Events

Art Rx

by Hrag Vartanian on February 16, 2012

Hurry, hide … this weekend Bushwick will be changing forever! If it’s not the invasion by Chelsea’s Luhring Augustine Gallery, then it’s the Chelsea show by a loooong list of Bushwick artists. Or maybe nothing will change but we suggest you take your medicine anyway.

What do we have on your prescription this week?

Don’t forget to check out the Damien Hirst spot-apalooza before it closes or the work by one Icelandic artist everyone seems to like. And may be suggest you also attend AFC’s art award show with a really long name.

Video screenshot of Nicolas Maigret's "System Introspection" (2010) performance. Maigret will be performing the piece at Williamsburg's Devotion Gallery this Friday night. (via vimeo.com/22114806)

 Hear “The Ungovernables” Speak

When: Thursday, February 16, 7:00pm
Where: The New Museum Theater (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Curator Eungie Joo hosts a conversation with over 20 artists participating in this year’s New Museum Triennial exhibition: The Ungovernables. The last Triennial, Younger Than Jesus was a huge booster to the young art community and helped launch the careers of many of today’s hottest artists, like Ryan Trecartin. This one shouldn’t be missed. —DE

 Picture Plane-orama

When: February 16,  6 – 8pm
Where: Tracy Williams, Ltd. (521 West 23 Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

One of our Weekend editors, John Yau, has organized a painting show that sounds like a treat. If you’ve been reading his reviews from the last month, you’ll know he is someone who believe in the supreme power of painting, so don’t expect any weak tea here. I suggest you read this snippet from his press release:

The sole motivation for my selections was the wor­k itself — the paintings are in dialogue with others in the show. They speak across generations. They don’t recognize the borders separating abstraction from observation. They are free spirits. Speculation and play have replaced claims to being factual. Or, to put it another way, the artists in this exhibition recognize that what you need — if you wish to pull a rabbit out of a hat — is a rabbit and a hat.

 Bushwick Hits Chelsea

When: Opening Friday, February 17, 6 – 8pm
Where: NYCAMS / New York Center for Art and Media Studies (44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Bushwick-based bon vivant Jason Andrew is curating a Chelsea show packed full of emerging Bushwick (and affiliated) artists. Not sure what to say other than here is the loooooooong list of talent:

Michele Araujo, Liz Atzberger, Ali Della Bitta, Deborah Brown, Anthony Browne, Sharon Butler, Paul D’Agostino, Diane Fine, Hermine Ford, Ryan Michael Ford, Rico Gatson, Julia K. Gleich, Ben Godward, Tamara Gonzales, Mimi Gross, Brece Honeycutt, Andrew Hurst, Cooper Holoweski, Norman Jabaut, Lars Kremer, Ellen Letcher, Amy Lincoln, Matthew Miller, Jimmy Miracle, Constantine Manos, Robert Moskowitz, Brooke Moyse, Cathy Nan Quinlan, Sean Pace, Michael Prodanou, Kevin Regan, Jackie Sabourin, Patricia Satterlee, Mira Schor, John Silvis, Adam Simon, Andy Spence, Austin Thomas, Melissa Terrezza, Colin Thomson, Julie Torres, Marjorie Van Cura, Lindsay Walt, Letha Wilson, Audra Wolowiec, and a painting by Jack Tworkov.

 The Death Star Opens in Bushwick

When: Opening Friday, February 17, 6 – 9pm
Where: Luhring Augustine Bushwick (25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

The arrival of Luhring Augustine has been setting this neighborhood ablaze with the flames of gossip. Some think this event means the death of artistic Bushwick, while others celebrate it as its coming of age. I don’t think it means either. But one thing is for sure, I bet the wait times at Roberta’s will be worse than the 2+ hours during peak hours it is now.

 Bright Lights and Loud Noises

When: Friday February 17, 7:00pm reception, 7:30pm Performance
Where: Devotion Gallery (54 Maujer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Artist Nicolas Maigret collaborates with artist Nicolas Montgermont and ART OF FAILURE collective to present System Introspection, a live audio visual performance and audio-visual exhibition. Watch out for electric colors and visual distortion! —DE

 Seeing Spots for One Last Time

When: Closing Saturday, February 18
Where: Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan; 555 West 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan; 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

The hype is over, the herd of tourists is almost gone, now is the time to be one with Damien Hirst and his powder-keg of polka dots! Or not, because you’re flight got delayed on your way from Geneva to Hong Kong, and you’re stuck in Athens until the fire-bombing settles down, since people are too busy fussing about austerity measures to clear your private jet for take-off. Don’t worry, we’ll send a postcard. —RC

 Guðmundur Thoroddsen “Father’s Fathers”

When: Closing on Saturday, February 18
Where: Asya Geisberg Gallery (537B W 23rd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

There has been lots of buzz in New York about this debut solo show by Icelandic artist Guðmundur Thoroddsen. His totemic have an archeological air about them but they have a visual allure that looks strangely contemporary — and not to mention that they delve deep into issues of masculinity, power and myth. —RC

 The Art Award Show With An Asterisk

When: Thursday, February 23, 6:30 – 10pm
Where: Site/109 (109 Norfolk, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Art Fag City will host the first-ever AFCRPAAaA* (Art Fag City Rob Priutt Art Awards and Auction, *not affiliated with Rob Pruitt) that is sure to be a blast at this new LES space. Come out and support AFC and the indie world of art blogs! There will be performances, special guests and the auction will feature work by AIDS 3D, Greg Allen, John Baldessari, Saul Chernick, Bruce High Quality Foundation, John Giorno, Debbie Harry (yes, that one), Johnny Reinhold, Scott Kilgour, Richard Kern, Marilyn Minter, Stephen Petronio, Alec Soth, Hennessy Youngman and others.

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With listings by Don Edler and Robert Cicetti

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