Upcoming Things to See in NYC

A photo of Giordanne Salley's "Fire Painting."

Image: Giordanne Salley’s “Fire Painting” (2016). Credit Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York

There are always tons of things to see and do in the Big Apple, especially if you’re a lover of the arts. These coming summer weeks are no different! The New York Times has rounded up some really great options or you to check out this summer. Here are a few of the highlights:

Anna and Bernhard Blume, “Scenes From a Photo-Novel”

Peter Freeman

140 Grand Street, SoHo

Through July 22nd

This exhibit features large-scale black and white photos, primarily from the 1980s, taken by artist couple Anna and Bernhard Blume. The couple studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the 1960s and were heavily influenced by then-popular performance art, drawing on the medium to create art concerning German middle-class married couples. “Throughout the works…gestures and expressions translate, suggesting a postmodern slapstick with shades of feminism, psychoanalytic theory and the absurdist nihilism of writers like Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, or Elfriede Jelinek,” writes the Times. This isn’t one to miss!

“I Talk With Spirits”

Marianne Boesky

509 and 507 West 24th Street, Chelsea

Through August 12th

Artist Marianne Boesky and writer Chris Wiley worked together to unite works by three artists to create a powerful piece. Works by California artist Lee Mullican consists of lines layered over grids and glyphic forms, “suggesting cosmic energies animating physical realities.” The piece also includes works by Alabama artist Thornton Dial, who created paintings and sculptures from found materials to “embody a kind of homespun totemism.” The third artist included in the pair’s work, Jay Heikes, is a postmodernist sculptor whose works include “masklike constructions called ‘spirit animals’ and rusted kettles that an ancient alchemist might have used.”


James Cohan Gallery

533 West 26th Street, Chelsea

Through July 29th

This exhibit is a group show of figurative paintings in the Intimism style, an early modernist take on art. 26 artists are represented in the show, including Jane Freilicher, Fairfield Porter, and Henry Tailor. These pieces are sensual, colorful, beautiful, evocative, inviting visitors into a much warmer space of color than the previous exhibits mentioned here. Don’t miss this exhibit—it will be well worth your time to see these artists’ works collected in the same room, working with and against each other.


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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