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

Fall 2014 Editor’s Pick
Opens Sept 4, 1-6p:

Made for Whites by Whites” and “Rescue
 Nick Cave
 
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 W20th St., NYC
Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 W24th St., NYC

On view at 524 West 24th Street will be Cave’s body of work Rescue. The series comprises sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens. Dogs have historically been associated with loyalty, class, breed, commitment, and protection. In the Rescues, Cave focuses on a single canine that has quite literally been rescued from destruction, very much like an adopted pet. These dogs become the benevolent guardians of their self-contained worlds, focusing the spotlight on the forgotten and discarded. Many of the works included in Made for Whites by Whites, on view at 513 West 20th Street, have formal similarities to the Rescues in that central found objects are presented within elaborate armatures built up with items from Cave’s familiar lexicon of ceramic birds and flowers, porcelain fruit, and copies of Capodimonte. However, the content is quite different. In Made for Whites by Whites, racially charged historical objects anchor the works such as the stereotypical representation of a black man with dark skin, big red lips, and white eyes in Untitled, 2014, or the Golliwog costumed mannequin in King of the Hill, 2014. These were once commonplace caricatures that infantilized and dehumanized the African American population. This project began when Cave found a container at a flea market shaped like the head of a black man and labeled ‘Spittoon.’ - thru Oct 11

recently opened:“SUNRISE SUNSET” Sterling Ruby Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 511 W18th St., NYCSterling Ruby’s studio has been described as ‘an archive, a vessel’ filled with a plethora of art objects and materials, including failures, successes, and pieces that offer the potential to be reclaimed and reanimated as new forms. The works on view in ‘SUNRISE SUNSET’ represent the many modes of the artist’s production but play upon a central motif: a tension between the horizon lines of the artist’s monumental paintings, and the circular forms in primary colors that are found in a mobile, the collages, and sculptures. - thru July 25

recently opened:

SUNRISE SUNSET
 Sterling Ruby
 
Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 511 W18th St., NYC

Sterling Ruby’s studio has been described as ‘an archive, a vessel’ filled with a plethora of art objects and materials, including failures, successes, and pieces that offer the potential to be reclaimed and reanimated as new forms. The works on view in ‘SUNRISE SUNSET’ represent the many modes of the artist’s production but play upon a central motif: a tension between the horizon lines of the artist’s monumental paintings, and the circular forms in primary colors that are found in a mobile, the collages, and sculptures. - thru July 25

opens Friday, Feb 7, 6-8p:“Re-View: Onnasch Collection” curated by Paul SchimmelHauser & Wirth Gallery, 511 W18th St., NYCa selection of works tracing the history of new york’s art scene from 1950-1970, presented through a succession of ten rooms, the exhibition focuses on the period between 1950 and 1970, decades when New York’s cultural influence was unrivaled and some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century were born. On view will be iconic examples of Pop Art, Fluxus, Color Field, Assemblage, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism.

pictured: Jim Dine, Hair, 1961

opens Friday, Feb 7, 6-8p:

Re-View: Onnasch Collection
 curated by Paul Schimmel

Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 511 W18th St., NYC

a selection of works tracing the history of new york’s art scene from 1950-1970, presented through a succession of ten rooms, the exhibition focuses on the period between 1950 and 1970, decades when New York’s cultural influence was unrivaled and some of the most important artistic movements of the 20th century were born. On view will be iconic examples of Pop Art, Fluxus, Color Field, Assemblage, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism.

pictured: Jim Dine, Hair, 1961

opens Jan 8, 6-8p:“Wallflowers” Martha MyskoMarc Straus Gallery, 299 Grand St., NYCMartha Mysko’s sculptures and installations initially appear to be the sites of domestic chaos. Her sculpture is made of every day recognizable furnishings: couches, TVs, trellises, linoleum, mirrors, carpets, and more. They are cultural debris, the “things” in our space that often have lost their visual value. The TV is on, the phone rings and perhaps this sofa with threadbare fabric is no longer noticed.

opens Jan 8, 6-8p:

Wallflowers
 Martha Mysko

Marc Straus Gallery, 299 Grand St., NYC

Martha Mysko’s sculptures and installations initially appear to be the sites of domestic chaos. Her sculpture is made of every day recognizable furnishings: couches, TVs, trellises, linoleum, mirrors, carpets, and more. They are cultural debris, the “things” in our space that often have lost their visual value. The TV is on, the phone rings and perhaps this sofa with threadbare fabric is no longer noticed.

thru Mar 10:

Isa Genzken: Retrospective
 

MoMA, 11 W53rd St., NYC

Isa Genzken is arguably one of the most important and influential female artists of the past 30 years. This exhibition, the first comprehensive retrospective of her diverse body of work in an American museum, and the largest to date, encompasses Genzken’s work in all mediums over the past 40 years. Although a New York art audience might be familiar with Genzken’s more recent assemblage sculptures, the breadth of her achievement—which includes not only three-dimensional work but also paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, artist’s books, films, and public sculptures—is still largely unknown in this country. Many of the roughly 150 objects in the exhibition are on view in the United States for the first time.

opens Tonight, Nov 21, 6-8p:“Revival” Kris KuksiJoshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St., NYCexhibition of mixed-media assemblage sculptures. “A postindustrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes. The political, spiritual, and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit.” - Film Director Guillermo del Toro

opens Tonight, Nov 21, 6-8p:

Revival
 Kris Kuksi

Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St., NYC

exhibition of mixed-media assemblage sculptures. “A postindustrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi obsessively arranges characters and architecture with an exquisite sense of drama. Instead of stones and shells he uses screaming plastic soldiers, miniature engine blocks, towering spires and assorted debris to form his landscapes. The political, spiritual, and material conflict within these shrines is enacted under the calm gaze of remote deities and august statuary. Kuksi manages to evoke, at once, a sanctum and a mausoleum for our suffocated spirit.” - Film Director Guillermo del Toro

opens Tonight, Wed, Nov 13, 7-9p: Valérie Blass presented by Parisian LaundryThe Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCThis exhibition kicks off the new Hole initiative where the Gallery 3 space will be used intermittently to showcase top young galleries from cities outside of New York and around the world as they present solo exhibitions of their gallery artists. Valérie Blass presents new sculptures and photographs that explore intersections between three-dimensional object and image. Her works shift our recognition through assemblage and theatrical staging. Like the black curtain that conceals a backstage, Blass provides hints at mechanisms of interchangeability.

opens Tonight, Wed, Nov 13, 7-9p:

 Valérie Blass
 presented by Parisian Laundry

The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

This exhibition kicks off the new Hole initiative where the Gallery 3 space will be used intermittently to showcase top young galleries from cities outside of New York and around the world as they present solo exhibitions of their gallery artists. Valérie Blass presents new sculptures and photographs that explore intersections between three-dimensional object and image. Her works shift our recognition through assemblage and theatrical staging. Like the black curtain that conceals a backstage, Blass provides hints at mechanisms of interchangeability.

Opens Thurs, Oct 24, 6-9p:“Retooled Appliances” Michel de Broinbitforms gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (2nd Floor)first solo exhibition in the United States by Montréal-based artist Michel de Broin, best known for interventions and his re-functionalization of utilitarian objects. Rooted in conceptual premises, de Broin’s work generates unexpected levels of complexity from found objects and physical juxtapositions. The exhibition at bitforms gallery features five pieces. Ranging from assemblage to video and photography, these works explore notions of the technological unconscious, as well as resistance and entropy. - thru Dec 7

Opens Thurs, Oct 24, 6-9p:

Retooled Appliances
 Michel de Broin

bitforms gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (2nd Floor)

first solo exhibition in the United States by Montréal-based artist Michel de Broin, best known for interventions and his re-functionalization of utilitarian objects. Rooted in conceptual premises, de Broin’s work generates unexpected levels of complexity from found objects and physical juxtapositions. The exhibition at bitforms gallery features five pieces. Ranging from assemblage to video and photography, these works explore notions of the technological unconscious, as well as resistance and entropy. - thru Dec 7

opens Sept 27:“meanwhile…” Magnus ThierfelderForever & Today (Project Site), 39 Bridge St., Brooklyn, NYCThursday-Sunday, 12-6pman exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Magnus Thierfelder, on view at the organization’s temporary project space in Dumbo… Thierfelder’s installation is a site-specific commission that explores urban space and the built environment in a contemplative and playful manner. The exhibition includes video stop-motion animation, projection, site-specific sound, and sculptural assemblage. Using the streets of New York as his inspiration, Thierfelder acts as a flâneur, finding everyday objects and refuse and infusing them with subtle and charming personalities all their own. - thru Oct 27

opens Sept 27:

meanwhile…
 Magnus Thierfelder

Forever & Today (Project Site), 39 Bridge St., Brooklyn, NYC
Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm

an exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Magnus Thierfelder, on view at the organization’s temporary project space in Dumbo… Thierfelder’s installation is a site-specific commission that explores urban space and the built environment in a contemplative and playful manner. The exhibition includes video stop-motion animation, projection, site-specific sound, and sculptural assemblage. Using the streets of New York as his inspiration, Thierfelder acts as a flâneur, finding everyday objects and refuse and infusing them with subtle and charming personalities all their own. - thru Oct 27

opens Tonight Tues, Sept 10, 6-8p:

Only Forever
 Ted Riederer

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

This two week ensemble set will consist of paintings, sculpture, photography, and interactive old media analog assemblage, all of which provide a deep view into a more intimate body of work by Riederer, best known for his critically acclaimed international performance project, “Never Records.” An interactive bricolage of guitar and bicycle parts allows visitors to produce looped melodies from a fixed set of notes and percussive elements. An array of flaming guitars line the gallery, oil paintings made with old master mediums and leaded glass powder. Also filling the space is the warm sound of Bing Crosby’s voice, a looped vinyl record repeating “Only Forever” on a vintage turntable.  - thru Sept 21