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Art Break: Deeper Implications In ‘Marjan Teeuwen: Destroyed House’ at Bruce Silverstein

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 12, 2018

Now that spring cleaning season is almost here, you may be wishing you could just toss everything out and start fresh. Or maybe you’d prefer to break it all down and build it up again. If that’s the case, check out Marjan Teeuwen’s photographs at Bruce Silverstein in Chelsea. The artist disassembles abandoned buildings and, using the materials to create new formations on the original site, photographs the results. Teeuwen explores the tension between destruction and creation with this project, leading the visitor to think about parallels with their own experience. Take some time this week to see this and all our other picks this week and remember, all venues are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: The New York Studio School, 8 West 8th Street

When: Now through April 15, Sun – Sat: 10-6

Who: Diana Cooper

What: Abstracts that are constructed with two and three-dimensional materials

Why: Creative use of anything and everything around the artist produces surprising results

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Bruce Silverstein, 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor

When: Now through April 14, Tu – Sat: 10-6

Who: Marjan Teeuwen: Destroyed House

What: Photographs of abandoned housing, reassembled in abstract ways

Why: These intricate images allow us to see how many ways an object may be used

Art Break Midtown:

Where: Pace McGill, 32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor

When: Now through March 31, Tu – Sat: 10-6

Who: Celebrating Richard Benson

What: Works and objects from the life and career of the photographer and educator

Why: His legacy as an innovator in the fields of book printing and photography is worth studying

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

Where: Art in Flux at JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street

When: Now through April 15, Tu – Sat: 11-6

Who: Songs of Freedom: Autumn Kioti, Hirut Yosef, Leslie Jiménez, Lital Dotan, Qinza Najm, Reji 

What: Group show of mixed media ranging from artworks to performance

Why: A multitude of voices to hear and learn from


Cover: Marjan Teeuwen, ‘Destroyed House 1’ (2007); © Marjan Teeuwen, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.


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