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 Nov 7:

America’s Sweetheart
 Kelly Reemtsen

De Buck Gallery, 545 W23rd St., NYC

Kelly Reemtsen’s beautiful, texture-filled paintings are characterized by headless and thereby anonymous female figures, clothed in vintage dresses, against vacuums of white… The titles of these pieces, “Forget Me Not,” “Here Comes Trouble,” and “On a Short Leash” among them, add to the ambiguity between violence and domesticity in these works, though at the same time many of her figures are nothing but ebullient. - thru Dec 21

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The View From Everywhere"
 Ian Addison Hall

Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
location: 67 Washington Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

The View From Everywhere (Patterns of Science) relates to a program created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) shortly after World War II. The program’s purpose was to prevent an apocalyptic third world war by promoting intercultural understanding. Using vintage catalog imagery, each piece in this series explores the relationship between the patterns that exist in fashion and the patterns that are found in human genetics. While a clothing pattern is designed to make the wearer look and feel different, when it is expanded over a model’s exposed skin it instead represents the biological and emotional framework that we all share. Acknowledging these similarities encourages empathy, compassion and understanding.

Opens Sept 9, Sunday 12-2p:”Beautiful Evidence” Thomas AllenFoley Gallery, 97 Allen St, NYC (new L.E.S. location)This exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural show in it’s new location (after 8 years in Chelsea, the gallery will re-open in NYC’s Lower East Side). Thomas Allen on Allen Street. Get it?Allen’s signature use of cutting and repurposing book illustrations has not vanished.  Instead of the pulp fiction genre, Allen plays with 50’s era versions of clean cut youths and domesticated moms. His unmistakable talent for creating the illusion of 3D in photography with his deft cuts and crimps, establishes a magical world in which a boy and girl play tag creating their own kind of electricity, a milkman makes a very special delivery in space, young toughs play marbles with the solar system and a mother busily sews her own version of “string theory.” - thru Oct 14

Opens Sept 9, Sunday 12-2p:

Beautiful Evidence
 Thomas Allen

Foley Gallery, 97 Allen St, NYC (new L.E.S. location)

This exhibition is the gallery’s inaugural show in it’s new location (after 8 years in Chelsea, the gallery will re-open in NYC’s Lower East Side). Thomas Allen on Allen Street. Get it?

Allen’s signature use of cutting and repurposing book illustrations has not vanished.  Instead of the pulp fiction genre, Allen plays with 50’s era versions of clean cut youths and domesticated moms. His unmistakable talent for creating the illusion of 3D in photography with his deft cuts and crimps, establishes a magical world in which a boy and girl play tag creating their own kind of electricity, a milkman makes a very special delivery in space, young toughs play marbles with the solar system and a mother busily sews her own version of “string theory.” - thru Oct 14

Opens Tonight, Apr 19, 6-8p:

Judd Women Targets
 Eva Lake

frosch&portmann, 53 Stanton St., NYC

This exhibition marks the inaugural showing of Lake’s Judd Montages, some of her earliest works. The artist found the Judd images used in these collages in an illegal sublet in New York, where she lived for ten years. The apartment had belonged to an art dealer who left behind an art magazine from the 1960s featuring Donald Judd. Inspired by Judd’s stark forms, Lake held onto the magazine for over two decades before eventually cutting into it. In creating the Judd Montages, the artist wanted to add vitality to works famous for their austerity and non-content. In doing so, Lake is playing with works from the canon of art history that are not initially meant to be played with. This exercise results in dazzlingly colorful montages that re-imagine Judd’s minimalist sculptures as the protagonists in various glamorous and often dreamlike landscapes.  - thru July 22

(Source: nycartscene)

Opens Thurs, Apr 19, 6-8p:

Judd Women Targets
 Eva Lake

frosch&portmann, 53 Stanton St., NYC

This exhibition marks the inaugural showing of Lake’s Judd Montages, some of her earliest works. The artist found the Judd images used in these collages in an illegal sublet in New York, where she lived for ten years. The apartment had belonged to an art dealer who left behind an art magazine from the 1960s featuring Donald Judd. Inspired by Judd’s stark forms, Lake held onto the magazine for over two decades before eventually cutting into it. In creating the Judd Montages, the artist wanted to add vitality to works famous for their austerity and non-content. In doing so, Lake is playing with works from the canon of art history that are not initially meant to be played with. This exercise results in dazzlingly colorful montages that re-imagine Judd’s minimalist sculptures as the protagonists in various glamorous and often dreamlike landscapes.  - thru July 22

Opens Apr 5, 6-8p:”Misbehaving” David LyleLyons Wier Gallery, 542 W24th St., NYCWorking from found vintage and vernacular photographs, Lyle seamlessly composes works that harken back to 1950’s and 1960’s America - not as they were, but skewed and reimagined by the artist. Lyle’s painstakingly reductive painting process is a very crucial element to the evolution of his final images. This series presents the most innocuous images of bygone times catalyzed by suggestive, sad, or outright strange anachronisms. - thru Apr 28

Opens Apr 5, 6-8p:

Misbehaving
 David Lyle

Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W24th St., NYC

Working from found vintage and vernacular photographs, Lyle seamlessly composes works that harken back to 1950’s and 1960’s America - not as they were, but skewed and reimagined by the artist. Lyle’s painstakingly reductive painting process is a very crucial element to the evolution of his final images. This series presents the most innocuous images of bygone times catalyzed by suggestive, sad, or outright strange anachronisms. - thru Apr 28