Anagnorisis Fine Arts

Anagnorisis Picks by Binnorie

This Thursday I’ll be skipping Chelsea and instead heading over to the IFC to see the Cremaster films by Matthew Barney.

The artist will be present at the 7pm showing to to discuss the Cremaster Cycle with Richard Flood, Chief Curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.  This showing is sold out according to the IFC website, but there are plenty more opportunities to see the films which Barney insists will never be for sale on DVD.

This week, Saturday has a couple of wonderful art exhibit options.  After that, I’m jumping ahead to June.

Judith Schaechter  |  Beauty and the Beef  |  Claire Oliver Gallery

Judith Schaechter; Cold Genius; Stained Glass Lightbox; 30″ h x 35″ w (bottom) x 43″ w (top)

I mentioned on one of my last Anagnorisis Picks that this was coming up, so you you can’t say you weren’t warned.  Judith Schaechter‘s stain-glass artworks are rare beings!  It’s quite a sin that I’ve never seen one in person.

This Saturday a show of her new stained glass works, as well as some pencil drawing studies, will be on view at Claire Oliver‘s.  The show runs from May 22nd to June 26th.  The opening reception is on Saturday from 6-8.  Claire Oliver Gallery is located at 513 West 26th Street west of 10th Avenue.

I wasn’t sure which one of the new works to put up here, they are all so amazing, so I chose two for your viewing pleasure.

Judith Schaechter; The Floor; Stained Glass Lightbox; 39.5 x 38 x 6 inches

Thanks to Phantasmaphile, you can also hear Judith speak at Observatory on June 5 at 8pm ($5).

World-renowned stained glass artist, Judith Schaechter, will share her thoughts on Beauty through an image-rich presentation based upon her own research and ruminations.

Her talk is in response to the growing dialogue in the art world started by Dave Hickey 17 years ago, when he first published his book “The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays in Beauty.

In Ms. Schaechter’s words: “As someone who’s always approached the fine arts from a sort of wonky angle — a female craftsperson from Philadelphia who is adamantly figurative and decorative — I have a personal stake in the notion that beauty is not ALWAYS in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes in the object beheld.”

Judith is humble, intelligent and has a kick-ass sense of humor.  This will not be a dry lecture by any means.


Greg Simkins  |  Inside the Outside  |  Joshua Liner Gallery

Greg “Craola” Simkins; The Welcoming Party; Acrylic on canvas; 36 x 30 in

Alas, I will have to miss the opening, but I will be visiting while the show is up before July 1!  Simkins is one of few artists who makes acrylic paint look lush.  The forms in his paintings are Pop Surreal, and there is dreamtime story-telling in each of his compositions that have a tasty quality in shape and depth that reels you in.  Joshua Liner Gallery is located at 548 West 28th Street, west of 10th Avenue.

Liner currently has a show up of Shawn Barber’s work which is nothing to sneeze at either.  Go take a peek before it comes down!


I Need Your Skull | MF Gallery

Chris Peters – Skull

MF Gallery‘s new space has been up and running for a short while now.  I’m excited to be going to check it out this coming Saturday, May 22 from 7-10pm, for the opening of their latest group show, I Need Your Skull.  Some of the artists on view will be Christina Graf, Scott Holloway, Angie Mason and Chris Peters in addition to a list too long to print here.  During the event, there will be some giant skull making activity for all.  In addition to that, Mizzzz Angie Mason will be celebrating her fantabulous birthday with everyone.

MF Gallery is located in  213 Bond St. in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, which is an up and coming art center.  I Need Your Skull will be on view until June 20, 2010.

Edit: corrected misspelling of Greg Simkin’s name.

Anagnorisis Picks by Binnorie

We are seriously remiss in not posting more Anagnorisis Picks posts. There have been some amazing shows that have gone up in the past couple of weeks that are unmissable. Here are four – two just starting and two that are in progress.  Unfortunately, I have to be brief.  There aren’t many more shows going on and so much time to list them! Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

A Temporary Place at Claire Oliver

Jennifer Poon’s Sleep
Watercolor, Gouache, on Cut Paper, 45 x 62 inches

Another impressive exhibit at Claire Oliver showing the fleshy work of Jennifer Poon entitled A Temporary Place is opening tonight.  This is one of those artists whose works simply must be viewed in person.  The images online are wonderful, but there’s so much more to see in person.

This exhibit is up from Apr 15th, 2010 to May 15th.  The reception tonight runs from 6 – 8 p.m.  Claire Oliver Gallery is located at 513 West 26th Street in NYC.

Boy, Oh Boy at P.P.O.W.

Julie Heffernan’s Self Portrait as Boy in Flight
oil on canvas, 52 x 68 inches

Every time I see Julie Heffernan’s work, I get completely lost in all the details much in the same way I get lost in a fantasy daydream about far away worlds.  Close up, her style has a surprising looseness to it that tends to snap me out of whatever reverie I’ve floated into.

Boy, Oh Boy is opening next week on April 29th, 6-8pm.  The work will be up until June 5th.  P.P.O.W. Gallery is located at 511 West 25th Street, Room 301.

Eric White, Nicola Verlato, Fulvio Di Piazza at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Eric White’s Massacre of the Innocents (DETAIL)
oil on canvas, 4 x 16 feet

I’m mostly excited to see the work of Eric White in this 3-man show at LeVine‘s gallery.  White’s work is always intensely surreal and nostalgic, never failing to tickle the senses of the dreamer in me.  The work by Nicola Verlato and Fulvio di Piazza is nothing to sneeze at either.

This exhibit opened on April 10 and will be up through May 8.  Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located on 20th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The Secret Museum at Observatory

To take you out of Chelsea altogether, I would also like to invite you to make your way out to Gowanus Brooklyn to visit Observatory.  There is currently a show of Joanna Ebenstein’s photography of oddities she’s come across in her travels to odd museums and institutions from around the world.  There are also not a few actual oddities on view that she’s picked up along the way.  Joanna is the creator of the Morbid Anatomy Library which you can also ogle while there.

Observatory is located at 543 Union Street (at Nevins) in Brooklyn and shares a space with the Proteus Gowanus Gallery. Her exhibit will be up until May 16th. Check out the Observatory website for their long list of events. They’ve got many events going on right now having expanded a lot in the past few months. Anagnorisis has been watching Observatory grow for about a year now and are very pleased to watch them thrive and get the attention they deserve.

Anagnorisis Picks by Binnorie

There are two events going on this week that I highly recommend attending:

Beth Cavener Stichter, On Tender Hooks at Claire Oliver

A Rush of Blood to the Head (detail)

Stoneware based mixed media sculpture
71 in. h x 56 in. w x 18 in. d

Claire Oliver is one of my favorite galleries in New York City.  Their next opening, taking place this Thursday, October 22nd, is a solo show of sculptures by Beth Cavener Stichter titled, On Tender Hooks.  Her creamy-colored animals look like they’ve been frosted with sugary goodness, yet also uncomfortably anthropomorphized with human sexual organs and actions.  I’m hoping that after seeing Ms. Cavener’s works I will find some of Lori Field‘s delicate works downstairs in Oliver’s large project space.  On Tender Hooks will be on view from Oct 22nd, 2009 to Dec 5th, 2009.

Alchemy, Art, and the Realm of the Imaginary

Another fantastic lecture from the folks at Observatory.  This one was put together by Phantasmaphile.  Their invite reads:

Phantasmaphile presents a visual talk at Observatory by Brian Cotnoir which will examine actual alchemical theory and practice and its use of image and symbol in creation and the creative process. We will discuss the alchemical concept of the Imaginary and explore its application in the arts through concrete examples from the earliest alchemical imagery through to the surrealists. There will also be a screening of an excerpt of a film in progress that plays with some of the ideas touched upon in the talk.

Time: 8pm
Admission $5


Observatory is located at 543 Union Street at Nevins St., in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The entrance is currently through Proteus Gowanus gallery, in the alley off Nevins St (see below for full details).

R or M train to Union Street in Brooklyn:
Walk two long blocks on Union (towards the Gowanus Canal) to Nevins Street. 543 Union Street is the large red brick building on right. Go right on Nevins and left down alley through large black gates. Proteus Gowanus is the second door on the left.

F or G train to Carroll Street:
Walk one block to Union. Turn right, walk two long blocks on Union towards the Gowanus Canal, cross the bridge, take left on Nevins, go down the alley to Proteus Gowanus, the second door on the left.

For more information, see  Be sure to take a look at the other events they have planned!

Edit:  I just want to add quickly that Observatory’s lectures are most often linked to the arts in some way or other.  This particular lecture, albeit only briefly, linked alchemy’s symbolism to Surrealism of the 20th century.  If we’d had more time, Mr. Cotnoir would have delved further.