Editors’ Picks: 14 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From New KAWS Works at Skarstedt to Persian Poetry at the Asia Society
It's a big week for gallery shows.
Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
Monday, November 1–Saturday, December 18
1. “Quiet Fire” presented by Far x Wide and The Drawing Exchange, New York
Are you looking to support a fantastic cause while enriching your art collection? Look no further than “Quiet Fire,” an online exhibition of works on paper presented by Far x Wide and the Drawing Exchange. This sale benefits Seeding Sovereignty, an indigenous, womxn-led collective that aims to break down existing colonial practices and provides aid for the advancement of marginalized populations. Forty-four artists from the U.S., U.K., and Canada are participating in the sale offering a diverse array of works ranging in price from $80 to $1,200.
Time: Open daily at all times
Wednesday, November 3–Sunday, November 7
The Perry J. Cohen Foundation’s second annual “Art With a Heart” online-only charity auction will go toward supporting the organization’s initiatives of environmental, marine and wildlife education and preservation; teenage entrepreneurship; boating safety education; and the arts. For sale are works by Pablo Atchugarry, David Datuna, Shepard Fairey, Jeff Koons, David LaChapelle, and Sylvester Stallone, as well as sports memorabilia such as items from Joe Namath, Reggie Jackson, Tiger Woods, Martina Navratilova and Bill Belichick.
Time: Wednesday, 9 a.m.–Sunday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 3–Thursday, December 23
3. “Xavier Veilhan: Autofocus” at Perrotin, New York
Veilhan is a multidisciplinary artist working across different mediums including sculpture, installation, painting, and photography. He’s known for working with musicians like Air, Daft Punk, and Brian Eno to help bring his work to life. In this case, the artist’s usual faceted, futuristic shapes, are focused on smooth, sculptural surfaces. This new format produces sculptures that have “a blurred, eroded effect, becoming ghost-like, like a shadow of someone passing by,” according to a statement from the gallery.
Location: Perrotin, 130 Orchard Street, New York
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, November 4
4. “ICP Spotlights: Catherine Opie in Conversation with Helen Molesworth ” at the International Center of Photography, New York
ICP’s annual benefit honoring women artists in photography and film is back as an in-person event for 2021, celebrating its 10th anniversary by recognizing the career of Catherine Opie, who will talk with curator Helen Molesworth about her work.
Location: International Center of Photography, 79 Essex Street, New York
Price: Free to stream live, in person tickets start at $1,200
Time: 12:00 p.m.; livestream begins at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 4–Saturday, December 18
In his first show at Sean Kelly, Wu Chi-Tsung presents his “Cyano-Collage” series, which reinterprets he traditional ink and brush landscapes of Chinese shan shui paintings—which translates to “mountain-water-pictures”—through the lens of experimental photography. The artist crumples up cyanotype paper that has a photosensitive coating, exposes it to sunlight, and mounts it on aluminum to create collaged images that recall mountainous landscapes.
Location: Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, New York
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, November 5–Thursday, December 23
6. “Michael Mandiberg: Timeframe” at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York
Michael Mandiberg presents two ongoing bodies of work related to themes of memory, illness, and building relationships through work and learning. Their durational performance “Live Study” includes an 850-hour archive, still growing, of live-streamed video from the artist’s painting sessions of studio assistants and other colleagues. The project spans Mandiberg’s cancer treatment from 2004 to 2009, and partially grew out of their need for extra assistance during that time. Their newer series of “Zoom Paintings” comprises portraits done exclusively through Zoom sessions, a project begun during the early days of the pandemic.
Location: Denny Dimin Gallery, 39 Lispenard Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, November 5–Saturday, December 11
On the heels of his blockbuster Brooklyn Museum exhibition, KAWS takes over three floors of his new New York gallery with new paintings and sculptures featuring his signature CHUM, BFF, and COMPANION characters.
Location: Skarstedt, 20 East 79th Street, New York
Price: Free, timed entry required
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, November 6
8. “Mahsa Vahdat: My Voice Is My Home” at the Asia Society, New York
Tune in on Facebook or YouTube for an interpretation of Persian poetry performed by Iranian singer and composer Mahsa Vahdat with harpist Bridget Kibbey and percussionist Shane Shanahan. The performance is being held in conjunction with the Asia Society’s current exhibition, “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians – The Mohammed Afkhami Collection” (through May 8, 2022).
Time: 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, November 6–Tuesday, December 21
9. “That Was Then, This Is Now” at Signs and Symbols, New York
The performance-focused space Signs and Symbols is debuting its new Houston Street location with a live event and a group show of gallery artists. “That Was Then, This Is Now” features work by Adam Broomberg, Carol Szymanski, Rachel Libeskind, Jen DeNike, Tony Orrico, and other artists. To inaugurate the new space and the return of its live program, the artist and choreographer Jonah Bokaer will present a special performance at the opening.
Location: Signs and Symbols, 249 East Houston Street, New York
Time: Opening reception, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
10. “Talking Shop on Art and NFTs” at Moncler’s House of Genius
It’s a big NFT week in New York, with the sold-out NFT.NYC conference hitting Times Square (November 1–4). Across the Brooklyn Bridge, another NFT conversation is sure to delight and educate as Artnet News Pro columnist Kenny Schachter and artists Kevin McCoy and Jennifer McCoy sit down at Moncler’s House of Genius pop-up to discuss everything from art and fashion in the Metaverse to who is actually buying NFTs. The conversation will be moderated by Artnet News’s Ben Davis.
Location: Moncler’s House of Genius, 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, New York
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.
Through Wednesday, November 10
11. “Vadhu: The Embroidered Bride” at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York
Spandita Malik is an interdisciplinary, photography-based, Indian artist working in issues of women’s rights and gendered studies. For her latest project during her residency at Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York, she presents a collection of embroidered wedding photographs printed on fabric. She pays a nod to the fact that a lot of Indian women turn to embroidery and sewing as a means of earning money, and in turn, their freedom. Malik collaborated with 22 Indian women from Lucknow, Jaipur, and Chamkaur Sahib, regions respectively known for the chikankari, zardozi, and phulkari styles of embroidery. She printed wedding photographs from these women’s youth on fabric and asked them to decorate each image with embroidery from their region. When she wasn’t able to travel to India because of the pandemic, she continued her work through video chats and a Whatsapp group, which became an outlet for the women’s anxieties during a scary and uncertain time. Whether a happy or a sad memory, their weddings represent a time when these women’s lives were irrevocably changed, and by using these photographs as a canvas for their artistic work, they are able to reclaim some of the agency they lost.
Location: Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, 126 Baxter Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, November 13
12. “Addie Wagenknecht: Every Day the Same Again” at Bitforms, New York
Since relocating from the U.S. to Austria five years ago, a significant part of Wagenknecht’s life and studio practice have involved (in her words) “trying to figure out how to renegotiate” her relationship to her increasingly polarized homeland. Her latest solo exhibition centers on three plinths each overhung by an ominous array of IV bags slowly dripping blue and red paint onto archival paper. Each apparatus gradually forms an abstracted image of the American flag—one that is poised to blur into muddy oblivion as the two colors build up, spread out, and collide. It’s a jarring but memorable visualization of a nation where facts, evidence, and even invocations of a shared good have been politicized, if not vilified, threatening to dissolve the entire American project.
Location: Bitforms, 131 Allen Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, November 13
13. “Moon Salon” at Derek Eller Gallery, New York
Derek Eller Gallery presents J.J. Manford’s new paintings in this striking solo exhibition. The luminous paintings exclusively depict interiors, usually containing an animal companion, framed art on the walls, and a small glimpse of the outside world. Though no figures are present in these paintings, Manford manages to give an impression of a lived in, comfortable room, as if the inhabitant just momentarily stepped out of the scene. “By curating his scenes with art- historical works or poster reproductions, along with folk and outsider art, his own paintings, record albums, etc., Manford can vicariously inhabit this idyllic and culturally vibrant domestic scene of his own making,” according to the gallery statement.
Location: Derek Eller Gallery, 300 Broome Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. and by appointment
Through Sunday, November 14
14. “Loc Huynh: ăn ngon (Eat Delicious)” at New Release Gallery, New York
Loc Huynh’s first solo exhibition in New York focuses on the daily activities of his mother, Mai Pham, and her dog, Downy, usually in and around the kitchen. Though one-dimensional and caricature-like, Huynh fills these works with depth as he explores the idea of what it means to take care of someone through the act of cooking. He pays homage to his mother by depicting Vietnamese ingredients, specifically, and to all the Asian moms, in general, who express their love for their children and family through cooking traditional foods.
Location: New Release Gallery, 60 Mulberry Street, New York
Time: Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
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