Seven Adoptions in First Days of ‘Cat Show’ at White Columns

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The scene at the opening

The walls of White Columns are studded with work by dozens of artists for its latest exhibition, “The Cat Show,” which is organized by Rhonda Lieberman, but at the opening last Thursday evening, stars like Andy Warhol and Matthew Barney played second fiddle to five homeless felines.

Visitors pressed their noses and smart phones against the chicken wire dividing them from the cats, who spent the opening exploring the amenities of their artsy enclosure, such as Rob Pruitt’s Zen Litter Tray (2013) and Jonathan Horowitz’s carpeted Cat Pedestal (2006). The crowd cooed every time one of the kittens did something cute, which was pretty often. By the end of the night, a dozen people had filled out adoption applications and by the end of the weekend, all five cats had found homes (as had two more that arrived on Saturday). While the gallery originally planned on only holding two adoption weekends, it will now host Social Tees Animal Rescue cats every weekend (except for that of July 4) during the show. Read More


Driscoll Babcock Galleries Moves to Chelsea, Opens Thursday

Mashup of paintings by Thomas Eakins and Jenny Morgan. (Courtesy Driscoll Babcock Galleries)

Babcock Galleries, the oldest gallery in New York, has moved to Chelsea. This Thursday the gallery, which was founded 160 years ago and was formerly located on Fifth Avenue near 57th Street, will celebrate its move with a soft opening, inaugurating its new space with a survey of roughly 250 years of American art. “This is How We Do It” will present 25 artists  from Thomas Eakins and John Singleton Copley to Jules Olitski and Andy Warhol, as well as contemporary artists Margaret Bowland, Marylyn Dintenfass and Jenny Morgan, among others. Read More


Andy Valmorbida Gives Futura an Ad-Lib Moment at the Opening of ‘Future-Shock’

Valmorbida and Futura. (Courtesy Nadine Johnson)

Alberto Mugrabi, China Chow, Dustin Yellin and Russell Simmons were out of sight when graffiti artist Futura dropped to the floor and began drawing swiftly in a fan’s book last night at a huge warehouse at 560 Washington Avenue. It was the opening of the artist’s solo show “Future-Shock,” organized by Andy Valmorbida, on the first night of New York Fashion Week. Music producers, models and socialites were there, but at this moment, at a back corner of the cavernous room in front of two of his canvases, the artist seemed to be having a quiet moment to himself. He seemed to like it that way. Read More


Japanther to Perform in Conjunction with Gelitin’s Greene Naftali Opening in September

Still from Japanther performance at Gelitin Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2011. (Courtesy Vernissage TV)

Gallerist hears that Japanther, the band and performance art project started by Matt Reilly and Ian Vanek while students at Pratt, will be performing in conjunction with the opening of Gelitin’s show at Greene Naftali on Sept. 13. Japanther’s performance, which will take place at a location as of yet TBA, should be a delightfully rowdy welcome for the Austrian art collective, whose last show at the gallery involved them creating a messy colorful sculpture installation while blindfolded and half-naked. Read More


Haunch of Venison Hosts Walter Robinson–Curated Show, Artnet Magazine ‘Wake’

'The Harem' (2012) by Robinson. (Courtesy the artist and Haunch of Venison)

Last Thursday evening, as the New York art world prepared for its annual August hibernation, people spilled in and out of the Haunch of Venison gallery on West 21st Street, a few feet from the West Side Highway, for one of the season’s last group shows. The opening reception for “Claxons,” an exhibition organized by Walter Robinson, the editor of Artnet magazine until last month, was underway. Read More


There’s Something About Mark Flood: Cameron Diaz Turns Up for ‘Hateful Years’

Dan Colen, Mark Flood and Cameron Diaz at the opening for Mr. Flood's 'The Hateful Years,' 2012. (Courtesy Mary Barone)

Barry Manilow and David Lee Roth—present in the form of grotesquely distorted photo collages—weren’t the only celebrities at the opening of artist Mark Flood’s career survey, “The Hateful Years,” at Upper East Side gallery Luxembourg & Dayan the other night. Cameron Diaz was on hand, and paused to pose for photographer Mary Barone (remember her people pics from the sadly now-defunct Artnet magazine?) along with Mr. Flood and the artist Dan Colen. Read More


Hardly Working: Nicolas Guagnini Presents Paintings in Seven Parts


Save for a single painting, Balice Hertling & Lewis’s small fourth-floor space in Hell’s Kitchen was pretty much empty when we arrived at 7 p.m. sharp on the last Thursday of June for the opening of Nicolas Guagnini’s “Sequence 4: Seven.” Perhaps everyone was at the Miguel Abreu opening of Mr. Guagnini’s “Sequence 4: Seven,” which started an hour earlier. The two galleries have teamed up to present the show, displaying just one of the seven paintings in the series every week for four weeks. Read More