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New Museum Exhibition

In Manhattan on November 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

Urs Fischer + 3 floors of the New Museum =

Marguerite de Ponty

From The New York Times:

…these pieces have seemed to signal the end of installation art, like monochrome paintings sometimes seem to forewarn the end of painting. Add nothing, just use the space and the architecture, dummy. Boom.

The New Museum, seeking some heat of its own, has given Mr. Fischer the run of nearly all the exhibition space — three full floors — in its two-year-old building. It’s a smart move, even if those hoping for a sizable new aperture in one of the museum’s surfaces will be disappointed. The exhibition, titled “Urs Fischer: Marguerite de Ponty” (the subtitle referring to a character from the Symbolist poet Mallarmé), has been supervised by Massimiliano Gioni, a New Museum curator.

In the trifecta of sculpture surveys at major New York museums this fall — expect Roni Horn at the Whitney next week and Gabriel Orozco at the Museum of Modern Art in December — Mr. Fischer’s show started in the lead, with the most anticipation. It felt premature, presumptuous and unpredictable, even though Mr. Fischer, who was born in Switzerland in 1973, descends from a line of German-speaking bad boys that includes Sigmar Polke and Martin Kippenberger and that has been one of the strongest strains of postwar art. Anything could happen, the thinking went, given Mr. Fischer’s capricious, encompassing and, at best, fearless conception of sculpture…

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Summer getaway: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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It’s starting to be that season (well, if the rain will stop…) that New York gets sweltering and you want nothing more than to be out of the city. For those of us who can’t afford our own McMansions out in the Hamptons, we must settle for those cherished getaway weekends. Well, just because you’re miles from museum mile doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice culture! In the tri-state area you can find such gems as The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, located about an hour outside the city. According to the MutualArt profile on the museum,

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution.

There are some very compelling shows up at the moment, including “Pretty Tough: Contemporary Storytelling” which just opened on June 21. The show features nine women artists who use storytelling to address warfare, environmental issues and feminist issues. The work featured above,  Lit from Within (2009) by Kate Clark, is in the show (cool, no? Looks like something out of Pan’s Labyrinth.) There are about four other shows up as well, including the Robert Lazzarini show “Guns and Knives.” Read the interesting interview between the artist and Aldrich director.

As a former resident of the Ridgefield area, I can also tell you there are delightful restaurants in the area, and for those nature-lovers, parks abound in the Connecticut woods! So if you’re looking for a day out of the city but want a slice of culture with it, check out Ridgefield, Conn.

Whitney Museum

In Manhattan on February 12, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Another of the biggies in NYC. The Whitney is a museum for artists – they focus widely on very contemporary and upcoming artists. It is a place for artists to go to see the best of the best contemporary art. It is a museum for all those people who are tired of seeing lots of modernist, dada, and Warhol art. It is a museum for people who are really looking to expand their thoughts and understanding of what it means to be art. 

While I’m not always a fan of the Whitney it is certainly a “discovery” sort of place. You’ve got to be patient, be prepared to see some trippy, wild, weird, and sometimes not wholly enjoyable stuff. But its worth it when you do finally find that gem. 

Alexander Calder’s Circus has been on view for quite some time. Last chance notice for anyone looking to see it still. It closes on Feb. 15.