Some Spring Shows

It started when Tony Fitzpatrick lamented having sent out postcards for his upcoming solo without the gallery address. I offered to post his info here on the blog. Then I thought: It's spring. Let's see what's coming up in Artlandia. I posted a call to my Facebook friends to ask for info on their upcoming shows, and here you have it. 

3.28. And now there's even more! Scroll down until you come to this image, which starts today's update

3.27: Wait, there's more! Scroll down until you come to this image, which starts Thursday's update

Tony Fitzpatrick, The Secret Birds: New Drawings, Adventureland, 1513 n Western Ave, Chicago; April 4 - May 5

Mark Wethli, The Painting Center, New York City, through April 19

Nancy Baker, Come Hell or High Water,  Length x Width x Height Gallery, Seattle; May 6 - 31

Fran Shalom, The Painting Center, New York City; April 22 - May 19

Elizabeth Morrissette, Good Penmanship, The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado; through April 5

James Austin Murray, Lyons Weir Gallery, New York City; April 3 - May 3

Jeanne Heifetz, Geometry of Hope, Lane Community College, Main Gallery, Eugene, Oregon; April 28 - May 22

Paula Roland, Navigating, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona;  April 5 - 26

Perri Neri, Monster: The Drawings, Ceres Gallery, New York City: April 1 - 26

Susan Bee, Doomed to Win: Paintings from the Early 1980s,  A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn; April 3 - 27

Sharon Kenny, Crevice and Chroma: Paintings from the Wissahickon, Music School of Delaware, Wilmington, through April 14;  Milford, April 15 - June 18

Donna Dodson, SIlent Scream: Personality Type and body Language, Boston Sculptors,  May 21 - June 22

Temme Barkin-Leeds, Interference Reactions to Shooter Video Games, Callanwolde Art Center, Atlanta: through May 9

Alyce Gottesman, Inverness, Artspace@MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave, Summit, N.J.; May 2 - 30

Kate Petley, Lined, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe; June 9-29

3.27.14: There's more!

Ellen Wineberg, Worldview, Bromfield Gallery, Boston; April 2 - 27

Linda Leslie Brown, New Work with Holes, Kingston Gallery, Boston; April 2 - 27

Jason Horowitz, Closer & Closer: Jason Horowitz, Works Thru Time, 1980-2014, Curator's Office, Washington, D.C.; through April 19

Clare Asch, Tidelines, Galatea Fine Art, Boston; April

Bernadetts Jiyong Frank, Spaces in Between, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco;  June 5 - July 5

Lorrie Fredette, Foundation Gallery at Columbia Green Community College, Hudson, New York; through April 18

Laura Moriarty, Closed System,  Garrison Art Center, Garrison, New York; April 4 - May 12

Melinda Stickney-Gibson, New Paintings from the Woods, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon; May 1 - 31

Molly Herman,  Lingua Franca, The Painting Center, New York City; April 22 - May 17

Natalie Abrams, Beneath the Fold, City Ice Arts, Kansas City, Missouri; April

3.28.14: There's even more!

Karen Nielsen-Fried, Intuitive Geometries, Lundbeck Research Corporate Gallery, Paramus, N.J.; June 2 - 30, 2014    

Shelley Gilchrist, Roam, ARC Gallery, Chicago; May 28 - June 21

Andrew V. Wapinski, Restructured, Gallery Plan B, Washington, D.C.June 11 - July 13

Mary Early, Wax Points, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia; May 2 - May 31

David A. Clark, Ancient Histories, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson; May 3 - 30, 2014

Krista Svalbonas, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, New York; June 14 - July 6

George Shaw, Singularity, Galatea Fine Art, Boston; June 

Cherie Mittenthal, Structures & Waves, KobaltGallery, Povincetown, Mass.;  June 5 – 19 

Anne Mavoe, Ancient Landscapes: The Spirit of Place, Highfield Hall, Falmouth, Mass.; May 25 - July 6

Sirarpi Heghinian-Walzer, Avery, Movimento Space, Boston; through March 31

Arlene Slavin, Intersections: Museum Entry, The Guild Hall Museum, Easthampton, New York; May 23 - October 25



Sandro Botticelli, La Primavera, tempera on panel, 1478, at the Uffizzi, Firenze

La Primavera, fresco at the Museo Archeologico, Napoli


On Hiatus for Just a Bit Longer

Have you missed me? I've been on hiatus since mid-January when I got a new knee. Fifteen years of running on New York City pavement and then . . . trouble. Give me another week or so and I'll be back.

Not mine, but you get the picture


The End of an Era: Thank You, OK Harris

Closing its doors at the end of the day on April 19

"OK Harris was the first gallery on West Broadway and is virtually the last"

In July 2012 I wrote a post saying goodbye and thank you to the legendary Ivan Karp, who founded and ran OK Harris Works of Art in SoHo. It was impossible to imagine that he would one day be gone, but once the reality set in, the post poured out.

Ivan in the doorway of his gallery in 1995
Photo by Algis Kemezys, courtesy of the gallery

Now it's time to say goodbye to the legendary gallery he founded. In April it will close its doors. In an email sent out yesterday, the family and longtime staff of the gallery said this:

"After 45 years, OK Harris will be closing.  We will proudly exhibit the works of the exceptional artists on our schedule through April 19th.  This e-mail is to thank you and to congratulate our artists, collectors, dealers, friends, on 45 years of successful collaboration.  Ivan C. Karp, the gallery’s progenitor and prime mover, its heart and soul, was the proud steward and loving parent of this institution.  OK Harris has been an accomplishment worthy of acclaim and celebration and has historical resonance.

"Every one of us contributed to Ivan’s vision and participated in the life and character of OK Harris.  The gallery hasn’t merely been a place to showcase the talents of artists or an establishment for the sale of works of art to an admiring public, it has been an institution where people of uncommon vision and love of creative enterprise could come together and be uplifted by the variety and resounding quality of Ivan’s generous vision.

"All things pass, and passages are bittersweet.  There is joy in having participated in a thing worth doing and in the knowledge that it was done well, and melancholy in its ending.  OK Harris was the first gallery on West Broadway and is virtually the last.  Its opening founded SoHo and achieved its promise as Ivan’s proving grounds.  Ivan deliberated the eventual closing of the gallery when he could no longer be its hub.  He left us with clear guidelines for its duration, to which we adhere in closing, recognizing Ivan's and our collaboration with each of you during the last 45 grand years.

"The gallery’s archives will be donated to the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian where Ivan’s personal papers already reside. "

The opening of five exhibitions on Saturday, January 25, is likely to be bittersweet, but let's not focus on the bitter. My friend Laura Moriarty will show her splendid sculptural paintings there for the first time. Go see the show, say Hi to Laura, and tell the family and staff--Christine Adapon, Amy Fishman, Ethan Karp, Marilyn Karp, Suzanne Kreps, Ana Menezes and Rick Witter--how much the gallery has meant to you over the years. 

Laura Moriarty, Leaning Wall, 2013, pigmented beeswax, 15 x 10 x 2.5 inches


Do You Know About Painter's Progress?

Artist Stephen B. MacInnis, a painter based in Prince Edward Island, Canada, maintains a blog called Painter's Progress. In the spirit of cyber camaraderie that is a hallmark among art bloggers, MacInnis runs a regular feature called Have You Met . . .? in which he introduces the work of an artist whose work he admires.

J.M., Diamond Lattice 25, graphite and micaceous oil stick on Fabriano 300-lb. hotpress, 30 x 22 inches

Today I'm that artist. I'm delighted to be part of a project that includes Tim McFarlane, P. Elaine Sharpe, Doug Holst, Lori Ellison, Louise Blyton, Chris Ashley and many others.

In the spirit of cyber camaraderie, and because I happen to love his work, allow me to suggest that you take a look at MacInness's work. Why not start here with his bio and spend some time looking around the site, as you might in a studio visit.

Stephen MacInniss, #1425, mixed media on paper, 12x12 inches from his Long Seriesan ongoing and proposed 10,000-piece project

Thanks, Stephen!


Fair Well: Coincidentally . . .

Previous Miami posts

Demitra Copoulos cast plastic at Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, at Aqua Art  

If there's one thing I learned at these fairs it's that if you see one unusual object or idea, it's very likely you'll run into something similar--not a trend but a coincidence, often with a high WTF factor.

Fans of the Fairs
Not to be confused with satisfied attendees (or the much-appreciated A/C that cooled all the venues):

Above, at ABMB: Spencer Finch, Wind (Through Emily Dickinson's Window, August 14, 2012, 3:22 p.m.), 2012, fan, dimmer, lan box, at unidentified gallery

Below, at Untitled: Arielle Falk's bladeless fans at Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn
. . . . .

Stovetop Cooking
One is a conceptual piece, the other an elaborately constructed full-scale stove.

Above, at ABMB: Mika Rottenberg, detail of Tss Tss, at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City

Below: Do Ho Suh, detail of Specimen Series: 348 West 22 Street, New York , NY 10011, USA- Stove, 2013; polyester fabric, at Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York City

In Rottenberg's piece, above, water from the A/C overflow drips into a frying pan that's placed on a turned-on hotplate. The tss tss of the title is the sound the water makes as it hits the hot pan. 
"I love it," I heard Don Rubel say, as he walked by it.
"Careful, hot," said the guard.

Do Ho Suh, known for constructing entire, minutely detailed rooms out of sewn fabric, here offers an apartment stove in a vitrine
. . . . .

On a Roll
Mr. Whipple would have loved these.  Just don't squeeze the ziggurat.

At NADA: Ken Kagami cast bronze and paper toilet paper rolls, at 
(I think) Misako & Rosen, Tokyo 
Below, at ABMB: Martin Creed, title unknown, stacked toilet paper, at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York City

. . . . .

Call 1-800-Mattress
Tell them you saw these in Miami:

Above, at ABMB: Guyton/Walker, installation of painted mattresses, all untitled, 2013, at Green Naftali, New York City
Below, at Untitled: Ezra Johnson, Slumping Toward Bethlehem, 2013, mixed media, at DNA Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.

. . . . .

Checking In
Even though there were plaid grids seen throughout the fairs, I wouldn't call them a trend but more of a confluence of concept, executed in different materials. (Well, maybe that makes them a trend.) I love all of them.

At Untitled:  Kelly Jazvac, Mat, 2013, salvaged adhesive vinyl and rope, at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto
Installation view below

At Miami Project: Cheryl Donegan installation of fabric and mixed-media collages, at David Shelton Gallery, Houston
Below: Closer view of one work

Above and below, at NADA: Michelle Grabner, flashe on panel, various sizes, at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

At NADA: Peter Schuyff, Untitled, 1986, oil on canvas, at Sorry We're Closed Gallery, Brussels
Detail below

. . . . .

Two on a Match
The paintings of Josef Albers are an art fair staple, perhaps because he painted so many of them in his lifetime, and they're brilliant, and in secondary-market sales they probably bring in a bundle. The surprise here was coming across these fabulous bound-book installations and then looking for, and finding, a painting that related almost perfectly

Above at ABMB: Fernanda Bragatiero, Not Abstract, 2013, handmade books on stainless steel  shelves. at Galerie Elba Benitez, Madrid
Below, Josef Albers, Homage to the Square, Waiting, 1954, oil on canvas, at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

. . . . .

Bring Your Office to the Fair Day
The big fair has had its share of installations--including bodegas, fruit stands, a sewing factory, a banana-laden VW van, a canteen truck selling art, and more--but this is the first time it had a business office and office supplies. 

At ABMB: The entry to Wang Yuyang's office, an installation at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing

The office itself seems to be out of the late-Eighties. As you're standing there breathing, you realize it's not the quiet whoosh of your own breath you're hearing. The contents of the entire office---all the equipment, plus the office furniture and even the packaged reams of paper--are impressively fabricated simulacra in plastic or rubber that expand and contract slightly. The effect was not cartoonish but kind of terrifying, actually

Above and below: closer views of the installation, where everything was expanding and contracting

At NADA: There was a copy machine sitting quietly (not breathing, as far as I could tell) in the booth of The Still House Group, Brooklyn 

And back at ABMB, in an art-or-trash moment there was this box full of printer parts 

. . . . .

Poker Face
It took a moment of viewing this monochromatic abstraction to realize what its components were. I photographed it, mostly for the surprise factor. But the work didn't make it into a post until I read a related news item on line. Apparently one way to deal with a bad hand is to change the game entirely.

Above, at ABMB: Not sure (possibly Eric Wesley at Bortolami, New York City)
Below, from a recent news item online:

. . . . .

Eva and Adele
You don't have a total art fair experience unless and until you see Eva and Adele, the bald and genderless Berlin couple whose fussy sartorial expression is a combination of haute kitsch and basse couture. Since their costume is their art ("Wherever we are is museum"), they don't seem to hang out or talk with other fairgoers but rather engage in a lot of seeing and being seen. 

At ABMB: Eva and Adele pose for someone else's camera. I just took advantage of the photo op
Telling them apart, below: Adele is on the left

And that brings us to the image of the sculptures that open this post. When I saw these cast plastic wigs at Aqua Art, I knew I had a conceptual coincidence

Demitra Copoulos cast  plastic at Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, at Aqua Art

That's it for this year's posts, Fair Well, from Miami. Farewell. Thanks for reading. Feel free to share the links to these posts. 

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