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On the fingers of one hand: Sundaram Tagore says, “The idea is to use art as a vehicle to bring people together.”

West 21st Street, post Sandy (Photo: Lindsay Howard, courtesy Hyperallergic)

First, a personal note about this week’s dreadful events. Three days after I most recently returned west from New York City, the entire north east of the US was torn up by “superstorm” Sandy. For anyone like myself who regards New York City as […]

“Poetry is what I hope I have achieved.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Shirazeh Houshiary

Shirazeh Houshiary, "String Quintet" (2011)

Excellent news for southern Californian admirers of sophisticated painting and sculptures: Shirazeh Houshiary opened a small show based around her spectacular sculpture String Quintet (2011) at LA Louver last week. Rather implausibly it’s actually her first show in Los Angeles.

I have been intrigued by Ms Houshiary’s work since […]

“I guess I’m greedy!” Robert Ayers in conversation with Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Trenton Doyle Hancock

I was delighted to learn that Trenton Doyle Hancock’s work was included at the First Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, that I visited this week. (We had hoped to meet up and have this conversation in Kiev, but when Mr Hancock decided against traveling to Ukraine – very sensibly as […]

“That’s the beauty of art … You never know the outcome.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Cornelia Hediger.

Cornelia Hediger

It’s a real pleasure to begin the new season with this conversation with Cornelia Hediger, who is responsible for some of the richest, most engaging photographs I have seen in a long, long time. In her two most recent series, Doppelgänger and the brand new Doppelgänger II, Ms Hediger has emerged as […]

“What I want to do as an artist is make things that really challenge me.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Laurel Nakadate

Laurel Nakadate

You can hardly miss Laurel Nakadate these days. Her ten-year retrospective Only the Lonely has been at MoMA P.S.1. since January (through August 8), she has a solo show 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears at Leslie Tonkonow Art Projects (through June 25), she was Modern Painters’ cover-girl for April, and published […]

On the fingers of one hand – Jane Cohan of the VIP Art Fair tells us, “It’s very, very, very exciting!”

The brains behind the VIP Art Fair – from left, Jonas and Alessandra Almgren, and Jane and Jim Cohan.

Most of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with art fairs. One of the worst things about them is the travel: Basel is a lovely little town in Switzerland, for example. But to […]

On the fingers of one hand: Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching say “Everything is interlinked”.

Simon Roberts, "Police Road Safety Sign, Magadan, Far East Russia" (2004)

Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching are the eponymous owners and directors of one of New York’s genuine gallery success stories of recent years, the Klompching Gallery in DUMBO. During its short life, Klompching has won a real reputation as a Brooklyn destination […]

See this now: “BEYOND Color” at Bruce Silverstein

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Mare Cosindas, "Andy Warhol NYC" (1966)

At Bruce Silverstein’s gallery on West 24th Street currently there is a show that any public museum could take pride in: “BEYOND Color: Color in American Photography 1950-1970)” is a quite riveting exposition of an era which is now difficult to imagine: A time when the majority […]

“I was very fortunate in coming to New York at a time before things got out of control.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Claes Oldenburg.

Claes Oldenburg, 1997 [full photo credits can be found at the foot of this post]

Last Tuesday I wrote here that “50 Years at Pace” was “without a doubt the best gallery show opening this week – and probably this year, to be frank.” The four Pace galleries are littered with some of the […]

On the fingers of one hand: five of the best gallery shows opening this week.

Roman Signer, "Ramp" 2008

Second week of the new season and there are still great new shows opening pretty much every night of the week. This week it’s been a little bit harder to steer away from some of the obvious choices (my final pick today is more or less unavoidable – though none […]