Art Rx

The doctor this week has the perfect cure for those post-Sandy blues. What better way to show solidarity with the art institutions impacted by the flood than attending a slew of brand new and freshly rescheduled openings in Chelsea and all around New York?

Patients in need of their weekly medicine are in luck. Big names like Ed Kienholz, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Richard Artschwager are celebrating major solo shows. The star-studded gallery buzz is rounded out by hefty intellectual offerings from the Museum of Modern Art and the Walther Collection, with a panel on Robert Motherwell and an exploration of the racial semiotics of photography. It’s a perfect week to hit the streets after a very rough week that isn’t over for many.

Ed Kienholz’s “Parade” (Image courtesy Pace Gallery)

 Ed Kienholz’s Parade

When: Opens Wednesday, November 7, 6-8 pm
Where: Pace Gallery (510 West 25th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Sculptor and installation pioneer Ed Kienholz is known as a provocateur — see his “Roxy’s” brothel replica. His latest Pace exhibition looks to be no different, with a parade of mannequins satirizing the current state of politics, religion, war, and everything in between. Just in time for the election!

 Trenton Doyle Hancock

When: Opens Thursday, November 8, 6-8 pm
Where: James Cohan Gallery (533 West 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

One gets the feeling that Trenton Doyle Hancock might embrace Manhattan’s post-flood conditions, since his work is predicated on the kind of surreal chaos that followed Sandy. He brings his latest collection of dispatches from the mythical world of Mounds and Vegans to James Cohan Gallery with a crew of monochromatic monsters and twisted self-portraits.

 Robert Motherwell Roundtable

When: Thursday, November 8, 6 pm ($10)
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Celebrating the publication of Robert Motherwell’s new catalogue raisonné, this roundtable discussion features some stellar speakers. MoMA curator Ann Temkin will moderate presenters Debra Balken, Bill Berkson, Robert Hobbs, and Katy Rogers on Motherwell’s role as an interdisciplinary thinker. Remember — the artist was also an incisive critic and formidable writer.

 Richard Artschwager

When: Opens Thursday, November 8, 6-8 pm
Where: David Nolan Gallery (527 West 29th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Coming close on the heels of the artist’s Whitney retrospective opening, this exhibition will feature Artschwager’s more recent series of work. The David Nolan Gallery will show 30 pastel on paper landscape drawings. The hazy pieces, which look like they’ve been rolled around in dust, draw inspiration from the landscape of the artist’s New Mexico home.

Painting by Bjarne Melgaard (Image courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan)

 Bjarne Melgaard

When: Friday, November 9, 6-8 pm
Where: Luxembourg & Dayan (64 East 77th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Bjarne Melgaard is out of control. Well, at least his paintings are. His sloppy, sexual, neo-expressionist canvases might look at times like a middle-school notebook filled with doodles, but his new installation at the Uptown redoubt Luxembourg & Dayan called “A New Novel by Bjarne Melgaard” recreates scenes from his first novel, in which “sex and violence dovetail with love and loneliness,” the press release describes. Saucy!

 ISCP Open Studios

When: Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11
Where: International Studio & Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Corralling an international group of artists, collectives, and curators, ISCP is opening its doors for three days straight of contemporary art intensives. Not only will the 36 residents open their studio doors, the space will also host an exhibition of two Burmese artists and a performance by Anastasia Ax. Other participants include Taiwan’s Wan-Jen Chen, Belgium’s Nicolas Provost, and Germany’s Mario Pfeifer.

Guerra de la Paz, “Monday through Friday” (2005) (Image courtesy Julian Navarro Projects)

 Guerra de la Paz

When: Opens Saturday, November 10, 6-10 pm
Where: Julian Navarro Projects 36-01 36th Avenue, Long Island City)

Made up of Cuban-American artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, the collective Guerra de la Paz uses techniques of appropriation and satire to lampoon political and cultural conflicts. Their new exhibition Power Ties embraces the double entendre of its title. The eponymous item of clothing gets twisted into nooses and Medusa heads, bringing a new fear to the sight of all those Wall Street suits.

 Encounters with the African Archive

When: Saturday, November 10, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Tisch Silver Center (100 Washington Square East, Manhattan)

Coinciding with the exhibition series Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive at The Walther Collection Project Space, this academic event brings together scholars to debate the visual language and categorization of photographs of Africans, from the historic colonial era to our present day.

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