If you want to support artists but can’t face visiting 199 booths in one go at a mega-fair like the Armory, I recommend stopping by Salon Z�rcher on Bleecker Street (image above) where gallerist Gwenolee Z�rcher always invites a handful of galleries to mount exhibitions in her space during fair week. This year galleries include Jiali (Beijing, China), Makebish (New York, NY) Novella (New York, NY), ON/gallery (Beijing, China) THEODORE: Art (Brooklyn, NY) Vane (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK), and, of course, Z�rcher Gallery (New York, NY).
“Surround Audience,” the New Museum’s Triennial opened recently. Co-curated by Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin, the exhibition, which bills itself as predictive rather than retrospective, asks these questions: What are the new visual metaphors for the self and subjecthood when our
ability to see and be seen is expanding, as is our desire to manage our
self-image and privacy? Is it possible to opt out of, bypass, or retool
commercial interests that potentially collude with national and
international policy? How are artists striving to embed their works in
the world around them through incursions into media and activism? In an insightful, positive review at Art News, Andrew Russeth reports that “there is no retrograde abstract painting and very
little postminimal sculpture. There is visual delectation but no
spectacle. The works they do include�about 150�are, on the whole,
expertly installed. There�s no room to spare, but nothing feels crowded.” Sounds like a must-see. Read more. [Image above: Avery Singer, Untitled, 2015.]
At Hyperallergic Weekend Thomas Micchelli writes about the lively Edith Schloss retrospectve organized by Jason Andrew, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery (install image above, runs through March 28). “These paintings give off a heat commensurate with the inspired abandon of their creation. Modest in scale, they trade Abstract Expressionism�s existential struggles for an unadulterated rapture in the presence of daily life and the legacies of culture. Taken together, they embody the elusive gift bequeathed by the postwar generation to the rest of us � freedom.” I wrote about Schloss in 2013 when one of her paintings was featured in “To Be A Lady,” a sprawling group exhibition that Andrew curated in 2013.
I wrote about Jerry Saltz in The Brooklyn Rail when he first joined Facebook in 2009 and marveled as he developed a community of over 55,000 followers. Now it seems that Facebook has given him the boot for numerous complaints about the lewd medieval drawings Saltz has been posting with eye-roll inducing captions. Read about it in the NYTimes. Saltz reacts to his ouster and explains his love/hate relationship to social networking media here. Hey, remember my prediction in the L Magazine at the beginning of the year….? [Saltz’s caption for the image above: “Speculator-collector Stefan Simchowitz looking for even deeper discounts from artists.”]
I don’t know if I’ll do more fair coverage–after going to three, I have fair fatigue. FF sets in when I take too much time away from the studio to attend art fairs. Don’t forget to submit your answers to the Art Fair Quiz by tomorrow at midnight!
After five years of daily posts, Joshua Abelow has begun winding down ART BLOG ART BLOG. Read the story here. I sent him a note and he said he’s down in Baltimore concentrating on another project.
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