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

closing Feb 15:

Requiem
 Sally Tittmann
 
William Holman Gallery, 65 Ludlow St., NYC (corner of Grand St)

The exhibition is centered around a trio of monumental sculptures made of discarded commercial 4 x 4 wooden beams, along with a group of intimate wall sculptures and a series of beautifully rendered large drawings in pencil.

thru Feb 15:“The Energy Reader” Michael Alan Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, 33 Orchard St., NYCseries of new paintings and drawings, “a combination of harmonious opposites, close observation, catharsis, a means of communication and a radical juxtaposition of dimensional elements. He challenges everything: concepts of figure, composition, media and movement, including his own. Exploring the ambiguity of time and history, Alan’s work focuses on crossbreeding and the relationship of destruction and creation.”

thru Feb 15:

The Energy Reader
 Michael Alan
 
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Gallery, 33 Orchard St., NYC

series of new paintings and drawings, “a combination of harmonious opposites, close observation, catharsis, a means of communication and a radical juxtaposition of dimensional elements. He challenges everything: concepts of figure, composition, media and movement, including his own. Exploring the ambiguity of time and history, Alan’s work focuses on crossbreeding and the relationship of destruction and creation.”

opens Feb 12:

The Neighbors
 Paweł Althamer

New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC


On view on the Fourth, Third, and Second Floor galleries of New Museum, this will be the first US museum exhibition devoted to the work of Paweł Althamer. Since the early 1990s, Althamer (b. 1967 Warsaw, Poland) has established a unique artistic practice and is admired for his expanded approach to sculptural representation and his experimental models of social collaboration. Althamer is predominantly known for figurative sculptures of himself, his family, and various other individuals within his community. The exhibition will include a new presentation of the artist’s work Draftsmen’s Congress, originally presented at the 7th Berlin Biennial (2012). Over the course of the exhibition, the blank white space of the New Museum’s Fourth Floor gallery will be transformed through the gradual accumulation of drawings and paintings by Museum visitors and more than seventy invited community organizations. Althamer will also activate the exhibition through a sculptural workshop in which the artist and his collaborators will produce new works during the course of the show. For the duration of the exhibition, visitors bringing new or gently used men’s coats to the New Museum will receive free entry. All the coats will be donated to the Bowery Mission.

Recommended:

A Human Extension
 curated by Amy Berger
 
The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Delancey & Broome)

Artists Include: Isaac Arvold, Erik Benson, Julie Elizabeth Brady, Paul Brainard, Monica Cook, Melissa Cooke, Peter Drake, MaDora Frey, Jane LaFarge Hamill, Aaron Johnson, Christian Johnson, Michael Kagan, Karl LaRocca, Francesco Logenecker, Daniel Maidman, Lindsay Mound, Reuben Negron, Javier Piñon, Colette Robbins, Jean-Pierre Roy, Michael Schall, Kristen Schiele, Andrew Smenos, Melanie Vote, Frank Webster, Eric White, Barnaby Whitfield, Mike Womack

a celebration of the accessory, the exhibition features twenty-eight artists who, through drawings, paintings, collage and mixed-media, explore the role of fashion in contemporary visual culture. The show re-conceptualizes the fashion accessory, here with geological accessory designs by Jacqueline Popovic, as both sculptural and utilitarian.  - thru Feb 16

opens tomorrow, Jan 17, 6-9p:“All My Work Is Posthumous” Alex KvaresMulherin + Pollard Gallery, 187 Chrystie St., NYCUkranian born artist Kvares drawings radiate a quietness and an equally hypnotic power. In one series of works, Kvares uses an old book of graph paper, working grid by tiny grid to make what appear to be intricate maps or blueprints of some magnificent, cosmic creation. there’s a system within these beautiful works, which seems adhered to and subsequently ignored, each careful decision can be felt, as well as the hours spent creating them. Another series, like the work pictured above, feature creatures, hikers, campers drawn with his signature delicate touch. - thru Feb 16

opens tomorrow, Jan 17, 6-9p:

All My Work Is Posthumous
 Alex Kvares

Mulherin + Pollard Gallery, 187 Chrystie St., NYC

Ukranian born artist Kvares drawings radiate a quietness and an equally hypnotic power. In one series of works, Kvares uses an old book of graph paper, working grid by tiny grid to make what appear to be intricate maps or blueprints of some magnificent, cosmic creation. there’s a system within these beautiful works, which seems adhered to and subsequently ignored, each careful decision can be felt, as well as the hours spent creating them. Another series, like the work pictured above, feature creatures, hikers, campers drawn with his signature delicate touch. - thru Feb 16

opens Thurs, Jan 16, 6-8p:

Gestos Urbanos | Urban Gestures
 Juan Fernando Herrán, Kevin Simón Mancera, Jaime Tarazona
 

Johannes Vogt Gallery, 526 W26th St., NYC (#205)

The works, by three Colombian artists, brought together for this show offer a range of approaches, from drawing to sculpture to overpainted etchings. Each artist alludes to an overlaying of historical and contemporary urbanism as a structure that binds inhabitants to territories, be it through architecture, public spaces, or local news. - thru Feb 22

opens tonight, Jan 1, 6-9p:“Hot Chicks” Adam Green The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCan exhibition of new drawings that “explore the female form in unexpected ways, using oil crayons and an assortment of pencils and pens… Bordering on architecture or furniture design, the works are only recognizable as female as each has at least one boob; though most have way, way too many boobs… Green’s unconscious has a somewhat 8-bit sensibility. The bodies are often composed of proliferating blocks, with some including too many eye blocks, too many aforementioned boob blocks, too many mouth blocks, etc. It is as though the image inventory chip to his Nintendo cartridge was functioning properly, however the programming chip that assorted, organized and placed the blocks was malfunctioning.” - thru Jan 31

opens tonight, Jan 1, 6-9p:

Hot Chicks
 Adam Green
 

The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

an exhibition of new drawings that “explore the female form in unexpected ways, using oil crayons and an assortment of pencils and pens… Bordering on architecture or furniture design, the works are only recognizable as female as each has at least one boob; though most have way, way too many boobs… Green’s unconscious has a somewhat 8-bit sensibility. The bodies are often composed of proliferating blocks, with some including too many eye blocks, too many aforementioned boob blocks, too many mouth blocks, etc. It is as though the image inventory chip to his Nintendo cartridge was functioning properly, however the programming chip that assorted, organized and placed the blocks was malfunctioning.” - thru Jan 31

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, Dec 12, 6-8p:“Domenico Zindato: Recent Drawings”Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 Tenth Ave., NYC (bt 18th & 19th st)Zindato’s work has evolved since he presented his first solo exhibition in New York, at the Phyllis Kind Gallery, in 2000. At that time, his drawings were smaller. Large patches of color and his signature, symbol-like motifs figured in those earlier pictures, but they were less densely compacted than they appear today. As his drawing surfaces grew bigger, the images he created on them did not automatically grow larger in scale, too; that is, he enlarged his compositions’ background swaths of solid colors but he continued to render the lines and sizes of his repeated, random-pattern motifs—hands, eyes, snakes, heads, birds and more—as tiny and as meticulously as ever. As a result, seen from a distance, Zindato’s works of recent years read visually as rhythmic plays of abstract, colored forms. Up close, they pull viewers into thickets of finely elaborated patterns, made up of the artist’s tiny motifs, which are set against those dynamic fields of color.  - thru Jan 18

Opens Tonight, Dec 12, 6-8p:

Domenico Zindato: Recent Drawings”

Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 Tenth Ave., NYC (bt 18th & 19th st)

Zindato’s work has evolved since he presented his first solo exhibition in New York, at the Phyllis Kind Gallery, in 2000. At that time, his drawings were smaller. Large patches of color and his signature, symbol-like motifs figured in those earlier pictures, but they were less densely compacted than they appear today. As his drawing surfaces grew bigger, the images he created on them did not automatically grow larger in scale, too; that is, he enlarged his compositions’ background swaths of solid colors but he continued to render the lines and sizes of his repeated, random-pattern motifs—hands, eyes, snakes, heads, birds and more—as tiny and as meticulously as ever. As a result, seen from a distance, Zindato’s works of recent years read visually as rhythmic plays of abstract, colored forms. Up close, they pull viewers into thickets of finely elaborated patterns, made up of the artist’s tiny motifs, which are set against those dynamic fields of color.  - thru Jan 18

Opens Fri, Nov 15, 6-8p:

Mequitta Ahuja

Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 103 Norfolk St., NYC

“Ahuja references a variety of cultural traditions, including the arts of Africa, Asia, and America… she suggests that identity is not only fluid, but that it represents a layering of different guises—both real and fictional, historic and contemporary. Her work also demonstrates an interest in different types of marks and materials. She employs hand stamps, paints with brushes, and draws directly onto the collaged ground.”  - National Portrait Gallery

“My self-portraits are “auto-mythic.” I define automythography as a process of identity formation that combines the real with the self-invented. I position myself within a history of Eastern and Western representation, reflecting my identity as an African American and South Asian American woman. My sources include Buddhist wall paintings and Mughal manuscript art.” - Mequitta Ahuja