Datebook: Sept. 16, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 06:00 AM


New York's Latino connection at El Museo del Barrio, the anatomy of kitchens at the Museum of Modern Art, circles deconstructed at David Zwirner, and a golden anniversary at The Pace Gallery. The arts season is rocking and rolling. Here's our guide to what's going on now.

50 Years at Pace, at various locations in Chelsea and at 57th Street. Celebrating five decades in existence as one of New York’s premiere mega-galleries, Pace is opening the doors this week to a vast anniversary show that will occupy all four of its Manhattan locations. At the 57th Street space, you’ll find historic pieces from the last century--from Picasso to Mondrian to De Kooning. At 534 West 25th Street, there will be Abstract Expressionism and pop, including game-changing works such as Jasper Johns’ Three Flags and Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased De Kooning. At the 510 West 25th St. location, Pace will show contemporary artists, including installationist Tara Donovan and portraitist Chuck Close. And, on 22nd St., there will be a show devoted to abstraction and minimalism, including a reinstallation of Lucas Samaras’s Mirrored Room – an experience that is guaranteed to be all kinds of trippy. Opens this evening at 5:30pm, at all four Manhattan locations.

Suzan Frecon, Recent Painting, Al Taylor, Rim Jobs and Sideffects, and John McCracken, New Works in Bronze and Steel, at David Zwirner Gallery, in Chelsea. This always spot-on gallery is kicking off the arts season with a trifecta of intense, yet demure, shows. In the main gallery are the canvases of abstract painter Suzan Frecon, an artist who renders the shadows of archways and other forms in earthy moss greens, glazed Prussian blues and terracotta reds. In the adjacent galleries, find solo exhibits by the late Al Taylor, whose bent wheels and warped dots make the space feel like the aftermath of a cosmic explosion, as well as the California-born sculptor John McCracken, known for his minimalist freestanding totems. Taylor is up through Oct. 23, Frecon is on show through Oct. 30 and McCracken opens today at 6 PM, in Manhattan.

Nueva York, at El Museo del Barrio, on the Upper East Side. Organized in conjunction with the New York Historical Society (whose building is in the midst of a major overhaul), this exhibit – heavy on historic maps and artifacts – chronicles the relationship between New York City and Spain and Latin America. Also included in the show are works by 20th century Latin American masters such as José Clemente Orozco and Joaquín Torres-García, which depict the city’s landscape in myriad ways. Opens Friday, in Manhattan.

Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, at the Museum of Modern Art. With a mix of design objects, art, video and even a full-size, historic German kitchen from the 1930s, this compellingly-curated show charts the evolution of the kitchen throughout the 20th century – from hidden (and grungy) female workspaces to highly fetishized domestic center stage. Do not miss the 1950s-era videos in the back, in which overdressed American housewives coo over their cabinets and a gaggle of dancers get all Fred and Ginger around a washer. Through March 14, in Manhattan.

Gerhard Richter, Lines Which Do Not Exist, at the Drawing Center, in SoHo. The German artist best known for his glowing paintings inspired by photographs, and aggressive canvases of scraped-and-layered color, has long produced delicate works on paper as well: ink and graphite drawings, watercolors, and abstract images generated out of poured paint. This exhibit tracks almost four decades of production – a rare opportunity to examine one artist’s lifelong process. Through Nov. 18, in Manhattan.

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A field of color: A viewer loses himself in one of Suzan Frecon's rich canvases at the artist's solo exhibit at Zwirner.
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On view in Zwirner's adjacent gallery is a compelling and whimsical show by the late Al Taylor, who was obsessed with circular forms. This piece, from 1995, is called 'Rigida & Schürmann.'
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Looking like a constellation: A view of Taylor's installation 'Sideffects,' from 1996 — a work which displays his interest in shadows.
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At the Zwirner press preview: Not a work of art, but something that caught my attention nonetheless — these smokin' hot shoes.
Private Collection, Berlin, Courtesy the Drawing Center
Four decades worth of drawings and watercolors by German artist Gerhard Richter are now on view at the Drawing Center in SoHo. Above, a work from 1984.
Permanent loan from a German private collection, Courtesy Kunsthalle Emden
Though Richter is best known as a painter, he has long created works on paper. This piece, from 1991, is titled '7.1991.'
The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
MoMA takes a look at the design psychology of the kitchen in 'Counter Space.' Included in the show is an intriguing example of a Modern German kitchen from the 1930s.
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The exhibit deftly weaves art into the design. Above, James Rosenquist's 'Untitled,' from 1980.
'Counter Space' has numerous design pieces that reveal the way in which kitchens objects have evolved from practical tools to objects we fetish, such as this Kenneth Brozen serving dish from 1963.
© Lucas Samaras, courtesy The Pace Gallery
To celebrate its five decades in business, Pace is opening up a sprawling anniversary show over four locations. Lucas Samaras's wood-and-pin piece can be seen on 22nd Street.
Tony Feher, courtesy The Pace Gallery and D'Amelio Terras, New York
Tony Feher's dangling sculpture '(Ink Black Water)' will be on view at Pace's 25th Street location.
© 2010 Jim Dine/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Also on 25th Street, Jim Dine's 1963 collage-painting 'Two Palettes (International Congress of Constructivists and Dadaists, 1922) No. II.'


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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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