For one full year, artist Christopher K. Ho lived in a 700-square foot shed covered in license plates in southwestern Colorado. The paintings he made during his sojourn comprise his new show, “Regional Painting,” at Winkleman Gallery. The Observer stopped by the opening to find out just what regional painting means and Read More
By The Editors 11/29/10 11:45pm
The Observer stopped by the opening of Lori Nix’s exhibition “The City” at Clamp Art. The series, several years in the making, features photographs of post-apocalyptic dioramas Nix constructed herself. “I’m obsessed with the apocalypse,” said Nix. “I grew up watching disaster movies, so this is kind of in my blood.” Who knew the apocalypse Read More
By Julia Halperin 11/23/10 3:18am
When a couple of hundred art dealers checked into the Deauville Resort in Miami Beach last December for an art fair, it was a new crowd for hotel concierge Abner Herrera, who is more used to vacationing families. “I would see them come in at 6 a.m., take a shower and come back down at Read More
By Julia Halperin 10/29/10 4:59pm
Starting next month, New Museum visitors will no longer be greeted by a resounding “Hell Yes!” when approaching 235 Bowery. Ugo Rondinone’s enthusiastic rainbow sculpture, which has been an emblem of the LES institution since the building opened in 2007, will soon be replaced by Isa Genzken’s Rose II.
The museum will begin preparations for Read More
By Julia Halperin 10/20/10 1:54am
The return to the Museum of Modern Art of Laura Hoptman is a triumphant homecoming and something of a shock to the art world. She begins her job as a curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture Nov. 1, nearly a decade after her original departure. Ms. Hoptman, 48, has come under fire in Read More
By Julia Halperin 9/29/10 12:37am
British Petroleum’s plans to sink an oil well off the coast of Libya may destroy the region’s ancient underwater cities and shipwrecks, some archeologists warn. The well will be 200 meters deeper than the one that caused April’s spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Drilling is set to begin as soon as October.
But according Read More
By Julia Halperin 9/29/10 12:35am
With more than 150 gallery openings so far this month, the New York art world returned from its summer slumber with a vengeance. But is anything selling?
In some cases, yes. New York collector Hubert Neumann, who’s been an avid advocate of painter Justin Craun since he first showed with Fredericks & Freiser right out Read More
By Julia Halperin 9/27/10 9:31pm
Forbes’ annual list of the 400 richest Americans came out last week, and (surprise!) some of the country’s richest people are also its most prominent art collectors. Here’s a closer look at the top art lovers to make the list, and what they’re spending all that money on. (Spoiler Read More
By Julia Halperin 9/17/10 6:34pm
Ever since Jeffery Deitch left New York and dissolved his gallery to become director of L.A. MOCA, the art world has speculated where his artists would end up. Today, it got at least one answer: Sean Kelly Gallery announced that it would represent L.A.-born painter Kehinde Wiley, one of Deitch Projects’ brightest stars.
Wiley’s Read More
By Julia Halperin 8/18/10 2:53am
On Thursday, Aug. 5, between 9 p.m. and midnight, a half-dozen Observer interns flocked to 20 New York bars, armed with sterile swabs, to find out just how much grime lurked underneath their glasses.
A licensed New York City microbiology laboratory tested the samples, which were interpreted by Dr. Philip Tierno, director Read More