Time flies when you’re looking at art. This week’s Art Rx features a few shows that are closing (already!) such as Jeff Wall’s solo exhibition of new photographs at Marian Goodman Gallery and Broken Homes at Momenta Art, plus the lights finally go out on Maurizio Cattelan’s blockbuster show at the Guggenheim this Saturday. Will we ever hear from the art world prankster again? Probably.
In the meantime there are plenty of new shows opening that will hopefully cure us from Cattelan withdrawal … wait, will we all experience the shakes?
Performance Art in Bushwick
When: Friday January 20, 2012; 7 pm – 9pm
Where: Agape Enterprise (56 Bogart Street, Suite 1Q, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
Artist Bryan Zanisnik presents a new two-hour performance at Agape Enterprise, located at the heart of Bushwick’s art neighborhood. The Vallery of Ben Hinnom uses, “floating furniture, antique machinery, vibrating motors, welded sculpture and the artist’s parents” and “will conflate a séance parlor with a fitness gym.” Sounds just wacky enough to be interesting.
Last Chance to See Jeff Wall at Marian Goodman Galley
When: Closing Saturday January 21, 2012
Where: Marian Goodman Gallery (24 West 57th street, Midtown, Manhattan)
Jeff Wall’s photographs are documentary with a dash of surrealism, proving that a photograph can do more than just mirror back what we see in the real world. His solo show at Marian Goodman includes new photographs from the last two years, plus three photos taken in Sicily in 2007 and shown together for the first time. Be sure to check out this show before it closes on Saturday!
Take Two at David Zwirner
When: Dough Wheeler, January 17 – February 25, 2012; On Kawara, January 9 – February 11, 2012
Where: All David Zwirner locations (519, 523 and 533 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
The prince of Chelsea, David Zwirner, has two exhibitions running that are both worth a trip to his three galleries on West 19 street. At 519, catch a new work by American artist Doug Wheeler, who is considered a leader of Southern California’s “Light and Space” movement in 1960s and 70s. For the first time in New York, Wheeler shows his large-scale installations that create an experience of infinite space for the viewer.
Next door at Zwirner’s spaces (how many spaces does this guy own, right?) 523 and 533 is On Kawara Date Painting(s) in New York and 139 Other Cities. On Kawara’s series is a treat at Dia: Beacon where they hang in a smaller room, but stretched across two of Zwirner’s galleries they could either be totally awesome or totally boring.
Maurizio Cattelan Says Ciao to the Guggenheim … and the Art World?
When: Saturday January 21, 2012; 6pm – 1am
Where: The Guggenheim (1o71 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
The exhibition that generated non-stop buzz this fall, is coming to a close on Saturday. What are we to do?! You can heal your sorrows (or actually see the show if you haven’t yet) at the Guggenheim’s closing party, The Last Word, where more than 30 artists, philosophers, writers, comedians, filmmakers, actors and musicians will come together to weigh in on the end of All and the beginning of Cattelan’s retirement from the art world. Admission is pay what you wish.
An Exhibition of Artist Books, Or Not, at Boo-Hooray
When: January 18 – February 12, 2012
Where: Boo-Hooray (265 Canal Street, 6th floor, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Curated by Jeremy Sanders and Johan Kugelberg, this show features books that are both “are, and/or, are not, artists’ books,” because the line between the two can be slippery. ARTISTS’ BOOK NOT ARTISTS’ BOOK features works by Chris Burden, Richard Meltzer, John Baldessari, Seth Price, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Prince, William Gibson, David Wojnarowicz, Ed Ruscha and others. We’re not sure why they are trying to confuse us so much with the title, but this show is sure to make any art book lover kvell.
Simone Leigh at The Kitchen
When: January 18 – March 11, 2012
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Simone Leigh debuts her most current work at The Kitchen that touches on themes of materiality, women’s work and Afrofuturism. In You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been, Leigh draws from a pretty random pile of sources from early African-American face jugs to Star Trek to the theatrical duo of Gilbert and Sullivan. And with a title as scandalous as that, how can you not see this show?
Broken Homes at Momenta Art
When: Closing January 22, 2012
Where: Momenta Art (56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
Broken Homes at Momenta Art addresses the notion of the home as an ideal space that defines a person as well as a place that has been physically and mentally split apart, especially over the last few years. The show features work by Francis Cape, Kate Gilmore, Lisa Kirk, Marni Kotak, Anthony Marchetti, Gordon Matta-Clark, Kirsten Nelson, Leah Oates, Naomi Safran-Hon and Peter Scott.
And Don’t Forget!
In case you missed our post on Monday, Hrag will be moderating a lecture tonight “Confronting Bushwick: A Discussion on the Nature and Future of the Bushwick Art Scene” at The Bogart Salon (56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn) from 7pm – 9pm. If you want to know what’s up with the Bushwick art scene, don’t miss out and join in to add your two cents.
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Homepage image from Doug Wheeler at David Zwirner (via davidzwirner.com), top image via