9 Things to Do in New York's Art World Before May 18

  • MONDAY, MAY 12

    Opening: Harmony Korine at Gagosian
    I saw Spring Breakers twice in theaters (not in a creepy way, mostly for Franco). So obviously I’m interested in these new paintings by Harmony Korine. —Dan Duray
    Gagosian Gallery, 821 Park Avenue, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

    TUESDAY, MAY 13

    Talk: Annual Robert Rosenblum Lecture: William Wegman at the Guggenheim
    The artist William Wegman will appear in conversation with the Guggenheim’s director, Richard Armstrong. —M.H. Miller
    Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m., buy tickets here

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 14

    Event: The Return of Schizo-Culture at Artists Space
    Semiotext(e) reprises its discussions of so-called Schizo-Culture, a term coined in a 1978 issue of Semiotext(e)–back when the publisher was still just a periodical–in which the “radical writing of key figures of post-1968 French philosophy” was fused with the “chaotic creativity of an emerging New York downtown art scene,” modeled after a three-day conference held at Columbia University in 1975 under the same title. So this is an event about the periodical about the original event for anyone keeping score. –M.H.M.
    Artists Space Books and Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, 7 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MAY 15

    Opening: Heimo Zobernig at Petzel
    Sound the alarm! Heimo Zobernig, one of the trickiest-to-pin-down artists in the game right now, is back for his third show at Petzel. Who knows what he’s up to with this outing? (You could read the very informative press release to find out, but why ruin it?) Petzel is also opening a Robert Heinecken show. Double trouble. —Andrew Russeth
    Petzel, 456 West 18th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: Darren Bader at Andrew Kreps
    Never telling what this guy will do but rarely is it not brilliant. Feel like he’d approve of the double negative. (Photo of part of his Whitney Biennial contribution via Contemporary Art Daily.) —D.D.
    Andrew Kreps, 537 West 22nd Street, NO OPENING, JUST SEE IT AFTER THIS DATE

    Opening: “Lucien Smith: Tigris” at Skarstedt
    “In ‘Tigris,’ Smith explores themes inspired by the recollection of the first work of art that strongly impacted him—Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’—a poster reproduction of which hung on the wall of his classroom. His new works speak to the concealment, or camouflage, of memories. In Freudian terms, Smith’s paintings explore the idea of a ‘screen memory’—a memory unconsciously used to repress an associated event, camouflaging its deeper content by displacement.” People most likely will have opinions about this show. —D.D.
    Skarstedt, 20 East 79th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    FRIDAY, MAY 16

    Opening: “Kay Rosen: Blingo” at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
    Kay Rosen will present new works consisting of “acrylic gouache paintings on watercolor paper, paintings on similarly proportioned canvases, and one wall installation” at Sikkema Jenkins. —M.H.M.
    Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 530 West 22nd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m. 

    Opening: “Steel Stillman: Incidents: 1969–2014″ at Show Room
    The redoubtable art writer and artist Steel Stillman will show works that he makes by détourning photographs that he has snapped over the past 40 years with hand-drawn black shapes. The results are disquieting, enigmatic and poetic. Perfect for a hot spring night. —A.R.
    Show Room, 460 Union Street, New York, 7–10 p.m.

    SATURDAY, MAY 17

    Auction: White Columns Benefit
    After a week of auctions that might make one want to shoot oneself in the face, White Columns will host its annual barnburner of a benefit auction, which is rich with strong, and relatively affordable, art. Among the artists offering work are: Sam Anderson, Ei Arakawa, Gavin Brown, Matt Connors, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Foerster, Wade Guyton, Camille Henrot, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Alice Mackler, Carissa Rodriguez and Avery Singer. Tons more too! —A.R.
    White Columns, 320 West 13th Street (enter on Horatio), New York, 7 p.m., tickets required, call 212-924-4212 or e-mail carolyn@whitecolumns.org

  • I saw Spring Breakers twice in theaters (not in a creepy way, mostly for Franco). So obviously I'm interested in these new paintings by Harmony Korine. —Dan Duray
    Gagosian Gallery, 821 Park Avenue, 8 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

  • The artist William Wegman will appear in conversation with the Guggenheim's director, Richard Armstrong. —M.H. Miller

    Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m.

  • Semiotext(e) reprises its discussions of so-called Schizo-Culture, a term coined in a 1978 issue of Semiotext(e)--back when the publisher was still just a periodical--in which the "radical writing of key figures of post-1968 French philosophy" was fused with the "chaotic creativity of an emerging New York downtown art scene," modeled after a three-day conference held at Columbia University in 1975 under the same title. So this is an event about the periodical about the original event for anyone keeping score. --M.H.M.

    Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 3rd floor, New York, 7 p.m.

  • Sound the alarm! Heimo Zobernig, one of the trickiest-to-pin-down artists in the game right now, is back for his third show at Petzel. Who knows what he's up to with this outing? (You could read the very informative press release to find out, but why ruin it?) Petzel is also opening a Robert Heinecken show time. Double trouble. (His 2011 Petzel show is pictured.) —Andrew Russeth
    
Petzel, 456 West 18th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

  • Opening: Darren Bader at Andrew Kreps Never telling what this guy will do but rarely is it not brilliant. Feel like he'd approve of the double negative. (Photo of part of his Whitney Biennial contribution via Contemporary Art Daily.) —D.D. Andrew Kreps, 537 West 22nd Street, NO OPENING, JUST SEE IT AFTER THIS DATE

  • "In 'Tigris,' Smith explores themes inspired by the recollection of the first work of art that strongly impacted him—Hokusai’s 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa'—a poster reproduction of which hung on the wall of his classroom. His new works speak to the concealment, or camouflage, of memories. In Freudian terms, Smith’s paintings explore the idea of a ‘screen memory’—a memory unconsciously used to repress an associated event, camouflaging its deeper content by displacement." People most likely will have opinions about this show. —D.D.
    
Skarstedt, 20 East 79th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

  • Kay Rosen will present new works consisting of "acrylic gouache paintings on watercolor paper, paintings on similarly proportioned canvases, and one wall installation" at Sikkema Jenkins. —M.H.M.

    Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 530 West 22nd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

  • The redoubtable art writer and artist Steel Stillman will show works that he makes by détourning photographs that he has snapped over the past 40 years with hand-drawn black shapes. The results are disquieting, enigmatic and poetic. Perfect for a hot spring night. —A.R.
    
Show Room, 460 Union Street, New York, 7–10 p.m.

  • After a week of auctions that might make one want to shoot oneself in the face, White Columns will host its annual barnburner of a benefit auction, which is rich with strong, and relatively affordable, art. Among the artists offering work are: Sam Anderson (whose work is pictured), Ei Arakawa, Gavin Brown, Matt Connors, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Foerster, Wade Guyton, Camille Henrot, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Alice Mackler, Carissa Rodriguez and Avery Singer. Tons more too! —A.R.

    White Columns, 320 West 13th Street (enter on Horatio), New York, 7 p.m., tickets required, call 212-924-4212 or e-mail carolyn@whitecolumns.org

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