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 Sept 5, 6-8p:

Calligraffiti 1984/2013
 curated by Leila Heller with Jeffrey Deitch

Leila Heller Gallery, 568 W25th St., NYC

Originally curated in 1984 by Jeffrey Deitch at Leila Heller’s former uptown gallery, Calligraffiti explored a myriad of possible connections shared between the seemingly disparate styles of select mid-century abstract, U.S. graffiti, and calligraphic artists from the Middle East and its diaspora. By presenting an expanded and updated roster of artists including site-specific installations by emerging and established artists 30 years later, Calligraffiti 1984/2013 re-examines the global impact of graffiti and calligraphy as converging modes of personal expression, popular culture, and political dissent mutually grounded in arrogating the systems of language. Featuring more than 50 works by artists ranging from Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner; Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Hossein Zenderoudi and Pouran Jinchi, the exhibition will also include site-specific installations by emerging and established artists such as eL Seed and LA2. - thru Oct 5

just opened:“​Uphill Both Ways” Pose & RevokJonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (9th Floor)Pose’s works reference disparate sources—pop and comic art, skateboard and advertising graphics, collage, sign painting and graffiti. Painting portraits of the human condition, he re-appropriates the visual language of the street and overwhelming experience of consumer culture to convey a broad spectrum of emotions—pain, triumph, joy, fear, love and loss. The exhibition title Uphill Both Ways (inspired by late graffiti artist NEKST), relates to the battles Pose and Revok have faced personally with legal persecution and loss, as well as general themes of the human struggle… - thru July 27

just opened:

“​Uphill Both Ways
 Pose & Revok

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

Pose’s works reference disparate sources—pop and comic art, skateboard and advertising graphics, collage, sign painting and graffiti. Painting portraits of the human condition, he re-appropriates the visual language of the street and overwhelming experience of consumer culture to convey a broad spectrum of emotions—pain, triumph, joy, fear, love and loss. The exhibition title Uphill Both Ways (inspired by late graffiti artist NEKST), relates to the battles Pose and Revok have faced personally with legal persecution and loss, as well as general themes of the human struggle… - thru July 27

Opens Tues, May 7, 6-8p:

The Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba
 JR & José Parlá

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, 505 W24th St., NYC
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This exhibition will consist of twelve large portraits from the Havana iteration of The Wrinkles of the City project along with a site-specific installation. In 2012, JR and Parlá photographed and interviewed dozens of senior citizens who lived through the Cuban revolution, flyposting colossal black-and-white portraits of their subjects on the walls of city buildings. Parlá, who is of Cuban descent, interlaces the images with palimpsestic, calligraphic writings and color. In a city devoid of commercial imagery, JR and Parlá’s enormous yet intimate portraits offer a stunningly humane contrast to the endless repetition of political icons. - thru July 12

Opens Tomorrow, Aug 25, 6-10p: LUSHKlughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYCThe Australian so-called “graffiti artist”, LUSH, will be showcasing a variety of whimsical illustrations.

Opens Tomorrow, Aug 25, 6-10p:

LUSH

Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYC

The Australian so-called “graffiti artist”, LUSH, will be showcasing a variety of whimsical illustrations.

Tonight July 26, 7-10p:

Kingbrown Magazine Launch & Exhibition Opening

Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYC

Kingbrown and Morning Breath have collaborated with curators, John Leo and Melissa McCaig-Welles to produce this exhibition of skateboard inspired artwork. The exhibition will showcase influential artists from members of the “infamous Girl/Chocolate Art Dump, pioneers in NYC graffiti, talented illustrators, animators, art stars from Australia, sculptors, and that guy living in the NY green diamond.” Artists include: Morning Breath, Andy Jenkins, Chris Cycle, Dave Kinsey, “Grotesk” aka Kimou Meyer, Stefan Marx, Kevin Lyons, Mike Giant, “Razauno”, aka Max Vogel, Greg Lamarche, Zach Malfa-Kowalski, Steve Gourlay and Ben Horton

Opens Fri, May 25, 6-10p:”Silverlink” Jamie Brown, Dominic Corry, Will Robson-Scott & Jack Murray (ATG)Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe Street, NYC Subway: F to East Broadwaya group show featuring a collection of recent works by London-based ATG artists. Founded in 2000, ATG (Ahead’a The Game) is a diverse collective of graffiti writers, visual artists, musicians and DJ’s rooted in London sub-culture. The title of the show, ‘Silverlink’ refers to the former name of an over ground line that runs from the East to the West of London. This particular line played an integral part in the worlds of all the artists involved. The group show will showcase a mix of photography, illustration, painting, collage and sculpture. - thru June 17

Opens Fri, May 25, 6-10p:

Silverlink
 Jamie Brown, Dominic Corry, Will Robson-Scott & Jack Murray (ATG)

Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe Street, NYC
Subway: F to East Broadway

a group show featuring a collection of recent works by London-based ATG artists. Founded in 2000, ATG (Ahead’a The Game) is a diverse collective of graffiti writers, visual artists, musicians and DJ’s rooted in London sub-culture. The title of the show, ‘Silverlink’ refers to the former name of an over ground line that runs from the East to the West of London. This particular line played an integral part in the worlds of all the artists involved. The group show will showcase a mix of photography, illustration, painting, collage and sculpture. - thru June 17

Opens Sat, May 19, 7-9p:”In Praise of Rust” Kevin CyrJonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (9th Floor)a series of new oil paintings on panel by New York-based artist Kevin Cyr, featuring paintings of old vehicles seen on the streets of New York—primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks—covered in graffiti, rust, scratches, scuffs, dents and other marks of distinction. Cyr includes a meticulous level of detail in his portrait-like representations with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age. Removing the context of the urban landscape, he places a strong focus on his subjects by isolating them in fields of flat, solid color.  - thru June 16

Opens Sat, May 19, 7-9p:

In Praise of Rust
 Kevin Cyr

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

a series of new oil paintings on panel by New York-based artist Kevin Cyr, featuring paintings of old vehicles seen on the streets of New York—primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks—covered in graffiti, rust, scratches, scuffs, dents and other marks of distinction. Cyr includes a meticulous level of detail in his portrait-like representations with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age. Removing the context of the urban landscape, he places a strong focus on his subjects by isolating them in fields of flat, solid color.  - thru June 16

Today, Apr 29, 2:30p:Panel Discussion: “The Hub: Revisiting Fashion Moda”Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY [map]Revisit a major force in NYC’s art history, “FASHION 時 裝 MODA МОДА FASHION 時 裝 MODA МОДА”, during this panel discussion and film screening. Artists who effected and were effected by FASHION MODA will get together to discuss the relevance of its concept in today’s art context and the role of art in communities. The event has been produced by curator Keith Schweitzer and is presented by No Longer Empty concurrent with their exhibition, “This Side of Paradise”. Panelists include Stefan Eins (Artist, Founder of FASHION MODA), Lisa Kahane (Photographer), CRASH (Artist and Curator), and Lee Quinones (Artist), and moderator Joyce Manalo (Co-Author of PANTHEON: A History of Arts from the Street of New York City). Filmmakers include Jane Dickson (Filmmaker and Mixed Media Artist), Charlie Ahearn (Director and Filmmaker), Tony Silver & Henry Chalfant (Director and Filmmaker).
image: John Fekner (Artist)

Today, Apr 29, 2:30p:

Panel Discussion: “The Hub: Revisiting Fashion Moda

Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY [map]

Revisit a major force in NYC’s art history, “FASHION 時 裝 MODA МОДА FASHION 時 裝 MODA МОДА”, during this panel discussion and film screening. Artists who effected and were effected by FASHION MODA will get together to discuss the relevance of its concept in today’s art context and the role of art in communities. The event has been produced by curator Keith Schweitzer and is presented by No Longer Empty concurrent with their exhibition, “This Side of Paradise”.

Panelists include Stefan Eins (Artist, Founder of FASHION MODA), Lisa Kahane (Photographer), CRASH (Artist and Curator), and Lee Quinones (Artist), and moderator Joyce Manalo (Co-Author of PANTHEON: A History of Arts from the Street of New York City).

Filmmakers include Jane Dickson (Filmmaker and Mixed Media Artist), Charlie Ahearn (Director and Filmmaker), Tony Silver & Henry Chalfant (Director and Filmmaker).

image: John Fekner (Artist)

Just Opened:

Groupe GRAFF: 30 years of Public Dialogue

Dorian Grey Gallery, 437 East 9th St., NYC (@ Ave A)

an exhibition spanning 30 years of pivotal graffiti artists and writers whose work have helped define the medium and style. Featured artists include Keith Haring, LA 2, Futura, Richard Hambleton, COPE 2, CRASH, Bansky, DOLK, XAM, SeeOne, Penn & AVone.

Opens Tonight, Feb 17, 6-10p:”Snowblind” Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYCPhotographs from renowned urban documentarian Martha Cooper and Carnage zine creator Ray Mock show slush, sludge, and frozen faces contrasted with empty, peaceful city streets and the blinding white of last night’s snowfall. The show also features clever, snow-inspired artwork and photography from Jesse Edwards, Mike P, Alexander Richter, Ian Reid, Steven Siegel, Michael Fales, Oscar Arriola, Graham Shimberg, Bob Barry, Amado DeLeon & Brian Hagy. - thru Mar 3

Opens Tonight, Feb 17, 6-10p:

Snowblind
 
Klughaus Gallery, 47 Monroe St., NYC

Photographs from renowned urban documentarian Martha Cooper and Carnage zine creator Ray Mock show slush, sludge, and frozen faces contrasted with empty, peaceful city streets and the blinding white of last night’s snowfall. The show also features clever, snow-inspired artwork and photography from Jesse Edwards, Mike P, Alexander Richter, Ian Reid, Steven Siegel, Michael Fales, Oscar Arriola, Graham Shimberg, Bob Barry, Amado DeLeon & Brian Hagy. - thru Mar 3