Having spent 47 summer vacations in Amsterdam, in June, before the galleries close up, virtually all my art time went straight into the arms of photography. Of all contemporary arts Amsterdam has given photography first place in its heart. The nonprofit FOAM is the first institution that comes to mind. It occasionally visits New York City – but only at the rough art outpost at Red Hook. The best art gallery in Amsterdam by far is the Eduard Planting Gallery of fine art photography – EduardPlanting.com. Here’s one forceful argument as to why:
A glance at the http://www.LarryQualls.blogspot.com blog – the gold standard for what’s happening in art & culture in NYC, published each day early at 7am – reveals the abundance of art that’s a-flowering today as April nears its end. Remember: today MoMA is free from 4-8 thanks to Uniqlo, the Morgan Library is free 7-9, and the Whitney is free from 7-10. Here’s an excerpt from Larry’s blog selected for quality and nearness to most transportation:
Essex Flowers 19 Monroe St exhibition: Tatiana Kronberg Exposure 7-9
Able Fine 14B Orchard St exhibition: Rim Chae Chanson de la forêt 6-8
Ashok Jain 58 Hester St exhibition: Spring Flow Gunther Borst, Marcia Gomes, Emily Halpern, Ai Wen Kratz, Annette Mewes Thoms, Elling Reitan 6-8
Uniqlo 88 Crosby St (546 Broadway) product launch: KAWS UTxKAWSxPeanuts 4-6 KAWS will be in attendance
Pop-Up 116 E 7 exhibition: SUPERnatural Ange Bell, Emma Fineman, Eben Haines, Christian Fuchs, Yi Hsing, Sipho Mabona, Daniel Ochoa, Erik Jones, David Fung, Lou Ros, Ado Leopold, Elise Wehle, Gregory Jacobsen, William P Immer, Claire Shegog, Neryl Walker, Nikolina Kovalenko, Jann Cheifitz, Nick Runge, Viktor Freso, Robert Pokorny, Peter Buchler, Patrick Earl Hammie, Wendelin Wohlgemuth, Elizabeth Wagg, Frances Scott, Karim Hamid, curated by Karim Hamid 7-10
New School 66 Fifth Ave Parsons MFA Photography Open Studios Zeshan Ahmed, Sophie Barkham, Maryanne Braine, Siho Chang, Michael Difeo, Arash Fewzee, Amanda Field, Shannon Finnell, Christian Gangitano, Hannah Harley, Maria Del Mar Hernandez Gil De Lamadrid, Lindsay Hill, Guaier Huang, Monika Izing, Annaleena Keso, Charles Park, Sebastian Matias Perinotti, Jenna Petrone, Isadora Rezende Waddington, Rowena Rubio, Ariana Sarwari, Abhishek Sharma, Richard Wade, Runzhong Wang, Sarah Wang, Eva Zar, Jinming Zhong, Mengting Zhou 6-8
Whitney Asad Raza’s Weekend Guests: Rafay Rashid: Jungle Badtameez 8-10 museum admisssion; exhibition: Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960 NOTE: A brilliant show derived entirely from the collections of the museum, with particularly relevatory works by James Castle, James Van Der Zee, Elizabeth Catlett, and even Daniel Chester French; it proves that encyclopedic museums can create major exhibitions without the need to cater to the whims of the day with loaned works.
Leon Tovar 152 W 25 exhibition: Jesús Rafael Soto Dans son jus 6-8
Planthouse 55 W 28 exhibition: Home Winds Benjamin Swett & Heather Woods Broderick 6-8
dm contemporary 39 E 29 exhibition: Steven Baris 6-8
57W57ARTS 57 W 57 exhibition: Michael Voss Paintings with Names & Related Drawings; Tracy Grayson; Daniel Wenk Recent Tapings; Sean Sullivan West/End/Blues 6-9
Sotheby’s 1334 York Ave National YoungArts Foundation presents the YoungArts New York Visual Arts, Design & Photography Exhibition: YoungArts New York 2017 8pm free reservation required Eventbrite
PS Just a note of explanation that might help you. It’s a great idea to register yourself on Eventbrite. Then when you see an event like this that requires a reservation via Eventbrite you can just sign in, put the name of the event in the search bar, click, and it’ll pop right up. And if you’ve a google calendar it’ll automatically appear there.
We’ve all walked into restaurants, coffee shacks, and other stores with art on the walls. When is it wallpaper? And when is it really art?
Cherchez la source. Pay attention to the venue. If it’s a coffee shop it’s probably cheap local stuff. Might be fun, probably boring – but it’s an art opening where you buy the drinks. If it’s a restaurant, you’ll have more time to stare at it – from afar. Might be a good excuse to say hello to someone near where it hangs whom you’d like to meet. But it’s definitely wallpaper – and you’re paying to watch it.
ISAIA is a classy classic Mad Ave store in the 60s – a venue where art works. Last Thursday night, Sept 22, ISAIA pulled off one of the best marriages of art and store products imaginable.
The ArtCards.cc app missed it ’cause they focus on gallery-based shows – shows featuring art that’s mid-level in price – in the usual places, Manhattan’s many galleries.
Manhattan’s insightful art blog, http://www.LarryQualls.blogspot.com, picked up on it because Larry thinks outside the box – in this case outside the gallery scene. He mentions each morning that day’s events where high-end high-cost art is shown in all venues. Art marketers! thinking outside the box like Larry does when it comes to where to showcase excellent art. Larry searches high and low when scouring the art scene. A glance at his blog will reveal nonprofits like the Warhol Foundation renting town houses for a show, popups for one day only, museums focusing on one artist or period, historical societies, graduate schools, bookstores – you name it. Special art deserves special places – unique venues.
How do we spot them? These shows often offer the bonus of a vetted talk on a related topic, a reading of a related poem, or the playing of music connected someway to the art. Since the art is often high end the refreshments offered may blow your socks off as well. And they may be offered in of all places, a store.
All this ISAIA does with flair and a flourish. Presumably it’s done as a thank you and acknowledgment of the overall high level of their loyal users – and reminding them that the clothing being offered keeps good company. The plus is this is done generously – for ISAIA realizes that the word of mouth these events generates is worth a great deal in the long run. And it’s obvious from googling them that they’re here indeed for the long haul.
ISAIA is all about enduring quality. Like Italian ambassadors including tenor Enrico Caruso, film star Sofia Loren, New York’s Mario Cuomo, author Mario Puzo and legendary producer Dino de Laurentis it builds on and develops time honored patterns, materials, and design. Its $3500 sport jackets have a timelessness that somehow they make current. All is as rare as the local red coral which is their key design element – their marque de qualite.
And the photography – also imported from Italia – this evening more than matched the clothes on the rack. Accompanied by poetry in Italian and English, and astonishingly simple piano pieces. With food and drink as classic as the four figure fotos and the four figure clothing. (Aperol proseco spritzers were a popular choice this evening.) This multilayered cake of quality led me to ignore the two other openings I was to go to a few blocks away. Like so many I closed out this party feeling I’d just been a part of something special.
Merchants of New York! pay attention! Marry what you are selling – if it is quality – with quality art that can equal its heritage and history. Look at how ISAIA has nestled the nine giant photographs of Barbara Luisi into everything else in the store. It’s all there: perfectly presented. They look not just as if they belonged there: they looked rooted there.
Choose art that can match your quality. The Luisi eye focuses on key themes and details important to a Neapolitan firm as long-lived as ISAIA: ancient roots of Apulia olive trees, icons of centuries of growth, tumult and survival. Connection with nature, inspiration by centuries of design results in harmony in black and white as interwoven as the herringbone material hung nearby.
See her site, BarbaraLuisi.com. And stop by ISAIA at 819 Madison for a visual feast.