Eli Klein Fine Art is pleased to present Shen Shaomin’s first solo exhibition in New York opening Saturday June 12th from 6 to 9 pm. A world renowned conceptual artist, Shen Shaomin pushes unconventional materials to new limits. His art comments on contemporary issues from politics to human nature.
Hodges is widely known for his investigations into materiality and painstaking shaping of materials, both everyday and exotic. In this exhibition, he submits to a material that has often captured his attention – paper. Hodges’s return to Dieu Donné is his first since his 2002 Lab Grant residency, which was the artist’s introduction to hand papermaking, during which he created drawings from richly colored paper pulp. In this recent body of work, Hodges exploits the material qualities of paper through sculpture.
Thierry Goldberg Projects is pleased to present Waiting Room, the first New York solo exhibition of Maya Bloch. The exhibition will include seven new paintings that examine themes of estrangement and memory through abstracted figuration. Opening Friday June 4th.
Born in Italy in 1938, GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI has been a master photographer for half a century. His spectacular editorials have been published in Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and GQ, among others, and his images of Audrey Hepburn, Angelica Huston, and Iman are among the most famous fashion photographs of all time. EXOTICA is a selection of his sumptuous, dreamy photographs of the people and wildlife of Madagascar, Tahiti, and the Seychelles.
Check out Valentina Celada’s collection “Figuring it Out” at the 255Canal Gallery on Wednesday, May 26th from 6 to 9 pm. Says Celada, “Focusing primarily on the relationship between emotions and creative expression, I chose to “feel” the form rather than consciously controlling its representation and started drawing with long sticks at the end of which I secured a pencil, a brush or charcoal using color and ink wash as a way to enhance spontaneity and bypass the rational brain.”
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) will present LentSpace, a free outdoor cultural space open to the public and made possible by the loan of a Trinity Real Estate development site in Hudson Square. The Avenue of the Americas is a site-specific sculpture exhibition, which literally sits at the gateway of Sixth Avenue, and features artists from North and South America tackling themes related to the social and political issues confronting American societies.
Spattered Columns is pleased to present Kerry Downey and Jeremy Willis’s new show, “You Can Have it All.” This collaborative installation of painting, video, collage, and sculpture addresses irreconcilable psychological relationships through visceral engagement of the viewer. “The work situates human need within our current cultural climate,” said Spattered Columns Director, Jamie Johnson, “contrasting personal realities with idealized desires. These two artists beg the question Why do I want what I want?”
Step right up! Come on in! For two nights only join the Museum of Interesting Things for dinner and a show of the fascinating and remarkable at the Hampton Inn SoHo. There will be kooky cameras! Strange medical devices! Weird scientific apparatuses! Crazy mechanical toys! Funky music players! And sooo much more!!! Guests are encouraged to be hands on so don’t hold back. It’ll be a circus of a time! The can’t-miss two-day event is on May 18th and 19th at 7PM. The SoHo Journal is sponsoring so you know we’ll be there rocking our favorite mad scientist attire, strange apparatuses in tow!
Looking for a family fun evening? Bring the brood to the Children's Museum of Art's 16th Annual Family Benefit, Paintbrushes in Paradise: An Artistic Hawaiian Luau. Join the CMA's traditional Hawaiian Luau, complete with dancing music, and food, to benefit CMA’s community outreach programs. Taking place on Friday, May 14th from 4 PM – 8 PM, the evening will feature entertainment by Josh Cho & The Hawaiian Dreams Band and Polynesian Dance Productions. Families are encouraged to dress up and will have the opportunity to create traditional headpieces, learn a hula dance, and make tiki masks.
Never have we met a better ringmaster than Mark Demaio. His mind has always teetered between genius and perverse, so it’s no surprise Demaio’s works do too. Colorful and whimsical with hauntingly dark undertones, Demaio playfully explores the frightening and absurd in the seemingly innocent. His subjects— goblins, dolls, and circus freaks— are the most shocking of oddities, and yet surprisingly beguiling. They almost always smile, but never without an air of sadness. Catch Demaio’s latest show featuring works from his “Absurd Notions” series at VIG27 with the opening reception on May 13thand you will not only get brownie points from us but be privy to a fantastic performance by Corey Tut. It will be a blast!