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, Thurs, Jan 23, 6-8p:“INBETWEEN” Serena Mitnik-MillerJoshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St., NYCWorking primarily in watercolor on paper, Mitnik-Miller’s practice centers on the repetition of patterns and shapes. “Painting and creating has been a part of my life from a very young age. Painting is the most calming of my endeavors, which is most enjoyable, and makes me happy.” - Serena Mitnik-Miller

opens tonight, Thurs, Jan 23, 6-8p:

INBETWEEN
 Serena Mitnik-Miller

Joshua Liner Gallery, 540 W28th St., NYC

Working primarily in watercolor on paper, Mitnik-Miller’s practice centers on the repetition of patterns and shapes. “Painting and creating has been a part of my life from a very young age. Painting is the most calming of my endeavors, which is most enjoyable, and makes me happy.” - Serena Mitnik-Miller

Opens Fri, Nov 15, 6-8p:

Mequitta Ahuja

Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 103 Norfolk St., NYC

“Ahuja references a variety of cultural traditions, including the arts of Africa, Asia, and America… she suggests that identity is not only fluid, but that it represents a layering of different guises—both real and fictional, historic and contemporary. Her work also demonstrates an interest in different types of marks and materials. She employs hand stamps, paints with brushes, and draws directly onto the collaged ground.”  - National Portrait Gallery

“My self-portraits are “auto-mythic.” I define automythography as a process of identity formation that combines the real with the self-invented. I position myself within a history of Eastern and Western representation, reflecting my identity as an African American and South Asian American woman. My sources include Buddhist wall paintings and Mughal manuscript art.” - Mequitta Ahuja

opens Tomorrow, Oct 10, 6-8p:“Like Pineapples In A Greenhouse” Nick GossSimon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome St., NYCseven recent large-scale paintings, together with a group of smaller watercolors on paper. Goss reflects that he: ‘accidentally revealed previous images that had lain dormant underneath the layers of paint - imbedded in the linen. These costumed carnivalesque figures that emerged felt like they had been constructed in the studio of an unknown artist, waiting to be unearthed, at a later date.’ - thru Nov 10

opens Tomorrow, Oct 10, 6-8p:

Like Pineapples In A Greenhouse
 Nick Goss

Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome St., NYC

seven recent large-scale paintings, together with a group of smaller watercolors on paper. Goss reflects that he: ‘accidentally revealed previous images that had lain dormant underneath the layers of paint - imbedded in the linen. These costumed carnivalesque figures that emerged felt like they had been constructed in the studio of an unknown artist, waiting to be unearthed, at a later date.’ - thru Nov 10

thru July 28th:

John Singer Sargent : Watercolors”

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

This landmark exhibition unites for the first time the John Singer Sargent watercolors acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the early twentieth century. The culmination of a yearlong collaborative study by both museums, John Singer Sargent Watercolors explores the watercolor practice that has traditionally been viewed as a tangential facet of Sargent’s art making. The ninety-three pieces on display provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view a broad range of the artist’s finest production in the medium.

Opens Tonight, 6-9p: “Together” Allison MaletzChristopher Henry Gallery, 127 Elizabeth St., NYCNew York-based painter Maletz transforms the temporal objectivity of her source photographs and brings them into a protected present, enabling them to reach to a wider sphere of imagination beyond the totality of their original physical and emotional experience. - thru April 13

Opens Tonight, 6-9p:

Together”
 Allison Maletz

Christopher Henry Gallery, 127 Elizabeth St., NYC

New York-based painter Maletz transforms the temporal objectivity of her source photographs and brings them into a protected present, enabling them to reach to a wider sphere of imagination beyond the totality of their original physical and emotional experience. - thru April 13

Just Opened: “Empire Loop” Kysa JohnsonMorgan Lehman Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYCIn her signature style, Kysa Johnson employs microscopic patterns found in nature blown up to an extreme scale to build universal worlds. In Empire Loop, the artist enlarges subatomic decay patterns (the signature pathways that unstable particles travel along when they decay and transform into other subatomic particles) to depict a physical reality that is naturally invisible to the naked eye. By rendering these essential patterns in chalk, ink and watercolor on panel, Johnson removes the subject from a purely scientific context and introduces it into the arena of visual culture. - thru Mar 23

Just Opened:

Empire Loop
 Kysa Johnson

Morgan Lehman Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYC

In her signature style, Kysa Johnson employs microscopic patterns found in nature blown up to an extreme scale to build universal worlds. In Empire Loop, the artist enlarges subatomic decay patterns (the signature pathways that unstable particles travel along when they decay and transform into other subatomic particles) to depict a physical reality that is naturally invisible to the naked eye. By rendering these essential patterns in chalk, ink and watercolor on panel, Johnson removes the subject from a purely scientific context and introduces it into the arena of visual culture. - thru Mar 23

Recently Opened: “Palimpsest III” Russell NachmanLMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge St., NYClarge format watercolors on paper. “Nachman’s meditation on the waning days of western metaphysics via the art historical trope of the harlequin—re-imagined as a contemporary, Black Metal-music reveler… Using structures of iconic, Christian painting and illuminated, prayer manuscripts the work creates a contrast of reverence and irreverence.” - thru March 24

Recently Opened:

Palimpsest III
 Russell Nachman

LMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge St., NYC

large format watercolors on paper. “Nachman’s meditation on the waning days of western metaphysics via the art historical trope of the harlequin—re-imagined as a contemporary, Black Metal-music reveler… Using structures of iconic, Christian painting and illuminated, prayer manuscripts the work creates a contrast of reverence and irreverence.” - thru March 24

Opens Tonight, Oct 18, 6-8p:

Chuck Close

Pace Gallery, 534 W25th St., NYC

Recent paintings, prints, and tapestries by Chuck Close, including never-before-seen oil portraits of artists and friends, such as Cindy Sherman, Paul Simon, Kara Walker, and Philip Glass. This exhibition will also feature the first presentation of Close’s watercolor prints, the artist’s latest experiment with digital technology. - thru Dec 22

Opens Thurs, July 12, 6-8p: “Contemporary Watercolor” curated by Veronica RobertsMorgan Lehman Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYC30 artist group show. Watercolor has been saddled with a bad rap. It hasn’t even earned the status of being uncool enough to be cool. With its history as a preferred medium of amateur painters, watercolor is all too easily overlooked or disparaged for its frequent association with trivial subjects and saccharine clichés. This exhibition features a group of diverse artists from around the country and abroad who engage the medium in varied, sometimes political ways that move beyond—and often take pleasure in subverting—watercolor’s traditional ties to subjects like flowers and ‘plein air’ landscapes.  - Aug 17th

Opens Thurs, July 12, 6-8p:

Contemporary Watercolor
 curated by Veronica Roberts

Morgan Lehman Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYC

30 artist group show. Watercolor has been saddled with a bad rap. It hasn’t even earned the status of being uncool enough to be cool. With its history as a preferred medium of amateur painters, watercolor is all too easily overlooked or disparaged for its frequent association with trivial subjects and saccharine clichés. This exhibition features a group of diverse artists from around the country and abroad who engage the medium in varied, sometimes political ways that move beyond—and often take pleasure in subverting—watercolor’s traditional ties to subjects like flowers and ‘plein air’ landscapes.  - Aug 17th

Just Opened: “Concrete Memories” Sirikul PattachoteRoger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave., NYC (at 47th St.)Thailand-born, New York based painter Sirikul Pattachote’s exhibition of 16 beautiful and relevant contemporary watercolors. “Sirikul’s artwork is inspired by nature, where she draws upon memories and experiences of her surroundings in everyday life. The ephemeral quality of life and matter is a central theme in her work. Through her paintings, she attempts to record and preserve certain memories and impressions that highlight the potential good that exists in everyone and everything.” Presented by the Thai Artist Alliance. - thru Aug 31

Just Opened:

Concrete Memories
 Sirikul Pattachote

Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave., NYC (at 47th St.)

Thailand-born, New York based painter Sirikul Pattachote’s exhibition of 16 beautiful and relevant contemporary watercolors. “Sirikul’s artwork is inspired by nature, where she draws upon memories and experiences of her surroundings in everyday life. The ephemeral quality of life and matter is a central theme in her work. Through her paintings, she attempts to record and preserve certain memories and impressions that highlight the potential good that exists in everyone and everything.” Presented by the Thai Artist Alliance. - thru Aug 31