Not feeling the standard “after work” chat/cocktail/gripe session?
Hit up a gallery instead! The conversation will be more interesting, trust us. Here are 5 tried and true galleries/spaces that not only feature some of the best artwork from around the worldâ€“they also hold some of the best openings. We are getting you into two, so be sure to “pencil” them in your ‘berry. We started in NYC and threw something in for our DC ladies. Chicago/LA/Miami coming up next week!
Kerry James Marshall: Black Romantic
May 22 – Jul 3, 2008
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 W.20th St. NYC
The staff over at Jack Shainman gallery has been hitting their mark with all of their shows as of late, and us Parlour girls are loving itâ€“even if it is what seems like miles away from the nearest subway stop.
Fresh off of featuring the works of photography grande dame, Carrie Mae Weems, Shainman is preparing to open Black Romantic, featuring the work of Kerry James Marshall. Hailed as one of America’s most groundbreaking African American artists, Marshall’s work never fails to arrest the eye and this show should be no different.
We will be front and center at the opening, this Thursday 5.22 @ 6pm.
above: Untitled (painter), 2008; Acrylic on PVC & Installation View, 1998, Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL
Jen Stark: Much-much
Civilian Art Projects
406 7th Street NW, 3rd Floor – Washington, DC
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen work that we have to physically restrain ourselves from touching. Jen Starks pieces, literal kalaidescopes made of brightly colored paper really show her mastery of construction and process, which is dope given that she just graduated from MICA in 2005. Currently a Miami resident, the vibrancy of her surroundings is clearly evident in her work.
above: 12″ x 12″ / hand-cut stack of cardstock paper / 2007
Tim Biskup: The Artist in You
Through June 14, 2008
Jonathan Levine Gallery
In his second solo show at the ever-hip Levine gallery, Cali native Tim Biskup takes his signature graphic style and gives us a witty and honest personal view of his creative process, as well as his views on the often over-prescribed themes of the fine art world. Accompanying the exhibition is a limited edition book with the same title, in which he offers us a deeper look into his process through a collection of essays, poetry and studies. Can’t make the show? Peep the book here.
above: Asylum #2, Cel Vinyl Acrylic on Wooden Panel
New York City
Akintola Hanif, Jean Marcelin & Jenny Baptiste: This Is Where I Live
May 29th-June 17th
33 Howard Street, 2nd Floor
Curated by lens master Marc Baptiste, “This is where I live” is an emerging photographers group show that features the work of Akintola Hanif, Jean H. Marcelin and Jenny Baptiste and their documentation of their respective neighborhoods. Changing the way we look at the urban landscape, this show promises to be one of the best of the season as it features three great young talents. Tip: Emerging shows are a great way to meet the artists and become a patron early in someone’s career, benefitting the two of you financially and creatively. Build your collection and support!
Join us at the opening: Thursday May 29th, 6:30-9pm!
Absolutely Venomous Accurately Fallacious (Naturally Delicious) aka AVAF
Through August 16, 2008
Deitch Studios: Long Island City
Imagine if you went to an acid-ridden Harlem-Kids style ball in Williamsburg and that just about sums up the part performance-cum-collaborative exhibition. To pull from the release: “In this exhibition avaf creates a zone for reconstruction and rehabilitation, overseen by the goddess of change: the trannie. At the center of the main gallery lies an enormous back-bending, gender-bending figure split apart by a derelict Brooklyn house. The rear of the exhibition is a space for the repertoire of collaborative performances and video avaf has assembled to activate this explosive exhibition. Debuting here will be a new video in collaboration with Honeygun Labs. Amidst the music and video projections, the theme is the destruction in reconstruction through dance and devotion. ”
Tranny. Fierce. (a la’ Christian!)
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