Art Rx

This week, the doctor wants you to travel. From the Upper East Side to the art-borhood of Ridgewood, Queens, you have a long way to go before you get over whatever it is you have (let’s hope it’s not contagious).

Tonight, she suggests you try 57th Street but come Saturday you better be in Chelsea for the Richter tribute (takedown?) at Postmasters Gallery. And don’t forget, drink lots of water along the way.

Looking at the John Chamberlain's across the atrium of the Guggenheim (photo by the author)

 Gallery Night on 57th Street

When: Take place Thursday, May 10, 5–8pm
Where: 57th Street (between Lexington and Eighth Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan)

Thirty-seven galleries are taking part (incl. Marian Goodman, Marlborough, Pace … ) in this Thursday night event and why not, Midtown never gets the love it deserves.

 Against the Grain

When: Opens Thursday, May 10
Where: Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

I am pleased (and somewhat shocked) to report that mega-collector-cum-gallerista Adam Lindemann’s new Upper East Side gallery’s debut show is quite good. Based on the 19th C. decadent novel À Rebours (Against the Grain) by J.K. Huysmans, Lindemann has gathered a fascinating show of the weird and off-beat art works that, well, go against the grain. I’m not sure if I would’ve included Dash Snow in the mix (since his parents were collectors and it’s not exactly radical to become an artist in a family like that) but the additions of Odilon Redon, Bernard Buffet and Franz von Stuck alongside a Jeff Koons sex sculpture, a painting by Big Fat Black Cock, Inc. and a very very black John Chamberlain is something to behold … and all with very ambient lighting. Btw, the show even has a zine.

 Faithless Faith & Crowdsourcing

When: Thursday, May 10, 7pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)

The Brooklyn Museum will host a crowd-sourced conversation between philosopher Simon Critchley and conceptual artist Liam Gillick. Gillick is a pioneer of relational art and is known for creating dense, conceptual sculpture, installation and writing. The Brooklyn Museum has opened up a feed on its Facebook page to allow the public to pose questions for Critchley or Gillick. Tickets are $12, $8 for members. —DE

 Sex, Money and Color TV

When: Friday, May 11, 7:30pm
Where: Union Docs (322 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

I’m not going to lie. I’m listing this event because it has one of the best event titles ever, “Between Perp Walk and Victory Dance: Thoughts on Sex, Money and Color TV.” I mean, wow. It’s obvious someone went to college and read a lot of postcolonial theory and semiotics. But here’s a little bit more of the description, in case you were wondering, “Haig Aivazian will be revisiting the details of the so-called DSK saga as it unfolded in the media over the course of the past year … [his] findings will serve as a tool to advance alternate and underlying readings of the scandal and how it televises and visualizes the intersections of class, race, gender, sex, money, power and journalism.


 35 artists from 24 countries, What more could you want?

When: Friday May 11, 7–9pm,  Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 from 1–7pm
Where: ISCP (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

We try to make it to every ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) open studios event because they consistently impressive as a result of their wide-ranging group of largely international artists. ISCP offers emerging and mid-career artists the opportunity to live and work in NYC through its acclaimed residency program and twice a year they open up their studios to the public. Check out their website for a full program of talks and performances over the course of the weekend. —DE

 Ridgewood Pride

When: Saturday, May 12, 3–LATE
Where: Throughout Ridgewood (more info here)

It’s happening, Bushwick’s northern neighborhood is starting to define itself and the “we’re all in Bushwick together” mentality may be waning. The Queens Museum of Art has organized an event called, “Actually, It’s Ridgewood,” which highlights the fact that emerging art is happening in Queens. Why should Brooklyn get all the buzz? This sounds like a fun event to check out and there a bunch of galleries to see.


When: Opens Saturday, May 12, 6–8pm
Where: Postmasters Gallery (459 W 19 Street, Chealsea, Manhattan)

Although imitation is considered the highest form of flattery, in the world of art, similar works seem to be created by happenstance or some cosmic connection. At the Postmasters Gallery, six artists will be shown to be demonstrating something like their own inner Gerard Richter, or maybe something that is more Richter than Richter? Who knows. The questions posited by this exhibition are numerous, but the all encompassing one asks whether any artist can claim his or her work is not essentially derivative. —RC

 Last Chance for Chamberlain

When: Closes Sunday, May 13
Where: Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Chances are you’ve already checked out John Chamberlain’s retrospective at the Guggenheim, or maybe between the –ennials and the art fairs you haven’t, regardless, everyone should see it through the lense provided by Audio Tour Hacks, a new venture meant to offer a different sort of museum experience. The John Chamberlain edition is called Artobots, which “reimagines it as an exhibition about the Transformers …  ” Without a doubt, it might unfreeze your cold steel heart. —RC

 Northern Italian Masterpieces at the Met

When: Opens Tuesday, May 15
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo (northeast of Milan) is one of the jewels of Italian museums and 15 of its Italian Renaissance masterpieces are arriving for a short stay at our beloved Metropolitan. This fantastic selection includes works by Bellini, Titian and Lorenzo Lotto. Drool.

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With listings by Robert Cicetti and Don Edler

Homepage image: Kristen Jensen,”rockandplate,” 2012, porcelain (via

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