Friday, February 27, 2009

The New York Art Fairs

Blogging will most likely be light round these parts next week as the art fairs come to the Big Apple. Despite the economic situation and expectations that this year will be less frantic than previous years in terms of activity, there are some interesting developments in the landscape that have folks who pay close attention to these matters intrigued. None the least of which is the addition of a Modern component to the heretofore only contemporary fair, The Armory Show. Competing with the ADAA's Art Show (held last weekend) formula by mixing the two, this expansion strategy would be easier to judge in terms of effectiveness in a better market, I suspect, but we'll see.

Paddy has a map and additional information on all the fairs (it's so much more manageable in New York than in Miami), but let me extend a "personal" invitation to come visit us a the PULSE New York art fair, if you're making the rounds. In addition to their spiffy new website, the extraordinary PULSE team has assembled a record number of large-scale projects at this year's event (including one by our own Jennifer Dalton!). Here's a preview of what we're presenting this year:

Two years ago, our solo booth debut of work by Ivin Ballen at PULSE New York was a huge success. It led to multiple group exhibitions throughout the US and Europe and solo shows in New York and Detroit, for which Ivin received a rave review in the March 2008 issue of Artforum magazine. This year, we are pleased to present a spectacular new body of Ivin's three-dimensional trompe l'oeil paintings:
Ivin Ballen
Untitled (2 rectangles)
Fiberglass, Aquaresin, acrylic, absorbent ground,
35" x 37" x 3”

At last year's PULSE New York, we presented the highly acclaimed piece by Russian-born artist Yevgeniy Fiks, "Lenin for Your Library." This was followed in the gallery by Yevgeniy's solo exhibition "Adopt Lenin," at which visitors could take any of the Lenin memorabilia on display at no charge, so long as they signed a contract obligating them to never profit from its resale or gifting. Fantastic reviews of this exhibition appeared in January 2009's Art in America and many other publications. We are pleased to present this year an installation of Yevgeniy's portraits of contemporary members of the Communist Party USA. Begun in 2006, when the notion of nationalization and governmental socialist interventions in the US seemed absurd, these unironic paintings today resonate with a new urgency and relevance:

Yevgeniy Fiks
Portrait of Sheltreese McCoy (Communist Party USA)

Oil on canvas
36" x 48"

Joy Garnett's solo exhibition in the gallery this past year received glowing reviews in TimeOut New York and to name but a few. For PULSE New York, we present a selection of new paintings based on photographs of the China Yangtse Three Gorges Project. Joy explains the relevance and urgency of this subject as follows: "The project has grown to become one of China's worst environmental nightmares, contributing on a massive scale to erosion and pollution levels, and adversely affecting fault lines, the vitality of wetlands, fish populations, etc. It has nevertheless become a model for similar proposals from countries on other continents, providing a high profile stage for global one-upmanship." As with all her work, though, Joy 's take on such subjects of violent natures results in a gorgeous group of expressionsist paintings that reveal the role photography plays in forming our collective consciousness:

Joy Garnett
River (3)
Oil on canvas
26" x 32"

This year we are also delighted to present a special installation offering a sneak peak at Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation's next major film, "White on White: A Film Noir." Featuring a section lifted straight out of Eve's studio, storyboards, video clips, and polaroids, this installation offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at how her films are made. We'll also feature the gorgeous first photograph from this new body of work.

Eve Sussman
Yuri's Office
Digital C-Print
30" X 22.5"
Edition of 10, Plus 2 APs


They're selling very quickly, but should we have any left, we'll also bring Andy Yoder's fabulous new multiple, All Your Eggs, part of the Compound Editions series we're producing with Schroeder Romero Gallery:

Andy Yoder
All Your Eggs
4.25" x 7.25" x 7.25"
23 carat gold, clay, wood, excelsior, and shredded U.S. currency
Edtion of 100, plus 10 APs.
Published by Compound Editions.

And, because we love it so much, we're also bringing the last of Andy's fabulous cast brass chairs available (of a series of 5). Created during his residency at the Kohler Institute, this sculpture is suitable for outdoor or indoors (although, the brass makes it considerably heavy).

Andy Yoder
Side Chair
Cast brass
37" x 19" x 19"


And finally, we're delighted to present as a special project at PULSE New York, circling the entrance to the fair this year, Jennifer Dalton's light installation This Is Not News. First presented at her 2006 solo exhibition at the gallery, this 100-foot-long work documents the disparity of opportunity in the US art world between men and women artists:

Jennifer Dalton
This Is Not News (gallery installation view)
5 strings of 100 light bulbs, ink on colored paper, string
Dimensions variable (each string 101 feet)
Edition of 10, plus 1 AP

Please stop by and say hello if you're at the fair!

Labels: Art Fairs, Pulse


Blogger Joanne Mattera said...


The pics, except for Andy's chair, are not coming up on my screen. It might be just my screen (Comcast doesn't like me) but you should know in cast Comcast doesn't like you either.

In any case, see you there.

2/27/2009 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Thanks for the heads up Joanne (fixed now, I think...can you see them?)

See you next week!!!


2/27/2009 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Snacks in the booth?

2/27/2009 10:28:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

that depends...does Scotch qualify as a "snack"?

2/27/2009 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Oriane Stender said...

Hi Ed!

I'm not sure what half of these things are:

"Fiberglass, Aquaresin, acrylic, absorbent ground, gouche"

but I think one of them might be gouache.

(OK, I will attempt to stifle my inner proofreader and ask a serious question.)

It's interesting that you call the Fiks portraits "unironic". Is that to distinguish them from his work referencing Lenin? Or from other painting that you show?

If I come to the fair, I'll stop by and say hello!


2/27/2009 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Tom Hering said...

Edward said "... [not] the least of which is the addition of a Modern component to the heretofore only contemporary fair, The Armory Show."

I'm glad to hear it, but not surprised. I know this is a minority view, but aside from exceptions like Leger and the Futurists, Modern art was a reaction against the modern world. Most of the Modern masters were lyrical painters, rejecting the optically scientific Renaissance tradition, and re-enchanting the world with child-like colors and primitive forms. Painting their inner worlds more than the outer world. Their appeal - to the public if not to academics - has only grown.

2/27/2009 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

I think one of them might be gouache.

What a tough crowd this morning... ;-)

2/27/2009 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Oriane Stender said...

Yes, we keep you on your toes. That's why you love us.

But I was serious about the irony question. Do you call attention to the non-ironic status of those paintings because most painting that you deal with is ironic? Or because the viewer might otherwise assume that these paintings were ironic? I'm not trying to trip you up, just curious to hear your thoughts on that description.

2/27/2009 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scotch always qualifies as a snack :)

2/27/2009 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger William said...

The way you write about your artists makes me jealous Ed. ;)

2/27/2009 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger Bromo Ivory said...

I really like what you are putting in the show - I think it will be a great show. I look forward to it!

2/27/2009 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Do you call attention to the non-ironic status of those paintings because most painting that you deal with is ironic? Or because the viewer might otherwise assume that these paintings were ironic

The latter. In the US, where the rhetoric against Communists is as strong as it is, I would assume that (sight-unseen) more people would expect portraits of American Communists to be ironic than the other way around. Perhaps it's redundant to call attention to that fact if I also include an image of one but, as Joanne noted, my images are seemingly unreliable.

2/27/2009 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger nathaniel said...

congrats - looks grand. sorry to miss it!

2/27/2009 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric C said...

I know dealers wouldn't do art fairs if they didn't have to, so good luck with all that.

Cedric Casp

2/27/2009 07:47:00 PM  
Blogger ruben said...

I will stop by to say hello and introduce myself. I can wait for Paddy's schedule and links to the map . Otherwise there is going to be a lot of headless chickens running around Manhattan including me.
See you @ the Fairs and best of luck!

2/28/2009 12:53:00 PM  

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