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

Just Opened: “The Nemesims” Muntean/RosenblumTeam Gallery, 47 Wooster St., NYCan installation by Vienna-based artists Muntean/Rosenblum. For this exhibition, Muntean/Rosenblum transform the gallery space into an exacting recreation of a home from Will Wright’s popular life simulation computer game The Sims. The artists recontextualize the site of artificial life as a display for contemporary art, adorning the walls of the home with their new work installed alongside works by well-known mid-century and contemporary artists. The installation includes historical pieces by Alexander Calder, Gilbert & George, Keith Haring, John McCracken, Raymond Pettibon, and Laurie Simmons, among others. - thru Dec 21

Just Opened:

The Nemesims
 Muntean/Rosenblum

Team Gallery, 47 Wooster St., NYC

an installation by Vienna-based artists Muntean/Rosenblum. For this exhibition, Muntean/Rosenblum transform the gallery space into an exacting recreation of a home from Will Wright’s popular life simulation computer game The Sims. The artists recontextualize the site of artificial life as a display for contemporary art, adorning the walls of the home with their new work installed alongside works by well-known mid-century and contemporary artists. The installation includes historical pieces by Alexander Calder, Gilbert & George, Keith Haring, John McCracken, Raymond Pettibon, and Laurie Simmons, among others. - thru Dec 21

Opens Tonight, May 2, 6-8p:

Animals
 Ryan McGinley

Team Gallery, 83 Grand St., NYC

Animals consists of McGinley’s color portraits of live animals with nude models. The exhibition is his first made up exclusively of selections from this growing, and ambitious, body of work. The artist visited various sanctuaries, zoos, and rescue establishments across the United States, erecting a mobile studio wherever possible and working with a number of pre-eminent animal trainers. The animals are not mere props in photographs of people; on the contrary, McGinley considers them the subjects of these images. There exists both tension and tenderness between the models and wild animals, as they claw, clutch, nibble, and hug one another. - thru June 2

Opens Tonight, Mar 29, 6-8:

Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows
 Alex Bag & Patterson Beckwith

Team Gallery, 83 Grand St., NYC

a collaborative installation, The work in Cash From Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows consists of footage from Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith’s legendary late-night public access programs, from which the exhibition takes its title. The shows were twenty-nine-minute long weekly cablecasts, aired on Channel 34 at 2:30 a.m. on Wedensday nights between 1994 and 1997. The artists filled their timeslots with prank calls, surreal, decontextualized clips from other programs, and cock-eyed tours of stranger parts of New York City. Television here is both the subject and medium: while it might be an outrageous sendup of broadcast media, it is itself a TV show, and a highly entertaining one at that. The viewer’s pleasure watching the work is a constant reminder of television’s sinister seductive quality. - thru Apr 28

Opens Thursday, Jan 12, 6-8p: Ross Knight”Situations”Team Gallery, 47 Wooster St., NYC (bt Grand and Broome)Four new sculptures make up Ross Knight’s sixth solo exhibition at Team Gallery. The works are traditional sculpture of human scale and consideration. For these idiosyncratic hand-made constructions, Knight misuses utilitarian materials, stripping them of their ordinary functions and marrying disparate elements in sophisticated singular structures. Neither formalist nor minimalist, though taking much from both schools, the pieces hinge on visual relationships formed when re-contextualized materials are shaped to touch one another in specific and suggestive ways.

Opens Thursday, Jan 12, 6-8p:

 Ross Knight
Situations

Team Gallery, 47 Wooster St., NYC (bt Grand and Broome)

Four new sculptures make up Ross Knight’s sixth solo exhibition at Team Gallery. The works are traditional sculpture of human scale and consideration. For these idiosyncratic hand-made constructions, Knight misuses utilitarian materials, stripping them of their ordinary functions and marrying disparate elements in sophisticated singular structures. Neither formalist nor minimalist, though taking much from both schools, the pieces hinge on visual relationships formed when re-contextualized materials are shaped to touch one another in specific and suggestive ways.