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Gallery Openings in New York City (NYC, NY, Manhattan)

It is almost impossible to list all the exhibition openings that take place in New York City art galleries. There are so many galleries, and so little time! Here is a good sampling to start with.

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The exhibition will showcase a range of webtoon artworks, complete with interactive stations where visitors can view webtoons in their original online formats. The opening reception will include special giveaway events and photo zones where you can take photos with popular webtoon characters.
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Opening Receptions, September 08, 2015, 09/08/2015, Group Exhibition: Webtoon
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Participants: Dylan Mira, Jess Arndt, Dean Daderko, EJ Hill, robbinschilds, Katherine Hubbard, Simone White, Michelle Boulé and keyon gaskin.
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Opening Receptions, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Group Show: Writing Bodies
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A historical exhibition of paintings from the past four decades by Hermann Nitsch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Paintings by Hermann Nitsch
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September Spring features daily performances through October 3rd by Hart of Gold (Jessie Gold and Elizabeth Hart), with music by Oldd News.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, September Spring: An Installation by Sam Falls
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Martin Roth presents a new installation, untitled (debris). Entering the main space, viewers encounter a desolate landscape of crumbling masonry and sand, partially brought to New York from a destroyed building from the conflict in Syria. The scene is unsettling yet familiar; it resembles any number of conflict zones we are accustomed to viewing on the nightly news. Yet the space houses unlikely occupants: colorful parakeets that roost on the pipes and ducts of the gallery's bright ceiling, using the debris as their litter. As in prior works, Roth has introduced elements that build upon and disrupt our understanding of the staged environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Installation: Martin Roth: Untitled
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Showcasing the artist’s new “Breathing Panels,” among other works, this exhibition continues Ward’s longstanding interest in the context and history of places in which he works, as well as the materials, objects, and phenomena he finds in those locations. In the works included in this exhibition the artist traces the meaning of various symbols, histories, and personal journeys, investigating how such signs can be at once present and visible, yet concealed to viewers unaware of their meaning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Breathing Directions, Paintings by Nari Ward
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Featuring work by: Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman, GDongalay Berry, Ron Cauthern, Gary Cone, Kennath Artez Henderson, Akil Jahi, Donald Middlebrooks, Harold Wayne Nichols, Derrick Quintero, Declicho Besh (“Ironhawk”), and Dennis Suttles.
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Opening Receptions, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, Group Show: Life After Death and Elsewhere
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A special exhibition project with artists Wayne Ngan and John Riepenhoff. Curated by Vancouver based Lee Plested, the exhibition sets the work of master potter Ngan amongst a new suite of Plein Air paintings by Riepenhoff which were commissioned for the exhibition and painted on Hornby Island, BC, looking at the night sky from the beach below the cliff-perched home and studio of Ngan.
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Opening Receptions, September 09, 2015, 09/09/2015, 2 Artists: Wayne Ngan and John Riepenhoff
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Over the last 35 years, Childish has gained a cult status world-wide; In addition to writing and publishing over 40 volumes of confessional poetry and 5 novels, Childish has recorded over 100 LPs, and painted many hundreds of paintings. Billy Childish has had solo and group exhibitions internationally with recent solo exhibitions in New York, London, and Berlin. In 2000, Childish was included in British Art Show 5, which toured throughout four cities – Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff, and Birmingham – and featured artists Tracey Emin, Liam Gillick, and David Hockney, among others. In 2010, Childish was the subject of major concurrent retrospectives at the ICA in London and White Columns in New York, curated by Matthew Higgs and Richard Birkett.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Paintings: Billy Childish's flowers, nudes and birch trees
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Transformer continues Gortner's exploration of artistic production through works that incorporate both original and found elements. However, unlike his last exhibition whereby he assembled and painted upon found paintings in their entirety, in "Transformer" Gortner cuts and collages pieces from an even wider range of found paintings and discarded objects, incorporating them into a new composition.
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Paintings: James Gortner's Transformer
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With a quietly eloquent personal style, Kazuo Kitai (b. 1944) has chronicled a half-century of Japan's shifting social landscapes. His work defined a new standard for documentary photography. This exhibition features Kitai's own selection of 28 images from six different series created between 1964 and 1978 (Resistance, Kobe Dockers, Barricade, Sanrizuka, Somehow Familiar Places, and To the Villages). Recently printed on "aging process" photo paper, these prints exude a nostalgic warmth while maintaining superior archival quality. In addition, the exhibition also features ten rare vintage prints, some of which will be included in a forthcoming book published by Nazraeli Press.
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Photography: Kazuo Kitai: Students, Workers, Villagers 1964-1978
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This is the gallery's first U.S. exhibition devoted to one of the most ambitious and influential artists of our time. Organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the exhibition is the first in New York to focus exclusively on one of the most significant of Kelley’s later series Kandors. These visually opulent, technically ambitious sculptures combine with videos and a sprawling installation never before exhibited in the United States, as the late Los Angeles artist reworks the imagery and mythology of the popular American comics book hero Superman into an extraordinary opus of nurture and loss, destruction, mourning and – possibly - redemption.
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Mike Kelley's Kandors: Visually Opulent Sculptures
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Double Mix is a collaboration between two French artists, photographer Denis Darzacq and mixed media artist Anna Iris Lüneman. In this body of work Darzacq’s allusive photography of banal subjects is disrupted by Lüneman’s visceral ceramic abstractions which are literally imbedded in the framed photographs. By grafting these disparate modes together a disorienting play between image and object occurs. These adventurous hybrid works carves out a unique territory between photography and sculpture. The show will showcase this collaboration as well as recent solo work by each artist in media ranging from photography, ceramics, and painting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Exhibition: Denis Darzacq and Anna Luneman's Double Mix
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Following a recent three-year “textploration,” which included the composition of novels and text-based films and paintings, Brannon introduces an anomalous, primarily image-centered installation. Featuring twelve large-scale works on paper, this exhibition focuses on the pictorial and graphic systems that have been ever-present within the artist’s practice. In pursuit of a visual language tendered in a similarly suggestive manner to that of the written word through themes informed by paradigms of 21st century cultural and social establishments, Brannon undertakes traditional methods of printmaking, including letterpress prints, silkscreens, and lush hand painting on paper.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Worka on Paper: Matthew Brannon’s Skirting the Issue
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Using diverse materials, which range from oil paint to neon to driveway sealer, to depict a variety of subject matter, Holmes brazenly undermines exclusionary high art motifs, presenting instead a fresh, honest reduction of form and process that unsparingly unveils the slapdash hand of the 35-year-old Canadian artist. The result is a psychedelic exhibition with a varying tempo - one that oscillates between brutish splatters of paint, poetic smears of color, and sophisticated glimmers of neon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Heavy Paintings, an Exhibition by Thrush Holmes
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Ji Zhou’s new photographic works subvert the object as a vehicle for visual representation and interpretation; maps and books become landscapes of possibility. The process tells as much of a story as the final image does: Ji Zhou collects maps, hand-sculpting them into peaks and troughs to mimic mountaintops. He includes books that are assembled into cantilevered towers resembling city skyscrapers. These ‘rural’ and ‘urban’ illusions are then photographed, further augmenting reality. As always, Ji Zhou chooses to question rather than offer his own conclusions: What is civilization – a constructed illusion created by man or an inevitable product of evolution? What is the truly ‘civilized landscape’– tautology or oxymoron? 525 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011 (212) 255-4388
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Photography: Ji Zhou's Civilized Landscape
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Smith’s practice is defined by a spirit of restless and relentless experimentation. He thrives on risk, and his mercurial practice resists being easily categorized or defined by a signature style. Smith is fundamentally a painter of abstraction, but he also creates figurative paintings, collages, sculptures, drawings, prints, books, and ceramics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Exhibition: Josh Smith's Scultpure
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William Villalongo invites the viewer to return to his magical Otherworld of Nymphs and Sirens, offering us edgy, multifaceted vignettes framed and softened by floral and velvet flocked borders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Mind, Body and Soul, an Exhibition of Recent Work by William Villalongo
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Opening the new season, the gallery will present New York-based photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguel's rich street life images. Also featured is the work of five gallery artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, Street Photography by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
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New work in handmade paper by emerging artists-in-residence.
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Opening Receptions, September 11, 2015, 09/11/2015, Workspace Program Exhibition: Blane De St. Croix and Natalie Frank
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Wang Dongling (b. 1945 in Rudong, Jiangsu Province) is currently Director of the Modern Calligraphy Study Center at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China and is one of China’s foremost living calligraphers. Calligraphy is one of the oldest living art traditions in the world and Wang has been intimately associated with it since early in his career, studying with the master Lin Sanzhi (1898-1989). It was from the classical training he received under Lin that he acquired the confidence to experiment with ways in which the calligraphic stroke might be liberated from the simultaneous conveyance of meaning.
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, Calligraphy: Wang Dongling: New Works
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A showcase of one-off images of New York City by urban landscape photographer Michael Tischler.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, New York Photographs by Michael Tischler
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This is the third solo exhibition of Brooklyn-based artist José Parlá with the gallery. Parlá has emerged as one of the most innovative painters of his generation, having spent decades establishing a unique style that transmutes the language of cities worldwide. Parlá's experience, from 1980's Miami, to friendships with legendary artists of the 1970's and 1980's New York scene, adds a potent and personal undercurrent to his painterly engagement with the history of American Abstract Art.
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, Paintings: José Parlá's Surface Body/Action Space
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This survey will recall past trends, exhibition themes and current inspirations by the artists Woodward Gallery has featured throughout its decades-long history: Peter Apelgren, Jean Michel Basquiat, Susan Breen, Michael Brodeur, El Celso, Deborah Claxton, Gregory Corn, Alan D’Arcangelo, Darkcloud, Natalie Edgar, Marisol Escobar, Fab 5 Freddy, Paul Gauguin, Red Grooms, Tom Hall, Richard Hambleton, Keith Haring, Sarah Hauser, Hiro Ichikawa, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Janice Johnson, Franz Kline, LAII, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Mastroianni, Knox Martin, Moody, Margaret Morrison, Robbin Murphy, Kenji Nakayama, Neckface, Terence Netter, Don Nice, Francis Picabia, Jaggu Prasad, Ad Reinhardt, Drew Roth, David Salle, Matt Siren, Frank Stella, stikman, Ellinor Ströström, Philip Taaffe, Francesco Tumbiolo, Andy Warhol, Charles Yoder, “Charting Ground Zero"
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, Group Show: Woodward Gallery Decades
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PROTOCOLS, a new commission by Lior Shvil, will include a large-scale installation inspired by military counter-insurgency training courses, which will be activated by a series of improvisational theater workshops and live performances based on combat procedures throughout the run of show. The Echoes, a new commission by Nino Chubinishvili aka Chubika, will mark the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in the United States. Integrating her diverse background in costuming and successful career as a fashion designer, Chubika’s artistic practice blends sculptural and theatrical elements with wearable utility.
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2015, 09/12/2015, 2 Art Shows: Lior Shvil / Chubika
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The first New York exhibition devoted to Los Angeles-based artist Rachel Khedoori. In a practice that merges architecture, sculpture, and film, Khedoori’s work collides and blurs boundaries between the actual and the perceived, and raises provocative questions about reality and representation.
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Opening Receptions, September 15, 2015, 09/15/2015, Rachel Khedoori: Archistecture, Scultpure, Film
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Breathing Waters is an immersive video and sound installation that takes the historic site where two bodies of water merge — the Hudson and East Rivers — as a point of departure. Diehl's poetic visualizations touch on leitmotifs of water, ranging from creation myths and ritual cleansing to the very cycles of life itself. The artist links water to womb time: submerged in fluid, we are disrupted by the trauma of birth from our ability to breathe in water. This association perhaps explains the universal yearning to return to the source of water, and as Ishmael says in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, “Water and meditation are wedded forever.”
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Opening Receptions, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Teresa Diehl's Breathing Waters: Video and Sound Installation
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Faigenbaum’s interest in India goes back to his first trip there in 1995. When Faigenbaum returned in 2014 to complete his project, he chose to photograph and immerse himself in the local culture of Kolkata, which was once the capital of the British Indian Empire. In Kolkata, he photographed and captured the life of one artist, Shreyasi Chatterjee, in her neighborhood and in the local countryside. Faigenbaum was inspired by Chatterjee’s work, which includes painting, collage, and embroidery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 16, 2015, 09/16/2015, Photography: Patrick Faigenbaum's Kolkata/Calcutta
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The first exhibition of the artist’s work at the gallery features over 50 black-and-white vintage prints from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. This overview includes work from her famous projects on New York cops, New York firemen, Resurrection City protestors, circus workers, and dogs, as well as unpublished photographs.
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Opening Receptions, September 17, 2015, 09/17/2015, Photography: Jill Freedman: Long Stories Short
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Tamar Ettun’s first solo exhibition with the gallery incorporates sculpture, performative installation and video. This new body of work centers on expressing primal empathy, a bodily impulse beyond or before intellectualization.
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Opening Receptions, September 19, 2015, 09/19/2015, Tamar Ettun's Alula in Blue
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This is a show of illustration artworks of John Lennon to celebrate the 75th anniversary of his birthday.
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Opening Receptions, October 01, 2015, 10/01/2015, Exhibition: The Art of John Lennon: Imagination Nation
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