Labor Day is officially behind us, as are the days of wearing white at your boss’s cousin’s friend’s beach house in the Hamptons. Fret not however, while the summer days end, another anticipated season of art in the city begins. Last week, Artcards’ opening list was miles long, as galleries dusted off their walls to showcase fresh talent and welcome back the midweek crowds. Wednesday was the night to be in the Lower East Side, which welcomed not just new artists, but new galleries as well. Typically overshadowed by its Chelsea big brother, LES appears to be reclaiming its creative roots, and with the 50+ shows scattered there this month, the area is well on its way to cementing itself as the cool younger sibling in this year’s art scene.
Our first stop of the night was the gallery’s last show as 11 Rivington announced its closure on the eponymous downtown street. A group exhibition of artists Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Denise Kupferschmidt, and Shirley Jaffe is the venue’s final hurrah before consolidating into its Chrystie street outpost. The new space, currently hosting the color rich abstract paintings of Jackie Saccoccio, will receive a 2000 sq ft. upgrade.
AVAF, DENISE KUPFERSCHMIDT, SHIRLEY JAFFE AT 11 RIVINGTON| SEPT 9 – OCT 18, 2015 | 195 CHRYSTIE STREET, NYC, 10002
Next door on Rivington, Betty Cuningham Gallery is there to stay. The bi-level storefront drew in a sizeable Wednesday crowd as people weaved in to get a closer look at New York based artist, Judy Glantzman’s collection of 50 or so miniature portraitures, Dressing for the Carnival.
JUDY GLANTZMAN: DRESSING FOR THE CARNIVAL AT BETTY CUNINGHAM GALLERY | SEPT 9 – OCT 17, 2015 | 15 RIVINGTON STREET, NYC, 10002
One block parallel, CRG Gallery greeted first time visitors at its recently relocated lower east location. Brazilian born artist Alexandre da Cunha inaugurated the new space with a tropical themed exhibition incorporating found towels and other fabric ready-mades.
ALEXANDRE DA CUNHA: AMAZONS AT CRG GALLERY | SEPT 9 – OCT 25, 2015 | 195 CHRYSTIE ST, NYC, 10002
Also hailing originally from Chelsea, Lehmann Maupin showcased downtown Nari Ward’s sculptural exhibit Breathing Directions. In the main room, beautifully rendered copper sheets titled “Breathing Panels” are juxtaposed with a ground-based array of bricks sheathed in the same metal that the audience is free to interact with and roam over.
NARI WARD: BREATHING DIRECTIONS AT LEHMANN MAUPIN GALLERY| SEPT 9 – NOV 1, 2015 | 201 CHRYSTIE ST, NYC, 10002
Slightly away from the crowds, Hionas Gallery showcased in its small Forsyth space the paintings of Stephen Maine. Combatting the feebly air-conditioned environment proved worth it to absorb Maine’s luminous and prismatic surfaces.
STEPHEN MAINE: NEW PAINTINGS AT HIONAS GALLERY | SEPT 9 – OCT 4, 2015 | 124 FORYSTH STREET, NYC, 10002
Back on the main street of Chrystie, The Lodge Gallery offered a nightcap to the evening’s receptions in more than one sense of the word. Peter Daverington’s Iconophilia, a masterful hodgepodge of art historical images and new-age graffiti, marked the last opening for us and fellow art rovers. But the night continued on just beyond the canvases, as those in the know toasted the official start to the fall season in true downtown fashion.
PETER DAVERINGTON: ICONOPHILIA AT THE LODGE GALELRY | SEPT 9 – OCT 11, 2015 | 131 CHRYSTIE STREET, NYC, 10002
Writing by Lisa Marsova
Photographs by Jamie Martinez, the galleries and the artists.