, Elissa Levy, Gelah Penn, Casey Ruble, and Mary SchiliroStorefront Bushwick, 16 Wilson St., Brooklyn, NY11 artists who shred, chop, clip, paste, and otherwise reconfigure a variety of materials to make collages, sculptures, and paintings. Their practice is protean and energetic, and the results are surprising, humorous, and poignant. The show aims to showcase a broad range of “attacks” on the art object, its surface, and its content. The fractured nature of identity is a subtext. Things are not what they seem. - thru Aug 5

Just Opened

Cut Up
artists: Myles Bennett, Susan Bricker, Andrea Burgay, Steven Charles, Paul D’Agostino, Jackie Hoving, Ken Kocses, Elissa Levy, Gelah Penn, Casey Ruble, and Mary Schiliro

Storefront Bushwick, 16 Wilson St., Brooklyn, NY

11 artists who shred, chop, clip, paste, and otherwise reconfigure a variety of materials to make collages, sculptures, and paintings. Their practice is protean and energetic, and the results are surprising, humorous, and poignant. The show aims to showcase a broad range of “attacks” on the art object, its surface, and its content. The fractured nature of identity is a subtext. Things are not what they seem. - thru Aug 5