Those who thought they’d ease into the work week after the holiday break will be sorely disappointed. Nearly every gallery in the city has an opening. Between the Abrons Art Center’s American Realness Festival opening this week and a rash of Chelsea and Lower East Side shows, your calendar will be full. And not just with the usual crap. Painter Jane Corrigan will debut fresh new figurative paintings at Feuer/Mesler—it’s her first solo show in two years. Grids, systems and minimalism take over The Kitchen, Cheim & Read and Lesley Heller, all in unrelated shows. And for those following all the climate change stories, Dana Sherwood’s exhibition at Denny Gallery focuses on our destruction of the earth. Assuming we survive long enough to see the show, it should be illuminating.
As expected, there’s not much happening this week, with the exception of this Friday being the warmest 25th we’ve likely experienced in our lifetime. Worrying about rising global temperatures possibly segues nicely into Monday’s talk supporting an exhibition of Alberto Korda photography capturing Fidel Castro’s 1959 and 1960 US visits, given the recent thawing of US-Cuban foreign relations. Winter solstice on Tuesday inspires Magali Duzant’s live-streaming sunsets at Local Project Artist Space and a chance to get those artist-made gifts wrapped at the second edition of Aura Rosenberg and Cara Benedetto’s Wrapping Room at Shoot The Lobster. The expected slowdown really begins mid-week, but we got you covered with a Manoel de Oliviera MoMA screening, this week’s only opening (The Jew As The Other at Abrazo Interno) and a couple closings. Post-Christmas, we’re excited about Sunday’s Art School Acid Dropout, promising a drink-and-draw of comedy performers.
This week, good events come in pairs. Art handling gets its moment of glamour with a charity calendar launch on Tuesday at Field Projects and a workshop at the Cue Foundation on Saturday. Wednesday night, hop from holiday parties at Postmasters and Ortega y Gasset. Or attend Sondra Perry’s screening and artist talk at EAI. Perry also has a closing reception at Recess the next night. And if simulacra of tragedies is your thing, check out the creepy photos of Corinne May Botz at Benrubi Gallery or Vincent Tiley’s “Sad Pretty Boys” at Christopher Stout Gallery, on Thursday and Friday respectively.
This week’s expectedly slow post-ABMB madness, so let’s take a moment to recognize the hard work of art handlers, who had to pack up and deliver all those art fair works. Appropriately enough, the Art Handlers Alliance of New York is hosting a happy hour tonight at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive to talk shop and fair wages. Tomorrow, pick between a big screening of a Hollywood blockbuster (Ridley Scott’s The Martian at MoMA), or a panel discussion parsing Robert Frank’s The Americans (Further Down the Line at Lisa Cooley). Thursday and Friday mark digital art openings at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery (the Christiane Paul-curated surveillance-minded group show, Little Sister) and Postmasters (Kristin Lucas and Joe McKay’s user designer mishaps Away From Keyboard). Post-Postmasters opening, get your fill on turtlenecks with the launch of Catharine Maloney’s Teleplay, Part I photographic series at Printer Matter.
And, since this is December, the weekend promises holiday markets: Saturday’s Tropic-Aire at Regina Rex sounds like, in the words of Michael a “love child from a one-night-stand between a suburban holiday craft fair and NADA”, and Sunday’s Holiday Intercourse at Pioneer Works gives you a good reason to head out to Red Hook. Don’t go into winter hibernation just yet.
It’s raining plastic raindrops. Yes, Miami Art Week is upon us, and you’ve already gotten our take on what’s worthchecking out outside the satellites. Traffic is promising to be a real shit show with the Venetian Causeway being closed, a favoured route to the Beach. Even though the city has a free, Basel express bus, getting around will be even more of a hassle. So more than ever, plan ahead, and rely on our curated fair guide. We’re doubtful you’ll be able to do it all, but that’s always the case anyways with Miami—at least you try to do it all. Gold star for effort.
Art Basel Miami Beach doesn’t technically begin until next week, but myriad satellite fairs, pop-ups, and exhibitions at institutions and artist-run spaces have pretty much turned Miami “Art Week” into a season unto itself. For Miami locals and those who want to check out more than just what you can see at the fairs, this is the guide for you.
Art Basel Miami Beach doesn’t technically begin until next week, but myriad satellite fairs, pop-ups, and exhibitions at institutions and artist-run spaces have pretty much turned Miami “Art Week” into a season unto itself. For Miami locals or those already in town prepping for the main fairs, there’s plenty of quality shows already open this week, including tonight’s opening reception for a real/fake all-woman art fair. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for what you can see today or this weekend.
Let’s be honest: With Thanksgiving and Art Basel just around the corner, there’s dick all to do around here. Nobody is opening their show this week and if they are it’s something really weird. Naturally we found that for you: Art School Acid Dropout invites stand up comedians tell stories while art school drop-outs illustrate the stories. The rest are talks, screenings and closings: Adeola Enigbokan lectures on her Renters Archive project tonight, where she chronicles the personal histories of rents after the second World War. Saturday MoMA screens “Goodnight Mommy” a terrifying film about two children who believe their mother is an imposter after she returns home with a botched plastic surgery job. And if that doesn’t suit your fancy there’s always the NOoSPHERE closing. The nonprofit art space that focuses on international collaborations and exposure for artists from Norway will move from the LES to Greenpoint. This is their current space’s last hurrah.