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

newly opened:

All this happened, more or less
 Elizabeth Glaessner
 
P.P.O.W Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYC (3rd Fl)

Glaessner combines familiar objects with misunderstood and idiosyncratic portraits, often laden with humor that counterpoint her macabre imagery. An exploration of memory, personal history and ritual, Glaessner’s work questions the way in which we relate to and envision our past. Her most recent paintings depict a highly detailed mythology of post-human existence on earth that features anthropomorphic, gelatinous figures in familiar, yet toxic, landscapes. These organic creatures appear as if born from natural forms, like tree trunks and rock formations, in attempt to reconstruct lost histories through the detritus left behind. - thru Aug 15

recommended: opening tonight in 2 locations, 6-8p:“ANOTHER LOOK at DETROIT: PARTS 1 and 2” curated by Todd Levin  Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 W24th St., NYCMarlborough Chelsea Gallery, 545 W25th St., NYCA joint project between Marianne Boesky Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea, Another Look at Detroit presents works and objects by over fifty artists, designers, and cultural contributors. The focus of this exhibition is the city of Detroit as a creative center, historically through to today. Spanning a period of 150 years, and taking place at both galleries’ Chelsea spaces, this exhibition is by no means a comprehensive survey. Rather, Another Look at Detroit intends to portray a vision as sprawling and complex as the biography of the city itself.pictured: Diego Rivera, Edsel B. Ford, 1932, Oil on canvas

recommended: opening tonight in 2 locations, 6-8p:

ANOTHER LOOK at DETROIT: PARTS 1 and 2
 curated by Todd Levin
 
Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 W24th St., NYC
Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, 545 W25th St., NYC

A joint project between Marianne Boesky Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea, Another Look at Detroit presents works and objects by over fifty artists, designers, and cultural contributors. The focus of this exhibition is the city of Detroit as a creative center, historically through to today. Spanning a period of 150 years, and taking place at both galleries’ Chelsea spaces, this exhibition is by no means a comprehensive survey. Rather, Another Look at Detroit intends to portray a vision as sprawling and complex as the biography of the city itself.

pictured: Diego Rivera, Edsel B. Ford, 1932, Oil on canvas

opens tonight, 6-8p:

Sargent’s Daughters
 
Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, 179 E. Broadway, NYC

An exhibition of works by 40 women artists exploring the legacy of John Singer Sargent: “When we consider the influence of Sargent on a later generation of artists the question of this participation remains. What has Sargent’s influence on women artists been?  The wide range of artists who react to his work includes sculptors, photographers, painters and installation artists— each drawing on different aspects of his work.”

artists: L.C. Armstrong, Sarah Awad, Whitney Bedford, Ellen Brooks, Rebecca Campbell, Jordan Casteel, Holly Coulis, Zoe Crosher, Jennifer Dalton, Inka Essenhigh, Katie Fischer, Natalie Frank, Joy, Garnett, Orly Genger, Elizabeth Glaessner, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Jenna Gribbon, Nora Griffin, Jeila Gueramian, Tamara Gonzales, Ellen Harvey, Brad Jones, Field Kallop, Jemima Kirke, Marcia Kure, Saira McLaren, Jesse Mockrin, Kristine Moran, Caris Reid, Jackie Saccoccio, Sandi Slone, Jessica Stoller, Emily Sudd, Betty Tompkins​, Michelle Vaughan, Emily Weiner, Jessica Williams, Robin Williams, Amy Wilson, Letha Wilson

pictured:


Rebecca Campbell, Call her green and the winters cannot fade her., 2012 oil on canvas


Amy Wilson, We are Connected by Light, 2014, needle lace

opens tonight, Wed, June 18, 6-8p:

Leaps into the Void: Shamanism, Meditation, Transcendence, Oblivion”
 Gwyn Joy, Sky Kim, Michael Maxwell,
 Joe Nanashe, Phoebe Rathmell
 
Garis & Hahn Gallery, 263 Bowery, NYC

a group exhibition united by the philosophical underpinnings and practical objectives of each artist’s own practice in addressing concepts related to meditation and altered mental states, physical and mental transcendence and Eastern and Western belief systems related to cycles of life.

opens Sat, June 14, 6-9p:“This is what sculpture looks like” Rachel Beach, Caitlin Cherry, Monica Cook,  Diana Cooper, Molly Crabapple, Daria Irincheeva,  Natalie Jeremijenko, Saeri Kiritani, Joanna Malinowska,  Michelle Matson, Rachel Mason, Esperanza Mayobre,  Brenna Murphy, Kate Ostler, Shinique Smith, Katie Torn Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin St., NYC“There are too many painting shows. There aren’t enough sculpture shows. We are fixing that.”

opens Sat, June 14, 6-9p:

This is what sculpture looks like
 Rachel Beach, Caitlin Cherry, Monica Cook,
 Diana Cooper, Molly Crabapple, Daria Irincheeva,
 Natalie Jeremijenko, Saeri Kiritani, Joanna Malinowska,
 Michelle Matson, Rachel Mason, Esperanza Mayobre,
 Brenna Murphy, Kate Ostler, Shinique Smith, Katie Torn
 
Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin St., NYC

“There are too many painting shows. There aren’t enough sculpture shows. We are fixing that.”

opens tomorrow, May 25, 6-8p:“Vintage Violence” curated by Monya Rowe and George Rush Monya Rowe Gallery, 34 Orchard St., NYCfeaturing work that explores violence in complex and often personal ways.artists: Nayland Blake, Richard Bosman, Angela Dufresne, Carroll Dunham, Judy Glantzman, Nancy Grossman, Lyle Ashton Harris, Vera Iliatova, Tony Matelli, Norman Paris, Dasha Shishkin, Tommy White

opens tomorrow, May 25, 6-8p:

Vintage Violence
 curated by Monya Rowe and George Rush
 
Monya Rowe Gallery, 34 Orchard St., NYC

featuring work that explores violence in complex and often personal ways.

artists: Nayland Blake, Richard Bosman, Angela Dufresne, Carroll Dunham, Judy Glantzman, Nancy Grossman, Lyle Ashton Harris, Vera Iliatova, Tony Matelli, Norman Paris, Dasha Shishkin, Tommy White

opens Wed, May 28, 6-8p:“Figure Studies” Walter RobinsonLynch Tham Gallery, 175 Rivington St., NYCKnown for his figurative work, Robinson has created a new series of paintings based on common fashion promotional photographs, referenced from a variety of sources: department store flyers, daily newspapers and marketing emails, Macy’s, Target, JC Penney, Lands’ End and Bergdorf Goodman advertisements. The paintings segment and define their audience by gender, age and social role, with an implicit address to women, or to men, or to mothers, or to professionals. They are seasonal, identifiable as “summer” or “winter.” They contain markers of age and youth, of boyhood or girlhood.

opens Wed, May 28, 6-8p:

Figure Studies
 Walter Robinson

Lynch Tham Gallery, 175 Rivington St., NYC

Known for his figurative work, Robinson has created a new series of paintings based on common fashion promotional photographs, referenced from a variety of sources: department store flyers, daily newspapers and marketing emails, Macy’s, Target, JC Penney, Lands’ End and Bergdorf Goodman advertisements. The paintings segment and define their audience by gender, age and social role, with an implicit address to women, or to men, or to mothers, or to professionals. They are seasonal, identifiable as “summer” or “winter.” They contain markers of age and youth, of boyhood or girlhood.

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 May 7, 6-8p:“WARP & WOOF” Alek O., Ayan Farah, Evan Robarts, Gabriel Pionkowski, Graham Wilson, Hank Willis Thomas, Henry Krokatsis, Johnny Abrahams, Kadar Brock, Moffat Takadiwa, Nika Neelova, Penny Lamb, Shinique Smith, Tonico Lemos Auad The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCcurated by Toby Clarke and Kathy Grayson, the exhibit takes its title from the weaving terms “warp” (the vertical and static component of the weave) and “woof” (the dynamic and horizontal aspect of the weave), this exhibition looks at textile-driven abstraction across continents in emerging art. Ayan Farah, Kadar Brock, and Graham Wilson all create process-driven abstraction that includes serendipitous destruction and creation operating within the systems they have created. Evan Robarts, Hank Willis Thomas, Shinique Smith and Alek O. include found materials into their conceptual framework in a web of memory, history and cultural forces. Nika Neelova, Penny Lamb and Moffat Takadiwa use architectural ghosts to weave new artworks.

opens May 7, 6-8p:

WARP & WOOF
 Alek O., Ayan Farah, Evan Robarts, Gabriel Pionkowski,
 Graham Wilson, Hank Willis Thomas, Henry Krokatsis,
 Johnny Abrahams, Kadar Brock, Moffat Takadiwa,
 Nika Neelova, Penny Lamb, Shinique Smith, Tonico Lemos Auad
 
The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

curated by Toby Clarke and Kathy Grayson, the exhibit takes its title from the weaving terms “warp” (the vertical and static component of the weave) and “woof” (the dynamic and horizontal aspect of the weave), this exhibition looks at textile-driven abstraction across continents in emerging art. Ayan Farah, Kadar Brock, and Graham Wilson all create process-driven abstraction that includes serendipitous destruction and creation operating within the systems they have created. Evan Robarts, Hank Willis Thomas, Shinique Smith and Alek O. include found materials into their conceptual framework in a web of memory, history and cultural forces. Nika Neelova, Penny Lamb and Moffat Takadiwa use architectural ghosts to weave new artworks.

recently opened:“mountain girl door” Kim Jones Pierogi Gallery, 177 North 9th St., Brooklyn, NY [ Map ]This exhibition includes drawings and paintings on paper begun as early as 1971 and completed in 2013–2014, following Kim Jones’ uncommon habit of allowing work he considers incomplete to sit, sometimes for years, working back into them from time to time until he is satisfied with the results. Also included are recently completed war drawings, and three new sculptures. In the 1970’s Jones’ performance persona, “Mudman,” could be seen roaming the streets of Los Angeles and Venice, CA and later, in the 1980’s, in New York City; always covered in mud, a nylon stocking stretched over his face, and carrying on his back an unwieldy and crudely constructed lattice-work structure of sticks, tape, mud, and twine. From the beginning he was also drawing, painting, and making three-dimensional works. His two-dimensional pieces range from intricate graphite drawings involving X and dot figures and erasure, indicating movement of each force (referred to as “war drawings”); to works that incorporate acrylic paint, ink line work, and collage; to paintings on photographs (most often of his own past performances), many of which have been made over a period of thirty plus years.

recently opened:

mountain girl door
 Kim Jones
 
Pierogi Gallery, 177 North 9th St., Brooklyn, NY [ Map ]

This exhibition includes drawings and paintings on paper begun as early as 1971 and completed in 2013–2014, following Kim Jones’ uncommon habit of allowing work he considers incomplete to sit, sometimes for years, working back into them from time to time until he is satisfied with the results. Also included are recently completed war drawings, and three new sculptures. In the 1970’s Jones’ performance persona, “Mudman,” could be seen roaming the streets of Los Angeles and Venice, CA and later, in the 1980’s, in New York City; always covered in mud, a nylon stocking stretched over his face, and carrying on his back an unwieldy and crudely constructed lattice-work structure of sticks, tape, mud, and twine. From the beginning he was also drawing, painting, and making three-dimensional works. His two-dimensional pieces range from intricate graphite drawings involving X and dot figures and erasure, indicating movement of each force (referred to as “war drawings”); to works that incorporate acrylic paint, ink line work, and collage; to paintings on photographs (most often of his own past performances), many of which have been made over a period of thirty plus years.