Talk: Jeffrey Deitch and Massimiliano Gioni at the New York Public Library
In a profile of Jeffrey Deitch published last year in New York, Massimiliano Gioni, the director of the New Museum, weighed in on a exhibiton Mr. Deitch curated in the 1990s called “Post-Human” by remarking, of Mr. Deitch, “I think he has played the role of a post-human character himself.” Perhaps we’ll get an elaboration on that one when Mr. Gioni and Mr. Deitch meet onstage at the New York Public Library. Or, perhaps Mr. Deitch will use the opportunity to announce the new location for Deitch Projects. We’re all waiting, Jeffrey!
2015 Triennial Members Party
Meanwhile, over at Mr. Gioni’s museum, there’s a party for members that features a performance by Us the Duo, two singers who, according to its website, are “the first artists signed to a major label from Vine.” Which, given the subject matter of the Triennial, makes them a rather appropriate choice of performance.
Opening: “Les Lalanne” at Paul Kasmin Gallery
The last time we saw the work of Francois Xavier Lalanne in Chelsea, the real estate developer Michael Shvo took some of the French sculptor’s sheep works from his collection and installed the sheep on a lawn he planted in a soon-to-be-demolished Getty gas station on land he owned. That was a ton of fun, let me tell you. Expect something similarly lovely to go down at Paul Kasmin Gallery, which will display works by Les Lalanne, the moniker used by Lalanne and his wife, Claude Lalanne.
Opening: “Martin Ramirez: Forever” at Ricco/Maresca
An outsider artist who died unknown in a psychiatric ward in 1963, Martin Ramirez has been embraced as an original and generous Mexican American artist. Yet, it still came as something of a surprise when the US Postal Service—not exactly known as a champion of subversive art—announced it would unveil five stamps featuring Martinez paintings. Ricco/Maresca will show a selection of his works in conjunction with the USPS, and a representative of the nearly obsolete government service made sure to inform the media that, yes, Jerry Saltz will be there.
Opening: “Chaste Paper” at S|2
I’m going to be honest here. When it comes to S|2, we’re all just biding our time until Sotheby’s hands the space over to Drake for what will be the start of the 6 God’s long career as a curator. But for now we do have the wide-ranging group show that focuses on drawings. Come swing by and see some scribblings by the likes of Robert Ryman, Brice Marden, and Sol LeWitt.
Opening: “Alexi Worth: Green Glass Doors” and “Joyce Kozloff: Maps + Patterns” at DC Moore
Two new shows at DC Moore: Alexi Worth presents a new collection of works painted of sheer mesh fabrics, and there’s a show from Joyce Kozloff in which the artist has, according to the press release, “returned for the first time to the Islamic star patterns that structured her early art.”
Opening: “Chloe Siebert: Chloe Siebert Who’s He” at Interstate Projects
The young multimedia artist will have her New York solo show debut at the massive Bushwick space, and what few details we have are redacted even further. “I’m not sure about relating your work to the ***** ********,” she writes in the press release. “It’s too one to one, and I think it sort of minimizes the impact of your work.”
Opening: “Sophie Hirsch: Autokorrekt” at Signal
Another gallery in Bushwick, another young artist’s first New York solo show. This time, we’ll get to see new sculptures by Sophie Hirsch, who apparently blew everyone’s minds at the NEWD art show in Bushwick a year back. Expect a lot of PVC piping.
Opening: Thomas Noskowski and James Siena at Pace Gallery
Well look, we get two new shows on what’s supposed to be a sunny and warm Saturday. Pace will present the first exhibition of sculptures by James Siena, and a show of new vibrant oil works by Thomas Noskowski.
Opening: “Pierre Bismuth: Where is Rocky II?” and “Program” at Team Gallery
After the artist Pierre Bismuth quite unexpectedly became an Oscar winner, having come up with the story for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, he decided his next foray into feature-length film would take him down an even screwier Borgesian wormhole. After watching a little-seen BBC documentary about a rock sculpture by Ed Ruscha called Rocky II that the artist placed in a secret location in the mojave desert, Bismuth decided to try and find the rock art, which is indistinguishable from all other rocks, in the desert, the expanse of which is unscalable. He made a documentary of the mission, and hired two screenwriters to follow him as he did it, so they could write a fictional version of the making of the documentary while themselves factoring into the documentary—and then, eventually, he would film the screenplay they come up with. Needless to say, I’m very, very excited for all of this, and though we’ll have to wait a year to see whether Mr. Bismuth finds Rocky II, in the documentary or the fictional film, Team Gallery is presenting two trailers as a solo exhibition, which you have to go see because this is going to be big. Jose Freire will also show a group show, “Program,” at his space around the corner.