British artist Phil Collins, who appears to be settling gracefully into midcareer, has parked two small campers in Bonakdar’s first-floor gallery. Each sports sofas, snacks and a television that plays an hour-long episode of Mr. Collins’s 2011 project, TUTBU.TV, a faux teleshopping channel, originally performed live in a theater and broadcast on German television, that accomplishes the rare feat of being a legitimately hilarious work of art.
The artist Mark Dion’s C.V. begins normally enough, but it has a quirk. “Born in 1961 in Bedford, Massachusetts,” it reads, and then, “lives in New York and works worldwide.”
“As much as I live in New York, until I came back, I’d only been here for six days for all of January and half of February,” Mr. Dion told The Observer over coffee at Cookshop in Chelsea last month. His appearance and bearing are those of a polished university professor; he’s a little quiet at first, but loquacious once he gets going. “I really am on the road all the time,” he said. He had recently been to Dallas and Minneapolis, and had just returned from a three-week expedition in Naples, researching the urbane 18th-century British ambassador Sir William Hamilton for an upcoming show in the city.
Almost two weeks after Sandy hit New York, Chelsea is slowly coming back to life. Many galleries are having openings tonight in newly refurbished spaces, including hard-hit David Zwirner, who’s presenting a Diana Thater show.
Venice Biennale 2013
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is really making it rain Venice Biennale artists. The installation artist Sarah Sze, whom they represent, is presenting work in the United States pavilion, and now the gallery has announced that the very wonderful sculptor Mark Manders will stage an exhibition in the Dutch pavilion at the biannual showcase, which runs June 1 through Nov. 24. Lorenzo Benedetti will handle curatorial duties.
This month’s Artforum is pleasantly plump, filled with ads for Frieze New York and strong May shows.
Though the Madison Square Park Conservancy is still three weeks away from unveiling its latest commission (from Dutch artist Jacco Olivier, on Dec. 15), it is already planning next year’s programming. Coming this spring, California artist Charles Long will create a site-specific work in the park, called Pet Sounds.