On the first Thursday of the month, Chelsea flooded with visitors keen on getting the first peek at several new exhibitions in the area, although half of the midweek crowd was perhaps more motivated by the cool cans of Bud and Chardonnay tumblers passed around at each opening. In any case, it made for an evening of camaraderie and spontaneity as we browsed the city’s latest art offerings.
Our inaugural stop was Metro Pictures on W 24th, which hosted the opening bash of Swiss born artist Olaf Breuning’s exhibit “The Life”. Immense round tablets surrounded the gallery, cartoonish characters and symbols bursting from their surfaces. They seemed to be thought or text bubbles attempting to model the world around us. Breuning confirmed that to him “at the moment, the world appears in bubbles.”
Olaf BreuningThe Life
JUNE 4 – JULY 31, 2015
519 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
Intrigued by the line outside neighboring 303 that was long enough to rival a Friday night in Meatpacking, we decided to next examine the source of the hype. We were unsurprised to learn that Sonic Youth’s own Kim Gordon is the current artist in residence. Scrounged up glittery canvases and neatly trimmed topiary monotonously filled the square room. We made sure to grab press releases on our way out as none of us were certain about this pairing.
Design Office: The City Is A Garden
June 4 –July 24h
507 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
Rounding the block to 26th, we popped into Mitchell-Innes & Nash where Paul Winstanley’s minimalist paintings drew us into their poetic emptiness.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash
JUNE 4 – JULY 19, 2015
534 West 26th street, New York, NY 10002
Unlike its neighbors, our third stop, the Robert Miller Gallery, opened its doors to showcase not new artists but a retrospective of the established. Amongst the star roster of Al Held, Lee Krasner, Milton Resnick, Paul Jenkins, and Yayoi Kusama, only the latter two are still with us today. All contributed abstract expressionist works to form the gallery’s aptly named “Abstraction” exhibition.
Robert Miller Gallery
June 4 – July 31, 2015
524 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001
To prove Chelsea’s Thursday openings are no longer confined to district lines, we hailed a cab to LES headed to Orchard Street’s Rooster Gallery. Till June 21, the space plays host to the works of two international female artists: Finland’s Josephine Kaeppelin’s mural “Imminent Landscape”, and France’s Jonna Kona’s two year photography series “Notes from the Other Side”.
May 28 – June 21
190 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
To close out our evening we made one final stop at Castor Gallery. The Broome Street space is currently showing “Something the Sun Would Say”, its first solo exhibition of New York-based artist Sabio. Sabio evokes his Brazilian roots in the collection of vivid, tropical themed works that combine elements of abstract painting and street art. The reception was as energetic as the art itself, as people packed in closely to catch a live music set near the gallery entrance before bidding final goodbyes.
Sabio: Something The Sun Would Say
June 4th — July 1st
254 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
Writing by Lisa Marsova
Photographs by Jamie Martinez