New York Art Department presents Art Slots (#ArtSlots), a listing of art openings and happenings based on stuff we like (cats, net art, zig zags, big ass sculptures)... usually going down during the artsy-est timeslot ever— 6 to 8PM. 

After closing a fantastic weekend at Paramount Studios with Paris Photo LA, this is another huge week for Los Angeles. Blum & Poe finally open in the big city and west coast hero Billy Al Bengston gets some love with a "not quite a retrospective" retrospective at Franklin Parresh Gallery--- both of which open on May Day from 6-8PM. More below! 

If you'd like to be included in next week's post, e-mail info@newyorkartdepartment.org. 

 

THURSDAY, MAY 1

MARK GROTJAHN: BUTTERFLY PAINTINGS
AT BLUM & POE

Untitled (Orange Butterfly Green M 2003 G), 2003

Untitled (Orange Butterfly Green M 2003 G), 2003

Blum & Poe
19 E 66th St, NY
6-8PM

Blum & Poe opens in New York on E 66th right by Central Park with crowd pleasing, money making butterflies by Matt Grotjahn. These guys do not fuck around. 

 

transcendental bengston-tation
BILLY AL BENGSTON
AT FRANKLIN PARRASCH GALLERY

Peahead Pinecone Calling, 2013

Peahead Pinecone Calling, 2013

Franklin Parrasch Gallery
53 E 64th St, NY
6-8PM

Pop artist bad boy that was integral to the Ferus Gallery scene that was the center of the first wave La Cienega art scene in Los Angeles, who used to tease Andy Warhol and hang with Dennis Hopper, opens his second solo show with Franklin Parrasch. The legendary artist will be present. He looks like this:

A little older, still cool. 

A little older, still cool. 

MARK ROTHKO: THE WATERCOLORS 1941-1947
AT PACE (UPTOWN) 

Untitled, 1946-1947. watercolor, ink and charcoal on paper

Untitled, 1946-1947. watercolor, ink and charcoal on paper

PACE 
32 East 57th Street, NY
6-8PM

Rothko's twelfth exhibition at PACE will feature a selection of watercolors made between 1941 and 1947. The paintings are reminiscent of the muddy but colorful palette of Francis Bacon and haunted psychology of Sigmund Freud. Maybe a little of Lucien's anarchic swagger, as well. It's fun but difficult to put such an icon like Rothko into context, whose postcards are surely bestsellers at MoMA but this show is a nice reminder that the megawatt art star that fills museums was once simply a young artist making 40x27 in watercolors somewhere... 

We will probably not go see this since we'll be at Blum & Poe. 

+ MORE THURSDAY OPENINGS

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat drawings at Acquavelia Galleries, 6-8PM

  • Ida Ekblad at Greene Naftali Gallery, 6-8PM

  • Dawoud Bey at Mary Boone Gallery, 6-8PM

  • That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore... at Tilton Gallery, 6-8PM
     

FRIDAY, MAY 2

RELATIONS, TIM BARBER
AT CAPRICIOUS 88

Capricious 88
88 Eldridge Street, 5th FL
6-8PM

Tim Barber continues to capture those inexplicable, fleeting, mundane, beautiful, absurd, and poignant moments for us. Thanks, Tim.

++ MORE FRIDAY OPENINGS

  • Matthew Monahan at Anton Kern Gallery, 6-8PM

  • Kim Jones at Pierogi Gallery, 6-8PM

  • Lee Bul at Lehmann Maupin, 6-8PM

SATURDAY, MAY 3

2014 BENEFIT EXHIBITION
AT WHITE COLUMNS

+++ MORE SATURDAY OPENINGS

  • Hannah van Bart at Marianne Boesky, 5-7PM

  • Claudia Hart at bitforms gallery, 6-8PM

  • Keith Haring at Gladstone Gallery, 6-8PM

SUNDAY, MAY 4

GIBB SLIFE, MEG CRANSTON
AT FITZROY 

Thick as a Brick, 2012

Thick as a Brick, 2012

Fitzroy Gallery
196 Chyrstie St
6-8PM

California girl Meg Cranston exhibits her TMZ meets Calvin Tompkins humor with this show of punchline pop art. This is the most double tap-friendly exhibition of the week. 

PM, DANIEL TURNER
AT TEAM GALLERY

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Team Gallery
83 Grand St, NY
6-8PM

Solo show by New York-based artist Daniel Turner. Three large-scale sculptures that take the form of countertops. The gallery says: 

The objects, with their immaculate, office-kitchen finish and spartan design, do not resonate with the domestic experience, however, attracting instead insidious associations with the industrial and institutional - factories, schools, feed-lots. They appear utterly familiar while also remaining ambiguous, ultimately denying the utility they initially suggest.   

Eat your heart out, Restoration Hardware gallery or whatever. RH. 

++++ MORE SUNDAY OPENINGS

  • Lucas Ajemian at Marlborough Broome Street, 6-8PM

  • Michael Bauer at Lisa Cooley, 6-8PM
     

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  • Coffee and Pastries for Gemini G.E.L. for Rauschenberg editions, May 15, 10AM
  • New works by Lucian Smith opening at Per Skarstedt (20 E 79th St) on May 15, 6-8PM
     

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