9 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before Jan. 23

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

    Panel Discussion: Roberto Matta at The Pace Gallery
    Pace Gallery hosts a roundtable discussion on Roberto Matta in conjunction with its “Matta: A Centennial Celebration” exhibition. Guests include Donald Kuspit, Frederica Matta, Mattica Sawin, Elizabeth Smith and Justin Spring. — Michael H. Miller
    The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, 6:30 p.m., free

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

    Lecture: “A Proposition by Anthony Huberman: The Letter ‘T'” at the New Museum
    Mr. Huberman—who directs the Artist’s Institute, a CUNY–backed redoubt of curatorial excellence on the Lower East Side—lectures as part of the New Museum’s “Propositions” series. We have no clue what’s going on here, but this is how the listing begins: “There are two thoughts I would like to test with you, and I will try to relate them to the work of three artists. They are: Tuned, Touched, Thys, Taylor, and Trockel. They are related, I think.” — Andrew Russeth
    New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m., $8

    Opening: Ridley Howard, “Slows,” at Leo Koenig Inc.
    Searching for an antidote to the Damien Hirst spot onslaught of recent weeks, one would be hard-pressed to do better than this show of new paintings by Ridley Howard, whose quiet scenes of domestic intimacy are cloaked in a glorious, inimitable daylight. Imagine a more psychologically complicated Katz or a sexier, more overtly erotic Hopper. He does abstractions, too, including some that share space rather comfortably with figuration. — A.R.
    Leo Koenig Inc., 545 West 23rd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: John Miller, “Suburban Past Time” at Metro Pictures
    The artist plans to transform the gallery into a some kind of life-sized domestic diorama using “artificial rocks and plants ranging in scale from massive to ordinary, wallpaper, store-bought and handmade decorative elements and the continuous presence of two people.” Part of the artist’s exploration of “so-called middlebrow culture.” — Dan Duray
    Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Blind Cut at Marlborough Chelsea
    This group show with a not-too-bad contributor list explores famous fakes like H.G. Welles’ War of the Worlds and Clifford Irving’s Howard Hughes biography. — D.D.
    Marlborough, 545 West 25th Street, New York 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Marianne Vitale, “What I Need To Do Is Lighten The Fuck Up About A Lot Of Shit”
    The artist’s first solo show of work at Zach Feuer includes wooden bridges that she’s set on fire, outhouses she’s shot with a shotgun and other mutilated forms of the American Vernacular. — M.H.M.
    Zach Feuer Gallery, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, 6-8 p.m., free

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

    Opening: Abrons Arts Center
    Abrons Center will host open studios for the five current AIRspace artist residents, Amy Feldman, Brie Ruais, Carolyn Salas, Ellie Krakow, and Julie Ann Nagle. Each year, Abrons provides 11 months of free studio space to five artists through the AIRspace residency program. — M.H.M.
    Abrons Center 466 Grand Street, 2nd floor, New York, 4-8 pm (talk at 5:30 p.m.), free

    Event: The Last Word on Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim
    “To mark the end of the exhibition (and the beginning of retirement), 20 or so prominent artists, philosophers, writers, comedians, filmmakers, actors, musicians, and more will come together to contemplate the end,” according to the press release. The end of the exhibit, the end of Cattelan’s work (apparently). Whatever. Cash bar. — D.D.
    Guggenheim, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, 6 p.m. until late.

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

    Opening: Klara Lidén, “Pretty Vacant,” at Reena Spaulings
    For her last show at Reena Spaulings, in 2008, the “most-buzzed” Swedish artist Klara Lidén walled off a section of the gallery, leaving only a long, narrow corridor for visitors to transverse. When they did, pigeons could sometimes be heard inside the space, having come in through open windows to chow down on food that Ms. Lidén had left. Installation savvy aside, she is also an expert object maker: who knows what she’ll come up with this time? — A.R.
    Reena Spaulings, 165 East Broadway, New York, 12–6 p.m.

  • Pace Gallery hosts a roundtable discussion on Roberto Matta in conjunction with its Matta: A Centennial Celebration. Guests include Donald Kuspit, Frederica Matta, Mattica Sawin, Elizabeth Smith and Justin Spring. -- Michael H. Miller

    
The Pace Gallery, 534 W. 25th Street, 6:30 p.m., free

  • Mr. Huberman—who directs the Artist's Institute, a CUNY–backed redoubt of curatorial excellence on the Lower East Side—lectures as part of the New Museum's "Propositions" series. We have no clue what's going on here, but this is how the listing begins: "There are two thoughts I would like to test with you, and I will try to relate them to the work of three artists. They are: Tuned, Touched, Thys, Taylor, and Trockel. They are related, I think." — Andrew Russeth

    New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m., $8

  • Searching for an antidote to the Damien Hirst spot onslaught of recent weeks, one would be hard-pressed to do better than this show of new paintings by Ridley Howard, whose quiet scenes of domestic intimacy are cloaked in a glorious, inimitable daylight. Imagine a more psychologically complicated Katz or a sexier, more overtly erotic Hopper. He does abstractions, too, including some that share space rather comfortably with figuration. — A.R.

    Leo Koenig Inc., 545 West 23rd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.



  • The artist plans to transform the gallery into a some kind of life-sized domestic diorama using "artificial rocks and plants ranging in scale from massive to ordinary, wallpaper, store-bought and handmade decorative elements and the continuous presence of two people." Part of the artist's exploration of "so-called middlebrow culture." -- Dan Duray

    Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 6 - 8 p.m.



  • Group show with not-too-bad contributor list explores famous fakes like H.G. Welles' 'War of the Worlds' and Clifford Irving's Howard Hughes biography. -- D.D.

    Marlborough, 545 West 25th street, 6 - 8 p.m.



  • The artist's first solo show of work at Zach Feuer includes wooden bridges that she's set on fire, outhouses she's shot with a shotgun and other mutilated forms of the American Vernacular. -- M.H.M.

    Zach Feuer Gallery, 548 W. 22nd Street, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., free



  • Abrons Center will host open studios for the five current AIRspace artist residents, Amy Feldman, Brie Ruais, Carolyn Salas, Ellie Krakow, and Julie Ann Nagle. Each year, Abrons provides 11 months of free studio space to five artists through the AIRspace residency program. -- M.H.M.

    Abrons Center 466 Grand Street, 2nd floor, 4:00 - 8:00 pm (talk at 5:30 p.m.), free



  • "To mark the end of the exhibition (and the beginning of retirement), 20 or so prominent artists, philosophers, writers, comedians, filmmakers, actors, musicians, and more will come together to contemplate the end," according to the press release. The end of the exhibit, the end of Cattelan's work (apparently). Whatever. Cash bar. -- D.D.

    The Guggenheim, 1071 5th Avenue, 6 p.m. until late.



  • For her last show at Reena Spaulings, in 2008, the "most-buzzed" Swedish artist Klara Lidén walled off a section of the gallery, leaving only a long, narrow corridor for visitors to transverse. When they did, pigeons could sometimes be heard inside the space, having come in through open windows to chow down on food that Ms. Lidén had left. Installation savvy aside, she is also an expert object maker: who knows what she'll come up with this time? — A.R.

    Reena Spaulings, 165 East Broadway, New York, 12–6 p.m.

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