Who’s looking forward to sweating profusely this week at a bunch of crowded openings? I know I am! The question is, at which openings shall we sweat? I polled the AFC staff to come up with a few targets for the month. These are the results.
Magic Hand is the third to last installment of the ArtblogArtblog summer series at Ross Bleckner's Chelsea studio. Joshua Abelow, the organizer of seven guest-curated group shows, is curating work by six artists: Ross Bleckner, Jonathan Allmaier, Ben Berlow, Cheryl Donegan, Joanne Greenbaum, and Ella Kruglyanskaya. Based on what we’ve seen from this group and ArtblogArtblog, we can hope for a good ol’ painting show to close the series. – Whitney Kimball
Peter Funch’s Babel Tales series, a culmination of five years photographing in New York, will be on view at a temporary space for Copenhagen’s V1Gallery. In keeping with his previous work, panoramic, billboard-like arrangements show crowds whose reactions and movements are synced. Sometimes the similarities are funny, as in a bovine, yawning crowd, and others dystopic, as in a stampede of singular, black umbrellas. Mostly, they warrant a second look. – Whitney Kimball
Lisa Kirk's 2009 solo show House of Cards at Invisible Exports received positive reviews from ArtForum, Frieze, ArtInfo, and well it should have; her complete transformation of the gallery into a real estate office complete with actors peddling a time share shanty in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was nothing less than incredible. This year, Kirk's work takes a slightly different form; “If you see something…” is a work of video disassemblage in which the artist presents a randomly-generated four channel video program depicting four children improvising a game of war — also displayed at the center of her site-specific installation “Backyard Adversaries” screening concurrently at Governor's Island through September 25th. — Paddy Johnson
Ian Pedigo is to have another solo show at the Klaus Von Nichtsaggend Gallery. Pedigo's reductive assemblage, combined with Klaus's track record for scrupulously meditative shows, promises a savory experience. – Whitney Kimball
Those who don't like monochrome art or formalism might as well skip this exhibition. Lee Bae is a leading member of the Korean Monochrome movement, and deeply entrenched in formalist art making. Neither is particularly in vogue right now, but that's also the reason to see the show; that which forces a viewer to examine current contemporary art biases is usually a positive force.
Anyway, since Nicholas Robinson is low on images for this show, we'll just take it in good faith that curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath of Art Reoriented did their usual and put together a smart exhibition. Bae falls outside the curatorial team's focus on Middle Eastern art, but having talked extensively with the collaborative this spring, it's clear their knowledge of art in both the international and New York scene is deep. — Paddy Johnson
From the Low is a sound score in three movements and a digital “re-composition” created from appropriated samples described in the press release as 'dark notes' and 'deep chords'. Also on display will be a series of “Acoustic Paintings” made with soundproofing materials (also known as absorbers and diffusers). Jones’s work has been of particular interest to AFC since she participated in the The Sound of Art DJ battle record last year, and we predict a good show. Curated by Matthew Lyons. — Paddy Johnson
“Why has the pleasure of slowness disappeared?” is the question addressed by the upcoming group show at Bertrand Delacroix. The Pleasure of Slowness includes an impressive cast: Marina AbramovÃc, Walead Beshty, Guglielmo Achille Cavellini, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Joseph Cornell, Quisqueya Henriquez, Nancy Hwang, Nikki Lee, Wangechi Mutu, Elaine Tin Nyo, Roxy Paine, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Miho Suzuki. Most appealing about this list is its breadth: one would expect slowness that is airy, humorous, tender, or excruciating. – Whitney Kimball
A recent AFC commenter noted that digital art can, at times, be dominated by a “first post” mentality. If so, meet our king: Mohr's been using computers to make algorithmic art for the past forty years, and has a decent claim to putting the “digital” in “digital art”. Of course, being first breeds a certain kind of focus: he’s spent years working on the aesthetic ramifications of 6-dimensional hypercubes, which is way less cool than it sounds. The present exhibition has an added interest because of Cory Arcangel’s Pro Tools, at the Whitney through the 11th; Arcangel’s use of plotters for one room of works underwhelmed most people we talked to, but was clearly indebted to Mohr. — Will Brand
Jennifer Dalton's Cool Guys Like You asks why there aren't more women interviewed by supposedly even-keeled reporters. Dalton addresses her favorite reporters “Bill, Brian, Charlie, Jon, Leonard, Rachel, Stephen, and Terry,” who, she claims, collectively interview only 17.5 to 34% women. “WTF?” she asks. Then, in true Dalton style, she charts a scale from “idiot” to “asshole.” — Whitney Kimball
We picked Gambaroff's anti-collage excavations into layered newspaper as a highlight of this year's Independent Art Fair, but they represent only a tiny part of his thoroughly postmedium practice; this might be a good chance to catch up on the rest. Rosenkranz is largely unknown to AFC’s staff, but she’s shown throughout Europe and readers may remember her two-week, two-work mini-show back in April at Miguel Abreu. Her current body of work focus on fleshtone liquids and smears of dull acrylic on future-fabrics like Spandex and… whatever the hell space blankets are made out of (space?). For both artists, this will be the most substantial New York exhibition of their work to date; it’s more than deserved. — Will Brand
We’re suspicious: this could easily be a cheap publicity grab to capitalize on the current popularity of social media, and some of the names are a little too trendy – Talking Heads singer David Byrne, performer and recent Modern Painters cover model Miranda July, and current New Media Hero Aram Bartholl are all included. I'm guessing this show will be a stinker for the pretty simple reason that almost none of the work actually employs social media; I'm listing it regardless, because the title at least indicates a topic I'm interested in. I'll reserve my thoughts on the individual works until after the show has launched, and leave readers with the following description of the first work described in the press release: A series of picture frames that shuffle images drawn from the Internet of politicians arguing.
Participating artists include: Christopher Baker, Aram Bartholl, David Byrne, Jonathan Harris, Robert Heinecken, Miranda July & Harrell Fletcher, Sep Kamvar and Penelope Umbrico – Paddy Johnson
We predict Kansas has many a great show in its future. Launched this summer by former Sue Scott gallery director Steven Stewart, Tamara Zahaykevich gets the honor of the gallery’s first solo show. Some readers may remember Zahaykevich from her 2003 solo show back at Bellwether, for which she produced a series of playful wall-mounted and freestanding sculptures made of foam board. These days her work has become a little less careful, assembled mostly from cast of paper-related materials including found paper, Styrofoam, and of course foam core. It's all new work, so it's hard to know what we'll see, but I predict positive results. Zahaykevich has a strong track record and so does her gallerist. – Paddy Johnson
Back in 2009, Forrest Nash of Contemporary Art Daily wrote a great comparison of Charline von Heyl and Richard Aldrich. It's worth the full read, but I've excerpted a passage below I think exhibits a particularly astute grasp of the painter's practice:
“Aldrich's show for Bortolami in New York is guided by an air of off-handedness and a preoccupation with the formal. He is a tinkerer here, tweaking the conventions of painting and his own sensibility in order to arrive at new-feeling objects. We get the sense that Aldrich is thinking about art, about painting, about the visual, and he seems to be translating an attitude towards them into his work.”
I assume we'll see more of this kind of work next week when the show opens. I'm looking forward to it. — Paddy Johnson