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!
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THURSDAY, MAY 1
MARK GROTJAHN: BUTTERFLY PAINTINGS
AT BLUM & POE
Blum & Poe
19 E 66th St, NY
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.
BILLY AL BENGSTON
AT FRANKLIN PARRASCH GALLERY
Franklin Parrasch Gallery
53 E 64th St, NY
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:
MARK ROTHKO: THE WATERCOLORS 1941-1947
AT PACE (UPTOWN)
32 East 57th Street, NY
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
88 Eldridge Street, 5th FL
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
196 Chyrstie St
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
83 Grand St, NY
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