Friday, June 24, 2016

Last Call: "She - Deconstructing Female Identity" at the Arts Exchange in White Plains, closing June 25

Nancy Davidson, Netella, 1998 (right) and Maebe, 1994 (center)
at She in the Arts Exchange

She: Deconstructing Female Identity will close Saturday, June 25th with an exciting "finissage" of artists' talks and craft beer tasting.  If you have not seen this truly excellent show - hurry! Open today from 12-5 pm and tomorrow 12 - 8 pm.  The festivities start at 5 pm.

Laurel Garcia Colvin, Beyond a Room of Our Own, 2016, installation

The real heart and soul of the show seems to emanate from Laurel Garcia Colvin's Beyond a Room of Our Own, invoking Virginia Woolf's long essay beseeching society to support women writers.  Here the room celebrates great contributors to the arts with 18th-century Rococo-esque blue and white motifs that grace chairs, wallpaper and framed group portraits  On the floor you can nestle into a comfy pouf to read several books on feminist subjects scattered at your feet.  Colvin said that the books will be donated to White Plains Public Library after the exhibition closes.  

 Laurel Garcia Colvin, Sampler in Beyond a Room of Our Own, 2016

Works are by Nicole Awai, Valerie Piraino, Laurel Garcia Colvin, Mari Ogihara, Nancy Davidson, Kathy Ruttenberg, Marcy B. Freedman, Barbara Segal, Debbie Han, Tricia Wright, and Rebecca Mushtare.

Don't miss this last opportunity to see this insightful and fun visual essay on the feminine mystique in our time.

The Arts Exchange - Bank Room Gallery is located on street level in the ArtsWestchester Building, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York.

Best wishes for the weekend,
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Last Call: Cardiff and Miller, Cindy Sherman, Carmen Herrera closing on Saturday, June 11 - plus Asya Reznikov extended to July 1; Serra through July 29

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, The Marionette Maker, 2014
 Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street

Spent a fabulous day in Chelsea yesterday, after a long period of not being able to get down there. A few shows will close this weekend - so please try to see them today or tomorrow.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, "The Marionette Maker," at Luhring Augustine.  So much fun -  camper filled with fantastic creatures playing as a woman sleeps and sound effects in the gallery make you feel as though you are somewhere else.  Listen for the plane overhead (I forgot that I wasn't up on Purchase College campus, where hearing planes overhead is normal).  
Their work gets better and better - this show is outstanding!

And while you are on West 24th, look for Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures.

Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street

Once again Sherman disguises herself as older women.  This time she inhabits the well-to-do in different circumstances during the 1920s.  Now that a 68 year old grandmother is running for president, this show may have more resonance, but sadly it is not going to be around for the general election. Cindy Sherman is 62.

Carmen Herrera at Lisson Gallery, 504 West 24th Street

And speaking of age, no one inspires me more than Carmen Herrera. Born in 1915 in Cuba, she developed her hard-edge style in 1950, well in advance of Frank Stella, Kenneth Nolan, and Elsworth Kelly of the 1960s.  The current show at Lisson Gallery's new New York venue (just opened in May) is thrilling! Herrera currently lives in NYC. On May 31, she turned 101. She sold her first painting in 2004, at age 89.

Asya Reznikov, Wet Bar, 2016
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 520 West 27th Street

Also -  Asya Rezikov at Nancy Hoffman Gallery has been extended to the end of June.  The artist is 43.  Her exhibition is about her pregnancy at 39-40.

Richard Serra's massive sculptures are at Gagosian on West 21 and West 24th - open through July 29: Astounding!   He may be the greatest artist of our time. And only 76.  I wonder what he will produce at 101?

Will keep you posted on great exhibitions this summer.
Beth New York

aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange