Friday, April 17, 2009

Art Around NYC This Weekend

Feeling the itch to be out and about this weekend and want to catch some good art? Allow me to make some suggestions:

Four shows of note at the Chelsea galleries:

This Dutch artist stitches the canvas to create lovely textured surfaces. It's interesting to think about how the imagery would be different if he'd just painted instead of stitched.

A new installation by this Swiss-born artist, this time around the theme of the gym (hence the title "Universal Gym"). At once hilarious and damning in its tone, Hirschhorn's use of packing tape and cardboard is, once again, truly prodigious.

3) Pablo Picasso at Gagosian Gallery (21st St. location)
This museum-quality show of late paintings will make you reconsider your idea that Picasso's late work stank. Truly incredible show.

Showing this fascinating French artist's piece "Take Care of Yourself" from the 2007 Venice Biennale. (Haven't seen it yet, but it's high on my list!)

Then head uptown to MoMA for:

Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective
- Saw this today. Outstanding. Big lusty paintings and copious exhibition posters on the 6th Floor, and a great installation of his fractured-then-reassembled art furniture on the 2nd. Look for the many appearances of fried eggs and learn about his tragic obsession with wooden shipping paletes. This is what "hipster artists" wish they were able to do...

Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh - documentation of this performance artist's year-long self-imposed imprisionment.

Paper: Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded - works by dozens of artists working from a minimalist and conceptual approach in the 1960s and 70s.

Stage Pictures: Drawing for Performance - sketches for costumes, stage sets, and ballets by artists better known for their visual art (Chagall, Picasso, Kentridge) than their stage work. Includes great video footage. THE SLEEPER HIT OF THE MUSEUM this spring.

The Brooklyn Flea is reopening in Fort Greene on Saturday too, so if Brooklyn's your destination that's your ticket!

Enjoy the weekend!
Posted by Amy Shaw for Greenjeans.

1 comment:

melania said...

wow, i am definitely going to go see the Sophie Calle exhibit. and i will bring tissues. i never would have found out about it so thank you for posting this!