Anagnorisis Fine Arts

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!

C.J. Stahl: From a Basement on a Hill by dezzoster
Anagnorisis is excited to be exhibiting C.J. Stahl’s latest body of work, From a Basement on a Hill, tomorrow! He’s generated interesting ‘case studies’, as he likes to call them, which dissest memory into physical, mental and emotional experiences. Stahl references and questions contemporary psychological theory to create insightful dialoge about this research. Often our minds pick and choose what we want and how we want to remember – a blur between the real and quasi-fantasy. It only makes sense that he blends and toggles between refined photographic imagery and painted gestures that marry into beautiful technical abstractions.
DE – So what’s your story?  and do you remember your first creative inclination?
CS – Well. I’m originally from central Texas, a small town named Taylor. It’s one of those places that people would describe as being a nice place to raise a family.
I don’t know if I can recall my first creative inclination. My Mom used to draw when I was young. There are still drawings of hers at my parents home, mostly of dark biker art, skeletons and things like that. She’d told me she drawn them for my Dad, who had always had a motorcycle and loved deathly looking pencil and ink drawings at that time.
My family responds really well to my work and have always been incredibly supportive. Sometimes my parents “get it”, about a particular work, and sometimes they don’t, but they are always great cheerleaders. My brother draws and paints as well, and we always have allot of really great dialogue about what either of us is working on at the moment.
As far as going to school to be a photographer or a painter, I’d have to say painter, although that’s only a half truth. I think I started painting my sophomore year, taking a watercolor class with the drawing/painting prof that I was convinced hated me at the time. It was a pretty inspiring experience, and was the first time I started hanging out in the studio late nights working till the early morning. It was great.
DE – How did you come to mixed media?
CS – I was brought to the idea of mixed media first by meeting the artist Noah Shem Klein, he had just finished his MFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philly and was covering the drawing and painting courses at Shippensburg while the full time prof was on sabbatical. I had an independent study course with him, and he’s the one who taught me how to be a real artist, in the sense of not just identifying yourself with you creative impulses but actually putting them into practice. He first introduced me to the idea of doing toner based transfers into acrylic medium, but of course let me figure it out on my own.
DE – What’s your process like?
CS – My process typically starts with just doing under paintings on blank supports. Often times I’m not even sure what imagery is going to go on them, but I like to develop a layered surface first and then the ideas start coming together. Next I’ll look through my files of photos I’ve taken. Recently, I’ve been photographing subjects with a bit more intention, planning out a body of work that I’ll be putting together. Once I have some options as far as photo imagery, I begin to decide which ones will be more central and then supporting imagery. Sometimes these images are collage and sometime transfer, either directly over the under painting or silver leaf/aluminum foil that I’ve laid down. Then, I just paint. I try to stay open to what an individual work needs so that I’m not trapped in an exact process, but that’s the gist of it.
DE – What is this most recent body of work about?
CS – The most recent body of work is portraits. Some of them are self portraits and others are not, but they are a reflection of, I guess what you could call, constants in my life, my people, myself. In the past year, at times, I’d felt like I lived in three different places at once, back home in south central Pennsylvania, New York, and with my fiance in Philadelphia. A large part of my time being in metropolitan areas, I became aware of a lack of my typical subjects, the natural environment, dead animal, etc. So after allot of “what am I going to take pictures of and paint??”, I realized that I can paint these people in my life.
DE – The images I’ve seen have a environmental, organic aesthetic. What’s behind that?
CS – Well, if you’ve ever been to the rural parts of south central PA, you may have noticed that there is not much going on; there’re great musicians, but few opportunities to catch a great show, great artists, but not much as far as museums or galleries, the list goes on and on. However, the natural landscape is at times staggeringly beautiful. After spending x amount of years there and the full opportunity to get down about the lack of liveliness, I began at some point really appreciating my natural surroundings. The winter there can be kinda depressing, but walk through an apple orchard full of gnarly, barren, Halloween looking fruit trees and it’s really pretty. Oh, and the dead animals on the sides of the road! I’ve looked very creepy at times hovering over road kill with a camera, while a line of traffic passes by, but it’s everywhere and always know where you are because of these kinds of things.
DE – What contemporary mixed media artist inspire you now?
CS – I’d have tho say that allot of my inspiration is drawn from my friends that work, not all of them doing mixed media. Sifting through the art periodicals over the years looking for something new and exciting has only taken me so far, but to sit and talk shop with one of my friends always makes me feel like working.
Aric Sites is a great painter from my area in PA that does some mixed media work. The body of work “Weight”, based on his poetic journal writings, that he’s now finishing oscillates beautifully in the approach to individual works.
Gordon Rabut from the Philly area does drawings on paper that juxtapose animals, and weird characters that look like soldiers from the Vietnam War. I’m always looking forward to seeing what he’s up to.
Last year I met David Hochbaum who’s work I’d been familiar with and highly appreciated, and he’s been a great insight to many aspects of the art world that I’d not had the opportunity to experience yet.
Um, Carlos Tarrats, I don’t know the guy, but he’s an awesome photographer from L.A. that has a really cool process of making physical photo filters out of plexiglass and shooting his strange organic models through them.
DE – Mixed media is only in the more recent decades been looked at serious, both in institutions and the marketplace. Do you feel this affects you work?
CS – I’m not sure. After going through the whole grad application process this past winter, I found that I was not accepted into an MFA program, all of which were in NY,  for the fall, but I’d like to give the institutions the benefit of the doubt and assume that it wasn’t because of my media. As far as marketplace, I don’t think I’ve had “collectors” buying my work yet, and I have allot of faith in the art appreciators/buyers to just simply respond to the work they see, and not just disregard it because they have a prejudice towards certain media, but we’ll see what happens in the future.
DE – On a similar note, I’ve find it hard to find truly compelling artists in the field. I was so excited when I came across your work. What do you think about what your peers are doing, and what type of feedback have you received for your work?
CS – Feedback has been really great. I think that when you share the habits of working in a studio with another person, especially those who are familiar with your work and you with theirs, there is an extreme amount of respect, support, and generosity that is extended by both parties. The hard work of criticism comes later when you are both able to open up about the other’s new work, but it’s a great experience and exchange. It’s what helps to keep us all going.

Distorted Beauty THIS THURSDAY! by dezzoster

We hope you can swing by THIS THURSDAY! The event is free and open to the public. Please pass the good word along.

Dave Tree’s Silkscreening Party!! by dezzoster

We’re doing something new this time and would love for you to partake in the fun!  The Good Things in Life Never Die closes the first Friday of April and we’ve decided to throw a celebration of sorts. It’s spring again – time to get out of the winter routine, put on a breezy t-shirt, and frolic in the sun. Ok, ok.. I might be jumping the gun, but it’s time to switch it up a little. There’s no better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons then with a silk screening party (duh)! Bring you shirts, skirts, scarves, and wraps…. and for a measly $5, Dave Tree will turn your winter blues into a fashionable piece of affordable art.  If that doesn’t put a spring in your step, I don’t know what will…

The Good Things in Life Never Die – Closing Party

April 2, 2010 from 7-10p

145 e. Houston Street (btw. Forsyth & Eldridge)


Dan Estabrook at The Museum of Contemporary Art by dezzoster

Remember “Black Waves” by the artist Dan Estabrook which graced the flyer for our exhibition, The Little Deaths? How could you forget? For the privileged who are Jacksonville locals please check out his show, Forever and Never, at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Florida open now through March 14th, 2010. Take a peak!

The Big Hand, 2006. watercolor and gouache on salt print. 14” x 11”

Empirical: Works by Dana Bunker by dezzoster
June 30, 2009, 12:03 am
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Dear Friends,

Anagnorisis is proud to present another art exhibition at the White Rabbit this Friday. Dana Bunker will be showing her ethereal drawings and watercolors. This is a fantastic show, and hope you will be able to make it out.

Artist Statement:
I use my drawings as a way of translating the world around me. As a means of understanding my experiences and associations through depiction. Although these explorations may not get me any closer to understanding the significance of the connections that I make, my process is a meditative one that I must go through in order to appreciate the natural world around me. My work is about in-between spaces, where all forms have potential to change and make new connections, and are forever in a state of becoming. This is an evolutionary process, where each piece must be considered along with those works that came before it in mind.

She grew up in Santa Cruz, California. In 2009 she graduated from Pratt, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Where: White Rabbit
145 E Houston St
New York, NY
When: July 3, 2009 from 7-10p

*DJ Justin Danger will be spinning for us all night!