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 Sept 1:

Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light (1977)
 Robert Irwin

Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave., NYC (at 75th St.)
$20 (admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm)
free admission for members and visitors ages 18 and under

a large-scale installation that uniquely engages the Whitney’s iconic Breuer building and the natural light that emanates from the large window in the fourth floor gallery space. Part of the Whitney’s collection, the work was made specifically for the Museum’s fourth floor. It has not been exhibited since its 1977 debut, a pivotal moment that would set the course for Irwin’s subsequent artistic practice.

continues thru Oct 6:“HOPPER DRAWING” Edward HopperWhitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave, NYC (at 75th St)whitneymuseum.tumblr.comthe first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper (1882–1967). More than anything else, Hopper’s drawings reveal the continually evolving relationship between observation and invention in the artist’s work, and his abiding interest in the spaces and motifs—the street, the movie theatre, the office, the bedroom, the road—that he would return to throughout his career as an artist. The exhibition surveys Hopper’s significant and underappreciated achievements as a draftsman, and pairs many of his greatest oil paintings, including Early Sunday Morning (1930), New York Movie (1939), Office at Night (1940) and Nighthawks (1942), with their preparatory drawings and related works.

continues thru Oct 6:

HOPPER DRAWING
 Edward Hopper


Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave, NYC (at 75th St)
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the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper (1882–1967). More than anything else, Hopper’s drawings reveal the continually evolving relationship between observation and invention in the artist’s work, and his abiding interest in the spaces and motifs—the street, the movie theatre, the office, the bedroom, the road—that he would return to throughout his career as an artist. The exhibition surveys Hopper’s significant and underappreciated achievements as a draftsman, and pairs many of his greatest oil paintings, including Early Sunday Morning (1930), New York Movie (1939), Office at Night (1940) and Nighthawks (1942), with their preparatory drawings and related works.

Recently Opened: Yayoi Kusama : RetrospectiveWhitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave., NYC (@ 75th St.)Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career.Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water is being shown in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery in conjunction with the Yayoi Kusama retrospective. Timed tickets are required to view Fireflies on the Water and can only be reserved on the day of your visit at the admission desk.

Recently Opened:

Yayoi Kusama : Retrospective

Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave., NYC (@ 75th St.)

Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career.

Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water is being shown in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery in conjunction with the Yayoi Kusama retrospective. Timed tickets are required to view Fireflies on the Water and can only be reserved on the day of your visit at the admission desk.

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Beginning today, The Whitney Museum has placed Alexander Calder’s “Calder’s Circus” on view again, and Jasper Johns’ “Three Flags” has found a home in it’s permanent collection galleries.

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945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street

Continuing through Feb 12, 2012:
THREE LANDSCAPES: A FILM INSTALLATION BYROY LICHTENSTEIN
Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave, NYC
"Three Landscapes, a little-known triple screen film installation by Roy Lichtenstein, unseen since its showing at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1971 as part of the groundbreaking exhibition Art and Technology. The result of a short residency at Universal Studios in Hollywood, the films, newly restored by the Whitney on their original 35mm format, are testimony to Lichtenstein’s experimentation with form and his fascination with cinema."
image: Detail from Three Landscapes, 1970–71. Three-screen 35mm-film installation, color, silent; one minute (looped). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Continuing through Feb 12, 2012:

THREE LANDSCAPES: A FILM INSTALLATION BY
ROY LICHTENSTEIN

Whitney Museum, 945 Madison Ave, NYC

"Three Landscapes, a little-known triple screen film installation by Roy Lichtenstein, unseen since its showing at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1971 as part of the groundbreaking exhibition Art and Technology. The result of a short residency at Universal Studios in Hollywood, the films, newly restored by the Whitney on their original 35mm format, are testimony to Lichtenstein’s experimentation with form and his fascination with cinema."

image: Detail from Three Landscapes, 1970–71. Three-screen 35mm-film installation, color, silent; one minute (looped). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Today (Oct 15th)  1-4pm:
“Desert Island Comic Zine Party”
Whitney Museum 945 Madison Ave, NYC
-for families with children ages 8-14-
 
Whitney Family Programs and Desert Island present a comic book fair featuring some of the most up and coming independent illustrators in New York City. In conjunction with the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World featuring Feininger’s pioneeringChicago Sunday Tribune comic strips, contemporary comic artists will be displaying and selling their work—prints, zines, buttons, and more! Kids and families can explore Feininger’s comics through drawing activities in the galleries, and each participant will receive limited edition prints by each artist to compile their own comic book.
This event will feature work by Partyka Collective(Shawn Cheng, Matt Weigle, John Mejias, and Sean McCarthy), Estrella Vega, Jen Tong, Chris Patch,Jungyeon Roh, Sto, Chris Uphues, and Noah Lyon.
Free with Museum admission; no registration required.

Today (Oct 15th)  1-4pm:

Desert Island Comic Zine Party

Whitney Museum 945 Madison Ave, NYC

-for families with children ages 8-14-

Whitney Family Programs and Desert Island present a comic book fair featuring some of the most up and coming independent illustrators in New York City. In conjunction with the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World featuring Feininger’s pioneeringChicago Sunday Tribune comic strips, contemporary comic artists will be displaying and selling their work—prints, zines, buttons, and more! Kids and families can explore Feininger’s comics through drawing activities in the galleries, and each participant will receive limited edition prints by each artist to compile their own comic book.

This event will feature work by Partyka Collective(Shawn Cheng, Matt Weigle, John Mejias, and Sean McCarthy), Estrella Vega, Jen Tong, Chris Patch,Jungyeon Roh, Sto, Chris Uphues, and Noah Lyon.

Free with Museum admission; no registration required.

Opens Tomorrow (Oct 6th) 6-8p:"Real/Surreal"
Whitney Museum 945 Madison Ave, NYC
The exhibition will feature approximately 80 works in painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking juxtaposed in ways that elucidate how artists developed qualified degrees of reality where the imagination held more or less sway, depending on intention and influence.
Through February 12, 2011

Opens Tomorrow (Oct 6th) 6-8p:

"Real/Surreal"

Whitney Museum 945 Madison Ave, NYC

The exhibition will feature approximately 80 works in painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking juxtaposed in ways that elucidate how artists developed qualified degrees of reality where the imagination held more or less sway, depending on intention and influence.

Through February 12, 2011