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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 […]

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 […]

On the fingers of one hand: the best of this week’s new gallery shows.

Phillip Toledano, "Allanah" (2008)

It’s that time of year again. Labor Day’s behind us and the city’s gallery season is about to begin. It is always an exciting moment, regardless of the economy, and it’s an excitement that seems to catch the imagination of people way beyond the usual gallery-going public. Though I shall […]

“Everybody is very excited!” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Katelijne de Backer.

Katelijne de Backer

This Wednesday, March 3, sees the opening of the twelfth edition of the Armory Show, the biggest yet, with almost 300 galleries exhibiting. Of course the Armory Show’s arrival in New York City each spring is not simply about one of the world’s most important art fairs. There is the palpable […]

“I think it’s color, really, that keeps me interested.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Richard Smith.

Richard Smith, 2001 (Photo: Rose Smith)

Had I not stumbled upon performance art in the early 1970s, it is very possible that I would have dedicated my artistic efforts to abstract painting after the particular example of my compatriot Richard Smith (born 1931). When I was a young British art student there were very […]

“A great way for me to relive my fantasies!” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Thomas Allen.

Thomas Allen, "Shooting Stars" (1996)

Thomas Allen has been a favorite photographer of mine since I first saw his work at the Foley Gallery in 2004. He describes his work quite simply: “I work with vintage paperbacks, mainly 1950s pulp novels. I cut them with an Exacto knife and make pop-up books. Then I […]

Go see this now: Amy Stein’s “Struggle” (2008) at ClampArt.

Amy Stein, "Struggle" (2008)

A weather front passes over low hills and a broken row of small houses; the sky darkens; and, just as the storm is about to break, a bizarre and terrifying sight unfolds before our eyes. A wild bear, one of the proudest and most feared creatures that comes into […]

“I’m not afraid of the word romanticism.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Yigal Ozeri.

Yigal Ozeri

I’ve known Yigal Ozeri for something like four years now, and written about his work for ARTINFO on several occasions. He is a genuinely larger than life character, and one of the most voluble, most likeable characters on the New York art scene. Born in Israel in 1958, Mr Ozeri has been […]

On the fingers of one hand: Iwan Wirth on Hauser & Wirth New York

Iwan Wirth

Earlier today ARTINFO and The New York Times broke the story that Hauser & Wirth – Flash Art’s “top international gallery” in Europe – is to open a gallery in New York this September. During the summer they will be converting their building at 32 East 69th Street (which is currently home […]

Personal recommendations: the Affordable Art Fair

Cornelia Hediger, "02.15.08" (2008)

I had quipped to friends before attending this year’s New York Affordable Art Fair that I doubted whether I would find anything that was coincidentally affordable and desirable. I am big enough to admit that I was wrong.

In its new accommodation at 7 […]