Some of the work in this enormous, uncentered group show, which fills both Untitled on the Lower East Side and Zach Feuer in Chelsea, deals explicitly, if not seriously, with what it means to be Jewish: Daniel Feinberg’s Never Forget, a drawing of a camel and the legend “Never Forget” on a piece of Chateau Marmont stationery; Alex Israel’s Ketubah for Joel and Sarah, executed on commission for Untitled gallerist Joel Mesler’s July wedding; Casual Friday by Isaac Brest and Louis Eisner, a row of uniform vests from B&H Photo; Luis Camnitzer’s Letter, which thoughtfully explains his ambivalence about participating in such an “artificial and anecdotal grouping”; Sy Colen’s Artists, a seven-page history of famous Jewish artists of the 20th century; or Jennifer Rubell’s My Shrink’s Couch, a brown leather couch, formerly belonging to Dr. Baruch Fishman, on a low pedestal.
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We’re pretty excited for “Jew York,” the amazingly named summer group show that will occupy Chelsea’s Zach Feuer Gallery and Untitled on the Lower East Side. The exhibition opens June 20 and will feature “contemporary work of America’s Jews in their natural habitats—the Lower East Side and Chelsea.” There’s a huge artist list, which includes such diverse participants as Roy Lichtenstein, the sculptor Joel Shapiro and Untitled’s proprietor, Joel Mesler. One piece to look out for is Jamie Sneider’s The Year of the Jewish Woman, a 2009 pin-up calendar featuring Ms. Sneider in a variety of salacious poses alongside Jewish foodstuffs and traditional objects. She printed 1,000 of the calendars and sold them through her blog (they were somewhat of a hit with members of the Israeli army, Ms. Sneider said), and they continued selling even after 2009 ended and the calendars became functionally useless. Ms. Sneider used the pictures as her application to graduate studies at the School of Visual Arts, but this is the first time that they’ll appear in a gallery setting.
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The first thing you may notice walking into Untitled, the new fair that set up this year right on the beach at 12th Street in Miami Beach, is the abundant natural light streaming through the tent’s roof. The second: it smells heavenly, of succulent grilled chicken, of pizza baking.
Four wires hold this piece by Sean Kennedy high above the floor of the Untitled gallery right now, in a two-person show with Chadwick Rantanen. This photograph looks directly up through the acrylic glass that serves as the base of the work. (For some context, here’s an installation view.)
Since its inception in 2009, the Dallas Art Fair, which opens today and runs through April 15, has more than doubled its size. The fair began with with 30 exhibitors and is now showing 75 national and international art dealers including some from New York, like Lisa Cooley, Untitled, Canada, Salomon Contemporary, Feature Inc. Read More
The weekend before the opening of his midcareer retrospective at MoMA PS1, which opens to the public this Sunday, the painter Henry Taylor was walking through the museum’s first-floor galleries, inspecting the boxes that had just been shipped from his studio in Los Angeles. Some canvases were already leaning against the walls and others were sealed in bubble wrap. Some were still scattered around L.A. The month before, Mr. Taylor had gone to his daughter’s mother’s house there, where he had stored a number of pieces, only to discover they had been burned and destroyed (the circumstances are foggy). At PS1, he was walking through the show with Peter Eleey and Laura Hoptman, the exhibition’s two curators, rattling off stories about his work.