Exhibitions & Openings for the Week of March 6

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VOLTA NY – Art Fair
82 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10013

On View: March 7-10, 2013
Opening: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Everyone is excited to see the usual suspects present at The Armory Show opening at Piers 92 & 94 this weekend. But, Pre-Spring fever has officially arrived in NYC and we are thirsting for something even more fresh and innovative. VOLTA NY, originally founded in Basel, Switzerland in 2005 is a selective, boutique art fair that holds highly relevant artists but, with its private/intimate nature, challenges the bravado of a traditional contemporary art fair — just the breath of fresh air we needed.  Be sure to check out Michael Zelehoski’s Wall Art at Ethan Cohen New York’s booth.

Iona Rozeal Brown – Archangel ‘G’ for, As I Sit and Gag, 2013, acrylic and ink on wooden panel

Salon 94 – “The House of Bando” – by Iona Rozeal Brown

On View: March 10 – April 17, 2013
Opening: Sunday, March 10, 2013

The above two art fairs will indeed be a delight. But if, like me, you will need little breaks from the marathon schmooze-affair, come enjoy a splash of bright color and glamour with Iona Rozeal Brown’s showing of her newest work at Salon 94. Brown’s paintings are often colossal in scale and have been displayed in a range of top galleries, from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the MoCA Detroit, to my all-time personal favorite private collection, The Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Thanks, Iona!

San Francisco

Garry Winogrand – Park Avenue, New York, 1959; gelatin silver print; collection National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Patrons’ Permanent Fund; image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

SF MoMA — “Garry Winogrand” — by Garry Winogrand

On View: March 9 – June 2, 2013
Opening: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Seeing previously undiscovered work is always exciting and this Saturday night, The SF MoMA will be showcasing brand new work from famed photographer Garry Winogrand. After his sudden death at age 56, Winogrand left behind thousands of rolls of film. Now, 100 or so of these unseen photos are being presented in this long-awaited retrospective of his work. West-coasters, you are in for a treat.

Lugano, Switzerland

Andy Warhol – No Title (Questions All America is Asking), c. 1953. white and black ink and graphite on paper, 35,3 X 42,8 cm. Courtesy of Daniel Blau Munich/London © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.

Sperone Westwater – “Andy Warhol Works on Paper” – by Andy Warhol

On View: March 6 – April 20, 2013
Opening: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Andy Warhol is an international household name, so it is always a novelty to see the more technical and less commercial side of the unbelievably famous, original priest of pop-art. One of Sperone Westwater’s more remote locations, on the Swiss-Italian border, will be putting on a show of these early Warhol drawings that were birthed long before all of the hype and fame. In other words, this is your chance to see Andy Warhol naked — as an “artist” that is.

London

Adrian Ghenie – Pie Fight Study 2, 2008, oil on canvas, 55 x 59 cm

Pace Gallery – “New Paintings” by Adrian Ghenie

On View: March 8 – May 4, 2013
Opening: Thursday, March 7, 2013

After selecting Close’s technically perfect portraits for last week’s London posting, Ghenie is this week’s perfect choice. His portraits are the diametrical opposite to Close’s, presenting a kind of painting I like to call the “portrait gone horribly wrong.” With chunky, smeared globs of paint and blurry, muddled features, the human face in all of its imperfection seems quite a mess, and you will love every minute of it. This show will be all new work by Ghenie, and I definitely hope to see a new portrait or two.

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