Anagnorisis Fine Arts

Anagnorisis Picks | June by Binnorie
June 3, 2012, 2:57 pm
Filed under: Anagnorisis Picks, Art Shows

Welcome to June, everyone.

I’m very proud to announce that I have two exhibitions opening in this lurverly summer month. One even has my own artwork in it. Go figure. Bushwick is also having its open studio weekend. More details here.

As usual, I’ll add to this post if I learn of something new for June (submissions welcome). Follow the links in the headers below for details on each show.

All about me:

Guild of the Black Eagle 5 All Woman Group Show curated by David Hochbaum

Samantha Levin’s “Never Empty, Never Bare (Anthropomorph II)”

Artist David Hochbaum has generously curated one of my larger works into his upcoming exhibition with the Guild of the Black Eagle. This exhibition will be the fifth iteration of the guild and the first one in a gallery (they’ve shown at art fairs and artist studios before). I’m honored to be included in this show with this extraordinary roster of female artists:

Kristen Ferrell, Danielle de Picciotto, Annie Kyle, Samantha Levin, Philly Abe, Evelyn Tiernan, Gabriela Vainsencher, Alison Silva, Sara Gage, Zoe Williams, Allison Berkoy and Elka Amorim

Dark Signs curated by Anagnorisis for Zahzo Gallery

Buddy Nestor’s latest portrait of Kat Gun, in progress

Zahzo is a new gallery located in Manhattan that has a very strong interest in the grotesque, which just tickles me dark.

Please come support us at our new space on June 22nd, 7pm in celebrating our first exhibition. The lineup is stunning: Jeremy Hush, Paul Romano, Buddy Nestor, Dan Ouellette, David Hochbaum, Ivan Lee Mora, Marcus Poston, Caitlin Hackett, Seldon Hunt, Cam de Leon, Yuri Leonov and Carrie Ann Baade. In the curator’s corner: Benjamin Parkes and yours truly.

I thought I’d publish the in-progress shot of Buddy Nestor’s newest painting he’s recently finished for this show. It provides some wonderful insight into his working process as well as showing off how good he is with his portraits. The finished work will be published soon. If you are interested in purchasing something from this show, give me a holler.

Zahzo Gallery
113 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

More details to come.

Lucian Freud drawings at Acquavella Gallery

Lucian Freud’s “Dead Monkey”

Unfortunately there are only a few more days to see this exhibition of Freud’s drawings. For some insight on the exhibition, there’s an interesting review of the show on Hyperallergic.

Alex Pardee’s Tu’Mor or Not Tu’Mor at the Cotton Candy Machine

Want to be disgusted silly? Well, here you go. ’nuff said.

Well, OK, here’s more info lifted directly from the Cotton Candy site:

Alex Pardee’s unique style is one conceived through watching years of horror movies, writing graffiti, and listening to gangster rap. His work best represents that of a vibrant undead circus sideshow. Final pieces are often brought to life by translating random shapes and colors into signs of torment and absurdity. By juxtaposing these two conflicting moods, Alex makes his works more personal to his viewers, forcing them to project their own feelings and emotions onto each character in his twisted universe.

Join us for an Interactive Art and Game Show featuring all new Paintings and hosted by Alex Pardee! Also featuring all your favorite Zerofriends merchandise!

This madness opens on June 8th.

And, by the way, the Candy Machine is doing another Trifecta next month with three tiny pieces from various artists all going for $100 a pop. Hopefully the line won’t keep everyone stuck on the sidewalk again this year. Remember: last year no one bought the Chet Zar until long after the show opened, so this is a fantastic chance to get original artwork from your favorite artists at a very low price!

Visionaries; Past, Present, and Future group show at the Queensborough Community College

Carrie Ann Baade’s “The Bride Stripping the Bachelors Bare”

Evinced by this exhibition, seemingly much of the artists we feature here on Anagnorisis are delving (or being categorized) into the Visionary art genre. I still prefer to consider them to be the Contemporary Grotesque, but I’ll take this label too. The grotesque tends to be cathartic and redemptive, forcing those who view it to look inward and dig in our own spiritual dirt. Regarding what genre we’re all wallowing in, however, it all comes out in the wash in the end; the history books of our future will probably make up some new name altogether for all of this.

Running from June 22 to September 15th, this exhibition explores a small sampling of the Visionary Art world. The artists involved are some of our favorites. Hope the gallery posts more info on the show soon. There’s nothing there right now.

Visionaries includes an extraordinary survey of talent spanning from the mid 20th century to the present. Among those artists included in this survey are: Carrie Ann Baade, Ernst Fuchs, H.R. Giger, Adam Scott Miller, Leo Plaw, De Es Schwertberger, Heidi Taillefer, Roberto Venosa, Peter Gric, Martina Hoffman, Brigid Marlin, and Madeline von Foerster. Curated by Olga Spiegel, France Garrido and Miguel Tio.

Sur-Realism group show at Arcadia Gallery

Martin Wittfooth’s “Warden”

According to Stephen Diamant, President of Arcadia Gallery, Sur-Realism is a collection of works by “skilled painters that are creating exciting, contemporary representational painting that does not deserve to be categorized [into the Lowbrow or Realism] genres.” Thus, here we have yet another advocate supporting the notion that this Lowbrow and Pop Surreal artwork we love needs to be recognized as a separate entity. He also states:

Sur-Realism was created to be a showcase for painters who are all technically very gifted, but have chosen to stray away from what is considered “contemporary, classical realism.” It seems that recently when a painter says they are a “realist” many collectors and galleries tend to think that the artist is either creating works that are more classical in nature which seems to be what all the ateliers and private studios are teaching or imagery that could be lumped into the “Lowbrow” category. And while technique and skill are essential, there are so many artists who are deliberately trying to have their work “look old and academic” or “edgy/disturbing” and places their works in one category or the other.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 16th with a reception from 4 to 6 pm and continues through the 30th.

Missed the opening, but still on view:

Haberdashery at Eric Firestone Gallery

Jessica Joslin’s “Almeria and Alonia”

Talking about moving our grotesque artists into a more visible arena, Jessica Joslin’s current show has her in the same room as some of the most famous artists working today. Whether you like their work or not is beside the point; this exhibition puts Jessica’s work into a new arena. Personally, I’m a fan of much of what’s on view.

The subject of the show is interesting:

The word alone – haberdashery – conjures vintage clothiers the likes of Beau Brummell, whose tailored trousers and neat cravats helped to revolutionize menswear in 19th century England. Tailcoats, top hats and walking sticks were de-rigueur for the proper dandy in Brummell’s world, but few could sustain the cost of such fashionable accoutrements.
The Haberdashery plays off of the concept of high-end men’s clothiers [that] casts an eye toward men’s finery, celebrating the milliner, tailor, cobbler and malletier, as well as the goods and associative meanings that their work engenders. Brummell himself, undone by gambling debts and high living, spent the end of his life on the lamb in France, attempting to avoid debtor’s prison. Such style – indeed,such a lifestyle – would not have been possible without the haberdasher, who pampered and polished the 1% of his day.

I’m not sure I like what this exhibition is celebrating: who is the haberdasher of our day? The artists?

The line up: Donald Baechler, Bast, Libby Black, Nick Cave, Willie Cole, David Colman, Jim Dine, Anh Duong, Dzine, Phillip Estlund, Gilbert and George, Kara Hamilton, Jessica Joslin, Tseng Kwong Chi, David Lachapelle, Greg Lauren, Charles LeDray, McDermott & McGough, Ryan Metke, Maynard Monrow, Garrett Pruter, Retna, Shelter Serra, Vadis Turner, Nari Ward, Mark Wilson, Erwin Wurm and Rob Wynne.

Nick Baxter’s The Apostasy and Chris Peter’s The Soul Never Sleeps at Last Rites Gallery

Nick Baxter’s “Hand of God”

Chris Peters’s “Near the Window”

These two solo exhibitions are just the right ones to remind you of your mortality in the most spiritual ways. Peters’s memento mori utilize the all too familiar skull to ponder death (and life after), while Baxter goes into a new exciting realm, touching upon the closeness to death we can get while putting all our faith into our surgeons who hope to extend our lives on Earth. One painting would have been enough for me to explore this avenue, but there’s nothing wrong with having “fun” with a good thing, right?

This show just opened up on Saturday the 2nd, so it will be around for a while, but call the gallery ahead of time before going there. I tried to view Last Rites’ previous shows (Billy Norrby: The Fury and Matt Rota: City Of The Dead) slated to close on the 21st of May, but was greeted with a locked door. Someone came down to let me in, but I found that the gallery was in the midst of hanging Paul Booth’s work for a short exhibition to last only one weekend. This short show was a repeat of his solo exhibition at the H.R. Giger Museum that just came down in March. I had a nice surprise, but I was seriously disappointed to miss Norby and Rota.

July 7th – August 11th, 2012
“Taboo”: Beinart Surrealist Collective group show

Alternate City Envy:

Cam de Leon’s Stasis at Nucleus Gallery

Cam de Leon

Cam is one of my favorite artists working in the Contemporary Grotesque genre. His works are grotesque, but intelligently and surrealistically explorative, tapping directly into the dream-mind. Every time I look at his work, my mind delves into new directions. Nucleus has a sweet poetic statement about the show:

Despite ever-present affliction, things have turned suddenly to stillness, resulting in a sense of perfect tranquility. Dark times preceded and certain still to come, but this moment is a glimmer of something greater. Divided forces become one within a state of sublime stasis.
Nucleus is honored to showcase the work of acclaimed artist Cam de Leon, the first solo showing of the artist’s original paintings at the gallery.

I had the honor of showing Cam’s first oil painting back in 2009. So well painted and framed, it was the star of the show. When I can, I visit the person who bought it from me so I can witness it again. If you’re near Nucleus, I highly suggest you stop over.

Jason D’Aquino’s Phillumeny at La Luz de Jesus Gallery

It’s hard for Jason’s work not to astound. Bring your monocles to this one: most of Jason’s drawings are tiny and those that are not are super-detailed.

Jason D’Aquino is a miniaturist. The majority of his works are minute and meticulously detailed graphite renderings on vintage matchbook and other found surfaces. White hilites [sic] are introduced using watercolor undiluted with a single hair brush. The search for these found “canvases” has led him to strange corners of the world and to some unique treasures. He recently unearthed a hand-quilled, illustrated whaling manuscript from St. Petersburg Russia, which made its way to Christie’s auction house in New York City.

“The matchbook was a canvas I fell in love with because it carries with it a universally recognizable built-in scale reference. Often collectors will first encounter my work through a blog or magazine article, and this makes it difficult to effectively convey scale…but once they see the matches, they can put the whole thing quickly in context. I also love the matchbook because it is a nostalgic, gritty, cheap little souvenir. I enjoy taking such a worthless surface and turning it into a coveted piece of art,” states D’Aquino.

Anagnorisis Picks | May by Binnorie
May 4, 2012, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Anagnorisis Picks, Art Shows

Before I knew it, May had arrived. And thus this post is late.

Already underway is our second round of 2012 New York art fairs. To best express how I feel about this, I will quote Art Fag City, “It’s art fair season. Again. Whoop-de-fucking-doo.

So, on that note, here are your options:

Pulse New York, May 3 – 6, 2012
Red Dot New York, May 3 – 6, 2012
Frieze New York, May 4 – 7,2012 (This is the big one, folks)
NADA NYC, May 4 – 7,2012
Not sure when Verge emerged from certain death and updated their website, but this fair is alive and well running from May 3 – 6. I thought they’d tanked. [edit: I just learned that Red Dot did, in fact, tank.]

But, seriously, if you go to any of the fairs, I think SEVEN is your best bet. Small and simple, it’s got some really good galleries on board and you can avoid the marathon that Frieze is likely to kill you with. Taking place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at The Boiler, it’s been going on since April 28 and will keep going on until May 20.

Dotty Attie’s “Lone Ranger” in P.P.O.W.’s booth at SEVEN

That AFC post is quite hilarious, actually. Go read it for a synopsis on each of the fairs I listed above.

Looking far into the future, mark your calendars for June 6th when you can actually see a work by Yours Truly at Fuse Gallery. Anagnorisis also has a new show in the works opening on June 22nd. More info on that to come.

And now for the not-to-be-missed art shows for May. Like last month, if I come across additional shows for May, I’ll add them to this post. (Edit: Three more added to the mix!)


Suggestivism at Bold Hype

Tom Bagshaw

THIS is the show of the month as far as I’m concerned (with the Wexler show listed below coming in at a VERY close second). A Pop Surreal show at heart, it will be dripping heavily in the Neo-Grotesque and The Strange with Christian Rex van Minnen, Chris Mars, Chet Zar, Dan May, Martin Wittfooth, Tom Bagshaw, Marco Mazzoni, Heidi Taillefer and others on the bill. It will be on view for a month.

Bold Hype is a smallish gallery. I’m willing to bet that, on their opening night next Thursday the 10th, what free wine/beer they have will run out quick, the hallway outside the gallery will be packed, it will be hot and you will have to be a linebacker in order to be able to see the art. Groups shows with artists like these on view are always a clusterfuck. Arrive early!! Or, better yet, go during regular business hours.

Then hop on a bus to Philly for:

Wild Nature at Wexler Gallery

Andy Paiko

I am so excited for this show! This gorgeous group exhibition explores themes “…relating to the natural world, the human condition, and the idea of the sublime.” On view will be work by Christy Langer, Julie Anne Mann, Andy Paiko, and Jennifer Trask and was curated by Wexler Gallery Director Sienna Freeman. The image above was swiped from JL Schnabel’s blog post on Hi Fructose. Click click click for more images. From Wexler’s website:

WILD Nature will investigate the awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying qualities of nature, a topic widely explored by artists and writers during the Romantic period in Europe. Using a variety of mediums and techniques, featured artists will explore the exotic worlds of flora and fauna from an allegorical approach, often drawing from personal experiences, memories, and dreams. The show will also consider connections between the human subconscious and the wilderness of the physical world.

This show is opening this week and will be up for the next month.

Adam Wallacavage’s Shiny Monsters at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Adam Wallacavage

Running from May 17 to Jul 15, this exhibition of Adam Wallacavage’s plaster and resin enlightening creatures will be on view in several of the Alliance’s rooms: “…Wallacavage will take inspiration from his lavishly decorated home by presenting several new chandeliers within each gallery.” Intriguing!! The Alliance’s show description is a little confusing stating that this will be Adam’s first solo show, which is incorrect. Perhaps they are referring to their own venue… Whatever the case, it will be good.

Zoe Williams in Buddy’s Den group show at TT Gallery

Zoe Williams

I’m not sure which of her felt sculptures will be in this show, but the above image at least gives you an idea of what to expect. Opening soon, this show looks like it’s going to be fun. Right down the street from Fuse Gallery this is also a hybrid arts venue playing with toys and art simultaneously. This group show opens on May 11th and will be up until May 18th.

Nicola Samorì’s The Venerable Abject at Ana Christea Gallery

Nicola Samorì’s “Irene scopre l’Informale”

If you missed seeing his work at Volta back in March, not to fret. This will be better. Opening on Thursday, May 17th, this solo exhibition will allow those who have been drooling over this Italian artists’ paintings in digital form a chance to see their full texture and nuance. I’ll most definitely see you there.

Syd Mead’s Future (Perfect) at BravinLee Programs

Syd Mead’s Running of the Six DRGXX, 1983, KRONOTEKO

You might wonder why I’ve added this designer to this list of grotesque art shows. Simply put, he’s a genius on too many levels to count; I would be remiss to not mention him. His technical skills with a paint brush go beyond reckoning, and I’m willing to bet that the imagery you see in this exhibition accurately depicts our future. In fact, Mr. Mead actually said so during his short iPad talk at the show’s opening on Friday night. I believe him; he has contributed to modern design in architecture, entertainment, automobiles and more. To boot, the man was born in 1933 and is still working. Even if you’re not a fan of the imagery, this man’s work is historical (you’re most likely familiar with his design of Tron and Bladerunner). To have the chance to see these works is rare.

AlternaCity Envy (because every art show should take place in or near New York):

Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wild at Thinkspace

This is a huge exhibition that hopes to “…raise awareness about the precarious predicament of wild creatures around the world, and to benefit efforts to protect them in their natural habitat.” Check out the list of over 100 participating artists via the link above.

Detailed Information at Mindy Solomon Gallery

Carrie Ann Baade

If you caught Mindy’s booth at Scope this year, you know that her taste is ridiculously sublime. This upcoming group show includes a great mix including Anagnorisis favorites such as Carrie Ann Baade and Kate MacDowell amongst others. Floridians, you are envied.

So are you who live a little further north in Northampton, Massachusetts:

Travis Louie’s The Secret Pet Society at William Baczek Fine Arts

Travis Louie’s “Hillary and Sam”

We always love Travis’s shows!! Go see this if you’re in the area!

Slow Transitions by Binnorie
April 5, 2012, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Announcement, White Rabbit

You may have noticed that no new exhibitions have been announced here in a long while. This is a good thing. Let me explain:

Quite a while ago I came to a decision not to produce shows at the White Rabbit after the end of 2011. While the venue has provided uncountable opportunities for Anagnorisis and the artists who have shown there in the past, it became evident that the White Rabbit’s personality, steeped in Street Art and Lower East Side history, was not fitting well with Anagnorisis’ dark explorations of the grotesque.

Anagnorisis is currently in the midst of planning new shows which will take place less often throughout the year and in new places. You may have noticed that I’m blogging on other sites and am helping artists expand their horizons in various ways. It is my hope that this slower pace will allow for more in-depth events and projects that can allow Anagnorisis to grow. More news on that to come.

I’m excited to announce that taking over the arts program at the White Rabbit is 2 Feet 12 Inches, a partnership of art enthusiasts who have been rooted in the Lower East Side for many years longer than I have. If you’re a fan of Street Art, Lowbrow and Graf, these upcoming shows are sure to knock your socks off.

It’s fantastic to see the arts at the White Rabbit be taken over by such competent folks. Hope to see you at their first opening on May 2nd.

Anagnorisis Picks | April by Binnorie
April 4, 2012, 5:23 pm
Filed under: Anagnorisis Picks, Art Shows

As we out here in Gotham are all looking forward to seeing Spring take hold on the streets, so are we starting to gear up for May’s deluge of art fairs with Frieze, Pulse, Red Dot and NADA barely a month after March’s art fair glob. But that will be in May. This is April, and there is a lot to see in between.

I have been delaying publishing this post because I keep finding new shows to include. Rather than delay longer, I will add to this post here when I come across April exhibitions, so do check back.
[EDIT: Four shows added! Scroll down!]

Clicking on the headings below will bring you to web pages that lead to exhibition details:

Brad Kunkle at Arcadia Fine Arts

Brad Kunkle

Brad Kunkle’s paintings are mysterious and other-worldly, powerful, yet precious. Hard to see online is the plethora of shimmering gold that sets off his introspective, and realistically painted subjects. This, his second solo exhibition at Arcadia, is sure to be stunning. This solo show will be open starting on April 21st.

Hans Bellmer and Unica Zürn in Bound at Ubu Gallery

Unica Zurn

Continuing through May 12, this exhibition provides an intimate view into the relationship between these two Surrealist artists. Tragic, romantic and sexual, it’s a rare occasion, so don’t miss it.

… an exhibition of over fifty works created over two decades – spanning the German artists’ relationship – from their meeting at Bellmer’s opening at Gallerie Rudolph Springer in 1953 until Zürn’s suicide in 1970. Including anagrammatic drawings, erotic portraits, illustrated manuscripts, photographic collaborations and archival photographs of the artists at their shared flat at rue Mouffetard…

Marshall Arisman’s The Ayahuasca Cave at Sacred Gallery

Marshall Arisman

This show opened this week and will be on view until April 30, 2012.

Narrative Thread with artists Diem Chau, Orly Cogan, Erin Endicott, Flore Gardner, Donna Rosenthal at Wexler Gallery in Philly

Erin Endicott

Erin Endicott showed with Anagnorisis back in 2010, so I’m excited to see her showing at this wonderful Philly gallery. Not easily relegated as craft, her cross-stitched artwork is emotionally inspiring. Crossing my fingers for a solo show in the future. This exhibition opened this week and will be on view until April 28, 2012.

Wexler also has a fantastic group show following this one that I’m excited about. Keep an eye out for the next Anagnorisis Picks post.

Dirk Staschke at the Bellvue Art Museum

Dirk Staschke

Dirk Staschke’s ceramic sculptures of food cornucopia are immensely visceral, gluttonous and dripping. Over-saturated with sweetness, fat and gloss, they ooze with over-abundance. Perhaps reminiscent of the feel of the Rococo, his raw chickens, fruits and vegetables are objectified sexualized ornamentation. He has other very impressive works, but these food arrangements are my favorite, if you couldn’t already tell. He’s already had several shows at Wexler, so if you miss this exhibition, he’s sure to pop up in Philly again in the not-too-distant future.

More information about the show and the artist here.

Nicola Verlato’s How the West Was Won and EVOL’s Repeat Offender at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Nicola Verlato


Both of these shows open this Saturday, April 7th and will be around until May 5th, 2012.

Judith Schaechter’s The Battle of Carnival and Lent at the Eastern State Penitentiary

Judith Schaechter {image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery}

Judith Schaechter created her latest work, The Battle of Carnival and Lent, specifically for the Eastern State Penitentiary‘s long running art installation program, to which she was accepted last year. An ambitious project, it has finally been installed in the landmark and is now on view to the public. The entire place is haunted with a sordid history, so I suggest putting aside a few hours for this if you go. On May 11, there will be an opening reception for Judith and all the artists who have installed art in the penitentiary this season, but the work is on view now and will be up for around 8 months.

Night at Munch Gallery with artists Neke Carson, Erik Foss, David Hochbaum, Jacob Fuglsang Mikkelsen and Anton Perich

David Hochbaum

This exhibition has already been up since March 17th, so you’ve only got until April 14 to catch it.

Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration at the Museum of Modern Art

Steve Gianakos

Open until July 9th, this exhibition is accompanied by a couple of lectures and gallery talks. See the website for more info.

Billy Norrby’s The Fury and Matt Rota’s City of the Dead at Last Rites Gallery

Matt Rota

Billy Norrby

Both of these shows open next week on April 14th and will be on view until May 21st.

Heather Gargon’s At Arms at Masthead Studio

Heather Gargon with one of her drawings

While her last exhibition was about space exploration, Heather Gargon’s latest show is about an astronaut’s return home. Filled with her trademark creatures and drawings, this show will also feature photographs of the artist with her sister. Opening April 21st. Give Masthead a call to find out how long it will be up.

Colette Calascione at Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Colette Calascione

The lurverly Miss Madeline von Foerster just made me aware of this amazing show, which will be sadly ending this weekend. The last day to see it is this Saturday April 21st. I’ll squeeze her in somehow.

Sigils and Signs at Observatory

This group exhibition’s curator, Pam Grossman of Phantasmaphile, is an expert in alchemy and the occult. Her curated shows are always an educational experience as well as a feast for the eyes. Looking forward to supporting her on the opening night, this Friday April 27th. The exhibition will be up until June 17th.

On view will be Andreco (who exhibited video for Anagnorisis a few years ago), Jesse Bransford, Derrick Cruz, Adela Leibowitz, Jason Leinwand, Tamalyn Miller, Deborah Mills, Annie Murphy, Ouroboros Press, Michael Robinson, David Chaim Smith, Fredrik Soderberg and Hilary White.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the USA, there are a few shows to see at Roq la Rue. One is about to come down and the other two are about to go up:

Red Current (sweet fruit) at Roq La Rue

Mandy Greer's "Pelican Goddess"

Leaving the gallery on April 7, Red Current (sweet fruit) was co-curated by independent curator/artist/entrepreneur Sharon Arnold and Roq la Rue gallerist Kirsten Anderson. I’m very excited about Mandy Greer’s installation work, which looks obsessive and alive. But the whole show is a stunner.

Lindsay Carr and Handiedan at Roq La Rue


Lindsay Carr

Both of these artists create lush strange artwork reminiscent of times gone by. Crying that I can’t go to this. No info on the website about the opening date, so keep checking on there.

Greg “Craola” Simkins’s Cloud Theory at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Greg Simkins

I just love Craola’s lush lighting and color on entwined creatures. If you go, tell me about it in detail so I can envy you.

Anagnorisis Picks | Moar March! by Binnorie
March 1, 2012, 11:41 pm
Filed under: Anagnorisis Picks, Art Shows

As promised in my last post, here’s the second list of art exhibitions coming up in March that I think are worth your attention. This was initially supposed to cover only shows going on outside Gotham, however I’ve come across a few more shows taking place in the dark city that shouldn’t be missed this month.

Clicking on the headings below will bring you to web pages that lead to exhibition details:

David Lynch at Tilton Gallery

For the first time in around 20 years, filmmaker David Lynch will be exhibiting his visual artwork. At Tilton Gallery on the upper east side of Manhattan, Lynch will be showing artwork created between 2009 and 2011 and will include 2d work along with a short video. At this point, the gallery’s website is not listing any information about the show, however the article on Gallerist states the show will open on March 6 and will have an artist’s reception on March 16. I’ve not fact-checked this and am a little wary. Anyone know any details? I’m hoping to find some time to contact the gallery next week. I’d love to see some Lynch’s work in the flesh (as opposed to on the screen).

Dark Pop group exhibition guest curated by Gary Pressman at Last Rites

"Birth of Wisdom" by Cathie Bleck

Guest curated by Copro Gallery director, Gary Pressman, Dark Pop aims to take artists out of their comfort zone by encouraging them to delve into dark themes with their artwork. Many of the artists listed for the show are already pretty dark-minded in my humble opinion, so I’m not sure how they’re stepping out of their comfort zones with this fourth installation of this group show. It’s a great concept, however, and the artwork in the show is quite impressive. I’m very excited that illustrator Cathie Bleck is included. Her work is extraordinary!

Picks of the Harvest at Thinkspace Gallery

A work in progress by Sean Mahan

Thinkspace’s yearly group show will be opening this Saturday. Meant to showcase past and future Thinkspace artists, this show is a wonderful venue to discover new loves. Caitlin Hackett will be included as will a close friend of hers, Christina Mrozik, whose intricate drawings are absolutely stunning. Thinkspace has posted a great Flickr set showing some of the artists studio and progress shots. I love seeing these kinds of images as they give a great window into the way the artworks are created.

Jeremy Hush’s Clamour of Rooks at Articulated Gallery

Don’t miss Jeremy Hush’s new solo exhibition opening up at the intimate Articulated Gallery space Saturday night in San Francisco. I wish I could be there, but alas I’m stuck on the east coast. I am a huge fan of Jeremy’s work and hope to see more of it up close and personal soon.

La Luz de Jesus’ annual Laluzapalooza group exhibition

"Icon" by Scott Holloway

There is a ridiculous amount of art in this show. I mean a GARGANTUAN amount of artwork by around 125 artists. Again, like Thinkspace’s Harvest exhibition that I mentioned above, this is a showcase of La Luz artists past and future. Should be great!

Josh Hagler’s The Imagined Chase at Frey Norris Gallery

"I Was Being Tempted Regularly" by Josh Hagler (image courtesy of the artist and Frey Norris Contemporary & Modern)

I recently posted about this exhibition on the Creep Machine. Take a peek at my post or the gallery’s website for more details on his show which recently opened in San Francisco.

I’m proud to close this post off by encouraging you to attend Cynthia von Buhler’s immersive play, Speakeasy Dollhouse, which will be having its fourth performance this coming Monday March 5th. Based on the clues she has about the murder of her grandfather, Cynthia has put together a performance that takes place around you as you sip “tea” from your mugs while chatting with friends. Oh…and there are amazing canolis! If you can’t make this coming performance, there will be others to come! Every one is different: as Cynthia learns more about her family’s history, she adds to the play. More info on her website here.

Anagnorisis Picks | New York March by Binnorie

March is always a clusterfuck of a month for the arts in New York.  There will be a myriad of art fairs in action and since they’ve gained in popularity, this year is likely going to be larger than last.  It’s really one of the best times for collectors to converge into this world art capital, New York City, to buy and peruse new art.  Networking opportunities abound as well, so it’s not just art that visitors will be shopping for.

The majority of the New York art fair week will get into full swing on March 8th with Volta, ScopeFountain, Pool and likely ten or twenty million others.  VergeArmory and Pulse will thankfully be opening a week earlier than most of the other fairs (really glad they’re doing this – there’s only so much art that can be taken in during one weekend). Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a short-list of where you might want to focus your attention at the art fairs.

To boot, many galleries are pulling out their biggest and baddest.  Odd Nerdrum has a solo exhibition opening at ForumAlex Gross and Victor Castillo will both be at Jonathan Levine, Kris Kuksi will have a new solo at Joshua Liner and that doesn’t even begin to list what is about to open in New York.

I’m also excited about some exhibitions that will be opening up outside of Gotham.  Those I’ll list in another post. Prepare your attention spans, people! Here we go:

Click on subheaders below to get details on each exhibit below:

Sloan Fine Arts at Scope

"Absinthe" by Ransom and Mitchell

Alix Sloan is taking a group of artists to Scope this year.  Artists Mia Brownell, Elizabeth McGrath, Charles Moody, Jonathan Viner and Brad Woodfin will all be included not to mention the photography of Stacey Ransom and Jason Mitchell (pictured above).  Quite a wonderful collection of artists there – her booth will stand out for sure!

Check out her blog for more information.

Odd Nerdrum at Forum Gallery

"Egg Snatchers"

Odd Nerdrum will have a solo exhibition at his New York gallery regardless of the pressure and stress that Norway’s tax evasion charges have likely caused him.  Read more on that from Leo Plaw on Fantastic Visions.  Nerdrum’s exhibition opens at Forum Gallery on March 8th, and will be on view until May 10th.  The gallery will also be present at the Armory show and will likely have a work or two of his to see there as well.

Alex Gross’s Product Placement & Victor Castillo’s The Jungle at Jonathan Levine

"Funny Little Man" by Victor Castillo

"Volcom" by Alex Gross

These two solo exhibitions opened last Saturday night at Jonathan Levine Gallery and will be open for the rest of the month.  Quite a surrealistic feast for the eyes, here!

Kris Kuksi’s Triumph at Joshua Liner Gallery

"Hercules vs. Diana" by Kris Kuksi

Kris Kuksi never fails to please his fans and collectors with his solo exhibitions at Liner. I highly suggest going during a quiet time rather than attending the crowded opening party. The extra elbow room will better allow you to spend a lot of time looking at each work including looking under each sculpture – Kris often hides things where you might not think to look. Ask the gallery attendant to guide you on that. Triumph opens on March 8 15th and is on view until April 7, 2012. [edit: the date for this opening changed on Liner’s website after I published my list, here. The show is opening on the 15th, not the 8th]

George Boorujy’s Blood Memory at P.P.O.W.

"Initiate" by George Boorujy

"Initiate" by George Boorujy

This exhibition at P.P.O.W looks quite promising. Stark, minimalist and clean, George Boorujy’s depictions of animals are uncomfortable in their placement, yet beautifully rendered. This exhibition opens on March 15 and will be on view through to April 14, 2012

Cindy Sherman Retrospective at the MoMA

"Untitled 466" by Cindy Sherman

You have until June 11 to see the Cindy Sherman retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. This exhibition includes 170 photographs, tracing the artist’s career from the mid 1970s to the present.

The exhibition will explore dominant themes throughout Sherman’s career, including artifice and fiction; cinema and performance; horror and the grotesque; myth, carnival, and fairy tale; and gender and class identity. Also included are Sherman’s recent photographic murals (2010), which will have their American premiere at MoMA.

For a review of the show, check out this article about the exhibition on ArtInfo.

Jenny Morgan at Like the Spice’s Arts Not Fair

Image still from Jenny Morgan's "Passage" video

Like the Spice has decided to rebelliously have its own art fair out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which will be showcasing a number of their artists. Sounds like they’re having fun with this exhibition offering an alternative to the overwhelming art fair crowd:

This year, thousands of people will be hitting the art fairs. What do you do at art fairs? Try to steal a pass, struggle to find the lounge, squeeze into the V.I.P. room and maybe, maybe manage to find a couple pieces of art that don’t make you want to roll your eyes. And then it’s off to the after-party for handshakes and fun and it’s all forgotten until Miami. Doesn’t it leave you wanting something a little more intimate? Something different?

Like The Spice shows some good stuff, so whatever their reasoning is behind this show, it is sure to please.

David LaChapelle’s Earth Laughs in Flowers at Fred Torres Collaborations

"Wilting Gossip" by David LaChapelle

I’m not a huge fan of LaChapelle’s celebrity portraits, but I think that’s just because I’m not a fan of seeing celebrities in fine arts overall. A prejudice of mine? Perhaps. But this series of LaChapelle’s that has been making the rounds is quite beautiful and grotesque, using old master color and light to depict wilting flowers with modern day appendages such as cell phones, plastic bags, barbie dolls and cold french fries. I’ve seen many still lives like these accidentally set up in many homes. LaChapelle celebrates them in the most ironic of ways. This exhibit will be up at Fred Torres Collaborations through March 24th.


What are you in for with the main art fairs? Well, to give you a general idea, last year Scope featured Frat-in-a-Box. This installation consisted of young college students, kept inside a clear box in the middle of the fair, given nothing but 30 cases of beer and a pee bucket. It was funny…I think. Frat-in-a-box (actually titled “Come On Guy”) seemed to get more press than much of the good art work in the fair (maybe the press considered the installation to have been good art work, but what do I know?).

That impression of the art fair world aside, there is impressive art to be seen – you just need to know where the good galleries and artists are located.

Besides what I already listed above, here are some focal points you might want to head towards:

Nicola Samori will be at Volta, which is a relatively small fair.
Along with Sloan Fine Art, Corey Helford Gallery will be at Scope.
Dacia Gallery will be showing Yuri Leonov at Fountain.
Verge hasn’t updated its site with its exhibitors a few days before the fair’s opening, so that’s a complete crapshoot.
At the Armory you’ll find Paul Kasmin Gallery which may have Walton Ford and Mark Ryden on view.

Hope this short list helps you navigate the coming maelstrom of art shows coming up this month. I’m sure there are more to find – please drop me a line if you think I missed something crucial. Happy hunting!

Music Non Stop by Binnorie

I thought all was lost for 2012 when Gagosian opened up its worldwide exhibition of Damien Hirst’s brainless spot paintings, but the art world at large has been redeemed thanks to the Museum of Modern Art. Oh, yes, folks, if you will be in New York this coming April 10th-17 and can manage to score tickets, electronica pioneers Kraftwork will be performing for nine eight nights straight, one album per night.

How is this art-blog-worthy? The visual aesthetic that commonly accompanies Kraftwork’s music was unique and highly influential. MoMA acknowledges this and thus will be exhibiting Kraftwork’s historical audio and visual material from April 10-May 14. At the time of this writing, there’s no information on MoMA’s site about this exhibition, unfortunately. I got my info from Pitchfork.

Tickets for the nine performances will likely be available for two seconds once they go on sale. Tickets are $25.00 and will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, February 22, at 12:00 p.m., only at

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Edit:  I don’t know a SINGLE person who managed to nab tickets to any of these shows.  Perhaps these machine men will have to come back to NYC sometime soon to satiate the masses.  There was quite an uproar on teh interwebs about the glitchy ticket purchase site.

To that I say:  BOING…BOOM CHU

R.I.P. Dorothea Tanning by Binnorie
February 12, 2012, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Artist Spotlight

Many of you have already heard about the death of the surrealist darling, Dorothea Tanning. She was a lofty 101 years old when she passed away peacefully in her home in New York City on January 31.

Dorothea Tanning led a truly remarkable life, not because she lived so long but because she lived so fully. As a young woman, she pursued her dreams to become an artist, and now leaves behind a significant body of painting, sculpture, and works on paper created over the course of six decades. For 34 years, she shared a loving partnership with her husband, Max Ernst, first in the United States and later in France. After his death in 1976, she returned to New York and demonstrated that it is never to late to begin a new chapter in life. In her mid-seventies, she became more productive than ever in her studio, and in her mid-eighties launched a new and successful career as a writer and poet. She worked until her last days, publishing her second book of poems, Coming to That, in the fall of 2011. -Pamela S. Johnson, Director, The Dorothea Tanning Foundation

Dorothea was one of the few original Surrealists still alive, not to mention that she was one of the few woman who were part of the original Surrealist clan that Andre Breton lead in the early part of the 20th century. Her death comes right after that of another female art icon, Eiko Ishioka. It’s been a sad month for Surrealists all around. Not just female artists. As Dorothea once said, “And ‘woman artist’? Disgusting.”

You can learn more about this iconic lady by visiting the Tanning Foundation. Critic Jerry Saltz also wrote a wonderful essay on her life that you can read here.

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I Fink U Freeky by Binnorie
February 1, 2012, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Artist Spotlight

Master of the Grotesque, photographer Roger Ballen, has again collaborated with the South African Die Antwoord in their new video I Fink U Freeky.  Ballen’s signature style permeates with his child-like drawings and featured creatures (human and animal), although the sensationalism of the video overwhelms it a tiny bit.  I’m not complaining, here.  It’s a fun, creepy and beautiful video complete with black contact lenses and horror-film-like sets.

It’s freeky.


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R.I.P. Eiko Ishioka, Surreal Design Icon by Binnorie
January 28, 2012, 8:08 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Artist Spotlight

I’ve just learned from Coilhouse that the iconic Eiko Ishioka, known for her dark, surreal and powerful costume and stage designs, passed away from pancreatic cancer on the 21st.  Eiko’s work not only delved into the grotesque in the most excruciatingly arresting ways, but it is important to note that, in a male-dominated Japanese society, she was the first woman to be elected a member of the Tokyo Art Directors Club and achieved world renown equal to if not surpassing her male Japanese peers.  Extremely prolific, her work can be seen on Broadway, album covers, in television commercials, in film and even in the Olympics.  Read more about her on the Huffington Post.

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