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

Detail below

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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