The Boys (and Girls) of Summer: ‘Context Message’ at Zach Feuer and ‘Side Show’ at Greene Naftali

A who’s who of young talent, plus how everyone knows everyone else

  • The critic Dave Hickey once cited his friend and fellow critic Peter Schjeldahl’s prescription for making it as an artist: “You move to a city. You hang out in bars. You form a gang, turn it into a scene, and turn that into a movement.” Movements may be a thing of the past, but social networks are very much a part of the present, and two current group exhibitions at Chelsea galleries, “Context Message” at Zach Feuer and “Side Show” at Greene Naftali, offer an opportunity to check in with some promising young artists who are in the midst of fomenting vital scenes.
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  • This was right in the center of town. And though it will soon get the Rem Koolhaas treatment, it is still charmingly rundown, replete with bats in the rafters.

  • This building, which is situated in an old cemetery in Hudson, is used by four artists as their studio space: Mona Mark, Ieva Mediodia, Peter Barton and Liane Torre. During NADA Hudson, this building was among the many venues that held open studios.

  • The night before NADA Hudson, photographer and former Andy Warhol collaborator Gerard Malanga gave a spoken word performance with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. This piece, involving someone named Chandler, is reminiscent of the poems Mr. Malanga read the night before, which were like verbal portraits of people who inspired him, like Isabella Gardner and Arshile Gorky.

  • Mr. Barton makes intricate sculptures out of colorful wire mesh. And his studio had a great view of the cemetery.

  • Turning down Allen Street, we stumbled on an open house in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Hugh Thompson. Mr. Thompson, who is inspired by the Hudson River School of landscape painters like Frederic Edwin Church, made large paintings that blended landscapes with abstraction.

  • Standing in the studio of Mrs. Thompson, who made assemblages with photographs, found objects and meticulously folded paper, Mr. Thompson, who is also a cognitive psychologist, told us about the interest he developed in understanding the way artists make non-conscious perceptions concrete.

  • As part of NADA Hudson, there were special tours through this hilltop Persian-style home situated on 250 acres of property. Like Xanadu in Citizen Kane, or Doris Duke's Shangri-La, this home features an eclectic mix of art, architecture and furnishings inspired by his travels to Europe and the Middle East. Though this home was almost taken over by developers after Church's death, people like Jackie O. stepped in to help save it. And it was saved. is now bigger, and part of We’re bringing you more arts news, as well as culture, design, style, real estate and politics.