Art: June 2007 Archives


Egon Schiele
The Artist’s Bedroom in Neulengbach, 1911


This show ends July 2nd. We saw it yesterday (after a lovely lunch at Café Sabarsky) and highly recommend it. It's wonderful to stand in front of paintings of Van Gogh and others in a serene museum setting. My only quibble was the very grouchy bag inspector who barked "you have to check this!" regarding my 12 × 10 x 3 inch bag.

Visit the bad flash website for more information.

[image from the Neue Galerie's website]


Hany Armanious, Lion Eyes, 2004-7 (detail view)


A bilingual announcement of a show in Paris arrived in my inbox last night from Foxy Production. The English section is reproduced below.

Castillo/Corrales and Galerie Balice inaugurate their guest program with "Lion Eyes", a project by Hany Armanious, organized by Foxy Production (New York).

Lion Eyes comprises a mechanized spiral vortex, known as a "trizonal space warper", and a copy of "Crying Boy", from the mythologized and widely reproduced series of paintings attributed to Bragolin, a Spanish artist also known by many other names. Armanious invites one to gaze at the "space warper", which after ten seconds confuses the brain, creating an hallucinatory undulating effect. When one then turns to the "Crying Boy", the space between it and the viewer seems to collapse as it billows out into three dimensions.

Using disparate materials and motifs, Armanious interweaves materiality and opticality to draw attention to widely overlooked or specious cultural phenomena. He produces installations and sculptural forms that are irreverent, critical, and anarchic.

Hany Armanious (Cairo, Egypt, 1962) holds a BA in Visual Arts from the City Art Institute, Sydney, Australia. He was included in the Aperto section of the 1993 Venice Biennale, the 1994 Sydney Biennale, and the 1995 Johannesburg Biennale. In 1998 he was awarded the Möet and Chandon Fellowship. In 2001 his major installation work Selflok was showcased at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He currently has a solo exhibition at Wellington City Gallery, New Zealand. A new monograph on Armanious' work will be produced in partnership with IMA, Brisbane.

Foxy Production is a contemporary art gallery based in New York with a diverse program, whose mission is to foster distinctive artists that challenge both aesthetically and conceptually.

Galerie Balice will open this September in the near proximity of castillo/corrales.

castillo/corrales is a gallery run by a group of artists, curators and writers, based on the principle of French hospitality.

For further information or high resolution images contact Chelsea Goodchild: t: +1 212 239 2758

Related: James wrote about Hany Armanious's work that Foxy showed at The Armory Show.


Tom Sanford, Beckhams diptych [found on his blog]

I'm so happy that they've announced the opening date for their inaugural show on Ludlow Street: No New Tale To Tell.

Tom Sanford
has more details.

Jacques tells me there will be more performances on July 6 and 7 at SUNDAY. See the previous blog post for more information on what to expect.

Jacques Louis Vidal at SUNDAY


I've uploaded a flickr set from Jacques's opening on Friday. The show is titled "Wood Folks is Good Folks," and here is a video of part of the performance in which Jacques is helping transform people into the highest plane of being -- wood people. That's Jacques in the "house hat."


Operation AZRA banner


Via Caryn Coleman I learned of this benefit. There is an exhibition tomorrow at the Bubble Lounge, and an online auction which has already started and ends July 1 at 11:59pm.


Photojournalists from prestigious organizations such as National Geographic, the photo agency VII, TIME, Newsweek and The New York Times donate iconic works in an Exhibition and Online Print Auction to benefit victims of acid burning in Pakistan.

Live event to support the auction June 26th at 7 pm

Featuring prints by James Nachtwey , John Stanmeyer and Jan Grarup, only available for bidding during a silent auction at:

The Bubble Lounge
228 W Broadway
New York City

With live performance by Sparlha Swa, projections by SeenUnseen, and of course champagne and lots of cool people!

World-renowned photojournalists are donating their favorite images, signed and printed, to raise money for female victims of acid burning and to raise awareness about a fate inflicted on many women in Pakistan. Marked with dishonor, their harsh disfigurement often forces them to live in the shadows of every-day life--excluded by family and society.

Here is your chance to literally change a woman's life while also owning some of the most compelling photojournalism of the modern era.

Online Auction items include never before available work by such photographers as The New York Times' Todd Heisler, whose emotional Pulitzer Prize-winning work on the return of deceased soldiers from Iraq will be available for purchase for the first time.

Participating photographers include:

  • Lynsey Addario
  • Samantha Appleton
  • Andrea Bruce
  • Marcus Bleasdale
  • Tamas Dezso
  • Jessica Dimmock
  • Balazs Gardi
  • David Gillanders
  • David Guttenfelder
  • Todd Heisler
  • Lynn Johnson
  • Ed Kashi
  • Gary Knight
  • Antonin Kratochvil
  • Yuri Kozyrev
  • Teru Kuwayama
  • Shaul Schwartz
  • Stephanie Sinclair
  • Kadir Van Lohuizen
  • Ami Vitale

Initially, the proceeds will help Azra Latif, a Pakistani woman who suffered third-degree acid burns on her face and torso and faces a lifetime of agony as her injuries continue to scar and worsen the longer they remain untreated.


Azra, 33, was severely burned two years ago when her brother-in-law threw acid on her face during an argument.

When Photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair first met her in 2005, at a shelter in Lahore, Pakistan, Azra said to her, "Everyone photographs me but no one helps."

So Sinclair contacted Marie Jose Brunel, a nurse with the French NGO HumaniTerra, who convinced the organization to provide Azra reconstructive surgery for free starting July 2. She will spend three-months in the hospital receiving multiple skin grafts. The money raised will help provide transportation, housing and other living expenses for Azra, and her husband, Abdul Latif. Any extra money will go towards helping future victims through the same life-saving process.

Special thanks to Chris Pacetti, Natasha Chandani, and Jon Resh, who helped with the graphic design on this project.


assume vivid astro focus installation view with happy viewer


ArtCat's relentless march across 27th Street continues.

John Connelly Presents is the latest gallery to sign up for the ArtCat hosting service. A few pages are a little slow to load at the moment, as they have some huge images which haven't been web-optimized yet.

Jacques Louis Vidal detail


For a Friday in June, there is a lot going on tonight. Some recommendations follow.

Chelsea Opening

Lower East Side Openings

While you're in the area, you can stop by the Drag March too.

Other Stuff

  • ROFL! - Touted as an Internet gong show of sorts, the competition takes place at 11:30 tonight at Joe’s Pub, and brings together some of the best web mavericks working today. The concept is simple: Eight cewebrities pit their best Internet finds and creations, and the audience determines the winner of each round of submissions. Participants include Marisa Olson and S.T. VanAirsdale of The Reeler.
  • This looks like an excellent concert of piano music at 8pm at the Tenri Institute on West 13th Street. Our friend Idith Meshulam is one of the performers.

[image above is a detail of a Jacques Louis Vidal drawing from our show]


Joe Ovelman just wrote to tell us about the eBay celebrity camera auction benefiting the MIX Festival. There are five days left.

His camera is here and the entire list is here. It's a pretty interesting list. Mary Birdsong of downtown performance and Reno 911 fame is even included!

Sara Peters Seance

Sarah Peters Séance 2005 pen, pencil and charcoal on paper 18" × 24"


On Friday, James and I attended the opening of the Sarah Peters show at Winkleman Gallery. We loved it so much that we did something we've rarely done lately -- bought a new piece for the collection. We also made it a "top pick" on ArtCal. I titled this post "Full disclosure" as I don't want people thinking we secretly set things to top picks to influence the market. We're not in the business of selling our art, and so far have never de-accessioned a piece.

Update: James has a post on the show now, and supplied the image above.

Jonathan VanDyke at Pocket Utopia

Entrance of Pocket Utopia, with a salon poster intervention by Jonathan VanDyke

The page on ArtCal formerly know as "Williamsburg / Greenpoint" is now Williamsburg / Greenpoint / Bushwick, as the relentless march of gentrification means that many of the galleries that are interesting to James and me are increasingly distant from the Bedford and Lorimer stops. This doesn't mean we don't still have some favorites near those stops.

Here is an example: Brooklyn Fireproof now has an additional space in Bushwick called Temporary Storage that has a very interesting-looking show opening June 23rd.

Jonathan VanDyke at Pocket Utopia

One of Jonathan VanDyke's "trees" at Pocket Utopia.

Read James's post for more information, and check out my flickr set.


Daniel Isengart at the 28th Museum Mile Festival, 2006


Tonight is Museum Mile, when 23 blocks of Fifth Avenue along Central Park are closed to cars and museums are open late with free admission. The website has more information.

Our friend Daniel Isengart (alias Madame Butterfly) will be singing German Cabaret songs (with David Pearl on keyboard) on the steps of the Neue Galerie. In case of rain, go find him inside the Neue, at Café Sabarsky.

Neue Galerie
86th and Fifth
6-9PM (three sets)
Corner of 86th and 5th

How can you not love a singer who puts this on his website?

In the fall of 2003, Isengart brought an exclusive version of his One Man Show (entitled "Liederabend") to Berlin's legendary Cabaret establishment Bar Jeder Vernunft. Embraced by enthusiastic audiences, the show ran for 3 consecutive weeks, puzzling the scene's conservatives and the press.

[photo provided by Daniel Isengart]



I spotted this piece in the office at Monya Rowe Gallery yesterday. Go here to see a larger version. Other works from this series are in Larissa's solo show up now at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles.



This looks like a good thing to attend tonight. We're stopping by before hitting a play at Atlantic Theater. A.R.T. was the creation of the late, great Bill Bartman.

Please join us Thursday, June 7th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Printed Matter to celebrate the publication of the fourth volume of Between Artists: Amy Sillman & Gregg Bordowitz.

Between Artists is a series of small format, conversation based books edited by Alejandro Cesarco. The books document different positions and strategies of leading and up-and-coming contemporary artists.

Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue between 21st and 22nd streets. The artists will be present.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A.R.T. Press is the publishing arm of Art Resources Transfer, Inc., a nonprofit, tax exempt organization founded in 1987 and dedicated to establishing access to the arts through publishing and community-oriented distribution. Art Resources Transfer is committed to documenting and supporting artists’ voices and work, and to making these voices accessible to the broadest possible public. Since its founding, Art Resources Transfer has maintained two interconnected program areas: publishing (A.R.T. Press), and the free distribution of books to underserved communities (D.U.C. Program).

For additional information on these programs, as well as ordering this and other A.R.T. Press titles please visit

Reminder: The NURTUREart benefit is tomorrow (Monday) at CUE Art Foundation on 25th Street in Chelsea. Come see us and say hi!

It's happening this weekend, June 1-3. Check out the website for a map and schedule.


Rune Olsen, Kissing Wolves


Our friend Rune Olsen's sculpture of "Kissing Wolves" goes on display today in a window at Saks Fifth Avenue, with the big reveal happening tonight from 7-9 at 49th and Fifth Avenue. It will be up through June 11.

If MoMA's not careful, Saks (despite having nothing on the site about Rune) may show more contemporary artists this year than they do. At least there is the Barbara London-curated "Automatic Update" coming soon.

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