For your reading pleasure: six short reviews of nonexistent shows, none of which are actually on view in New York this week.
Blinky Palermo: Early Notebooks, 1956–57
When: Until September 19
Where: The Olive Garden (2 Times Square, between Broadway and 43rd Street, Times Square, Manhattan)
During his eighth grade year at a Münster Gymnasium the aspiring German minimalist, who struggled with Algebra, filled several spiral notebooks with equations, adolescent sexual fantasies, and trenchant caricatures of his instructor, a balding former Luftwaffe pilot named Herr Jäger. Many of the images and equations have been “cancelled” (crisscrossed) by rectangular matrixes of scribbled lines that prefigure the totemic constructivism of Palermo’s monochrome works of the 1960s.
Lapin Agile! The Bunnies of French Modernism
When: Until September 26
Where: Gagosian Bushwick (27 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
Curated by Syrian-American artist and designer Albert Leon Sultan, this charming rabbit-themed exhibition opens with Gustave Courbet’s somber dun-colored oil sketch: “Lapin Suspendus” (1857). Featuring 85 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, and prints, the show’s highlights include Andre Derain’s chromatically dazzling “Lapins au Bord de la Mer, Collioure” (1905) and Pierre Félix Masseau’s enigmatic Art Deco bronze “Le Secret du Lapin” (1903). A small but poignant Picasso crayon drawing — “Loulou” (1935) — depicts a Bourbonnais Grey doe that was brought to the artist’s studio by Marie-Thérèse Walter, and later cooked by his driver during the occupation of Paris.
Ingeborg and Gunnar Landvik: Uncontacted
When: Until September 9
Where: Ransom Projects (318 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan), which is closed Wednesdays (11:45a to 3:15p) for extended lunch
A challenging new video installation by the inveterate wife and husband team from Porsgrunn, Norway. Between 2011 and 2013 the Landviks made a series of trips into the Amazon rainforest, bringing toys, clothes and makeup donated by a São Paulo WalMart to distribute to the members of remote tribes. The installation — which features looped videos playing simultaneously on three screens — includes footage of the members of a previously uncontacted tribe on the Peru-Brazil border trying on One Direction boxer shorts and applying eyeliner for the first time.
Raul Martinez-Alvarez: Frozen
When: Until September 18
Where: Harbinger, Nunez and Naughton (97 Allen Street, Upstairs, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
A striking debut show by a Mexican-born hyperrealist Raul Martinez-Alvarez, who recently earned his MFA at Parsons The New School. Following his extensive study of the Munsell color system, Martinez-Alvarez has been carefully crafting chromatically correct images of variously-hued popsicles from across the globe. The exhibition includes a suite of small acrylic studies of otter pops and also several ultra-high-definition Giclée prints of Mexican paletas (Mexican ice pops). In the alcove: painterly vignettes of melting ice cream sandwiches by Sandra Herrington.
Grover Norquist and Dick Cheney: Caprices
When: Until September 9
Where: Schwarzenegger (1710 Fifth Avenue, Harlem, Manhattan)
A two-man show of fantasies by the renowned tax crusader and a former Vice President of the United States. Cheney is represented by a series of sketches made on cocktail napkins and menus of a proposed oil refinery/prison complex for an unnamed West Asian nation. In the center of the gallery, Norquist is exhibiting a wooden allegorical figure of Nancy Pelosi that roughly parodies the Statue of Liberty, but which holds a checkbook in the place of liberty’s torch. Titled “Stupider than France,” Norquist has reportedly offered the full-scale version of the piece for immolation at next year’s Burning Man festival.
*Critic’s Pick* Penny Perkins: Cannabis Canines
When: Until October 8
Where: Hauser and Bauser (513 West 18th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan, by appointment only)
Horticulturist turned artist Penny Perkins has been experimenting with early photographic methods since moving to a 228 square foot “tiny house” in Ukiah, California, five years ago. Perkin’s current exhibit consists of some 48 Calotypes of the loyal guard dogs that protect the marijuana farms surrounding her home.
In one memorable vignette a ragged one-eyed bulldog names Sparky stares down the camera with a threatening but disarming leer. Perkin’s mastery of the Calotype process infuses her Mendocino dogapalooza with a discomforting tinge of déjà vu. The show is accompanied by a small selection of Murano glass bongs and dope pipes by students of the Pilchuck Glass School.
Special Edition: 🖌️Artists’ Signatures ✍️
In this special edition, we investigate what artists’ signatures actually mean, and the fascinating results reveal the multifaceted history of this curious phenomenon.
What Is a Signature in the Internet Age?
As a cryptographic unit for record-keeping, an NFT can be seen as analogous to a signature or an autograph.
The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
The Meaning of Ancient Greek and Roman Artisan Signatures
What did a signature mean in the ancient world, and how much can we trust what they seem to tell us?
Michelangelo’s Signature and the Myth of Genius
Michelangelo served as a stellar example for future artists who sought status and economic independence.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
Uncovering the Photographer Behind Arshile Gorky’s Most Famous Painting
As we pursue photographer Hovhannes Avedaghayan a fascinating picture begins to emerge of him and the world of which he was part.
100 Years of Artist Signatures in a Detroit Club
The beams in Detroit’s Scarab Club act as a guest book of sorts, carrying a wealth of stories and history, including signatures by Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Margaret Bourke-White, Isamu Noguchi, and others.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
The Myth of Agency Around Artists’ Signatures
In an art world built on shifting sands, artists’ signatures become symbols of agency for some, and relics of the past for others.
The Women Artists Commemorated on an NYC Sidewalk
The signatures of Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, and six other historical women artists are engraved on a small stretch of sidewalk on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Met Museum Repatriates 15 Objects to India
The sculptures were all at one point sold by the disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor.
Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Placed on Russian “Wanted” List
Tolokonnikova has long been a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin’s regime.
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