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New York gives you numerous choices when you are in a mood to attend an art gallery exhibition or be a part of an exhibition opening. Some sources say that there are more than a thousand of art galleries in NYC and, of  course, you do not have time to attend them all. But the good thing is that art galleries are usually located in clusters and so if you go to one of them, there is, basically, a 100% chance that you will be able to see art works, be that paintings or photos or scupltures, in many other art galleries located just nearby, whatever neightborhood you happen to be in.

The very first neighborhood where artist lived and art galleries thrived in New York City was Grenwich Village, which boated active art scene as far back as 1850. That active art scene did last: Greenwich Village was the place where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened her Whitney Studio Club Gallery in 1914, which would become the Whitney Museum for American Art (now located in Chelsea).

With immigrants pouring into the city in larger numbers than ever before at the turn of the century, the wealthy families tried to outrun their spread uptown by moving to the Upper East Side. The art galleries followed the buyers and established themselves in the neighboorhood as well.

Midtown, Grenwich Village and the Upper East Side housed most of the New York art galleries for over 100 years. Those three neighborhoods continue to house many of Manhattan art galleries. Upper East Side art galleries are located mostly in the area between Park and Fifth Aves in the mid-70s. Midtown art galleries are clustered near Fifth Avenue. Many of them are on the 57th St. They usually represent big name artists.

Early in the 1960s artists started moving into the neglected commercial lofts of the cast-iron district south of Houston Street, known as SoHo. In the 1970s and ’80s SoHo was the City’s best-known art distric. But SoHo art galleries became the victims of the neighborhood's success which they themselves have created. Before the artists moved into SoHo, the neightborhood was an array of empty factories buildings and abandoned warehouses. Artists moved in as the premises had lots of light and space, and were dirt cheap. As the artists were right there, the art galleries sprang up. The neighboorhood attarcted crowds and so retailers decided to capitalize on the cool images that SoHo have attained. They flooded the area and it made the rents go skyhigh and made the area unaffordable to the artist community. This story repeats itself in many towns and cities all over the world, and so instead of dwelling on it, let us tell you which other neighborhoods have the galleries that you may want to atend. SoHo has become more of a shopping mall than a place to see intereating art work, although about 20 galleries are still located there. 

The first place that comes to mind when one talks about the artists' and galleries' flight from SoHo is, of course, Chelsea. That's where many of SoHo galleries had to run to when the skyrocketed rent forced them to leave SoHo in the 90s. Chelsea art galleries are located between 18th and 28th Streets going South/North and between 10th and 11th Avenues going East/West. If you start there you may end staying there, as Chelsea's list of galleries has about 200 names or so.

Another gallery district is the Lower East Side, which is located east of Bowery and between Houston and Grand Streets. The galleries here usually show up and coming artists. You can see there lots of local grown art. The neighborhood is filled with inviting bars, cafes and restaurants, and with small smart clothing shops. So you can combine gallery hoping with bar hoping and with shopping for something off the beaten track.
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31 Exhibition Openings at New York Art Galleries (NYC)

There are over a thousand art galleries in New York, most of which are located in six Manhattan neighborhoods: Chelsea, SoHo, Midtown, Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, and East Village. It is almost impossible to list all the exhibition openings that take place in NYC art galleries. Here is a good sampling to start with.

Opening Reception | Chuck’s Bucket: Group Show


An exhibition based on the short story of the same name by Chris Offutt and featuring work by first-year MFA Illustration as Visual Essay students enrolled in the program’s Book Seminar course.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 21
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Opening Receptions, January 21, 2020, 01/21/2020, Chuck&rsquo;s Bucket: Group Show

Opening Reception | Katie Yamasaki, Muralist


A solo show of the mural work of MFA Illustration as Visual Essay alumnus Katie Yamasaki, completed over the past 15 years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 21
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Opening Receptions, January 21, 2020, 01/21/2020, Katie Yamasaki, Muralist

Opening Reception | Femme Brut: Radiant Abstractions


Jackie Saccoccio's exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints. Saccoccio is admired for her radiant abstractions and an expanding use of the canvas as a painting tool. Her adventurous body-aware practice and formal concerns align her with contemporary painters recognized for pushing the medium. A recipient of an American Academy in Rome Prize and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Saccoccio has exhibited continuously since her White Columns White Room debut in 2001.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 22
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Opening Receptions, January 22, 2020, 01/22/2020, Femme Brut: Radiant Abstractions

Opening Reception | Light Shop: History of the Bowery Lighting District


Jan Tichy’s new works — photograms, sculpted neons, video with sound, and his signature time-based light installation — explore the local history of the Bowery Lighting District in relationship to the commodification of light and the resulting light pollution. Bowery Prints is a suite of ten assemblages of neon sculptures and photograms on silver halide paper, made with glass objects that the artist collected from the ten lighting stores that remain on the Bowery. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 22
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Opening Receptions, January 22, 2020, 01/22/2020, Light Shop: History of the Bowery Lighting District

Opening Reception | Nakayama's Horses: The Equine Image Through Light, Texture, and Embellishment 


Tadashi Nakayama (1927-2014) was a leading woodblock print artist in Post-War Japan whose works can be found in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world. Over the course of his career he explored the equine image through light, texture, and embellishment with increasing intricacy. Composed of over fifty overlaid impressions, Nakayama’s horses seem to burst from the paper, while each detail draws the audience deeper into the image.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 23
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, Nakayama's Horses: The Equine Image Through Light, Texture, and Embellishment&nbsp;

Opening Reception | Alma Allen: 14 Large-Scale Works


A solo exhibition of work by sculptor Alma Allen (b. 1970, USA.) The presentation brings together 14 large-scale works realized in bronze, wood, and stone. Responding to the architecture of the gallery, Allen demonstrates unprecedented ambition in the works' scale. Included in the exhibition is his tallest sculpture to date--a bronze measuring almost 5 meters at its highest point.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 23
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, Alma Allen: 14 Large-Scale Works

Opening Reception | And, Apollo: A Laboratory


A work-in-progress by artist Dean Erdmann, combines experimental documentary, video and sculptures to connect autobiography to historical pasts that have produced the current moments of social and political crisis. The narrative of And, Apollo is anchored in the Mojave Desert, the place where the artist grew up and the background for their exploration of Americana, the body, and queerness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 23
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, And, Apollo: A Laboratory

Opening Reception | Arabesque: The Role of Ornamentation


An exhibition of new works by Rayyane Tabet that explores notions of context and appropriation in our built environment through the role of ornamentation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 23
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, Arabesque: The Role of Ornamentation

Opening Reception | Dog Days: 3 Artists


An exhibition of painting, photography and sculpture, providing a momentary reprieve from the grip of winter. Katherine Bradford, Ryan McGinley and Jack Pierson all have eloquent roots buoyantly grounded in the carefree landscapes of summer, commenting on its meditative quality, its essence and its energy. We are thrilled to have each of them returning to participate in this exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 23
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, Dog Days: 3 Artists

Opening Reception | Harry Gruyaert: Color-Saturated Photographs


With an eye for idiosyncratic juxtapositions, Gruyaert has traveled the world for nearly five decades finding bewildering beauty, complex constructions, and touching solitude. This exhibition covers his work in France, Spain, Belgium, Morocco, Japan, India, Russia and the U.S. Bearing his signature use of concentrated color saturation are photographs ranging from seascapes to street scenes, from bazaars to desolate highways.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 23
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, Harry Gruyaert: Color-Saturated Photographs

Opening Reception | Kenneth Josephson: Photography That Challenges Our Perceptions


An exhibition of photographic work by Josephson from 1960 to 1980 that invites overlapping dialogues on a variety of concepts. He explores the complex relationship of image and object, photographic truth and illusion, time, spatial perspective, even the history of photography itself. Josephson challenges our perceptions and invites us to consider different perspectives, while maintaining a strong sense of humor and wonder that makes his work both accessible and distinctive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 23
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, Kenneth Josephson: Photography That Challenges Our Perceptions

Opening Reception | remember all the high and exalted things remember all the low and broken things: Intensely Personal Vignettes


New paintings by Billy Childish. The prolific British artist, musician, and writer has produced hundreds of albums and dozens of volumes of fiction and poetry. For his fifth exhibition with the gallery, Childish has created a body of work emblematic of his “radical traditionalist” approach. Pulling from themes found throughout art history—the bather, a lone figure in a landscape, a sunset—Childish presents intensely personal vignettes that feel archetypical, vibrating with the kinetic energy of a moment lived.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, remember all the high and exalted things remember all the low and broken things: Intensely Personal Vignettes

Opening Reception | Sounds Lasting and Leaving: Sound Works by Duchamp, Calder, Cage and Beuys


Sounds Lasting and Leaving amplifies the auditory interests of modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition considers how the elusive medium of sound has carried through art since the early 1900s, when figures of Dadaism, Futurism, and Surrealism first began to experiment with audio. Sounds Lasting and Leaving will flood the gallery's Manhattan townhouse with audible expressions by Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, John Cage, Joseph Beuys, Irma Blank, Vito Acconci, David Hammons, Marina Abramovic, Gino De Dominicis, Jennie C. Jones, and Derrick Adams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Jan 23
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2020, 01/23/2020, Sounds Lasting and Leaving: Sound Works by Duchamp, Calder, Cage and Beuys

Opening Reception | Doug Wheeler: Luminous Space


A new light installation by American artist Doug Wheeler (b. 1939). Over the past five decades, Wheeler has become known for his innovative constructions and installations that engage with the perception and experience of light, space, and sound. On view will be an immersive environment by the artist that further expands on his groundbreaking investigations of the possibilities of luminous space. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 24
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Opening Receptions, January 24, 2020, 01/24/2020, Doug Wheeler: Luminous Space

Opening Reception | 2020 Annual Art Exhibition


All are welcome to come and enjoy the inspired artwork created by participants of all ages at BPCA’s art programs. Meet many of the participating artists, the artist/educators who lead the programs, and learn about upcoming art programs and events.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 26
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Opening Receptions, January 26, 2020, 01/26/2020, 2020 Annual Art Exhibition

Opening Reception | 5 Solo Photography Shows


With: Carol Julien Justin Capablo Sandi Daniel Steven Gilbert Maria Musalevskaya
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 28
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Opening Receptions, January 28, 2020, 01/28/2020, 5 Solo Photography Shows

Opening Reception | Betwixt and Between: Group Exhibition


A group exhibition co-curated by three graduate students from the Institute of Fine Arts. It features artwork by eight BFA Studio Art majors in the final year of their undergraduate studies at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development’s Department of Art & Art Professions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, Betwixt and Between: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Leo Yeni: An Artist's Paper Life


An exhibition of drawings from the internment camp, sketchbooks with notations on architecture, art history and decorative arts, sketches, paintings, family photographs and official papers. Leo Yeni was 23 years old in 1943, when Italy surrendered to the Allies and precipitated into chaos and a civil war. The journey that would eventually take him to New York along with thousands of refugees and survivors, begins in Milan where, as a young man, he studied at the Art Academy of Brera. He learned to love art and, in the nationalistic narrative of the Regime, learned that Art was Italian and rooted in the splendors of ancient Rome and, secondarily, ancient Greece.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, Leo Yeni: An Artist's Paper Life

Opening Reception | That You That You See: Photography and Artisan Furniture


A photographic exhibition by Tina West, featuring a special new collaboration between Robin Rice and designer, and activist Tucker Robbins. Breaking from the gallery’s traditional style of display, West’s photography will be creatively integrated with Robbins’ artisan furniture. Designed and built on the edge of the forest by indigenous people using centuries-old techniques, these products are born out of Tucker Robbins’ travels to remote locations. Whether woven textile, clay pottery or wood sculpture, these sustainably made products are materials that have been salvaged and refashioned into works of exquisite craftsmanship that are truly one of a kind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, That You That You See: Photography and Artisan Furniture

Opening Reception | The Liberation of Pilsen: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation by the US Army


The city of Pilsen is considered to be one of the last cities to be liberated by the Allies during the end of WWII. This exhibition will explain the advance of Allied troops from Normandy to Pilsen, the role of General George S. Patton and other historical circumstances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, The Liberation of Pilsen: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation by the US Army

Opening Reception | Vintage: Eastern Bloc 1964


Vintage: Eastern Bloc 1964 is a photo essay documenting the travels of two young Americans behind the Iron Curtain by photographer Hope Herman Wurmfeld. Herman Wurmfeld is a photographer and author who lives and works in New York City. Throughout her career, she has exhibited her photographs internationally, published several books, and taught photography at Hunter College in NYC for over twenty years. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, The Archives of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., The New York Public Library, the Osthaus Museum in Hagen, Germany and the Princeton University Library Graphics Collection, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 29, 2020, 01/29/2020, Vintage: Eastern Bloc 1964

Opening Reception | Beverly Semmes: Red


The artist’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition presents new works on canvas in Semmes’ on-going Feminist Responsibility Project.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 30
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Opening Receptions, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Beverly Semmes: Red

Opening Reception | Hell Yes!: Real-Life Subjects with Incongruous Props


A fresh, new series of portrait paintings by Tara Lewis. Hell Yes! portrays real-life subjects adorned with incongruous props, artist-made t-shirts and satin pageant sashes boasting pop culture text idioms. Her portrait process happens organically as models go through her wardrobe, accessories and props to discover a 'persona'. These 'play-dates' serve as a pivotal ingredient for her practice as they are the underpinning of the subsequent photoshoot that serves as the source material for her paintings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Hell Yes!: Real-Life Subjects with Incongruous Props

Opening Reception | Nigel Cooke: New Paintings


Nigel Cooke is known for his evocative paintings which blend personal memories with art historical influences, classical themes with abstract interpretations of the natural world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 30, 2020, 01/30/2020, Nigel Cooke: New Paintings

Opening Reception | Positive, Negative: 3 Artists


The exhibition explores the interplay of positive and negative space through the artists’ structured and intuitive practices. The role of opposition holds a distinct meaning in the context of this exhibition, creating tension, balance, and conversation between the works.  With Joan Witek, Jonathan Ryan Storm and Seamus Heidenreich. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 31
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Opening Receptions, January 31, 2020, 01/31/2020, Positive, Negative: 3 Artists

Opening Reception | Vicious Frames: 3 Multimedia Artists


This show features NY-based multimedia artists Claudia Bitran, Lauren Carly Shaw, and Gracelee Lawrence. The works in this exhibition take a deep dive into media addiction: one that explores, celebrates and denounces the voracious consuming of others; another that examines and stages the notion of the construction of self; and one that reflects upon the isolation produced by our online existence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 1
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2020, 02/01/2020, Vicious Frames: 3 Multimedia Artists

Opening Reception | Difficult Love (Or What Scatters and Comes Back Together): Identities Formed in Love and Oppression


Alex Callender's exhibition considers how identities are formed in love and in resistance to the brutality of colonial world-making. The works explore a fictional Atlantic history, performed in scenes by women channeled from colonial paintings and archives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 05, 2020, 02/05/2020, Difficult Love (Or What Scatters and Comes Back Together): Identities Formed in Love and Oppression

Opening Reception | 2 Arts Shows: Richard Hart / Tom Kotik


Tom Kotik’s work searches for and revels in the intersections of sculpture and music, form and sound, creation and composition. As both a practicing sculptor and (rock!) musician, Kotik is on a continuous journey to form an aesthetic language from these two creative drives. Transforming stereo equipment and soundproofing materials into sculptural forms, Kotik’s work offers a ritualistic meditation on our experience of sound and silence. In his newest work, Kotik replaces literal sound equipment with abstract forms of amplifiers and guitars to imply sound without even a whisper. A newcomer to New York from South Africa, Richard Hart’s work also alludes to unseen forces and ritualistic practices. Hart is inspired by the spiritual landscape of Africa, from witchcraft and Muti, to Shembe and the Zionist movement. Hart sees in African religions a sort of mash-up, a willingness to combine elements of Western religion, superstition, and traditional healing. It is this cut-and-paste attitude to religion and indeed life in Africa, that is central to Hart’s practice. Working in photography, painting, mixed media, video and assemblage, his pieces create a new and imagined hybrid of unknown rituals and mysterious totems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 20, 2020, 02/20/2020, 2 Arts Shows: Richard Hart / Tom Kotik

Opening Reception | The Road: Inner Mysteries


Paintings by Helen Oliver Adelson. Known for her large-scale portraits and landscapes in oil, and for her stage and set designs for her brother, Edgar Oliver, Adelson delves below the surface of her subjects to uncover inner mysteries and tensions. “Places, people, spirits—things real and imagined—that I find along the road,” she says.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, The Road: Inner Mysteries

Opening Reception | Unapproved Roads: The Divide Between Northern Ireland and the Republic


A remarkably candid exhibition of eight 24” x 20” hand-printed photographs that captures the geographical divide between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Stephen McGinn, son of a retired customs officer who patrolled the unapproved roads, returned to Northern Ireland in 2019 to document the Armagh borderland of his childhood. He did so without agenda of persuasion or nostalgia, but simply as he found it: empty and dormant, enduringly ordinary in spite of its extraordinary history and precarious position in the fractured Brexit landscape. Stephen McGinn was born and raised in Ireland and moved to London at age 19 to pursue a career in photography. Now based in Brooklyn, McGinn works primarily in still life and beauty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, March 24, 2020, 03/24/2020, Unapproved Roads: The Divide Between Northern Ireland and the Republic

Opening Reception | The Making of The Black Paintings: An Artist's Vocabulary


Izhar Patkin’s virtuosic The Black Paintings (1985–86)—a painterly adaption of a play by Jean Genet—is one of the most significant and inventive works to come out of the East Village in the 80s. An immersive room-size piece painted on black neoprene-rubber curtains, it expands upon the conventions of painting itself and also upon narrative, metaphor, installation art, and theatricality. The show is not about re-presenting The Black Paintings themselves, but rather concentrates on the development of Patkin’s visual vocabulary culminating in the painting. The installation concept—A Performative Archive—will contextualize the art with interviews, writings, and ephemera that highlight the conception of The Black Paintings and its precedents, and animate the ideas of two groundbreaking writers: New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp and art critic Edit DeAk—two treasured friends with whom the artist shared ideas and reflections during the making of these works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Apr 18
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Opening Receptions, April 18, 2020, 04/18/2020, The Making of The Black Paintings: An Artist's Vocabulary
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