A cheat sheet to get you through the week
Courtesy of galleristny.com, we now have this useful guide to get the most out of this week at the Armory Show!
Courtesy of galleristny.com, we now have this useful guide to get the most out of this week at the Armory Show!
It’s Armory Arts Week here in NYC and there is just so much to see! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the theme of this week, here is a little insight:
“The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan. The Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week.”
Armory Arts Weeks highlights a neighborhood or borough’s arts scene each night with events. This week is a chance to take advantage of museum discounts, performances, panels, open studios, art tours, artist discussions and of course, parties.
A little more on the mention of parties…
This year the MoMa is hosting the Armory Party on Wednesday, March 5th. The benefit event serves to celebrate the opening of the Armory Show and Armory Arts Week. This year at the party performances will include Blood Orange, a critically acclaimed band who have released the two highly praised albums Coastal Grooves (2011) and Cupid Deluxe (2013).Alongside Blood Orange, Jamie xx will be DJing the event! The party runs from 9pm onwards and tickets can be purchased here:
Check out these links to get all the info you need to make the most of this week:
Location and Hours
It’s been an exciting time for us at the APF offices preparing for our upcoming gala on March 12th. But now it’s time for the excitement to spread, from here on Wooster Street to each and everyone of you who have been such enthusiasts and avid supporters of our work.
It’s time to rummage through your closets, find your finest ties and ball gowns and of course those long white gloves you reserve for the most special soirees.
We invite you to sit back and marvel over such dazzling spectacles as the wondrous Vanessa Beecroft’s performance art, gaze at unique sculptures by Aurel Schmidt and treat yourself to a once in a lifetime chance to be tattooed by the amazing Wangechi Mutu. And those are just some of the many treats we have on offer. Or if you wish to truly take to the spirit of our gala’s theme, you can go wild on the dance floor to the tunes of DJ Rachel Chandler Guinness!
We can’t wait to see you there and share with you what will be a truly unforgettable party!
You might have spotted him on the corner of Prince and Mercer, huddled away amongst the crowd of enthusiastic street artists who entice the hefty SoHo crowds each weekend. But no more street selling for this keen artist!
Skye Ferrante would more likely grab your attention by his “Spooning” technique as he so proudly named it than by soliciting you to buy his sculptures. As somebody who has experienced his “spooning” I will be the first to say that this has nothing to do with bedroom antics.
Back in the SoHo street days, or in any scenario in fact, Skye would be so bold as to slip a spoon, unnoticed into your pocket. You may find this spoon as you walk away, somewhat confused, when you get home at night, even more confused and suspicious that you may have blacked out in the kitchen supplies department of Bed Bath and Beyond or as your friend borrows your coat and inquires why in fact you have a token spoon floating amidst your pocket fluff. The latter scenario may induce some stuttering and spluttering, followed by concerned looks from said friend.
But that was an age ago and he has flown the coop and soared to great heights since then. You will now find his artwork on the walls of a select few, a group of people Skye values as friends as well as collectors. Upon the wall of the Met Life building you will find a monumental piece of wire that twists and twirls to the tune of the New York skyline. Most recently, his sculptures have been spotted on the drinks menus of nightclubs. Under the $4000 bottle of Dom Perignon one has the choice to purchase the “Skye Ferrante live nude artwork” for $10,000. And yes, that is exactly how it sounds and yes, it does indeed involve a live nude appearing at the table to be sculpted in front of your very eyes.
These are but a few places one can lay eyes upon his wire sculptures and hopefully we will begin to see the spectacular works in more than just a few spots around the town. Keep an eye out for burlesque artists, voluptuous women, a trio of “Big Haired” women, dancer upon dancer upon dancer…. each sculpted from one continuous wire, a technique that does not allow room for second guessing or corrections, making the pieces all the more bold and exciting as the subjects of the sculptures themselves!
Keep an eye out around town!
Today marks the very first day of my internship at APF. I hope I can fill the shoes of Celia Mortlock and keep this blog as fruitful as she did. Having hopped off the plane 24 hours ago straight from London, what better way to start my blogging affair than a post from across the pond?
NYC was lucky enough to host over 2,000 performances of this show, from October 2007. Fuerza Bruta may have left New Yorkers pining for more, after closing January 5th 2014, but for those who crave some more of the most extravagant sensory experience one could ever dream of, the show must and does go on at the Roundhouse Theatre, London!
Never has the simple task of clicking “buy ticket online” offered such an unforgettable reward. Those three simple words more accurately stand for “be blown away.” The performance is a 360 degree experience, encapsulating the audience in a “nonstop collision of music, emotion and aerial imagery.” Dancers dangle from invisible wires, swooping in and out of the audience with an array of confetti and color, live music pounds the forceful heartbeat of the show and just as you reach your peak of unavoidable amazement, you are taken one step further. A swimming pool is dangled over the audience, performers dancing in the water against a backdrop of a most entrancing light show. The pool drops, close enough for the audience to reach out and touch, tracing the water trails of the dancers with their hands.
Having stood within the wonder myself, I can vouch for the tagline that the show is “The biggest natural high in town.”
Today marks the final day of my internship with Art Production Fund. I flew a lot of hours to be here, 21 in fact, from Sydney to New York, and each one was definitely worth it.
Thank you to the lovely ladies of APF: Doreen, Yvonne, Casey, Denise and my desk buddy Kathleen, for inviting me into their Soho abode for four months of gallery hopping, artist profiling, studio visits, merchandising and more. I’m really going to miss working here and alongside such inspirational and intelligent ladies.
Thank you to anyone who liked, re-blogged, or just read any of my pieces, those little hearts at the bottom of a post seriously made my day.
This has been Celia Mortlock, over and out.
How I’ll look when leaving the office today:
Fresh faced after closing over the holiday season, you won’t see the Chelsea gallerists opening the doors for you, but they’re open nonetheless…
Farewell Kusama, Hello Stan Douglas:
Stan Douglas, David Zwirner
Returning to the gallery for the twelfth time, Douglas is looking back in time for his exhibition, Luanda-Kinshasa. Douglas has constructed a complete replica of one of the most famous recording studios in the world, Columbia 30th Street Studio, which counts the likes of Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd in its alumni. The piece at Zwirner is a video recording of a fictional band, Luanda-Kinshasa, as they record their album in the 1970s.
Best of the Lower East Side:
Emil Lucas, Sperone Westwater
Lucas combines two series of works, Thread Paintings and Larvae Paintings, in this exhibition taking over the entire gallery. The works may only look like pen and pencil on paper, yet Lucas’ delicate and detailed process is in fact derived from using larvae, silk, thread, and ink. What appears like a 2D image, suddenly leaps from the canvas, like a live, twisting object.
Best of Uptown:
Thomas Struth, Marian Goodman Gallery
Struth analyses the worlds of technology and imagination in this new photographic series. From the worlds of Disneyland to modern medicine, Struth is interested in the shape of the world as a modern fantasy.
Ulsan 2, Lotte Hotel, Ulsan, 2010
Going, Going, Going:
Richard Serra, Gagosian Gallery
No explanation necessary.
Inside Out, 2013
Words by: Celia Mortlock
Harry Callahan, Chicago, 1945
Every year millions of people commit to resolutions that in their heart of hearts they know they won’t keep. Stop eating carbs? Have you ever eaten cake?! Quit drinking? Like…spirits? However, why not set yourself some achievable goals for the month of January, to try and keep you on the straight and narrow at least for 31 days.
You can start by simply taking more photos of moments in your life that you won’t remember, but reflect a stage in your life that you probably won’t regret reminiscing about in 30 years time. And actually print them out on proper photo paper! There’s nothing better than sifting through a pile of photos and keeping them by your bedside table or hung on your wall.
However, if taking photos isn’t for you, why not resolve to visit more galleries this year, leave the confines of your delightfully heated apartment and nourish your brain. Lucky for you, January is also packing an inspirational punch with a stellar showing of photography in the next couple of weeks. See how the pros do it, and shoot!
Opening Tonight! (January 9th)
Harry Callahan: City at Pace/MacGill
Life from the perspective of this American photographer in the mid-20th century seemed rather grim. Examining life in urban cities from the 1940s-70s, this exhibit is made up of over fifty gelatin silver prints that examines Chicago and its drifting inhabitants. Callahan’s noted style of truncated buildings’ facades and close-ups of faces, removes the subject from their conventional setting, to create an eerie, Film Noir-esque vibe. One of Callahan’s favorite subjects, that he always returned to was his wife Eleanor and his daughter Barbara. These intimate snaps of a family at home and by each other’s side are some of the more beautiful memories Callahan could have shared from his life.
Harry Callahan, Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago, 1955
Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd, Lehmann Maupin
Alex Prager, Face in the Crowd (Film Still), 2013
The first exhibition from American photographer Prager is staged in both Lehmann Maupin locations with a series of large-scale photographs in Chrystie Street and an adjoining video installation on 26th Street, which stars actress Elizabeth Banks.
The series was filmed in LA in 2013, with Prager as the director, organizing thousands of extras in various costumes in large scale locations such as airport terminals, beaches, and movie theaters. The many faces in the crowd share a range of emotions with the audience, from apathy, sorrow, isolation and anxiety, as they drift amongst each other.
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Carrie Mae Weems, The Kitchen Table Series, 1990
The retrospective of African-American photographer Weems will document the last 30 years of the artist’s work including her quietly powerful Kitchen Table Series as well as more recent video pieces. Weems makes an effort to understand the present through the social injustices of the past, with a particular focus on race and gender. The exhibition has travelled throughout the states and will definitely invite those lines we love to hate, snaking around the side of the Guggenheim.
On view January 24th - May 14th
Carrie Mae Weems, Roaming,2006
Maggie Cheung as the Goddess Mazu
Displayed over nine screens in the second floor atrium of the Museum of Modern Art, Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves is not a work you can easily glance at. Drawing each viewer in for fifty minutes, the film installation is both inspired by and dedicated to the twenty lost Chinese cockle pickers, who drowned in Morecambe Bay in northwest England in 2004.
The film examines the interweaving of cultures and generations, mirrored by the floating film screens that are both joined and separated by each image they depict. Julien incorporates scenes of the dirty streets of modern Shanghai, with scenes from the ancient myth, The Tale of Yishan Island, from the Fujian Province, both of which emerge from his protagonists’ home. Julien continually returns to the ripple of water on multiple screens as a haunting tool of hypnosis, mesmerizing each audience member into its lull. The water’s presence only makes the absence of each worker all the more palpable.
The goddess Mazu (pictured above) is a sea goddess from the Tale of Yishan Island, who guided lost fishermen from the 16th-century to their safety. Transcendently beautiful to behold, the goddess’ sorrow at the lives she could not save befalls her audience members below.
Viewable from multiple vantage points throughout the museum, the piece’s luring effect stems from both its over-saturation of images, combined with its slow movements enveloping the viewer. Less a film with a traceable arc, rather Ten Thousand Waves is an elegy poem, whose measured beats from the musician Jah Wobble and the Chinese Dub Orchestra and Spanish composer Maria de Alvear intensifies and retreats each tragic emotion it creates. The poem mourns for the dead, travels through time, and attempts to summarize tragedy in the face of the modern. The film serves as a reminder by Julien of the humanity that might have been forgotten in a tragedy that is no longer remembered.
Showing until February 17th at MoMA
Words by: Celia Mortlock