In February 2023, The Drawing Center will present Xiyadie: Queer Cut Utopias, the first solo exhibition of work by Chinese artist Xiyadie in New York. The name Xiyadie, which translates to Siberian Butterfly, is one the artist chose for himself to describe his upbringing in Weinan, a city in the Shaanxi Province of Northwest China. A reflection of his personal and artistic evolution, the pseudonym also denotes Xiyadie’s enduring resilience despite the fact that he has never been able to freely show his work or live openly with regard to his sexual orientation. Occupying two floors at The Drawing Center, Queer Cut Utopias will feature more than thirty of Xiyadie’s intricate paper-cuts, dating from the early 1980s through today, each of which articulates his longing to fully express his queer desire. Xiyadie presents a strong sense of artistic autonomy; his highly graphic works on paper fuse traditional folk forms and iconography with narratives from his personal life.
Highlighting its most popular watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre opened The Reverso 1931 Cafe‘, just a block away from its boutique at 701 Madison Avenue.
The pop-up cafe’ will open at various locations around the world, beginning here in NYC at 729 Madison Avenue on November 2nd, in a space that will include an exhibition of historical and new products.
The New York City Fire Museum is presenting an exhibition showcasing award-winning photographer Jill Freedman’s moving collection of photographs documenting New York City firefighters on the job in the ‘70s. Firehouse: The Photography of Jill Freedman is open now through April 2, 2023.
The exhibition features a number of images contained in Freedman’s book, Firehouse, which was released in 1977 and garnered rave reviews highlighting their honesty and grit that captured the danger, tragedy, heroism, and camaraderie of being a firefighter in New York City.
Save the Date, November 3rd from 6-9pm for ‘A Night at the FDNY Museum’ celebrating the 35th anniversary along with this new exhibition.
Continuing to advance the notion of spray paint as a fine art medium, Brooklyn-based artist Stickymonger will curate the second in a series of exhibitions exploring the beauty, range and messaging of spray paint as an art form. Spray Painterly 2 will open at Allouche Gallery on October 13th.
Allouche Gallery is thrilled to present UFO907’s highly anticipated Solo show, How Do You Spell New York? at their new SoHo location on Mercer Street. UFO presents a new body of shaped canvas works inspired from his beloved New York City.
Today, NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue and NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala today cut the ribbon on two newly constructed plazas in Lower Manhattan. Beginning at the new Rapkin-Gayle Plaza, they were joined by Borough President Mark Levine, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Council Member Christopher Marte, Community Board 2 Chair Jeannine Kiely, David Rapkin, son of Chester Rapkin, and members of the community. Following the first ribbon cutting, they were joined by State Senator Brad Hoylman, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Kei Williams and Isa Reyes from the Black Gotham Experience, Emily Hillwright Director of Operations at the Merchant’s House Museum and community members to cut a second ribbon on Manuel Plaza. The new plazas add much-needed open space to the area while retaining access for DEP operations.
On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to announce that the gallery will open a second New York City location at 55 Great Jones Street between Lafayette Street and the Bowery, beside the historic carriage house that was formerly owned by Andy Warhol and housed the studio of Jean-Michael Basquiat. Venus’ new 4,000 square foot downtown space will complement the gallery’s Upper East Side townhouse location at 120 East 65th Street, and will be inaugurated on April 8th, 2022 with an exhibition of new work by Ana Benaroya.
Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection will present three curatorial interpretations of the extraordinary collection of drawings that artist, curator, and collector Jack Shear has built over the past half-decade.
Continuing The Drawing Center’s tradition of exhibiting drawings from outstanding public and private collections, Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection offers a revealing experiment in connoisseurship and exhibition-making. During the course of the exhibition’s fifteen-week run, artist Arlene Shechet, critic and curator Jarrett Earnest, and Shear himself will each present an exhibition curated from Shear’s holdings.
Storefront for Art and Architecture opened Something Broke: 2011-Windows-2021, an exhibition by Buenos Aires-based artist Mariela Scafati that presents an installation of hand-painted posters lettered by the artist with her writings and reflections on art, activism, and community. The exhibition, hosted at Storefront’s gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street, is open Wednesday through Saturday until September 15th, 2021.
For Ebecho Muslimova’s first solo museum exhibition, the artist presents Scenes in the Sublevel, a site-specific installation that includes ten large-scale mixed-media drawings. Muslimova (b. 1984, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia) is known for her pen-and-ink drawings and large-scale paintings that feature her bold and uninhibited cartoon alter ego, Fatebe. Her latest body of work takes up The Drawing Center’s downstairs gallery as the stage for Fatebe’s intrepid misadventures.
The first museum exhibition dedicated to David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper, David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. More than a half century after they were made, these early works on paper remain a testament to Hammons’s desire to reinterpret notions of the real; his celebration of the sacredness of objects touched or made by the Black body; his biting critique of racial oppression; and his deep commitment to social justice.
As New Yorkers continue to navigate through COVID-19, keeping a social distance, and wearing masks, new and creative ways to continue the life we so love here are popping up throughout our City. Wallplay is showcasing the perfect art crawl for our times ~ ‘On Canal,’ Fall 2020 Program spanning across multiple previously vacant storefronts on Canal Street in SoHo. Taking place from October 15 through December her 31, 2020, the fall program will include film screenings curated by Women (Womxn) in Windows, a solo presentation by Emmanuel Torres for LatchKey Gallery, a Canal Street research project and poetry archive exhibited by Shanghai Lyric and an exhibition by Troy Jones in the newly relocated Tulsa, Oklahoma gallery, Black Wall Street Gallery. The diverse array of projects featured for ‘On Canal’s’ fall program highlights Wallplay’s mission to repurpose vacant space for public good.
The Drawing Center will reopen to the public by appointment only on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 with the exhibition100 Drawings from Now.
Featuring drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, 100 Drawings from Now provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as a surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation.
As often happens, we received a heads-up today about a monumental installation arriving in the tiny Duarte Square Park. This thoughtful installation, named SuperStorm, was created by the artist,Robert Lobe.
The Soho Arts Network will hold its Annual Downtown Culture Walk on Saturday, April 27th from Noon to 6pm. This is the third year for the self-guided walking tour, highlighting the non profit art spaces in the SoHo and downtown neighborhoods.
AFA Gallery will open its doors to a collection of new works by vinyl artist, painter, and muralist Stickymonger. This exhibition of 15 paintings on canvas is a departure from the artist’s pre- vious monumental vinyl works, which have been the hallmarkof her public art installations in New York City ~ such as her stunning work in a group exhibit we call Graffiti in the Sky on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade, and her very visible work opposite The Oculus, entitled The Mural Project.
On Tuesday, September 18th at 7 pm, Storefront for Art and Architecture opens its doors to the exhibition, Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City by Kevin Slavin, Elizabeth Hénaff, and The Living / David Benjamin in collaboration with Evan Eisman Company.
Best said by Storefront for Art and Architecture in a recent press release, the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Architecture Books – Yet to be Written, an installation that invites us to reflect upon the cultural contribution of architecture through the medium of the book from 1982 to today. With an archeological and projective twist, the project seeks to celebrate and evaluate both the existing and the missing volumes of a history still in the writing.
Artist, Isa Genzken, Untitled, 2018. Mannequin, clothing, bicycle, and spray paint.
People ~ we live in a city with 8 million of them, all different and all following their own dreams. And so, the exhibition entitled People at Deitch Projects represents that same diversity and style, created by twenty-nine artists ~ from the ordinary to objects of fantasy.
So, what every happened to the old Germania Bank Building that Jay Maisel bought in 1966 for $102,000 and sold to the developer Aby Rosen for $55 million in 2015?
While we have been looking forward to the Germania Bank’s future, let’s take a moment to look back, in the new film Jay Myself, at the Film Forum in the summer of 2019. Directed by Stephen Wilkes, Jay Myselfchronicles Jay Maisel’s monumental move out of his 72-room home at 190 Bowery. If you missed it, the DVD of this documentary can be found for sale on Amazon.
The exhibition, Marching On: The Politics of Performance at Storefront for Art and Architecture explores the legacy of marching and organized forms of performance within the African-American community, as “agents of cultural and political expression, celebrating collective identities and asserting rights to public space and visibility.”
Marching On: The Politics of Performance – Final performance on Saturday, June 9th from 5-6:30pm at Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street.
The Los Angeles-based sculpture artist Ry Rocklen, known to create around the themes of health and spirituality, presents new work with the exhibit ‘FoodGroup‘ ~ his first exhibition with Team Gallery.