Inaugural Exhibitions at the End of the Recession

A Review by Maria Kozak (MFA 2011)
The New York Times has officially declared The Recession over. This is great news for the art world. Let's celebrate with an impressive new location for old staple Sperone Westwater and the opening of new contender RH Gallery.

(concept for Sperone Westwater)

On Wednesday, Sperone Westwater opens doors at its new spot on the Bowery. The building, down the street from the New Museum, is new museumish and nearly its size. Designed by renowned British architects Foster + Partners, the building is eight stories with a movable viewing space that hopes to pioneer new ideas in exhibiting art with a novel approach to vertical movement. The first show will be a series of new paintings from Argentinian artist Guillermo Kuitca. 
Deborah Kass,
Forget Your Troubles, 2010
oil,acrylic/canvas, 72 x 60 in.

Thursday night, go to the opening of NYAA visiting artist Deborah Kass's show at Paul Kasmin in Chelsea. The show, MORE feel good paintings for feel bad times, is aptly titled. Kass's work incorporates words, colors, and appropriation to comment on current affairs and pop culture. The opening is from 6-8 pm.
Micah Ganske, Tommorow Land: Greenpoint, NY, 2010
acrylic on muslin, 120 x 168 in

On Saturday night RH Gallery opens in Tribeca. Founded by director Rebecca Heidenberg and Adam Taki, the inaugural exhibition boasts the stable of cutting edge artists from all over the world they represent including Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar, NYAA visiting artist Micah Ganske (USA), and Brazillian artist Dante Horoiwa. The first show is entitled The Third Meaning for the deeper order of the work, beyond the obvious and the symbolic. It asks viewer to bridge the object of art with its sublime qualities: an experience moving us, however uniquely. The opening is from 6-9 pm.

Carolina Nitsch,
Do Not Abandon Me 2009-2010
Archival dyes printed on cloth,
24 x 30 in

Also if you haven't had a chance, go see the Louise Bourgeois + Tracey Emin show at Carolina Nitsch. The collaboration originated with Bourgeois’ 16 gouache drawings on paper of male and female torsos in profile. Emin ‘responded’ by adding handwritten text, line drawings and gouache. It is one of the final projects of Louise Bourgois, a prolific artist with a profound impact on the nature of art and the first female artist to have a retrospective show at MOMA. In Do Not Abandon Me, both confessional artists explore sexuality, identity, birth, gender and ultimately the need to feel attached to the “Other.”

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