The Lower East Side has become the exciting new gallery area in New York with a concentration of over 60 galleries presenting new and innovative art. The area itself maintains the old world charm of its roots as a place where early immigrants settled. The scale of the buildings and streets are small and intimate. Likewise, the galleries have a cozy and welcoming appeal. Trendy boutiques and eateries have sprung up overnight to pepper the gallery scene with easy options for refreshments and enjoyment. With so much happening in NY during Frieze week, why not fit in a side trip to the Lower East Side.
While the cultural milieu spans only a 10 block square it can be overwhelming to edit exactly where to start and where to visit. Listed below are the recommended picks of this month’s Lower East Side exhibitions. The listing begins on the southern tip of Orchard Street and weaves forward uptown ,ending on the Bowery with a noteworthy not to be missed show at American Contemporary gallery (British run and owned). Not to be missed! – Have FUN!
An interesting note – American Contemporary gallery, Toomer Labzda gallery and Blackston gallery are owned and directed by British ex pats. Also, a traditional English Breakfast/brunch is available weekends at Fat Radish at the base of Orchard Street.
Invisible Exports 14 A Orchard St http://www.invisible-exports.com/ –
“SCOTT TRELEAVEN | All-Nite Cinema” This exhibition features large-scale, multi-panel, mixed-media drawings, including a triptych that is the artist’s largest work to date
Joe Sheftel 24A Orchard St http://www.joesheftelgallery.com/
“Paint Hotel ” Group show with work from 1980’s- 2013
Stephan Stoyanov – 29 Orchard St http://www.stephanstoyanov.com/
“GREG GOLDBERG: NORTHERN LIGHT” the emphasis on light comes out of Venetian masters with modernist brushwork that feels suppressed in some areas and exuberant in others.
Untitled 30 Orchard St http://nyuntitled.com/ “Brendan Fowler Shipper In Jail / Ads For New Album / Six Sets”
DCKT 21 Orchard St, http://dcktcontemporary.com/
“Ryan Humphrey Criminal minded” Found Objects in and about NYC that make it a monument to money and greed
Miguel Abreu 36 Orchard St http://www.miguelabreugallery.com
“Drunken walks. cliche.corrosion fatigue, ebay” Group show
drawing on techniques of reproduction, such as stamping, molding, etching, and photography,
Blackston gallery- 29C LUDLOW STREET- http://blackstongallery.com
“Hanneline Røgeberg” four large-scale oil paintings that resist clear assignation to abstraction or representation
then back to Orchard
Rachel Uffner 47 Orchard St http://www.racheluffnergallery.com/ “Bob Zoell / Wyatt Kahn” two person exhibition, abstraction that pushes past its canonical origins,
Muriel Guepin gallery, 83 Orchard St http://www.murielguepingallery.com/gallery/
GABRIEL BARCIA-COLOMBO “Animalia Chordata” mixed media video sculpture
On Stellar Rays 133 Orchard Street MARIA PETSCHNIG Petschnigs’ video
Louis B. James 143b Orchard Street “Jeremy Couillard My Time in the Cult of Melting Ancestors” Video and installation centered on Video game realities
Go to Forsyth st
Callicoon 124 Forsyth Street http://www.callicoonfinearts.com/index.php?/root/exhibitions/ “Sadie Benning, War Credits ” handmade paintings and the wall reliefs with Video
Toomer Labzada 100A Forsyth ” howard hurst: is this (still) real life? “
an offline message board confessional with bold face one-liners that infuse physical reality with the sensibility of its bastard cousin, the internet.
Go accross to Bowery- to New Museum, Salon 94, and
the hole 312 Bowery http://theholenyc.com “XSTRACTION” a large group show 39 artists ranging from the legendary to the brand new, approaches to abstraction
American Contemporary 4 east 2nd street (right off bowery), http://www.americancontemporary.biz/site.php?page=gallery Sarah Braman / Wallace Whitney “Contact High”2 person show of paintings that enter into a spiritual or emotional landscape viewed through and around Sarah Braman sculpture made of cardboard, colored acrylic glass, found furniture, car parts and simple fabricated cubes. the combination offers the opportunity to experience color, atmosphere, volume and perhaps one’s body in a new way.
Words/Photos: Compiled By Lizanne Merrill