Anagnorisis Picks | New York March

Anagnorisis Picks  |  New York March

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:

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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 8th and is on view until April 7, 2012.

"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.

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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!