Michel Majerus at Matthew Marks Gallery

The most comprehensive retrospective since the tragic death of 35-year old Michel Majerus, the Berlin-based protégé of Joseph Kosuth, this exhibition will span all three Matthew Marks gallery spaces in Chelsea. Large scale paintings, such as “o.T. (collaboration Nr. 8)” (1999) make direct references to art historical motifs like Jean-Michel Basquiat’s signature figures and inclusion of words, as well as advertisements from consumer products, like the GE logo. This hyper-awareness of one’s context within an environment heavily influenced by the temptation to make commercial gains on popular culture made Majerus stand out among his peers.

Michel Majerus opens February 8 with a reception from 6:00- 8:00 PM.

The exhibition will be on display until April 19, 2014 at 522, 526, and 502 W. 22nd St.

Michel Majerus

o.t. (collaboration Nr. 8) (1999)

Motivation

untitled (1998)

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depressive neurosis (2000)

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Tron 5 (hellblau Pantone 311) (1999)

JR joins the New York City Ballet Art Series

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The New York City Ballet is really upping the ante with their Art Series. Last year they collaborated with the NYC based Duo, FAILE – tickets for those performances sold out within days.

This year shouldn’t be any different now that they’ve released word of their partnership with the French Artist, JR. The sheer power of JR’s popularity and his broad influence on his social media following should make this project an instant hit.

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JR ARTSERIES NYC BALLET 2

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The special installation for the art series will be seen during the ballet performances on January 23rd, and February 7th & 13th. The advance tickets are gone, but keep checking the NYC Ballet website for updates. Don’t forget to link up with JR’s Instagram to see photos from the project as they’re released.

*photos via JR’s Instagram

ART BREAKDOWN: JENNY MORGAN’S HOW TO FIND A GHOST

What You Need to Know: Jenny Morgan is a New York based artist whose new solo show How To Find A Ghost explores the “invisible lives within and around us”.

The Skinny: Morgan wants you to see not only the physical part of her subjects but the spiritual. She’s exploring this further within the shows large scale paintings that allow for that eerie illusion at portraying both of those underlying entities. Captured in this stillness there seem like truth trying to scream out . It’s what makes them so unsettling, that she can both obscure and reveal the physical self and the spiritual merely by blurring their features. Those things occupying the same space at the same time in her paintings give the impression that neither Morgan nor her subjects have it all figured out in a morose, yet beautifully poetic way.

Jenny Morgan: How To Find A Ghost/ Driscoll Babcock Galleries/525 West 25th Street/New York, NY 10001 Show is open now until November 23, 2013

Cosmic Giggle

Cosmic Giggle

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Oh My Love, What A Mirror Image We Are

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Great Divide

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Kings and Queens

*photos courtesy of Driscoll Babcock Gallery

ORLY GENGER – Red, Yellow and Blue Nautical Ropes Take Over Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park Conservatory Square Art is installing Orly Gender’s trademark hand-knotted nautical rope in Madison Square Park in waves of Red, Yellow and Blue – ”1.4 million feet of rope—the total length equating to nearly 20 times the length of Manhattan—covered in over 3,000 gallons of paint, and weighing over an astounding 100,000 pounds”!

Gender is using installation to create an interaction between the public and her art. The rope sections off and creates a new landscape in hopes that you will find and explore/navigate these spaces.

It’ll be there in all it’s glory until September 8th, 2013 until it gets shipped off to Boston, marking the first of Mad. Sq. Art’s commissions to travel.

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ORLY GENGER Nautical Rope Madison Square Park
image credits: red/mccartney, blue/gabonghi, yellow/james_groeling

Tilda Swinton Naps at MoMA as Performance Art

Tilda Swinton Naps at MoMA

Tilda Swinton Naps at MoMA

Tilda Swinton is accomplishing what I’d love to do on the average day – take a nap at work. The actress best known for her androgynous looks has been on display at MoMa in a performance piece she calls, “The Maybe”.

Museum goers were surprised to find Swinton supposedly sleeping inside an enclosed glass box, furnished with only a white mattress, pillow, carafe of water and a glass. She sleeps during the museums open hours – some have said they’ve only seen her move or turn but never rouse.

“The Maybe” has been scheduled for six more performances throughout the year, though no one seems to know exactly when. Swinton has performed this piece in earlier years: 1995 at London’s Serpentine Gallery and 1996 at Museo Barracco in Rome.

photo by (Jen Chung / Gothamist)

Surviving The Armory Show Art Fair

Three years ago when my best friend asked me to go to the Armory Show with her. I, of course, not being part of the art world, had no idea what the Armory Show was. She actually begged me to go, she encouraged me to branch out and experience something new, but somehow she forgot about the time we were in Paris and I had to spend 8 hours with her in the Lourve. Now I’m not opposed to seeing some great art, for brief interludes of time, but 8 hours, “Really?”  Needless to say she finally convinced me to go. And what happened you may ask. She did it again, 6 hours of art, no eating, no breaks just hours of endless art. There were times I was just outright rude, but what do you expect, she refused to feed me. Through it all, “The Art Lover” was in her glory. In the end I did actually enjoy the show and have done it for the past three years, each year getting better and better.

The art itself varies in all aspects. You can see paintings, sculptures, performance art; some things can’t actually be defined and confined to description unless you’ve seen them. I’ve never been one to be fascinated by art per se, but it really does get interesting to see all those works of art and try to figure out what could have possibly been going on in the artist’s head. The pieces can be so dramatic sometimes and quite lighthearted on other occasions. I believe last year was the year of neon. It was everywhere.

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Then there are pieces from this  year’s show like “Let The Light Enter” by Charles White (1918-1979), drawn in 1961 that truly drew me in and made me appreciate art for all it’s worth. There was nothing overly dramatic about the drawing or its design (it was drawn with charcoal and Wolff crayon), but his subject looked at me and captured my mind. Each stroke was with purpose, every inch of the drawing consumed me and all the sudden art meant something. I remember having a similar feeling when I first saw the Mona Lisa. It was like seeing an old friend and smiling to yourself about all the fun times you had, just a flicker of memory, but a delightful one, something never to forget.

Over the years, the Armory Show has turned into quite an event for us. While I remember flashes of year one, but year two is when I really got into it. The trick is to mentally prepare yourself for a long day.  So have a decent breakfast before you head out to the shows…don’t get me wrong, this is an amazing time of the year, but it’s long and you need to know it’s not the type of thing you do for an hour and then move on. Which brings me to my next rule: wear comfortable shoes.  I know you see people fashionably arriving to the show and there’s nothing wrong with looking good, but trust me, if their heels are over 3 inches, they aren’t serious. Chances are you’re planning on visiting other art fairs during the day – New York is an asphalt jungle and nothing will take you down faster than trying to traverse the art fairs in cute heels. Know when to break for a meal, lack of food will cause you to forget just about anything, even if it is great. Personally, I keep granola bars and juice packs in my bag for quick power snacks. Most of all, know when to call it quits. If it all starts to blend together, you’ve probably had enough for the day. Save some for tomorrow or even next year – shut it down – go have dinner & drinks and pat yourself you the back and call it a wrap. You survived.

“Let The Light Enter” by Charles White (1918-1979)

“Let The Light Enter” by Charles White (1918-1979)

And while going to the Armory Show every year with my best friend is a great time, it also has been a time that I’ve learned something new about myself. My patience has definitely gotten better, but my appreciation for art has truly grown and I can honestly say I too am now an art lover. I don’t always understand it or get what the artist is trying to convey, but I can appreciate it. And in the end that’s all that matters, because art is not about understanding, but more of a feeling.

See you next year!

 

article by Dawn Williams