NYC Galleries Closing Due to Recession


NYC’s Chelsea gallery district From Artnet Magazine, June 20, 2009 New York galleries…seem to be closing at an alarming rate. At the beginning of the art-market recession, Jerry Saltz predicted that 50 galleries would go out of business. In a report last week, the New York Times said 25 galleries had closed. Coming up with an exact count is probably impossible, but herewith, a list of New York galleries that are not only closed, but […]

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Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA


Eileen Quinlan, Fracas #3 (for I.G.), 2009 March 18 – July 19, 2009 The photograph has often been described as a transparent window into a frozen moment. For Eileen Quinlan it is not a window but a mirror—reflecting our tendency to see even constructed images as truth when delivered by the camera. Fascinated by this, Quinlan explores her medium’s capacity to be both record of physical fact and deceptive illusion. Employing analog techniques in an […]

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Primary Forms: Illuminated and Opaque, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Downtown), San Diego, CA


Pasha Rafat, Untitled, 2003 15mm argon, mercury gas tubing and steel framing Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Photo by Pablo Mason Ongoing Primary Forms: Illuminated and Opaque features Minimalist and Post-Minimalist works from the MCASD collection. As squares and cubes are the basis of the modular sculpture by Sol LeWitt, so are circles and spheres the foundation for Keith Sonnier’s 1970s incandescent light reliefs that explore this medium’s reflection and diffusion. Primary forms […]

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Robert Irwin, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN


Robert Irwin, Untitled, 1971 Synthetic fabric, wood, fluorescent lights, floodlights 96 x 564 inches Collection Walker Art Center August 6, 2009 – November 21, 2010 Throughout his long career, Robert Irwin has pondered whether we ever have an absolutely pure or direct moment in front of a work of art. This installation, last on view 20 years ago, represents his effort to foster such an experience. Part of a series of powerful—and temporary—works the artist […]

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Sarah Morris: China 9, Liberty 37, Museo d’Arte Moderna of Bologna, Bologna, Italy


Sarah Morris, 1932 [Rings], 2006 Household gloss paint on canvas, 289 x 289 cm May 26 – July 26, 2009 Curated by Gianfranco Maraniello and Andrea Viliani MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna of Bologna is showcasing the first solo exhibition of Sarah Morris in an Italian museum and has the pleasure of welcoming the international première of her new film: Beijing. Starting from the mid 1990s, Morris became famous due to paintings and films characterised by […]

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Cave Painting, PSM Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Installation view June 3 – July 18, 2009 PSM announces an exhibition organized by the New York-based critic and curator, Bob Nickas. “Cave Painting,” which brings together works by twenty-seven artists, evolved as a result of Nickas’s research for his book, painting abstraction, to be published in September by Phaidon Press. He initiated the project with months of studio visits in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Berlin. Most of the artists in the […]

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Michael Scott: And then he tried to swallow the world, Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York, NY


Michael Scott, ATHTTSTW #3, 2008 Enamel on wood, 13 1/4 x 12 x 3/4 inches June 18 – August 21, 2009 Gering & Lopez Gallery presents “and then he tried to swallow the world”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Michael Scott. Initially known for his signature black and white “line” paintings widely exhibited in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, this exhibition marks Scott’s return to the New York art scene after a […]

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Mira Schendel, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Mira Schendel, Untitled- ‘Notebook’ series’, c. 1970 Letraset on paper, 22.5 x 22.5 x 7cm June 2 – July 11, 2009 Stephen Friedman Gallery presents an exhibition of monotypes and other works from the Estate of the Brazilian artist Mira Schendel (b. 1919, Zurich d. 1988, São Paulo). This two-part exhibition encompasses an in-depth survey of the artist’s works and includes seminal drawings from the 1960s and paintings, objects and collages from the 1950s to the […]

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Anthony McCall & Finnbogi Pétursson, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland


Installation by Anthony McCall June 26 – July 31, 2009 Sean Kelly Gallery and i8 Gallery announce two exhibitions, featuring Anthony McCall and Finnbogi Pétursson, being held concurrently in New York and Reykjavík, Iceland. In Reykjavík: Anthony McCall will present Doubling Back, 2003, at the Kartöflugeymslur, an old war bunker, positioned on the outskirts of the city. This projected light piece stretches from the floor almost to the ceiling and, over a period of thirty […]

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Mark Grotjahn, Gagosian Gallery, London, United Kingdom


Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Yellow Butterfly I Red P MARK GROTJAHN 07 781), 2007 Oil on linen, 63 x 53 inches May 30 – July 31, 2009 “I have an idea as to what sort of face is going to happen when I do a “face painting”, but I don’t exactly know what color it will take, or how many eyes it’s going to have, whereas the “butterfly paintings” are fairly planned out. They’re still intuitive, but I […]

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Pigeons Have Eye for Paintings: Japan Study, Associated Press, June 25, 2009


New York City pigeon Pigeons may sometimes appear to randomly target city sculptures with their droppings, but according to a new Japanese study they also have the potential to become discerning art critics.  Researchers at Tokyo’s Keio University say they have found that the birds have “advanced perceptive abilities” and can distinguish between “good” and “bad” paintings, recognising beauty the way humans do. The team–which previously published research saying that pigeons can tell a Monet […]

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Drawing Contemporaries, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, New York, NY

May 21 – June 9, 2009 (exhibition’s closed already, but the video is great) Participating Artists: Darren Kraft, Steve Lambert, Julia Schwadron, Michael Mandiberg, Marisa Olson, Lee Walton Drawing Contemporaries, curated by Eyebeam senior fellow Michael Mandiberg, is an exhibition of works on paper made by a peer group of new media artists who all make drawings, either as a primary object, or as an experimental step in their process. The artists often use computers […]

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Jo Baer, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands


Jo Baer, Untitled (Black Star), 1960-1961 Collection Kroller Muller Museum, Otterlo June 20 – October 4, 2009 Jo Baer (Seattle, 1929) is a painter and lives and works in Amsterdam. This exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum traces the journey through Jo Baer’s stylistic and ideological developments throughout her painting practice. Baer’s oeuvre spans a journey and critical dialogue from abstract expressionism to minimalism to her current style rooted in metaphorical imagery – what she terms […]

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Max Gimblett: Parade – The Presence of Beauty, Hamish Morrison Gallery, Berlin, Germany


Max Gimblett, Orpheus, 2004 Gesso, polyurethane, pencil, epoxy, pigment, moon gold leaf on wood panel 70 x 70 inches June 19 – August 1, 2009 Hamish Morrison Gallery presents, for the first time in Germany, New Zealand artist Max Gimblett (* 1935). His work enjoys special recognition in his home country with which he has retained many links, but especially in the United States where he has lived since the 1970s. This year his works […]

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Greet Billet, CCNOA, Brussels, Belgium


June 19 – July 12, 2009 CCNOA presents a solo exhibition by Belgian artist Greet Billet, which will take place in all 3 exhibition rooms of CCNOA. Billet’s exhibition is based on her on-going research project The development of the monochrome in its digital and analogue/graphical form of apparition and will present a large site-specific installation, a new video work as well as a printed edition. The fact that Terence Haggerty’s large site-specific wall paintings […]

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My Turn: Dan Graham, Beyond, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


Dan Graham photographing Two Adjacent Pavilions, 1978-82 2-way mirror, glass, and steel 2 structures: 8 1/4 x 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 feet each Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands Installed in Documenta VII, Germany, 1982 June 24 – October 11, 2009 My Turn expands the definition of a museum program by inviting a guest artist to interpret another artist’s work. This new and unique public program series, held in conjunction with the exhibition Dan […]

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Embedded: Alice Könitz, Fawn Krieger & Jamisen Ogg, Hudson Franklin, New York, NY


Jamisen Ogg, Associate (bench), 2008 Wood, canvas, acrylic paint, 35 x 72 x 17.5 inches June 18 – July 24, 2009 Hudson Franklin presents Embedded, a group exhibition featuring the work of Alice Könitz, Fawn Krieger, and Jamisen Ogg. These three artists embed forms associated with modernist architecture and design as well as Minimalism into their sculptures and works on paper. Each artist has subsumed the modernist vocabulary, and in varying degrees of transparency, each […]

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Personal Space, ParisCONCRET, Paris, France


Works by Brent Hallard, Richard Roth, Henriëtte van ‘t Hoog Opens June 27, 2009 During July, ParisCONCRET presents work by three contemporary artists who push, gently, against the notion that painting is a strictly 2 dimensional proposition: Brent Hallard (au/jp), Richard Roth (us), Henriëtte van ‘t Hoog (nl).

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Eric Dever: White Paintings 2007-2009, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, NY


Eric Dever, Zinc White on Burlap No 13, 2009 36 x 36 inches June 20 – July 9, 2009 Painting itself is the subject of Dever’s ongoing project, spanning two years and 94 paintings. In his investigation of titanium and zinc white oil paint on canvas, linen, and burlap, the exclusive use of white has more to do with a focus on paint properties and supports and is less about color. This is a progression […]

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Urban Abstractions: Photographs from the Collection, Museum of the City of New York, NY


Christian Tuempling, Night May 1 – August 2, 2009 New York City’s distinctive architecture and urbanism, and the opportunities the cityscape provides for photographers to explore visual experimentation and abstraction, will be the subject of an exhibition on view at the Museum of the City of New York. Urban Abstractions: Photographs from the Collection will feature some 35 images (3 in color)— by 20th-century masters, and an unknown shutterbug—each expressing artistic vision and personal aesthetic […]

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RIP: Exhibition Postcards


A recent card from Smack Mellon Gallery Card as Relic?, by Roberta Smith, The New York Times, June 23, 2009 “Of all the things going the way of the Internet these days, one is the gallery exhibition announcement card. For decades this useful bit of art-world indicator has been an indispensable constant creatively deployed by artists, avidly cherished by the ephemera-obsessed and devotedly archived by museums. But lately the death knell has been sounding, each […]

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Edge of Abstraction, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas


Work by Connie Goldman July 5 – September 27, 2009 Edge of Abstraction is a permanent collection exhibition that explores the 20th century’s fascination with abstraction. It is an attempt to question what abstract art is and why it is important to art history. Many recent EPMA acquisitions are included in this exhibition. Featured Artists: David Bates, Kim Bauer, Peter Bialick, Lydia Bodnar–Balahutrak, Paul Henry Brach, Nicholas Conbere, Nancy Conrad, Susan Davidoff, John Davis, Steven […]

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Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism: Works from the Costakis Collection, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece


Liubov Popova, Part of the design for the stage set for Earth in Turmoil (directed by V.Meyerhold), 1923 Photomontage, gouache, newspaper and photographic paper collage on plywood, 49 x 82.7 cm State Museum of Contemporary Art-Costakis Collection June 24 – September 20, 2009 Curators: Margarita Tupitsyn & Vicente Todoli / On the Greek side, the curators of the exhibition at the SMCA will be the SMCA’s director, Maria Tsantsanoglou and the SMCA curator Angeliki Charistou. After […]

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Minimal Variety Forms, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia


Kevin Finklea A List Of Things We Said We’d Do Tomorrow #18, 2009 Acrylic on Baltic plywood 28cm x 10cm x 12cm June 20 – August 5, 2009 Participating Artists: Christoph Dahlhausen, Kevin Finklea, Daniel Gottin, Rosa M. Hessling, Sherna Teperson, Mark Titmarsh, Heiner Thiel, Bill Thompson, Peter Weber

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Measure of Light: Interview with Linda Arts, by Brent Hallard, Visual Discrepancies blog, June 15, 2009


Brent: Color scales, gray scales, drums, unwrapped columns, the feel of folds, all different measures of light that sometimes manifest as light ‘actually’, though all together register as interest in how things unfold, expose, and fold back – that draw attention to form while somewhat masquerading with it – Linda, what is the common thread that runs through your work? Linda: Interesting that you refer to my work as folds, literal, or as a manner […]

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Trance, Chance, Dreams & The Unconscious, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY


Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam All American Finish, 2009 Silverpoint, gesso, hardware, wood, aluminum 99 inches long x 24 inches wide x variable height (approx. 65 inches) June 26 – August 2, 2009 Participating Artists: Jonah Bokaer, Jesse Bransford, Peter Clough, Ariel Dill, Jacob Dyrenforth, Jack Early, Michelle Grabner & Brad Killam, Rashawn Griffin, Fabienne Lasserre, Elwyn Palmerton, Jeffrey Perkins, Jeremy Sigler, Joao Simoes, Michael Taussig & Juan Bosco Diaz, Leslie Thornton TRANCE, CHANCE, DREAMS […]

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Victoria Munro: Going Bush, Show Gallery, Staten Island, NY


June 20 – August 1, 2009 Opening: June 20, 2009, 2pm New sculpture by New York-based, New Zealand artist Victoria Munro. In the New Zealand English to U.S. English dictionary, ‘going bush’ is translated as “to drop out of society or become reclusive”. The expression is widely used not only when referring to a reclusive period but also to a notion that Kiwis and Aussies hold onto, that they, at any time may be able […]

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Julian Dashper, Daniel Göttin, Kyle Jenkins, Tilman & Jan van der Ploeg, in We Go Far…And Way Back, Show Gallery, Staten Island, NY


Work by Jan van der Ploeg June 20 – August 1, 2009 Opening: June 20, 2009, 2pm Curated by Victoria Munro, participating artists include Andrew Barber, Julian Dashper, Matthew Deleget, Daniel Gottin, Kyle Jenkins, Lucy McMillan, Dane Mitcehll, Jan van der Ploeg & Tilman. ‘We Go Far….And Way Back.’, is a group painting show comprised of artists with shared work philosophies and exhibition histories. ‘We Go Far…., refers to not only the distances geographically between […]

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Ib Geertsen (1919-2009): In Memoriam


  The Danish artist Ib Geertsen died on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Geertsen is survived by his wife Birthe, and their grandson and granddaughter. The funeral will take place on June 12 at Timotheus Kirken, Valby, Copenhagen where there is a stained-glass window designed by Geertsen. “Ib Geertsen is the grand old man of Danish abstraction, but was little known in the UK until he was championed by London’s Rocket Gallery in a recent group […]

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Blue, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY


  Daniel Levine, Untitled #2, 2001 Oil on cotton, 16 x 15 3/4 inches June 16 – August 28, 2009 “Blue, here is a shell for you…Inside you’ll hear a sigh.” –Joni Mitchell, 1971 James Graham & Sons presents Blue, a group painting exhibition curated by John Zinsser. The exhibition will include the work of: Richmond Burton, Rudolf de Crignis, Joe Fyfe, Wayne Gonzales, James Hyde, Daniel Levine, Nancy Lorenz, Olivier Mosset, James Nares, R.H. Quaytman, Kate Shepherd, Amy […]

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re: working space, White Street Project, Frankston, Australia


  Installation view through storefront window May 29 – June 12, 2009 Participating Artists: Brian Scales, Inverted Topologies (Justin Andrews, Kyle Jenkins, Danny Lacy, Masato Takasaka), Suzie Attiwill, and Warren Taylor

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Hand in Hand, Non-Objectif Sud, La Barraliere, Tulette, France


    Installation views July 12 – September 7, 2009 Non-Objectif Sud La Barraliere, Chemin de Visan 26790 Tulette, France Non-Objectif Sud is pleased to present Hand in Hand, its exhibition for the summer of 2009, featuring the work of nine international artists working in various media. Embracing disparate approaches and an array of form, the works share affinities that are not immediately plain. With many of the works executed on site at La Barraliere, […]

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James Lee Byars Lived Here, Presented by Milton Keynes Gallery, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy


  James Lee Byars, The Angel, 1989 June 4 – July 5, 2009 Palazzo Pesaro Papafava Calle de la Rachetta Cannaregio 3764 30121 Venice James Lee Byars Lived Here, organised by Milton Keynes Gallery, presents major works by James Lee Byars (1932-1997), and reflects his longstanding relationship with the city of Venice. Occupying the first floor of the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava in central Venice, James Lee Byars Lived Here runs during the Venice Biennale. For […]

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Inside Abstraction, Galeria Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NY


  Installation view June 5 – July 12, 2009 Janet Kurnatowski Gallery presents Inside Abstraction, an exhibition that brings together ten exciting artists for the first time: Srule Brachman, Brice Brown, David Cummings, Scooter Flaherty, Sam Fryer, Chris Martin, Gelah Penn, Michal Shapiro, Evelyn Twitchell and Kim Uchiyama. Curated by Vered Lieb; some of the visual artists showcased have shown extensively while others are new and emergent artists. All of the artists in this show […]

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The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, by Jackie Battenfield, De Capo Press, 2009


  Click to purchase on Amazon The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love is a comprehensive handbook that provides the information, tools, and techniques, for developing and sustaining a successful art career. It provides answers to the challenges artists face everyday and includes real-life examples, illustrations, step-by-step exercises, and bulleted lists that allow readers to dive in and begin working immediately. Author Jackie Battenfield maintains her own career as a […]

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Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009): In Memoriam


    Frederick Hammersley, abstract painter, born in 1919, died peacefully  on Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 90.   Hammersley is known as one of the Los Angeles-based “Abstract  Classicists” whose work gained international attention through the  exhibition Four Abstract Classicists at the Los Angeles County Museum  in 1959.  The term “hard edge” was coined at the time to describe the  geometric, abstract paintings by Hammersley, Karl Benjamin, Lorser  Feitelson and John McLaughlin.   Hammersley attended […]

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