Opinion

Weekly Art Rx

The Holiday season is going at full speed but there’s still time to inoculate yourself with art to save you from the endless parties, family gatherings and other affairs that force you to eat, drink and be merry. This.Is.Your.Last.Chance.

May we suggest the Brooklyn Night Bazaar for all your alternative shopping, eating and musical needs this weekend, then there’s the unconventional musical program at Outpost, a last chance to see Neo Rauch’s solo show in Chelsea, work from an unusual law/art residency and, finally, the first show devoted to the art by Sarah Sze on paper.

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Left, Sarah Sze's "Guggenheim as Ruin" (2009) (via asiasociety.org) and, right, Neo Rauch's "Ware" (2011) (via davidzwirner.com)

 Brooklyn Night Bazaar Lands in Williamsburg

When: December 15 – 17
Where: 149 Kent Avenue (149 Kent Avenue, between N5th and N6th Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Hyperallergic is taking part in this massive event in a 40,o00 sq ft warehouse on Williamsburg’s waterfront. Expect art, artisinal food, concerts, DJs, a good vibes, tons of vendors and a chill place to hang out. The first Night Bazaar attracted 5,000 people in September but this one is expected to top that number. Three nights of fun!

 Experimental Tunes on the Queens/Brooklyn Border

When: Friday, December 16 at 8pm
Where: Outpost Artists Resources (1665 Norman Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens)

Show up at this, well, outpost in the far reaches of the Ridgewood/Bushwick arts community for a night of experimental music and video art. At 8, Nate Wooley, who is part of Brooklyn’s jazz scene, starts his set of iconoclastic trumpeting and then at 9pm composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti takes over and brings out his brand of downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music.

 Last Chance to See Everyone’s Favorite Leipziger

When: Closing Saturday, December 17
Where: David Zwirner Gallery (525 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhatta)

This Leipzig school favorite has a big brash show of his what our reviewer called “coherent stories [that] are anything but clear as vaguely Germanic caricatures segue from domestic interiors to drab public parks to barren landscapes.” We love us some German angst, so you can be sure we’ll be taking a look at these before they’re gone.

 Art That Walks to Line Between Legal and Artistic Practice

When: Until December 19
Where: Sculpture Center (44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens)

This is your last chance to see the works from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) Art & Law Residency Program exhibition Notice of Public Hearing. The show is the culmination of an eight-month Art & Law Residency, which provides artists, writers and curators with an intellectual and artistic setting to engage in ongoing discussions and debates about artistic production and the law from historical, social, ethical and intellectual standpoints. Even if the write up is a little too heady, you have to admit the idea is rather original.

Exhibiting artists are Lian Amaris, Michael Cataldi, Blane De St. Croix, Molly Dilworth, Carolyn Lambert, Graham Parker, Risa Puno, Woody Sullender and Alex Villar.

 Sizing Sze Up on Paper

When: Continues until March 25, 2012
Where: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

This week, a show of drawings by Sarah Sze opened at the Asia Society. Known for her elaborate installations, this show of drawings from 1996 until today presents her multilayered chaos in a scale you might not be accustomed to if you know her work. It’s the first show to concentrate on her drawings and works on paper. While nothing is a substitute for Sze’s all-over universe of lines and forms, this sounds like a must-see for her fans seeking another perspective.

 

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