This Week: Must-See Arts in the City
WNYC's Arts Datebook for the week of November 11 through November 17, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 12:00 AM
A moody German artist at Gagosian, personal pictures from a Midwest town in DUMBO, idiosyncratic portraits in Harlem, and an augmented reality app brings unicorns to Bushwick. Oh, and did I mention that Charlie Rose and Jay-Z will be doing the Brooklyn Museum? Dear New York City: Bring. It. On.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any Number of Preoccupations and Mark Bradford: Alphabet, at the Studio Museum Harlem. This past spring I was wandering around Chelsea in a daze (the best condition in which to wander around Chelsea) and stumbled into Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s show at the Jack Shainman Gallery. I was promptly floored. The gallery was filled with massive portraits full of aggressive brush strokes, forceful stares and super-saturated colors. Amid these, were moments of intense poignancy: a man, in a robe, thinking. Now Yiadom-Boakye is getting her first museum solo at the Studio Museum in Harlem, making this, in my book, a total must-see. Also opening there this week: a new series of posters by L.A. artist Mark Bradford—who works with found signage and other elements. My favorite: The one that features the letter ‘C’ — of course! Opens Thursday, in Manhattan.
Anselm Kiefer, Next Year in Jerusalem, at Gagosian Gallery on 24th Street. When the higher powers above were handing out intensity, this German artist got a double dose. His paintings are roiling masses of dim grey and black paint, laid on thick and studded with straw; his sculptures practically untouchable. Kiefer's 1990-91 airplane sculpture Melancholia is made with lead. But step back and take a harder look, and these pieces often reveal a powerful beauty. Next Year in Jerusalem at Gagosian is part painting, part three-dimensional installation—a labyrinth of glass and steel cases stuffed with pieces that feel like relics from another era. Expect it to be fierce. Through Dec. 18, in Manhattan.
Jo Ann Walters: Vanity + Consolation, at Kris Graves Projects, in DUMBO. For a quarter century, this Illinois photographer has been chronicling her hometown of Alton—an industrial center now in decline. For this series, the focus is on the town’s domestic settings: families playing, women chatting, a little boy clad in Superman shirt—all lost in the deepest of thoughts. The pictures are an intimate portrait of the intensity and absurdity of everyday life and definitely worth a look. Through Dec. 16, in Brooklyn.
Bushwick Augmented Reality Intervention, as part of the Beta Spaces festival, in Bushwick. For those who want to get virtual, digital artist Mark Skwarek has pulled together a team of artists to create an augmented reality application for smartphones that will allow you to view the city’s public spaces in new and bizarre ways. (Hello, unicorns!) Since this is geography-specific, you’ll need to be in Bushwick for the app to work. Head to the NurtureArt space on Grand Street, which will serve as the hub for the show. From there, download the Layar Augmented Reality Browser followed by the “Bushwick Augmented Reality Intervention.” Not sure what this is all about? See a helpful explanatory video here, or check out WNYC's piece on the guerilla artists at work at MoMA here. This Sunday, from noon to 7 P.M., in Brooklyn.
BONUS: File this under things you gotta see: Jay-Z and Charlie Rose will be in conversation at the Brooklyn Museum next Thursday. Really hoping that Charlie asks him about the inspiration behind Parking Lot Pimpin’. Fifty green ones gets you in. (Via @artfagcity.)