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 tonight, Sun, Jan 19, 6-8p:“Willkommen” Carina BrandesTeam Gallery, 83 Grand St., NYCCarina Brandes’s black and white photographs are fever dreams: the familiar becomes foreign, the quotidian surreal. Brandes ties her own artistic practice to that of magical ritual, with her actors’ choreographed but bizarre positions recalling pagan rites, while the prevalence of water and other liquids as motifs suggest alchemy.  - thru Feb 16

opens tonight, Sun, Jan 19, 6-8p:

Willkommen
 Carina Brandes

Team Gallery, 83 Grand St., NYC

Carina Brandes’s black and white photographs are fever dreams: the familiar becomes foreign, the quotidian surreal. Brandes ties her own artistic practice to that of magical ritual, with her actors’ choreographed but bizarre positions recalling pagan rites, while the prevalence of water and other liquids as motifs suggest alchemy.  - thru Feb 16

coming this February:

City as Canvas
 Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection
 
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., NYC

The first time exhibition of works from the expansive street art collection of Martin Wong.

Martin Wong, an East Village artist and collector of graffiti art, amassed a treasure trove of hundreds of works on paper and canvas—in aerosol, ink, and other mediums. Wong, who died of AIDS in 1999, donated his collection to the City Museum in 1994. The artists, including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000, were seminal figures in an artistic movement that spawned a worldwide phenomenon, altering music, fashion, and popular visual culture. The exhibition also includes photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings. runs from February 4th through August 24th, 2014.

thru Aug 9:“Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex)” Simon FujiwaraAndrea Rosen Gallery, 525 W24th St., NYCthe first New York solo exhibition by Simon Fujiwara. He is known for his autobiographical explorations of identity and sexuality that blend fact and fiction into rich, absorbing narratives. His complex installations incorporate sculpture, performance, video and photographic elements to create fully imagined scenarios that underscore the interdependence of personal history and more universal narratives. Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex) details the artist’s attempt to re-stage a lost photograph remembered from childhood of his bikini-clad British mother held in the arms of a former Lebanese boyfriend and taken on a beach close to the famous Casino du Liban outside of Beirut where she worked as a cabaret dancer in the late 1960s. Beginning as an attempt to simply reconstruct the photograph, the artist’s role as director – casting the models, designing the set and even the make-up selection – soon draws him into a labyrinth of larger social and political questions about racial profiling, exoticism, terrorism, and sexual identity.

thru Aug 9:

Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex)
 Simon Fujiwara

Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 W24th St., NYC

the first New York solo exhibition by Simon Fujiwara. He is known for his autobiographical explorations of identity and sexuality that blend fact and fiction into rich, absorbing narratives. His complex installations incorporate sculpture, performance, video and photographic elements to create fully imagined scenarios that underscore the interdependence of personal history and more universal narratives. Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex) details the artist’s attempt to re-stage a lost photograph remembered from childhood of his bikini-clad British mother held in the arms of a former Lebanese boyfriend and taken on a beach close to the famous Casino du Liban outside of Beirut where she worked as a cabaret dancer in the late 1960s. Beginning as an attempt to simply reconstruct the photograph, the artist’s role as director – casting the models, designing the set and even the make-up selection – soon draws him into a labyrinth of larger social and political questions about racial profiling, exoticism, terrorism, and sexual identity.

recently opened:

​Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes
 curated by Jean-Louis Cohen

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., NYC (6th Floor)

MoMA presents its first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer. Conceived by guest curator Jean-Louis Cohen, the exhibition reveals the ways in which Le Corbusier observed and imagined landscapes throughout his career, using all the artistic techniques at his disposal, from his early watercolors of Italy, Greece, and Turkey, to his sketches of India, and from the photographs of his formative journeys to the models of his large-scale projects. His paintings and drawings also incorporate many views of sites and cities. - thru Sept 23

Opens June 5, 6-8p:“American Girls” Ilona SzwarcFoley Gallery, 97 Allen St., NYC"The American Girls doll series speak to the ideals, dreams and opportunities liberating young American girls helping to define them as young women. "a classically stylized portraiture series identifying varied juvenile personalities across our country. Young girls are accompanied by a customized version of themselves, a modern ‘American Girl’ doll shown helping them along in their early growth. The relationship between the girls and their dolls embellish privileges of first-world childhood while addressing problems in euro-centric gender ideology. The feminist values inherent to Szwarc’s work draw from the source of what contributes to shaping a young woman’s virtues while celebrating the history of being a young lady growing up today, and the performativity American culture encourages. - thru July 3

Opens June 5, 6-8p:

American Girls
 Ilona Szwarc


Foley Gallery, 97 Allen St., NYC

"The American Girls doll series speak to the ideals, dreams and opportunities liberating young American girls helping to define them as young women. "

a classically stylized portraiture series identifying varied juvenile personalities across our country. Young girls are accompanied by a customized version of themselves, a modern ‘American Girl’ doll shown helping them along in their early growth. The relationship between the girls and their dolls embellish privileges of first-world childhood while addressing problems in euro-centric gender ideology. The feminist values inherent to Szwarc’s work draw from the source of what contributes to shaping a young woman’s virtues while celebrating the history of being a young lady growing up today, and the performativity American culture encourages. - thru July 3

Opens Tonight, May 29, 6-8p:“The Cathara Insurgent Women Vs The Theocratic Republic of Gaia Beings” Elektra KBAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYCmulti-media exhibition. Elektra KB’s work is set entirely in the realm of her mythological world: The Theocratic Republic of Gaia (T.R.O.G). This world is undergoing a period of imminent intense geological and social upheaval, during which tensions that have built up over centuries will be discharged. In her works, on canvas and stitched to fabrics, she constructs alternative realms of resistance, where utopia has not quite been reached.- thru June 22 (performances June 5 & June 15)

Opens Tonight, May 29, 6-8p:

The Cathara Insurgent Women Vs The Theocratic Republic of Gaia Beings
 Elektra KB

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC

multi-media exhibition. Elektra KB’s work is set entirely in the realm of her mythological world: The Theocratic Republic of Gaia (T.R.O.G). This world is undergoing a period of imminent intense geological and social upheaval, during which tensions that have built up over centuries will be discharged. In her works, on canvas and stitched to fabrics, she constructs alternative realms of resistance, where utopia has not quite been reached.
- thru June 22 (performances June 5 & June 15)

Recently Opened:

Circulation: Date, Place, Events
 Takuma Nakahira

Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Ave., NYC (bt W24th & W25th St)

first solo show of Japanese photographer Takuma Nakahira in the United States. “Circulation: Date, Place, Events” was first exhibited in 1971 as part of the Seventh Paris Biennale. Each day, for seven consecutive days Nakahira photographed, developed and exhibited approximately one hundred photographs. The photographs are random glimpses from Nakahira’s daily activities in Paris, including strangers’ faces, produce stands, subway platforms, street posters and even his breakfast setting. Developing the photographs each night, Nakahira exhibited them without omission the following day. Once the walls of the exhibition space were crowded with photographs, the artist spread them onto the floor. The resulting project presented a limited reality dictated by guidelines of “date,” “place” and “events.” A selection of approximately 75 gelatin silver prints produced from the original 35mm black-and-white negatives will be on view. - July 12

thru June 16:

Day is Long
 Erin Shirreff

Lisa Cooley Gallery, 107 Norfolk St., NYC

For the past few years, Shirreff has explored the effect of mediation on our experience of form. In works that draw together the mediums of photography, sculpture, and video, she has explored how the body responds to moments that are largely imagined, and the uncertainty at the root of knowing something that has transpired in a time or place other than our own. An extension of these interests, the new body of work on view in Day is Long both reflects and speaks to ideas of process. The photographs, sculptures, and videos allude to the daily labors of a studio— repetition, vestigial form, documentation, remnants, blunt material fact. But of interest to Shirreff are the broader ideas at play: the twin acts of making and un-making, the burden of permanence, and what remains of an object once it is gone. Taken together, the works in the exhibition speak to a more general anxiety about finding one’s place within our moment in time.

Just Opened: “Happy Little Accidents” Coke Wisdom O’NealMixed Greens Gallery, 531 W26th St., NYCOn October 29, 2012, O’Neal’s Red Hook studio suffered total destruction from Superstorm Sandy. Tools, books, completed artwork, and unfinished pieces were ruined. And yet, as the floodwaters receded, a series of old family slides emerged reborn. Instead of accepting them as lost, O’Neal rescued the slide sheets to scan and print. Once-crisp images are now cloud-like watercolors, often with distinguishable central details preserved. Air bubbles result in a fish-eye effect recalling the colorfully foggy nature of nostalgia and O’Neal’s compulsion to save the past.  - thru April 20

Just Opened:

Happy Little Accidents
 Coke Wisdom O’Neal

Mixed Greens Gallery, 531 W26th St., NYC

On October 29, 2012, O’Neal’s Red Hook studio suffered total destruction from Superstorm Sandy. Tools, books, completed artwork, and unfinished pieces were ruined. And yet, as the floodwaters receded, a series of old family slides emerged reborn. Instead of accepting them as lost, O’Neal rescued the slide sheets to scan and print. Once-crisp images are now cloud-like watercolors, often with distinguishable central details preserved. Air bubbles result in a fish-eye effect recalling the colorfully foggy nature of nostalgia and O’Neal’s compulsion to save the past.  - thru April 20

thru Feb 9: “The Whoas of Female Tragedy II” Jaimie WarrenThe Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYCIn photographs that explore different female stereotypes from both art history and celebrity culture, distorted through the internet’s bizarre juxtapositions, disposable imagery and memes, this new body of work features the artist and her friends in roles as diverse as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Easy E, The Virgin Mary, Lana Del Rey or Picasso’s Demoiselles D’Avignon.

thru Feb 9:

The Whoas of Female Tragedy II
 Jaimie Warren

The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, NYC

In photographs that explore different female stereotypes from both art history and celebrity culture, distorted through the internet’s bizarre juxtapositions, disposable imagery and memes, this new body of work features the artist and her friends in roles as diverse as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Easy E, The Virgin Mary, Lana Del Rey or Picasso’s Demoiselles D’Avignon.