12 NYC Art Picks, From Shirin Neshat's Political Portraits to Richard Prince's Duet With Mike Kelley
THURS 1/12 Slater Bradley’s "Don't Let Me Disappear" at Team Gallery, 83 Grand St. between Wooster & Greene, 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
This exhibition by the 36-year-old artist consists of just a single work: a video with the same name as the title. “Don’t Let Me Disappear presents the artist’s doppelganger, actor Benjamin Brock, wandering around New York City, experiencing urban space without interacting with anything. Focusing in on the personal distance and isolation of the city, the video references “The Catcher in the Rye” and E.B. White’s essay “Here is New York.” Just don’t let the melancholia intensify your SAD. [Link]
Two art-world heavy hitters team up for this duo show at NYEHAUS. The title comes from the same tale that the exhibition’s statement references: that old story of the emperor’s new clothes. So who will be doing the hoodwinking? Will Kelley trick Prince? Or will Prince just hoodwink the whole art world, all over again? [Link]
THURS 1/12 R.H. Quaytman & Thomas Eggerer's "Preludes" at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, 535 West 22nd St., 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
The pairing of Thomas Eggerer and R.H. Quaytman may seem a little unorthodox, but the artists have actually worked together a few times in the past. This exhibition will feature three of Eggerer and Quaytman’s collaborative paintings, combining Quaytman’s screenprinting with Eggerer’s oil work. The new composites retain the hazy, nostalgic quality that marks the work of both artists. Joyce Pensato will have a concurrent opening at the gallery for her exhibition “Batman Returns.” [Link]
THURS 1/12 Shirin Neshat at Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th St., 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
Iranian ex-pat Shirin Neshat’s new series of portraits embellished with calligraphic inscriptions juxtaposes the recent political groundswell of the Arab Spring with Persia’s mythic past. Bridging contemporary activism and ancient epic poetry, Neshat articulates a defiant and lyric invective against authoritarian rule. [Link]
THURS 1/12 “Campaign" at C24 Gallery, 514 West 24th St., 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
With a youthful all-star cast including Adam Helms, Aleksandra Mir, Laurel Nakadate, and Clifford Owens, “Campaign” is a themed group show that seeks to tear apart and rebuild the institution that is the depiction of the female form. Through the careful direction of curator Amy Smith-Stewart, cultural image-making gets a reboot through the work of 27 international artists ready to once again redefine the word “woman.” [Link]
The nomadic gallery returns after a year-long break to occupy the discarded real estate of New York City with a group show featuring some of the most exciting emerging talent on the scene today. Including the work of Adam Fuss, Dylan Lynch, Jason Reppert, and William Stone, among others, this West Village group show explores the theme of alchemy. We can only hope this mobile gallery space transforms itself into a permanent exhibition spot. [Link]
THURS 1/12 Artist Talk: Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th St., 7 p.m. — 9 p.m.?
Johnson has created a historically immersive and witty exhibition centered on the show’s location — Hauser & Wirth just happens to be the former residence of eccentrically-frizzy American icon Don King. Having explored yoga through the German language and emblazoned the walls of the cozy space with the brands of the prestigious-yet-secretive African-American fraternity the Boulé, Johnson will talk through the results of his complex, subtle show for an appreciative audience. [Link]
FRI 1/13 Funeral for Psychoanalysis at Cabinet, 300 Nevins St., 7:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.?
Don your funeral blacks and join Cabinet Magazine, Lacanian psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster, the swamp monsters of the Gowanus Canal, and a sad congregation of liberal arts school academics to sing a requiem for the interpretation of dreams. Celebrate the end of the Freud Wars and bid a fond farewell to the softest of all sciences. How does that make you feel? [Link]
Édouard Vulliard, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Pierre Bonnard, and William Copley's "Interiors" at Andrew Kreps, 525 West 22nd St.
?Andrew Kreps Gallery forgoes its usual Conceptualist fare and shakes things up this Saturday with a surprising spectacle of seductive interior spaces. This show juxtaposes the decadent art-nouveau interiors of Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vulliard with Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s baroque glam-rock installations and the bodacious nudes of latter-day Surrealist Bill Copely. According to the press release, the impetus for this postmodern ménage à quatre has something to do with Gustave Flaubert's original desperate housewife, Madame Bovary. Ooh La La! [Link]
Danica Phelps’s “The Cost of Love” at Brennan & Griffin Gallery, 55 Delancey St.
Process-oriented and receipt-obsessed, Phelps continues her decade-long project charting personal financial decisions and daily transactions with her new series “The Cost of Love.” Splaying her whole life out in color-coded statistics, Phelps uses this show as an attempt at chronicling loss following the recent dissolution of a relationship. It's up to viewers to decide if the dissection is an honest artistic venture or just TMI. [Link]
Elizabeth Thompson’s “Stories from the Everglades” at Leila Heller Gallery, 568 West 25th St., Through January 28
As artist-in-residence at the Everglades National Park, Elizabeth Thompson has found not only a natural muse, but an ecological cause as well. Proceeds from the sale of her most recent body of work, exploring the human impact on the wetlands of Florida, will go toward environmental conservation in the area. Her paintings are a whimsical mix of ethereal beauty (see the nude bathing in “Encounter”) and tragic interference (as shown in her “Cocaine Cowboy"). [Link]
“The Orphan Master's Son,” by Adam Johnson (Random House)
Modern Painters senior editor Scott Indrisek recommends this new novel set in North Korea. It's not often that first-class literary fiction involves so much intrigue, kidnapping, violence-at-sea, and forbidden romance — a bloodthirsty and pranksterish Kim Jong-il is even a prominent character. [Link]