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13 free exhibition openings in New York City (NYC) Wed, 12/12/2018 and on...

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.

Opening Reception | Core Sample: Open Sessions 13: Group Exhibition


A clear line meanders through space, losing speed and direction until it shifts shape, becoming a cloud on a page. Core Sample: Open Sessions 13 explores drawn marks as a way to locate place on a sheet of paper or to suggest the expanse of geospatial time travel. Symbolic gestures borrowed from mythic worlds alongside references to the everyday offer insight into the artists’ varied traditions, identities, and cultures. Core Sample: Open Sessions 13 features the work of Alex Callender, Liz Collins, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Zatara McIntyre, Johanna Unzueta, and Cosmo Whyte.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 12
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2018, 12/12/2018, Core Sample: Open Sessions 13: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Urban Patterns: Images of New York's Salt Shed


The Salt Shed has quickly become an iconic building in New York City. Rising nearly 70 feet along the Hudson River, this highly visible structure houses 5,000 tons of salt. The Salt Shed’s faceted planes enliven the reinforced concrete enclosure. The structure tapers toward the bottom, creating more pedestrian space. The Salt Shed has also presented a photographic opportunity for tourists, fashion photographers and source material for gallery member photographer Bob Leonard, who employed images of the Salt Shed in his new exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2018, 12/12/2018, Urban Patterns: Images of New York's Salt Shed

Opening Reception | narrow distances: Award-Winning Photography


Winner of the 2018 Portfolio Prize, Ka-Man Tse’s carefully orchestrated images suggests an oblique narrative. Her protagonists appear in quiet moments of introspection: Two men embrace against the imposing Hong Kong skyline, spiked with vertiginous towers. A gender-nonconforming person regards themself in a mirror that doubles their likeness—suggesting the complexity of identity and that we all contain many selves. Ka-Man Tse is a photographer, video artist, and educator. She has exhibited her work at the Lianzhou Foto Festival, Guangdong, China; Para Site and Lumenvisum, Hong Kong; the 2016 Hong Kong Contemporary Film Festival; and Videotage’s Both Sides Now III: Final Frontiers in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and the UK. In the United States, her work has been shown at the Museum of Chinese in America, New York; Bronx Museum of the Arts; New York Public Library; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Capricious Gallery, New York; and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2018, 12/12/2018, narrow distances: Award-Winning Photography

Opening Reception | Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: Photos of Well-Known Figures


Since his early commissions from Andy Warhol as a portrait photographer for Interview magazine, many of LaChapelle’s photographs of well-known figures in contemporary culture have become iconic in their own right. Included are Elton John, David Bowie, Faye Dunaway, Tupac Shakur, Dolly Parton, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, and Hillary Clinton. This exhibition shows many of those David LaChapelle’s work that have never been previously exhibited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Dec 13
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 13, 2018, 12/13/2018, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: Photos of Well-Known Figures

Opening Reception | Exposure 2018: A Weekly Rotating Exhibition of 10 One-Person Shows


Opening receptions: Nov. 29 Dec. 6 Dec. 13 Dec. 20
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 13, 2018, 12/13/2018, Exposure 2018: A Weekly Rotating Exhibition of 10 One-Person Shows

Opening Reception | Extremely absorbent and increasingly hollow: A 3-Artist Show


Extremely absorbent and increasingly hollow attends to the body’s permeability, addressing ideas of consumption, contamination, abundance, void and how value is perceived and assigned. Participating artists work across visual and live forms to investigate the ways in which certain things, when entangled with the body or stuck to the skin, are deemed unkempt, filthy, repulsive, or otherwise out of place. They complicate the notion of a discrete body as impervious to the unruly matter of the physical world and cultural signifiers of the social world. With: Xandra Ibarra, Alison Kuo, and Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 14, 2018, 12/14/2018, Extremely absorbent and increasingly hollow: A 3-Artist Show

Opening Reception | Exposure 2018: A Weekly Rotating Exhibition of 10 One-Person Shows


Opening receptions: Nov. 29 Dec. 6 Dec. 13 Dec. 20
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Opening Receptions, December 20, 2018, 12/20/2018, Exposure 2018: A Weekly Rotating Exhibition of 10 One-Person Shows

Opening Reception | 5 Solo Photography Shows


Featuring John Custodio On the Road: Structures Ruth Formanek Transforming Window Shades Rosalie Frost Monet's Water Garden, Shadow and Light David Kutz Cultural Landscapes Stuart Zalka Window Shopping on Mars
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 4
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Opening Receptions, January 03, 2019, 01/03/2019, 5 Solo Photography Shows

Opening Reception | Revolution Starts at Home: Tangible Paintings


Chelsea Gibson paints very tangible portraits of people and objects in their homes. From this stems a deeper, reflexive awareness of the performance of living that defines "home" as a state of harmony-as the alignment of person, place, object, and time. Whether in her own home or someone else's, Gibson's portraits and still lives express feelings of loss and love, empathy, and acceptance of the human condition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2019, 01/05/2019, Revolution Starts at Home: Tangible Paintings

Opening Reception | Peer2Pickle: The Problem of Food Waste


The exhibition tackles the issue of food waste, a growing problem that governments and corporations find little incentive to act upon. In an effort to confront this situation, Peer2Pickle will reformat and transform apexart’s space into a durational workshop, peer learning venue, and an ephemeral factory. Working between Asia, Europe and North America, four artists will utilize disused organic matter from nearby markets as well as other sources, transforming those materials into products with an extended shelf life and a new economy.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 12
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Opening Receptions, January 11, 2019, 01/11/2019, Peer2Pickle: The Problem of Food Waste

Opening Reception | Assignments and Earlier Works: Exploring Colors, Forms and Relationships


Although truth and beauty are often considered, these works of acrylic paint and scotchlite film on aluminum panels by Edwin Schlossberg have been created to assign active engagement with both. One by exploring colors, forms and relationships that suggest new ways of seeing and the other that suggest ways of acting. The tension between the two is intended to create contemplation followed by inspiration and hopefully followed by action.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 13
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Opening Receptions, January 12, 2019, 01/12/2019, Assignments and Earlier Works: Exploring Colors, Forms and Relationships

Opening Reception | Beauty in Imperfection: Japanese Boro Textiles


An exhibition showcasing Japanese boro textiles from Gallery Kojima Tokyo, fabrics that have been mended or patched together -- the term “boro” is from the Japanese “boroboro,” which defines something tattered or repaired. “Boro is my antidote to the fast-fashion world,” says Barouh. “The clothes can be viewed to embrace the concept of ‘Wabi Sabi,” an aesthetic philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism and the art of finding beauty in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 17
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Opening Receptions, January 16, 2019, 01/16/2019, Beauty in Imperfection: Japanese Boro Textiles

Opening Reception | I Can’t Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland: A Photographic Installation


Women and children – posturing, gazing, playing on bed frames – become “coincidental subjects,” their vivid garments sharply accentuated against the muted earth tones of the vast Taklamakan Desert. This far west region of China (Xinjiang), home to the Uyghur people, is a place Lisa Ross has imaged and imagined for over 15 years.  Recently, the Chinese state has amplified its efforts to forcibly assimilate minority populations, imbuing the artist with a sense of urgency to display these pictures.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Jan 18
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 17, 2019, 01/17/2019, I Can’t Sleep: Homage to a Uyghur Homeland: A Photographic Installation
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