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Art Break: A ‘Down Under’ Group Show at Olsen Gruin Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 3, 2017

This week’s Art Break takes groups as its theme. Group shows are a great way to learn about a culture, an art movement, a topic, or a new way to bring art to people. Our downtown pick this week is the full experience in one place: a brilliant display of Australian modern art created by Aboriginal artists. Visit this and our other picks for free – you’ll have a great time and come away with a new understanding of the power of art.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Olsen Gruin Gallery, 211 Elizabeth Street

When: Now through July 23, Wed – Sat: 11-6, Sun: 12-6

Who: Sharing Country curated by Adam Knight

What: Contemporary pieces from Australian Aboriginal artists

Why: A rare opportunity to see works from the other side of the world

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street

When: Now through August 5 (closed July 4), Mon – Fri: 10-6

Who: Grupo Frente

What: Group show of a well known artists’ collective from the mid 20th Century

Why: Brazilian art is so varied that the viewer will never get bored

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 3 West 56th Street, 4th Fl

When: Now through September 20 (closed July 4 and August 21-September 4), Mon – Fri: 9:30-4:45

Who: License to Deceive

What: Group show of artists specializing in trompe l’oeil

Why: Illusion and deception is the ultimate test of an artist’s skills

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue

When: Now through July 22, Wed-Sat: 12-6

Who: Erick Meyenberg: The wheel bears no resemblance to a leg

What: Video installation reflecting on the history of Mexico City

Why: Collaboration between the artist and a high school marching band produces an interesting video piece


Cover: ‘Yukula’ (2016) by Tommy Watson; polymer paint on linen 48″ x 72″; courtesy of Olsen Gruin Gallery.


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