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

RecommendedOpens Tonight, Thurs, Nov 7, 7-9p:NOAH BECKERThe Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Delancey & Broome)solo exhibition of Becker’s portraiture and collage-like reconsiderations of art history. “The source material for my recent portraits are photos of hair models from the 1960s and 70s. These hair models display a stillness, blank expression and lack of action. The backgrounds of these paintings show a single mode of color. The minimized action and repetition found in the work of Samuel Beckett has been instructive to me in this sense. Artists such as Frank Stella and his peers found Beckett influential during their rebellion against late period abstract expressionism. My work shows a kind of mood that engages with similar ideas and rebellions.” - Noah Becker

Recommended
Opens Tonight, Thurs, Nov 7, 7-9p:

NOAH BECKER

The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Delancey & Broome)

solo exhibition of Becker’s portraiture and collage-like reconsiderations of art history.

“The source material for my recent portraits are photos of hair models from the 1960s and 70s. These hair models display a stillness, blank expression and lack of action. The backgrounds of these paintings show a single mode of color. The minimized action and repetition found in the work of Samuel Beckett has been instructive to me in this sense. Artists such as Frank Stella and his peers found Beckett influential during their rebellion against late period abstract expressionism. My work shows a kind of mood that engages with similar ideas and rebellions.”
- Noah Becker

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

Just Opened:

Brood
 Amy Cutler

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 535 W22nd St., NYC (6th floor)

Amy Cutler examines the individual psyches of the female characters who have populated her work for more than a decade in her first group of portraits. Entitled Brood, the series includes nineteen works painted in gouache on paper in which she articulates the individual personas of her imagined subjects, telling their stories through sartorial hints, subtle poses, hairstyles, and facial expressions. - thru Mar 9

Continues thru Feb 17:

Here You Are
 Maya Bloch

Thierry Goldberg Gallery
, 103 Norfolk St., NYC

a series of portrait paintings that blur the representational and the abstract, while enacting a drama of violence and obscurity, anonymity and recognition. Experimenting with the process of making, as well as playing with the limits of paint and other like mediums, the artist uses found images to jumpstart her process, mixing acrylic and water, and then pouring color that gradually pools into abstract forms that converse with the tracings of the figure until eventually, the original image is discarded entirely, and the artist enters into more direct dialogue with the paint. To complicate the texture and expand the vocabulary of the image, Bloch mixes oils and inks to her acrylics, and, in some cases uses mixed media and collage techniques, manipulating her images in order to let the painting evolve into its final manifestation.

Just Opened: “WRISTER, BLISTER, PLASTER” Sascha BraunigFoxy Production Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYCBraunig’s geometric figures have a visual fluidity, as if their delicate skins can barely contain their bodies. Unraveling the figure in unexpected ways, her new series of oil and gouache portraits employ both Op art and baroque elements. The exhibition comprises highly patterned figures who appear interwoven with their environments, and hybrid beings whose bodies and their ornamentation seem indivisible. - thru Feb 9

Just Opened:

WRISTER, BLISTER, PLASTER
 Sascha Braunig

Foxy Production Gallery
, 529 W20th St., NYC

Braunig’s geometric figures have a visual fluidity, as if their delicate skins can barely contain their bodies. Unraveling the figure in unexpected ways, her new series of oil and gouache portraits employ both Op art and baroque elements. The exhibition comprises highly patterned figures who appear interwoven with their environments, and hybrid beings whose bodies and their ornamentation seem indivisible. - thru Feb 9

Just Opened: “Love Me Till It Hurts”Panni MalekzadehFreight + Volume, 530 W24th St., NYCPanni Malekzadeh makes beautiful, complicated portraits of contemporary Persian women coming of age. What age, exactly, they are coming into is not entirely clear. The young women she depicts, mostly based on her close friends and family, are clothed in elaborate period-piece costumes, as though they suddenly woke up in a strange land and time, and are seeking clues and clarity to their sexual and cultural identity. They appear filled with an abundant mixture of embarrassment, sexual hunger, shame, confusion, delight and dread. In addition to the portraits, Panni presents a series of pink dollhouses in an antique-wallpapered “bedroom” setting in which to view the work.  - thru Aug 11

Just Opened:

Love Me Till It Hurts
Panni Malekzadeh

Freight + Volume, 530 W24th St., NYC

Panni Malekzadeh makes beautiful, complicated portraits of contemporary Persian women coming of age. What age, exactly, they are coming into is not entirely clear. The young women she depicts, mostly based on her close friends and family, are clothed in elaborate period-piece costumes, as though they suddenly woke up in a strange land and time, and are seeking clues and clarity to their sexual and cultural identity. They appear filled with an abundant mixture of embarrassment, sexual hunger, shame, confusion, delight and dread. In addition to the portraits, Panni presents a series of pink dollhouses in an antique-wallpapered “bedroom” setting in which to view the work.  - thru Aug 11

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thru Oct 8: Rineke Dijkstra: a retrospectiveGuggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, NYC (at 89th St.)this retrospective brings together more than 70 photographs and five videos in a major mid-career survey, offering the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work to date. Since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra has produced a complex body of photographic and video work, offering a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture.

thru Oct 8:

Rineke Dijkstra: a retrospective

Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, NYC (at 89th St.)

this retrospective brings together more than 70 photographs and five videos in a major mid-career survey, offering the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work to date. Since the early 1990s, Rineke Dijkstra has produced a complex body of photographic and video work, offering a contemporary take on the genre of portraiture.

thru Aug 10: 

Portrait of a Generation

The Hole, 312 Bowery St., NYC
Tuesday – Saturday, 12-7PM

The Hole presents “a kind of yearbook for New York City in 2012…over 100 artists who make up the art scene here will pair up and exchange portraits with each other. This massive exhibition will serve to give image to a community of people, both renowned and emerging, who are dedicated to making artworks. The works .. hung salon-style on our walls of Gallery 1 and 2, and include painted, drawn and photographic portraits.”

Opens Thurs, July 5, 6-9p: “Love Me Till It Hurts” Panni MalekzadehFreight + Volume, 530 W24th St., NYCPanni Malekzadeh makes beautiful, complicated portraits of contemporary Persian women coming of age. What age, exactly, they are coming into is not entirely clear. The young women she depicts, mostly based on her close friends and family, are clothed in elaborate period-piece costumes, as though they suddenly woke up in a strange land and time, and are seeking clues and clarity to their sexual and cultural identity. They appear filled with an abundant mixture of embarrassment, sexual hunger, shame, confusion, delight and dread. In addition to the portraits, Panni presents a series of pink dollhouses in an antique-wallpapered “bedroom” setting in which to view the work.  - thru Aug 11

Opens Thurs, July 5, 6-9p:

Love Me Till It Hurts
 Panni Malekzadeh

Freight + Volume, 530 W24th St., NYC

Panni Malekzadeh makes beautiful, complicated portraits of contemporary Persian women coming of age. What age, exactly, they are coming into is not entirely clear. The young women she depicts, mostly based on her close friends and family, are clothed in elaborate period-piece costumes, as though they suddenly woke up in a strange land and time, and are seeking clues and clarity to their sexual and cultural identity. They appear filled with an abundant mixture of embarrassment, sexual hunger, shame, confusion, delight and dread. In addition to the portraits, Panni presents a series of pink dollhouses in an antique-wallpapered “bedroom” setting in which to view the work.  - thru Aug 11

Opens June 7, 6-9p: “Portrait of a Generation”The Hole, 312 Bowery St., NYCThe Hole will present “a kind of yearbook for New York City in 2012…over 100 artists who make up the art scene here will pair up and exchange portraits with each other. This massive exhibition will serve to give image to a community of people, both renowned and emerging, who are dedicated to making artworks. The works will be hung salon-style on our walls of Gallery 1 and 2, and include painted, drawn and photographic portraits.” - thru Aug 10photo: iStock

Opens June 7, 6-9p:

Portrait of a Generation

The Hole, 312 Bowery St., NYC

The Hole will present “a kind of yearbook for New York City in 2012…over 100 artists who make up the art scene here will pair up and exchange portraits with each other. This massive exhibition will serve to give image to a community of people, both renowned and emerging, who are dedicated to making artworks. The works will be hung salon-style on our walls of Gallery 1 and 2, and include painted, drawn and photographic portraits.” - thru Aug 10

photo: iStock