Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Any Day Ending in "Y"

We have a busy, busy schedule this week, this being the season of Benefits and Thesis Exhibitions ("Bennies and the ThExs" ... No? OK, OK, so they can't all be keepers ;-)). Here's a quick list of events we're heading out to see. Hope we'll see you at some.

* WEDNESDAY, May 6, Momenta Art Benefit
My personal favorite of all the art benefits and the best return for your money in terms of fun, great art, and that warm and fuzzy feeling you get knowing you're supporting a truly trailblazing nonprofit institution. Among the offerings this year, there's a special limited Edition print by Eve Sussman. Printed by Luther Davis of Axelle Editions.

Above: Eve Sussman, "Oil fields, Baku, 2016" [still from "White on White]. Pigment print on metallic silver paper. Courtesy of the artist/Rufus Corporation and Winkleman Gallery. Ed. 20

Momenta Art
Auction & Raffle at Sara Meltzer Gallery
525-531 West 26th Street, New York, NY
Wednesday, May 6th
Preview work starting at 12pm
Event begins at 5pm
Auction at 6:30pm followed by Raffle

* THURSDAY, May 7, Parsons MFA Thesis Exhibition
I got a sneak peek at work by several of the students participating in this exhibition and truly can't wait to see how their projects came together. The confidence many of them exhibited, particularly of their license to draw from any segment of art history in their own work, was exhilarating. Gone, it appears, is the hesitance I've seen and attributed to artists thinking certain motifs and/or artists were sacred. If these artists are any indication, Pluralism seems to have paid off handsomely in terms of democratizing art history. Again, some exhilarating stuff going on here.

The Parsons MFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, curated by Anthony Allen.
May 7 -16, 2009
Opening: May 7th, 2009 from 6-8pm
The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street - New York City)

Emil Bakalli, Angela Basile, Michael Caines, Wai-Yam Cheng, Rebecca Curry, Matthew de Leon, Benjamin Finer, Jana Flynn, James Harley, Kyoung Eun Kang, Antoine Lefebvre, Seyhan Musaoglu, Mary Nangah, Jess Ramsay, Caitlin Rueter, Gabriel J. Shuldiner, Suzanne Stroebe, Lars van Dooren, Nikita Vishnevskiy, Genevieve White, and Stephen Wilson

* Also THURSDAY, May 7, The Ghosts of Coleridge, curated by master of arts degree candidates in the Art Market: Principles and Practices program at the Fashion Institute of Technology
This exhibition includes work by some of my favorite artists (and it's in the same building as our gallery! tres convenient!): Jeana Baumgardner, Tyler Coburn, Christina Gundersen, Rebecca Hackemann, Peter Kreider, Chris McCaw, Trevor Paglen, Ryan Sullivan, and Mary Temple

I'm not sure I've ever seen a show with as many curators as this one, so I'm intrigued as to how it turns out. Curators: Sabrina Berns, Amanda Bodner, Meredith Buck, Victor de Matha, Yoonjeong Lim, Margaret Loughlin, Victoria Manning, Kris Nuzzi, Christine Prisco, Jennifer Rizzo, Malissa Saghehei and Miyuki Urbanek.

The Ghosts of Coleridge
May 7 - 27, 2009
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am to 6pm
Opening: Thursday, May 7th, 6 to 8 pm
Terminal Warehouse
269 Eleventh Avenue (btw 27th and 28th)

* FRIDAY, May 8th, Cristin Tierney Fine Art Advisory Services
Our friends Cristin Tierney and Heather Dell have seized the day, and some currently vacant gallery spaces, to put together two very cool exhibitions in their building on 27th Street. During the installation yesterday, Jennifer Dalton, who's in the exhibition, noted how this is exactly the sort of opportunity that a downturn can present (those spaces would NOT have been available during the boom). Others take note.

Exhibition 1:
Themes and Variations: On the Use of Repetition in 21st Century Art
An exhibition featuring the work of Joe Fig, Robert Lazzarini, Ryan McGinness, David
Opdyke, Catherine Ross, Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation, and Mark Dean Veca

548 West 28th Street, 2nd floor (Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6 pm)

Exhibition 2:
Contemporary Art and Portraiture
featuring the work of Melanie Baker, Sebastiaan Bremer, Jennifer Dalton, Joe Fig,
Markus Hansen, Joan Linder, Danica Phelps, William Powhida and Jean Shin

547 West 27th Street, 6th floor (Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6 pm)

May 8th through June 13th, 2009
Opening: Friday, May 8th, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm

547 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
t. 212.594.0550

* SATURDAY, May 8, Last day to catch Jennifer Dalton's exhibition, The Reappraisal
All great things must come to an end, and this Saturday is your last chance to see Jen's fantastic exhibition in the gallery. Praise has been pouring in for this show, including kind words by Jerry Saltz and Jane Harris. This week The New Yorker also weighed in with the following review:


How do we value art—or all the objects in our lives, for that matter? Dalton tackles the question with an installation in which everything she owns is up for sale. Using skills honed in a day job at Christie’s auction house, she has photographed and catalogued everything from household appliances to gifts from Mom to art works made by friends like Anthony Goicolea, Karen Heagle, and Kirsten Hassenfeld. (Dalton will use the proceeds from these sales to buy more works by the same artists.) The project’s absurd, satirical bent is even evident on the price list: a humble American flag, which Dalton found taped to a bush outside her home, goes for three thousand dollars. Through May 9. (Winkleman, 637 W. 27th St. 212-643-3152.)

* MONDAY, May 11, Strike III: The 4th Annual Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards Spring Benefit

This benefit is one of the best times you'll ever have doing good for others. Bambino and I have attended the last two years and although, admittedly, our bowling skills haven't noticeably improved, we always leave feeling so very happy to be part of a community that can come together and acknowledge the truly heartwarming work by the Visual AIDS team and members of the art world who work to continue to shine attention on the work yet to be done in ending the AIDS crisis.

Vangaurd Award Honorees at this year's benefit include Douglas Crimp, Nayland Blake, and Hunter Reynolds. Karen Finely will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Doing good has never been this much fun.

For more information, see the Visual AIDS website.

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Blogger Bill said...

Ed, there are some days I wish I lived in NYC!

5/05/2009 12:26:00 PM  

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