With 20 tiny paintings and one hefty sculpture, an unexpected pairing of artists offers a nuanced take on femininity.
Hints of Queer Desire in Erased Pornographic Images
In Stephen Irwin’s altered images of pornography magazines, figures previously engaged in sex acts are now alone, or barely present at all.
Torpedoing the Masculinity of Military Power
Marianne Vitale’s exhibition at Invisible-Exports, Equipment, cannily alludes to the preening masculine vanity that comes to the surface through the machinery of military power.
Cary Leibowitz and the Comedy of Contempt
Cary Leibowitz seems to want to make us laugh.
Clifford Owens’s Scatological Whispers
In the past five or six years, Clifford Owens’ provocative performance work has begun to garner notable, sometimes polarizing, attention.
Best of 2014: Our Top 20 NYC Art Shows That Weren’t in Brooklyn
Let’s face it: there’s Brooklyn, and then there’s the rest of New York City. (Sorry, rest of New York City!)
Consummating the Erotic Art of Two Souls
Invisible-Exports’ current show represents the agglutination of two transgressive, visionary, and carnal artists born 50 years apart in the 20th century.
Cary Leibowitz’s Particular Shade of Pink
Not all shades of pink get equal attention. The glut of carnation pinks, the flood of hot pink, and the surges of magenta in street fashion, web design, and art — well, it adds up to a visual culture that leaves out other shades of pink. Cary Leibowitz’s new solo show (paintings and belt buckles) is exciting for many reasons. But what hits hard first is this rare hue of pink that covers every inch of the walls and coats the paintings’ backgrounds.
The Death of Context at NADA New York
With the permanent invasion of art fairs into the art world economy like a plague, most galleries, no matter how cutting-edge or avant-garde, seem to believe (whether from actual or perceived necessity) that they must participate in all of the increasingly frequent art fair seasons. This endless stream of fairs forces smaller galleries that show conceptual, abstract, or experimental work into a setting devoid of context, stripping the art of its desired impact or importance. While I’m certainly not the first to point this out, nowhere was it more noticeable recently than at NADA New York.
LOST on the Lower East Side
From L to R: Marianne Vitale, “Model for Burning Bridge (1)” (2011), reclaimed lumber, 68 x 18 x 22; Yamini Nayar, “Strange Event” (2009), c-print, 30 x 40; Leah Beeferman, “Journey into the unknown machines attempt a construction of the skies” (2010), digital animation with sound (All photos by author) Some people look at the […]
Angry Art Letters on the Lower East Side
Ridykeulous, founded by artists Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner in 2005, describes itself as an effort to “subvert, sabotage, and overturn the language commonly used to define feminist and lesbian art,” primarily through exhibitions, performances, and zines. Attacking the marginalization of queer and feminist art as “alternative” cultures, they insist upon participating in mainstream dialogues about art and culture; in adopting the role of curators and organizing exhibitions, Steiner and Eisenman forcefully insert themselves and their collaborators into the spaces, both literally and figuratively, of the art establishment. Though not all of the artists in Readykeulous are female, nor do all identify as queer, they share an interest in disrupting the status quo.