Lu Magnus is a new space in the LES framed as an art laboratory and salon. Hosting a variety of events, Lu Magnus goes beyond the traditional notion of gallery as exhibition space towards a participatory environment of the salnons of the past. The diversity of their program brings together a spectrum of genres of art including performance, book readings, fashion, film, dance and food. Check their website for upcoming events. Nic*Rad’s live performance of his Celebrtiist Manifesto was the […]
A show featuring predominantly video, film, and sound installation, En-Garde II: omg at Ronald Feldman Gallery, brings a challenging group show of artists who question and challenge the status quo. The exhibition includes the video A Fire in My Belly, by David Wojnarowicz, that had been recently censored by the Smithsonian and created much uproar in the conversation around censorship and religious iconography in the museum space. oh my god, by Sam Van Aken is a wall of stereo speakers […]
Location One is an independent non-profit space dedicated to exhibitions, performance, and artists residency programs meant to encourage experimentation and dialogue around social and political discourse. Sharon Stone in Abuja combines video, photo, and installation in a discussion around Nollywood – Nigeria’s growing film industry. The space is engaging and inviting, pushing a comfort and familiarity with photos by Pieter Hugo, an inviting salon installation by Mickalene Thomas, and video piece by Zina Saro-Wiwa, British-Nigerian film-maker and founder of AfricaLab.
Dash Snow, East Village Artistic Rebel, Dies July 13, 2009 Grafitti artist, polaroid photographer of the sex- and drug-fueled young bohemian circles in which he moved, recording his life and times in a style similar to that of his close friend Ryan McGinley and older artists like Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, was a forefather of the current trash Lower East Side art movement. Memorial is being held at Deitch Projects, where the artist’s friends and the public are invited […]
An insanely long but severly poignant title for the current show at Lisa Cooley Gallery- On the Pleasure of Hating: Love turns, with a little indulgence, to indifference or disgust; Hatred alone is Immortal. The title comes from an essay by English writer William Hazlitt, about antipathies and the unruly passions of men. To me the title and the show both feel like a ripened more profound teenage angst and highschool heartache. Dario Robleto’s Sinew of Purpose. Josh Faught’s Triage, […]
Rental Gallery is an atypical exhibition space that invites galleries to host shows in their Chinatown space. There is definatly an obvious program in selecting the collaborating galleries. The last exhibition was a solo show featuring Richard Kern, who is part photographer, part filmmaker, and infamously occasional pornographer. Current show Don’t Panic! I’m selling my collection, is an assemblage of super trendy, low grade works by blue-ish chip artists, from a variety of New York based collector’s private collections. The […]
Invisible Exports presents a hilarious video program negotiating the consequence of television struggle between high and low culture. Curated by Mike Bouchet, the program consists of works by a roster of contemporary artists interwoven with segments and episodes swiped from digital cable. Throughout the show, the work will be continuously replenished with new videos and new content from network programs, a democratic gesture that raises questions about influence and audience, scope, depth, and quality in the narrative arts. As the […]
Katrin Sigurdardottir has two concurent solo shows which explore two polar aspects of her sculptural practice. At Greenberg Van Doren Sigurdardottir has constructed serene mountainous landscapes in portable boxes and shipping crates. Conversly at 11 Rivington we are confronted by a massive plywood box, the installation housing a guard tower opposed by a two-way mirror. The infinite reflection and distance of a closed interior. 11 Rivington also featured the inverted house chandelier at NADA Miami, a gorgeous piece that harmonizes […]
In dialgue with New Museum’s summer show Younger Than Jesus, there are some challenging shows in the Lower East Side. Oil Now by Theo Mercier at Envoy Enterprises presents an ironic sculptural installation of found objects, cut and pasted pornography, and racial non-sequitors. I did like the fresh grave that emminated soft muffled music titled Punk is not Dead. More death, multiples and irony at Terence Koh’s Asia Song Society (charming acronym ASS) Everything Must Out Going ASS is unique […]
Greene Contemporary show Welcome to My World, and interesting mix of artists, media, and themes. I love Andrew Junge, Pandora’s Box – a metal tool kit with neon hope. Very much enjoyed Shawn Pettersen, Disrupted Migrations; pummeling through a torn sky, 200,000 miles above the falling vishnu mountains, another failed docking mission, fabric sculpture.
Jacob Kassay is an innovative young artist. Kassay’s first solo show on view at Eleven Rivington, his paintings are paint on canvas that are plated in silver. The technique of the underpainting creates an textured dynamic surface. The painterly graphic quality of the brushstroks are seen quite deliberatly. Tragically the paintings do not photograph well, and unlike this image, these paintings do NOT look like mirrors. I was most attracted by the quality and subtly the dipping technique would slightly […]
Housing in New York for only $199.99! Not a recession special, it’s an art installation by Lisa Kirk!! The real estate bubble burst, global markets are crashing down around us, Lisa Kirk’s Maison des Cartes offers buyers a way to invest in housing and in art at the same time… for the Low Low price of only $199.99! Lisa Kirk’s exhibition is an environmental installation of two real spaces created within the Lower East Side gallery Invisible Exports. In the […]
Rashawn Griffin at Smith Stewart Gallery New York based artist Rashawn Griffin senstive poetic installation is comprised of collaged drawings and wall framings. He stretched denims and fabrics around entire portions of the walls in the gallery to frame the architecture as a component of this intimate work. The drawings are collaged and sketched, and the walls extend out in dialogue with the framed pieces.