Gallerist’s Week in Pictures

  • At the moment, the New York art world is in the eye of the art-market storm, squarely in between March’s Armory Week and May’s Frieze Week. But this is hardly a time to relax. The weather is good–increasingly sunny, increasingly warm. It is a time for strolling neighborhoods and savoring the High Line. And, as ever, it is a time to attend talks and panels. Forthwith, a brief selection of events and exhibitions we attended over the past seven days.

  • For this piece, Me and My Mother 3, 2010, of which this is a still, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson told Andrew Goldstein at Soho House that this it entailed his being spit on by his mother. Mr. Kjartansson recalled that when the work was first exhibited, he got berated by mothers visiting the show for being disrespectful, because they accidentally thought that the artist was spitting on his mother and not the other way around. Someone else criticized it for looking too staged. But the staged look appealed to the artist.

  • The ever-entertaining Icelandic artist and musician, relaxing with friends before the event had been heard earlier asking a friend who was looking at the artist's sweater, "Is it borderline lezzie?"

  • David Shrigley's billboard work, How Are You Feeling?, of disembodied thought bubbles that reveal the insecurity and ennui of its invisible characters, was unveiled Thursday, April 5, and will be on view through May 7.

  • Enjoying the sound of live chirping birds in Sarah Sze's elaborate architectural bird-house installation, which closes in June.

  • Planting flowers at the top of the park.

  • "I don't see how they're camouflaged," said a British man to his daughter looking at Charles Mary Kubricht's Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaptation. The work, which has been at the park since September, 2011, consists of a series of storage containers painted in the camouflage design that was used to disguise World War I warships from the enemy.

  • During a stroll on a brisk Saturday afternoon, we stopped by American Contemporary to see David Brooks's latest exhibition, which features this fine amalgam of fish sculptures (Nauman would be proud!) and taxonomical chart.

  • On Thursday evening, Israel's Public Movement staged the fourth salon in its ongoing series of discussing related to its involvement in the New Museum's triennial, "The Ungovernables." Participants debated Israel's birthright program and drafted resolutions that they presented to the crowd.

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