Art Beat

Art Beat

By Lindsey Peckham


Art Cart

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As mentioned in the June issue, the Art Cart is up and running! The mobile gallery will premiere on September 25th at the Fourth Street Block Festival and will be traveling about the East and West Village from then on. The theme of the first exhibit is “Neon Seduction,” and features photographs by Erin Wahed. The work is intended to challenge our concept of “real” and allow us to embrace the beauty and depth of the entirely artificial, by showcasing work created in virtual spaces. Appreciating contemporary art doesn’t get much easier than this, and as such, this is without a doubt a must-see, must-do, and must-follow event.

Matisse at the MOMA

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   The current Matisse exhibit at the MOMA is not to be missed. It features paintings from 1913-1917, a pivotal point in his career that is marked by a dichotomy of technique: raw sketches and seemingly unfinished canvases are juxtaposed with enormous, bright works such as “The Moroccans” (pictured) that highlight the period after the exhibition of the Fauves and his subsequent escape to Spain and Morocco. The accompanying video presentations are illuminating and fascinating, as they describe Matisse’s struggle in creating such famous works as “Bathers by a River” and the series “Back I” to “Back IV.” Take an afternoon to wander among these monumental works that clearly and beautifully demonstrate a transitional period in the artist’s career.

MOMA P.S. 1

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Speaking of the MOMA, have you been to P.S. 1 yet this summer? While the Saturday DJ sets and afternoon dance parties may not be for everyone, the exhibits this summer are top-notch. Currently showcasing the work of curator Cecilia Alemani in the “Rotating Gallery” series, the exhibit “The Comfort of Strangers” is well-worth the subway ride out to Queens. Featuring the work of artists from the seventies and eighties, including Judith Bernstein’s enormous charcoal drawings (pictured), it is a beautiful representation of how the unexpected connections between speciously different art works demonstrate the surprising connections we encounter on a daily basis, especially in this huge city. While you’re at it, pick up a copy of the Ian McEwan novel from which the exhibit borrows its title for an outstanding end-of-summer read.

Christian Marclay at the Paula Cooper Gallery

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   Christian Marclay’s exhibit at the Paula Cooper Gallery on West 21st Street is featured in conjunction with his current retrospective at the Whitney. “Fourth of July,” fragments of seven photographs the artist took at an Independence Day celebration in Hyde Park in 2005, showcases instants captured in the midst of the noise and grandeur of a parade. An essay by Jean-Pierre Criqui accompanies the works and highlights the artist’s trademark of focusing on the interplay between the visible and audible aspects of performance. These (literal) snapshots are but one facet of this multi-dimensional artist’s repertoire, and are a pitch-perfect introduction to his work.

Lee Friedlander at the Whitney
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    Keep an eye out for the Lee Friedlander exhibit coming to the Whitney in September. This    particular show features photographs taken at the beginning of this century as he drove across the United States capturing American eccentricities through the window of his rental car. I’ll see you there!









Lindsey Peckham is a recent graduate of New York University with degrees in both Liberal Arts and Business.


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