By Marcella Zimmermann
It's Armory Week, but more on that later.
New York Art Department presents Art Slots, a weekly listing of art openings and happenings we find worth your while... usually going down during the artsy-est timeslot ever— 6 to 8PM.
If you'd like to be included in next week's post, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6
Alexander the Great:
The Iolas Gallery 1955-1987
Paul Kasmin Gallery
239 10th Ave, NY
Paul Kasmin Gallery pays tribute to Alexander Iolas aka "Alexander the Great", 20th century art dealer that gave Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha their first shows in New York, in 1945 and 1967, respectively. In the twenty years between Andy and Ed, Iolas introduced surrealism to America, helped develop the de Menil collection (think Dia:Beacon), and shaped the careers of William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Man Ray, Paul Thek... and many others that are now represented by Paul Kasmin--- bringing art history full circle.
- The Last Brucennial, 837 Washington St
- Second Sight, Eyebeam
- Travess Smalley, Higher Pictures, 980 Madison
- Matthew Stone, The Hole, 312 Bowery
- Jim Isermann and B. Wurtz, Mary Boone Gallery, 745 5th Ave
- Molly Surno / Molly Lowe, Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand St
FRIDAY, MARCH 7
KIGURUMI, DOLLERS AND HOW WE SEE IT
243 Bowery NY
64-year old woman explores Japanese subculture and 21st identity through the Internet, sweetly misinterpreting Kigurumis, cosplay, and love dolls--- in her artist statement, she calls them "Dollers." Maybe she learned about them on "The Youtubes."
In comparison to Jon Rafman's recent exhibition at Zach Feuer Gallery, which was a perfect troll of art collectors, gamers, and Asian fetishizers alike, this exhibition feels completely disconnected from its subject. It's not a surprise that the photos were, according to the artist, shot in "a tiny abandoned brick house in Connecticut."
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
Lose the day to art fairs. Try to see Olaf Breuning's whimsical new installation at Central Park:
These two artists were both part of Dia:Macon, an exhibition curated by Team Gal's Todd Von Ammon and presented by New York Art Department in 2012:
- Dave McDermott, Brennan & Griffin, 55 Delancy St
- Timothy Hull, Fitzroy Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street
SUNDAY, MARCH 9
THE UTOPIA OF HUGGING FOR 20 MINUTES
A PERFORMANCE BY THE GAO BROTHERS
RH Contemporary Art
437 West 16th Street
20 minutes of hugging as "interactive public art" with The Gao Brothers. We can't decide whether this is really adorable or grossly neutered thanks to furniture chain Restoration Hardware, who funds "RH" Contemporary Art.
To participate, email your name/age/country of origin to RHCAINFO@RH.com.
No RSVP is required to watch the performance.