Suggested Viewing: Fall Season

Summer is winding down (despite the 90 degree sunshine we’ve been enjoying the past few days) so it’s time to fall into some great art exhibitions happening around the city! Below is a very concise list of some exciting exhibitions throughout the city that are currently on view or right around the corner! This in no way encapsulates the art scene as a whole, there’s a ton of art out there with much more to come. Happy viewing!

Karin Giusti, Red Autumn, 2014, inked print on paper, 15

Karin Giusti, Red Autumn, 2014, inked print on paper, 15″ x 28″, edition of 50

Karin Giusti: Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm
Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
September 26 – November 8, 2015

Karin Giusti’s large scale installation will transform Smack Mellon’s raw space into a solemn yet majestic environment, which addresses emotions such as grief and morning both in private and public. Giusti will combine sculpture and photography to transform the raw columns inside Smack Mellon into kaleidoscopic pillars projecting poignant memories of her life on the farm she shared with her late partner Stephen G. Shcwarz, a firefighter and 9/11 First Responder.

Allen M. Hart: Retrospective
Upstream Gallery
8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
September 10 – October 4, 2015

Allen Hart was an inspiration to me both as an artist and art historian. Yesterday, the Upstream Gallery in Westchester, NY will exhibit a selection of his works in honor of Hart’s long and prolific career. There will be an opening reception tomorrow, September 12th from 2-5pm. For more information about Hart’s life and career, read my profile on Allen M. Hart.

Dana Schutz: Flight in an Elevator
Petzel Gallery
456 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
September 10 – October 24, 2015

Dana Schutz is one of the leading figurative painters today for reasons which are obvious in her current exhibition at Petzel Gallery in New York. Standing in front of these large expressive paintings is an exhilarating occasion. In keeping with her signature style, Schutz’ work such as Lion Eating Its Tamer (2015) takes on humorous and absurd narratives, which are allegories of the human condition and contemporary culture. Her style feels automatic, there is a spontaneous engagement with paint and the figures seem to find their identity inside of the picture plane, often through a painterly struggle within the boundaries of the canvas.

Naked at the Edge: Bob Thompson & Louis Eilshemius
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
100 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011
September 8 – October 31, 2015

A brilliant pairing of Bob Thompson and Louis Eilshemius results in a very autumnal feeling exhibition.  See my recent review of this two person painting exhibition.

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Federico Solmi, The Father of His Country(George Washington – USA), 2015, acrylic, gold leaf, mixed media with LCD screen and video, 52 x 34 inches

Federico Solmi: The Brotherhood
Postmasters
54 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013
September 8 – October 17, 2015

These animated “video paintings” are the perfect dystopian vision of contemporary culture. See my recent preview.

Who’s Afraid of Feminism?
A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
September 10 – October 11, 2015

This group show curated by Catherine Morris, curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, examines the influence of feminism and the Feminist movement in contemporary art.

Andrea Mastrovito: The Disparates
RL Window
515 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
August 27 – September 26, 2015

Andrea Mastrovito’s Intifada (2012) is a life size photocopied figure that depicts a Palestinian boy twirling a sling against the moon. This and other absurdest figures like a lion tamer who whips a dead lion, are allegories for the state of society, which in regards to social and political conditions is often bizarre and cruel.

Tabitha Vevers, Swimmer (after Dana Schutz) , 2014 , Oil on Ivorine, 3

Tabitha Vevers, Swimmer (after Dana Schutz), 2014 , Oil on Ivorine, 3″ x 3.75″

Tabitha Vevers: Lover’s Eyes: Selfies
Lori Bookstein Fine Art
138 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
September 10 – October 17, 2015

Tabitha Vevers has mastered the art of making miniature portraits with monumental emotional impact, often dealing with issues of identity, gender issues, and Humanism. For this solo exhibition, Vevers is dealing with self portraiture in a uniquely personal way. Lover’s Eyes: Selfies is a series of detailed appropriations of self portraits by past and contemporary artists that investigate and play with the history of self portraiture. In these portraits, Vevers hones in on the eyes specifically, capturing the haunting power of the artists’ gaze.

Japanese Propaganda Kimonos 1905-1941 
Edward Thorp Gallery
210 11th Ave. #601, New York, NY 10001
September 10 – October 17, 2015
Both the history of Japanese Modernism and military history are examined through a series of Kimonos made primarily before World War II.
Hunter Reynolds: Survival AIDS Medication Reminder
P.P.O.W
535 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
September 10 – October 17, 2015

Hunter Reynolds has been a leading figure in HIV/AIDS activism, fighting homophobia, and censorship in the arts for over 20 years. P.P.O.W has organized a show of Reynolds’ Survival AIDS 2 series of photo weavings comprised from c-print grid-collages of scanned newspaper clippings between 1989 and 1993. These clippings are layered with imagery referencing Reynolds’ art practice and spots of the artist’s own HIV positive blood.

Rashid Johnson: Anxious Men
Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
October 2–December 20, 2015

Rashid Johnson will fill the Drawing Center gallery with a series of expressionistic black and white portraits made from black-soap-and-wax-on-tile. The figurative portraits draw some stylistic similarities to Dubuffet and project raw emotion out of negative space. Johnson’s truly a jack of all trades with regards to medium and it is great to see him taking on drawing in this exhibition.

Martin Wong: Human Instamatic
Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
November 5, 2015 to February 14, 2016

Martin Wong’s lighthearted and poignant paintings are the epitome of the Lower East Side art scene during the 1980s. Through a unique aesthetic style, Wong’s paintings brilliantly illustrate the displacement that the ethnically diverse community faced in light of the neighborhood’s gentrification.

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