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Art Break: Galleries Featuring Painting and Sculpture, With Photos By Stanley Kubrick at the Museum of the City of NY

Stanley Kubrick at the Museum of the City of NY

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 30, 2018

This week, Art Break’s choices cover a variety of interests. Want to know more about painting? Visit Almine Rech Gallery for a show on late 20th century painting and its relevance. Maybe you prefer photography – in which case, you’ll be checking out Danziger Gallery’s display of Paul Fusco’s pictures. There’s also a great exhibit of Stanley Kubrick’s early work in still photography at, Stanley Kubrick at The Museum of the City of New York. If you like craft and design, Friedman Benda presents the collective GT2P as well as the artist Erez Nevi Pana. Both are known for their work using natural materials in making sculptures and decorative objects.

In addition, Galerie Lelong & Co. has Ursula von Rydingsvard, the well-known sculptor whose works use materials ranging from paper to metal. Those among us who admire great draftsmanship will be heading over to Galerie Buchholz to see Paul Bonet’s drawings for the book bindings that gained him international fame among collectors and book lovers everywhere. And if you just like technology, stop in at C24 Gallery and look at Tommy Hartung’s latest show about humans and their fascination with robots. So hop on the train and go see some art!

Pablo Picasso: Embrace Mougins, 2 July 1971; oil on canvas 45 11/16″ x 35 1/16″ Zervos XXXIII – 121 (Couple assis); private collection. © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York © FABA; photo: Hugard & Vanoverschelde Photography; courtesy of Almine Rech Gallery.

Almine Rech Gallery presents A New Spirit Then, A New Spirit Now 1981-2018, curated by Norman Rosenthal (May 2 – June 9, 2018), is an examination of a 1981 museum exhibition that was originally shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. At the time, there was a consensus that the technique of painting was too limiting within creation and subject matter, that video and performance art were the only relevant methods of description. The show A New Spirit in Painting gave a timeline and context to new artists working in paint, making a successful argument that the technique still had the power to convey ideas outside of the academic and critical framework of the late 20th century. This current exhibit, curated by one of the original organizers, brings a fresh view to this historic event as well as examining its influence on the current art scene.

Almine Rech
39 East 78th Street, 2nd Floor
Hours: Tu – Sat: 10-6
Admission: Free


gt2P (Great Things to People) Less CPP N2: Wall Light 6C, 2016; porcelain, volcanic lava rock, LED system,brass, 82 x 56 x 7 inches, 208 x 142 x 18 cm; edition of 8; courtesy of Friedman Benda.

Friedman Benda has two new shows: GT2P: Manufactured Landscapes (May 3 – June 9, 2018) featuring Chilean art and Erez Nevi Pana: Consciousness. In the first, the Chilean collective GT2P produces works that use natural materials combined with cutting edge digital production techniques. These objects push the boundaries of sensory perception in ways that were theory just a few years ago. The second show, with the work of Erez Nevi Pana, manipulates the natural processes of such materials as asphalt, plant fibers and salt. The objects on view allow for visitors to reflect on human influence and interference on the natural world.

Detail from Erez Navi Pani: Consciousness exhibit; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Erez Nevi Pana; photo: Claudia Rothkagel

Friedman Benda
515 West 26th Street
Hours: Tu – Sat: 10-6
Admission: Free


Paul Fusco: Untitled from the RFK Train; 1968 / Printed 2008; courtesy of Danziger Gallery.

Danziger Gallery is showing Paul Fusco RFK Funeral Train – 1968 (May 3 – June 22, 2018). When Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968, the US went into collective mourning for the senator, just as it did for his brother five years earlier. As the train carrying his body travelled from New York to Washington DC, people stood near the tracks, to say goodbye and to salute his service to the nation. Paul Fusco spent the eight-hour journey continuously photographing them, giving an intimate view of a historic moment. By the end of the show, you’ll feel as though you had been there too.

Danziger Gallery
95 Rivington Street
Hours: Tu – Fr: 11-6, Sat: 12-5
Admission: Free

Ursula von Rydingsvard: DWA, 2017; cedar 104 x 70 x 51 inches (264.2 x 177.8 x 129.5 cm)(GL12239); photo by Etienne Frossard; courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.

Galerie Lelong & Co. is giving New Yorkers a chance to see Ursula von Rydingsvard: TORN (May 3 – June 23, 2018), which exhibits some of the artist’s latest works. Her sculptures use a variety of materials to create contrasts in mass and texture, giving movement and life to abstract shapes. After viewing the show, why not plan a day trip out of town to see more? There are two exhibitions in Philadelphia this spring: Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling at the Fabric Workshop and Museum and Now, She, two sculptures at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, both opening April 27.

Galerie Lelong & Co.
528 West 26th Street
Hours: Tu – Sat: 10-6
Admission: Free

Stanley Kubrick: Betsy von Furstenberg with friends from ‘The Debutante Who Went to Work;’ Look (1950); courtesy of the Museum of New York.

The Museum of The City of New York always does great photography exhibits and this time is no exception. Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs (May 3 – October 28, 2018) showcases his early work as a still photographer for Look, one of the many national weekly magazines with an emphasis on photojournalism. The format of their photo essays were often multiple pictures following a subject for a day, making Kubrick learn how to compose, frame, and get the moment that tells a compelling story. It was ideal training for the future director, much better than if he had spent the time in school.

Museum of The City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Hours: Open daily: 10-6
Admission: Adults: $18, Seniors and students: $12, Ages 19 and under: Free, Members: Free

Paul Bonet: Untitled, n.d.; ink, impressed, die-stamp on paper; 26.6 x 20.5 cm | 10 1/2 x 8 in; framed: 50.4 x 44.4 x 2.8 cm | 19 3/4 x 17 1/2 x 1 in.: Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York

Galerie Buchholz displays Paul Bonet: Drawings for Bookbindings, compiled by Florian Pumhösl (May 4 – June 16, 2018), an exquisite selection of works by this superlative craftsman. The delicate artistry of these drawings, later developed as book bindings, enhanced many editions of art and literature books, making them unique collectables for connoisseurs of beautiful design.

Galerie Buchholz
17 East 82nd Street
Hours: Tu – Sat: 10-6
Admission: Free

At C24 Gallery, Tommy Hartung: R.U.R. (May 4 – June 23, 2018) uses costume, photographs, and interactive video to examine why we are so fascinated by the idea and reality of robots, regardless of the cost to our humanity. You’ll rethink your relationship to technology and its place in your life.

C24 Gallery
560 West 24th Street
Hours: Tu – Sat: 10-6
Admission: Free

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Cover: Stanley Kubrick: from ͞’Park Benches: Love is Everywhere;’ Look (1946); courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


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