LES Early Morning Armory Special

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday March 8, 2018

Lower East Side galleries grab the spotlight for the early hours of Saturday

Thirty+ galleries open their doors from 9 to 11am for art fair goers to squeeze in a few more hours of contemporary art, coffee and noshes before heading to the fairs around town. Map.

Participating galleries:

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Central Booking Art Space, Cindy Rucker Gallery, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Con Artist Collective, David Lewis, Denny Gallery, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, envoy enterprises, Equity Gallery, ESSEX STREET, Foley Gallery, frosch&portmann, James Cohan, Lichtundfire Art Gallery, LMAKGallery, Lyles & King, Marc Straus Gallery, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Miguel Abreu Gallery, Nathalie Karg Gallery, Angel Orensanz Foundation, Participant Inc., PERROTIN NEW YORK, Pierogi, Salon 94, Simon Preston Gallery, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, White Box, GR gallery, McKenzie Fine Art, Derek Eller Gallery, Peter Blum Gallery Blumarts, Inc., Massey Klein Gallery, Front Room Gallery, Arsenal Contemporary NY, Lesley Heller Gallery, Ierimonti Gallery, Ierimonti Gallery, Feature Hudson Foundation, International Center of Photography Museum, Super Dutchess.

Jacolby Satterwhite, Venus Region Three (2017) this week at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise


Highlights of current LES gallery shows, courtesy artnet News:

Jean-Michel Othoniel: Dark Matters, Perrotin
Perrotin unveils its new three-floor gallery space with an exhibition of Jean-Michel Othoniel’s hauntingly beautiful glass sculptures.
March 3–April 15; 130 Orchard Street

Francesca DiMattio: Boucherouite,at Salon 94
Francesca DiMattio’s new show at Salon 94 features sculptures and paintings that irreverently combine aspects of classical art history with animated characters from popular culture, weaving together cultures and landscapes to create wholly unique objects.
March 6–April 21; 243 Bowery,  

Kim Dorland in his Toronto studio; © Nick Kozak/Toronto Star

Kim Dorland: Same Old Future and Robin Meier: Synchronicityat Arsenal Contemporary
The Edythe and Eli Broad Art Museum in Lansing, Michigan, has teamed up with Arsenal Contemporary to present two solo shows that respond to forests, both as a place of science and of human emotion: Kim Dorland presents 12 paintings of groves of trees; Robin Meier’s installation combines video, music, and light.
March 6–April 22; 214 Bowery,

Wolfgang Laib: Where the Land and Water Endat Sperone Westwater
At his new show for Sperone Westwater, Wolfgang Laib mines his experiences from a recent pilgrimage to Myanmar, where he encountered a place he described as “beyond land and water.”
March 8–April 21; 257 Bowery, opening reception tonightm 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Antonio Lopez at Danziger Gallery
Renowned fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez was rarely without his camera. In their first exhibition of the artist since acquiring his photographic estate, Danziger Gallery presents a selection of Lopez’s 1970s-era Instamatic prints, each one unique and developed and printed by Kodak.
March 8–April 28; 95 Rivington Street, opening reception tonight, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Louise Fishman, My Guernica, 2017, at Team Gallery

Markat Team Gallery
A group show bringing together artists Erica Baum, Shannon Ebner, Louise Fishman, Al Loving, Suzanne McClelland, and Albert Oehlen investigates the various meanings of the word “mark.”
March 8–April 21; 83 Grand Street, opening reception tonight, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Marsha Cottrell: Screen Lifeat Van Doren Waxter
Cottrell’s artistic practice has long centered around a computer and printer, creating nuanced landscapes with only the binary code and limited color palette of the machinery. In a new presentation, the artist has created three unique large-scale prints that are the result of arcane and contemporary technology, along with principles of craftsmanship that are at the heart of her work.
March 8–April 21; 195 Chrystie Street, opening reception tonight,  6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Robert Beck: Vestigeat Ulterior Gallery
Formerly known as Robert Beck, the artist changed his name by one letter, to Buck, in 2008 as an art project investigating society’s patriarchal naming convention. Here, he presents Kodak instant photographs from 1979 and 1980, the first years he spent living in New York City.
March 9–April 15; 172 Attorney Street, opening reception Friday, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Jacolby Satterwhite: Blessed Avenueat Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
The genre-bending, mixed-media artist Jacolby Satterwhite unveils a 30-minute digital video that uses computer-generated images to exotic, otherworldly, and at times nightmarish effect, as well as a conceptual visual album and sculptural work.
March 10–May 6; 291 Grand St, NY



Opening this week on Orchard Street, a new model for showing art based on the vacation time-share is offering small to mid-sized galleries some breathing space amid rising rents and shrinking margins. Vacation, launched by two co-founders of San Francisco gallery R/SF Projects—Lauren Licata and Anika Vrána-Godwin—has signed up 10 international galleries to fill the space for a month at a time. Something of a cross between a brick-and-morter gallery and a four-day art fair, says Licata, the space will operate on a cooperative basis, with the owners taking turns at the desk. Chicago’s Andrew Rafacz will be the first tenant, taking up residence March 8 for a show of work by Samantha Bittman, Caroline Wells Chandler, and Wendy White in the main space, and Robert Burnier in a storefront window. According to a report in artnet News, he plans to stay at a nearby airbnb rental for the duration.
Vacation, 24A Orchard Street, NY, NY Info Opening reception, Friday, March 9, 7-10 pm. Info Right: Samantha Bittman, Untitled, 2017, Acrylic on handwoven textile.



Meanwhile, uptown at The Met,Yinka Shonibare, MBE, will talk about his new installation at Doris Freedman Plaza, Wind Sculpture, in conversation with Thelma Golden, Director of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Friday, March 9, 6:30 pm. The Metropolitan Museum of art, Uris Center for Education, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY Info


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