Monday, March 27, 2017

Armory Week: Material Pleasure, Part 3 of 3

Armory Week: Material Pleasure, Part 1 of 3

Cheim & Read: Installation view of Ron Gorchov solo exhibition

While my focus in these Armory Week reports has been on the fairs that took place, quite a lot of great art was shown around town at the same time. I've used this last post in the series to include the work of a few artists who, fairs or not, are masters of material. Case in point: Ron Gorchov, whose sculptural paintings are marvels of structure. Another: Altoon Sultan, who takes the stuff of hooked rugs and gives it muscle and visual dimension.

Gorchov: Markab, 2016, oil on linen; recto, left, and verso
In distance: Avior, 2016, oil on linen

McKenzie Fine Art: Altoon Sultan, Ocher Folds, 2016, hand-dyed wool on linen, 18 x 16 inches

ADAA: Alexandre de Cunha, Kentucky (Flamingo) and Kentucky (Terracotta), both 2016, mop heads, dye, metal fittings; at CRG Gallery, New York City

Independent: Anna Betbeze, no description given (but it appears to be paint or pigment on existing rug); at Jay Gorney

Armory:  Caroline Achaintre, no information given (but looks to be handwoven and hand knotted); at Arcade, London

Armory: Claude Viallat, 2006/185, 2006, acrylic on mounting fabrics; at Galerie Bernard Ceysson

Armory: Jacin Giordano, Harpoon for Hunting Rainbows, 2013; treebranch, yarn, acrylic; at Sultana, Paris

Ceres Gallery: Susan Kaplow, solo, Out of Bounds

Below: Guardian, 2017, felt and steel wool

Armory: Barbara Chase-Riboud, Black Obelisk #2, 2007, black bronze and wool; at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City

Detail below

Armory: Getulio Alviani, Superficie Fifty-Fifty, 1973, steel and aluminum; at Mazzoleni, London and Torino

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Armory: Lucio Fontana is an art fair favorite
Above: Concetto Spacziale  (Spatial Concept), 1965, holes and graffiti on aluminum sheet, 10 x 14.5 inches; at Mazzoleni

Below: Concetto Spaziale, 1966, gold paper leporello (accordion-fold book) with punched holes, bound in yellow vinyl-covered boards; pages app 6 x 4 inches, unfolded to 50 inches; at Repetto Gallery, London

Armory: Otto Piene with detail below
(sorry, I am missing material information and gallery)

Armory: Gunther Uecker, no available information (but painted nails on painted board); at Cortese Gallery, Lugano and London

Detail below

Armory: Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt), Dibujo sin Papel (Drawing without paper), 1986, aluminum and stainless steel; at Cecelia de Torres, New York City

Detail is above; full view below

Armory: Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.769/60), circa 1960, brass wire; at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York City

Closer view below

Armory: Nunzio, Untitled, 2005, lead on wood; at Lorenzelli Arte

Detail below

Armory: Rico Gatson, Powerlines booth solo (looks to be painted wood); at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York City

Art on Paper at Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City

Above: Nobu Fukui, Feast of Prokofiev,2003, beads and mixed media on cardboard, 43 x 43 inches
Below: David Ambrose, painted and perforated paper

Art on Paper: Artist unidentified; at Nil Gallery, Paris

Detail: appears to be painted paper

Armory: Conrad Marca-Relli, Summer Noon L-20, 1968; oil, canvas, and burlap collage on canvas; at Hackett|Mill Gallery, San Francisco

Detail below

Volta: Liz Jaff at Robert Henry Contemporary, Bushwick

Full view below

Armory:  Zohra Opoku installation of mixed media work (photography, fabric, stitching) at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle

A note here: I was unfamiliar with this artist but loved the installation and the work, so I Googled the gallery and found this: "Zohra Opoku  is an Accra-based versatile artist whose work employs media including installations, photography and video to explore the sophistication of textile cultures in disparate spaces targeting fashion’s political and psychological role and socio-cultural dynamics in relation to African history and individualistic or societal identities. "

The work below is the one farthest from the camera in the image above

One more, with detail below

Art on Paper: Maysey Craddock, graphite, gouache and stitching on shopping-bag paper; at David Lusk Gallery, Memphis and Nashville

Detail below

Volta:  Natasha Mazurka, embossed parchment paper; at Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa and Montreal

Given the din that typically accompanies Fair week, it seems appropriate to end these reports on the quietest note possible. Mazurka's drawings are comprised of multiple layers of parchment. To take them in fully you have to stop and look not at them but into them.

Individual view above

Detail below

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Armory Week: Material Pleasure, Part 2 of 3

Armory: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, detail of Fancy Letters

In this post we look at fiber and fabric in the service of painting and sculpture. True, there's very little actual paint in these paintings, but a compositional narrative is developed through what is (or isn't) on the surface. What else do you call it but painting? And to underscore that point, we open with work that bares the stretchers beneath. 

Armory: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Fancy Letters, 2016, silkscreen on fabric and linen, with stain, ink and ceramic; at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City

Armory: Lauren Luloff, Dark Begonia, 2017, bleached bedsheets and fabric; at Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris

Volta: Irfan Onurmen, no information available; at C24 Fallery, New York City

Armory: Dianna Molzan at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan and New York

In Chelsea: Edward Shalala, installation view at Luise Ross Gallery
Shalala has long been involved with the architecture of paintings, which is also the title of his solo show (up through April 15). His structure is in the deconstruction of the canvas

Below: Detail of Untitled, 2008, the work shown at right in the image above

Edward Shalala,Untitled, 2010, raw canvas and pulled threads, 8 x 8 inches

Armory: Rebecca Ward, Fey, 2017, acrylic and graphite on stitched canvas, 72 x 54 inches; at Ronchini Gallery

Detail below

Armory: Brian Wills, detail, at Praz Delavallade, Los Angeles and Paris

Full view below

Though I don't have the titles of these works, I do have the details, as the artist was in the booth when I was there. Each striped painting is comprised of  hundreds (thousands?) of threads pulled tautly and wrapped around the structural frame and panel back. Wills spaces the threads by eye and glues them into place. "How fragile are they? I inquired. "They're stronger than you think."

Detail below of the work at right, above

Armory:  Aiko Hachisuka, Untitled, 2016, silkscreen on clothing, foam, kapok, and wooden support; at 11R Gallery, New York City

Detail below

Armory: Jayson Musson, Two Pillars of Ivory, 2015, mercerized cotton stretched over cotton, 96 x 74 inches; at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia

Detail below

Armory: Shinique Smith, Beneath the Blue Veil, 2016; ink, acrylic, fabric, collage, ribbon, yarn, and objects on canvas over wood panel; at David Castillo Gallery, Miami

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Shinique Smith, Bale Variant No,. 0024 (Everything). 2017; clothing, fabric, ribbon, rope, acrylic, mirror, fabric dye, and wood

Armory: Joel Andrianomeariosa, fabric scraps; at Sabrina Amrani, Madrid

My Facebook friend, Kevan Rupp Lunney, spoke to the dealer about this artist's work: "He asked all the important people in his life to give him black clothing which meant something to them and were worn at memorable occasions. He feels that the clothes carry the scents, DNA and memory of the people who wore them. Like a security blanket made from his community."

Detail below

Armory: Nevin Aladag, no wall label provided, but it's an assemblage of carpet parts; at Wentrup Gallery, Berlin

Detail below

Armory:  Faig Ahmed, handwoven wool carpet; at Sapar Contemporary
The artist deconstructs the concept of the traditional carpet and has it handwoven by traditional artists

Detail below

And another below

Armory: Hiroshu Sugito,  Purple (Bangkok), 2015, fabric and acrylic on plastic plate; at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

NADA: Fergus Feehily at Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Below: Couple, 2013, found photo and cotton cloth

Salon Zurcher: Jonathan Brewer, no title or date provided, corduroy stitched onto burlap; at Demon's Mouth, Oslo

Detail below

Armory: Giorgio Griffa, Untitled, 1975, oil on canvas; Repetto Gallery, London

Armory: Lucio Fontana, at unidentified gallery

Armory: Angela De La Cruz, Scar Green, 2016, oil on [stitched] canvas, 27.5 x 19. 75 inches; at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Armory: Robert Moskowitz, Untitled, 1962, aluminum paint and collage on canvas, 40 x 54 inches; at Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City

Detail below

Armory: Martha Tuttle, Symbolon (2), 2017; wool, silk, dye, pigment, and steel; at Tilton Gallery

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Armory: Ayan Farah, Waris, 2016; linen, jute, embroidery, clay, mud, salt, ash, India ink, and indigo; at Vistamare Gallery, Pescara, Italy

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Armory: Robert Rauschenberg, Lure (Hoarfrost), 1975, solvent transfer on fabric and collage, 48 x 42 inches

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Armory: Tomashi Jackson, Citrus Flavored Drink (Over and Under) (Boiuling vs Sharpe vs Briggs vs Elliot),  2017, acrylic on gauze and paper; at Tilton Gallery

Armory: Sanford Biggers, Undertowm, 2017; antique quilt, assorted textiles, silkscreen, acrylic, spray paint; 56.5 x 60 inches; at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City

Armory: Sterling Ruby, Drape Topography/Pink, 2016; acrylic, oil, elastic, and treated fabric on canvas; at Spruth Magers, Berlon, London, Los Angeles

Detail below

Salon Zurcher: Robin Lang, Stacked Module with Pocket, 2016, woven, app 36 x  18 inches; at Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery, Brussels

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ADAA: Sarah Crowell at Casey Kaplan, New York City
No wall information provided, but I can tell you that these are sewn paintings

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NADA: Elizabeth Russell, Shape Logic installation, at Interface, Oakland

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