Galerie Protégé presents Beyond Literacy, an examination of emerging street art with works by Joseph Meloy, Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter, Chris RWK and Herb Smith. The exhibit will run from January 8 – February 1. Opening is tonight at 6pm. Location: 197 9th Avenue (22nd Street). Free.
Japanese writer and artist, Yayoi Kusama, is currently exhibiting at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea: I Who Arrived In Heaven. Spanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street), this exhibition by Yayoi Kusama features twenty-seven new large-scale paintings. Other highlights include the presentation of a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Show is in display through December 21. Arrive early to avoid long lines.
Throughout her career, Kusama has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.
The unidentifiable, London-based, Oscar-nominee (Exit Through the Gift Shop) street artist, Banksy, has established residency in NYC and has turned the city into a street art pop-up exhibition. To date, he has showcased art sales in Central Park, a moving truck with stuffed animals in LES and converted a delivery truck into a mobile garden that includes a rainbow, waterfall & butterflies (last spotted in Williamsburg, BK). The show is said to run through October 31st. Catch him if you can. (And if you do, please share with the ishtodo team at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
To learn more about the Banksy NYC scavenger hunt, see the exclusive Village Voice article.
For more information and a list of Banksy’s ongoing projects, click ish.
Art is being revolutionized at the Affordable Art Fair. A fun four-day event hosting over 50 galleries and a huge array of contemporary art, the fall edition of the New York City Affordable Art Fair will take place from October 3 – 6, 2013, at The Tunnel in Chelsea (269 11th Avenue 222 12th Avenue (b/w 27th and 28th Streets).
Its a friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside some of the biggest household names, while the Recent Graduates Exhibition provides a chance to pick up work by a future art world star.
If you’re looking to see it all, be sure to pass by the old Getty gas station on 24th Street and 10th Avenue and catch Sheep Station. The exhibition features the work of the surrealist sculptor Francois-Xavier Lalanne, who died in 2008, and will run through October 20.
The show was conceived by Paul Kasmin, an art dealer who represents the Lalanne estate, and Michael Shvo, a real estate developer and collector. Mr. Shvo’s company purchased the Getty station and will turn it into luxury residences. The developers plan to present public art during the project’s construction and will eventually incorporate similar projects into the building. – NYT