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5 Must-See Gallery Shows: Sophie Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Ian Tweedy, and More

Reviews in Brief: 3 Gallery Shows in Berlin

Gabriel Acevedo Velarde
Arratia Beer // September 11–October 18

At first glance, there seems to be little dialogue between Velarde’s geometric paintings and music videos, but upon closer examination, they playfully expose the failures of two modernist aesthetic strategies: abstraction and montage. “Sketches for an Airport’s Hallway,” a series of canvases, whose title implies banal corporate design, toys with the former. In his videos, Velarde employs the latter to criticize Peru’s consumerist modernity; yet the mesmerizing images set to catchy electronic beats provocatively drown out the message.

“Pictures, Before and After”
Galerie Buchholz // August 28–October 31

This fascinating tribute to art historian, cultural theorist, and activist Douglas Crimp brings together an array of objects and figures from Agnes Martin to Gran Fury, divulging the many aesthetic, social, and political issues that have occupied him during his long career. Unfortunately, the University of Rochester professor’s published texts lie in vitrines, restricting the viewer from accessing the works that make Crimp so deserving of the exhibition.

Fernando Bryce
Galerie Barbara Thumm // September 20–November 8

Newspaper articles, film stills, portraits, book covers, and advertisements dating from both World Wars fill the gallery, but only by way of Bryce’s mimetic analysis: his signature practice of copying archival material by hand. In reproducing these artifacts with such an imperfect process and installing them in politically divergent constellations, Bryce strips these images of their historical and mechanical authority, showing them to be just as subjective and suspicious as any scribbled note.


5 Must-See Gallery Shows: Daria Irincheeva, Jim Shaw, and More

“Two Two One” at Regina Rex, through October 26 (221 Madison Street)

The gallery, recently transplanted from Brooklyn, opened with a bang this weekend: A jam-packed four-person that began at the entrance (with altered storefront signage by David Stein) and continued into a back courtyard, where Corey Escoto spelled out a cryptic text using 3M reflective letters.. READ ON

Jim Shaw at Metro Pictures, through October 25 (519 West 24th Street)

This painting exhibition from Shaw, who was formerly a cohort in Destroy All Monsters with the late Mike Kelley, is a brain-battering series of surrealistic giggles and eerie tableaux, all expertly rendered in a variety of styles  READ ON…

Daria Irincheeva at Postmasters, through October 11 (54 Franklin Street)

Rocking an increasingly popular Home Depot aesthetic — wood slats, tile and paint-chip samples, bubble wrap — for collage-in-space assemblages and sculptures, Ireencheeva turns the gallery into a sort of laboratory. Faux-wood contact paper is put to good use: in “Morning Composition 072” it coats the floor, giving the illusion of illumination, and “Remembered Something at 5pm” is basically a long length of the material (the kind of stuff you buy at the 99-cent store to cover your cabinet interiors) tumbling down the wall.


Glenn Kaino’s Balancing Act in Chicago

Kaino “believes that art can change the world, that it has political agency,” he said — but “with a constant struggle for its own relevancy, particularly within the museum and gallery space.” The artist’s Chicago solo exhibition raises interesting questions in this regard: Is a MakerBot-printed rock as efficacious as a real one, hurled at the cops? What is gained (or lost) when politics is mined for aesthetics, and how can the works’ origin story be imparted without coming across as preachy? READ ON

Highlights From EXPO Chicago

The third edition of EXPO Chicago brought a well-rounded and impressive roster of international galleries to the city’s Navy Pier, many of whom weren’t afraid to showcase difficult work. The booths were complemented by Independent Curators International executive director Renaud Proch’s companion program, In/Situ, which brought generally massive sculpture and installations into the space, including a looming tornado of colorful plastic cast-offs by Jessica Stockholder, and a reproduction of Iraq’s Ishtar Gate (using newspaper and commercial packaging) by Michael Rakowitz, who also had a large-scale installation with Chicago-based Rhona Hoffman.


5 Must-See Gallery Shows:

Kristen Schiele at Lu Magnus Gallery, through October 12 (55 Hester Street)

“It feels as modular and free as I can make it — lots of details, color, and textures,” says Kristen Schiele of the paintings, collages, and wall sculptures in her latest exhibition, “Spirit Girls.” Schiele — who recently gave birth to a baby girl — has created these works as a thought experiment, projecting the sort of environments her daughter might inhabit and encounter as she becomes a young adult. Overall, it’s a massive development of what the artist terms her “lo-fi punk vernacular,” with layered elements (silkscreen, airbrush, acrylic, oil, stamped pigment) combining to create vibrantly intricate vignettes. READ ON...

Rebecca Warren at Matthew Marks Gallery, through October 25 (523 West 24th Street)

These painted-bronze sculptures elicit a strange mix of emotions, their phallic, distended Giacometti forms plumped with unexpected breasts and ornamented with pompoms. They’re both silly and noble, as are the hulking bronze rocks — lumpy and pattern-adorned — sitting on wheeled dollies. Warren mixes things up with a few more Minimalist pieces, like “You Are Quiet, I Will Be Too,” a steel, paper, and pompom wall sculpture that’s like an indecipherable sentence spelled out as a shelf.

Jason Rhoades at Zwirner Gallery, through October 18 (537 West 20th Street)

It seems like just yesterday that the Zwirner mini-empire invited a certain 20-something market darling to build a factory in one of their galleries, cranking out sugary candies along with a pervasive bad attitude. READ ON….

Fred Wilson at Pace Gallery, through October 18 (534 West 25th Street)

This array of conceptual work from 2004 through 2014 is punchy and pared-down, juggling a limited visual iconography (the design elements of African nations’ flags; bulbous blown-glass tear drops that appear to rain down the wall) and an almost entirely black-and-white tonal palette. “The Mete of the Muse,” 2006, pairs an “African” statue with a “European” one, mixing two very different visions of femininity, sexuality, and grace. 

Philippe Weisbecker at Zieher Smith & Horton, through October 4 (516 West 20th Street)

This show of intimate drawings, paintings, and sculptures at the newly rebranded gallery is full of tiny revelations. Scott Zieher, who met the French artist about a decade ago, describes Weisbecher’s complex appeal: He’s “deeply aware of Minimalism,” yet the work also has “the naivete of the opposite end of the emotional and conceptual spectrum in its vernacular, outsider feel.” 



Close up of Anne Wilson rehearsal. Wilson and her team are working on her performance piece that will be in Thread Lines, Sept 19-Dec 14. Opening reception is this Thursday, 6-8pm.

Articulating Space: The Architecture of the Sao Paulo Biennial 


Bharti Kher’s “I’ve Seen an Elephant Fly,” 2002

Sneak Peek: What to Expect at the Biennale des Antiquaires

The Biennale des Antiquaires will open its doors to VIP collectors on Wednesday, Sep 10, and to the general public the following day, with a treasure-trove of rare antiques, tribal artworks, silver, porcelains, design furniture, and a range of artworks that represent the best in their respective categories.

Housed under the elegant glass roof of the Grand Palais, the XVII Biennale promises visitors the best of everything – a Versailles Garden-themed scenography by French interior designer Jacques Grange complete with an olfactory fountain by Francis Kurkdjian aiming to plunge visitors into the heart of the 18th century with a “Bouquet de la Reine” fragrance; an exclusive gastronomic experience over all 11 days of the event, with a succession of chefs, one for each day, from well-known Relais & Chateaux restaurants; and of course, the most exclusive selection of antiques, objects d’art, and haute joaillerie in the world.


18 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York This September

Nick Cave at Jack Shainman Gallery (513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street)

September 4-October 11

Justine Kurland at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (534 West 26th Street and 1018 Madison Avenue)

September 4-October 11

Johannes VanDerBeek at Zach Feuer Gallery (548 West 22nd Street)

September 4-October 4

Despina Stokou at Derek Eller Gallery (615 West 27th Street)

September 5-October 4

Adam Helms at Boesky East (20 Clinton Street)

September 7-October 5

Strauss Bourque-LaFrance at Rachel Uffner (170 Suffolk Street)

September 7-October 19

Darja Bajagic at Room East (41 Orchard Street)

September 7-October 5

Ian Tweedy at UNTITLED (30 Orchard Street)

September 7-October 19

“Satan Ceramics” at Salon 94 Freemans (1 Freeman Alley)

September 7-October 25

Derrick Adams at Tilton Gallery (8 East 76th Street)

September 10-October 18

Stephen Shore at 303 Gallery (507 West 24th Street)

September 11-November 1

Jim Shaw at Metro Pictures (519 West 24th Street)

September 12-October 25

“Broadway Morey Boogie,” on the Broadway Mall (Columbus Circle to West 166th Street)

Opening September 17

“Fire!” at Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor)

September 18-November 1

“Cast From Life” at Skarstedt (20 East 79th Street)

September 18-October 25

Orly Genger and James Siena at Sargent’s Daughters (179 East Broadway)

September 19-October 19

“Thread Lines” at the Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street)

September 19-December 14

Andy Coolquitt at Lisa Cooley (107 Norfolk Street)

Opens September 7

"Plastic Perfect" at Leila Heller Gallery 

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