Art Rx

This week, the doctor has some doozies for you. Over in Chelsea, they’re hosting an art walk; the Museum of the City of New York opens a sprawling show of London street photography; and it’s your last chance to go see James Rosenquist’s mural room, F-111, at MoMA, as well as Christian Marclay’s 24-hour film, The Clock, at Lincoln Center. If you’re not tired with all that, there’s also a Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair, a graphic novel hung in an art gallery, a salon in Bushwick and a giant, sculptural NO.

Much of the art world may be off in the Hamptons for these late summer days, but the doctor says why bother when there’s so much you can see by subway.

Henry Grant, "Street playground"
From “London Street Photography”: Henry Grant, “Street playground” (April 1967, © Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London, courtesy the Museum of the City of New York)

Chelsea Art Walk

When: Thursday, July 26, 5–8 pm
Where: Various galleries and studios, W 19th to 29th Streets, Chelsea, Manhattan

The Chelsea Art Walk returns for its third year, with over 100 galleries and artist’s studios open around the arty neighborhood (full list here). On top of all that, there’s a “performance tour” with Brooklyn theater company Rudy’s Meritocracy, as well as book signings, gallery talks and opening receptions. Visiting Chelsea has never been so exciting!

 Fire in the Belly

When: Thursday, July 26, 6–8 pm
Where: Andrew Edlin Gallery (134 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Andrew Edlin Gallery isn’t technically participating in the Chelsea Art Walk, but the space will be open that same night for one of a handful of events planned in conjunction with its current exhibition, B-OutThe show is a celebration of not just homosexual outness, but all sorts of ways of existing outside the bounds of social norms, and on Thursday, artist Amy Sillman will talk with author Cynthia Carr about Carr’s new biography — titled Fire in the Belly — of everyone’s favorite recent controversial artist, David Wojnarowicz. The gallery will screen Wojnarowicz’s 1988 film Beautiful People afterwards.

 Bogart Salon

When: Opens Thursday, July 26, 6–9 pm
Where: The Bogart Salon (56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

We’ve written about Bushwick’s wonderfully creative 56 Bogart before. This week, the building’s own Bogart Salon opens its first annual “Bogart Invitational summer exhibition.” According to the press release, the show, Intimate Planet, “allows for the 56 Bogart building to highlight itself as a creative hub of art making in Bushwick,” which sounds a bit self-congratulatory, a bit like the artists’ and residents’ way of tooting their own horn, and which might therefore be annoying — if we didn’t expect some really good art.

 Last Chance: NO

When: Closes Friday, July 27; film screenings at 10 am, 12, 2, 4 & 7 pm
Where: Team Gallery (83 Grand Street, Soho, Manhattan)

Artist Santiago Serra made a huge — 6 feet tall, 14 feet wide, two tons — sculpture of the word “NO,” and then he brought it around Western Europe, the Eastern United States (including New York) and part of Japan. Then he made a two-hour movie about it. Friday’s your last chance to see the film, in which the sculpture of a word becomes a protagonist, a symbol of dissent on a global tour.

London Street Photography

When: Opens Friday, July 27
Where: Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, Spanish Harlem, Manhattan)

Most art-loving New Yorkers have seen and admired the work of our city’s favorite street photographers — Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin and more. But how many of us are as familiar with similar images from that other (well, another) cultural mecca across the Atlantic, London? The Museum of the City of New York opens an exhibition featuring over 70 street photographers — some of them famous, some anonymous — and more than 150 pictures of life in the British capital. And for the persistently Big Apple–centric, or for those who just want to compare, there’s also a small companion installation devoted to the streets of New York.

 DIY Art Books

When: Preview party Friday, July 27, 6–8 pm; fair Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, 12–6 pm
Where: Preview party at Printed Matter (195 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan); fair at Camera Club of New York (336 West 37th Street, Garment District, Manhattan)

Like the Chelsea Art Walk, the Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair is also entering its third year. Hosted by the Camera Club of New York, the fair celebrates new, particularly DIY and photo-focused, art publications. Events like this are the best places for discovering exciting and strange new artists and publications; just make sure to bring enough money and/or watch your wallet.

Kill Me or Change

When: Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, 2–3 pm
Where: Queens Museum of Art (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)

The Queens Museum hosts Taiwanese-born, New York–based artist Chin Chih Yang for an interactive performance and somewhat literal demonstration of the effects of our personal consumption and pollution. “Kill Me or Change” involves the artist suspending 30,000 aluminum cans — apparently the average number a single person throws away in a lifetime — in a crane above the audience. At the end of the piece, all of them will fall — on him.

James Rosenquist's "F-111" installed at MoMA
James Rosenquist’s “F-111” installed at MoMA (1964–5, image via

Last Chance: F-111

When: Closes Monday, July 30
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

In 1965, the famed Leo Castelli Gallery exhibition pop artist James Rosenquist’s monumental F-111 installation. Inspired by Monet’s Water Lillies and other murals, as well as commercial billboards, Rosenquist created the 86-foot-long piece, which uses the F-111 bomber plane as the starting point for a commentary on and critique of American culture, in 23 panels that wrapped around the entire gallery. MoMA has recreated the installation — a rare chance to relive history.

 The Art of War

When: Opens Tuesday, July 31, 6–10 pm
Where: White Box  (329 Broome Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

In celebration of the publication of the new graphic novel The Art of War, White Box gallery will display the entire thing, all 200 pages of it, for a week. The book itself, which Kirkus Reviews quite enjoyed, is the six-year effort of Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese. It combines the ancient Chinese military treatise with a sci-fi future thriller. We leave it to you to decide if that’s your style; either way, we’re always happy to see more art galleries embracing comics.

 Last Chance: The Clock

When: Closes Wednesday, August 1
Where: Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium (61 West 62nd Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan)

If you missed it last time, this is your last chance … until next time. Anyway, in the past two years, The Clock has become a kind of celebrity artwork, which means that you must see at least part of it so that you can hold your own in casual art conversation. The David Rubenstein Atrium holds more people than Paula Cooper Gallery, which means wait times have generally been somewhat shorter than on the work’s last visit to New York. But be warned: Lincoln Center is only showing the full piece, meaning the whole 24 hours, over the weekend. Plan accordingly.

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