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Art exhibitions, installations coming to the city in 2018

By Shaye Weaver   shaye.weaver@amny.com 

A new year brings new art to New York City.

As we say “goodbye” to 2017, there’s much to look forward to in the art world in the coming year, including a giant portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin made out of 5,000 bullet shells.

The piece, which stands roughly 8 feet, 5 inches tall, is one of five pieces in an art installation by Ukrainian activists Daria Marchenko and Daniel Green, called “Five Elements of War.” Putin’s face is made out of bullet cartridges gathered during Russia’s military conflict with Ukraine in Donbas.

Other artworks to keep an eye out for are less political in nature, including 3-D paper sculptures by Bodys Isek Kingelez at the Museum of Modern Art; Andy Warhol’s “Green Coca-Cola Bottles” at the Whitney Museum of American Art; a personal archive of 400 objects belonging to David Bowie, including his costumes and lyrics sheets, at the Brooklyn Museum; and an exhibit of photography by younger artists at MoMA.

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Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

Art Basel – Miami Beach

December 7 – 10, 2017

In our American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films and performances become part of the city’s outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

7 Artists to Get You Excited about Miami Fairs

For one week a year, Miami becomes a global destination for art and design. You can stroll through an art fair, and then go to the beach. (Or, you can skip the flight and browse the fair booths online.)

From Alex Israel to Mickalene Thomas, discover seven artists that will get you excited for Miami Art Week. To buy any of their works, you can click on the image to contact the gallery directly.

For the list of Artists, click here for more information.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined

For her first solo museum exhibition in New York, Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families.

Ojih Odutola (b. 1985) creates intimate drawings that explore the complexity and malleability of identity. Depicted in her distinctive style of intricate mark-making, her sumptuous compositions reimagine the genre and traditions of portraiture.

Rendered life-size in charcoal, pastel, and pencil, Ojih Odutola’s figures appear enigmatic and mysterious, set against luxurious backdrops of domesticity and leisure. They, and the worlds they inhabit, are informed by the artist’s own array of inspirations, which range from art history to popular culture to experiences of migration and dislocation. Highly attentive to detail and the nuances of space, class, and color—whether of palette or skin—Ojih Odutola continues her examinations of narrative, authenticity, and representation.

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“Ballet Hispanico Shows What it is to be Latino in the Modern World.”

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, in collaboration with the Apollo Theater, presents three inspiring works that reflect on the migrant experience, the tragedy of marginalization, and the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.

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Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing

“Living in America,” part of a manifesto that was written on wooden panels traveling with the model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1929–58), evokes a question that preoccupied architects and planners throughout the mid-twentieth century. Wright’s idealized plan for an exurban settlement of single-family homes offered one possible answer; plans for large public or subsidized housing located in urban areas presented another. Although these two visions seem a world apart, they share a common history.

Wright (1867–1959) first exhibited his Broadacre City project at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan in 1935. While the prominent, Wisconsin-based architect anticipated a degree of economic diversity, Broadacre’s residents were, for the most part, implicitly white. In 1936 construction began on one of New York City’s first public housing developments, the Harlem River Houses, funded by the Public Works Administration under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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Exhibition – Their Own Harlems

The Studio Museum in Harlem Presents Their Own Harlems by over Fifteen Artists including Dawoud Bey, Jacob Lawrence, Julie Mehretu, Wardell Milan, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

In honor of the centennial of the birth of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), Their Own Harlems examines the ways in which the urban landscape has influence Lawrence’s artistic practice, as well as that of other artists.

Known primarily for his bodies of work that depict historical figures, Lawrence was also a keen observer of contemporary life, drawing inspiration throughout his career from the years he spent living in Harlem. He thought of Harlem in a broad sense, acknowledging the powerful and positive experiences people of African descent across the country could find in “their own Harlems.”

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Long Gallery Harlem Presents – DELANO DUNN: NO ONE CAN BE THIS TOMORROW

DELANO DUNN:
NO ONE CAN BE THIS TOMORROW

Long Gallery Harlem
2073 7th Avenue at 124th Street

(February 1, 2017 – New York, NY) – Long Gallery Harlem is pleased to announce the opening of No One Can Be This Tomorrow, a solo exhibition of work by Delano Dunn that explores the false promise of true freedom and equality in the wake of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights movement, and the election of Barack Obama, all moments of jubilation in Black America.

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Long Gallery Harlem Presents The Moon Is My Only Luxury

Long Gallery Harlem Presents The Moon Is My Only Luxury Solo Exhibition of work by Elizabeth Colombo

The Moon is my only luxury is the inaugural presentation of the newly opened Long Gallery Harlem, featuring a solo exhibition of works by Elizabeth Colombo. The focus of the exhibition is a survey of her portraits of women comprised of approximately twenty two oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from 1997 to the present.

To RSVP, please email info@long.gallery.

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Peg Alston Fine Arts

Fall for Art

When it comes to fine art there is no other place to take in a private viewing than at the exclusive Peg Alston Fine Arts gallery. Located on Central Park West this small quaint space features world renowned artists.

The current exhibition has works by Todd Williams, Phoebe Beasley, Antonio Carreno, Ed Clark, Romare Bearden, Ike Ude, James Green and Elizabeth Catlett.

If you’d like to stop by for a viewing, email peg@pegalston.com!

Peg Alston Fine Arts
407 Central Park West, Suite 1C
(between 100 & 101 streets)
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-663-8333

The Sol Experience with Lewis Long

Sol Studio – Interview with the Founder Lewis Long

Charlie Lewis: How did the Sol Studio come about?

Lewis Long: We wanted to celebrate the African American community. And being so closely located to cultural institutions such as the Apollo and the Studio Museum of Harlem, as well as the national jazz museums that celebrate African American culture … we wanted to be a part of that. Another inspiration point was the photography of James Van Der Zee.  We initially thought it would be photography-related, and wanted to bring that visual to a new level with today’s technology and social media. This way we could provide positive images for and of the people in the neighborhood that allow them to feel good about themselves and share them to new networks.Read More

American Art

The Whitney Museum is one of my favorite places to catch up on the art world. What I love most about the new Whitney is that it’s not trying too hard, and the designers of the space considered the building and its offerings from every possible angle — there are five outdoor areas to complement the full structure.  With Fall approaching, it starts getting chilly, which could deter you from walking out and experiencing the breathtaking views of Manhattan, but bundle up and do it! It’s well worth a little nip to see the city from this vantage point. The museum is a ‘grown and sexy’ place for a date. It’s also a great way to spend time by yourself, wandering around checking out some of the latest collections/exhibits and people-watching. While there, make sure you check out the Studio Cafe on the top floor; I recommend stopping in as it’s a bit quieter. The restaurant Untitled on the 1st floor is quite the scene, as it’s run by the Danny Meyer Hospitality Group. So if a scene is what you’re looking for, stay on the 1st floor and feel impressed with yourself that you also took in a little bit of culture. The museum stays open late on Friday and Saturdays to 10pm.Read More