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 Oct 17, 6-8p:“How To Find A Ghost” Jenny MorganDriscoll Babcock Gallery, 525 W25th St., NYCMorgan’s genre of realism is entirely her own. Technically intricate but experimental, ostensible yet mysterious, she obscures the physical to illuminate the spiritual. This constant search to reveal and express the spiritual is Morgan’s ongoing struggle—to express what she feels and knows, but can’t see. Morgan’s exhibition both acknowledges and offers tools for recognizing the invisible lives reflected within and around us.  - thru Nov 23

Opens Oct 17, 6-8p:

How To Find A Ghost”
 Jenny Morgan

Driscoll Babcock Gallery, 525 W25th St., NYC

Morgan’s genre of realism is entirely her own. Technically intricate but experimental, ostensible yet mysterious, she obscures the physical to illuminate the spiritual. This constant search to reveal and express the spiritual is Morgan’s ongoing struggle—to express what she feels and knows, but can’t see. Morgan’s exhibition both acknowledges and offers tools for recognizing the invisible lives reflected within and around us.  - thru Nov 23

opens Sept 8, 6-8p:

Antonio Santin

Marc Straus, 299 Grand St., NYC

There are two connected themes in this new body of paintings: women in lavish settings and highly stylized Eastern rugs. These paintings evolve from striking pictorial motifs. Up close, Santin’s surfaces are a stunning highly sculptured layering of oil and acrylic paint. Unfolding in his works are pertinent issues about beauty and domesticity, about empathy and distancing. In his rugs, Santin weaves together marvelous Oriental designs, hinting at early Muslim and Mozarab arabesques found in medieval southern Spain. - thru Sept 29

thru Aug 9:“New Works” Francis UpritchardAnton Kern Gallery, 532 W20th., NYCFor her full-scale New York gallery debut, Francis Upritchard – a London-based New Zealander who represented her country at the 2009 Venice Biennale – stages eight figurative sculptures seemingly engaged in a ritualistic war dance. Alluding to a variety of cultural and temporal influences, Upritchard’s work intimates how effectively the past can be reinterpreted, even manipulated. Here, the artist takes inspiration from medieval sources such as the 11th century Bayeux tapestry as well as the woodcarvings by Northern-Renaissance sculptor Erasmus Grasser.

thru Aug 9:

New Works
 Francis Upritchard

Anton Kern Gallery, 532 W20th., NYC

For her full-scale New York gallery debut, Francis Upritchard – a London-based New Zealander who represented her country at the 2009 Venice Biennale – stages eight figurative sculptures seemingly engaged in a ritualistic war dance. Alluding to a variety of cultural and temporal influences, Upritchard’s work intimates how effectively the past can be reinterpreted, even manipulated. Here, the artist takes inspiration from medieval sources such as the 11th century Bayeux tapestry as well as the woodcarvings by Northern-Renaissance sculptor Erasmus Grasser.

Just Opened: “Almond” Johan Tahonenvoy enterprises, 87 Rivington St., NYCBelgian artist Johan Tahon’s figurative sculptures are made from glazed ceramic and explore the vulnerability of the human body as it appears to be turned inside out. Various in scale and mostly white with some subtle touches of colored glaze, the works are presented either directly on the floor or on raw, unpainted pedestals. The interplay of glazed and raw surfaces confront the viewer with the thin line between beauty and deformation. - thru April 21

Just Opened:

Almond
 Johan Tahon

envoy enterprises, 87 Rivington St., NYC

Belgian artist Johan Tahon’s figurative sculptures are made from glazed ceramic and explore the vulnerability of the human body as it appears to be turned inside out. Various in scale and mostly white with some subtle touches of colored glaze, the works are presented either directly on the floor or on raw, unpainted pedestals. The interplay of glazed and raw surfaces confront the viewer with the thin line between beauty and deformation. - thru April 21

Opens Thurs, Mar 14, 6-8p:

All Our Grandmothers
 Jazz-minh Moore

Claire Oliver Gallery, 513 W26th St., NYC

Moore combines her energetic and painterly style with a gouged and carved wood surface to create a fresh perspective on traditional realism. Embracing the authentic, her subjects possess a raw edginess that feels impulsive and sincere, never staged or idealistic. - thru Apr 13

Just Opened, thru Apr 13: “Days of Never” Vera Iliatova    Monya Rowe Gallery, 504 W22nd St., NYCTue-Sat 11-6p"Vera Iliatova’s new paintings eschew the logic of gravity and classical composition for more visually complex spatial grounds born out of painterly abstraction." - George Rush, 2013

Just Opened, thru Apr 13:

Days of Never
 Vera Iliatova    

Monya Rowe Gallery, 504 W22nd St., NYC
Tue-Sat 11-6p

"Vera Iliatova’s new paintings eschew the logic of gravity and classical composition for more visually complex spatial grounds born out of painterly abstraction." - George Rush, 2013

Opens Tonight, Nov 8th, 6-10p: “Parvus Minimus” Travis S. LittleDacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St., NYCTravis’ figurative works in this exhibition explore a specific moment in time for the subject – from quiet to celebratory, and from introspective to expressive. - thru Dec 7

Opens Tonight, Nov 8th, 6-10p:

Parvus Minimus
 Travis S. Little

Dacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St., NYC

Travis’ figurative works in this exhibition explore a specific moment in time for the subject – from quiet to celebratory, and from introspective to expressive. - thru Dec 7

Just Opened:”H.S.O.P. - 1973” Michael BauerLisa Cooley Gallery, 107 Norfolk St., NYC (bt Delancey & Rivington)Michael Bauer’s first solo show in New York. In Bauer’s paintings, figurative elements appear throughout the work, and just as quickly disappear into chaotic moments of abstraction. He speaks about the paintings as being portraits of gangs, families, music bands, collectives, or mobs - a grouping of characters revealed through the occasional eye or profile emerging from shadowy abstraction. Flat, crisp, bright, patterns usually provide the structure from which these organic nebulas originate. - June 17

Just Opened:

H.S.O.P. - 1973
 Michael Bauer

Lisa Cooley Gallery, 107 Norfolk St., NYC (bt Delancey & Rivington)

Michael Bauer’s first solo show in New York. In Bauer’s paintings, figurative elements appear throughout the work, and just as quickly disappear into chaotic moments of abstraction. He speaks about the paintings as being portraits of gangs, families, music bands, collectives, or mobs - a grouping of characters revealed through the occasional eye or profile emerging from shadowy abstraction. Flat, crisp, bright, patterns usually provide the structure from which these organic nebulas originate. - June 17

Opens Sat, May 19, 7-9p:”Luminosity in the Dark Rift” Doze GreenJonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (9th Floor)a series of mixed media works on canvas, panel and paper. Green’s signature aesthetic combines figurative abstraction, organic cubism, fluid line work and stylized letterforms. Using an array of mediums with an intuitive, stream-of-consciousness creative process, the artist’s skillful approach involves rich layers of overlapping elements, intricately woven into tapestry-like compositions.  - thru June 16

Opens Sat, May 19, 7-9p:

Luminosity in the Dark Rift
 Doze Green

Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (9th Floor)

a series of mixed media works on canvas, panel and paper. Green’s signature aesthetic combines figurative abstraction, organic cubism, fluid line work and stylized letterforms. Using an array of mediums with an intuitive, stream-of-consciousness creative process, the artist’s skillful approach involves rich layers of overlapping elements, intricately woven into tapestry-like compositions.  - thru June 16

Opens Today, May 3:Juan Muñoz : SculpturesSkarstedt Gallery, 20 E. 79th St., NYCa selection of the artist’s iconic sculptures from the 1980’s and 1990’s. - thru June 9

Opens Today, May 3:

Juan Muñoz : Sculptures

Skarstedt Gallery, 20 E. 79th St., NYC

a selection of the artist’s iconic sculptures from the 1980’s and 1990’s. - thru June 9