Editors’ Picks: 7 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Nari Ward’s Take on Phishing Scams to an Online Eco-Art Festival
Mark your calendar for these IRL and virtual events.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. We are currently highlighting events that are both digital and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)
Monday, November 30
It’s not an overstatement to say that New York City is the engine that powers the global art market. A recent report determined that the Big Apple accounts for up to a whopping 90 percent of the total value of art transactions in the US. But who are the people behind these transactions, and how has living in the metropolis informed their approach? In other words, what defines and motivates a “New York collector”?
Join us on Zoom tonight for a conversation between art advisor Wendy Cromwell, creative business strategist and collectors Victoria Rogers and Susan Hort, moderated by Artnet News executive editor Julia Halperin.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 5 p.m. EST
Tuesday, December 1
2. Critic Aindrea Emelife’s Tour of the Pascal Sender Exhibition at Saatchi Yates
The art historian and curator Aindrea Emelife is giving a tour on IGTV of Swiss artist Pascal Sender’s exhibition at the newly opened Saatchi Yates gallery. The exhibition particularly suits the format of an online tour, as the artist’s skillful paintings come alive and move around when looked at in augmented reality. The artist coded an app through which to view the paintings, and has just launched his own Instagram filter that allows visitors to step into a digital rendering of the gallery, which you can try here.
Price: Free @SaatchiYates on IGTV
Time: 5 p.m. GMT (12 p.m. EST)
Tuesday, December 1 –Saturday, January 23, 2021
The 12 works in this exhibition, which marks Larsen’s third solo show with the gallery, belong to the ever-evolving body of narrative painting Larsen has been developing for over 20 years. For over six decades, Larsen has created narrative paintings depicting hard-edged, mysterious characters in scenes that bristle with tension and humor. On Friday (December 4) at 2 p.m., the gallery will host a virtual studio visit with the artist and Veronica Roberts, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art. The show will be accompanied by a monograph, featuring essays by Veronica Roberts and Susan Thompson, as well as an in-depth interview between Mernet Larsen and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Wednesday, December 2
For the next installment of Hunter College’s online talks series, cross-media virtuoso Nari Ward will hold court with Joachim Pissarro, art historian and director of the Hunter College Galleries. At the core of the conversation will be “White Lies Subject,” a new body of work created using phishing emails received during Ward’s residency at the Dieu Donné Papermill and set to debut in Lehmann Maupin’s Art Basel Miami Beach OVR later this week. Tune in to hear how this latest series fits into the big picture of the artist’s boundary-pushing, decades-long practice.
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m. EST
Upper East Side-gallery Van Doren Waxter is giving viewers a glimpse into artist Mariah Robertson’s studio this Wednesday, timed to coincide with her current exhibition. Robertson’s photographs tread boundaries between mediums as she uses nontraditional techniques that often occur accidentally to create otherworldly, abstract, painterly works. At Van Doren Waxter, “Repetition & Difference” shows off new works made through her grueling physical process. When looking at some of Robertson’s images, it’s hard to know exactly how they were made, so this studio visit is a unique experience to see into the darkroom. The exhibition is on view through December 18 at the gallery’s 1907 townhouse, 23 East 73rd Street.
Time: 3 p.m. EST on Instagram live
Thursday, December 3
6. “Daniel Correa Mejía: Soy hombre, duro poco y es enorme la noche” at Fortnight Institute
Fortnight Institute opens a solo show of Berlin-based Colombian artist Daniel Correa Mejía this Wednesday. Mejía’s works are spiritual meditations on the universe in ultramarine and scarlet. Working with oil, sand, jute, and linen, the artist’s works are rough on the surface but softened by their imagery of figures being vulnerable in nature. The show’s title comes from a poem by Mexican Surrealist poet Octavio Paz.
Location: Brooklyn (book an appointment for exact address)
Time: By appointment only
Saturday, December 5
7. “The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish No. 4: The Understory of the Understory” at the Serpentine Galleries
The Serpentine Galleries is hosting a free online art and ecology festival that will include two days of talks, debates, and performances from practitioners across art, science, and beyond engaging with themes of ecology and the entangled life of ground, land, soil, and the Earth.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 12–7 p.m. GMT (7 a.m.–2 p.m. EST) on December 5, and 12–6:30 p.m. GMT (7 a.m.–1:30 p.m. EST) on December 6
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