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Postcard From New York - by Clio Art Fair

Postcard From New York - by Clio Art Fair

In partnership with Clio Art Fair, we are presenting you a new format: Postcard From New York!

 

Every week, we will share with you what's happening the NYC art scene!

Let's discover what's going on these days in the Big Apple.

 

In Museums

no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
@ Whitney Museum
Nov 23, 2022–Apr 23, 2023

 

no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria is organized to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria—a high-end Category 4 storm that hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. The exhibition explores how artists have responded to the transformative years since that event by bringing together more than fifty artworks made over the last five years by an intergenerational group of more than fifteen artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora. no existe un mundo poshuracán—a verse borrowed from Puerto Rican poet Raquel Salas Rivera—is the first scholarly exhibition focused on Puerto Rican art to be organized by a large U.S. museum in nearly half a century.

While Hurricane Maria serves as a focal point, the exhibition is defined by a larger context in which the aftermath of the storm was further exacerbated by the chain of events that preceded and followed this (un)natural disaster, including the austerity measures implemented by the PROMESA law (also known as La Junta); the deaths of 4,645 Puerto Ricans as a consequence of the Hurricane; the protests during the Verano del 19 (Summer of 2019) that led to the ouster of governor Ricardo Rosselló; the string of earthquakes; the COVID-19 pandemic; and much more. As a response to these constant existential threats, the exhibition offers a platform to the artists and the ways they have forged paths through the wake of these legacies.

This exhibition is organized by Marcela Guerrero, Jennifer Rubio Associate Curator, with Angelica Arbelaez, Rubio Butterfield Family Fellow, and Sofía Silva, former Curatorial & Education Fellow in U.S. Latinx Art.

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In Galleries

Richard Aldrish: Shadowrun
@ Gladston Gallery - 515 West 24th Street
November 17, 2022 – January 14, 2023
Gladstone is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Richard Aldrich. Through a multifaceted, conceptually-based practice that encompasses painting, sculpture, and drawing, Aldrich defies simple categorization. Here, the artist presents a series of works that continue upon his career-long interest in visualizing immateriality and the processes of perception through the modalities of art and exhibition making. Unlike previous exhibitions, which often brought together a curated selection of works from the past two decades of his career, the focus of this exhibition is a series of the artist’s recent large-scale paintings made over the last three years.
Aldrich’s intentionality in this new selection of paintings is immediately recognizable, with each work acting as both art object and, when viewed all together as a complete exhibition, as mirrors through which viewers can undertake their own understanding of what is presented, beyond the visuality at hand. Resisting easily digestible categories like abstraction, figuration, and collage, Aldrich proposes a new form of comprehension by positing how art concepts are used and presented, without being rooted in stylistic definitions.
In these paintings, forms, textures, landscapes, and patterns appear in both abstracted and discernible spaces. Image making takes many forms: sometimes it is more straightforward as in the basic reproduction of a figure from an anime film, or in a composition based on a photograph of a wall of fabrics. In others, cloth material is layered directly onto the surface, and physical elements protrude both conceptually and literally. Forms cut out from one painting find themselves repurposed in another; subtle motifs appear and reappear, both in paint and in fabric. The previous functions and histories of these fabrics— old studio shirts and leftover material from a quilt made by his partner—and the intimacy of those histories are the fundamental basis for their use. All the while, layers of paint are built up to create dense yet nuanced surface and color compositions. Throughout the works in the exhibition, the artist demonstrates the malleability and potential for an understanding of art’s function beyond the confines and structure of art history.

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In Brooklyn

Morehshin Allahyari, Hangama Amiri, and Fatemeh Kazemi: Always in My Heart
@ Gallery Two - Smack Mellon
November 18, 2022–January 8, 2023

 

Always In My Heart is an exhibition of works by Morehshin Allahyari, Hangama Amiri, and Fatemeh Kazemi, that explores the artists’ shared inquiry into popular visual and textual idioms of love, desire, and intimacy in each of their respective identity positions. Curated by Muheb Esmat in conjunction with Aziz Hazara’s solo exhibition in Gallery One, Always In My Heart brings together textiles, drawings, printed matter, and a web-based project that highlight how pop-culture idioms fall short of expressing all of what the heart can hold. The widely circulated personal and commercial expressions that appear in the artists’ works, though often seen as banal, offer vehicles for understanding the gendered limitations that underlie their formation. By highlighting the voids in these visual languages, they offer a metric for that which is left unexpressed. 

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Outside

Zoë Buckman: Mended
@ Duffy Square, Broadway & 46th St
November 1–30, 2022 | Nightly 11:57pm – 12am

 

Pink handsewn petals and chain links; vintage linens stitched into boxing gloves — the dualities of tenderness and strength become kaleidoscopic refrains in MENDED by Zoë Buckman, presented nightly in November across 90+ billboards in Times Square.

Through a multidisciplinary practice that includes sculpture, public installations, ceramics and photography, Buckman takes a decidedly feminist approach in her exploration of identity, trauma, grief, and empowerment. Often taking on gendered violence as subject matter, the artist uses materials that ride the contradictions between soft and hard, feminine and masculine, intimacy and aggression. The visuals of her Midnight Moment weave together imagery and motifs found throughout her work - footage of boxing gloves, domestic textiles, metal chains, and florals. Periodically abstracted and reconfigured into mesmerizing mandalas, the resulting video takes us on a journey that mirrors the swing from chaos to focused introspection that often accompanies the various stages of grief.

MENDED is an adaptation of work originally created for Loss Tapes, a collaborative digital series in which Buckman has continued her exploration of the varied qualities of grief and power in the female experience. The original iteration of the work features an accompanying score by Dave Guy and Homer Steinweiss, whose rich tones of horns, percussion, and vintage synths infuse the escalating visual sequences with the feel of a victory march.

Midnight Moment is the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, synchronized on over 90 electronic billboards throughout Times Square nightly from 11:57pm to midnight. This year, Times Square Arts is celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Midnight Moment series with a roster of all women and femme-expansive artists until April 2023.

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