NYC Galleries Closing Due to Recession

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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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Flavin Estate Goes After Former Destiny’s Child Singer Kelly Rowland

  Sorry, but this is too funny not to post. “A year ago, Artnet News published a light-hearted piece on a music video by former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, which set the pop star’s gyrations amid florescent light environments, and clearly owed a debt to the work of the late minimalist Dan Flavin. Well, not everyone thought the reference was so amusing. John Silberman, of the law firm that represents the Flavin estate, writes […]

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Linda Francis: Interference

Installation view of Linda Francis: Interference, MINUS SPACE project space, Brooklyn, NY, 2009

February 2009

MINUS SPACE is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by New York artist Linda Francis. Francis will show a single painting conceived in three parts for the project space.

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Collectivism Works!, by Charlie Finch, Artnet Magazine, January 22, 2009

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  ABC No Rio Artist Group on Rivington Street Christmas, 1984 Photo: Peter Sumner Walton Bellamy  “In the last 15 years we in the art world have become so brainwashed by the market model of contemporary art that we forget that the entire history of 20th-century art was a collective phenomenon. Or perhaps you have never heard of the Fauves, the Futurists, the Blaue Reiter, the Dadaists, the Cubists, the Surrealists, the Ten, the Gutai Art […]

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Art and Idea, by Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, Artnet Magazine, January 8, 2009

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  Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing 146A, 2000 “An exhilarating acre of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings now fills a 19th-century brick factory building at Mass MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass. It’s one thing to encounter a LeWitt wall drawing in a public space like Christie’s Rockefeller Center lobby, the New School’s 13th Street lobby, or the Museum of Modern Art’s fourth-floor Dannheisser Gallery. But to be immersed in three floors […]

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Top Ten 2008, by Jerry Saltz, Artnet Magazine & New York Magazine

      We are delighted that our exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA was cited by critic Jerry Saltz as one of the best group shows of the year in NYC.  We greatly thank curator Phong Bui and the remarkable staff at P.S.1 for the opportunity, as well as the participating artists, their galleries, and our generous donors, whose financial support made this exhibition possible.  Thank you. Top Ten 2008, by Jerry Saltz, […]

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Breath of Life, by Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, Artnet Magazine, May 2, 2008

  George Rickey, Carousel IV, 1994 “The galleries showing George Rickey’s sculpture post wall labels next to every piece reading “Please Don’t Touch and Don’t Blow.” No wonder. It’s hard to resist the urge to apply a surreptitious little push to these supremely elegant abstractions. For Rickey was the 20th-century master of kinetic innovation and his fluid geometric constructions are born to move. His stacked hollow rectangles and circles and wavering columns of stainless steel, […]

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The Day the Lights Went On, by Jerry Saltz, Artnet Magazine, May 5, 2008

  Installation view at Zwirner & Wirth “Works of art often last forever, or nearly so. But exhibitions themselves, especially gallery exhibitions, are like flowers; they bloom and then they die, then exist only as memories, or pressed in magazines and books. Unless someone has the time, money and obsession to regather the work, research how it appeared and rehang a show — and the Zwirner & Wirth gallery has all those things, plus the […]

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Ray of Light, by Ben Street, Artnet Magazine, January 11, 2008

    Anthony McCall, Long Film for Four Projectors, 1974 “In a 1971 video, the New York-based British artist Anthony McCall, in his period brogues and flapping corduroys, digs a hole in a nondescript area of ground, puts the unearthed soil into a box, wraps the box up carefully, then buries it back in the hole, replacing the soil and the square of turf on top of it, and stamping it down…“

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Art Market Watch: Victor Vasarely, by Deborah Ripley, Artnet Magazine, December 11, 2007

  Victor Vasarely, Teke, 1956-60 $348,000, Christie’s New York, May 17, 2007 “In 1965, following his starring role in the Museum of Modern Art’s now-famous The Responsive Eye exhibition, Hungarian artist and Op Art inventor Victor Vasarely (1906–1996) became an international art superstar. For the next 15 years, the public’s appetite for Vasarely’s dizzying designs seemed insatiable. In an effort to meet demand, as well as to bring his art to the masses, he maintained […]

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Can You Dig It?, by Jerry Saltz, Artnet Magazine, December 3, 2007

  New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz reviews Urs Fischer’s You at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. “Urs Fischer has reduced Gavin Brown’s Enterprise to a hole in the ground, and it is one of the most splendid things to have happened in a New York gallery in a while. Experientially rich, buzzing with energy and entropy, crammed with chaos and contradiction, and topped off with the saga of subversion that is central both to the […]

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The Wild One, by Jerry Saltz, Artnet Magazine, November 5, 2007

    Installation view of Steven Parrino at Gagosian Gallery “It took me 20 years to get Steven Parrino’s work. From the time I first saw his art, in the mid-80s, I almost always dismissed it as mannered, Romantic, formulaic, conceptualist-formalist heavy-metal boy-art abstraction. But thanks to a very large survey of his work in no fewer than seven of Gagosian’s handsome Madison Avenue galleries, I’ve come around. Yes, he is mannered and repetitive, but […]

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Mary Heilman: To Be Someone, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

  Mary Heilman, Go Ask Alice, 2006 May 20 — August 26, 2007 The Orange County Museum of Art presents the first retrospective of work by influential New York-based painter Mary Heilmann. A pioneer of infusing abstract painting with influences from popular culture and craft traditions, Mary Heilmann (b. 1940) is one of the most important yet least recognized artists in the United States today. One of the very few female abstract painters of her […]

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Interview with Linda Francis, by Matthew Deleget

The following interview was published on MINUS SPACE in December 2004 in conjunction with Linda Francis’ spotlight exhibition.   Matthew Deleget: I would like to begin our interview with a brief discussion of your background. You were born and raised in New York City (The Bronx). What was you first contact with the arts? Was visual art something that was understood and supported?   Linda Francis: At the time, one could get a decent education […]

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