A show featuring the work of conceptual artist Charles Gaines is the sleeper hit of the summer.
Curated by Naima J. Keith at the Studio Museum in Harlem, “Charles Gaines: Gridwork (1974-1989),” puts on view 10 of Mr. Gaines’ early conceptual projects and deftly sketches out his context—from Castelli Gallery, where he Read More
Christian Marclay’s newest feats of editing are collages of found comic-book sound effects silkscreened onto abstract paintings that are, themselves, collages of art historical influence. Backgrounds brightly marked with drips, splashes, clouds and manicolored stains like marbleized paper that were applied with mops, sponges and sometimes feet are impeccably balanced, and the appropriated sound Read More
Paula Cooper gallery announced today that Christie’s postwar and contemporary specialist Sara Friedlander will join its staff.
This superb exhibition, which inaugurates Paula Cooper’s new 10th Avenue project space, closes Oct. 3, after three-week run that I wish was closer to three months. It includes more than a dozen works from between 1970 and 1988 by Alan Shields, the master of psychedelically inflected fabric pieces who split his time between New York and Shelter Island and died in 2005 at 61.
Sol LeWitt’s 1987 gouache Complex Form is one of a series produced in conjunction with Wall Drawing #564: Complex forms with color ink washes superimposed, itself conceived and executed for the 1988 Venice Biennale and currently being shown for the first time since. In the gouache, 10 colored triangles and a square are fitted together into a form like an open parenthesis or a squat obelisk casting a truncated shadow. Stains, daubs and multiple layers of color—muddy yellow over blue, pale orange over red—produce an unusually open view into the emotional content of LeWitt’s work, but its seamless geometry shines as clear as ever through this more frankly carnal execution.
Beginning in 1974, Paula Cooper Gallery hosted an annual reading of Gertrude Stein’s epic novel The Making of Americans around New Year’s Eve, with scores of people taking turns reading sections of the lengthy text. The event ran each year through 2000. (At the suggestion of John Cage, they switched to James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake for two of those years.) Earlier this year, the online arts journal Triple Canopy revived the practice at 155 Freeman, the Greenpoint culture venue that is also home to Light Industry and the Public School, hosting a read from Jan. 20 through 22.
SculptureCenter in Long Island City has started a $5 million campaign toward a major building expansion. The news comes from Mary Ceruti, SculptureCenter’s executive director, who made the announcement at the organization’s benefit gala last night at the Edison Ballroom. The center plans to break ground next year on a one-story addition in the front of the building’s courtyard that will serve as a new lobby entrance and provide additional exhibition space. The renovations will tentatively be complete in 2014, and SculptureCenter will, for the most part, remain open during construction.
Wilt Chamberlain, who was so good on a basketball court the NBA had to widen the free-throw lane in order to keep him back from the net, wrote two autobiographies. The first, from 1973, Wilt: Just Like Any Other 7-Foot Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door, boasts of certain sexual extravagances. The second, 1991’s A View From Above, is more specific; it includes the famous unverified statement that the number of Chamberlain’s sexual encounters was “closing in on twenty thousand women,” a claim that adds a certain layer of subtext to his on-the-court nickname, the Big Dipper. He presents this lofty figure in the manner of a basketball statistic. “Yes that’s correct, twenty thousand different ladies. At my age, that equals out to having sex with 1.2 women a day, every day since I was fifteen years old.” Chamberlain, by the way, still holds the record for most rebounds for a career—the fairly coincidental figure of 23,924.
The artist Paul Pfeiffer, whose debut show at the Paula Cooper Gallery opened last week, is known for his clever manipulation of sports footage. Basketball is a recurring interest. It feels almost inevitable that he should have chosen Chamberlain as his muse for his first exhibition in New York since 2007.
Hanging on the walls of Paula Cooper’s sky-lit gallery on 21st Street, as if projected by the two small prism sculptures made of lead crystal cast inside urethane resin that stand on white pedestals in the middle of the floor, are 12 evanescently unstable new disruptions of the idea of disrupting the picture plane.
Seven of Tauba Auerbach’s new paintings use no paint at all. Slice I, Bend I, Slice II, Ray I, Ray II, Glass I and Shift Wave are instead woven from strips of raw canvas—about a centimeter to an inch wide, depending on the piece—into complicated patterns and calculated, gestural divergences from pattern, directly over wooden stretchers. Whether you can see the patterns depends on the angle of light coming through the skylight and how far away you stand. From an ordinary distance in the early afternoon, Shift Wave looks like nothing. But over time, and from top to bottom, there emerges a complex of overlapping right angles that create rows of triangles in alternating directions, which themselves form descending sine curves with their peaks and troughs flattened out, like a Marimekko shower curtain or sea serpents in an early video game. Stand closer, and you notice that the canvas itself is made with a kind of houndstooth weave that catches the light differently on either side, so that each strip is a subtle, two-toned off-yellow and gray; stand right by the wall, to the side, and the depth of the overlapping strips may bring to mind Wayne Kusy’s matchstick Lusitania in the American Visionary Art Museum.
Tauba Auerbach’s announcement card for her show at Paula Cooper Gallery, which opened to a throng of fans on Saturday evening, is, like her art, a paragon of an airy, smart and inventive beauty, suggesting a future model of living in which artist-mathematicians craft rigorous yet elegant solutions to even the most intractable artistic problems. Read More