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Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Art Fairs This Week: A Cheat Sheet from the Editors of THE LIST


It’s a good year for texture. Well, so is any year probably, and a good year for anything else if all you want to do is scatter evidence for some such glib hunch amidst the labyrinth that is the city’s biggest art fair, conceptual bread crumbs, so to speak, to trace your way back to the front door. But as the first piece to grab my eye was a fabric work by Jayson Musson at Philadelphia’s Fleisher-Ollman texture became my trail. Next stop, a cunningly camp “salon” for Florine Stettheimer, presented by Jeffrey Deitch, showing latter-day acolytes of the society heiress pioneer of the American avant garde where a 1990s shlock horror wedding cake of impasto by the unjustly forgotten Thomas Trosch abstractly emulated Florine’s Harlem beach scene that presides over the display. From there it was texture everywhere, whether the geological encrustations of Bosco Sodi, preponderant in the fair and to be seen, for instance, at Galeria Hilario Galguera of Mexico City, Blain Southern and Paul Kasmin; the very 1950s-looking sculpted netted grids of Michelle Grabner at James Cohan; or the painterly reliefs of Miguel Barcelo at Thaddeus Ropac. The tactility can even manifest vicariously, as in the Vik Muniz Isis print of a strangely mottled version of Picasso’s The Dreamer, at Edwin Houk. Haptic experiences grounded the gaze amidst the accelerating flow of spectacle. DAVID COHEN Thomas Trosch, One Day in the Life of Lovely Mars, 2008, Oil and encaustic on canvas on wood panel, 44 × 50 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Fredericks & Freiser, NY

It’s a good year for texture. Well, so is any year probably, and a good year for anything else if all you want to do is scatter evidence for some such glib hunch amidst the labyrinth that is the city’s biggest art fair, conceptual bread crumbs, so to speak, to trace your way back to the front door. But as the first piece to grab my eye was a fabric work by Jayson Musson at Philadelphia’s Fleisher-Ollman texture became my trail. Next stop, a cunningly camp “salon” for Florine Stettheimer, presented by Jeffrey Deitch, showing latter-day acolytes of the society heiress pioneer of the American avant garde where a 1990s shlock horror wedding cake of impasto by the unjustly forgotten Thomas Trosch abstractly emulated Florine’s Harlem beach scene that presides over the display. From there it was texture everywhere, whether the geological encrustations of Bosco Sodi, preponderant in the fair and to be seen, for instance, at Galeria Hilario Galguera of Mexico City, Blain Southern and Paul Kasmin; the very 1950s-looking sculpted netted grids of Michelle Grabner at James Cohan; or the painterly reliefs of Miguel Barcelo at Thaddeus Ropac. The tactility can even manifest vicariously, as in the Vik Muniz Isis print of a strangely mottled version of Picasso’s The Dreamer, at Edwin Houk. Haptic experiences grounded the gaze amidst the accelerating flow of spectacle. DAVID COHEN
Thomas Trosch, One Day in the Life of Lovely Mars, 2008, Oil and encaustic on canvas on wood panel, 44 × 50 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Fredericks & Freiser, NY

February 28

Moving Image New York (Wednesday) at The Tunnel
269 11th Avenue between 27 & 29th, New York, NY
11AM-8PM; FREE

March 01

Moving Image New York (Wednesday) at The Tunnel
269 11th Avenue between 27 & 29th, New York, NY
11AM-8PM; FREE
Spring/Break Art Show (Wednesday) at SPRING/BREAK
4 Times Square entrance on 43rd Street, New York, NY
11AM -6PM; $
The Art Show: Art Dealers Association of America (Wednesday) at Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue @ 66th Street, New York, NY (212) 616-3930
Noon-8PM; $

March 02

Art on Paper Fair (Preview) at Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street, New York, NY
6-10PM; $
NADA New York (Thursday) at Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington Street, New York, NY (212) 594-0883
$; VIP Preview by Invitation: Thursday, March 2, 12–2pm; Opening Preview by Invitation: Thursday, March 2, 2–4pm; Open to the Public: Thursday, March 2, 4–8pm
Scope New York (Thursday: Preview Day) at Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, New York, NY (800) 563-7632
Invitation or Platinum VIP 3-6pm, VIP | Press Preview 6-9 pm, $
Clio Art Fair (Opening) at Clio
508 West 26th Street Floors 5 & 9, New York, NY
6-9PM; VIP Opening Reception; $
Moving Image New York (Thursday) at The Tunnel
269 11th Avenue between 27 & 29th, New York, NY
11AM-4PM; FREE
Spring/Break Art Show (Thursday) at SPRING/BREAK
4 Times Square entrance on 43rd Street, New York, NY
11AM -6PM; $
The Armory Show (Thursday) at Piers 92 & 94
711 12th Avenue @ 55th Street, New York, NY
Noon-8PM; $;
VOLTA NY (Thursday) at Pier 90
12th Avenue @ 50th Street, New York, NY
Noon-8PM; $; The invitational fair of solo artist projects; http://ny.voltashow.com
The Art Show: Art Dealers Association of America (Thursday) at Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue @ 66th Street, New York, NY (212) 616-3930
Noon-8PM; $

March 03

Independent (Art Fair) (Friday) at Spring Studios
50 Varick Street, New York, NY
Art on Paper Fair (Friday) at Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street, New York, NY
11AM-7PM; $
NADA New York (Friday) at Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington Street, New York, NY (212) 594-0883
11am–7pm; $
Scope New York (Friday) at Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, New York, NY (800) 563-7632
11 am – 8 pm, $
Clio Art Fair (Friday) at Clio
508 West 26th Street Floors 5 & 9, New York, NY
10AM-8PM; FREE
Spring/Break Art Show (Friday) at SPRING/BREAK
4 Times Square entrance on 43rd Street, New York, NY
11AM -6PM; $
The Armory Show (Friday) at Piers 92 & 94
711 12th Avenue @ 55th Street, New York, NY
VOLTA NY (Friday) at Pier 90
12th Avenue @ 50th Street, New York, NY
Noon-8PM; $; The invitational fair of solo artist projects; http://ny.voltashow.com
The Art Show: Art Dealers Association of America (Friday) at Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue @ 66th Street, New York, NY (212) 616-3930
Noon-8PM; $

March 04

Independent (Art Fair) (Saturday) at Spring Studios
50 Varick Street, New York, NY
Art on Paper Fair (Saturday) at Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street, New York, NY
11AM-7PM; $
NADA New York (Saturday) at Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington Street, New York, NY (212) 594-0883
11am–7pm; $
Scope New York (Saturday) at Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, New York, NY (800) 563-7632
11 am – 8pm, $
Performance: Martha Friedman: Two Person Operating System created in collaboration with Susan Marshall at Andrea Rosen Gallery 2
544 West 24th Street, New York, NY (212) 627-6100
2-6PM; FREE
Clio Art Fair (Saturday) at Clio
508 West 26th Street Floors 5 & 9, New York, NY
10AM-8PM; FREE
Spring/Break Art Show (Saturday) at SPRING/BREAK
4 Times Square entrance on 43rd Street, New York, NY
11AM -6PM; $
The Armory Show (Saturday) at Piers 92 & 94
711 12th Avenue @ 55th Street, New York, NY
VOLTA NY (Saturday) at Pier 90
12th Avenue @ 50th Street, New York, NY
Noon-8PM; $; The invitational fair of solo artist projects; http://ny.voltashow.com
The Art Show: Art Dealers Association of America (Saturday) at Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue @ 66th Street, New York, NY (212) 616-3930
Noon-7PM; $

March 05

Independent (Art Fair) (Sunday) at Spring Studios
50 Varick Street, New York, NY
Art on Paper Fair (Sunday) at Pier 36 at Basketball City
299 South Street, New York, NY
Noon-6PM; $
NADA New York (Sunday) at Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington Street, New York, NY (212) 594-0883
11am–5pm; $
Scope New York (Sunday) at Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, New York, NY (800) 563-7632
11 am – 7 pm, $
Clio Art Fair (Sunday) at Clio
508 West 26th Street Floors 5 & 9, New York, NY
Noon-6PM; FREE
Spring/Break Art Show (Sunday) at SPRING/BREAK
4 Times Square entrance on 43rd Street, New York, NY
11AM -6PM; $
The Armory Show (Sunday) at Piers 92 & 94
711 12th Avenue @ 55th Street, New York, NY
VOLTA NY (Sunday) at Pier 90
12th Avenue @ 50th Street, New York, NY
Noon-5PM; $; The invitational fair of solo artist projects; http://ny.voltashow.com
The Art Show: Art Dealers Association of America (Sunday) at Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue @ 66th Street, New York, NY (212) 616-3930
Noon-5PM; $

March 06

Spring/Break Art Show (Monday) at SPRING/BREAK
4 Times Square entrance on 43rd Street, New York, NY
11AM -6PM; $
Jefferson Pinder’s Afro-Cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise) is, according to his gallery, Curator’s Office of Bathesda, Md., “an escapist video narrative that ends in destruction when the protagonist plummets back to Earth after a mystical space journey. Like the doomed Icarus of Ancient Greek myth, the epic fall comes after reaching a brilliant zenith that is both mesmerizing and lethal. This white-faced Butoh-inspired performance is a crude metaphor of the civil rights legacy. Taking cues from experimental films, Pinder plants himself within the work, asking the viewers to watch the images of propulsion and power.”

Jefferson Pinder’s Afro-Cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise) is, according to his gallery, Curator’s Office of Bathesda, Md., “an escapist video narrative that ends in destruction when the protagonist plummets back to Earth after a mystical space journey. Like the doomed Icarus of Ancient Greek myth, the epic fall comes after reaching a brilliant zenith that is both mesmerizing and lethal. This white-faced Butoh-inspired performance is a crude metaphor of the civil rights legacy. Taking cues from experimental films, Pinder plants himself within the work, asking the viewers to watch the images of propulsion and power.”


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