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Up & Upcoming – Art-Rated’s Picks

Here are some of our picks for current and upcoming shows in NY that are not to be missed!

Mia Halton

Mia Halton - Courtesy of Kathleen Cullen Fine Art

Mia Halton – Courtesy of Kathleen Cullen Fine Art

Opening February 13 at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, the intimate drawings and prints of Mia Halton echo Dubuffet’s Art Brut and the frantic drawings of Basquiat. As an accomplished printmaker, Halton’s depicts charming and densely populated internal worlds that are about to dissipate into abstraction.

February 13 – February 28, 2013
Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
526 West 26th Street #605
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th, 6-8 PM

Caitlin Hurd: Difference and Disorder

Caitlin Hurd - Courtesy of J Cacciola Gallery

Caitlin Hurd – Courtesy of J Cacciola Gallery

Caitlin Hurd’s paintings are self-described ‘suspended-in-time’ moments; domestic objects and lost children float and sink into unblemished, green landscapes. With technical assuredness Hurd tackles personal uncertainty; these pictures represent the mind’s departure after surviving a traumatic event. In her case, Hurd channels her experience of surviving being hit by a car through her characters’ relationship to the landscape.

February 14th 0 March 2nd, 2013
J. Cacciola Gallery
537 West 23rd Street
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 14, 6-8 PM

Daniel Buren: Electricity Paper Vinyl…

Daniel Buren - Courtesy of Petzel Gallery

Daniel Buren – Courtesy of Petzel Gallery

Petzel Gallery’s latest exhibition showcases the work of artist Daniel Buren, who for the last 50 years has been known for his use of contrasting stripes to incise and divide spaces for site specific projects. His work at Petzel incites a conversation about perception, architecture, and installation. Buren’s exhibition transforms Petzel’s space into an op art illusion come to life with the aid of luminescent textiles and his characteristic 8.7cm stripes.

Works in Situ & Situated Works From 1968 to 2013
(Dedicated to Michael Asher)
January 10 – February 16, 2012
Petzel Gallery
456 W 18th Street

Svenja Deininger: One Second Balance

Svenja Deininger - Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery

Svenja Deininger – Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery

Svenja Deininger’s latest exhibition of abstract paintings at Marianne Boesky Gallery offer a respite from much of the saturated and dense abstraction populating contemporary painting today. Deininger’s hard edge abstractions are sparse and commanding, rarefied aesthetic discoveries built from line and texture, poetic statements that are learned yet fresh.

January 17 – February 16, 2013
Marianne Boesky Gallery
509 West 24th Street

Christopher Mir: Static is Singing

Christopher Mir - Courtesy of Bernimon Contemporary

Christopher Mir – Courtesy of Bernimon Contemporary

In his first show at Bernimon Contemporary, painter Christopher Mir creates a kind of contemporary mythologies inspired by a myriad of sources ranging from imagery stumbled upon on the internet to song lyrics. Mir’s work straddles time periods: his pictorial strategies are indebted to Symbolism and Golden Age illustration yet his use of black outline and enamel finds more footing in the world of graphic novels and sign-painting. His paintings are hand-made heralds for a composite age.

January 17 – February 23, 2013
Bernimon Contemporary
514 West 24th Street, Floor 2E

Henry Darger – Landscapes

Henry Darger - Courtesy of Ricco/Marresca Gallery

Henry Darger – Courtesy of Ricco/Marresca Gallery

Henry Darger might be the most prolific of all outsider artists; his 15,000 page graphic novel cum illustrated manuscript “In the Realms of the Unreal” is the visual nexus where Darger’s life experiences melded with his imagination. Till February 2nd, Ricco/Maresca Gallery has 11 of Darger’s most beautiful and eerie scroll-like works on display. For Darger lovers this is an extremely rare opportunity to see so much of his sought after work on display simultaneously.

December 13, 2012 – February 2, 2013
Ricco/Maresca Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 3rd floor

Jackie Gendel: Revenge of the Same

Jackie Gendel - Courtesy of Jeff Bailey Gallery

Jackie Gendel – Courtesy of Jeff Bailey Gallery

Jackie Gendel’s show last Fall Comedy of Manners was abruptly cut short by Hurricane Sandy, but Jeff Bailey Gallery has since recovered, and re-opened despite the massive chaos and destruction caused by the disaster. The show this time around Revenge of the Same presents a new and different installation of brightly colored paintings that are gestural, multi-figure works. The pieces address the experience of the hurricane from the clean-up efforts to the 7 feet of water that accumulated in the gallery’s basement (where all of the stable of artists’ works were stored).

January 12 – February 9th, 2013
Jeff Bailey Gallery
625 W27TH ST

Christine Gray: On Entry

Christine Gray - Courtesy of RARE Gallery

Christine Gray – Courtesy of RARE Gallery

Painter Christine Gray has her second solo show with RARE Gallery up through February 7th. The show features paintings and works on paper that explore natural forms, and observed ancient ruins with a searching desire to seemingly understand the spiritual significance. She translates her encounters with these geological forms and ritualistic entities on her travels though the hinterlands of France, Iceland, Scotland, and Spain. Through a close study, Gray imbues her subjects with a sense of awe, and invites viewers on a journey into unseen realms
January 3rd – February 7th, 2013
RARE Gallery:
547 W 27 Street | No. 514

Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925

Frantisek Kupka - Courtesy of MoMA

Frantisek Kupka – Courtesy of MoMA

MoMA presents a survey of the first abstract works, tracing the history back to early 19th century European artists. Works made by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Delaunay into more modern artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Marcel Duchamp. The exhibition examines works in a wide variety of artistic media and production, including dance, music, painting, drawing, sculpture, poetry and more.
December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: Entre el cielo y la tierra

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra - Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra – Courtesy of David Nolan Gallery

David Nolan Gallery presents Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s second solo show of works on paper. The show consists of mysterious images of humanoids, and like the shows’ translated title (“Between Heaven and Earth”), the images examine spirituality and a sense of foreboding through their sense of unrest. The works are made with simple, bold lines, incorporating sparse text at times, and utilizing a mix of unexpected textures and shading. Her works have been aligned to the likes of Henry Darger, Francisco Goya, and Louise Bourgeois.
January 10 – February 16, 2013
David Nolan Gallery
527 West 29th St.



Jonathan Beer is a New York-based artist and writer. He began to write critically in 2010 while attending the New York Academy of Art for his MFA in Painting. His paintings have been exhibited at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, Flowers Gallery, Boltax Gallery and Sotheby’s in New York. Jon is also a contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail, ArtWrit and for Art Observed.

Lily Koto Olive is a New York-based artist, writer and musician. She began to write critically about art in 2010 while attending the New York Academy of Art for her MFA in Painting. She has exhibited her paintings at the Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, HERE Arts Center, Sloan Fine Arts and ISE Cultural Foundation in NYC and Marketplace Gallery in Albany, NY. Lily is also a contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail.

One Comment

  1. Cy Prian
    February 7, 2015

    This was a nice show, especially Darger’s outsider art works. Love the line “The dog isn’t snarling, but Dubuffet’s “art brut” style growled at prissy painting” from another review.

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