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Jamian Juliano-Villani Hits Hudson, Opening Zach Feuer and Joel Mesler’s New Gallery

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Juliano-Villani at Retrospective

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s got problems. “I don’t have a studio yet, I work in my room, I have no tooth,” said the frenetic 27-year-old painter, pointing to a gap near the front of her mouth. She lost the incisor by grinding her teeth about six months ago, but said she’s been too busy to get it fixed. “Today I actually took my first nap in almost a year,” she continued. A relief, because before that, the Jersey-born, Bed-Stuy-based artist hadn’t slept in three days. Walking down the street, she said, “every garbage bag was moving all of a sudden.” Read More

TV

Mark Flood Paintings Were on Television Last Night

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In case you were wondering, yes, folks, that was Zach Feuer’s gallery in last night’s episode of CBS’s Elementary. Maybe you were clued in by the text and lace paintings by Mark Flood? At one point, Sherlock Holmes notices that every third artwork in the gallery has a red dot next to it, indicating that it was sold. This looks fake to him, and, putting it together with some previous intel, he announces, “This gallery is a money-laundering front!” He also finds a dead body in a dumpster out back. Read More

On View

‘Elaine Reichek: A Précis 1972–1995’ at Zach Feuer

Installation view. (Courtesy Zach Feuer)

Elaine Reichek’s appropriation, in her 1994 piece Model Teepees, of 29 black-and-white photos shot at the turn of the last century, seems too easy. The images, displayed in homey wooden frames stained red and arranged in a cloud-shaped, corner-to-corner lattice, show 7-inch model teepees built by Native Americans for the ethnographer James Mooney and were taken from glass plates found in the archives of the Field Museum in Chicago. An appropriation of an appropriation of an appropriation remains an appropriation, but that’s exactly the fact that pushes this indictment past the political into the psychological and makes it unanswerable. The teepees, some striped like flags or pajamas and one, right in the middle, decorated with a gorgeous painting of a mounted skirmish, will remain defiantly fascinating whatever their frame, so there’s no way to call attention to them without also stealing the fascination. Read More

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Wild Wild West: Marianne Vitale’s ‘The Missing Book of Spurs’ Hits Performa

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“We’re distilling our own moonshine in bronze-casted douche bags,” artist Marianne Vitale called over her shoulder as she strode out of the room, carrying one of the unwieldy items in question. About a dozen metal sculptures, their snaky tubes twisting up toward the heavens, were resting atop a century-old wooden bar in the back room of Ms. Vitale’s Long Island City studio. It was exactly two weeks before tonight’s premiere of The Missing Book of Spurs, her Performa biennial commission, and she was working on the set with her assistant. The sculptures didn’t belong there, Ms. Vitale decided, and so she moved the hefty things to a table in the adjacent workshop, a maze of saws and salvaged lumber. She dubbed the arrangement “a clusterfuck of douche bags.” Not quite an exaltation of larks, but it had a certain ring to it. Read More

Parties

Hadou-kin! Jon Rafman Hosts ‘Street Fighter IV’ Tournament at Zach Feuer

From the event.

Late Saturday afternoon, Chelsea’s setting sun had turned the windows of Zach Feuer to mirrors and, past the racks of fake video games at the entrance, the gallery had undergone a transformation too. Aggressive clusters of young men shit-talked each other over hip-hop from a DJ booth at the back of the room. Some of them ate Haitian food from tin containers on folding chairs, engaged in nodding discussions serious enough to discourage the gallery types from taking a seat nearby—they tended to hang near the walls. Read More

human resources

London Calling: Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg to Lisson Gallery, Mark Flood to Stuart Shave

Nathalie Djurberg, still from "Snakes know it's yoga," with music by Hans Berg. (Courtesy Zach Feuer Gallery)

The artist duo of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg are now represented by Lisson Gallery in London. (Lisson also has a gallery in Milan, and a by-appointment office in New York, on the Lower East Side.) The two create elaborate installations combining video, animation, sound and sculpture. (Ms. Djurberg handles the animation and installations, and Mr. Berg, a musician and composer, does sound.) They have been working together since 2004 and are based in New York. Read More

On View

‘Jew York’ at Zach Feuer and Untitled

'Sandy,' 1996. (Courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin)

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. Read More

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A Nice Jewish Girl: A Preview of Jamie Sneider’s Contribution to ‘Jew York’

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The Year of the Jewish Woman

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. Read More

Social media

The Gallery, Unfiltered: On the Art World’s Instagram Obsession

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On March 29, the Instagram user dickrichter posted an image of a 2010 work by the artist Ryan Sullivan with the comment, “R.S. 2010.” By following up with Dick Richter via email, you could discover that the work was for sale for $120,000.

“Dick Richter Gallery” is a contemporary art gallery working the secondary market solely through an iPhone. It even has a motto: “Here @DR everything is available. We don’t represent artists just a quality of life. Thank you.”

“Its [sic] democracy for the artworld,” “Dick Richter” wrote in an email. He would only speak of his Instagram activities on the condition that we withhold his identity. “Its [sic] an all access pass in a world where some people think you still have to pay to be a vip.” Read More