Datebook: May 20, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 06:00 AM

Ryan McNamara's 'I Thought It Was You,' from 2008, showing at Greater New York at PS1. (Photo by Scout McNamara, courtesy of PS1.)

An analysis of Star Wars as a relic of the Cold War, emerging artistic talents in Queens, art about foreclosures and the hallucinatory paintings of Monet's later years. Your guide to what's happening now.

Star Wars and Modernism: An Artist Commentary, at the Philoctetes Center. John Powers (the artist behind the blog Star Wars Modern), with the assistance of Triple Canopy senior editor Colby Chamberlain and composer/artist R. Luke Dubois, presents a series of videos that deconstruct the antics of Luke, Leia and Chewbacca within the framework of Cold War-era art, culture and politics. Can't make it to the program? You can get a taste of the project via the YouTube video below. This evening, at 7pm, in Manhattan. (Via Art Fag City.)

Greater New York, at PS1 in Queens. This broad survey -- organized every five years -- is dedicated to examining the works of the fresh-out-of-art-school set who are living and working in the metropolitan area. The show will include plenty of ancillary events as well, including film screenings, performance and other rotating exhibits. Need a primer? New York Magazine helpfully profiles five artists to watch. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City, Queens.

Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Foreclosed, at James Cohan Gallery. Using an intricate wood inlay technique, Taylor documents the victims of the real estate bubble in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. Structures that once bustled with life now stand empty and vandalized -- a decay that the artist not only documents, but reproduces in corners of the gallery. Through June 19, in Manhattan.

Jasper Johns, Ink on Plastic, at Craig F. Starr Gallery. The painter known for chronicling maps and flags showcases newer works on plastic at this Upper East Side exhibit space. If Johns' paintings are known for practically jumping off the canvas, these pieces go in the opposite direction -- with the material taking on a ghostly feel. Through May 28, in Manhattan.

Claude Monet: Late Work, at Gagosian Gallery on 21st Street. If you thought of Monet as the grandfatherly gent who produced lovely garden scenes, this grab-you-by-the-eyeballs show will have you reconsidering his legacy. Boldly-hued canvases display an almost-violent application of paint, especially the works produced late in his life. It's Impressionism that teeters right into the abstract. Through June 26, in Manhattan.

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. Photo courtesy Gagosian Gallery
A study in blue: Claude Monte's Nympheas, from 1914-17, is less about form than color.
Musee Marmatton Monet, Paris. Photo courtesy Gagosian Gallery
Precursor to Pollock: Le pont japonais (1918-24) -- a painting of a bridge -- shows how Monet's painting technique, later in life, veered into the abstract.
Photograph by Robert McKeever, courtesy Gagosian Gallery
An installation shot of the Monet exhibit at Gagosian -- museum-worthy on every level. The best part: It's free.
Courtesy of PS1
Snow White (Acrophobia Series), a photograph by artist Deville Cohen in PS1's 'Greater New York.'
Courtesy of PS1
Also in 'Greater New York' is this lightjet print by Hank Willis Thomas, an artist who frequently examines issues related to race and advertising.


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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, 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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