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 Thurs, Oct 16, 6-8p:“Likelihood of Confusion” Alfred Steiner Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St, NYCfeaturing twelve works of watercolor on paper, two oil on medium-density fiberboard, as well as a new piece from Steiner’s “Anti-Paparazzi” series, Steiner reflects on the pervasive nature of media and advertising. Extending his project of reconstructing pre-existing graphic forms from carefully rendered naturalistic images, Steiner tackles trademarks, service marks, logos, and other indicia of origin. To do this, Steiner considers the idiosyncratic contours comprising these marks and, using techniques of free association, replaces each contour with a similarly shaped image. The show’s title, Likelihood of Confusion, takes its name from the legal standard for determining trademark infringement. - thru Nov 15

Opens Thurs, Oct 16, 6-8p:

Likelihood of Confusion
 Alfred Steiner
 
Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St, NYC

featuring twelve works of watercolor on paper, two oil on medium-density fiberboard, as well as a new piece from Steiner’s “Anti-Paparazzi” series, Steiner reflects on the pervasive nature of media and advertising. Extending his project of reconstructing pre-existing graphic forms from carefully rendered naturalistic images, Steiner tackles trademarks, service marks, logos, and other indicia of origin. To do this, Steiner considers the idiosyncratic contours comprising these marks and, using techniques of free association, replaces each contour with a similarly shaped image. The show’s title, Likelihood of Confusion, takes its name from the legal standard for determining trademark infringement. - thru Nov 15

Opens Thurs, Oct 16, 6-8p:“Qualia” Tiffany Bozic Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St, NYCBozic explores the notion of how we perceive information and experience the world around us. “I call this show Qualia,” says Bozic, “which refers to individual subjective properties of our own conscious experiences. The way you experience the color blue will be different from how another person experiences it. We will never know what it feels like for a fish to swim, or a bird to fly. It is impossible to know what subjective experiences another person or species is having. I find it fascinating that we co-exist on this planet with millions of other living beings, and that we understand little of how they see, feel, and experience the world in their own consciousness.” - thru Nov 15

Opens Thurs, Oct 16, 6-8p:

Qualia
 Tiffany Bozic
 
Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St, NYC

Bozic explores the notion of how we perceive information and experience the world around us. “I call this show Qualia,” says Bozic, “which refers to individual subjective properties of our own conscious experiences. The way you experience the color blue will be different from how another person experiences it. We will never know what it feels like for a fish to swim, or a bird to fly. It is impossible to know what subjective experiences another person or species is having. I find it fascinating that we co-exist on this planet with millions of other living beings, and that we understand little of how they see, feel, and experience the world in their own consciousness.” - thru Nov 15

Opens tonight, Oct 9, 6-8p:“Dull Knife Fight” Jesse Littlefield Zieher Smith & Horton Gallery, 516 W20th St, NYCin his New York solo debut Littlefield presents a series of paintings that merge the immediacy of screen-printing and collage with the expression of gestural abstraction. Preferring the limited palette, matte surface, and viscosity of screening ink instead of paint, the artist uses image-free silkscreens to squeegee color onto swaths of lightweight muslin. Once a sufficient amount of painterly material is accumulated, he cuts, manipulates, and applies the fabric shapes to form geometric compositions. - thru Nov 8

Opens tonight, Oct 9, 6-8p:

Dull Knife Fight
 Jesse Littlefield
 
Zieher Smith & Horton Gallery, 516 W20th St, NYC

in his New York solo debut Littlefield presents a series of paintings that merge the immediacy of screen-printing and collage with the expression of gestural abstraction. Preferring the limited palette, matte surface, and viscosity of screening ink instead of paint, the artist uses image-free silkscreens to squeegee color onto swaths of lightweight muslin. Once a sufficient amount of painterly material is accumulated, he cuts, manipulates, and applies the fabric shapes to form geometric compositions. - thru Nov 8

thru Oct 26:

Samuel T. Adams, Patrick Brennan, Nicole Cherubini & Cassandra MacLeod

Fitzroy Gallery, 195 Chrystie St., NYC

Each of the artists in the exhibition employs a practice that results in a juxtaposition of the rigid and the baroque through a layering of form, material and technique. Samuel T. Adams relies on a cyclical process of construction and deconstruction. Nicole Cherubini‘s sculptures are lavish in texture yet minimalist in form. Patrick Brennan uses oil, acrylic, popsicle sticks, paper, and other collaged elements to create intricate and dense compositions. Cassandra MacLeod’s repetition of images—ropes, coyotes, cacti, and other—are recognizable and definable yet often dissolve into a stratum of color, abstraction and extruded shapes through painterly and printmaking techniques.

Opens Fri, Oct 3, 6-9p:

Remain in Light
 Rose Eken
 
The Hole, 312 Bowery, NYC

“For the exhibition Eken will exhibit a forensic assortment of hand-painted ceramics arranged by size on the floor and three large tapestries on the walls. The sculptures will include all the objects one might find in a punk venue, perhaps even our former across-the-street neighbor here on the Bowery, CBGBs. From microphone stands all the way down to tiny bottle caps and guitar pics, these handmade and hand-painted objects will create a personalized memorial to NYC’s dwindling lawless zones and the mayhem they contained. Their anthropological arrangement on the floor suggests a methodical and scientific approach to categorizing and analyzing a lost culture, as though a forensic dig of the venue unearthed these strange relics.”

read our 2013 interview with Rose Eken  —>HERE<—

Fall 2014 Editors Picktomorrow, Sunday, Sept 20, 6-9p:Inauguration of new Lower East Side location of 3 former Brooklyn-based Galleries Halsey Hathaway @ Rawson Projects“TWO TWO ONE” @ Regina Rex Gallery Group Show @ (harbor) gallery221 Madison St., NYC (map)Regina Rex presents new projects by Corey Escoto, Dave Hardy, EJ Hauser and David Stein that explore the underlying potential of their new space. Rawson Projects presents a solo exhibition of paintings by Halsey Hathaway. (harbor) gallery will be producing an ongoing program of rogue events and challenging installations, kicking off with a display of over forty artworks by a significant range of artists.

Fall 2014 Editors Pick
tomorrow, Sunday, Sept 20, 6-9p:

Inauguration of new Lower East Side location of
3 former Brooklyn-based Galleries

 Halsey Hathaway @ Rawson Projects
TWO TWO ONE” @ Regina Rex Gallery
 Group Show @ (harbor) gallery

221 Madison St., NYC (map)

Regina Rex presents new projects by Corey Escoto, Dave Hardy, EJ Hauser and David Stein that explore the underlying potential of their new space. Rawson Projects presents a solo exhibition of paintings by Halsey Hathaway. (harbor) gallery will be producing an ongoing program of rogue events and challenging installations, kicking off with a display of over forty artworks by a significant range of artists.

Fall 2014 Editors Pick
just opened:

Taxonomy
 George Boorujy

The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, NYC
(830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, Third Floor)

a collection of George Boorujy’s dynamic large-scale paintings of North American animals with disarmingly human characteristics, as well as a series of his preliminary clay models and drawings. Boorujy’s hyperrealistic drawings recall the scientific detail of James John Audubon; however he takes liberties with the composition of his subjects, which adds a surrealistic element to his work. He begins his process by creating clay models to achieve slightly fantastic compositions unseen in nature, but that at the same time seem plausible. His extremely detailed portraits are rendered in ink on white paper backgrounds and can measure up to eleven feet long. The scale, meticulous craftsmanship and limited context encourage viewers to pause and see the animals as they never have before. - thru Oct 25

Artist Talk: October 13, 6pm

read our 2012 interview with George Boorujy HERE

Opens tonight, Sept 11, 6-8p:“Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future” Nir HodPaul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W27th St., NYCexhibition of painting and sculpture features a large sculptural work, a snowglobe containing a moving scale model of a pumpjack encased in oil and swirling “snow” comprised of gold-colored flakes, a reflection of the immense wealth generated by the oil trade. Characteristic of Hod’s work is a dark glamour that is both alluring and menacing, exemplified in his three new series of paintings. In I Want Always to be Remembered in Your Heart, smoldering flames are superimposed on delicate flowers, alluding to the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and destruction. - thru Oct 25

Opens tonight, Sept 11, 6-8p:

Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future
 Nir Hod

Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W27th St., NYC

exhibition of painting and sculpture features a large sculptural work, a snowglobe containing a moving scale model of a pumpjack encased in oil and swirling “snow” comprised of gold-colored flakes, a reflection of the immense wealth generated by the oil trade. Characteristic of Hod’s work is a dark glamour that is both alluring and menacing, exemplified in his three new series of paintings. In I Want Always to be Remembered in Your Heart, smoldering flames are superimposed on delicate flowers, alluding to the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and destruction. - thru Oct 25

Opens tonight, Sept 11, 6-8p:“PeaRoeFoam” Jason RhoadesDavid Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYCthe show will be a reinstatement of the artist’s PeaRoeFoam project, which debuted at the gallery in 2002 (then located on Greene Street in SoHo) in the first of a trilogy of exhibitions that also brought it to Vienna and Liverpool the same year. A seminal work within Rhoades’s career, it has not been exhibited as a comprehensive presentation until now and many of the individual components are shown here for the first time since the original installations. PeaRoeFoam was Rhoades’s self-made recipe for a “brand new product and revolutionary new material” created from whole green peas, fish-bait style salmon eggs, and white virgin-beaded foam. When combined with non-toxic glue, they transform into a versatile, fast-drying, and ultimately hard material that Rhoades intended for both utilitarian as well as artistic use—made accessible in the form of do-it-yourself “kits,” complete with everything needed to make PeaRoeFoam, accompanied by the artist’s detailed, step-by-step instructions. - thru Oct 18

Opens tonight, Sept 11, 6-8p:

PeaRoeFoam
 Jason Rhoades

David Zwirner Gallery, 537 W20th St., NYC

the show will be a reinstatement of the artist’s PeaRoeFoam project, which debuted at the gallery in 2002 (then located on Greene Street in SoHo) in the first of a trilogy of exhibitions that also brought it to Vienna and Liverpool the same year. A seminal work within Rhoades’s career, it has not been exhibited as a comprehensive presentation until now and many of the individual components are shown here for the first time since the original installations. PeaRoeFoam was Rhoades’s self-made recipe for a “brand new product and revolutionary new material” created from whole green peas, fish-bait style salmon eggs, and white virgin-beaded foam. When combined with non-toxic glue, they transform into a versatile, fast-drying, and ultimately hard material that Rhoades intended for both utilitarian as well as artistic use—made accessible in the form of do-it-yourself “kits,” complete with everything needed to make PeaRoeFoam, accompanied by the artist’s detailed, step-by-step instructions. - thru Oct 18

Opens tonight, Sept 11, 6-8p:

Dust Paintings
 Jenny Holzer

Cheim & Read Gallery, 547 W25th St., NYC

Language has been Holzer’s primary medium since the late 1970s. Placed on electronic signs or stone benches, Holzer’s text investigates how ideas are transformed from argument or opinion into fact. While her work has a conceptual base, she involves her viewer through what’s intensely physical. The documents painted most recently trace the political fallout and human wreckage in the global war on terror. The content of her new work is traced, transferred, and each letter and its surround are carefully hand-painted and re-painted. Holzer’s process echoes and amplifies traditional Arabic calligraphy–ghubar–which translates, literally, as “dust writing.” - thru Oct 25