As we mentioned yesterday, post-labor day in New York is a hotbed for art sceneish-ness. Plenty of shows have already opened but here’s a list of downtown happenings that will leave you feeling not only cultured, but also one step ahead of the masses.
Postmasters Gallery (Franklin & Lafayette St) Opened yesterday with a bonkers show from Federico Solmi. The hand-drawn, grotesque animated portraits of history’s prominent leaders are mesmerizing, intriguing, and unlike anything we’ve seen before. Opened September 8th
Catherine Ahnell Gallery (Wooster & Grand St) opened with paintings from powerhouse Rebecca Dayan. The successful model/designer/actress is showcasing her hauntingly expressive watercolors that capture Rebecca’s experience as a modern woman. Opened September 8th
Denny Gallery (Allen & Broome St) will be showcasing the artist and architect Erin O’Keefe. The works exhibited are photographs of carefully constructed sets of boards, plexiglass, and dowels that meld color and light into images that defy classification as mere photos. Opens September 9th
Eleven Rivington (Chrystie & Stanton St) will be showcasing the works of Jackie Saccoccio at their Chrystie location. Saccoccio is one of the leading female abstract painters who continually create vibrant nearly volatile works of art. Each painting is a portrait…of who, we may not know, but the works are arrestingly beautiful. Opens September 9th
Salon 94 (Freeman’s Alley) is opening a sculpture exhibit by Japanese artist Takuro Kuwata. The ceramics looks like hyper-glazed dinosaur eggs made into drinking glasses. And they’re awesome. Opens September 9th
The Hole (Bowery & Bleeker St) will be opening the season with painter Taylor McKimens. Stoic Youth consists of over 20 paintings inspired by two Greek sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum. The paintings are colorful, ambiguous, and for whatever reason slightly off-putting (in the same vein as cartoonist John Kricfalusi…and we love it). Opens September 12th
Also opening this week: Nari Ward at Lehman Maupin (Chrystie St), Keun Young Park at Muriel Guepin Gallery (Orchard St), Hermann Nitsch at Marc Straus (Grand St), John Baldessari at Shin Gallery (Grand St), Julia Bland at On Stellar Rays (Rivington St), and about a zillion more.
(Pro tip: Just grab a bike and follow the crowds. The larger the crowd, the more likely they are serving booze. Everything halts at 9pm at the latest, so leave work early.)