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

thru March 22:

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters
 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
 
MoMA, 11 W53rd St., NYC

This exhibition, drawn almost exclusively from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection of posters, lithographs, printed ephemera, and illustrated books, is the first MoMA exhibition in 30 years dedicated solely to Lautrec, and features over 100 examples of the best-known works created during the apex of his career. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores five subjects that together create a portrait of Lautrec’s Paris. A section devoted to café-concerts and dance halls examines the rise of nightlife culture in France through the depiction of famous venues, including the celebrated Moulin Rouge. Another focuses on the actresses, singers, dancers, and performers who sparked the artist’s imagination and served as his muses, including Yvette Guilbert, acclaimed dancer Loie Fuller, and close friend Jane Avril. Lautrec’s sympathetic images of women are evident in a group of works that includes his landmark Elles portfolio, depicting prostitutes during nonworking hours, in quiet moments of introspection. Lautrec’s role in Paris’s artistic community is explored in a section devoted to his creative circle, highlighting designs for song sheets for the popular music that flooded Paris’s café-concerts, programs for the avant-garde theatrical productions that he attended, and his contributions to magazines and intellectual reviews. A final section looks at the pleasures of the capital, from horse racing at Longchamp and promenading on the Bois de Boulogne, to the new fad for ice skating and the enduring appeal of Paris’s culture of gastronomy.

Recently Opened:

Circulation: Date, Place, Events
 Takuma Nakahira

Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Ave., NYC (bt W24th & W25th St)

first solo show of Japanese photographer Takuma Nakahira in the United States. “Circulation: Date, Place, Events” was first exhibited in 1971 as part of the Seventh Paris Biennale. Each day, for seven consecutive days Nakahira photographed, developed and exhibited approximately one hundred photographs. The photographs are random glimpses from Nakahira’s daily activities in Paris, including strangers’ faces, produce stands, subway platforms, street posters and even his breakfast setting. Developing the photographs each night, Nakahira exhibited them without omission the following day. Once the walls of the exhibition space were crowded with photographs, the artist spread them onto the floor. The resulting project presented a limited reality dictated by guidelines of “date,” “place” and “events.” A selection of approximately 75 gelatin silver prints produced from the original 35mm black-and-white negatives will be on view. - July 12

Opens Tonight, 6-8p: “Above and Below” Gordon Matta-ClarkDavid Zwirner Gallery, 519 W19th St., NYCan exhibition of late works by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), focusing in particular on his activities as a filmmaker. Curated by Jessamyn Fiore, the show features the artist’s explorations in subterranean New York and Paris alongside building cuts and projects involving aerial elevation. - thru May 4

Opens Tonight, 6-8p:

Above and Below
 Gordon Matta-Clark

David Zwirner Gallery, 519 W19th St., NYC

an exhibition of late works by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), focusing in particular on his activities as a filmmaker. Curated by Jessamyn Fiore, the show features the artist’s explorations in subterranean New York and Paris alongside building cuts and projects involving aerial elevation. - thru May 4

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.

Continues thru Mar 11:”Building as Everydayness”Antonia Carrara, Chloé Dugit-Gros, Raphaël Grisey, Thomas Klimowski, Julia Rometti & Victor CostalesScaramouche, 52 Orchard St., NYCa group show of artists living and working in Paris. Each of the artists utilizes architecture and the built environment as a starting point for exploring Modernist icons, often through the lens of critical theory. Working with a variety of media including sculpture, collage, video, and installation, the artists explore everydayness as developed by philosopher Michel de Certeau in The Practice of Everyday Life (1980). In his writings, de Certeau outlined the ways individuals navigate the world around them through the most ordinary of means, including reading, walking, cooking, and talking. For de Certeau, the smallest practices can allow individuals to become active participants through “an art of manipulating and enjoying” everyday life. The exhibition focuses on everydayness as a conceptual tool to reconsider architecture and Modernist icons, away from utopian roots and with a practical perspective in the present-day, as buildings are constantly rethought and adapted by the individuals who inhabit them.

Continues thru Mar 11:

Building as Everydayness
Antonia Carrara, Chloé Dugit-Gros, Raphaël Grisey, Thomas Klimowski, Julia Rometti & Victor Costales

Scaramouche, 52 Orchard St., NYC

a group show of artists living and working in Paris. Each of the artists utilizes architecture and the built environment as a starting point for exploring Modernist icons, often through the lens of critical theory. Working with a variety of media including sculpture, collage, video, and installation, the artists explore everydayness as developed by philosopher Michel de Certeau in The Practice of Everyday Life (1980). In his writings, de Certeau outlined the ways individuals navigate the world around them through the most ordinary of means, including reading, walking, cooking, and talking. For de Certeau, the smallest practices can allow individuals to become active participants through “an art of manipulating and enjoying” everyday life. The exhibition focuses on everydayness as a conceptual tool to reconsider architecture and Modernist icons, away from utopian roots and with a practical perspective in the present-day, as buildings are constantly rethought and adapted by the individuals who inhabit them.

Just Opened:
 Lindsey de Ovies”Food For Thought”
Mallick Williams & Co., 150 11th Ave., NYC
"Sculpting this body of work since 2000, this exhibition marks the end of a turbulent process that the artist faced while growing into adulthood.  Having experienced the common misconception that life miraculously falls into place the day one commits to career, marriage and family, de Ovies’ struggles manifest into a bounty of work. The focus of the home structure and the disturbances that arise from within correlate with the holiday season. During this time common relationships assemble and indulge in judgement, stress and consumption. de Ovies sculptures exhibit the center of these gatherings: food." - thru Jan 18, 2012

Just Opened:


 Lindsey de Ovies
Food For Thought

Mallick Williams & Co., 150 11th Ave., NYC

"Sculpting this body of work since 2000, this exhibition marks the end of a turbulent process that the artist faced while growing into adulthood.  Having experienced the common misconception that life miraculously falls into place the day one commits to career, marriage and family, de Ovies’ struggles manifest into a bounty of work. The focus of the home structure and the disturbances that arise from within correlate with the holiday season. During this time common relationships assemble and indulge in judgement, stress and consumption. de Ovies sculptures exhibit the center of these gatherings: food." - thru Jan 18, 2012