What to Know
In 1977 Doris C. Freedman merged public art programs City Walls and the Public Arts Council to form Public Art Fund, which has produced more then five hundred projects all over New York City, bringing work by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt, and Sarah Sze to the public. This summer Public Art Fund is presenting three new projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn with the first going up May 24th at City Hall Park.
Kenny Scharf’s newest show, Hodgepodge at Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, incorporates everything from a fluorescent Cosmic Cavern installation to The New and Improved Ultima Suprema Deluxa, a modified Cadillac covered in paintings.
Perfectly paired exhibitions by Ken Rosenthal and Vojtech V. Slama reinvigorate the craft of photography with contemporary vigor and a timeless aesthetic. The premise of Mystics: A Blessed Rage for Order is pleasing to begin with—one can’t go wrong indulging an artist’s obsessive-compulsive nature.
Through June 1, the once insular and exclusive Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx has been transformed by site-specific exhibition facilitators No Longer Empty into This Side of Paradise, a progressive arts and culture tour de force of thirty-two emerging and established artists, local cultural institutions, and community collaborations.
Hoax or not, Eva and Franco Mattes put their mastery of deception to good use. Having disrupted the secure conventions of the art gallery, they’ve got viewers spellbound and critics riled up. Now, the Carroll/Fletcher gallery in London presents the team’s finest stunts in a retrospective titled Anonymous, untitled, dimensions variable.
Damien Hirst may have begun 2012 by becoming the art-world’s favorite spot painter with his globe-spanning series of exhibitions at Gagosian, but the British superstar must now contend for the title on his home turf. In February, the Tate Modern opened its retrospective exhibition of 150 works by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, which now stands alongside the museum’s recently unveiled Hirst survey.
The cut-throat Broadway audition and rehearsal process is something that’s long been an object of curiosity, making way for A Chorus Line, Smash, MTV’s search for the next Elle Woods, et al. Video artist Kara Hearn decided to quench her fascination with the system in her new work, Unnamed Broadway Musical: The Musical!
Last Thursday the French New York-based artist Anne-Lise Coste visited toomer labzda to give a talk about m, l, e, her latest body of work on display at the young Lower East Side gallery. For the exhibition, forty-eight small and medium-sized canvases filled two walls of the gallery space from floor to ceiling. Each canvas presented a loose portrait of one of the three letters in black spray paint on a white ground, in a balance of severity and airiness. Taken together, the paintings developed a meditative rhythm, resembling a tapestry of interlocking loops and curves, or perhaps a body of text.
Artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen combine their talents as Snarkitecture, a collective that has realized interdisciplinary projects spanning monumental public sculptures in honor of Miami’s demolished Orange Bowl and a collaboration with choreographer Jonah Bokaer.
The Walker Art Center’s current exhibition is like one of those television shows where a masked magician leaks the secrets of his most jaw-dropping stunts: you get the satisfaction of seeing a good trick and get to learn how it’s done.
David Opdyke observed firsthand a moment cracks appeared in the edifice of progress. Growing up in Schenectady, New York in the ’70s, he saw the city once home to Thomas Edison’s Machine Works, G.E., and ALCO decline into a state of abandonment, returning in bits and pieces to nature.