If you want to go to a few openings this weekend you are in luck. There’s about a million of them happening tonight and tomorrow. Here are a few of AFC’s picks.
526 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor
FACING THE PRESENT THAT NIGHT AT OTTER LAKE
January 6 – February 4, 2005
Opening: Friday, January 6, 6-8 pm
This gallery has earned themselves a listing on AFC since it seems like I get an email from them about once every three days alerting me to some event they have going on at the gallery. According to the press release, Petit has covered the gallery walls with “stars in deep space”, so there is the strong possibility that this show will be working from the teenage boy’s bedroom aesthetic. But who knows, the photo seems to indicate otherwise.
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street
Faking Death: Canadian Art Photography and the Canadian Imagination
January 6 – February 4, 2006
Like Canada? Well than you are in luck. Contemporary and historical works by over 50 Canadian photographers address issues of representation, gender, cultural identity. If you haven’t seen enough Edward Burtynsky this year, you finally have a chance to see some more. Thank God. Expect to see work from artists such as Michael Snow, GeneviÃ¨ve Cadieux, Jin-me Yoon, Rebecca Belmore, Rodney Graham, Raymonde April. It’s too bad
Jeff Wall and Guy Madden wasn’t included in the show. Canadian cultural identity has certainly felt the influence of these two artists. ***Update: I was mistaken. There is a Jeff Wall light box in the show
530 W. 25TH ST GROUND FL
JANUARY 7 – Febuary 11 2006
*Note: This show opens the 7th, but the release does not indicate that there will be an opening. ***Update: Feature has kindly informed me that there is an opening tomorrow for the show from 5:30-7:30
Feature has been weirding me out lately. The last time I was there, the upper floor had been turned into a sari boutique for Christmas shoppers. I don’t know what that says about their art sales, but I suspect it’s not good. The appearance of half assedry is all over Feature these days, but I’ve liked their shows in the past, so I’m listing them even though I consider the exhibition to be a shot in the dark. Tracy Miller, Gary Batty and Sam Gordon have works are on view. Expect to see paintings of hot dog/cake feasts, delicate grey line drawings, and a sketchbook or two.
475 Tenth Avenue
The Studio Visit
January 7-28, 2006
Opening January 7th 7-10pm
This gallery has been pissing me off for months with their terrible press releases and the defective website, but I am unfortunately compelled to list this show because it actually looks interesting. 160 artists were asked to make a short video about their workspace. It’s a show about how artists work, and what they find interesting. I would imagine if you’re reading this blog, there’s something in that show for you.
Alexander and Bonin Gallery
Willie Cole, Sole to Soul
Saturday January 7
132 10th street (between 18th and 19th)
Opening, January 7th 6-8pm
A show brought you by Payless Shoes. Or not. Massive mandalas made of shoes hang in their main gallery. It’s quite spectacular actually.
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