Anagnorisis Fine Arts

Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art by Binnorie

Earlier this year Ms. Kristen Sollee of the Japan Society invited me to take a peek at the institution’s new exhibition of contemporary Japanese art, Bye Bye Kitty!!!   She figured I might take a liking to the grotesque elements in the show; she had gotten a strong impression of my interests when she viewed the Anagnorisis group exhibition Another Roadside Attraction this past fall, 2010.  I cannot express how right she was and how excited I am about Bye Bye Kitty!!!  It is one of the best group exhibitions I’ve seen in a very long time.  Almost every work on view is titillating, obsessively and expertly crafted, intelligently subversive, thought provoking and strange. (How’s that for an overly long list of descriptive terms?!)  The artwork in this exhibition messed with my head in all the right ways.

Check out more about this amazing exhibition on Creep Machine!

Watch Ms. Sollee’s short video below on the exhibit (with some comments from yours truly) and check out her blog Shadowtime when you’ve got a moment (if you’re not at work, turn your volume up).

ART FOR JAPAN Benefit | ISE Cultural Foundation by Binnorie
March 18, 2011, 1:57 pm
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As many of us are so painfully aware, on March 11 a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and a huge Tsunami hit Northeast Japan causing catastrophic damage. Thousands of people were killed and many more are still missing. Even more are living in substandard temporary shelters.

This coming Tuesday March 29th from 5pm – 8pm, the ISE Cultural Foundation, where we recently exhibited Another Roadside Attraction, will be holding an affordable art sales event to benefit the Earthquake and Tsunami victims in Japan. All of the artworks will be sold either $20 or $40 in cash only.

100% of sales will be donated to the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures through the Japanese American Association of New York.  To boot, the ISE will double this amount with their own donation. 

Edit: We raised $13,070.00 for this cause!  Thanks for all who participated!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 5:00-8:00 pm
ISE Cultural Foundation Front Space Gallery
555 Broadway, (Prince St. & Spring St.)

If you have any questions regarding this event, would like to donate any amount or can volunteer your time, please  contact the ISE directly.

The Japanese based ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery was established in 1984 as a non-profit organization to support mostly emerging, under-represented artists and curators by providing the opportunities of exhibition in New York City.

They have held various projects such as the “Asia Art Series” which introduced artists from many Asian countries to the US audience to help engender an international cultural exchange. Since 2002 they have focused on their “Program for Emerging Curators” (PEC) project, which gives emerging curators an opportunity to organize their exhibition in their gallery space SOHO, NY. PEC is an open call program for curators all over the world, and has had more than 30 PEC exhibitions todate. Their consistent effort to provide an experimental and alternative venue for curators and artists has been recognized by many great journals over the years such as the New York Times, New Yorker, Art in America, TimeOut NY, Village VOICE and many others.

ISE Cultural Foundation have also held public artist talks and lectures by highly established artists including Alex Katz, Mariko Mori, Jack Pierson, and Ushio Shinohara.

Anagnorisis Picks | Too Much for March by Binnorie

This is March Madness.  There’s simply too much going on this month for words – especially this week. But I’ll try. Have I mentioned it’s my birthday, too?

Andrew Wapinski | The Artist Project (Booth #307)

Andrew Wapinski | installation view of works from his Wasteland series

This week Anagnorisis will be visiting another new art fair, The Artist Project, that is taking place in conjunction with Architectural Digest’s yearly design show at Pier 92. Artist Andrew Wapinski will be exhibiting at booth #307 to promote a new series of abstract works. Shimmering and layered with acrylic, metal leaf and epoxy resin, Drew’s works are alchemical, mysterious and powerful.

Anyone interested in attending for free can contact us here. Please put “Wapinski” in the subject line of your email.

The Artist Project is taking place March 17-20 at Pier 92 (55th Street and the West Side Highway).

Bye Bye Kitty  |  Curated by David Elliott  |  Japan Society

Please attend this opening on Friday: 50% of all admission sales will go to Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

Makoto Aida (1965– ) Harakiri School Girls (detail), 2002. Print on transparency film, holographic film, acrylic, 46 3/4 x 33 3/8 in.

The Japan Society’s “Debutante”, Kristen Sollee, has been telling me about this wonderful show for months now, as it brings some amazing Japanese artists to the states who are virtually unknown to us jaded New Yorkers. This exhibition will show us a Japan that we are not often exposed to out here.

Curated by David Elliott, founding Director of the Mori Art Museum, Bye Bye Kitty!!! is a radical departure from recent Japanese exhibitions. Moving far beyond the stereotypes of kawaii and otaku culture, Japan Society’s show features sixteen emerging and mid-career artists whose paintings, objects, photographs, videos, and installations meld traditional styles with challenging visions of Japan’s troubled present and uncertain future. Each of the three sections, “Critical Memory,” “Threatened Nature,” and “Unquiet Dream,” not only offers a feast for the senses but also demolishes our preconceptions about contemporary Japan and its art.

The sixteen featured artists are: Makoto Aida会田誠; Manabu Ikeda池田学; Tomoko Kashiki樫木知子; Rinko Kawauchi川内倫子; Haruka Kojin荒神明香; Kumi Machida町田久美; Yoshitomo Nara奈良美智; Kohei Nawa名和晃平; Motohiko Odani小谷元彦; Hiraki Sawaさわひらき; Chiharu Shiota塩田千春; Tomoko Shioyasu塩保朋子; Hisashi Tenmyouya天明屋尚; Yamaguchi Akira山口晃; Miwa Yanagiやなぎみわ; Tomoko Yoneda米田知子.

In conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC festival.

I’m getting a nice sneak peek, but do stop by this Friday for the opening night. The JS is located at 333 East 47th Street.  Bye Bye Kitty!!! will be on view until June 12th.

Tiny Trifecta  |  Tara McPherson and Friends  |  Cotton Candy Machine

How sweet!!  Tara McPherson is embarking on this wonderful new journey with the Cotton Candy Machine, a new store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  For the opening night celebration, Tara has brought in a bazillion artists to sell work from the newly painted walls.

Please join Paul Romano, Jeremy Hush and a bazillion other heavy hitting artists at the opening night (which will most definitely be huge) on April 9th, 7pm – 12am.  CC is located at 235 South First Street right off the L train Bedford stop.

Single Fare: Please Swipe Again  |  Sloan Fine Art

Jeff Faerber | oil on recycled metro card

I absolutely love these shows of small works of art using recycled materials not only because they’re fun, but because they’re often done for some charitable cause.  A portion of the proceeds from this particular exhibition will benefit Transportation Alternatives and Alliance for the Arts‘ NYC ARTS.  Transportation Alternatives‘ mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.  The Alliance for the Arts serves the entire cultural community through research and advocacy and serves the public through cultural guides and calendars. Through its NYC ARTS guides and calendars, the Alliance promotes New York cultural institutions. Through its research studies highlighting the importance of the arts to the economy and to education, the Alliance helps government and civic leaders understand the importance of cultural organizations to New York City. More information on the Alliance’s work can be found at the new

Works in these sorts of shows are also often affordable and offer wonderful surprises – small works often allow artists to work quick and spontaneously.  Anagnorisis artist Jeff Faerber will have a bunch of works in the mix!

For more information, check out the press release here.

This Show of Small Works on Used MetroCards opens on Thursday, March 17th, 5 to 9 pm and will be on view from March 18 to 26, 2011.

Sloan Fine Art is located at 128 Rivington Street.