This week, street art blows in North Africa, discussing the Eames design legacy, the future of the books, Chomsky on #OccupyWallStreet, Ed Winkleman on cartels, de Kooning’s studio in 1982 and Steve Jobs.
After watching Bushwick’s visual arts scene grow and usurp the energy of Williamsburg’s two decades of dominance as the epicenter of the city’s artistic edge, curator Larry Walczak decided it was time to put together an exhibition that investigates the neighborhood’s recent art heritage. The show, Williamsburg2000, opened on March 12 and includes 68 artists. Taking place at the small artist-run indy space Art101 on Grand Street, the exhibition focuses mostly on Williamsburg’s “second wave” that began in 1998 and continued until 2002, coincidentally its the same time period that Walczak ran the Eyewash gallery space with the late Annie Herron.
On March 17, artist Meredith Allen (1964-2011) passed away after a three year battle with cancer. We’ve reproduced an image from her popular Melting Ice Pops series that, Ed Winkleman (Winkleman Gallery) writes, are “addictively sensuous images [that] became Meredith’s break-out series and are included in many collections around the world.”
Over 30 people attended our Friday night performance by artist William Powhida, titled “Surviving the Art World Using the Art of Sorcery.” The first in our monthly lecture/performance/screening/event series, Powhida was able to explain the concept of value in the art world and the role of “magic.” Thankfully, photographer Miss Maro was there to capture the evening in living color.