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A Closer Look Gallery Talks
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1:00pm
The Jewish Museum

Educators and curators engage visitors in discussions about select works of art in Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, on March 2, 9, and 16; in Repetition and Difference on March 23; and in Laurie Simmons: How We See on March 30.

The Jewish Museum will present a series of recent photographs by artist Laurie Simmons, on view from March 13 to August 9, 2015. The seven new works in Laurie Simmons: How We See draw upon the "Doll Girls" community, women who alter themselves to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and Japanese Anime characters through make-up, dress, and even cosmetic surgery. Simmons goes beyond the disturbing questions raised by the "Doll Girls" community to explore notions of beauty, identity, and persona. Her longstanding interest in masking and disguises here extends to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where alternative versions of the self can quickly appear, morph, and be erased. How We See likens this persona-play to high-tech dress-up, and investigates the way individuality is reassembled through the distorted lens of idealized beauty.

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Museum admission is $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Admission is Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm and free on Saturdays. For information on the Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at TheJewishMuseum.org.

Free with Museum Admission

The Jewish Museum | 1109 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 423-3200


 

A Must-See Examination of Humanity:
Collective Exhibitions at Agora Gallery
Friday March 6 11a.m. – Thursday March 26 6 p.m.
Agora Gallery

The dynamism of the world around us comes to the forefront at Agora Gallery this March in two collective exhibitions. The show The Essence of Abstraction examines the nature of human understanding, stripping away the representational to get at the core emotions and concepts of a subject. This group of international artists comes together to create a show of personal interpretations of abstraction. The exhibit Mélange of Milieu takes the opposite approach. Focused on the world around them, this group of artists has devoted themselves to the details of the everyday, representing them from the realistic to the surreal. These intricate and interesting works are sure to make the viewer reexamine the outside world. Together, the shows play off each other: the representational versus the abstract, the internal versus external. This pair of shows is a must-see examination of humanity.

Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly encouraged to attend.
www.agora-gallery.com/receptionexhibitions/3_12_2015.aspx.

Agora Gallery | 530 West 25th St.


 

Amsterdam Whitney Gallery February 2015 Exhibition
February 3-March 17, 2015.
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery


AMSTERDAM WHITNEY GALLERY, 511 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York City, is proud to show in its FEBRUARY 3-MARCH 17,2015 Exhibition leading Contemporary Master Artists whose work explores the abstract, figurative and natural worlds, exalting the realm of the aesthetic through brilliant coloration and dazzling form. This special “VALENTINE'S KING & QUEEN OF HeARTS” Fete exhibition offers a magical tribute which will enchant the senses of both art acquisitiors and art aficionados alike with its incandescent renewal and regeneration of the visual realm as they define the cultural pulse of the modern art world. Illuminating with symphonic synchronicity, they translate abstract thoughts and familiar scenes into a unique perspective, orchestrated by a bravura of brushstrokes accompanied by kaleidoscopic hues. Pulsating with dynamic synergy and expressive artistic creativity, these artists render a visual lexicon of sophisticated, eclectic and often joyful representations of the world as they shine the spotlight on a unique, universal artistic language, creating dazzling panoramas of visual delight that are infused with a divine creative spirit.

Free. For more information please visit us at www.amsterdamwhitneygallery.com.

Amsterdam Whitney Gallery | 511 West 25th Street, Suite 406, New York, NY, 10001


Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Exhibition
Tuesday - Saturday. 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 20 - April 28, 2015
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery

AMSTERDAM WHITNEY GALLERY, 511 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York City, is proud to showcase in its MARCH 20 – APRIL 28, 2015 Exhibition and “Masquerade Magique” Fete leading Contemporary Master Artists whose mesmerizing work explores the abstract, figurative and natural worlds, exalting the magical realm of the aesthetic through brilliant coloration and form. This exhibition offers a visual bouquet to the senses, entrancing the apex of excellence while offering an international perspective to the representational and non-representational realm through varied interpretations of the world.

Free Admission. For more information please visit www.amsterdamwhitneygallery.com

Amsterdam Whitney Gallery | 511 West 25th Street



Basil Alkazzi Exhibit
Tues - Sat, March 3 – March 28, 2015, 10am – 6pm
George Billis Gallery

Artist Basil Alkazzi has created a new series of paintings inspired by the flora, fauna, sea, and landscapes of Monaco and the South of France where he lives most of the year. A major retrospective of his paintings recently traveled to museums and universities throughout the United States. His work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grey Art Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. Basil Alkazzi’s paintings portray the splendor and the mysteries of nature. Each image pays homage to the spiritual bond between mankind and the natural world. Floating somewhere between abstraction and representation, these paintings portray lush blossoms unfurling to the light, tiny seedlings striving to grow, deep blue and purple horizons reminiscent of both sky and sea. Alkazzi’s work is a celebration of the human spirit and the natural world – a gift to viewers allowing them to meditate on the beauty of life.

FREE

George Billis Gallery | 525 W. 26th St., ground fl. (Btwn. 10th and 11th Aves.)
New York, NY 10001
212-645-2621
C, E trains to 23rd St.
www.georgebillis.com http://www.georgebillis.com



 

GOETHE-INSTITUT OPENS FIRST EXHIBITION BY VIVIEN TROMMER, NEW CURATOR AT LUDLOW 38
The problem today is not the other but the self
February 22 – April 5, 2015
Opening: February 22, 6:00-8:00pm
The Goethe-Institut

On February 22, the Goethe-Institut will open The problem today is not the other but the self, the first exhibition by Vivien Trommer as part of MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, where Trommer is curating the 2015 program. The group exhibition is dedicated to artistic productions that question the current status of subjective freedom and reflect about related issues in open processes. The exhibition will present selected works by James Gregory Atkinson & Helen Demisch, Doug Ashford, Andy Coolquitt, Flaka Haliti, and Lena Henke through April 5.

Along with the real space at 38 Ludlow Street, Trommer is also relaunching the virtual space at www.ludlow38.org. In addition to information about exhibitions and artists, the Conversations and Diary formats will address relevant contemporary issues from critical perspectives and, with bilingual contributions in English and German, seek to invigorate the ongoing dialog between the art scenes of New York and Germany.

MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 | 38 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
www.goethe.de/newyork
www.ludlow38.org


Herb Alpert and Richard Mayhew
HARMONIC RHYTHMS
February 19th through April 4th, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 19 from 7 to 9 pm
ACA Galleries

ACA Galleries is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Herb Alpert and Richard Mayhew: Harmonic Rhythms, on view February 19 through April 4, 2015. Primarily known for his music, Herb Alpert has gained a reputation as an accomplished visual artist. At 91, Richard Mayhew is acknowledged as one of America’s premier landscape painters and colorists. Both artists, informed intensely by music, use improvisation in their work.

Herb Alpert’s sculptures reveal Alpert’s growth and influences: the spirituality of the native American totems of the Pacific Northwest, the monumentality and modernism of Rodin, Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti. But as these influences passed through Alpert, they picked up elements of his soul, a soul informed by the harmonies and rhythms of music, especially jazz. Thus, his totemic forms are as effervescent as they are magisterial, as sensual as they are spiritual.

Alpert’s sculptures, though generally abstract, nonetheless revel in the fleshy exuberance of human forms. Sensuality and sexuality proclaim themselves with eloquent poise. Alpert treats sensuality not just as an organic experience, but as emotions that seem to erupt from the sculptures themselves. Thus, this interplay between the emotional, physical and spiritual gives Alpert’s sculptures and internal power, an energy that flows from their forms and surrounds the viewer.

ACA Galleries | 529 W 20th St, New York, NY
New York, NY 10011



Image: Nicole Eisenman (American, b. France, 1965), Seder, 2010, oil on canvas. The Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Lore Ross Bequest; Milton and Miriam Handler Endowment Fund; and Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund.

Masterpieces & Curiosities:
Nicole Eisenman's Seder
Fourth Offering in New Exhibition Series
Exploring Works from the Jewish Museum
Opens March 13, 2015 through August 9, 2015
The Jewish Museum

Showcasing a painting commissioned by the Jewish Museum in 2010, Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman's Seder continues a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Museum's world-renowned collection. On view from March 13 to August 9, 2015, this exhibition presents Eisenman's painting Seder with over 25 seldom seen yet important portraits by such artists as Jules Pascin, Theresa Bernstein, Raphael and Moses Soyer, and Edouard Vuillard that help illuminate her painterly approach and chosen subject. The diverse breadth of techniques and styles used in these works will demonstrate how Eisenman looks to the past as inspiration for her unique narratives of 21st century life. Also included is a selection of Passover Seder plates from the Museum's collection, ranging from the 18th to 21st centuries.

The fourth show in the Masterpieces & Curiosities series, Nicole Eisenman's Seder differs from previous installations. Rather than analyze the content and subjects of the painting, the exhibition will look at the connections between this contemporary work and the portraits. These paintings represent different time periods, places, and styles, while also revealing the continuous exploration and evolution of Jewish identity. They detail the political and social history of the past hundred years through the portrayal of individuals ranging from the aristocrat to the anonymous burgher to the artist. Through this varied display of artworks in dialogue, Seder can be seen as responding to and advancing a storied visual and material tradition of Jewish culture.

Related Program
On Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm, Nicole Eisenman will speak with Joanna Montoya Robotham about Seder. This program is part of Writers and Artists Respond, a series of thought-provoking discussions and performances led by artists, musicians, and writers in the Museum's exhibition galleries. The discussion is free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission; RSVP Recommended.

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Museum admission is $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Admission is Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm and free on Saturdays. For information on the Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at www.thejewishmuseum.org.

The Jewish Museum | The Jewish Museum | 1109 Fifth Avenue | New York | NY | 10128


RE-IRASCIBLES
Theodoros Stamos and John Zinsser
February 26 – April 17, 2015
James Graham and Sons Gallery

GRAHAM is pleased to present RE-IRASCIBLES on view from February 26th to April 17th, with works by Theodoros Stamos and John Zinsser.

Stamos (1922-1997) was the youngest of the group of New York abstract expressionists who came to be called “The Irascibles.” Zinsser (b. 1961) is a painter and writer known for his interest in post-war American abstraction. A survey of selected significant historical Stamos works will be paired against new paintings by Zinsser that respond directly to Stamos’s imagery and methodologies. An accompanying series of word-based drawings by Zinsser also provide a narrative art historical bridge of reference between the two. The exhibition addresses questions of how iconic artworks are received by contemporary viewers. Appropriation and visual quotation are central to the practice of today’s abstract painters, but here this dialogue is sharpened, as Zinsser takes Stamos’s ideographic formats of “sky,” “sun” and “field” to his own post-minimal and pop responses. Stamos’s well-known storied biography, steeped in the lore of New York School artists and galleries of the 1940s-1980s, provides a dual mode of reference: as it frames the works included within the larger themes of mythology, romance and tragedy.

James Graham and Sons Gallery | 32 E 67th St NY, NY


Spring Blooms with Color, Culture, and Art in NYC
Tuesday March 31 11a.m. – Tuesday April 21 6 p.m.
Agora Gallery

Travel around the world in twenty-two days with three international art exhibits this April at Agora Gallery. With East Meets West: An Exhibition of Fine Art from Asia, artists from across the globe travel to New York to share their unique perspectives of the Asian contemporary art world. Featuring artists from China, Japan, and South Korea, East Meets West brings new life to the New York art scene. Showing alongside is The Pulse of Abstraction which focuses on global contemporary artists who push the boundaries of abstract art. Featuring works in many media, this exhibition reveals the great variety of what it means to be abstract. Sensorial Perspectives, a show of Agora Gallery artists who work in the overly real, emphasizes texture, depth and the senses in an extraordinary immersive experience. The exhibition invites viewers in and brings them to a new world, where reality and imagination meet and co-exist.

Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly encouraged to attend.

www.agora-gallery.com/receptionexhibitions/4_2_2015.aspx.

Agora Gallery | 530 West 25th St.



Subway Art Tour
Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, until March 19th.
Check schedule at website.
The New York City Subway System


From the edge of Greenwich Village, up to Central Park West and back down to The Village, the Subway Art Tour will take you on a most unusual journey. On this tour you will discover a part of New York City that very few visitors and very few New Yorkers take the time to see: a treasure trove of art. These works of art surround the harried locals everyday, yet the art goes unnoticed! We shall take our time to explore. Step aboard for an eye-opening ride!

Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for youths. For more information and to book your place, visit http://walkaboutny.com/the-tours/subway-art-tour/.

The Subway Art Tour begins at promptly at 1 PM; please arrive 30 minutes before hand. We gather under the glass-roofed, gray-metal canopy that is above the subway entrance at Union Square West and East 14th Street. A Staples store is directly across the street.



The Lines of Distinction Lecture: Susan L. Braunstein
Tuesday, March 31, 11:30am
The Jewish Museum


Susan L. Braunstein speaks about the Judaica objects included in Repetition and Difference, which gathers seemingly identical works from the Museum's collection to examine how differences and derivations can reveal significant meanings about artistic production, social issues, and prevailing political conditions.

Susan L. Braunstein was appointed the Henry J. Leir Curator at the Jewish Museum in 2012. She is primarily responsible for the collections of historical and contemporary Judaica, antiquities and numismatics. She joined the staff in 1980 as a Research Associate after working at the Brooklyn Museum in the Department of Egyptian, Classical and Near Eastern Art. Dr. Braunstein has created numerous exhibitions for the Jewish Museum, including Israel in Antiquity: From David to Herod (1982); Jewish Life in Czarist Russia: A World Rediscovered (1994); The Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of the Ancient World (2008); and As it were...So to speak: a Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom (2013). Her specialties include the archaeology of Israel and Hanukkah lamps; in 2004 she published a catalogue of the Museum's entire collection of 1,022 Hanukkah lamps. Dr. Braunstein has a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University.

Artists throughout history have commonly employed repetition - artworks in series, multiples, and copies - for reasons ranging from the commercial to the subversive, while the value placed on repetitions in comparison with "original" works has varied widely. On view at the Jewish Museum from March 13 to August 9, 2015, Repetition and Difference explores these concepts through over 350 historic objects from the collection and recent works by contemporary artists, demonstrating how subtle disruptions in form, color, or design can reveal intriguing information about their creation and meaning. Large groups of seemingly identical objects, including silver coins struck in ancient Lebanon and 19th-century Iranian marriage contracts, will be juxtaposed with recent works by emerging and established international artists Walead Beshty, Sarah Crowner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, N. Dash, John Houck, Koo Jeong A, Kris Martin, Amalia Pica, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Tickets: $15 adults; $12 students and seniors; $10 Jewish Museum members
The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York City. Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Museum admission is $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for visitors 18 and under and Jewish Museum members. Admission is Pay What You Wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm and free on Saturdays. For information on the Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3200 or visit the website at TheJewishMuseum.org.

The Jewish Museum | 1109 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 423-3200




Ariel Cotton's 'Too Much Information'
Monday March 9th - Monday April 6th
Opening reception Monday, March 9th from 7-9pm
Tiny Montgomery

'Too Much Information' will open at Tiny Montgomery, within Threes Brewing and bar, at 333 Douglass Street, this Monday March 9th, and will be on show for a month, ending Monday April 6th.

There will be an opening reception and celebration on Monday, March 9th from 7-9pm with a glass of beer for those who attend as well as first looks (and chance to purchase) the work.

The best hours to view the show thereafter will be from 7am until 6pm weekdays when Ninth Street espresso are in service. Folks can also view the work from 4pm - 2am on weekdays, or 12pm - 4am on weekends during Threes normal hours of operation, however, the room is often occupied for private events and music shows so interested folks should check Threes' events calendar here: http://www.threesbrewing.com/eventscalendar/, or make extra sure and call the bar to confirm that the work is available to view. NOTE: Folks viewing in the evening can take advantage of Threes happy hour, weekdays from 4-7pm, as well the kitchen residents, Dover/Battersby (now - March 15), Max and Eli Sussman (March 15 - 31st), or Roberta's Pizza (April 1 - 19).


Tiny Montgomery | Within Threes Brewing and bar| 333 Douglass Street,


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

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