Grey Art Gallery NYU | Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU's Abby Weed Grey Collection

September 10 through December 7, 2019

Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection explores art from the 1960s and early ’70s from Iran, Turkey, and India via selections from the unparalleled Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at New York University. Featuring approximately thirty to forty paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints from each country, the exhibition will shed light on how Iranian, Turkish, and Indian artists created works that drew on their specific heritages while also engaging in global discourses around key issues of modernity. Illuminating our understanding of art made outside the long-dominant North American–West European axis, the exhibition also features historic exhibition brochures, invitations, photographs, correspondence, journals, and invoices from the Abby Weed Grey Papers housed in the NYU Archives. Modernisms will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

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The New York Historical Society | Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere

September 6 through January 12, 2020

The patriot, silversmith, and entrepreneur Paul Revere was forever immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1860 poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” but his genuine accomplishments are often eclipsed by the legend of the midnight journey. This groundbreaking exhibition featuring more than 150 objects re-examines Revere’s life, transforming visitors’ understanding of the innovative businessman through an in-depth exploration of his accomplishments as a silversmith, printmaker, and pioneering copper manufacturer. Organized by the American Antiquarian Society, it draws from their unparalleled collection of Revere engravings, and also includes glimmering silver tea services; commonplace objects such as shoe buckles, thimbles, and medical tools; and important public commissions such as a bronze courthouse bell, all of which reveal facets of this versatile artisan’s career. Coordinated at New-York Historical by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts.

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The School of Visual Arts Gallery | Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information

August 24 through September 21, 2019

School of Visual Arts presents Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information, a new exhibition curated by Debbie Millman, chair of the MPS Branding program at SVA. This exhibition brings together a wide range of typographic work from 60 individual artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey, Dave Eggers, Deborah Kass, Jenny Holzer, Miranda July, Kim Gordon, and more, from Millman’s personal collection and beyond. Look Both Ways is free and open to the public, and will be on view from August 24 through September 21 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery. 

Look Both Ways showcases the many ways in which words, text and information influence art, design, literature and music. Bold typographic expression has become the cultural currency of communication and the centerpiece of connection. Objects and experiences all around us now contain an inscription, an impression or a point of view. Our bodies, clothing, public events, sports, politics and even the products we consume have given people, by way of social media and the Internet, an instantaneous way to communicate globally. On an intimately personal level, tattoos have assumed the atavistic power that religious amulets once had to convey messages about ourselves, with the immediate power of images and words. This dynamic is evident today in all disciplines of visual communications, reflecting the condition of our culture.

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The Brooklyn Museum | Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper

June 21 through October 13, 2019

There is an immediacy and intimacy to works on paper that seems to bring us especially close to an artist’s vision and process. Drawn directly on paper or a printing plate, in broad gestures or precise marks, these works convey the vivid presence of the artist’s hand. Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper highlights more than a hundred European drawings and prints from our exceptional collection, many of which are on view for the first time in decades.

From the remarkably spontaneous etchings of Rembrandt, through the bold graphite lines of Pablo Picasso, the exhibition explores the roles of drawing and printmaking within artists’ practices, encompassing a variety of modes, from studies to finished compositions, and a range of genres, including portraiture, landscape, satire, and abstraction. Working on paper, artists have captured visible and imagined worlds, developed poses and compositions, experimented with materials and techniques, and expressed their personal and political beliefs. Other featured artists include Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Francisco Goya, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, and Vasily Kandinsky.

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Brooklyn Art Book Fair

June 14 & 15, 2019
McCarren Park Play Center & Pool

Endless Editions presents the third annual Brooklyn Art Book Fair dedicated to showcasing publications, original art, and editioned work by underrepresented and emerging artists and writers.

An alternative to the traditional more-is-more fair, BKABF is a community program that inverts the typical fair model by providing tables and space to all exhibitors free of cost, lowering the barrier to entry and increasing visibility for small or under-resourced publishers. Featuring over 40 independent, artist-run presses and organizations.

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Greenpoint Open Studios

June 8 & 9, 2019
Multiple locations

Saturday, June 8th & Sunday, June 9th 300+ local artists and creatives will open up their studio doors to share their work with the public. Last year tens of thousands of art lovers swarmed our beautiful neighborhood of Greenpoint to weave in and out of art studios and spaces. And again this year, throughout the inspiring weekend there will also be parties, artist-led workshops, talks and guided tours.

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Queer|Art|Pride: Book & Print Fair

The centerpiece of Queer|Art|Pride 2019 is the first-ever Queer|Art|Pride Book & Print Fair, taking place throughout the day on Saturday, June 8th, with work available for sale by 30+ participating LGBTQ+ artists from the Queer|Art|Mentorship program. Curated in the spirit of abundance, the Queer|Art|Pride Book & Print Fair will include hundreds of works for perusal and purchase, with an eclectic range of artist books, novels, zines, poetry chapbooks, drawings, photographs, watercolors, collages, prints, and other limited edition artworks spilling out from the main gallery and into Abrons’ outdoor amphitheater. Many artists will be present to discuss their work, sell it, and autograph it, too, while live performances and readings throughout the day provide additional opportunities to hear the work out loud. A cool and celebratory vibe will carry the day with alternating DJ sets by Zenobia, known for her exclusive focus on music by femmes of color, and Precolumbian, whose Philadelphia-based parties center trans people of color. Food and drinks will fill out the festivities in true block-party style!

Participating artists include: Seyi Adebanjo, Eames Armstrong, Morgan Bassichis, Justin Vivian Bond, Ella Boureau, Nancy Brooks Brody, Jibz Cameron (AKA Dynasty Handbag), Anna Campbell, Candystore, Geoff Chadsey, Sarah Creagen, Liz Collins, Marco DaSilva, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Angela Dufresne, Avram Finkelstein, Federica Gianni, Camilo Godoy, Neil Goldberg, Nicole Goodwin, Cristóbal Guerra, Heather Lynn Johnson, Jarrett Key, Mylo Mendez, Rodrigo Moreira, Carlos Motta, Russell Perkins, Tommy Pico, Christina Quintana, Hugh Ryan, Pamela Sneed, Natalie Tsui, Zoe Schlacter, Ripley Soprano, and Brendan Williams-Child.

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Pace Prints | Sculptor's Prints

June 7, 2019 - August 2, 2019

‘Pace Prints is pleased to present Sculptors’ Prints, on view June 7 - August 2, 2019.  The exhibit focuses on unique ways in which sculptors engage with the print medium, “building” their compositions through each artist’s innovative, conceptual approach to material.

In her large-scale installations, sculptures, drawings, and prints, Tara Donovan utilizes everyday objects to explore the transformative effects of accumulation and aggregation. Her pin prints explore mark-marking as a way to create an undulating field of activity on the picture plane, as dots form clusters with varying densities and configurations. While seemingly random, the patterns are actually formed through the calculated act of arranging one sewing pin after another as they are hammered into a matrix, from which the heads are then inked and transferred to paper.

Leonardo Drew explores the tension between order and chaos, transforming raw materials such as wood, metal, cotton and ceramic into intense agglomerations of force and emotional energy.  Drew’s exploration in papermaking, at the Pace Paper studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, has expanded the horizons of his artistic practice, as well as the traditions of the medium itself.  The work is as much about the journey of its creation as it is about its visual affect.  Of his challenges in the studio, Drew says, “In the end, it was kind of like an epiphany…I didn’t know until it was actually happening what the work was going to look like.  It was going to be actually more sculpture than traditional printmaking.  And that was that.”

Joel Shapiro is renowned for his use of simple sculptural form to elicit movement and vivacity.  Inspired by Edgar Degas and Constantin Brancusi, Shapiro’s work explores the dynamism of the human form.  Untitled A-E highlights Shapiro’s ability to take two-dimensional shapes and create gestural compositions, defying gravity and emitting playful fluidity.  His intentional use of the wood grain exhibits the purity of his process, while also giving a sense of directional motion.

Also featured in the exhibition are works by Larry Bell, Lee Ufan, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg and James Turrell.’

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The Morgan Library | Hogarth: Cruelty and Humor

May 24 through September 22, 2019

‘The satirical scenes of the celebrated English artist William Hogarth (1697–1764) are iconic representations of eighteenth-century urban life at a time of great socio-economic disparity. An academic outsider and an activist, Hogarth was driven to innovate, creating new genres and modes of expression in his painting, printmaking, and drawing in his effort to elevate the status of British art. This exhibition will investigate the ways the artist used humor, satire, and political commentary to engage a broad audience and agitate for legislation and political goals.

The exhibition features the Morgan’s exceptional cache of six sheets preparatory for two of Hogarth’s most revered print series, both issued in February 1751: Beer Street and Gin Lane and The Four Stages of Cruelty. The story of Hogarth’s images reveal an artist who addressed the ills and injustices of life in a modern metropolis, exploring the connections between violence, crime, alcohol abuse, and cruelty to animals in ways that would amuse, occasionally shock, and edify his audience.’

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Planthouse | Greg Foley and Donald Hearn | Lux Nova

On View: May 16 – June 22, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6–8 PM

‘LUX NOVA derived from the advent of stained glass in 12th century France, means “new light”. The Abbot Suger, who rebuilt the Church of Saint-Denis with Gothic architecture and stained glass windows, used the phrase to describe the heavenly aura that filled the space. His patronage of the new architectural style helped move European architecture beyond Roman imitations and eventually led to masterpieces like Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Koelner Dom in Cologne.

Greg Foley and Donald Hearn’s respective practices involve an engaged approach to composition and abstraction that both artists utilize to highlight color in almost opposing ways. They integrate color with the form and composition it adorns, like the vivid tones of a bird or a colorful amusement park ride. Either without its colors, wouldn’t be nearly as arresting or capable of doing what they succeed in together. Looking at the ride’s unpainted structure or a colorful bird’s feathers without the bird would offer less than half of the complete experience of the considered combinations of composition and color in these series.’

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Planthouse | Anders Bergstrom and Ruth Lingen Double Life

April 16 – May 11, 2019

Planthouse is pleased to present, Double Life, two concurrent solo shows of new works by Anders Bergstrom and Ruth Lingen opening Tuesday, April 16, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will be on view through May 11, 2019.


Anders Bergstrom: Double Life

Completed in 2019, these unique works are a combination of soft ground etching and simultaneous color viscosity monotype. For Bergstrom this new process of viscosity printing was challenging and inspiring, setting in motion a productive moment in his practice. The process offered a freedom to be spontaneous, and the resulting series of prints and objects break new ground for the artist’s work.

Bergstom’s subject, the common brown bag, is familiar to the artist and those who know his work. But there is now a more playful, less reality-based result, allowing this new series to be more colorful, painterly, and thought-provoking.

In representing this common object in modern life, the brown bag, these works are strange and familiar. They inspire thought and wonder at what may have lead up to the moment it was found, pinned, splashed, stained or otherwise altered into its current state. This subject can be interpreted through different lenses: contemporary artifact, utility design object, garbage, ready-made, memory, street detritus, lunch sack, environmental concerns or societal connotations.

About the artist:

Anders Bergstrom (1971) was born in Tucson, Arizona and has a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Fine Arts from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Bergstrom’s work is held in the collections of The New York Public Library, University of New Hampshire, Beinecke Library at Yale University, Smith College Museum of Art, MA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Recent exhibitions include Pulled in Brooklyn, International Print Center New York, NY; Anders Bergstrom: Recent Work, presented by Dolan/Maxwell and C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Things, The McIninch Art Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University; Print Think, Temple Contemporary, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Drawings and Prints: Selections from The Met Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Four More Years, Planthouse, New York, NY; Anders Bergstrom: Prints, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA.

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Pace Prints | Helen Frankenthaler: Woodcuts, 1998–2009

May 2, 2019 - June 28, 2019

‘Pace Prints is pleased to present the exhibition Helen Frankenthaler: Woodcuts, 1998—2009 at 32 East 57th Street. Encompassing the artist’s last 20 years of production, the exhibition highlights two works from the Tales of Genji Series, as well as five prints published by Pace Editions. These works, using the traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut style, are emblematic of the artist’s commitment to the technique.

Helen Frankenthaler is one of the most important contemporary American artists who worked in woodcut, the oldest known print medium. Beginning in 1973, Frankenthaler embraced the woodcut medium to great effect, working with master printers in the Japanese tradition in both Japan and the U.S. In collaboration with Master Printer Yasu Shibata at both Tyler Graphics and Pace Editions, Frankenthaler was able to make abstract woodcuts with the same freedom with which she painted. From this partnership, twelve prints were produced over fourteen years.

The Ukiyo-e woodcuts created by Helen Frankenthaler and Yasu Shibata at Pace Editions between 2003 and 2009, Snow Pines, Geisha, Japanese Maple and Weeping Crabapple are some of her most painterly, sensuous and vibrant prints. In the fifth and most complex work, the triptych Book of Clouds (2007), Shibata worked along side Master Printer Bill Hall to combine ukiyo-e style woodcut with aquatint and pochoir. Also on view are the prints Tales of Genji II and Tales of Genji III from a series of six large scale woodcuts; the earliest works from the collaboration between the artist and printer.

Frankenthaler’s woodcuts have been honored with dedicated exhibitions, at the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, FL, The Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA, the Art Institute in Chicago, IL, The Kode Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen, Norway and a forthcoming exhibition at the Princeton Art Museum in Princeton, NJ.’

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The MET 5th Avenue | Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints: Rembrandt

April 30 through July 28, 2019

The Department of Drawings and Prints boasts more than one million drawings, prints, and illustrated books made in Europe and the Americas from around 1400 to the present day. Because of their number and sensitivity to light, the works can only be exhibited for a limited period and are usually housed in on-site storage facilities. To highlight the vast range of works on paper, the department organizes four rotations a year in The Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Gallery. Each installation is the product of a collaboration among curators and consists of up to one hundred objects grouped by artist, technique, style, period, or subject.

This installation commemorates the 350th anniversary of the death of the great Dutch draftsman, painter, and printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn. On display are a selection of drawings and prints by the artist, from both the Department of Drawings and Prints and the Robert Lehman Collection, as well as an assortment of ephemeral material related to the etching revival and the cult of Rembrandt in the nineteenth century. Also on view are etchings by Charles Meryon and late nineteenth-century French color prints, recent acquisitions of French drawings, and a section focusing on the theme of trompe l'oeil in works on paper.

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New Museum | Mariana Castillo Deball: Finding Oneself Outside

January 22–April 14, 2019

Working in sculpture, printmaking, photography, and installation, Mariana Castillo Deball (b. 1975, Mexico City, Mexico) examines how knowledge and cultural heritage are produced, organized, measured, and authenticated. Her works often take inspiration from Mesoamerican iconography and narratives, considering their early-colonial transformations and their presence in Central America today. Exploring her philosophical interest in time and space as well as cosmology and depictions of natural order, Castillo Deball has engaged a diverse range of scholars in her research. Her works and installations often reflect Surrealist writer Roger Caillois’s notion of “diagonal sciences”—unusual cross-sections of the world that reveal what he called “neglected correlations,” and “tissues of thought.”


The MET Breuer | Home is a Foreign Place: Recent Aquisitions in Context

April 9 through June 21, 2020

Home Is a Foreign Place highlights recent acquisitions of modern and contemporary art from Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Southeast Asia, alongside works by iconic modern American artists from The Met collection. Taking its title from Zarina's 1999 suite of thirty-six woodcuts, this exhibition features art that explores the meanings of "home" and "place" in our increasingly interwoven globe, whether by necessity or choice.

Contemporary art and earlier avant-garde movements of modern art do not have a single origin, nor do they develop in isolation. Since the 1940s, artists have sought new forms of expression as they have lived through culturally transformative events, from devastating wars, social and humanitarian injustices, and mass migration to economic and environmental change. These histories continue to impact and inform the art of our time. In this thematic display, works are united by shared engagements with language, architecture, space, and politics that demonstrate the movement of ideas and identities across cultural and national boundaries. The resulting visual conversations emphasize the significance of parallel artistic impulses in the world and over time, while remaining attentive to the specific local and historical circumstances of their making.

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MoMA PS1 | Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror

March 31 – June 23, 2019

Artist and activist Nancy Spero (American, 1926–2009) produced a radical body of work that confronted oppression and inequality while challenging the aesthetic orthodoxies of contemporary art. Among the first feminist artists, Spero drew on archetypal representations of women across various cultures and times in an attempt to reframe history itself from a perspective that she termed “woman as protagonist.” Organized by artist and curator Julie Ault, Paper Mirrortraces the full arc of Spero’s artistic evolution, bringing together more than 100 works made over six decades in the first major museum exhibition in the US since the artist’s death in 2009.

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MoMA PS1 | Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: Surviving Active Shooter Custer

March 31 – September 2, 2019

Artist, activist, and educator Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (American, b. 1954) is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho nations, and these identities have informed his work for more than thirty years. This presentation of new and recent large scale print works points to legacies of state violence against native communities while drawing parallels with events in the present day. Heap of Birds monumentalizes the humble language of vernacular signage, such as hand-written protest posters, to expose and memorialize events and individuals that have often been forgotten, repressed, or deliberately erased. Composed from poetic and fragmented language, these works draw on sources including popular songs, historical events, and political figures to open new critical perspectives on American history and culture.

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Whitney Museum of American Art | Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again

November 12, 2018 - March 31, 2019

Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.


The Morgan Library | Treasures from the Vault

November 13, 2018 - March 10, 2019

The Morgan is home to some of the world's finest collections of medieval manuscripts, literary and historical manuscripts, printed books and bindings, letters, and autograph music manuscripts. Treasures from the Vault, an ongoing exhibition series, features works drawn from these diverse collections in the sumptuous setting of Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library.
Special Exhibition: American Writings from the Gilder Lehrman Collection

Documents from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History—one of the country's foremost archives of Americana—are on view in the Library’s Rotunda. The selection represents significant moments and figures from U.S. history, spanning the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, and the war in Vietnam. Items on display include one of the first stand-alone printings of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1864) and a letter written in 1782 on behalf of the Revolutionary War soldier, Molly Corbin, who fought in battle wearing men’s attire.