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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

Anagnorisis Picks | More in February by Binnorie

I recently came across four additional events that are more than worth attending. February is turning out to be an amazing month.  If you missed them, click to see the other Anagnorisis Picks here and here.

Not really art related, but I can’t resist posting this.  If you’re wondering what to do on Valentines Day, I very highly recommend going to Gemini and Scorpio‘s extra special event taking place in Brooklyn’s famous bath house.   Imagine a party that starts with a Russian banquet followed by an open vodka bar and performances by the Hungry March Band all while soaking in a glorious hot tub!  More details and tickets can be found on G&S’s website.


The Perfumed Handkerchief | Flux Factory

The Liar by Sarah Kipp

Thanks to my friend Lori for telling me about this exhibit which will focus on grotesque beauty.  Curator Alison Ward is a girl after my own heart!

I can’t resist posting the entire group show description here:

The Perfumed Handkerchief is themed on grotesque beauty, featuring over the top, overly ornate artwork. Laden with traditional beauty icons that verge on the extreme, the works are inspired by Rococo’s ornate symbolization of love and desire. Decorative arts, architecture, and dress worked in tandem to produce an immersive environment of florid ornament. The title The Perfumed Handkerchief refers to the way perfume was used during the eighteenth century. It was less often worn as something to attract or allure others; rather, it was worn for the sensation of the wearer, dabbed onto a handkerchief or glove and held to the nose. This not only blocked the putrid smells of the streets and gutters, but also provided an interior sensory world for the person wearing the scent. Like the veil or the handkerchief, the works gathered here create an internal universe. In its separation from reality, art becomes fantastic and beautiful, as well as grotesque and monstrous. Through performance, installation, video, and painting, The Perfumed Handkerchief creates a place in which the line between desire and repulsion is almost indiscernible.

The opening takes place on Sunday, February 13, 1 – 3pm, and is apparently also a brunch.  The closing party, book release and performances are taking place on February 26, 7 – 12am.  The entire exhibit will be up from February 13 – 27 (not very long!).  Open Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 – 6pm, and by appointment.  Flux Factory is located at 39-31 29th St Long Island City, NY 11101.  Click that link for a map.


“All the Wrong Art”: Juxtapoz Magazine on Film |  Museum of Modern Art

Bloodbath. 2011. USA. Directed by Cecil B. Feeder

It’s extraordinarily nice to see that Lowbrow and Pop Surreal is starting to get the attention it deserves!  I wonder how long before the MoMA actually puts this work on their very walls?  Stop dipping your damned toes in the water and jump in already!!

This film series exhibit, organized by Ron Magliozzi, Assistant Curator of the MoMA’s Department of Film, will include screenings of Sweet Wishes (by Marion Peck and Mark Ryden), Bloodbath (about Elizabeth McGrath), A Rung Lower (by Chris Mars) and many others by and about our beloved artists. I wish I’d seen this sooner – the opening is taking place as I type this.  The evening features the guest of honor, Robert Williams, and the east coast premiere of Mary C Reese’s biographical documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’.

Juxtapoz magazine founder and self-described “conceptual realist” painter Robert Williams (b. 1943) is regarded as the godfather of the Southern California–based Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist art scenes. He began his career as a commercial artist for Kustom Kulture entrepreneur Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in the mid-1960s, and was later a member of the Zap Comixcollective that included R. Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Spain Rodriguez, and Rick Griffin. In the late 1970s he helped organize the Art Boys, a loosely affiliated fraternity of L.A. artists that included Gary Panter, Mike Kelley, Matt Groening, and The Pizz. While he was already a towering figure in the underground comix and music scenes, his work reached a new audience when the painting Appetite for Destruction (1978) was used as the original cover image for the 1987 Guns N’ Roses album of the same name. This opening program in the exhibition “All the Wrong Art”: Juxtapoz Magazine on Filmfeatures the East Coast première of Mary C Reese’s biographical documentary Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’.

The MoMA is located in midtown NYC at 11 West 53 Street. Click that last link for their map page.  These screenings will be showing from now until the 14th.


Davide Balliano  |  Location 1

I’m not usually too enthusiastic about what Location 1 exhibits, but was intrigued by the image on the latest postcard I received from them announcing a solo exhibit by Italian artist Davide Balliano.  I was even more intrigued by the minimalist nature of the artist’s blog.  A performance, installation, and video artist, his work and photos of his performances are quite beautiful.  It could very well be that I’m simply dazzled by his altering of master works with a visceral and obsessive use of string.  I think the exhibit is worth a visit to find out.  The opening reception is on Wednesday, Feb 9, 6–8pm.  The exhibit will be on view from that night until March 19th, 2011.  Location 1 is located in the heart of SoHo at 26 Greene Street.