December 2021

On December 16th, the following galleries on the Lower East Side remain open from 4pm-8pm to provide New Yorkers with a notable and inspired visionary experience.

1969 Gallery

103 Allen St

(November, 11 - December 19, 2021)

Intertwined, curated by Alex Allenchey; Beverly Acha, Maria Calandra, Graham Collins, E.E Ikeler, Nora Maité Nieves, Ernesto Renda, Victoria Roth, Alessandro Teoldi

Over the past year and a half, everyone has been rethinking pretty much everything. Stuck at home, our smallest movements became monumental, while on a global level, pandemic-induced geopolitical paralysis forced a reevaluation of our social structures. Intertwined gathers eight artists whose works provide an appraisal of the way things were, and offer potential visions for a brighter, more communal future.

56 HENRY

56 Henry Street, Unit W

(November 17 - January 16, 2021)

Franklin Fifth Helena; Cynthia Talmadge

Franklin Fifth Helena, Cynthia Talmadge’s new solo exhibition – an immersive architectural installation of sand paintings – describes a small room, decorated in a mirrored trelliage scheme but now disused and given over to storage, ostensibly situated in 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles.

Andrew Edlin Gallery

212 Bowery

December 11, 2021 - January 22, 2022

Being Marcel Bascoulard; Marcel Bascoulard

Elisabetta Zangrandi: Paesaggio della Vita (Landscape of Life); Elisabetta Zangrandi

The first New York solo exhibition of French artist Marcel Bascoulard (1913-1978), featuring a series of photographic self-portraits created over the course of three decades. / Recent paintings by self-taught Italian artist Elisabetta Zangrandi

ASHES/ASHES

56 Eldridge Street

October 29 – December 19, 2021

Animal Crackers; Mike Shultis

ASHES/ASHES is pleased to present Animal Crackers, an exhibition by Mike Shultis. It is the artist’s debut solo exhibition in NYC and his first with the gallery. 

bitforms gallery

131 Allen Street

November 19–January 7, 2020

Storms; Quayola

bitforms gallery is pleased to present Storms, a suite of new video works by Quayola. In his third solo exhibition with the gallery, the artist extrapolates on his research surrounding the tradition of landscape painting. Storms focuses on the pictorial substance of plein air studies with tools of advanced technologies.

Brief Histories

115 Bowery, 2nd Floor

October 30, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Rumors of My Demise; Edgar Serrano

In his paintings, Edgar Serrano creates a language that draws on the critical and creative act of appropriation, the weaponized circulation of images, and the aesthetics of abstraction. Drawing unexpected parallels between the digital and the real, the alien and familiar, Serrano’s paintings channel an ethos of the imaginary, where borders dissolve and collide, revealing invisible states and liminal identities.

Cindy Rucker Gallery

143B Orchard Street

December 12, 2021 - February 5, 2022

After _______; Ann Oren | Amy Sarkisian

Yes, girls, we also find your corpses very hot. -Virginie Despentes

Cristin Tierney Gallery

219 Bowery, Floor 2

through December 18, 2021

We're Going to End Slavery. Join Us!; Dread Scott

The exhibition features large-scale performance stills and flags from the artist's 2019 performance Slave Rebellion Reenactment, in which he and hundreds of participants retraced the largest slave revolt in US history: the German Coast Uprising of 1811.

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

88 Essex Street (inside of Essex Market) NYC 10002

December 10, 2021 - February 19, 2022

ART/WORK: How the Government- Funded CETA Jobs Program Put Artists to Work

The exhibition explores the impact of CETA on arts workforce development across the United States, and its relevance to recent efforts to include the arts community in the nation’s pandemic recovery. CETA’s legacy serves as a precedent for envisioning how we can create sustained investment in artists today, and for considering models for permanently infusing the creativity and resourcefulness of artists into our workforce. ART/WORK spotlights the achievements of CETA-funded artists projects in New York City, which sent over 600 visual artists, poets, dancers, performers, and photographers, among many other specialists, into New York area schools, libraries, museums, nursing homes, prisons, and more. In the process, CETA nurtured a diverse artist workforce, provided art services and engagement to communities, and launched the careers of now-prominent artists and arts administrators, as well as beneficiaries who brought their experience to arts-adjacent fields or transferred it to other sectors.

Equity Gallery

245 Broome Street, NY, New York 10002

December 1— December 30, 2021

I'M NOT DONE PLAYING WITH THAT: Artists Who Refuse to Put Away Their Toys; John Arehart, Phil Buehler, Sally Curcio, Peter Drake, Steve Ellis, Barbara Friedman, Linda Griggs, Amy Hill, Tine Kindermann, Mary-Ann Monforton, D. Dominick Lombardi, Andrew Cornell Robinson, Mary Jo Vath, and Melanie Vote + Featuring Art Collectables by Trenton Doyle Hancock Takashi Murakami

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Equity Gallery presents "I'M NOT DONE PLAYING WITH THAT: Artists Who Refuse to Put Away Their Toys." The show comprises original works of 14 artists whose practices intersects with toys to address whimsical, demented, or somber understandings of disposable consumer culture, art collectibles, questionable childhood safety, painterly concerns, corporal punishment, class struggle, and the enormity of war. In addition, the exhibition will include limited edition toys by Trenton Doyle Hancock and Takashi Murakami.

Foley Gallery

59 Orchard Street

December 8 - December 18, 2021

Gallery Artists; Gallery Artists

A selection of gallery artists

Fridman Gallery

169 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

November 10 - December 19, 2021

Within Listening Distance of the Sea...; Ambrose Rhapsody Murray

The source images in Ambrose’s large-scale works on fabric are archival photographs of Black women and girls from the early 1900s, which often circulated around the world as pornographic postcards. Ambrose’s delicate textiles, gently flowing through the gallery space, revise these images through a lens of protection, care and imaginative storytelling, cloaking the hypervisible/invisible protagonists in layers of fabric, and alluding to the poetry of their dreams, the depth of their experiences, the emotions they may hold–their grief, reverence, love, wonder. Hued in blues and purples, and veiled with hand-dyed organza, the figures become spirits, free of typecasting and eroticizing, powerful in their fluidity, their ability to elude binary objectification.

FROSCH&CO

34 E Broadway

December 9, 2021 - January 16, 2022

Home Sweet; Leslie Kerby, Julia Kuhl, Heather Morgan, Patricia Satterlee, Jeanne Verdoux

Home Sweet explores the symbiosis between our interiorities and the spaces we call home as nexus points of human belonging, complicating the private/public line that has traditionally demarcated the frontiers of spaces of femininity and fostered division rather than community. Bringing together drawing, painting, and ceramics by all women artists, this group exhibition addresses domesticity by transforming the private sphere into a public forum for emotional and creative exchange.

Heroes Gallery

162 Allen Street

November 4th - December 18th, 2021

Maria Calandra: Elizabeth Murray

Our program curates contemporary artists alongside their aesthetic and conceptual predecessors, tracing genealogies through time and for our current exhibition we paired the emerging painter, Maria Calandra, with three Elizabeth Murray pieces.

LATITUDE Gallery New York

64A Bayard Street, New York NY 10013

November, 23 - December 23, 2021

Who's Dat Panda?; IOYOI, Kalman Pool, Kefan404, Niq, Q&Q Galaxy, Riniifish, Wadada, XUANCH, Reva, Deconstruct, Cecilia Goose, Tan Siyuan, Tiger Cai, NAtkins, Ellwood, Li Xianglong, Zoe Li, Wu Ziyang, Song Ting, Huang Rui, Xi, CheeseTalk

LATITUDE Gallery is pleased to present our first NFT exhibition, Who’s that Panda? Curated by ONBD and co-presented by digital art platform Snake.art, the show presents twenty NFT art works from the vibrant crypto art community-Crypto art Panda. 

LICHTUNDFIRE

175 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002

October 7 - December 23, 2021

THE POWER OF ONE; Bobbie Moline-Kramer

Moline-Kramer’s new series of paintings is accompanied by suspended 3-D-printed sculptures, ‘hanging lines’ that are based on each one of her paintings, depicting individuals that changed the world – presently and in the past. Based on both astronomy and astrology, Moline-Kramer’s mixed-media star chart paintings are individual portraits revealing and pointing to the power a singular person possesses to have a wide-reaching positive impact on our humanity that changes the until then anticipated course of history. Moline-Kramer's exhibition has been extended with an additional Reception on Thursday, December 16 from 6-8 pm.

Lubov

5 East Broadway, #402, New York, NY 10038

December 11, 2021- January 30, 2022

Dragon Guts; Jobi Bicos

Jobi Bicos creates paintings and drawings exploring the possibilities of visualization, fantasy, and sensation in conceptions of their body in space.

M 2 3

24 Henry Street

December 10, 2021 - January 29, 2022

Eponymous; Bat-Ami Rivlin, Dominic Palarchio, Elzie Williams III

"The proper task of a history of thought is: to define the conditions in which human beings “problematize” what they are, what they do, in the world in which they live."

 -excerpts from Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality

Marc Straus Gallery

299 Grand St

November 18, 2021 - February 5, 2022

Paul Pretzer; Paul Pretzer

MARC STRAUS is pleased to present Paul Pretzer’s fifth solo exhibition of new paintings with the gallery.

This newest body of work is inhabited by new hybrid characters. Everyday objects and recognizable logos merge with animals. There is a wonderful tension between the familiar and the absurd. The ambivalent content is held together through masterly painterliness and vivid new color arrangements.

Martos Gallery

41 Elizabeth Street New York, New York

November 5 - December 23, 2021

And I Say, Brother Had A Very Good Day, One Halo; Arthur Simms

Arthur Simms’ practice comprises a prolific output of sculpture, as well as dimensional paintings and drawings. Born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica (1961), Simms was inspired in early childhood by the improvisationally constructed carts he saw transporting goods to and from the market (he lived in Kingston until age 7, when his family moved to New York). Through Simms’ fluency with this sort of construction—clearly articulating a singular form using many disparate elements—he developed a formal lexicon that mimics the effects of diaspora, coinciding dispersion, and wholeness. Using natural material, found objects, items of autobiographical significance, and, consistently, wire or hemp rope as a binding agent, Simms’ body of sculpture comprises a vast diversity of forms. Some sculptures stand monumentally as imposing accumulations of twine; others are drawn into space. At times, Simms frames the readymade in ritually oriented displays, such that the found object in the gallery appears preordained, rather than decontextualized.

McKenzie Fine Art

55 Orchard Street

October 29 - December 19, 2021

The Train and the River; Pete Schulte

For the past twenty-five years, the daily practice of drawing has been at the core of Pete Schulte’s artistic endeavors, whether working on paper, three-dimensional objects, site-specific wall drawings, or installations. The primary focus of this exhibition is works on paper, using graphite with the occasional addition of pigment and ink. While geometric imagery predominates, some works in the exhibition depict non-specific curvilinear shapes suggestive of natural forms. Also in the exhibition is a cast bronze object of overlapping turtle shells measuring 90 inches tall.

Miguel Abreu Gallery

36 Orchard Street

December 9, 2021 – February 5, 2022

Stations of the Last Eccentric; Jimmy Raskin

STATIONS OF THE LAST ECCENTRIC features nine layered works, each holding at its center The Cone of Expression. This diagrammatic overlay includes a prominent vertical line that imposes a primordial fold, creating a mirror-image wherein a chosen picture of the cosmos faces itself. This event, in turn, conjures a myriad of faces staring back at the viewer. The phenomenon, known as facial pareidolia, instills an emotional charge in an otherwise non-sentient image or form.

Nathalie Karg Gallery

291 Grand St. New York, NY 10002

December 14 - January 22, 2021

Vanitas; Ya Chin Chang, Cathleen Clarke, Logan Criley, Flan Flanagan, Paul-Sebastian Japaz, Ann McCoy, Mike Lee, Sarah Peters

Nathalie Karg Gallery is pleased to present Vanitas, a group exhibition curated by Hannah Chinn and Monica Hom. The exhibition runs from December 14 through January 22, 2022 and features work by Ya Chin Chang, Cathleen Clarke, Logan Criley, Flan Flanagan, Paul-Sebastian Japaz, Mike Lee, Ann McCoy and Sarah Peters.

Olympia

41 Orchard St.

December 11 , 2021 - January 29, 2022

Don’t Move Stones; Aliza Sternstein

Olympia is pleased to present Don’t Move Stones, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Aliza Sternstein (Curated by Naomi Sternstein). Sternstein’s paintings are a bold and dreamy play with layers and transparency, filled with symbols and gestures in a delicate consideration of both the ephemeral and the preserved. Sternstein builds the canvas with layer upon layer of gesso to create a surface that is so absorbent, it maintains the history of knocks, fingerprints, and wipeouts, which permeate across the paintings.

Peter Freeman, Inc.

140 Grand Street

November 12, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Catherine Murphy: Recent Work; Catherine Murphy
 

For her third solo exhibition at Peter Freeman, Inc., Catherine Murphy presents thirteen recent paintings and drawings. These still-lives, landscapes, and self-portraits are all carefully witnessed or imagined scenarios, and all rely on direct observation. Catherine Murphy lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and has work included innumerous museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Sargent's Daughters

179 East Broadway

November 12 - December 22, 2021

Wild Garden; Kour Pour

Wild Garden is a dual-venue presentation at SHRINE and Sargent’s Daughters and features new works by Kour Pour that includes large-scale textile paintings, tiger paintings, and shaped canvases. A series of new ceramic sculptures incorporating personal objects from the artist’s home, as well as tiles and powdered incense, will also be shown throughout the exhibition. This will be Pour’s first exhibition in New York City since 2016.

signs and symbols

249 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10002

November 6 - December 21, 2021

That was then, this is now; Adam Broomberg, Annabel Daou, Benoît Platéus, Carol Szymanski, Jen DeNike, Michelle Handelman, Mischa Leinkauf, Ornella Fieres, Paul Jacobsen, Pola Sieverding, Rachel Libeskind, Sarah Entwistle, Sharon Louden, Shaqayeq Arabi, Tony Orrico and Zander Blom

signs and symbols is pleased to present That was then, this is now — a group show of the gallery’s artists as the first exhibition to inaugurate our new location at 249 East Houston Street. Each artist’s work and practice has been integral to the gallery’s evolution and vision, and together these artists configure the living history of signs and symbols.

steven harvey fine art projects

208 forsyth street

Through December 24th

Paper Trails; Kyle Staver

A Landscape of Form; Catherine White

Kyle Staver shows 8.5 x 11" works on paper related to her large paintings in graphite, watercolor and etching Catherine White shows ceramics and paintings with the ceramics from her Anagama kiln in Virginia.

Steven S. Powers | Joshua Lowenfels

53 Stanton Street

  

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THOMAS NICKLES PROJECT

47 Orchard Street

November 22, 2021 – January, 2nd, 2022

BELLAS FLORES DEL MAL; ROCÍO GARCÍA

Legendary Cuban painter Rocío García launches her debut solo show with Thomas Nickles Project in NYC featuring nine never-before-seen works.

Voltz Clarke Gallery

195 Chrystie Street (Between Stanton + Rivington)

November, 11th - December 22nd, 2021

Soft Landing; Stephanie Patton

Stephanie Patton’s new series explores her signature themes through sculpture, photography, and video in a manner that reflects contemporary subject matter centered around the human condition, mental health, and physical healing. Soft Landing embodies these concerns while alluding to the idea of easing back into life in a gentle and safe way. Through her powerful wording and use of material, Patton invites the viewer to inspect these concepts through a lens of comfort and self-preservation.