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 Tues, Sept 10, 6-8p:
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
Artist Talk, Tomorrow, May 30, 6:30-8:30p:
“Never Ending Story”
Porter Contemporary, 548 W28th St., NYC
Charcoal, ink, acrylic, photography and mixed-materials. -thru June 22
“The ‘story’ in these works is my contribution to the timeless practice of harnessing the primordial power of animals and nature to express the mythology of human imaginative existence. That this mythology must constantly be reimagined and retold for each new time is what makes it never ending.” - Jennifer Murray
RSVP Required to attend the artist talk & after party on May 30.
“The Street” & “The Store”
MoMA, 11 W53rd St., NYC (bt 5th & 6th Ave)
This exhibition examines the beginnings of Oldenburg’s extraordinary career with an in-depth look at his first two major bodies of work: The Street (1960) and The Store (1961–64). During this intensely productive period Oldenburg redefined the relationship between painting and sculpture and between subject and form. The Street comprises objects made from cardboard, burlap, and newspaper that together create an immersive panorama of a gritty and bustling city. The Store features brightly painted sculptures and sculptural reliefs shaped to evoke commercial products and comestibles. In The Store, cigarettes, lingerie, and hamburgers all become viable subjects for art. - thru Aug 5