Thursday 26 March 2015
After an amazing dinner for Haim Steinbach hosted by Tanya Bonakdar we arose to another freezing cold day
but we of course braved the cold and headed off into the Lower East side to discover its many gems
Aleksander Hardashnakov’s work at Tomorrow Gallery was an interesting look beyond reality.
Another Aleksander Hardashnakov.
Essex Street had an interesting group show with a notable work by Cameron Rowland. He had critiqued the change in New York in the 80s when they had started to arrest people for minor offences in the same vain usually reserved for the major.
We dropped by Dora Budor’s space Grand Century to see ‘Nativity.’ It was a strange and surreal show where the curator had recreated his childhood home with two very weird mannequins representing his parents dressed in Georgio Armani.
James Fuentes was showing Violet Dennison in his back room. That’s an artist full of future promise.
Henry Taylor’s show at Untitled was sublime.
And the Donna Huanca show at Joe Sheftel Gallery was one not to be missed, wish I could have stayed for the performance.
After a healthy lunch at Fat Radish we checked out Matthew Darbyshire’s 3D renderings at Lisa Cooley. They were incredible. My friends Richard Mishaan, Peter Fleissig, Tiffany, Lisa and myself all pose for the camera.
Lizzie proudly stands in front of the curtain that will never close as we make our close to what’s been a wonderful New York trip.
But one last stop! After a most beautiful wedding in the Rainbow Room we hit Coney Island and saw Ryan Mcnamara and Trecartin, James Fuentes and both the Foxy and DIS boyz dancing up a storm at an incredibly cheesy Russian venue. The rain dance worked and spring swept in as we boogied the night away celebrating Andrea Rosen’s 25th anniversary with the most vibrant, tacky and kitsch Russian band imaginable, they were absolutely brilliant.
Wednesday 25 March 2015
On the way to Independent art fair
On the way to Independent art fair we caught Brad Troemel climbing away on his Furby holders at Zach Feuer.
I popped to the back room for some light relief and discovered the very last Jon Rafman Google Map Work. Will be sad to see the end of this body of work.
Enthusiastic collectors queued in the slushy snow whilst I hid in the Troemel sanctuary until the coast was clear.
Marques Penteado’s work at Mendes Wood was incredible but too rude and raw for the Collection. ‘Storyboard Javier’ was fantastic.
Also very much liked the ‘Pé de Jonas’ collage.
Caught a brief glimpse of Croy Nielsen Gallery where Hugh Scott-Douglas was showing his strong body of work based on consumables.
Marjorie Strider’s ‘Come Hither’ from 1963 was a discovery for a number of us.
Wonderful Ethan Wagner and Thea Westreich were hugged by Stefan Tcherepnin’s beautiful cuddle monster.
The Still House Group were showing another really successful exhibition. Entitled ‘Varela versus’ it contained a number of new and strong works produced specifically for the show. Louis Eisner had started on a new strain with paintings based on hot tubs. It was lovely to see everyone again after such a short time, I even met some of the mums.
Tuesday 24 March 2015
We went to The Hole to check out Evan Roberts’ new work.
They were a good continuation of his current practice.
However, the highlight of our NYC visit was Ryan Trecartin’s incredible Triennial at the New Museum.
There were so many wonderful works and so little time to really look at them. Eloise Hauser, Antoine Catala, Avery Singer, Aleksandra Domanovic and the collective, DIS. Josh Kline’s work was wonderful. He had created a whole environment with the highlight most definitely being ‘The Island (Ken)’ a project we had helped to be realised.
After an interesting lunch with DIS. Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro,
I headed off with my good friend David Gryn. I’m helping him set up DAATA Editions, which will be launched on May 14. It’s such an exciting project where we commission artists using moving digital image and sound to create digital editions available for sale and research online. The selection of artists is really shaping up with Jon Rafman, Hannah Perry, Leo Gabin, Florian Meisenberg and Ed Fornieles all involved.
Brad Troemel’s Furby’s were out and about at the Armory.
but it was Nick Van Woert who really caught my eye. He had taken tree bark, flattened and framed it then dedicated it to the Boyle Family.