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This Week: Must-See Arts In the City

WNYC's Arts Datebook: January 6 - 12

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 12:00 AM

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A car deconstructed and then reconstructed in TriBeCa, an alternative arts space from the '70s gets a tribute in Chelsea and hundreds of artist postcards go on sale to benefit an AIDS charity (and they're only $85!). There's plenty to do this week in New York. Here's our guide to the best of what's happening now.

Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser, Postautomobilzeitalter, at Jack Hanley Gallery in TriBeCa. Say the word “hack” and chances are that most folks will think of computers. But these two German artists are hacking cars — pulling them apart and turning them into, of all things, bicycles. In the spring of 2010, the pair dismantled a Saab 900 Turbo and reassembled the parts into two fully operational bikes. And lucky for us, the products of their handy work will now go on view at the Jack Hanley Gallery. The show opens this Friday at 6pm, but those who have a deeper interest in the “post car production future,” can attend a discussion with the artists at the gallery this Saturday at 4pm.

112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970-74), at David Zwirner Gallery, in Chelsea. In the 1970s a group of artists — among them, the now renowned conceptualist Gordon Matta-Clark — took over a tumbledown loft in SoHo and turned it into a hopping alternative arts venue. Here, they created a space that was the opposite of the white cube space, installing a “guerilla garden” in the basement and, at one point, turning a dumpster into an open house. Now the Zwirner Gallery is paying tribute to 112 Greene, in a show that will bring together numerous works once shown at the space — including many by Matta-Clark. Opens Friday, in Manhattan.

John Stezaker, at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, in Chelsea. The second solo show at Petzel for this well-known British appropriationist will feature a collection of his collages made in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, as well as his large silk screens from the ‘80s and early ‘90s, when he first began experimenting with color. Expect to see a little bit of a New York state-of-mind in these works. During the time these pieces were crafted, Stezaker was a regular visitor to the City. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Manhattan.

Postcards from the Edge, a benefit for Visual AIDS, at CRG Gallery in Chelsea. This eclectic annual fundraiser features economically priced art for a good cause. On view will be hundreds of postcards produced by artists from all over (including figures such as Yoko Ono and Lorraine O’Grady). The price to take one home: $85. The proceeds go to Visual AIDS, a long-time not-for-profit that helps support HIV-positive artists. If you want first dibs, there will be a special preview party this Friday at 7pm ($85 donation required). Otherwise, the public is invited to attend on Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (noon-4pm), for a mere $5 suggested donation — all for a good cause.

Yeni Mao, Dead Reckoning, at Colette Blanchard, on the Lower East Side. Boats that sail upside down on the ceiling, kaleidoscopic ink jet prints that resemble Rorschach tests, a human figure that appears to be writhing on the ground. This emerging artist’s dreamlike pieces, obsessed with identity, may be reason enough to hightail it down to the Lower East Side. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Manhattan.

Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery
Flashback to NYC in the '70s at David Zwirner Gallery. Above, artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-78) with Richard Nonas and a friend, in front of his graffiti truck.
Photo by Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery.
Another image from the '112 Greene' show at Zwirner: Matta-Clark inside the space in the 1970s. The artist is best known for slicing up derelict buildings with chainsaws.
Courtesy Friedrich Petzel Gallery
An untitled silkscreen from 1978 by John Stezaker at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, in Chelsea. The works in this show are in part inspired by the artist's time in New York.
Courtesy Friedrich Petzel Gallery
One of Stezaker's large-scale silkscreens, from 1990.
Courtesy of Collette Blanchard Gallery
Yeni Mao's inverted sailing fleet at Colette Blanchard Gallery, on the Lower East Side.
Courtesy of Collette Blanchard Gallery
Mao's pieces often investigate facets of Asian identity. Above, an installation view of his solo exhibit at Colette Blanchard.
Courtesy of the artists and Jack Hanley Gallery
Great for City Parking: Artists Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser and remade a Saab into a pair of bicycles — which are now on view at Jack Hanley downtown.

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About Gallerina

Carolina A. Miranda is a regular contributor to WNYC and blogs about the arts for the station as "Gallerina." In addition to that, she contributes articles on culture, travel and the arts to a variety of national and regional media, including Time, ArtNews, Travel + Leisure and Budget Travel and Florida Travel + Life. She has reported on the burgeoning industry of skatepark design, architectural pedagogy in Southern California, the presence of street art in museums and Lima's burgeoning food scene, among many other subjects. In 2008, she was named one of eight fellows in the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program for her arts and architecture blog C-Monster.net, which has received mentions in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In January of 2010, the Times named her one of nine people to follow on Twitter. Got a tip? E-mail her at c [@] c-monster [dot] net

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