This is the first year in about a decade that I won’t be able to make it to Armory Show or any of the other Armory week art fairs in the city. I’m very excited for my ski vacation in Colorado, but I’m sad to be missing out on all of the art parties and fun back home. To help cure my FOMO I am following these instagram accounts by some of the art-world’s best and most influential players. If you’re not in NYC, you should follow along too!
Helmut Lang’s columnar sculptures line the walls of Sperone Westwater in an army of clusters. Lang created the works while reflecting on his career as a fashion designer, taking a medley of old fabrics, zippers, buttons, and other items, stuffing them in casting tubes and molding them in resin and pigment. The result are visceral pillars that are strong and imposing, but at the same time battered and vulnerable. They transform his old working materials while also preserving them in time.
Helmut Lang’s sculptures are on view now through February 21.
Complete your gallery hop by visiing these other shows that opened this week.
Katsura Okada: Apetalous II: New Works of Flowers Having No Petals, at A.I.R. Gallery
Katsura Okada reflects on life in Japan after the Tohoku Earthquake of 2011, depicting flowers in their most abstract and fragile form. Her paintings are on view through February 1. A.I.R. Gallery: 111 Front Street, Brooklyn
Kellyann Burns at McKenzie Fine Art
Kellyann Burns layers pigments on top of each other before scraping them off with with sandpaper and metal spatulas to reveal all new contrasting colors and surface textures. Her hard-edged, abstract paintings are on view through February 8. McKenzie Fine Art: 55 Orchard Street, NYC
Adam Ekberg: Orchestrating the Ordinary, at ClampArt
Adam Ekberg’s staged still life photographs are straddle the line between real life and whimsy. His crisp, vibrant pictures are on view through February 14. ClampArt: 535 West 25th Street, NYC
Abstract expressionist Pat Steir uses gravity as a tool as she experiments with drips of paint and splatters of pigment at Cheim and Reid.
Opening reception from 6-8 p.m.: 547 West 25th Street Pat Steir is on view through March 29.
Kon Trubkovich renders our thoughts and manifests our memory through a series of paintings, video stills, and photographs in Kon Trubkovich: Snow at Marianne Boesky.
Opening reception from 6-8 p.m.: 509 West 24th Street. Kon Trubkovich: Snow will be on view through March 22.
Today I am inspired by Drew Barrymore to find love in the most unexpected places. Her new book, Find it in Everything (published by Little, Brown), is a compilation of photographs of hearts she found in everyday objects. Her pictures remind us that love and happiness can peek through the most surprising hiding spots, causing instant joy.
Ferran Adrià, the 51-year-old head chef of the now-closed El Bulli restaurant in Spain, approaches cooking as a scientist would approach a series of experiments. His kitchen is a lab where he analyzes and deconstructs flavors, serving them in mystifying and unconventional forms such as dirty martini spray, popcorn clouds that shrink dramatically when you touch them, spices in the form of pills, and ravioli that disappears before your eyes.
The simplest things are often the most difficult to perfect. Henri Matisse once mused, “The effort needed to see things without distortion takes something very like courage; and this courage is essential to the artist, who has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time…”
The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn seems a morbid spot for an artist to paint en plein air, but Daniel Heidkamp seems to find life in the subject nonetheless. “Sneeze Buds,” his current solo exhibit at Half Gallery on the Upper East Side, is a vibrant study of the lush greenery and pastel blooms that embellish the graveyard, with no visual references to death. Perhaps the artist’s lively depiction of the cemetery stems from the fact that it is the resting place for creative masters whose legacies will live on forever—among them, American graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Charles Lewis Tiffany, jeweler and founder of Tiffany & Co.
Japanese wildlife photographer Takayuki Maekawa has no qualms about chasing black bears in Alaska or stalking gorillas in Uganda, as long as it means capturing the animal kingdom’s most intimate and magnificent moments. Tomorrow is the last day to view his vibrant color photographs at Steven Kasher Gallery.