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From Nipple Fountains to Holographic Keith Haring: Governor’s Island is Weird

by Michael Anthony Farley on September 21, 2016
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For one more weekend, the Governor’s Island Art Fair transforms the derelict mansions of Colonel’s Row into semi-un-tamed exhibition sites, alongside the Center for Holographic Arts. The fair’s a little uneven, but worth the trip for the sightseeing alone.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Art from Pelham Bay to Fort Jay

by Michael Anthony Farley on August 29, 2016
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Okay, now that we’re on the brink of September, New York is coming back to life. And what a life it is—from anarchist spots in Bushwick to mansions in the Bronx, holograms on Governors Island to museums is Astoria—we’ve dug deep to find you the best, weirdest, and most under-represented stuff to do this week across the city.

Tuesday is your last chance to see Cao Fei’s solo show at PS1, and she’s speaking at Pratt that evening. So take a G train jaunt from the museum to the Pratt campus and also catch the closing reception for their Fine Arts MFA thesis exhibition before the talk. Wednesday, get digital u/dys-topian thinking with the surreal architectural images of Dionisio Gonzalez at Galerie Richard and the new Anarcho Tech Collective at The Base. Thursday, Carolina Nitsch Project Room is hosting two projects spanning 50 years of collective Art & Language, and Zak Krevitt’s solo show at Ray Gallery takes viewers inside the world of the “puppy play” fetish.

Friday, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx is throwing an opening reception for its centennial garden celbration. The museum has commissioned over a dozen sculptures to respond to sites in its formal gardens. Saturday, head to another overlooked landmark across town: the Governor’s Island Art Fair is bringing work such as Julia Maria Sinelnikova glittery, tech-heavy installations to the historic Colonel’s Row. Then, World Money Gallery is hosting a two-artist salute to Bushwick’s litter (the last line of defense against gentrification?). Finally, spend Sunday unwinding in the serene Noguchi Museum, but don’t worry about spending money—it’s a free admission “Community Day.”

There’s finally no excuse to be bored this week. It’s a big city out there. Go explore!

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Why You Should Go To Governors Island Art Fair

by Gabriela Vainsencher on September 16, 2013
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Governor’s Island Art Fair (GIAF) isn’t your typical fair. At GIAF, there are no identical dry-walled booths or uniform foam core placards. There are no stranded-looking gallery girls and boys checking their phones, and no one is ignored for not looking collector-y enough. The rooms are manned by the artists themselves or feature some kind of note on the wall thanking visitors for coming by. On the whole, artwork is installed in a way that responds to the natural light coming through windows, the slanted walls of attics, and the curving banisters in the stairwells. It’s a nice place to go.

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Friday Links: The Rob Pruitt Art Awards Return

by Paddy Johnson on September 6, 2013

Gretchen Bender

  • Woohoo! The Rob Pruitt Art Awards are back. (But no mention of the Guggenheim as their venue this time around?) Looks like AFC has some work to do… In the meantime, nominate your friends. [The Art Awards]
  • Gretchen Bender once said that artists are depicting a society already living outside its own reality. Martha Schwendener, The New York Times reviewer writing glowingly about her show at the The Kitchen, notes this while explaining that the aesthetic of Bender’s installations and videos create a bridge between an undead past and an uncertain future. Gotta see this show. [The New York Times]
  • Bloomberg stretches for a trend and finds a few erotic threads; The British Museum will open Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art and Gustuv Klimpt will make an appearance at the National Gallery. Consider yourself informed. [Bloomberg]
  • Tyler Green has spotlighted The Detroit Institute of Arts for his latest podcast, in light of the unfolding crisis in Detroit and how it might affect the museum. Consider this your listen for the day. It’s important. [Modern Art Notes]
  • The Governor’s Island Art Fair launches this weekend, and will be open every full weekend this September. Time to take a ferry! [Hyperallergic]
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