Review

Andy’s Kids: The Met Takes a Scattershot Stab at Establishing Warhol’s Influence, but at Artists Space, the Bernadette Corporation Is the True Heir to His Myth-Making

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Installation view of 'Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years' at Artists Space

If you listen carefully, you can hear the howling from curatorial and critical circles about the Metropolitan Museum’s blockbuster, “Regarding Warhol.” Organized by Mark Rosenthal with Marla Prather, Ian Alteveer and Rebecca Lowery, the exhibition is a Trojan horse: under the guise of examining the influential Pop artist, the Met has crept through the gates of contemporary art curation. The haphazard display, which looks cobbled together from auction-house catalogues (rather than from art history books), functions less as a thoughtful exhibition than as a three-dimensional press release for the traditionally more historically focused museum’s plans to expand into new art. It’s a land-grab, a wild claim to exciting territory. Its raison d’être is more institutional positioning than visual persuasion. It is bold, impolitic—and interesting. Read More

Happenings

8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 10

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FRIDAY | Opening: Megan Whitmarsh "Revolution is a Circle" at Jack Hanley

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

Discussion: Whitney Biennial Curators in Conversation with Michelle Kuo at Artists Space Books & Talks
The Whitney Biennial is just about over—the final festivities occur on Sunday, June 10, the same day that the last of its galleries close for de-installation. The biennial’s co-curators, Jay Sanders and Elisabeth Sussman, and its Read More

Happenings

8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 3

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THURSDAY | Opening: Lawrence Schiller, "Marilyn & Me," at Steven Kasher

TUESDAY, MAY 29

Screening: Iwan Schumacher, “Urs Fischer,” at New Museum
Iwan Schumacher’s documentary, Urs Fischer, makes its U.S. premiere at the New Museum, presented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and the Swiss Institute. –Michael H. Miller
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, doors at 6:30 p.m., screening 7 p.m. RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net. Read More

Art

No Alternative: Soho Stalwart Artists Space Is Expanding to Tribeca

Installation view of Danh Vo's "Autoerotic Asphyxiation" exhibition at Artists Space, 2010. (Photo by Daniel Pérez/Artists Space)

When Stefan Kalmár arrived at the alternative art space Artists Space in the summer of 2009 to become its executive director, he saw plenty of things that he wanted to change.

“The director’s office was a corner office with a vista,” Mr. Kalmár said earlier this month, with a touch of mockery, “symbolizing a petit-bourgeois notion of an institution. There was a real hierarchy.” The robust 41-year-old was wearing a tight sweater, torn near the elbows, over a collared shirt, and was sitting in Artists Space’s third-floor loft on Greene Street, pointing to where various rooms had been. “Next to me was the assistant to the director’s office, and then there was the development office. Like chicken hatches. In this corner was the boardroom, and here was storage and a facility room, and an archive. Everything that an organization doesn’t—shouldn’t—need.” Read More