On View

‘K8 Hardy: Kate’ at Reena Spaulings Fine Arts

Installation view. (Courtesy Reena Spaulings Fine Art)

One suspects that K8 Hardy could have continued to earn a pretty healthy living, and hearty helpings of praise, by continuing to make the gloriously unhinged, sometimes-abject maybe-self-portrait photographs that earned her a spot in last year’s Whitney Biennial, but for her third show at Reena Spaulings, she’s switching things up, focusing on crafty, hilarious, gloriously unhinged sculptures. Read More

On View

‘Seth Price: Steh Pirce’ at Reena Spaulings Fine Art

Installation view of 'Steh Pirce.' (Courtesy Reena Spaulings)

Last fall, Seth Price inaugurated Friedrich Petzel’s impressive new Chelsea space with a jam-packed show of luscious new vacuum-shaped plastic paintings, as well as huge fabric pieces resembling envelopes, fabricated by garment manufacturers. It was his fourth show with Petzel, and it confirmed Mr. Price, who is 40 this year, as one of today’s leading artists—a purveyor not only of sly conceptual gambits and ingenious theoretical writing but also appealing objects, a producer aiming for the fences. Read More

Review

Interiors: ‘Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940’ at the Jewish Museum and ‘Merlin Carpenter: Tate Café’ at Reena Spaulings Fine Art

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Edouard Vuillard, Misia and Vallotton at Villeneuve, 1899

IN THE PAST DECADE, there have been no fewer than three major exhibitions of Edouard Vuillard, starting with the Musée d’Orsay in 2003. France’s eccentric painter of wallpaper, his mother and fin-de-siècle interiors has, it seems, been making something of a comeback recently, and not just in museums; in January, Chelsea gallerist Andrew Kreps included a Vuillard painting in a four-person show, alongside pieces by Marc Camille Chaimowicz and William Copley. Now it’s the Jewish Museum’s turn, with an exhibition devoted to Vuillard and his patrons.  Read More

Art

Who Is Alex Israel, and Why Should I Care?

A still from Alex Israel's "As It Lays." (Courtesy the artist and Reena Spaulings)

Alex Israel is a youngish L.A. artist whose pastel-color panel paintings look like the sets of ’80s porn flicks; they’ve been selling like hotcakes at chic galleries in Paris and Berlin. I tried to see his recent one-man show at the übercool and cutting-edge Lower East Side gallery Reena Spaulings Fine Art, but the gallery is so übercool and cutting edge that, on the Friday afternoon I chose for my visit, it wasn’t even open. In fact, the two times I have ventured to this gallery in an attempt to see an exhibition, during regular gallery hours, they have managed to have the doors locked and the lights turned off. I’d given up on writing about Mr. Israel’s work, when I realized that I could simply review his new TV show, As It LAys, the one he’s recently uploaded to You Tube and for which he created a website: www.asitlays.com. This interview show, with Mr. Israel as host, reminds me of Andy Warhol’s famous “Screen Tests”: both projects are, in superficially different but actually very similar ways, forms of video portraiture. Read More

Trees

Klara Lidén Ventures Into the Woods

Into the woods!

The Christmas season is, of course, long gone, and Gallerist said a sad goodbye to our celebratory tree many weeks ago. It was a pleasure, then, to visit the second-floor Reena Spaulings gallery this past rainy Sunday to find a full forest of evergreens installed, courtesy of Swedish artist Klara Lidén. It smells like heaven up there in the former brothel. Read More