Room With a View

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When you step off the elevator in the nondescript Flatiron building that houses Terence Koh’s latest project (at 1133 Broadway every night from 7 to 9 p.m. through Sept. 22), you’ll feel a bit lost. The hallways are painted a dull yellow and have linoleum floors, like a public high school, and the room numbers are in the four digits because you’re up on the 26th floor. Read More


Paul Kasmin Plans Deborah Kass ‘Yentl’ Show

(Courtesy the artist)

Early next year Paul Kasmin gallery will present a show of works by Deborah Kass that centers around her “Yentl” series, Warhol-inspired pieces that feature Barbra Streisand in her role from that film. The works were mostly made some 10 years ago, and Mr. Kasmin intends to show about 10 to 15 of them. Read More


Thomas Hirschhorn’s Tilting World

(Courtesy Gladstone Gallery)

When the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off Isola del Giglio in January, killing 32 people, its captain made headlines because, far from going down with the ship, he fled the scene and was ordered by a coast guard officer to return. Remember those tapes? “Listen [Captain] Schettino,” reads the English transcript, “you saved yourself from the sea, but I am going to … really do something bad to you …  I am going to make you pay for this. Go on board, [expletive]!” The Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn found poetry in this. Read More


The Hardest-Working Man on Mars: Adam Green Is a Weirdo, But Diligently So

Adam Green. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

This past Thursday afternoon, the singer Adam Green flitted around the gallery The Hole, installing a show called “Houseface” that features 30 or so paintings he’d made in the last six weeks. “Houseface” has a simple enough concept: deconstruct a select group of faces and then use them to make architectural paintings. The faces in question are those of Elmo and Big Bird from Sesame Street, and Garfield the cat. At the gallery, Mr. Green, 31, picked up a painting and put it down. He cycled through a pile of four. He gave instructions on where to put a two-foot-high papier-mâché mushroom from the Super Mario Brothers video games, a separate installation in The Hole’s second room. He wore a low-brimmed hat and a scraggly beard and looked very much like the messianic Bob Dylan at the end of The Last Waltz, minus the pacific nature. A blonde girl came in to help hang the works (it was a bit of a last-minute installation), and he tried to say something along the lines of “Hi, how are you? Thanks for coming by,” in a casual way, but went through all the words and body language so quickly that he seemed to be talking to himself. Read More


Photographer Jeremy Kost’s Decade of ‘15 Minutes’

Jeremy Kost, "Life House in Shadyside." (Courtesy the artist)

Jeremy Kost, whose photographs of drag queens, transsexuals and celebrities are being exhibited alongside Warhol’s Polaroids at a temporary gallery at 150 11th Avenue, says he’s fond of freaks. He began his career in “the bowels of the East Village” (that’s his phrase for it) essentially by accident. Read More


Maurizio Cattelan Interviews Domenico Gnoli for Luxembourg & Dayan Show

"Black Hair" by Domenico Gnoli

This week Luxembourg & Dayan opened a show by the Italian Surrealist painter Domenico Gnoli with an impressive number of the artist’s works, which feature meticulous paintings of the up-close quotidian. The catalogue for the show includes an interview with the artist conducted by Maurizio Cattelan, which is not nearly as odd as you think, despite the fact that Gnoli died in 1970. Read More