Final Cut: At Gagosian, Lucio Fontana, Beyond the Slash

Fontana's 1951 environment for the Milan Triennale. (© Fondazione Lucio Fontana. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery)

On Monday morning, Italian curator Germano Celant, a compact man with a mane of white hair, was using a flashlight to navigate a series of cavernous spaces in the Gagosian Gallery on West 24th Street, which he and a team of assistants were gradually transforming into “environments,” ethereal, room-filling installations by the late Italian artist Lucio Fontana.

“This is a very small environment that I saw him do in Genoa, my town,” he said, gesturing around a narrow passageway blocked off by a black curtain. The space inside was dark, and eerily sublime, containing just a few dabs of fluorescent paint lit with a black light. The piece was originally made in 1967, the year before Fontana died at age 69. “It was in a shop,” Mr. Celant recalled. “On the beach.” Read More


Colin Snapp Debuts Video at New Journal Gallery in Williamsburg on Saturday

Installation view of 'Leica Toll' by Colin Snapp. (Courtesy the Journal Gallery)

Has there ever been a stranger time for young artists? Their work may not be selling at quite the clip of 2007, we’re told, but their opportunities are greater than ever. The risks they face are too. New galleries are opening regularly, and the established ones, sensing competition, are expanding. These art dealers need artists, and they have plenty to offer them.

The Journal Gallery, on North 1st Street in Williamsburg, is one of the many galleries ramping up. The exhibition venue of the luxe magazine The Journal, founded by Michael Nevin, has long been a sterling project space, a purveyor of handsome, modestly-sized shows by artists established elsewhere—Joe Bradley, Michael Williams, Rita Ackermann and the like–as well as a number of unknown artists well before their prime. Now it represents two superb young artists: Daniel Turner and Colin Snapp, who sometimes collaborate on a project called Jules Marquis. More artists may be on the way. Read More


Metropolitan Plans 50-Artist Exhibition on Warhol’s Influence

The entrance hall of the Met. (Photo: Michael Gray / Flickr)

When it comes to contemporary art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art tends to focus on super-safe exhibitions of canonized artists deep into their careers—think Robert Rauschenberg or John Baldessari—or small shows of well-established mid-career figures like Neo Rauch and Tara Donovan. Only occasionally has it explored recent art history, as it did with its 2009 “Pictures Generation” show. Read More