Claude Lawrence: Reflections on Porgy & Bess at Venus Over Manhattan

 

 

 

Claude Lawrence, The Inquisitors, 2022. Oil on canvas; 75 1/2 x 107 in (191.8 x 271.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to announce Reflections on Porgy & Bess, a major solo exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-born, New York-based artist Claude Lawrence. Spanning the gallery’s spaces at 39 and 55 Great Jones Street, this presentation—Lawrence’s first with Venus—debuts a suite of exuberant, monumentally scaled canvases created in response to composer George Gershwin’s 1935 masterpiece Porgy & Bess. Lawrence’s abstract paintings unfold sequentially, echoing the opera’s sweep and emotional impact through the artist’s radiant abstraction and confident improvisation.

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Rev Up Your Engines for Michael Kagan: Pole Position at Venus Over Manhattan

 

 

 

Michael Kagan, “Pole Position,” 2024. Oil on linen; 60 x 45 in (152.4 x 114.3 cm). Image courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan Gallery.

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present Pole Position by artist Michael Kagan. Pole Position debuts Kagan’s exhilarating Formula One portraits, a series which features racecar drivers and their machines. This work represents a significant shift for Kagan, diverging from the depictions of astronauts, spacecrafts, cockpits, and mountaintops which first brought him acclaim. The title, Pole Position, refers to the lead car on the starting grid, as determined by the fastest driver during qualifying races.

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Yuichiro Ukai at Venus Over Manhattan Coming to Great Jones Street, Noho

 

 

 


Untitled (No. 62), 2023. Colored pencil, marker and ink on cardboard; 29 x 32 1/2 in (73.7 x 82.5 cm). All images of works by Yuichiro Ukai, courtesy the artist, Yukiko Koide Presents, Kyoto, and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Beginning Friday, November 17th, Venus Over Manhattan will present the first solo exhibition in the United States of work by Japanese artist Yuichiro Ukai, organized in collaboration with the Kyoto gallerist Yukiko Koide of Yukiko Koide Presents.

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‘Retinal Hysteria’ Curated by Robert Storr to Open at Venus Over Manhattan, Great Jones

 

 

 

Jim Shaw, Large Trump Chaos II, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery, and Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Beginning November 16, 2023, Venus Over Manhattan will present Retinal Hysteria, an expansive two-venue exhibition curated by Robert Storr, who was previously Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, and Dean of the Yale University School of Art.

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Cornelius Annor: A Fabric of Time and Family at Venus Over Manhattan Great Jones

 

 

 

AmandeE (A Country’s Inheritance), 2023. Acrylic, fabric and fabric transfer on canvas; 65 3/4 x 41 3/4 in (167 x 106 cm) ~ A Night with Frela, 2023. Acrylic, fabric and fabric transfer on canvas; 83 7/8 x 59 7/8 in (213 x 152 cm). Images of works by Cornelius Annor, courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York

Beginning March 16, Venus Over Manhattan will present Cornelius Annor: A Fabric of Time and Family, an exhibition of new paintings by the Accra-based artist whose vibrant canvases offer glimpses of Ghanian life through figures in states of gathering, leisure, and repose. In the series of fifteen works on view, Annor depicts scenes culled from photo albums, archives, recollections, and imaginings—a group of paintings that radiate kinship and harken to both classical art historical paradigms and the unique aesthetics of modern African portraiture.

On view through April 22 at the gallery’s Great Jones Street location, this presentation marks the artist’s second solo exhibition with Venus Over Manhattan.

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‘Anastasia Bay: The Stumbler’s Parade’ to Open at Venus Over Manhattan on Great Jones Street

 

 

 

Image credit: Anastasia Bay, The Stumbler’s Parade (Landscape), 2022. Pastel and acrylic on canvas; 78 3/4 x 104 1/4 in (200 x 265 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Venus Over Manhattan will open its doors to Anastasia Bay: The Sumbler’s Parade, an exhibition of new work by the Brussels-based artist. Comprising a series of twelve paintings inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s masterpiece The Blind Leading the Blind (1568), the exhibition is Bay’s first in New York City, and her debut presentation with Venus Over Manhattan. On view February 9th.

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‘Robert Colescott: Women’ at Venus Over Manhattan, Great Jones Street in Noho

 

 

 

OlympicEvent, 1972. Acrylic on canvas; 78 1/4 x 58 1/2 in (198.8 x 148.6 cm). Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com ~ ~ Pancho Villa, 1971. Acrylic on Egyptian linen; 78 3/4 x 58 3/4 in (199.7 x 149.2 cm). Private Collection.

Venus Over Manhattan  is pleased to present Robert Colescott: Women, an exhibition organized to trace the development of the artist’s depictions of female subjects over the course of his sixty-year career. Serving as a coda to the recent, critically-lauded traveling museum retrospective Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, this presentation charts the evolution of Colescott’s ambitious practice through some thirty works produced between 1955 and 1996. Organized in close collaboration with The Robert H. Colescott Separate Property Trust, Venus Over Manhattan’s exhibition is the first to trace the development of Colescott’s representations of women through major works from key moments in his career.

Robert Colescott: Women will be on view at Venus Over Manhattan’s downtown location at 55 Great Jones Street from November 15, 2022 through January 14, 2023.

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Peter Saul: Early Works on Paper (1957-1965) at Venus Over Manhattan

 

 

 

Untitled (Kitchen), 1959. Pastel, collage on paper; 13 1/2 x 11 1/4 in (34.3 x 28.6 cm). Hall Collection. Photo: Jeffrey Nintzel, courtesy Hall Art Foundation ~ ~ Untitled, 1960. Pastel one paper; 21 1/4 x 24 1/4 in (54 x 61.6 cm). Hall Collection. Photo: Jeffrey Nintzel, courtesy Hal Art Foundation.

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present Peter Saul: Early Works on Paper (1957–1965) the first exhibition to spotlight the colorful, comical, and complex works on paper made during the first decade of the renowned American artist’s career. This focused presentation includes more than forty important and rarely seen works on paper and board, that together illustrate the importance of what Saul termed “small paintings” to the development of the irreverent, no-holds-barred style that has made him an icon of modern and contemporary art.

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Susumu Kamijo: Jack & Venus at Venus Over Manhattan on Great Jones Street + Jack Hanley Gallery, TriBeCa

 

 

 

Susumu Kamijo, The Two (2022), Acrylic, flashe vinyl paint, pastel pencil on canvas, 55 x 66 in (139.7 x 167.6 cm) All images of works by Susumu Kamijo: courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York

Beginning October 12th, Venus Over Manhattan will debut Jack & Venus, an exhibition of new paintings by New York-based Japanese artist Susumu Kamijo, at the gallery’s 55 Great Jones Street. This presentation comprises one part of a two-venue show: Jack Hanley Gallery will simultaneously open an exhibition under the same title in its TriBeCa space. Kamijo is critically admired for graphic compositions featuring abstracted poodles as vehicles for an ongoing exploration of pattern, color, and sur- face. With the works in Jack & Venus, the artist has incorporated new components—birds and foliage—expanding his deceptively charming visual vocabulary. The group of eleven vivacious paintings on view at Venus have been executed in a horizontal format— another shift in Kamijo’s approach—and with the artist’s delightfully expressionistic brushwork.

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Basil Kincaid: River, Frog and Crescent Moon to Open at Venus Over Manhattan

 

 

 

Basil Kincaid, Praise around the Seed, 2022. Em- broidery and hand-woven cotton fiber on canvas; 67 x 88 in (170.2 x 223.5 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Celebrating improvisation, freedom of imagination, and a continuous process of self-discovery through making, St. Louis, and Accra-based Basil Kincaid is a post-disciplinary artist known for textile compositions that mine what he calls a “spiritual inheritance.” On September 7, 2022, Venus Over Manhattan will present River, Frog and Crescent Moon, the artist’s first New York solo exhibition, featuring a series of recent quilted, embroidered, and sculpted works. Kincaid’s pieces are often made from “emotionally charged materials,” including the cast-off clothes of loved ones, and involve a time-intensive collage technique that channels the inheritance of a multi-generational familial practice of quilting. The exhibition will be on view through October 8th at the gallery’s Upper East Side location.

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Keiichi Tanaami: Manhattan Universe to Open at Venus Over Manhattan Great Jones Street

 

 

 

Ecstasy of Eyes, 2022. Pigmented ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, crushed glass, glitter, acrylic paint on canvas; Diptych, each panel: 57 x 39 3/8 in (145 x 100 cm) Overall: 57 x 78 3/4 in (145 x 200 cm).

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to announce its first exhibition with revered Tokyo-based artist Keiichi Tanaami (b. 1936). Breaking rank by bridging traditions of manga and ukiyo-e with Pop in the postwar period, Tanaami shocked the collective nervous system by incorporating Western contemporary cultural references drawn from animated cartoons and commercial advertisements, giving rise to a truly modern visual language that continues to exert international influence. Opening September 8th, the exhibition includes new monumental paintings; intimately-scaled canvases from the artist’s compulsively constructed Pleasure of Picasso series; and the recent video work Red Shadow—all in Tanaami’s optically dazzling style. His deployment of blazing color, dizzying layers of imagery, and canny mixture of American and Japanese cultural references capture the movement and energy of a society at once in constant motion and in search of desperately needed peace. Keiichi Tanaami: Manhattan Universe will be on view at the gallery’s 55 Great Jones Street location through October 8th, 2022.

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Venus Over Manhattan Opens its Doors to ‘Small Paintings’

 

 

Seth Becker, Cat in Knight’s Costume 2022. Oil on panel; 12 1/4 x 10 in (31.1 x 25.4 cm). Courtesy the artist, Pamela Salisbury Gallery, New York, and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present Small Paintings, an exhibition featuring the work of forty-eight artists. Comprising nearly eighty works, the presentation will be on view from June 28 through July 29 at the gallery’s Upper East Side Location.

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Celebrating 10th Year, Venus Over Manhattan Inaugurates 2nd Gallery at 55 Great Jones Street with Artist Ana Benaroya

 

 

 

Street view of Venus Over Manhattan’s new space at 55 Great Jones Street, NYC
Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan

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.

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Katie Stout: Verdant Malformations at Venus Over Manhattan

 

 

 

Katie Stout, Janet, 2021; Ceramic, bronze, glass, gold luster; 69 x 32 x 17 in (175.3 x 81.3 x 43.2 cm) Photos: Blaine Davis

Venus Over Manhattan will open its doors to Verdant Malformations, an exhibition of new works by Katie Stout on April 6th.

Stout’s sculptures, referencing the excessive detail of Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s still-life portraits and the dystopian visions of Hieronymus Bosch, evoke states of material decay and regeneration. Her over-ripe, perishing natural forms serve as memento mori, but also as a reminders of life’s resilience. Bold but delicate, Stout’s constructions advance her ongoing exploration of the female form as a site upon which our culture enacts its preoccupations with ornament, allure, and value.

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Créolité: Andrew LaMar Hopkins to be Inaugural Exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan’s New Gallery Space on East 65th Street, NYC

 

 

 

Andrew LaMar Hopkins, Creole Tranquility (2020); Acrylic on canvas board; 14 x 11 in(35.6 x 27.9 cm). All images: © Andrew LaMar Hopkins. Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Venus Over Manhattan will inaugurate its new gallery space at 120 East 65th Street by opening an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew LaMar Hopkins, curated by Alison M. Gingeras. Entitled Créolité, the artist’s first solo gallery exhibition in New York features more than fifteen works, including new portraits, miniatures, and the artist’s signature architectural tableaux, that all relate to the complexity of Creole identities and the antebellum history of the Gulf States in the American South.

Créolité will be on view at Venus through November 6th. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication featuring important archival images selected by Andrew LaMar Hopkins, an introductory essay by Alison M. Gingeras, and an extended interview with the artist.

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