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, Oct 9, 6-8p:“A Revision” John Henderson Galerie Perrotin, 909 Madison Ave, NYC (at 73rd St)a collection of new works by Henderson which continues to expand and develop his engagement with abstract painting and the conditions for its contemporary practice. Making use of a variety of technologies and techniques—molds, castings, digital printing, video, and photography—Henderson reforms, revises, and reproduces the manual painterly expression, invoking Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism while acknowledging a distance from their unmediated practice. - thru Nov 15

Opens tonight, Oct 9, 6-8p:

A Revision
 John Henderson
 
Galerie Perrotin, 909 Madison Ave, NYC (at 73rd St)

a collection of new works by Henderson which continues to expand and develop his engagement with abstract painting and the conditions for its contemporary practice. Making use of a variety of technologies and techniques—molds, castings, digital printing, video, and photography—Henderson reforms, revises, and reproduces the manual painterly expression, invoking Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism while acknowledging a distance from their unmediated practice. - thru Nov 15

opens tonight, Wed, May 14, 6-8p:“War Stories” curated by Anthony Haden GuestWilliam Holman Gallery, 65 Ludlow St., NYCWar Stories brings together an impressive and diverse group of artists, whose work focuses primarily on war and conflict. The exhibition features Steve Mumford's documentary watercolors from Iraq and Afghanistan, poured paint castings of Taliban gunshot holes by Piers Secunda, video work of Desert Storm by Nin Brudermann, Farideh Sakhaiefar's conceptual display of smuggled Iranian war objects, photography by Trevor Paglen, terrorist bomb sculptures by Gregory Green, and Alfredo Martinez's firearms drawings alongside a video interview by Mika Mattila.  - thru June 21

opens tonight, Wed, May 14, 6-8p:

War Stories
 curated by Anthony Haden Guest

William Holman Gallery, 65 Ludlow St., NYC

War Stories brings together an impressive and diverse group of artists, whose work focuses primarily on war and conflict. The exhibition features Steve Mumford's documentary watercolors from Iraq and Afghanistan, poured paint castings of Taliban gunshot holes by Piers Secunda, video work of Desert Storm by Nin Brudermann, Farideh Sakhaiefar's conceptual display of smuggled Iranian war objects, photography by Trevor Paglen, terrorist bomb sculptures by Gregory Green, and Alfredo Martinez's firearms drawings alongside a video interview by Mika Mattila.  - thru June 21

opens Feb 28, 6-8p:“Synthesa” Erwin Wurm Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 W26th St., NYCWorking in a variety of media, including photography, performance, video, and painting, Wurm considers his practice from a sculptural perspective… Comprised of three new sculptural bodies of work, Wurm’s current exhibition continues Wurm’s investigations of volume and abstraction of the human form. Wurm’s series of Abstract Sculptures contort sausage-like forms into bronze sculptures, re-envisioning the classic frankfurter in unexpected contexts to challenge our perceptions of the objects in reality.

opens Feb 28, 6-8p:

Synthesa
 Erwin Wurm
 
Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 W26th St., NYC

Working in a variety of media, including photography, performance, video, and painting, Wurm considers his practice from a sculptural perspective… Comprised of three new sculptural bodies of work, Wurm’s current exhibition continues Wurm’s investigations of volume and abstraction of the human form. Wurm’s series of Abstract Sculptures contort sausage-like forms into bronze sculptures, re-envisioning the classic frankfurter in unexpected contexts to challenge our perceptions of the objects in reality.

opens today:“Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module” curated by tranzit (at.tranzit.org) New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC (5th Floor)New Museum’s fifth floor has been transformed into a simulated interior of a spaceship. On view in and around the spacecraft are 117 artworks, including video, sculpture, print, and installation, by artists hailing primarily from cities around Eastern Europe, notably Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, and Bratislava. This ambitious exhibition is guest curated for the New Museum’s “Museum as Hub” program by tranzit, a network of autonomous but interconnected organizations based in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

opens today:

Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module
 curated by tranzit (at.tranzit.org)
 
New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC (5th Floor)

New Museum’s fifth floor has been transformed into a simulated interior of a spaceship. On view in and around the spacecraft are 117 artworks, including video, sculpture, print, and installation, by artists hailing primarily from cities around Eastern Europe, notably Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, and Bratislava. This ambitious exhibition is guest curated for the New Museum’s “Museum as Hub” program by tranzit, a network of autonomous but interconnected organizations based in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

Opening Fri, Jan 3, 7-9p:“One Trace After” Elizabeth Orr, Carlos Reyes, Claudia Weber, Geo Wyeth curated by Alison Burstein exhibition’s Tumblr: onetraceafter.tumblr.comNURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NYOne Trace After investigates a question that traditional, tidy exhibition narratives rarely consider: what can the visitor of a gallery see, experience, or know at any given instant? Rather than suggesting a prescribed or definitive answer, this exhibition embraces the fact that a visitor can never fully take in an artwork or a group of artworks in a single viewing. Since an artwork’s characteristics reveal themselves in pieces as they circulate through discourse, emerge in relation to a context, or unfold over an extended duration, visitors can only ever grasp a “trace” of an artwork in one encounter—a moment of the work’s dynamic existence that reflects both its immanent conditions and its immediate surroundings.  - thru Jan 31

Opening Fri, Jan 3, 7-9p:

One Trace After
 Elizabeth Orr, Carlos Reyes, Claudia Weber, Geo Wyeth
 curated by Alison Burstein
 
exhibition’s Tumblr: onetraceafter.tumblr.com

NURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY

One Trace After investigates a question that traditional, tidy exhibition narratives rarely consider: what can the visitor of a gallery see, experience, or know at any given instant? Rather than suggesting a prescribed or definitive answer, this exhibition embraces the fact that a visitor can never fully take in an artwork or a group of artworks in a single viewing. Since an artwork’s characteristics reveal themselves in pieces as they circulate through discourse, emerge in relation to a context, or unfold over an extended duration, visitors can only ever grasp a “trace” of an artwork in one encounter—a moment of the work’s dynamic existence that reflects both its immanent conditions and its immediate surroundings.  - thru Jan 31

thru Dec 21:“I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” Yayoi KusamaDavid Zwirner Gallery, 519, 525 and 533 W 19th St., NYCSpanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street), this exhibition features twenty-seven new large-scale paintings. Other highlights include the presentation of a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Also exhibited is the artist’s video installation, entitled Manhattan Suicide Addict, that draws its title from her first semi-autobiographical novel published in 1978.

thru Dec 21:

I Who Have Arrived In Heaven
 Yayoi Kusama

David Zwirner Gallery, 519, 525 and 533 W 19th St., NYC

Spanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street), this exhibition features twenty-seven new large-scale paintings. Other highlights include the presentation of a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Also exhibited is the artist’s video installation, entitled Manhattan Suicide Addict, that draws its title from her first semi-autobiographical novel published in 1978.

recently opened:“RAVISHING FAR/NEAR” Sheila GallagherDODGEgallery, 15 Rivington St., NYCOften inventing specific processes in order to articulate a conceit, Gallagher sews a conceptual thread through diverse mediums. Inspired by visual and literary examples of sacred eros, including The Gita Govinda, Sufi poetry, and The Song of Songs, the exhibition explores the kinship between the spiritual, sexual, and creative through smoke paintings, large plastic reliefs, video, flower installations, and sculpture.  - thru Dec 22pictured: Cow, 2013, smoke on canvas, 40 x 50 inches

recently opened:

RAVISHING FAR/NEAR
 Sheila Gallagher

DODGEgallery, 15 Rivington St., NYC

Often inventing specific processes in order to articulate a conceit, Gallagher sews a conceptual thread through diverse mediums. Inspired by visual and literary examples of sacred eros, including The Gita Govinda, Sufi poetry, and The Song of Songs, the exhibition explores the kinship between the spiritual, sexual, and creative through smoke paintings, large plastic reliefs, video, flower installations, and sculpture.  - thru Dec 22

pictured: Cow, 2013, smoke on canvas, 40 x 50 inches

Opens Thurs, Oct 24, 6-9p:“Retooled Appliances” Michel de Broinbitforms gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (2nd Floor)first solo exhibition in the United States by Montréal-based artist Michel de Broin, best known for interventions and his re-functionalization of utilitarian objects. Rooted in conceptual premises, de Broin’s work generates unexpected levels of complexity from found objects and physical juxtapositions. The exhibition at bitforms gallery features five pieces. Ranging from assemblage to video and photography, these works explore notions of the technological unconscious, as well as resistance and entropy. - thru Dec 7

Opens Thurs, Oct 24, 6-9p:

Retooled Appliances
 Michel de Broin

bitforms gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC (2nd Floor)

first solo exhibition in the United States by Montréal-based artist Michel de Broin, best known for interventions and his re-functionalization of utilitarian objects. Rooted in conceptual premises, de Broin’s work generates unexpected levels of complexity from found objects and physical juxtapositions. The exhibition at bitforms gallery features five pieces. Ranging from assemblage to video and photography, these works explore notions of the technological unconscious, as well as resistance and entropy. - thru Dec 7

video:

NY-based artist Jenny Morgan talks about her artistic practices and the body of work currently on view at Driscoll Babcock Gallery (525 W25th St., NYC). Her exhibition, “How To Find A Ghost,” recently opened and runs through Nov 23.  jennymorganart.tumblr.com

opens Thurs, Oct 17, 6-8p:

Interview
 Tatiana Blass

Johannes Vogt Gallery, 526 W26th St., NYC

iron sculptures, a suite of oil paintings, and a video work featuring theatrical performance. Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass’s first exhibition in New York The work. As part of the artist’s practice, Blass composes figurative sculptures out of microcrystalline wax that become fluid over the duration of their exhibition. Antagonized by spotlights and heating elements, the sculptures slowly deform and are overtaken by entropy. In the recent works on display, Blass takes up the theme of the interview, composing paintings and sculptures in which subject, audience, and medium break down into one another.  - thru Nov 16