Tuesday, September 05, 2006

R U Ready to Rumble!?!

It's conventional wisdom that galleries (in NYC at least) take off the gloves and come out swingin' for their September exhibitions, competing head-to-head with some of their brightest stars and most daring shows. Artnet.com reported just last week, for example, that there are "Big Themes for Fall Season," and nearly every gallery I walked by yesterday (yes, Labor Day, when the bulk of the rest of the country was squeezing in that last barbeque or day at the beach) was a virtual hive of activity. We were no exception (I have blisters on both hands from painting, joint compound under my fingernails, and its dust in places I'd rather not think about), but somehow when you stand back and see it all come together (and I'm beyond thrilled with our opening exhibition by Jen Dalton), it's more than worth it.

And while it all begins in earnest this Thursday (what I've taken to calling Super Thursday [see
here and here] for details), there are no fewer than 129 openings in Chelsea alone over the next 7 days. Even given how concentrated they are within the same area, and if you stayed only two minutes at each, you couldn't attend half of them...so just come to ours, and relax. Just kidding...get out there and see some new art!

In case you haven't guess yet, I'm still too busy putting the final touches on everything to develop a real post this morning, so I'll point you to
this bit I did last year on what to expect if you're heading to the openings.

Hope to see you all soon!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a bit too first day of school for me, i prefer to wait a few weeks to go to an opening, maybe during the week go see shows, but keep a low profile, especially thursday nite, sounds horrible.

9/05/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Artnet.com reported just last week, for example, that there are "Big Themes for Fall Season,"

Yes, but what will people be wearing? That's what I want to know :)

Have a great opening, Edward. Things are hopping here in L.A. this week too.

9/05/2006 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Priit said...

These people are looking for toilets not galleries... 8)

9/05/2006 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I would LOVE to be there Thursday night. Have a great opening and hope lots of people come, and BUY ART!!!

I love it that you freshened up your gallery for the season, and I think the name Super Thursday is a riot.

I also really liked the photo you posted here.

I've linked your blog to mine to day, to celebrate.

Best of luck and wishes!

9/06/2006 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

My take on what's not to miss this month in New York, contemporary-art wise, top of head:

- Annette Messager!!!!: where's Casino? At least this is a rare opportunity to see art from this quasi-legendary artist. (Marian Goodman)

- Jessica Stockholder: like it or hate it to me she's state-of-the-art. (Mitchell-Innes And Nash)

- Matthew Ritchie: sounds like a major installation this time(Andrea Rosen)

- Joseph Kosuth: sounds like a small retrospective arranged as an installation (Sean Kelly)

- Anish Kapoor: the sculpture at Rockerfeller will be a top for me.
It's shown a bit late though.

- Nancy Rubins: another major sculptor (Queens Sculpture Center)

- Jim Campbell: underestimated artists doing video art with leds and bulbs (Holtzer)

- Michel Gondry: very curious about this multimedia thing at Deitch

- Rivane Neuenschwander: post-conceptual cool (Tanya Bonakdar)

- Celeste Boursier-Mougenot: Well, you never know with her what to expect. Sometimes it can be surprising. (Paula Cooper)

- Zaha Hadid: well the big retro at Guggenheim if you havent seen it.

- Arf...might as well try that Damien Hirst drawing retro at Gago.

I am not the primal fan of painting but not to miss are also

- Albert Oehlen: if there is only one painting show to see (Luhring Augustine)

- or be impressed by large scale at Deitch (3 artists).

- maybe try that artist at James Cohan doing marquetterie (Elizabeth Taylor??? ).

Group shows:

- definiteky Wallpaper Lab, I forgot where that is.

- Into Me Out Of Me sounds like the major collectiv show at PS1 if you havent seen it.

- Everybody Dance Now: again I have no idea where that is.. up up in Chelsea but it sounds like fun.
Art about dancing.

- Neo-Con at Apexarts. Bah...Sometimes shows at Apex dont live up to their premiss, it will really depend on the art.

- late minute: Strange Powers in a haunted apartment (Creative Time).

Hmm..whatever feel free to mention your own nottomiss list.

Cedric Caspesyan

9/06/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous ml said...

Things are hopping in LA, indeed. Here virtually all the openings are on Saturday night so that people don't have to wade through rush hour traffic to get there.

9/07/2006 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger Stefano Pasquini said...

Ciao Ed,
just found you reading Big red & Shiny....
glad to see you're all busy over there. Here in Italy everything is much quieter, not even Milan is comparable to Chelsea, yet somehow I know the awakening will reach the old continent too some time...
Anyway you're most welcome to invite me over for a show you know?


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