Alberto Burri, the late Italian Arte Povera artist, will have the first New York exhibition of his work in over twenty years at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in December. The show will span his entire career, with a large amount of works on view from the estate of his widow, Minsa Burri. Burri, a key figure in the Arte Povera movement, displayed an extraordinary “command of a wide variety of materials, including burlap, sack cloth, pumice, tar, plastic, Cellotex (an industrial material), ceramic and glue.” A medic in World War II, much of his work suggests the horror of bloody wounds suffered on the battlefield.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 W. 26th St.
November 29 – January 19
Banksy will be having a show at Vanina Holasek Gallery this December.
Vanina Holasek Gallery
502 W. 27th St
Dec 2 – Dec 29
opening: Dec 2 1-5PM
Wade Guyton uses an Epson large format printer to create black monochrome paintings. This inkjet work “transcribes a visual record of the printer’s actions: the trace of movement of the print heads, the varying states of their clogged-ness, the track marks of the wheels on wet ink all mixed with the scratches and smears on the paintings from being dragged across the floor to be fed back again into the printer.” The results are grotesquely stunning with their raw and primitive delicacies. It’s the coolest show I’ve seen in Chelsea this season.
friedrich petzel gallery
537 w. 22nd
nov 13 – dec 15
The Postwar and Contemporary Auction at Sotheby’s this week garnered $315.9 million, prooving that the art market bubble has yet to burst. Numerous artists set auction records for their prices, with the highest of the evening going to Francis Bacon’s “Second Version of Study for Bullfight No. 1” (1969) which went for a cool $45.9 million. A $million is the new $ten thousand.
Triple Candie is a super great gallery that is showing two interesting shows right now. In the main space is “Welcome To Tomorrowland”, an exhibition of large-scale architectural models that envision the gallery’s future home. In the Project Space is an installation dedicated to “The Matthew Higgs Society”. Both are great and should be seen. And both are closing soon.
461 W. 126th St.
at Amsterdam Ave.
Now at the MoMA, a retrospective of sculptor Martin Puryear. Featuring 45 pieces, the show will follow the development of his work from 1977 to the present day. Sounds like a SureThing.
53rd St. ~ 5/6th Ave
Nov. 4 – Jan 18, 2008
“El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 007” will be on view through January 6, 2008 and really should be seen. 51 artists from NYC and Ecuador are represented with paintings, drawings, sculptures, light and sound installations, and interactive perfomance pieces. Keep an eye out for Jose Lerma’s painting “Paradise” and Jose Ruiz’s piece “Ghost Signatures and Minimalist Graffiti”.
“El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 07”
El Museo Del Barrio
1230 Fifth Ave
@ 104th St.
July 25th 2007 – January 6th 2008
Kara Walker seems to be everywhere these days. Now you can see her at the Whitney too. “My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love” will be on view until Februray 2008. As the press release states, “The intricacy of her imagination and her diligent command of art history have caused her silhouettes to cast shadows on conventional thinking about race representation in the context of discrimination, exclusion, sexual desire, and love.” Ms. Walker is one of the most important artists of our day.
The Whitney Museum of Art
Madison Ave. and 75th St.
October 11 – Februrary 3, 2008
The new New Museum opens December 1. Finally a space strictly for contemporary art.
New Museum of Contemporary Art