This week was fun and busy and there was a lot to do and see. The week began with drinks to celebrate the new issue of Modern Painters which features Mike Kelley on the cover. The party was held at Hotel Americano, which I had no idea even existed and was surprisingly impressed by. Even though there were a lot of great people to meet, and really delicious cocktails, I ran a few blocks down to check out the Waterkeeper’s (Bobby Kennedy Jrs.’ foundation) Benefit Auction at Matthew Marks. The event was co-chaired by Jeff Koons and the art on the walls being auctioned in both the silent and live auction were pretty impressive… however, a short performance by Debbie Harry, who I had never seen live before, was the real draw!
Tuesday evening the Swiss Institute became the meeting place to reunite with friends in town showing at the fairs. Three exhibitions filled the giantic space. I initially came to see the exhibition Heart to Hand featuring the work of Zoe Leonard, Adam Pendleton, Klara Liden and Oscar Tuazon/Elias Hansen, but it was Nicholas Party’s brightly designed wallpaper covering the entire front room and floor placed sculptures, which in the enormous space filled with people practically got lost, that I was taken by. The juxtaposition of the scale, dimension and material of these two elements challenged the ideas of personal and public space in such a subtle and minute way that I almost felt uncomfortable (in the best way possible!).
Wednesday night was the opening of the Armory Show, which felt more manageable and concise this year (not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing). Even though reports stated that sales at the fairs have been pretty good across the board, times are tough and have been for awhile and so I guess its no surprise at this point to not see anything totally revolutionary. Nonetheless there were more than a few things I was happy to see. Usually my preference is one artist booths (a previous booth by David Zwirner’s which consisted only of Philip Lorca di Corcia polaroids was one of my favorites) but sometimes more isn’t a bad thing. I loved seeing the work at Jack Shainman. Among other pieces they featured a fantastic aluminum and copper tapestry by El Anatsui, two wall hung sculptures by Nick Cave, a photograph by Richard Mosse, and a sculpture by Claudette Schreuders. At Paul Kasmin I was intrigued by two very different works using oil paint, that of japanese artist Makoto Saito and Israeli artist Nir Hod. The London based gallery Corvi-Mora showed Anne Collier’s Smoking (Porfolio). Green Naftali’s booth was filled with large paintings by Bjarne Melgaard.
Thursday began with a trip to the Volta Show which also had a lot of painting. I was specifically drawn to Romanian artist Razvan Boar’s paintings at Ana Cristea Gallery. I also checked out brooklyn-based CultureShock’s installation but missed the break dancers which seemed to have a big draw. Thursday evening I took a hiatus from seeing art and instead had dinner with friends. The night ended with a trip to Marie’s Crisis for a much needed release and the reminder of two things we take for granted in New York: there is neighborhood camaraderie, its just not in your face, and the recognition of an incredible amount of unseen talent.
By Friday it was necessary to do some serious work but on Saturday I went to the Independent Fair. At the Independent I once again encountered Nicholas Party’s sculptures paired with photographs by Luke Fowler at The Modern Institute which I thought was a great combination. I also really loved the monochramatic paintings by Scott Lyall at Campoli Presti.
That afternoon, with good intentions to clean the apartment I quickly got distracted during my attempt to clear away the massive pile of magazines that was starting to take over, and read the article on Christian Marclay in this week’s New Yorker. A short while back, when I was in line at David Zwirner to see the Doug Wheeler exhibition, I began talking to an elderly woman on the three hour line behind me. She began telling me that waiting on line was worth it and that she waited on four hours the previous year to see Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ at Paula Cooper Gallery. She continued by saying she couldn’t believe that MoMA, who has purchased the work, had yet to shown it. My initial reaction was – give them some time! But after reading this profile on Marclay, and specifically ‘The Clock’ – I agree! Supposedly they will be showing sometime this year and talks about it being shown at Lincoln Center this summer are definitely adding to the excitiement of the longer days!