It's February! Shows to see this month:
An amazing two-part show is on view at Eleven Rivington through February 22:
The Moira Dryer Project is a solo presentation of abstract paintings from the late 80s – early 90s by the late Moira Dryer (1957 – 1992), and a group show featuring new works by Julia Dault, Noam Rappaport, Jackie Saccoccio, Mika Tajima, Jeffrey Tranchell, and Mary Weatherford at the gallery’s 195 Chrystie Street location. Eschewing the resurgence of figural painting in the ‘80s, Moira Dryer developed her soulful casein-on-plywood abstractions until her untimely death in 1992. Dryer used experimental materials to create richly hued fields of color by melding orderly elements, such as patterns or loose stripes, with visceral drips and organic bursts, calling to mind early Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, Morris Louis, and Helen Frankenthaler, among others.
Facings, an exhibition of new work by Josephine Halvorson is on view at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery from January 23 to March 1, 2014. Halvorson makes paintings on-site, face to face with an object in its environment. Often no more than an arm’s length away, she detects variations in texture, light, and temperature, transcribing these perceptions through the medium of paint. Each work that results shares a natural likeness with the object, yet bares its own countenance.
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, Guggenheim Museum, January 24-May 14, 2014: Comprehensive in scope, this retrospective primarily features photographs, including the groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990), but also presents written texts, audio recordings, and videos. The exhibition traces the evolution of Weems’s career over the last 30 years, from her early documentary and autobiographical photographic series to the more conceptual and philosophically complex works that have placed her at the forefront of contemporary art.
February is a short month so we'd also like to mention that Xu Bing's Phoenix will be opening at St John the Divine in New York City on March 1. "Over the course of two years, pioneering Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing culled detritus from construction sites across the rapidly changing urban landscape of Beijing, and transformed it into his most monumental project to date: Phoenix (2008-10). A feat of engineering and ingenuity,Phoenix is composed of two birds, a male called Feng and a female called Huang. Feng and Huang—each weighing 12 tons and measuring 90 and 100 feet long, respectively—are now coming to the Cathedral. They will hang suspended in the Nave, two majestic birds in perpetual flight beneath its celestial ceiling."
David Goldes at Yossi Milo through March 8th:
"David Goldes’ recent photographs and drawings, collectively entitled Electro-graphs, include graphite drawings; photographs made when electrical current is applied to the drawings; and photographic still lifes based on historical, scientific electrical experiments. The works make visible unseen currents of electricity as the artist coaxes the element to arc through air, travel through water or graphite pencils, or shimmer as electrostatically charged threads."
No Future at Booklyn through March 30th. "Booklyn Art Gallery's first solo exhibition in a series dedicated to Brooklyn based artists exhibiting audacity and prolific outcome in the self publishing community."
Jed Devine at Bonni Benrubi through March 8th. "In his work over the past year, Devine has created layered imagery that provides a diary of domestic activities as well as a library of the images that have defined his sensibility. Devine’s new images are thus eclectic collages veering gently into the realm of abstraction. Humorous, surprising, and challenging, this work has a decisive place in the evolution of the artist’s career, contextualizing the earlier images as pieces in what we can now understand to be a culminating point in the artist’s lifelong imagemaking."
Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture at Rutger University’s Zimmerli Art Museum considers some 200 years (c. 1800 to the present) of the portrait’s history in mediums two-, three- and four-dimensional, with 130 works by approximately 80 artists. Through July 13.
Distant Images, Local Positions at EFA Space through March 8, includes artists: Haseeb Ahmed and Daniel Baird, Hasan Elahi, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Regina Mamou, Mary Mattingly, Trevor Paglen, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Scott Patrick Wiener.
Thomas Struth at Marian Goodman Gallery through Feb 22: "For his current exhibition Struth presents a new series of pictures in which he again penetrates key places of human imagination in order to scrutinize the landscape of enterprise, invention and digital engineering as well as the complex hidden structures of advanced technology--image makers and industry--in relation to culture and history. Taking an archetypal site for the creation of cultural dreams and imagination, one group of pictures depicts panoramic views of Disney’s theme parks in Los Angeles--an iconic place of imagination and one which has globally shaped human fantasy."