Thursday, August 30, 2007

One Week and Counting (and News about the Gallery)

The feel of this particular week always intrigues me. There's an odd theatricality to it. Sort of like the hushed, but furious shuffling of props and actors and stage sets right behind the curtain mere moments before it opens to a quiet, anticipating audience.

It's perhaps hard to explain to folks still very much invested in squeezing in as much time at the beach or their country place as possible these final weeks of August, but the bustle of activity behind the closed doors in the galleries, where Summer is now a catch-as-catch-can concept, blends a fascinating mix of longing, anxiety, hope, tension headaches and muscle pain, at least for those of us gallerists who do still the work ourselves (with our small team of tireless colleagues, I mean).

Walking down 27th Street and seeing the various stages of installation through the gallery windows, all leading up to the chaotic, sweaty swell of visitors I like to call the Super Thursday opening receptions, I'm so like a kid in a candy shop. Or perhaps more like a child two days before Christmas. The agony of waiting tempered by the knowledge that the day's almost here.

I've noted before where you can get
the information you need if you're planning on heading out next Thursday. One of the best sources for information, ArtCal, is looking fab-u-lous these days (Bambino suggests it's had "a bit of work done," but you know he lives for gossip, so...), but you should also check out the excellent Douglas Kelly Show List and the highly informative and amazingly complete Chelsea Art Galleries in finalizing your plans.

Speaking of ArtCal's new look, though, the mastermind behind the technology of that site, pioneer blogger and art connoisseur
Barry Hoggard has another gift to the art world in his automated artist and gallery website program ArtCat. A number of great galleries already use this technology to build their websites, including our friends at DCKT, Oliver Kamm, and recently John Connelly Presents, and now, I'm pleased to announce, so do we.

I can attest to how much easier making changes to the website has become with this new tool. One of the complaints I often heard with the old website was that there were not enough images. Well that's because adding images was a huge pain in the ass given the way that site was designed, but with ArtCat, adding images is a breeze, so you can expect to see plenty more moving forward. In fact, I've added some
behind the scenes shots of Thomas Lendvai creating his truly astounding new installation (he's been working very hard on it all summer), which opens, you guessed it, next Thursday.

If you're familiar with our gallery, then browsing the new website you'll notice a few other changes as well. Here's the official press statement about what's happening:

Announcing New Gallery Program

In an effort to focus our energy on a select group of outstanding artists, Winkleman Gallery (formerly known as Plus Ultra Gallery) is very pleased to announce that we now represent Ivin Ballen, Cathy Begien, Jennifer Dalton, Christopher Lowry Johnson, Thomas Lendvai, the husband-and-wife team Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev, and Sarah Peters. Upcoming exhibitions include solo exhibitions by Carlos Motta, Christopher K. Ho, Joy Garnett, the team Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw, and Rory Donaldson. Work is also available through the gallery by artists David Kinast, Alois Kronschläger, Kim Rugg, and Andy Yoder.

The new program features an international array of exceptional emerging artists with a wide range of conceptually rigorous investigations and media. In turns humorous, controversial, insightful and beautiful, the work by these artists—hailing from locales as disparate as Colombia, Singapore, Scotland, Kyrgyzstan, Hong Kong, Austria, Korea, and the United States—is distinguished most of all by its acumen and humanity.

This new direction reflects the gallery’s dedication to fostering a vital, open dialog about contemporary art and its implications. As part of our commitment to presenting a wider perspective on the important new art of our time, upcoming exhibitions include a group show of video artists from Central Asia, co-curated with highly acclaimed curator Leeza Ahmady, and a solo exhibition by artist Christopher K. Ho, who investigates the growing use of collaboration as a medium.
For additional information, please contact us at 212.643.3152 or

Hope you'll add the western-most part of West 27th Street to your itinerary if you're heading out next Thursday!

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Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Ed, bocca'lupo (Italian for "good luck") on the new season.

(How did you every manage gallery prep during the past two days of marathon blogging?)

8/30/2007 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

I mostly watched from the sidelines...kudos (and thanks) to the commenters who kept up the pace...they are an exhilarating few threads to read there!

8/30/2007 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck! Is going to be crazy.

So you have new artists and some are missing from the program and web page.

Does that mean you don't represent them anymore?

8/30/2007 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous David said...

But Edward, when do you go to the Hamptons?

8/30/2007 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Does that mean you don't represent them anymore?

Without opening up a discussion on that point (out of respect for all parties involved and the inappropriateness of doing so in this forum), yes, there are artists we're not representing moving forward. We're working as best we can with them on a range of other options and still very supportive of each of them (and still like each of them immensely).

And if you'll permit me this privelege, that's how I'd prefer to leave that point of discussion.

But Edward, when do you go to the Hamptons?

God willing for at least one day this weekend, but it ain't easy, I'll tell ya. Might be if some generous collector would let us hitch a ride in their helicopter (hint, hint!).

8/30/2007 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course.

8/30/2007 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger nathaniel said...

yay! joy garnett! met her in croatia this summer, during the Creative Commons artist residency, and am now both fan and friend. good luck with all the new treats and artists.

8/30/2007 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger prettylady said...

Well, darn. Thursday is my birthday. This used to happen for the first day of school, too.

8/30/2007 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

What better way to celebrate your birthday than among throngs of gallery hoppers???

By the way Pretty Lady, have you seen Jonathan's blog today? He moves his debate with you about his own new blog.

8/30/2007 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Happy Birthday!, by the way, PL.


8/30/2007 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous bambino said...

Happy Birthday PL

8/30/2007 02:10:00 PM  
Blogger prettylady said...

Thank you, Edward and Bambino! I assume you are joking about the 'throngs of gallery hoppers' business! I shall come and visit you on a quiet day. ;-)

Thank you, also, for informing me of Jonathan's post. I looked in on the gentleman, of course, but sadly I must confess that we have too few vocabulary words in common to elevate the conversation to the level of 'debate.'

8/30/2007 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger Daniel Cooney said...

Best of luck with the new year Edward. I hope it's a good one for all of us!

8/30/2007 08:54:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

I hope it's a good one for all of us!

From your mouth (or, er, fingertips, as it were) to God's ears, too!

8/30/2007 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger David Cauchi said...

You use the word 'investigations' in your press release. Nice.

I hope the opening goes real well. Look forward to the report.

Why is it that the northern hemisphere year doesn't match the calendar?

8/31/2007 05:25:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Rywalt said...

Probably slippage. I read somewhere that the solstice dates are actually slightly out of whack, too (i.e. the longest day of the year isn't June 21 any more).

Or it could be global warming/cooling/humidifying/drying. Pick whichever one you believe in today.

Or it could be part of the Right Wing Conspiracy. I wouldn't put anything past those morons.

Or it could be that New York weather, in particular, is just ugly. Did you know we get almost twice as much rain annually as London?

8/31/2007 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger AL Compton said...

Thanks for the ArtCat plug. I need a new website and they look like the perfect host.

9/01/2007 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Roach said...

Your blog makes me really, really want to be in New York City! Good luck with your Fall season!

9/03/2007 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger said...

Good luck with the new direction, looks like you are heading onwards and upwards. Will definitely drop in next time I am in the US

Nicholas Forrest

9/03/2007 10:14:00 PM  

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