armory week 2014
An hour into the opening day of Independent, the 5-year-old art fair located in the old Dia Art Foundation building on West 22nd Street, every floor of was packed with visitors escaping the arctic climate outside. An installation by artist Amy O’Neill, presented by Karma, the downtown bookstore, publisher and project space, offered a little crowd control.
Look at This!
Karma, the West Village’s beloved design shop/bookstore/art gallery, is packing up and headed to points east! Their new space, at 39 Great Jones Street, is formerly the studio of the artist Ugo Rondinone, who purchased a defunct church in Harlem in 2011 that will presumably serve as his new studio space.
We’re working around the clock, trying to beat it, racing against it. We’re never clocking out. It’s how the world works. Meanwhile, time-based works, as they’re termed these days, are increasingly appearing in galleries and museums. Time itself is appearing in many instances. An art-clock boom is on.
Brendan Dugan, the enterprising proprietor of Karma bookstore, that West Village purveyor of artist books, and site of exhibitions and the odd performance (the artist Rob Pruitt signed books in the nude back in March) will open a second store later this summer in Amagansett, N.Y. The Hamptons shop, also to be called Karma, will be located at 249 Main Street, in a two-story shingled house set far back at the end of a narrow lot. Karma will occupy the building’s ground floor and, as with its New York home, will combine gallery space with a bookstore offering new, vintage and rare books.
The Norwegian painter Bjarne Melgaard will stage a show in the West Village’s Karma bookstore later this month. The planned exhibit features a hefty group of sculptures, drawings, and posters that will all but devour the shop’s modest footprint.