There is at least one work by the Brazilian twins Os Gemeos left in New York (not counting the splasherized ones in Williamsburg. Their collaboration at PS 11 with graffiti legend Futura still overlooks the playground a few blocks before the gallery madness of Chelsea takes over.
Image © Lori Zimmer, Art Nerd New York
A new show at (Art) Amalgamated in Chelsea strives to test the boundaries of communication and connection in the 21st century. Some Fifty Miles of Concrete Pavement is a collaboration between the artists David Birkin and Jeremy Hutchison. The two kept correspondence from their respective home bases at the time, Birkin in Southern California, and Hutchison in London. The show is a testament to the two artists attempting to bridge the gap between their locales, connecting through each other’s work, ideologies, as well as the similarities and differences between their respective environments.
At Untapped Cities, we love getting to know established and emerging artists who are creating interesting, thought-provoking work. This is why we love art fairs, where you can wander from booth to booth and see what’s happening in the art world now. PULSE has gathered together some of the best and the brightest at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea for a four-day fair that started yesterday and will run until Sunday. According to Director Cornell DeWitt, what sets PULSE apart is the Impulse initiative for emerging artists—the upper level of the fair is devoted entirely to them, with more established artists on the ground floor. They are also one of the few art fairs that includes performance art. I’m presenting here my picks for the most promising artists at PULSE.
The Conjuring Arts Research Center does not advertise itself to the casual visitor. This is hardly because it lacks educational value, fascinating content or respect for us non-magical commoners. Rather, the Conjuring Arts Research Center’s sole purpose is to further the knowledge of those who have already been initiated into the intriguing, little-understood world of the magician. You might find yourself thinking this is an elaborate prank dreamed up by an inspired Harry Potter fan, but we can assure you that the Conjuring Arts Research Center is anything but a gimmick.
Savvy Untapped readers know that Hogwarts exists in New York City, in the form of the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea. As explained in Benjamin Waldman’s post from 2011, the General Theological Seminary was established in 1817 as a training ground for future Episcopalian priests, and in 1827 construction began on the Seminary’s Chelsea campus. This campus was enriched in the 1880s by a series of graceful Neo-Gothic structures designed by Charles Haight, which ring the perimeter of the institution’s serene inner quadrangle. This Oxf0rd-style complex is one of the hidden treasures of the city. But there is more to the General Theological Seminary than that. (more…)
“Untitled”, 1981 © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York 2013. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever
Just last week, the Gagosian opened a major exhibit paying homage to one of New York’s most talented but tortured artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). A charismatic character bristling with self-destructive creative energy, Basquiat was known for expressing and juxtaposing conflicting qualities in his work. In his visceral, spontaneous pieces, he celebrated the tension between such disparate elements as aloofness and instinctual expression, wit and savagery, urbanity and primitivism. (more…)