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

thru Feb 1:

American Beauty
 Nicole Awai, SunTek Chung, Rico Gatson,
 Mark Thomas Gibson, Alejandro Guzman, Maren Hassinger,
 Ariel Jackson, Matthew Day Jackson, Dawit L. Petros,
 Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Naomi Reis and Michael Vahrenwald.

Susan Inglett Gallery, 522 W24th St., NYC

“The idea of this group show, organized by the artist William Villalongo, is that art can look good and think tough at the same time, and so it can… There’s a lot of expertly made violence on hand: torn-apart heads… best of show comes from Matthew Day Jackson and his mother, Karen Jackson. After Mr. Jackson cuts out images from 1960s Life magazine covers, his mother mends the excisions with needlepoint.” - Holland Cotter, NY Times

Closes Dec 22: “Bigger Than Shadows” co-curated by Rich Blint and Ian CofreDodge Gallery, 15 Rivington St., NYCgroup exhibition. Participating artists include Derrick Adams, Noah Davis, Rico Gatson, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Duron Jackson, Jayson Keeling, Yashua Klos, Deana Lawson, Kambui Olujimi, Ebony G. Patterson, Robert Pruitt, Jacolby Satterwhite and Zachary Fabri.

Closes Dec 22:

Bigger Than Shadows
 co-curated by Rich Blint and Ian Cofre

Dodge Gallery, 15 Rivington St., NYC

group exhibition. Participating artists include Derrick Adams, Noah Davis, Rico Gatson, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Duron Jackson, Jayson Keeling, Yashua Klos, Deana Lawson, Kambui Olujimi, Ebony G. Patterson, Robert Pruitt, Jacolby Satterwhite and Zachary Fabri.

Just Opened: “Lyrical Color”Rico Gatson, Sam Gilliam, Brece Honeycutt, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Jane Kent, Meg Lipke, Maggie Michael, Dan Steinhilber & David Storey.Pocket Utopia, 191 Henry St., NYC (bt Clinton & Jefferson)Color has an echo and at this exhibition’s center is Sam Gilliam, internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost Color Field Painters and Lyrical Abstractionist artists. Around Gilliam, there’s restraint, equanimity and balance. There is the blackness of both Rico Gatson’s and Dan Steinhilber’s sculptural abstractions, works that are intensified by Jane Kent’s overlapping musical scores, further blurred by Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson painting upon silk threads and made distinctive by Meg Lipke’s beeswax with India-inked and fabric dyed drawings. -thru Aug 24

Just Opened:

Lyrical Color
Rico Gatson, Sam Gilliam, Brece Honeycutt, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Jane Kent, Meg Lipke, Maggie Michael, Dan Steinhilber & David Storey.

Pocket Utopia, 191 Henry St., NYC (bt Clinton & Jefferson)

Color has an echo and at this exhibition’s center is Sam Gilliam, internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost Color Field Painters and Lyrical Abstractionist artists. Around Gilliam, there’s restraint, equanimity and balance. There is the blackness of both Rico Gatson’s and Dan Steinhilber’s sculptural abstractions, works that are intensified by Jane Kent’s overlapping musical scores, further blurred by Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson painting upon silk threads and made distinctive by Meg Lipke’s beeswax with India-inked and fabric dyed drawings. -thru Aug 24

Exit Art’s last opening reception:

Fri, Mar 23, 7-9p:

EVERY EXIT IS AN ENTRANCE: 30 Years of Exit Art

Exit Art, 475 Tenth Ave., NYC (at W36th St)

A retrospective of Exit Art’s rich history, from its founding in a loft apartment on Canal Street in 1982 to its years in SoHo at 578 Broadway (1984-1992) and 548 Broadway (1992-2002) and to its current Hell’s Kitchen location. The retrospective exhibition will feature extensive documentation from Exit Art’s archives, including posters, promotional graphics, photographs, and elements of the innovative in-house exhibition designs employed in past exhibitions, as well as the work of a selection of artists championed over the years. In conjunction with the exhibition, Exit Art is organizing a series of events including film screenings, theater and performance programs, live performance and music, artist talks, curatorial presentations, panel discussions, and more. The exhibition will also include a reading library of materials Exit Art has published. Co-Founder Papo Colo will present a personal exhibition of photographic materials that celebrate the spirit of Exit Art, with a focus on the life of co-founder Jeanette Ingberman who passed away in August 2011. - thru May 19

Tomorrow (Nov 3) 7pm: RICO GATSON in conversation with THELMA GOLDEN, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New YorkThelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, reunites with artist Rico Gatson, who was included in the Museum’s influential exhibitions Black Belt (2003) and FREESTYLE(2001). Using the work in Three Trips Around the Block as a jumping off point, the speakers will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on Gatson’s art, influences, and career.Q&A after the discussion.$5 general admission. Cash bar.

Tomorrow (Nov 3) 7pm:
RICO GATSON in conversation with 
THELMA GOLDEN, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, reunites with artist Rico Gatson, who was included in the Museum’s influential exhibitions Black Belt (2003) and FREESTYLE(2001). Using the work in Three Trips Around the Block as a jumping off point, the speakers will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on Gatson’s art, influences, and career.

Q&A after the discussion.
$5 general admission. Cash bar.

Opens Tonight 7-9p: “Three Trips Around the Block” Rico GatsonExit Art475 10th Avenue, NYC"Three Trips Around the Block" is a survey of Gatson’s sculpture, painting, video, drawings, and installations, including several new pieces created for the exhibition. The title of the retrospective stems from a powerful experience Gatson had with his brother who, after spending fifteen years in prison, reconnected with the artist by taking a long walk around the block. The conversation that occurred during their “trips around the block” inspired Gatson to creatively explore their own disparate lives – a personal excavation made public in this poignant and provocative exhibition.

Opens Tonight 7-9p:
Three Trips Around the Block Rico Gatson

Exit Art

475 10th Avenue, NYC

"Three Trips Around the Block" is a survey of Gatson’s sculpture, painting, video, drawings, and installations, including several new pieces created for the exhibition. The title of the retrospective stems from a powerful experience Gatson had with his brother who, after spending fifteen years in prison, reconnected with the artist by taking a long walk around the block. The conversation that occurred during their “trips around the block” inspired Gatson to creatively explore their own disparate lives – a personal excavation made public in this poignant and provocative exhibition.