Culture: December 2003 Archives

We headed out to Williamsburg today for what we thought was the last day of K48 Klubhouse at Deitch, but it's going to be up through next weekend. There was so much to see, but one of the things that really struck me was the Daniel Joseph installation. Here are some photos by Paul Laster from the opening.

We happened to meet up with Cory Arcangel there, who was with Superstar Artist Frankie Martin. She is beautiful, smart, and fabulous. I love her "mall tour" with downloadable poster for getting her autograph:

The other cool show we saw was the Team Lump show at Plus Ultra.

Cory and Frankie both highly recommended we check out Little Cakes in the East Village.

Erki Laur with dancers

There is one more night of Swan Lake at Dance Theatre Workshop -- Saturday the 13th at 7pm. We saw it tonight, and I highly recommend it. It's a dance theatre work from the Von Krahl Theatre involving Estonian and Russian artists and plays off of the fact that totalitarian regimes have found the "high art" form of ballet a useful art form for their purposes. The music (by Sergei Zagny and recorded by NYYD), dancing, and design are all brilliant. It's part of the Central Station series which features work from Central and Eastern Europe.

P.S. Not only were we there tonight, so was Mikhail Baryshnikov.


We just came back from buying work from "holiday sales" at White Box and Wallspace. Wallspace hasn't updated their web site, but the hours are every day (even Sunday and Monday) 12-8pm through the 23rd.

From some of our White Box purchases:

Alejandro Diaz
Wetback by Popular Demand, 2003
9 1/4 x 12 1/2"
Carlos de Villasante
Odalisque S.P., 1999
38 x 50"

We picked up a plush sculpture of a green helicopter titled Fluffy Green by Koji Shimizu at Wallspace, plus a CD from 1992 by Lisa Dilillo.

It's always a good thing when a new art space opens. Tonight is the opening party for Gigantic Art Space in Tribeca, with a show called D Troit curated by Trevor Schoonmaker.


Update: That was certainly anti-climactic. We went down there, but there was a big badly-organized line that wasn't moving, so we left. Not gigantic enough, apparently.

So, did anyone else experience wonky sound while watching Angels last night? I have friggin' digital cable and their digital recorder from Time Warner. One would hope they could get sound right.

No one can challenge our art creds. James and I trudged through a northeaster to see some gallery shows in Chelsea yesterday.

We started on 19th Street, which has two great painting shows. The first is Raoul de Keyser at David Zwirner. He is the teacher of Luc Tuymans, which I didn't know when I first saw the paintings, but I certainly saw an affinity with Tuymans's work.


Oil on canvas
82 x 67 cm

The show across the street at Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert (no web site, so these are examples) is a group show titled Every Heartbeat is Past and Gone! with four European painters: Siegfried Anzinger, Axel Kasseböhmer, Marie Luise Lebschik, and Andreas Schulze.


Siegfried Anzinger
Madonna, blau, rot, blond, (2002)
Leimfarbe auf Leinwand
75 x 60 cm


Axel Kasseböhmer
Yellow, green and brown landscape I
oil on canvas
60 x 90 cm

On 20th Street we tried to see AES+F's King of the Forest at Claire Oliver, but I didn't feel like spending much time with the work, given the reception from the gallery guy working there. We had come in from the snow to check out the show, and given that it's a highly conceptual show, it seemed reasonable to ask to see the press release or checklist. His response? "Sorry, my friend. The show's coming down today, and we've given out all of the materials." Ugh. No wonder sometimes people want to go into galleries and say, "Oy, shopgirl!"


Let's end on a happy note. Our last stops were at Rare Plus's holiday gift store to buy a hankerchief by Orly Cogan and some t-shirts by Emily Noelle Lambert, and then across the street to Massimo Audiello. Massimo had an over-the-top show titled Pantone, curated by David Hunt. We know a number of people in the show, and I would have to say the highlight for me was seeing Emily's first large painting. She is a young, smart artist, and I'm enjoying watching as her work grows. We picked up a painting by her when she had some works showing at the Mini minimarket in Williamsburg in May.


Emily Lambert
Keep Back, 2003
Oil on canvas
56 x 88 inches

My other favorite work in the show is the amazing chandelier, titled Shanty Lair created by Jesse Bercowitz and Matt Bua. There is a little 'zine titled Old Person's Guide to the World's of Shanty Lair (Liar) that they did available for free at the gallery. Make sure you pick up one.


See James for more on our adventures, including images of the two works we picked up at the DUMBO Arts Center benefit.


12 x 18 inches
Acrylic on canvas

We first saw Teresa's work in the Soft Cell show at Foxy in June. I was really struck by the large painting she had in that show, and the gallery already had some works on paper that I liked and thought we might want at some point.

The current show, titled Wildlife has paintings (acrylic on canvas) and works on paper (gouache) of various pieces of furniture. Most of them are floating in space rather than in a recognizable setting. The perspective is often off, and the object often lies off-center in a large field of blank space.

I waited until we had decided what to buy before I posted. We bought three works on paper that are not in the show, but we were able to see at the opening:

We're headed to d.u.m.b.o. arts center's winter auction tonight. There are some great works by artists we know in the silent auction - Matthew Callinan, Jenny Scobel, etc.

DUMBO is so nice in the snow...

We may not make it to the opening, as we'll he headed to BAM for Death of Klinghoffer, but check out Pantone, curated by David Hunt, which opens tonight (6-8) at Massimo Audiello. The show includes works by Emily Lambert, Jesse Bercowetz and Matt Bua, and Nicole Cherubini.

We saw the opening program of Central Station -- "a multi-week, multi-venue and multi-city program that will bring East/Central European work into the spotlight in many U.S. communities."

The evening consisted of La Sonnambula by Galina Borissova (from Bulgaria), Two and Stretching Thighs by Márta Ladjánszki (Hungary), and Serial Paradise by Cosmin Manolescu.


Galina Borissova

The Borissova, danced by her as a solo, was an excerpt of a larger work. It's set to various sections of opera recordings, and mixes odd, fascinating movement, humor, and bits of sadness. The entire work consists of solos by 14 women dancers, and I would love to see it.


Mircea Ghinea and Eduard Gabia in Serial Paradise

The piece by Cosmin Manolescu consists of various excerpts from an hour-long work. It includes some great dance making fun of machismo, the boy band phenomenon,


and nationalism. There is an amazing solo danced by Eduard Gabia, who wears earplugs to prevent hearing the Romanian folk music that plays as he dances.

Here is a page with some more images from works by Manolescu.

The events take place at DTW, Danspace, and P.S.122. Go here for more information.

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