Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Amanda Burnham, Benrimon Contemporary, Bose Pacia, Brendan Flanagan, Carlos Vega, Collette Blanchard, Deborah Luster, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Jack Shainman Gallery, John Stezaker, New Year, NYC, openings, Tedd Nash Pomaski, Thierry Goldberg Projects, Yeni Mao
Happy New Year, one and all. The holidays aren’t just about tweaking over what to get your thirteen year old cousin who’s into Twilight or chugging the eggnog, but really about the build-up before the enormous sigh that is the new year. Although I mostly consider the new year a numerical byline to life’s ingrained order of space (huh?), it’s a great excuse for everyone to convene and really reacquaint themselves with the stars that inhabit their universe. Thanks for reading this blog, love to one and all.
According to my definition of it as such, the new year really just comes and goes. In the wake of my holiday relaxation and Snowmaggedon (thanks, Matt Ruby) encapsulating me underground, I am psyched to have the time available for a few openings. In like a…tiger.
Brendan Flanagan at Thierry Goldberg Projects: Upon discovery, I am enamored. The press release calls out Oskar Kokoschka, an Austrian impressionistic painter that I saw quite a bit of when I was in Prague. It also really brings out Emil Filla for me, a Czech painter of a similar breed. Filla was mostly a Cubist but there’s one image in the National Gallery in Prague that immediately came to the forefront of my brain called ‘Night of Love.’ Can’t wait to check this one out. Runs January 7 – February 6.
Tedd Nash Pomaski at Bose Pacia: Pomaski’s graphite spindles elude the same chills I find in sugar-lift aquatints (read: Picasso posting from several months ago). Where Pomaski’s work is unique, however, is in the ethereal mist cloaking his images. Their gray scale is like the cold air emitted on a subzero morning. They’re lifting right before our eyes.The show runs January 6 – February 19.
Amanda Burnham: From the Land of Pleasant Living at Benrimon Contemporary: I really enjoy Burnham’s versatility with watercolor. The layering of spider-vein building frameworks and splotches of heavenly washes really leave an instinctual perception of each scene she depicts. They’re somehow indefinable and timeless, melding painterly with my more graphic obsessions.I’m also really intrigued by how small they are, so we will see! Run January 6 – 28.
Deborah Luster: Tooth for an Eye / Carlos Vega: In Plain Sight at Jack Shainman Gallery: Two solo shows at Shainman both look to be a treat. Luster is a photographer who has traveled through the illustrious New Orleans and shot sites of homicides in the city. Displaying them in a circular format, mimicking the camera’s lens and her eye’s capabilities, she gives us telling moments of silence within the hustle. As far as Vega’s show goes: Spirituality + collage + energy? I’m sold. He also does a large amount of work on lead, which is interesting and definitely a weight and surface I enjoy. Both shows go from January 6 – February 5.
Yeni Mao at Collette Blanchard: For all of my kung-fu enthusiasts, Mao will bring you into an existential cultural stupor while he melts your face off with mylar collages. Sculpture, collage, and photography all serve to regenerate history. Boat references abound, and I’m very intrigued by his trash-bag sculpture of what looks like either a restrained samurai or me mid-Hustle (horizontally). Opens January 7 through March 6.
John Stezaker at Friedrich Petzel Gallery: I have been obsessed with Stezaker since I discovered his work at the Independent Art Fair last year during the Armory Show. His collages really knocked my socks off and made me feel more awkward than I had in a while (completely a positive quality). Petzel is showing two strands of his work: silkscreens from 1979-1992 and a set of collages entitled ‘Dark Star’ from 1979 – 1983. A few good facts: inspired by New York in the 70’s/80’s (Appropriation/American Modernism/”a city of voyeurs”/neon), afterward he chose to stick to the photographic image (mostly found) and expose its explicit intricacies, AND it was his first dive into color. WHEW can’t wait to see this show. Running January 7 – February 12.
((Slim pickin’ for images from Petzel, more to come when I get to the show))
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