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‘Mika Rottenberg: Bowls Balls Souls Holes’ at Andrea Rosen Gallery

Still from 'Still from Bowls Balls Souls Holes' 2014

A sign on the front door of the gallery warns visitors of “scalding” sculptures inside. It refers to a frying pan sitting on a hot plate, catching drips from a leaky air conditioner above it, and jars of water holding immersion heaters, but it may as well be cautioning audiences about Mika Rottenberg’s entire exhibition, which overflows with ideas and plot twists and is as entertaining as it is incisive. Read More

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Josephine Meckseper at Andrea Rosen Gallery

Installation view. (Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery)

Josephine Meckseper’s new vitrines are very shiny. They have chrome steel frames, tall glass windows and mirrored floors. Some have fluorescent lighting, and some are more than 8 feet tall. As with much of the midcareer New Yorker’s earlier work, they feature found objects and sculptures—replicas of Brancusi’s Endless Column and other early-20th-century works, ads for Chanel perfume and 2(X)ist men’s underwear, mannequin legs for modeling stockings or shoes, the odd bathroom plunger—plus some bland little abstract paintings. Read More


Beach Reading: Simon Fujiwara Blurs Fact and Fiction With a Seaside Casino and a Mysterious Photograph

Installation view of Studio Pieta (King Kong Komplex). (Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery)

As a teenager in the 1960s, she performed in a dance troupe called The Blue Bell Girls. She trained in Paris and traveled to Monaco, where she met Grace Kelly and Shirley Bassey. She had a pet monkey that she liberated from a market in Bangkok. In Tokyo, her long legs and blond hair attracted catcalls. In Beirut, she danced at the Casino du Liban and met men there. As her son, the artist Simon Fujiwara, remembers it now, she was photographed on the beach in the arms of one “charming and dangerous” Arabic gentleman. She looked “irresponsibly happy.”

“I honestly can’t remember exactly when I saw this photograph,” Mr. Fujiwara said in an interview at Andrea Rosen Gallery, where his mother is the subject of his first solo show in New York. “But I know I’d seen it.” Read More

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‘The Temptation of the Diagram’ at Andrea Rosen Gallery

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Installation view of 'The Temptation of the Diagram'

Since it opened in December, Andrea Rosen’s small second space on West 24th Street has had a refreshing curator-driven program, and its shows have been quirky and rewarding. The latest, titled “The Temptation of the Diagram” (referring to Flaubert’s 1874 Temptation of St. Anthony) and organized by the artist Matthew Ritchie, is no exception. It looks at how 25 artists have made use of diagrams over the past 100 years. Read More

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‘Aaron Bobrow: Electric Bathing’ at Andrea Rosen Gallery

Installation view. (Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery)

Just how resilient is the rectangle? How many things can it be set around, and for how many years, before it loses the power to transubstantiate? For his naively broad-shouldered New York solo debut at Andrea Rosen Gallery, Aaron Bobrow scouted New York construction sites from which to wheedle, barter or borrow lengths of “debris mesh,” the tight and complex weave of steel wire that protects pedestrians from falling debris. Read More